Article about Nellie and George Berger's Wedding
October 12,1897
Wedding Bells
The Berger /Trefzger Nuptials Solemnized This Morning
Before the altar at the church of the Sacred Heart, this morning, knelt George M. Berger of Cincinnati, Ohio and Miss Petronella R, Trefzger of this city, and there breathed the vows which made them one forever.
The wedding was one of the most impressive ever witnessed within the sacred walls of the church. Promptly at 9 o'clock the bridal party drove up to the entrance of the canopy leading to the edifice, and as the procession moved up the central aisle the organ pealed forth the strains of the wedding march from "Lohengrin," with Professors Charles T. Wernert and Carl C. Christensen at the keyboard.
The procession was led by the ushers followed by the groomsmen, the bridesmaids and the maid of honor. Then came the bride leaning on the arm of her father. Just before the altar was reached the groom and the best man emerged from the sacristy and met the bride at the altar. The ceremony was attended with a solemn high mass with the Rev. Edmund, pastor of the church as celebrant, assisted by the Rev. Gaudence, also of the same church, and the Rev. Sigismund of Metamora. The mass sung on this occasion was a mass in E-flat by A. Leonard, and during its course Miss Teresa Berger, of Cincinnati and sister of the groom, rendered a solo, "Ave Maria," by Cherubini, with singular sweetness and expression. As the nigh contracting parties took their holy vows the organ played, "Oh Promise Me," and as the bridal party it the altar the strains of the Mendelssohn wedding march saluted them. Immediately after the ceremony the party and guests repaired to the residence of the bride's parents at 108 North Monroe street, where in apartments elaborately arranged the wedding breakfast was partaken of.
The bride wore a gown of cream satin trimmed with real lace, also a bridal veil and carried a prayer book bound in mother of pearl and with pearls as ornaments. Miss Fannie Myers, of Pekin, was the maid of honor and was gowned in yellow organdie over yellow satin and carried yellow roses.
The bridesmaids were Ottelia Berger, sister of the groom, and who wore pink satin and carried pink roses; Miss Anna Trefzger, sister of the bride, and who wore green organdie over green satin and carried a bunch of maiden hair ferns. The best man was Tony Metz of Cincinnati, a cousin of the groom and groomsmen were Fred W. Trefzger, brother of the bride, and Ed. Schoen, of Indianapolis, cousin of the groom. The ushers were A. Metz and R. Trefzger.
The groom is engaged in the wholesale tobacco business at Cincinnati, and the bride is the youngest daughter of Simon Trefzger, the well known retired merchant of this city. This evening a reception will be extended the newly-wedded pair at the home of the bride's parents and which will be attended by only the relatives of both families but they will number about 100. Tomorrow morning Mr. and Mrs. Berger will depart on a bridal tour of the South, visiting the exposition at Nashville, and will return leisurely to Cincinnati, where, on December 1, they will be at home to their friends at 524 Richmond street. They will start on their wedded life well equipped for its duties and with the best wishes of a wide circle of friends. A large number of guests were present from Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Chicago and they will return tomorrow.

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