Gabrielle Ray

'Gabrielle Ray said, 'I am always dancing; I love it! When I don't dance, I sing. What else is there to do?'

Gabrielle Ray – Wedding – Windsor and Eton Express – Saturday 2nd March 1912





The wedding of Miss Gabrielle Ray and Mr. Eric Loder, postponed from yesterday, took place this (Friday) morning at St. Edward’s Roman Catholic Church, the ceremony being performed by Canon Longinotto. It was quite private, few people being aware that it was taking place, and there was no crowd. The marriage was performed by special dispensation on account of its taking place during Lent. Owing to this penitential season also, there were no flowers inside the sanctuary but there were palms outside.

Before the ceremony, while waiting for the bride, “Ave Maria Stella” was sung by the choir, and “Ave Maria” during the signing of the register.

The bride’s bouquet was of violets, thus being Lenten in colouring.

The bride wore a canary coloured silk coat and skirt, trimmed with braid, and a large purple velvet hat. She drove in a motor -car to Canon Longinotto’s house, accompanied by a friend, Mrs. Nye.

The bridegroom, who was accompanied by Mr. Astley, as best man, was attired in a brown suit, and arrived at the church at 11. His friends present were Sir Edward Stewart Richardson and Mr. Lacey.

The bride looked charming as she entered the church at 11.10.

Mr. W. F. Bradshaw, R.A.M., organist of the church, wrote a special nuptial march in honour of the occasion, which he played at the commencement of the service.

At the conclusion of the service a Wedding March was played, and the register was signed.

This gave the following particulars:

Eric Raymond Loder, 23 years, bachelor, of independent means.

Gabrielle Elizabeth Cliff Cooke, 28 years, spinster.

The ceremony only took about a quarter of an hour, and crowd had now grown, As the bride and bridegroom left the vestry and walked through private grounds to Canon Longinotto’s house, they sent up a cheer for the newly married couple.

At Canon Longinotto’s house, wedding cake was cut and the health of Mr. and Mrs. Loder was drunk. Later they left Windsor in a motor car for the honeymoon.


The wedding was originally announced to take place on Thursday, but from some cause which has not yet been fully explained she did not put in an appearance, and the ceremony was indefinitely postponed. Inquiries at Miss Ray’s flat in London were replied to with the information that she was indisposed, and that it was unlikely that the wedding would take place this week. Both the bride and the bridegroom desired a quiet marriage, and it was thought that the date of the wedding was a secret, but it was announced in a London evening paper on Wednesday, and the consequence was that an army of London Press photographers and special correspondents began to arrive shortly after 9 on Thursday morning.

By the time fixed for the ceremony, a large number of people had assembled outside St. Edward’s Church, but every door was kept locked, and only a few were allowed inside. The choir arrived, together with the registrar and the organist, who had arranged to play a specially written wedding march. The bridegroom and a friend were on the spot, for they were at Canon Longinotto’s house close by. But there was no bride.

The crowd increased every moment, and included two cinematograph operators. Subsequently a messenger boy brought a telegram to the Canon’s house, and it was stated that Miss Ray was not expected. Shortly afterwards the bridegroom and his friend left in a motor car, and the choir was dismissed but told to hold itself in readiness to take part at any moment. The crowd remained until three o’clock, but the bride did not appear, and they dispersed.

Miss Gabrielle Ray and her fiancé, who is the second son of the late Mr. Alfred Loder and the nephew of Major Loder, the famous racehorse owner, were together in a box at the Gaiety Theatre on Tuesday evening. Their engagement was announced in Paris a little more than a month ago. Miss Ray has been well known for some years in musical comedy circles as a captivating dancer. One of her chief successes was the “song and dance” which she performed at Daly’s, “He always came back to tea.” She made her first appearance on the stage at the Princess’s Theatre in 1893 as the child Geraldine in “The Green Bushes.” She was then only eight years of age. Other child parts which she played were Adrienne in “Proof” and Cissie in “The Silver King.” She spent a portion of her childhood days in Windsor.

Windsor and Eton Express – Saturday 2nd March 1912




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