The local paper at the time described how they had sailed up the river in a luxury yacht to the place of their marriage. The river was the primary mode of transport in those early times. The marriage was performed by Cap Valentine – an appropriate name.
The truth of the matter is that the couple traveled along the New River in a rowboat and were married at Marshall’s packing house. Hardly the luxury wedding described by the newspaperman.
They went on to have five children, the first – Margaret – was reputed to be the first non-Seminole baby born in the area. All five served in WW2.
The couple donated land for the original site of the First Baptist Church, at Southeast Third Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard.
It’s rather different for couples who want to marry on the boulevard today. These days, you really can arrive at the Wedding Circle at the Riverside Hotel by luxury yacht 🙂