First Latvian Wedding in Tate County Last Sunday

The Tate County Democrat, Senatobia, Mississippi, Thursday, June 2, 1949

Beautiful in its quiet simplicity was the wedding Sunday afternoon, May 29 at two-thirty o’clock, when Miss Aida Kupcis, daughter of Mr. Fanis Kupcis and the late Mrs. Kupcis, was united in marriage to Mr. Vilis Vitols, son of Mr. and Mrs. Krisis Vitols. The ceremony was performed in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howell Gregg Mitchell, with Brother H. I. Copeland the officiating minister.

In the living room where the ceremony was performed, the improvised altar was arranged on the mantel. Graceful smilax was used and the mantel board was banked with magnolia blossoms and foliage with tall white candles making an all white and green background. The solemn and sacred ceremony was said both in the English and in the German language and the vows were pledged in German. The responses were all said in German.

Mrs. H. I. Copeland played a program of nuptial music. For the entrance of the bridal party, Wagner’s Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin was played and during the ceremony “To A Wild Rose” by MacDowell.

The bride entered with her father who gave her in marriage. Ruta Kupsic served as her sister’s junior bridesmaid. She was pretty in a white embroidered pique frock and carried an arm bouquet of daisies.

The bride is a lovely and petite blond and was becomingly dressed in a white embroidered cloth frock, with white hat and other white accessories. The bride’s bouquet was white regal lilies tied with wide satin ribbon.

Mr. Ricards Ozols, friend and fellow countryman, served Mr. Vitols as best man.

The beautiful and modest bride and her handsome and tall groom are late of Latvia. They came recently to America to make their home. These two Latvians were with a group sponsored by the Displaced Persons program. Mr. and Mrs. Vitols will make their home with Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell. Mr. Vitols is an employee of the Mitchell Pan-Am Distributing Company here.

Mrs. Mitchell entertained with a reception following the ceremony. In the dining room the lace-draped table was centered with an exquisite arrangement of the garden flowers in pastel shades. The three tiered white wedding cake held pastel-colored sweet peas in a tall center vase. The punch bowl was presided over by Mrs. Lee Brown and Miss Maxine Dickerson. Mrs. Edward Dandridge and Miss Patty Puryear assisted in the dining room.

Among those present on this occasion were Mr. and Mrs. Cathey Dandridge, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dandridge, Mrs. A. Puryear, Sr., Mrs. Albert Still, Mrs. George Hyde, Mrs. Van Milam, Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Anderson, Mrs. Lloyd Presley and Mrs. Rivers Dickerson.

This newspaper article was provided by Tate County Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc.

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