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Date: September 1943
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At a pretty wedding solemnized by Rev. Father A.B.W. Wood, naval chaplain, in St. Andrew’s Cathedral on Tuesday morning. Au­gust 31, Wanda Kathleen, younger daughter of Mrs. Charles Spencer, [printing error: “cer, became, the bride of OA cer,”] became the bride of O.A. Francis Leslie Gill, R.C.N.V.R., son of Mr. W. Gill and the late Mrs. Gill, Victoria. Miss Marguerite Mc­Kay was at the organ, and as the register was being signed Miss Elaine Basanta sang “Ave Maria.” Baskets of white gladioli and ferns were used in decorating the chancel. Dr. C. Denton Holmes, an old fam­ily friend, gave the bride in mar­riage, and she was charming in a floor-length frock of white sheer with bishop sleeves, and a chapel veil held in place with a cluster of orange blossom. She carried a white prayer-book showered with violas, swainsona and white heather. At­tending the bride was Mrs. George Malenfant, in a long frock of white sheer and a small cherry hat and veil, who carried a bouquet of ru­brum lilies and carnations tied with cherry ribbon. Mr. Leonard Pearce was groomsman, and the ushers were P.O. George Malenfant, R.C.N.V.R.. and Sgt. Fred Allen, 16th Canadian Scottish Regiment. After a small reception at Loretto Hall a wedding breakfast was served at a table decorated with pink and white carnations. The bride’s table was centred with the cake flanked by vases of pink rosebuds, and this was cut after the toast had been given by Father Wood. The bridegroom’s aunt, Mrs. W. Shade, assisted Mrs Spencer in welcoming the guests.

For a honeymoon at an undisclosed destination, the bride left in a teal blue suit with navy accessories and a corsage bouquet of Talisman roses. O.A. and Mrs. Gill will return to Victoria to live.

Among the many wedding gifts received by Miss Wanda Spencer was a stirling silver tea service from Mrs. C.J.V. Spratt and manage­ment of the V.M.D., of which the bride had been a member of the office staff for a number of years; and a set of cut-crystal stemware and case of "1847” Rogers silver, from the employees.

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