Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 27, 1975 · Page 69
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 69

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 27, 1975
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4F J«b27,1975 Colonial Home Cindy Taylor's Choice For Reception Following Formal Wedding HOMEOWNERS FROM THE START - Cindy Taylor, featured on the front cover, is enjoying decorating the mobile home that she and her groom, Joe, bought in St. Albans. Cindy a/so has a bit of a green thumb, as the collection ofplantlife in her liuingroom attests. (Daily Mail photo by Chet Hawes.) 'WEDDINGS ARE FOR WOMEN' BY ANN GRIFFITH Of Daily Mail Lifestyles Cynthia Knox Taylor is a living contradiction to the Women's Liberation Movement. While feminists urge women to delay marriage in favor of careers, Cindy in May went straight from Miss to Mrs. without so much as a stray thought about becoming a Ms. Now, at 18, Cindy is quite content to be Mrs. Joseph Rinehart Taylor. She is a year out of high school, and while her parents could well have afforded to send her to college, she never considered it. She had been dating Joey, who is two years older, since shortly before her 15th birthday. They became engaged with his mother's "old diamond" when she was a high school junior. Then last Christmas Joey gave Cindy a new, larger diamond, and she more or less marked time, waiting for marriage. Cindy's mother, Mrs. William R. Knox Sr., remembers distinctly the evening last March when, during a dinner party she and her husband were giving, Cindy and Joey burst in to announce that they had set the date - May 24. "My mother didn't believe it at first," Cindy says. "But when I told her again the next morning she knew I wasn't kidding." The announcement set in motion the plans for the first formal marriage ceremony in the family. Cindy's mother, the former Kathleen Rhea of Marlinton, was engaged to Bill Knox before he went into the Army in the early 40's. She continued her career in the State Department of Education while he served overseas. In 1946, a few months after he returned to Charleston, Kathleen and Bill eloped to Ironton, Ohio. She can't even remember what she wore. Following in parental footsteps, Cindy's older sister, Lynda, eloped to Columbia, S.C., where her fiance was ia the service at the time. But Cindy had her heart set on a formal church wedding. And she never considered a site for the reception other than her own home -- the white brick Colonial where her family has lived since she was nine. Yet, once the church ceremony was over, Cindy and Joey quickly threw off the trappings of formality, changing almost immediately from bridal gown and tuxedo into blue jeans to greet guests at the reception on the Knox patio and lawn overlooking the Kanawha River. Traditional in her own fashion, however, Cindy tossed her bouquet just before climbing in the car beside Joey for their week's honeymoon at Watoga State Park. She had on her "going away outfit", of course. Blue jeans. In fact, she says her entire trousseau is blue jeans. The only disagreement between Cindy and her mother during the planning of the wedding and reception concerned the number of guests. The Knoxes wanted to keep the reception small so that it could be moved inside in case of rain (the day- was golden and balmy as it turned out) and so that everyone could mingle comfortably. Cindy had in mind a somewhat larger gathering. They compromised. The family sent 65 formal invitations, 15 more than originally planned. Meanwhile, Cindy and Joey extended verbal invitations to approximately 30 of their close friends. It wasn't until the day of the wedding that Kathleen realized how many "kids" would be present and with some difficulty acquired on short notice a keg of cold beer to supplement the champagne and bar. Kathleen Knox did not find making arrangements for a formal wedding difficult, although she comments that she never could have made it without the advice and assistance of Mrs. Martha Nesbitt, Stone and Thomas bridal consultant, who, as her final gesture of concern, came to the First Christian Church for both the rehearsal and the wedding to handle last minute crises. "I kft the reception menu up to the caterer, William Smith of the Charleston National Bank," Kathleen explains. "He came through beautifully -hot hors d'oeuvres, ham, roast beef, all sorts of bread, finger sandwiches, cheese- balls, dips, everything. Really, all I had to do was arrange for the church decorations and the flowers for the bridal party." One dream that required years for Kathleen and Bill to realize already is a reality for Cindy and Joey. Before the young Taylors were married they bought their first home -- a mobile home in the Shadyside section of