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 – The Express and Telegraph, Saturday, April 13th 1912

AN ACTRESS’ MARRIAGE.

PUBLIC LOCKED OUT.

 

Miss Gabrielle Ray, the charming musical comedy actress, provided surprise one day last month, in being quietly married to Mr. Eric Loder at St. Edward’s Roman Catholic Church, Windsor. The ceremony was originally fixed for the previous day, but although the church was decorated and the bridegroom, the priest, the choir, and the organist were ready, there was no wedding because no bride came.

The reason Miss Ray gave to curious enquirers at her London flat for her apparently strange action was that she was too unwell to go through the ceremony. The following morning, however, she had so far recovered as to be able to motor over to Windsor.

No one expected such a sudden recovery, and when the wedding party drove up at 10.30 to Canon Longinotto’s residence not a member of the faithful public was in sight. Mr. Loder lumped out of his car, and, taking Miss Ray’s arm, he led her into the house.

 Choir Boys Sent For.

The decision to be married that morning seemed to have been arrived at very rapidly, for a wait had to be made while the organist, the registrar, and the choir boys were sent for. In about half an hour’s time they were collected. In even shorter time the public, in some mysterious way, had heard of what was happening, and by the time the wedding party was ready to leave the canon’s house many had assembled round about the house and the church. It was soon evident, however, that the bride and bridegroom were not in the least wishful for any popular demonstration, for the doors of the church were rigidly locked. The bride and bridegroom slipped stealthily through the canon’s kitchen garden to the back door of the church, and Mr. Loder held a big umbrella close down over Miss Ray’s head.

Just a Glimpse.

All that could be seen of her was that she was wearing a vivid mustard-coloured costume and carried a large bunch of violets. Glimpses of a soft mauve hat could also be occasionally caught. The service was a short one. Before the ceremony the bride and bridegroom sat down on chairs in front of the altar. They then advanced to the altar rails. Miss Ray made her responses in a clear voice, which could be heard throughout the church.

The register was signed as follows:-

Eric Raymond Loder, twenty-three, bachelor, independent means, son of Alfred Basil Loder, deceased. Address, 44, Alma road, New Windsor.

Gabrielle Elizabeth Clifford Cooke, twenty-eight, spinster, independent means, of 48, Coleherne-crescent, Kensington. W.

The same mysterious methods were observed after the wedding was over. Again the back door of the church was used and the kitchen garden traversed to the canon’s residence, where lunch was partaken of.

A last ruse was resorted to. About half-past twelve a big covered car was brought round to the back entrance of the canon’s house, while an open car took its stand outside the front door.

A World Tour.

 The crowd, which had now swelled considerably, had no doubt at all that the open car was a blind, and hurried round to the back. But they were once again badly defeated, for Mr. and Mrs. Loder, both smiling, suddenly appeared at the front door, and hurriedly getting into the open car drove rapidly away. Perhaps they suddenly relented, or perhaps it was that they wanted to have a last laugh at the crowd, for the car, after going a little way, checked, swung round, and drove past the back door, right by the waiting crowd. As it was vanishing Mrs Loder turned round and waved a gloved hand to them. A few faint cheers were raised by the slightly dazed and bewildered public. The honeymoon is to be spent in a world tour, which embraces Africa and India, Mr and Mrs Loder are to be absent from England at least six months.

On their return they are to live in the country. Whether Mrs Loder will be seen on the stage again is another matter.

 

The Express and Telegraph, Saturday, April 13th 1912

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William Austin Cook – The Liverpool Mail – Saturday 1st November 1873

MARRIAGES

 

Cook – Holden – Oct. 22, St. Ann’s, Stretford, by the Rev. John Newton, assisted by the Rev. Canon Formby, William Austin Cook, of Manchester and Hathersage, Derbyshire, to Annie, only child of the late Joseph Holden, Esq., of D’Urban, South Africa, and stepdaughter Thomas Marsden, Esq., Poplar house, Sale, Cheshire

 

The Liverpool Mail – Saturday 1st November 1873

 

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The Sketch – 6th March 1912 (Marriage)

The Sketch - 6th March 1912 (Marriage)

Married to Miss Gabrielle Ray on Friday last: Mr. Eric Loder.

Miss Gabrielle Ray and Mr. Eric Loder were to have been married on Thursday last, but at the eleventh hour the wedding was postponed, owing to the indisposition of the bride. It took place next day, at Windsor.

