Thursday, January 3, 2013

Throwback Thursday (003/365)

TIME: January 3, 1928
PLACE: St. Louis, MO
SUBJECT: Wedding Party of Ignazia “Edna” Tedesco, age 20 & Michael Capone, age 23

Today is the 85th wedding anniversary of my grandparents.  They were married here, in town, but had their wedding photos taken in St. Louis, MO.  From the newspaper at the time…

St. Peter's Cathedral was the scene of a beautiful wedding this morning when Miss Edna Tedesco, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Tedesco of 121A West Main street, became the bride of Mike Capone, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Capone of St. Louis.
The ceremony was performed at 9 o'clock in the presence of a large assembly of friends and relatives.  Msgr. J. H. Schlarman officiating.  A nuptial High Mass was celebrated.
The bride was attended by Miss Edna Mercurio, Miss Anna Bova and Miss Agnes Capone.  Miss Mercurio, as maid-of-honor, was attired in a gown of peach pink taffeta made with a tight bodice and full skirt trimmed in gold lace.  Miss Bova was dressed in a Nile green robe-de-style, maline ornamenting the skirt of uneven hemline.  The second bridesmaid wore a dress of orchid taffeta with a full skirt of maline.  They all wore large black velvet picture hats with metallic crowns and velvet streamers of hem line length.  Their shower bouquets were of pink roses. [Grandma had a rainbow wedding! :) ]
Miss Tedesco, who was given in marriage by her father, chose white satin and Spanish lace daintily trimmed with pearls for her wedding gown.  A beautiful long train of white satin was worn with a Henrietta style veil of Spanish lace, pearls and rhinestones.  Pendants of pearls were affixed to the veil at the side of each ear.  The bride carried white roses and lilies of the valley tied with ribbon in a shower spray.
Groomsmen were Bartolo Busalachiof [sic], St. Louis, Charles Mercurio and Frank Tedesco, Jr., brother of the bride.  Little Peter Vivian [sic] of St. Louis served as a ring bearer.  He wore a suit of black velvet with a white satin waist and a cape set off with rhinestones.
[Sadly, Peter would be struck and killed by an automobile, near his home, 4 months later on May 29, 1928. He was 6 years old.]
Immediately after the ceremony a breakfast was served in the home of the bride's parents.  A large number of out-of-town guests attended the nuptials.  Mr. and Mrs. Capone will make their future home in St. Louis.

Originally, they were to be married in November of 1927, however, my grandfather’s uncle, Charles Palmisano was killed on the 10th of that month by members of the Green Ones gang for refusing to pay extortion money to Vito Giannola.  Due to the tragedy, the wedding was postponed until January of 1928. 
Interestingly, I found out that my grandfather had been arrested in 1922 for striking a carriage while driving a car owned by Vito Giannola.  Hmmmmm, the plot thickens.

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