Miss Hemphill Mr. Thornton Exchange Vows

Camden – (Special) – Miss Beverly Ellen Hemphill of Camden and Pendleton, Oregon, daughter of Laurence Eugene Hemphill of Pendleton, Oregon, daughter of Laurence Eugene Hemphill of Pendleton, became the bride of Thomas Harrelson Thornton of Washington, D. C., son of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Thornton of Camden, at 8 p.m. September 29 in the Lyttleton Street Methodist church.

The Rev. Herbert L. Spell, pastor of the church, and the Rev. O. Floyd Montgomery, pastor of the First Baptist church, officiated, using the double-ring ceremony.

The entire front of the church was banked with southern smilax. Two brass five-pronged candelabra holding white tapers were used on the choir rails and numerous seven-branched candelabra holding cathedral taper were arranged between cluster of waxed magnolia leaves in brass vases. Two huge ferns were placed on either side of the rostrum and a large brass urn filled with white gladioli, pom-pom chrysanthe-mums and fern centered the pulpit. The altar table held the brass cross and lighted candles in brass holders.

The special pews for relatives were marked with clusters of white flowers and white satin bows.

Mrs. James M. Gandy, organist, presented a program of nuptial music.

The bride was given in marriage by Walter A. Rhame’ and the bridegroom had his brother, James M. Thornton, Jr., as best man.

The usher-groomsmen were Joseph Jackson of Camden, and Robert O. Watson of Rock Hill.

Miss Genevieve Hemphill of August, Ga., was her sister’s maid of honor. The bridesmaids were Mrs. O. Glenn Florence and Miss Doris Emerson.

The bride wore a Suzy original gown of Chantilly lace over lustrous candlelight satin fashioned with a fitted bodice buttoned to the waistline with tiny lace covered buttons. The Queen Elizabeth collar was of the lace and the lace overskirt was made redingote style with the lace design cut out around the edge and was worn over a hoop skirt. The long sleeves ended in the cutout lace pattern on the hand. The veil of bridal illusion was in three teirs, the first being worn over the face during the ceremony. It was attached to a narrow bandeau of seed pearls and Chantilly lace.

She carried a bouquet of lilies of the valley, centered with a yellow-throated white orchid and tied with white satin ribbon.

The maid of honor wore an emerald green shaded into lighter hues nylon net gown over taffeta designed with a tightly fitted shirred net strapless bodice over which was worn a matching stole. She carried a cascade bouquet of spider chrysanthemums, tinted chartreuse and having wide chartreuse satin streamers.

The bridesmaids dresses were of lime green nylon net over satin. The satin bodices were strapless and the very full skirts were worn over hoops. They wore nylon net stoles and mitts and carried colonial bouquets of bronze satin poufs. Each of the attendants wore single strand choker pearl necklaces, the gift of the bride.

Mrs. Walter A. Rhame, who represented the bride’s family, wore an ivory moire dinner gown with a red velvet rose at the waist line. She wore opera length white gloves and a shoulder corsage of red roses.

Mrs. Thornton, mother of the bridegroom, wore a steel blue crepe gown trimmed in silver beads and sequins at the neckline. Her accessories were silver and her flowers were red roses tied with silver. She wore opera length white gloves.

The wedding was followed by a reception given by the bride and her sister in the church parlors.

Later in the evening the young couple left for a wedding trip, after which, they will be at home in Arlington, Va. For traveling the bride wore a deep amethyst colored dressmaker wool suit with cut steel bead trim on the pockets. Her Nyola felt cloche was deep amethyst and was trimmed in a cut stell ornament and purple veiling. She wore an orchid nylon shirred blouse and her shoes, bag and gloves were dove gray. She wore the white orchid from her wedding bouguet.

The bride was graduated from Stephens college. Columbia, Mo., and Oregon State college, Corvallis, Oregon. She has been employed as secretary with the May plant of the Du Pont company for two years and has made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Rhame.

Mr. Thornton received his education in the Camden City schools and graduated at the University of South Carolina. He served in World War II in the United States navy and is now with the Department of Defense in Washington, D. C., where he is also attending Georgetown university. His father is a former representative in the legislature from Kershaw county.

Out-of-town guest at the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. Knowlton Thornton of Charleston, Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Thornton, Mr. and Mrs. Warden Hulst and son, David, Mrs. Marshall Jeffers, all of Columbia; Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Watson (Clemmie Eloise Flaherty Watson) and children, Steve Watson and Ann Watson, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Watson, Jr., all of Blaney; Mrs. Stella Watson and daughters, Fay, Jeanette and Joan, Mrs. Minnie Lee Montgomery of Winnsboro, and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Johnson of Indianapolis, Ind.

October 4, 1951  State (published as The State)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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