As we have previously observed at the search for piety and obedience, wedding rituals and forms in the Brethren in Christ Church (especially near the mid-century mark) may have differed dramatically between regions. In a previous post on the subject, two readers questioned the accuracy of my observation that ornate flower arrangements would have been anathema to the conservative church in California. But what about other regions of the church, like Kansas or Pennsylvania?
An anniversary announcement in last week’s Abilene Reflector-Chronicle provides yet another opportunity to reflect upon the form of Brethren in Christ wedding ceremonies in the mid-twentieth century.
Compare a photograph of the August 31, 1950, wedding of Henry and Faithe (Book) Landis (below, left) to the previously seen photographs of Brethren in Christ weddings (below, center and right). What similarities can be observed? What differences can be seen? What observations can we make about wedding form in the denomination at this time?
Note: The weddings of Lewis and Gladys (Bowen) Sider and Everett and Adela (Tissot) Byer occurred in Brethren in Christ congregations in California; the wedding of Henry and Faithe (Book) Landis occurred in a Kansas church. One wonders how ceremonies west of the Mississippi River differed from those on the East Coast.
Readers: Share your observations about these photos in the Comments section!