This month marks the 100th anniversary of Violet Joslyn’s wedding. Violet was the daughter of George and Sarah Joslyn, and all three lived in this magnificent Castle in the early to mid 1900s. The young, 20 year old bride was married to David Walter Magowan on Thursday, October 16th, 1913 in the music room where many ceremonies are held today. Her reception followed in the other rooms of the home and nearly 500 guests were in attendance. According to an article in The Bee, this wedding “was probably the most brilliant social event of the season!” Many important people from Omaha attended the wedding including: John McDonald (the architect who designed the Castle), Jessie Millard (daughter of US senator Ezra Millard and niece of Joseph Hopkins Millard, both of who were mayors of Omaha and Founders of Omaha National Bank), and Mrs. Charles Offutt (mother of pilot Jarvis Offutt of whom the air force base is named).
“The bride was charming in her wedding gown of ivory satin charmeuse with draped skirt and long square train. The bodice and sleeves were embroidered with pearls and brilliants in rose design… She carried a shower bouquet of white orchids and lilies of the valley.”
The Castle was “artistically decorated with white chrysanthemums, roses, and polyplum ferns.”
Unfortunately, there aren’t many images from the wedding itself, but we did find a picture of Violet in her wedding dress and the profiles of three of her bridesmaids: Alice Carter, Bertha Dickey, and Margaret McPherson.
Sources: (The Bee, Omaha Daily News, Omaha World Herald)