St. Albans. When the Knoxes were married housing was hi critically short supply. They lived for a time in the only place they could find -- a small West Side apartment. Eventually they were able to get into the Village apartments where they lived five years before buying and furnishing their first home on Noyes Avenue SE. Cindy says that she and Joey decided to marry in May because he felt he was doing well in his job with Shoney "s, and that they bought their two-bedroom mobile home when someone at Joey's office suggested they look at it. It is used, but in excellent condition. "We wanted a place of our own that we could fix up," Cindy says. "We're looking at sofas right now. We have one but it's kinda old. I guess I like traditional furniture better than modern. That's what we've been considering." "One Christmas we gave Cindy white French Provincal furniture for her'room," Kathleen says. "She took it with her when she was married. It looks very nice, but I think the ceiling is too low for the canopy." But Cindy disagrees. "We're going to have a canopy," she says firmly, "just as soon as I can get it dyed to match the draperies. The ceiling is plenty high. I tried it." A good old-fashioned tradition -- a canopy bed, but leave it to Cindy to add her own original touch to tradition. She plans to dye the canopy red! The bride Does Anyone Remember Poor Old Dad? By ANN JOHNSTON HAAS Of The Daily Mail Staff The traditional role of a father of the bride consists of putting up with nervous women, showing in time to walk down the aisle, and paying the bills for the big event. '· And, according to some recent fathers ; of the bride, they like it that way. Richard Venable Jr., whose recently', married daughter is the eldest of five 1 girls, knows he is in for years of white lace · and orange blossoms. ; "I've offered them all the same deal," Venable said. More than 300 persons at' tended Deborah's June 7 wedding to Bryan 1 Eads. The reception was at the Venable · home. :. "Expenses were pretty high. Not all of · the bills are in yet, but really, I don't want '. to know the total cost," Venable reported. 1 However, he does not favor changing trad- '· ition of the bride's family paying the majority of wedding expenses. 1 "The groom has to assume most costs ' after the wedding," he said. Most other fathers interviewed agreed. "It's our pleasure. As long as it's a good '· daughter and a fine son-in-law, I'm "pleased to pay the bills," remarked Sam · Rubin. His daughter, Debra, married 1 James Steiger June 1. Paul Divers, who had two daughters . married this spring, said it would be difficult for two families to agree on arrangements. . "And, it's her party. It's all right if her · folks pay for it," he added. Having weddings and receptions at the bride's home is not always the easiest or least expensive, according to two fathers. Ann Divers was married in a traditional church wedding in May and her sister Jane was married at home in June. "The home wedding may be less expensive, but it's a whole lot of work," Divers said. And Venable reported his costs were increased by "being forced to do some repairs around the house" where the reception was held. Divers' daughters chose their own type of wedding. "Both were nice in their own way. I only asked that they make up their minds what they wanted -- big or simple -- nothing in between," he explained. Most fathers expressed little dismay at today's wedding costs. Most complaints were from fathers who had to buy dresses for more than the bride and her mother. "I didn't know one man could buy as many dresses," said Divers, whose other two daughters were in Ann's wedding." More than 500 attended Karen Orlandi's wedding and reception in April and it was expensive but Joseph Orlandi did not mind. In fact, he said he would be glad to pay for a big wedding for his sons as well as for another daughter. None of the fathers interviewed said they were upset about losing a daughter. "You always know their day's coming," is the way Divers put it. Besides, he feels, "You never really lose a girl. They'll always be around." John Roberts, another father of five daughters, had his fourth wedding May 31. "Weddings don't get any easier for me, I'm just more used to them," Roberts remarked. He, like the other fathers, said he is on the fringes of wedding planning. The daughter and mother do most of the work. "I'm consulted now and then about something, but I have a minor role," said Samuel Richard, whose daughter Caroline will marry David Rossman Aug. 9. "Weddings are for women. The only time they holler for men is when they want something moved," Divers added. But, fathers who have h$d sons married quickly rate that the better end of the wedding bargain. 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