BioM: Borkenhagen, Esther (Marriage - 1946)

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----Source: Stark Family Album

Borkenhagen, Esther (Marriage - 16 NOV 1946)

Miss Esther Borkenhagen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Borkenhagen of Adell, Wis., and Bernard Bruchert, son of Mrs. Fred Bruchert, Withee, Clark County, Wis., exchanged wedding vows in Emmanuel Lutheran Church at Adell, Saturday at 2:30 p.m., Nov. 16, 1946.

The double ring ceremony was read by the Rev. Paul Laabs of Adell, formerly of Withee, before the altar decorated with vases of white mums and greens. Harvey Borkenhagen of Plymouth, Wis., sand, "The Lord's Prayer," and "O Promise Me," with Mrs. Elmer Weinhold of Waldo, Wis., playing the accompaniment.

The bridal party marched to the altar to the strains of Lohengrin's Wedding March by Wagner. The bride wore a white satin gown with lace inserts, styled with a long entrained skirt, and long fitted sleeves pointed over the wrists. Her veil of illusion and lace, which extended into a long chapel train, was held by a halo of seed pearls. She held a shower bouquet of white carnations and white mums tied with white satin ribbon. Her jewelry consisted of three stranded pearls.

The bride's sister, Irene, as maid of honor, wore a deep pink taffeta gown with three quarter length sleeves and sweetheart neckline matching the brides gown. The flower Girl, Miss Doreen Rische, niece of the bride, wore a long blue marquinette gown, carrying a colonial bouquet of shaded pink carnations.

The bridesmaids, Miss Elinor Spieker and Miss Dorothy Haas, cousins of the bride, were attired in matching gowns of pale blue and pale pink taffeta gowns, the bodice studded with silver stars and full skirts. The arm bouquets of the attendants were of shaded pink carnations. They wore matching headdresses of curled pink and blue ostrich tips, with pearls completing their attire.

The groom proceeded to the altar, with the bride, wearing a dark blue pin stripe suit, with a white carnation boutonniere. Leonard Bruchert, brother of the groom, wore a blue conventional business suit. The bridegroom's other attendants, Arno Borkenhagen, brother of the bride, and Floyd Engelbretson, formerly of Withee, wore dark blue suits. The attendants had white carnation boutonnieres. Kenneth Rheignas, nephew of the bridegroom, wearing dark blue, carried the rings to the altar on a heart shaped pillow of satin and lace.

Mrs. Borkenhagen attended her daughter's wedding wearing a black and white crepe dress with matching accessories. Mrs. Bruchert, mother of the bridegroom, was attired in a soldier blue dress with matching accessories. Both wore corsages consisting of white mums and sweetheart rosebuds tied with white satin ribbon.

A reception was held for 150 guests at the home of the bride's parents at 4 p.m. Tables were set in two dining rooms, decorated with pink and white streamers. The bridal table was centered with a three tiered wedding cake, frosted with white icing and white roses. It was topped with a miniature bride and groom.

Mrs. Bruchert is employed at Monarch Clothing Co. at Milwaukee.

Mr. Bruchert attended Withee, Clark County, Wis. High School and graduated with the class of 1938. He was recently discharged after serving 4 1/2 years in the army. He served 43 months in the Pacific Theatre of operations. Mr. Bruchert is now employed at Milwaukee Preserve and Flavor Co., Milwaukee.



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