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Sunday, July 27, 1975
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18 F July 27,1975 Sues' Romance's Unconventional Beginning Results In Unusual Wedding In Park SOMETHING OLD. SOMETHING NEW - new is the bride, Mrs. Richard Howard Parks, and old is practically everything in the Parkses' first apartment. It is furnished with family pieces such as the oak hall tree shown, dating back to Pam Florence Parks' great- grandmother. With Pam is the Parkses'pet, Jackson, an old English sheepdog. (Photo by Chet Hawes.) BY ANN GRIFFITH Of Daily Mail LifeStyles When Pam Florence and Richard Parks were introduced it was a case of hate-at- first-sight. "We met at Marshall," Pam recalls, "and we instantly disliked each other. For three months we didn't even speak. Then we became friends." In due time Rich gave Pam a diamond engagement ring. She gave it back. It wasn't that she no longer cared for Rich. She simply didn't happen to care for diamond rings. With such an unconventional beginning, it is logical that when the couple decided to marry, they were not willing to settle for the tried-and-trite. Pam's mother, Donna Florence, had hoped that the second of her four daughters would follow in her older sister's footsteps -- footsteps that led down the aisle to the altar of the Baptist Temple in the Florences' hometown of Parkersburg. It came as a bit of a jolt to the family when Pam announced that she and Rich planned to be married in Huntington's Ritter Park, on a grassy clearing overlooking the city. The couple chose May 10 as their wedding date -- a day earmarked by the almanac for heavy rainstorms. Although the Campus Christian Center was reserved as an alternative setting, at 11:30 a.m. on the .wedding day, Pam walked on the arm of her father down the path toward Rich and the waiting guests as the leaves overhead sifted and softened the sunlight and a guitarist played and sang "The First Time I Saw Your Face." "I always wanted something different for a wedding," Pam explains. "Rich and I picked this particular spot in Ritter Park because it was where we always used to go for long walks. It is the highest point and there's a grassy opening with the sun just sort of filtering through the trees. "Rich and I wrote our vows together. The minister gave a small introductory statement. We promised to love and respect and be with each other always." When the couple exchanged wide gold wedding bands they said to each other, "Accept this ring as a symbol of our oneness." There was a reading from Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet and as a background for the ceremony the guitarist played "In My Life." Afterward Pam's parents and Rich's parents, the Howard Parkses of Charleston, lined up along the path to form a receiving line. A reception with hors d'oeuvres, champagne and cake followed at the Gateway Inn. Although Pam's parents gradually adjusted to the idea of an outdoor ceremony, her mother hopes that her two younger · daughters will choose to have church weddings, even though she herself did not. Donna Paugh and H. G. Florence met hi high school and were married in 1950. With service in the Navy during the Korean War looming ahead for the groom, the occasion was one less of pomp than of circumstance. They chose to be married in the church parsonage with only two close friends in attendance. Donna wore a white knit dress with an orchid corsage she remembers as being "similar to the one I wore at Pam's wedding." There was a weekend honeymoon --a sharp contrast to the wedding trip taken by Pam and Rich to Andros Island in the Bahamas. After three years in the service -- spent largely in Cuba -- R. G. Florence returned to Parkersburg and his former job in his father's contracting business. His family gave the couple their first home and they settled down to begin a family that eventually was to number five children. Later they moved into their present residence, a turn-of-the-century structure that has been occupied continuously by members of the Florence family since it was built. Much of the furniture dates back to the era when Pam's great-grandmother was lady of the house, and Pam and Rich have furnished their Ravinia Road duplex in family heirlooms that her mother has passed along to her -- including a solid brass bed. Because of the china and silver already in the family, Donna Florence never gave a thought to selecting patterns of her own. While Pam and Rich are in the process of making this decision, Pam did not choose to go to the "registry route." She and Rich selected their sterling flatware -- Towle's Byfield -- together, and Rich gave the entire set to Pam as a gift. In turn Pam gave Rich the wine glasses in their crystal -Coronet by Fostoria -- for Valentine's Day. Although both now are btisy with their careers (Rich is associated with the Executive Air Terminal and'Pairf is an advertising compositor), they plan soon to begin looking at china patterns. In furniture Pam shares her mother's fondness for tradition. In wedding gowns BRIDE AND MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE -Pamela Florence Parks is snapped following her wedding in Huntington 's Ritter Park with her mot her, Mrs. H. G. Florence Jr. it was more a matter of amicable compromise. "I wore the same gown my sister wore," Pam says. "That was my father's one request. At first I didn't want to wear it, but I took the train off and wore a big brimmed hat instead of the veil, and it was fine. The dress itself really was quite simple.'No lace or anything." And with the wedding gown, around her neck Pam wore a very special gift from Rich -- the diamond from her engagement ring set into the base of a tiny,custom-designed gold umbrella -- her good-luck charm to beat the jinx of the almanac's stormy forecast. And for Pam it worked. Air Taxi * Air Cargo * Air Ambulance Alt aumtS[gVKt24HOIKMU Y Th* only U«nw?d Inifa-State Operator BOWK! at Kancwbg Airport! 