Hugh Melville Howard  

Sunday, September 20, 1908


Merwyn Wingfield, Best Man,
Fogbound on Mauretania,
Misses the Wedding

Bishop Greer Officiates at Notable
Wedding in the Old Dune Church
at Southampton, L. I.

Special to The New York Times.  
  SOUTHAMPTON, L. I., Sept. 19. - The failure of the Mauretania to make port in New York on the schedule time disarranged the plans for the wedding of Miss May Sands, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Aymar Sands of New York, and Hugh Melville Howard, son and heir of the Earl and Countess Wicklow of England, which was celebrated this afternoon in St Andrew's Church of the Dunes.
  Mervyn Wingfield, brother of the bridegroom, who was a passenger on the fogbound steamship, was to have been his brother's best man.   He was expected to reach New York on Friday night, but the Mauretania was held down the bay all day and night, not reaching the port until about 11 o'clock this morning.
  The wedding was set for 3 o'clock this afternoon, and when morning came with no news from the best man, there was consternation in the Sands home.   Then came a wireless message from Mr. Wingfield, announcing that he could not reach Southampton in time.   There was a hurried consultation between the bridegroom and his ushers, and Bradish Johnson was selected to take the place of the fogbound Englishman, and the wedding proceeded under that arrangement.
  The ceremony was performed by Bishop David M. Greer of New York, assisted by by the Rev. Mr. Treeder of East Hampton.   The historic little church on the sand dunes, converted into a house of worship from an old Government house, was massed with oak leaves, with a rosette of fine white daisies at the head of each pew.   The nave of the church was filled with Boltonia and Madame Breeton roses gathered from a rose garden of Mr. Sand's own cultivation.
  As the sun's rays streaked through the stained-glass windows and over the slanting eaves fringed with Autumn leaves, the setting for the wedding formed a quaint contrast to the fashionable coterie gathered to witness it.
  Mr. Kreck of Southampton, and an old friend of Mr. Sands, presided at the organ, and at the hour set the ushers walked slowly up the aisle to the strains of the Lohengren Wedding March.   They were J. Searle Barklay, Theodore A. Havemyer, Franklim C. Hoyt, Charles E. Sands, Legrande C. Griswold, and Harold A. Sands.   Following came Miss Sand's only attendant, Miss Edith Gilbert Clarke, whose engagement to Reginald Fincke of Manhattan was recently announced.   Miss Clarke wore a gown of yellow chiffon over yellow silk, and an Alice blue picture hat with heavy blue plumes.   She carried a large bouquet of yellow coxcombs.
  Next, all interest was concentrated on the bride, who followed a little behind her maid of honor, on the arm of her father.   Her gown was of heavy brocaded satin, overlaid with the same handsome Duchesse lace that was worn by her grandmother, the late Mrs. Samuel Sands, on her wedding day, and also by her aunt. Mrs. Theodore A. Havemyer.   Pearls comprised her chief ornaments.
  Miss Sands was met at the alter by the bridegroom and his best man.   She was given in marriage by her father.   As Bishop Greer pronounced the benediction, Mr. and Mrs. Howard walked back down the aisle to the strains of the Mendelsohn march and the pealing of the church bells.   Mr. and Mrs. Sands followed the bride out.   Mrs. Sands wore a black and white lace gown and a rose trimmed black hat.   She had a string of pearls about her neck.   With them was Miss Anna Sands, aunt of the bride, who wore a brussels lace gown with a heavy applique of lace pastels.
  After the ceremony the guests went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sands on the Great Plains Road, where the reception was held.
  According to Mr. Sands his daughter and her husband will take a trip to Yellowstone Park and spend the Winter at Mr. Howard's villa in Italy.
  Among the guests were: Mr. and Mrs. Lorillard Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Sands, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore A. Havemyer, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Minoit, Mr. and Mrs. Gaillard Johnson, Charles E. Sands, Franklin C. Hoyt, Mr. and Mrs. J. Searle Barclay, Mr. and Mrs. N. Thayer Robb, Harold Bell, Mrs. John Boland, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Peabody Judge and Mrs. Gerard, Mr. and Mrs. Columbus Mr. and Mrs. James

Breese, ex-Mayor and Mrs. Hugh J. Grant, Mrs. Frederick H. Betts, Mr. and Mrs. Julian W. Robbins, Mr. and Mrs. Holbrook Curtis, J. Bowers Lee, Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. S. H. P. Pell, Mrs. Aymar Johnson, Mrs. Frances Pell, Mr. and Mrs. Lathrop Ames, Mrs. Albert Zabriskie Gray, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Van Rensselaer, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins, Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Hoffman, Mr. and Mrs. Archibald Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. De Lancey Nicoll, Mr. and Mrs. Legrande Griswold, Miss Gertrude Sheldon, Mr. and Mrs. G. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Schuyler Schieffelin, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Barnes, Mrs. John L. Lawson, Mr. and Mrs. William G. Gulliver, Mrs. J. G. K. Lawrence, Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Amsinck, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Townsend, Mrs. M. Dwight Collier, Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Williams, Dr. and Mrs. George Dixon, Dr. and Mrs. Peter B, Wyeckoff, Mr. and Mrs. Murray Young, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Robbins, Mr. and Mrs. W. Scott Cameron, Mr. and Mrs. August Belmont, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Newbold Edgar, Mr. and Mrs. George R. Schieffelin, Miss Dorothy Schieffelin, Mrs. Fordyce Barber, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Vanderbilt, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sandford, Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Francklyn, Miss Doris Francklyn, Fred G. King.
  The invitation list from abroad included: Mr. and Mrs. W. Lindsay, Lady Milford, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Malcolm, Earl and Countess of Wicklow, the Ladies Caroline, Louis, and Alice Howard, Anthony Wringfield, the Hon. Alfred and Mrs. Catherine Hardy, Miss Muriel Wringfield. Earl and Countess of Carysport, Dowager Viscountess Powerscourt, and Col. and Mrs. De La Poer Beresford.