The Wedding of the Year: 50 Years Later
A 13 page article about the Hansens wedding day and 50th anniversary celebration. Published in the Dixie section of the Times-Picayune on January 23, 1983. The article tells the story of the courtship of Mary Gemelli by Ernest Hansen, their extravagant rainbow wedding which took place in the middle of the depression, and their 50th anniversary celebration at Gallier Hall.

"On November 16, 1982, when over 200 well-wishers gathered to honor the Hansens on their 50th anniversary, the talk turned to the wedding 50 years before, Mary Gemelli's rainbow wedding, which had been large and beautiful and elaborate, and which had been, many insisted, THE wedding of 1932."

"Once the Mass was over that cold November 16, the bridal party struggled through the crowds of people ("They had policemen to make them stand back so we could get out," Mary remembers) to waiting limousines so they could proceed to their next stop: C. Bennette Moore's at 109 Baronne in the Beer Building, one of the top photographers in town and a popular choice for wedding portraits."
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Collection category
Mary and Ernest
Physical dimensions (in.)
10.75" x 11.5"
Coverage 1930s-1980s
Contributor Bryan S. Berteaux
Contributor Eliot Kamenitz
Subject Ernest
Contributor G. Andrew Boyd
Subject Hansen Family
Date January 23 1983
Subject Mary
Format Newspaper
Creator Pat Sims
Subject Publicity
Type Text
Publisher The Times-Picayune
Rights The Times-Picayune