'fly Away" Your Honeymoon! Complete aviation facilities coming soon better services for the General Aviation User. Information or Reservations PHONE 346.0707/346-0400/346-0409 KANAWHAARPORT,CHAS.,W.A. AN $8 BILLION BUSINESS ·t's Called The Great American Wedding By MARGARIA FICHTNER Knight Newspapers Writer " With the possible exception of the taste "of Coney Island hotdogs, the smile on the ·Mona Lisa's face and the sure knowledge that snapping one's fingers keeps the elephants a way,.one of the most stable facts of life is the Great American Wedding. Viewed both as a fairy tale made flesh and an $8 billion annual business, the American wedding is a potpourri of romance, nostalgia, theatrics and, in cases where the "something borrowed" is the money to pay for it. ludicrous extravagance. . Picture a bride. If you're a Westerner drilled in the Judeo-Christian ethic, your ·vision is of someone tall, probably willowy, certainly radiant and garbed in white. Someone like Cheryl Bohn Quigley. Mrs. Quigley is a no-frills young woman with an informal approach to fashion. Her .spare-time uniform is blue jeans, but for her wedding recently she chose a long formal gown. "It's pretty plain, because I'm not really the lacy type, but it's something that I've wanted since I was a little girl." Mrs. Quigley is one of the multitude of young women whose dreams of an ideal wedding day start with the clothes they'll wear. In Miami, it's possible for the clever brides to make their own gowns for as little as $20 or to rent them for around $15, excluding headpiece. The bridegroom gets off easier, paying from $15 to $30 for his rented tux. However, most brides will spend an average of $200 on a dress they'll wear once and then pack away for a granddaughter they may never have and who, if she's as much taller than her grandmother as today's bride, won't be able to fit into it anyway. The U.S. fashion industry supports fewer than 100 bridal firms, all of them fiercely competitive for the consumer dollar. The most famous of these is Priscilla of Boston whose clients include presidents' daughters and social princesses. The Priscilla customer will spend an average of from $300 to $450 to clothe herself for her wedding, but says head fashion designer, Jim Hjelm, "We are known for our expensive things, and many stores order gowns they sell for from $850 to $1,000." Offering an alternative approach is Frank Masandrea, designer for New York- based Bridal Couture. Masandrea was one of the first in the business to use clingy jersey and bodyshaping silhouettes in bridal wear, to push turbans and other hats to replace veils and to prefer fans to floral bouquets. Masandrea, who says his company's business has doubled in the past three years, doesn't believe the conservative customer is the whole market. "My client is an urban bride who's a little older and has been working awhile," he says. "She wants a gown that's'a bit more sophisticated and will be comfortable to wear." His average retail price is $250. Dade County, Fla. issued 16,687 marriage licenses in 1974. Nationally, there were an estimated 1,800,000 first marriages, and of these, 80 per cent involved formal wedding ceremonies and some kind of celebration afterward. This could have been a budget-line punch, cake and butter mints affair at the church; a cocktail and hors d' oeuvre party: a buffet, which probably ran $7 per person plus liquor or a full sit-down dinner which may have cost more than the bride's college education. A lunch hour ceremony at the courthouse is quicker, simpler, less expensive and dull, and today's bride avoids it in favor of the orange blossoms and lace she wrongly believes to be in keeping with the aura of bridal tradition. Actually the formal wedding as we know it dates back only about 100 years to Queen Victoria's day, historical peanuts on anybody's timetable. We treat it as tradition because in those hundred years the established wedding pattern has not changed significantly, despite two world wars, vast social changes and the emergence of the women's liberation movement. The invitation may be unorthodox--one Dade couple recently began theirs with "In response to what we believe is love .. "--but in most cases the event itself is not. No longer do brides consider a chimney sweep a sign of good fortune and a pig that runs across their path an evil omen, but the old, new, borrowed, blue, sixpence in her shoe syndrome is still part of the informal ritual. At one Miami department store where brides-to-be register their silver and china preferences, for the convenience of gift- giving friends, popular choices are plates, cups and saucers in Autumn by Lenox, a fairly old-fashioned pattern with fall colors and a fancy border, and Wallace's aptly named Grand Baroque flatware. "Why do iot you marry, Hugo?" says Bertram in Disraeli's novel "Lothair." "I respect the institution," says Hugo, "which is admitting something in these days; and I have always thought that every woman should marry, and no man." 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