Submitted by Melva Taylor
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois
April 28, 1952 - Monday, pg 9 col. 1
MILDRED ELMENDORF & LOUIS BALIKA
Mildred Elmendorf And Louis Balika Exchange Marriage Vows Saturday
A nuptial mass in St. Mary's Catholic church, Tampico, Saturday morning at 10 o'clock united in holy matrimony Miss Mildred Elmendorf, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Elmendorf of Tampico and Louis Balika, son of Mrs. Mary Schwartz of Aurora. The Rev. Ambrose Weitekamp was the celebrant and the double ring ceremony was used.
Music for the mass was sung by the choir. Bouquets of white carnations and East lilies were on the altar and ferns banked the foot of the altar. Mrs. William Adams was the organist. Mrs. Paul Balika of Aurora sang Schubert's "Ave Maria," "Panis Angelicus" and "On This Day O Beautiful Mother."
The attendants to the bride were her sister, Miss Mary Elmendorf of Morrison, maid of honor and Miss Mary Ann Schwartz of Aurora, sister of the bridegroom, bridesmaid. Eugene Fuedgen of Great Lakes, friend of the bridegroom, was bestman and Phillip Schwartz of Aurora, the bridegroom's brothers, was groomsman. Ushering were Herbert Adams of Tampico, brother-in-law of the bride and Paul Balika of Aurora, brother of the bridegroom.
The bride was escorted over the white carpeted aisle to the altar by her father. She wore a floor length gown of white satin and Chantilly lace with a cathedral train. A yoke of nylon marquisette was featured on the bodice and the long sleeves of lace extended into points over the hands. The bride's fingertip veil of illusion net was attached to a Juliet cap of white satin trimmed with seed pearls, the bridegroom's gift, and carried a crystal rosary formerly belonging to her grandmother. In her bouquet was a shower of arrange-
................ (not printed) ..... valley centered with a white orchid.
A gown of mint green marquisette over taffeta was styled for the maid of honor with a brief bolero of Chantilly lace, fitted basque bodice with embroidery detail and a bouffant skirt which fell into soft folds. She wore matching mitts. The bridesmaid's gown was identical style in pink violet color. They wore headdresses of purple violets and green milan and carried nosegays of violets.
The bridegroom's boutonniere was lilies of the valley, while the other men in the wedding party had white carnation boutonniers. The bride's mother wore a grey two piece dress with black and pink accessories and the bridegroom's mother chose a navy dress with mauve and white accessories. Their corsages were pink sweetpeas.
A wedding dinner was served to the bridal prty and members of the immediate families in the Miami banquet room, Sterling. The dinner was followed by a reception for 100 guests with Mrs. Herbert Adams, sister of the bride, acting as hostess. Decorating the reception table were bouquets of white carnations and green candles in crystal holders to carry out the bride's colors. Roses and lilies of the valley adorned the three tiered cake which was topped with minature bridal ornament. After the initial cut, Mrs. Herbert Adams and Mrs. Paul Balika served the cake.
Misses Mary Agnes Bell and Patricia Nelson of Aurora presided at the punch table. Miss Carol Hubbart of Downers Grove favored with selections during the reception. Misses Delores Jennings and Margaret Cain of Aurora seerved the coffee and Mrs. Roland sibley of Tampico had charge of the gifts. The names for the guestbook were taken by Miss Lorraine LeCuyer of Aurora.
The bride attended the Tampico schools and was graduated from the St. Charles hospital school of nursing in Aurora, where for the past three years she has been employed as pediatric supervisor. The bridegroom attended the East Aurora schools and is at present employed by the Independent Pneumatic Tool Co. in Aurora.
When they departed for a honeymoon trip, Mrs. Balika chose a summer suit of blue gray gabardine and pink fleece topper. She wore the white orchid from her bouquet. After their return they will reside in a newly furnished apartment at 747 North avenue, Aurora.