The Sketch – 6th March 1912

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Dundee Evening Telegraph – Friday 1st March 1912 (Marriage)

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Friday 01 March 1912 (Marriage)

Miss Gabrielle Ray Weds today

The marriage of Miss Gabrielle Ray, the musical comedy actress, to Mr Eric Loder, which was to have taken place at Windsor Roman Catholic Church yesterday, was solemnised there this morning. The bride motored from London with a lady friend, only a few people being present at the ceremony.

The parties reached the church by the vestry door through the rectory grounds, and so escaped public gaze. When the couple returned to the Rectory, Mr Loder shielded his bride with an umbrella from the photographers, though two snapshots were taken. Mr Astley was best man.

Miss Ray wore a cream costume with mauve hat.

The service was choral, and the register was signed Eric Raymond Loder (23), independent means, and Gabrielle Elizabeth Clifford Cooke (28), spinster.

After luncheon at the Rectory the bride and bridegroom left by motor car.

Dundee Evening Telegraph – Friday 1st March 1912

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The Globe – Friday 1st March 1912

Globe - Friday 01 March 1912

Miss Gabrielle Ray.

Marriage takes place at Windsor.

Today the wedding of Miss Gabrielle Ray and Mr. Eric Loder, postponed from yesterday afternoon, took place at St. Edward’s Roman Catholic Church, Windsor, shortly after eleven o’clock.

There were few people about when the bridegroom, accompanied by his best man, Mr. Astley, and Canon Longinotto, the officiating priest, entered the church. They were followed shortly afterwards by Miss Gabrielle ray, who drove up to the church in a motor car, accompanied by her friend, Mrs. Nye

The bride, who was attired in a cream serge costume and a mauve hat, carried a bouquet of violets. There were not more than a dozen people in the church, including choir boys and some children, when the ceremony was solemnised.

Before the ceremony the bride and bridegroom sat in chairs in front of the alter, and when the ceremony was commenced they advanced to the alter rails. The organist played wedding marches at the commencement and close of the service. After the service the bride and bridegroom drove away in a motor car.

The Globe – Friday 1st March 1912

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The Sketch – 6th March 1912 (Wedding)

The Ray hidden by a “sunshade”: A wedding “portrait.”

The Sketch - 6th March 1912 (Wedding)

Though lost to sight – : Miss Gabrielle Ray entering St. Edward’s Roman Catholic Church,

Windsor, for her marriage to Mr. Eric Loder.

Miss Gabrielle Ray, the very popular musical-comedy actress and the best known of postcard beauties, was to have been married to Mr. Eric Loder at St. Edward’s Roman Catholic Church, Windsor, on Thursday of last week, but was indisposed. The wedding took place on the following day, very quietly. The bride, determined to escape notice, entered the church by way of Canon Longinotto’s kitchen garden and the back door, and was hidden behind an umbrella. The return to the Canon’s residence after the ceremony was made in the same way. The Register was signed as follows: “Eric Raymond Loder, 23, bachelor, of independent means, 44, Alma Road, Windsor; Gabrielle Elizabeth Clifford Cook, 28, spinster, of independent means, 48, Coleherne Court, Kensington, London, W.; father’s name, William Austin Cook, of independent means.”

The Sketch – 6th March 1912

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Gabrielle Ray – Good Housekeeping Magazine – 1912

Good Housekeeping Magazine - July 1912

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Gladys Cook – Marriage Register – 1910

Gladys Cook - Marriage Register - 1910

 

Gladys Raymond – Marriage Certificate

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Marriage Register – Gabrielle Ray – Eric Loder – 1912

Marriage Register Gabrielle Ray - Eric Loder - 1st March 1912

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William Austin Cook – The Derby Mercury – 1873

William Austin Cook - Marriage - The Derby Mercury - 5th November 1873

Cook – Holden – Oct. 22, St. Ann’s, Church, Stretford, by the Rev. John Newton, assisted by the Rev. Canon Formby, William Austin Cook, of Manchester and Hathersage, Derbyshire, Annie, only child of the late Joseph Holden, Esq., D’Urban, South Africa, and stepdaughter Thomas Marsdcn, Esq., Poplar House, Sale, Cheshire.

The Derby MercuryWednesday 5th November 1873

William Austin Cook – Marriage Certificate – 1873

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