Ottawa Citizen, 18 March 1867, page 2

Mr Macdonald’s Marriage

Agnes Macdonald nee Bernard
Agnes Macdonald nee Bernard

The London Canadian News supplies the following further particulars respecting the marriage of the Hon John A Macdonald some of which will naturally interest the fair sex:

“Previously to the hour of half-past eleven in the forenoon, the church had been rapidly filling with those who had been invited to the wedding, and so many were present, that on the arrival of the bride, escorted by her brother, she had to pass through an avenue of friends, extending from the large entrance door to the very altar steps.

“The bridesmaids wore dresses of white silk, with white tulle tunic with folds of silk to match their bonnets, two of which were blue and two pink. From the bonnets depended long tulle veils, and four prettier bridesmaids can hardly be imagined. The bride, who looked charmingly handsome and stately, was given away by her brother, Lieut Col Bernard ADC.

“Mr Macdonald was attended by his cousin, D Bruce Gardyne of Trinity College, Oxford, as his groomsman, assisted by Captain Pemberton, 60th Rifles, ADC, Edward R Bernard, Esq., Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and E Clark Esq. The service was performed in a very earnest and impressive manner by the Right Rev the Lord Bishop of Montreal, Metropolitan of Canada, assisted by the Rev George Dickson of St James’ Church Belgravia. During the ceremony a bright way of sunshine fell through the file old stained glass window and lighted up the scene with an exceedingly beautiful effect. Immediately after the return of the married couple from the vestry, where they had repaired for the legal requirements of registration, they left the church, followed by their friends, and proceeded to the Westminster Palace Hotel, where they were in number about ninety entertained at breakfast by Lieutenant-Colonel Bernard. The tables were spread with every delicacy by a most artistic chef de cuisine, and with a profusion of the choicest plants in endless variety and in full blossom and perfume. On the plate of every guest was a bunch of violets and snow-drops. The bride was the recipient of numerous and costly presents on the happy occasion. Amongst others may be mentioned a complete set in opaque enamel an amethyst and a necklace with diamonds and carbuncle, the gift of the delegates from the Lower Provinces; a massive silver breakfast and tea service from the Canadian delegates; a diamond and pearl bracelet from Governor Hincks; a boudoir work-table from Viscountess Hill; an ormelu set from the Hon John Rose; bracelets from the Hon and Mrs Howland, Col Cumberland &c.