Here she comes! Little Miss Althea Rouzan dressed as Cupid as she walks down the aisle of Corpus Christi Church at the Daliet-Beckham wedding held July 1934. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Rouzan of Ponce de Leon Street.
Never having heard of “Cupid,” being a member of a wedding party before, I did a little research. I soon discovered from an article in The Brooklyn Daily News that children dressed as cupids were a feature of New Orleans weddings as far back as 1869. This custom appears to have been a part of New Orleans Creole weddings as recently as the 1930’s.
Since Cupid was the “God of Love” in Roman mythology, it’s only fitting that a wedding would be the perfect setting. Ancient Romans often depicted Cupid as a winged child or baby who carried a bow and quiver. Baby Althea continued this tradition. As the wedding party moved gracefully into the beautifully decorated church, Little Miss Rouzan appeared in an accordion pleated dress and white sandals. A spray of white flowers adorned her head as she carried a bow and arrow trimmed in white flowers.
The first to enter was little Miss Berenice Delery, dressed in coral eveningattire set off with a blue sash,coral sandals, and carrying a bouquet of pink carnations. She was followed by the 1st bridesmaid, Miss Edwina Patterson. Then appeared the sister of the bride, Ethel Dailet, and Mrs. Wanda Lacabe, matron of honor. Behind Cupid came the lovely bride, Miss Fredericka Dailet, dressed in white satin enhanced by a lace veil held in place by sprays of orange blossoms. As the charming bride moved gracefully on the arm of her brother, Mr. Oliver Daliet, murmurs of admiration could be heard from the crowd. Mrs. Beulah Daliet is the mother of the beautiful and popular bride.
Mr. Arthur Beckham, the groom, was attended by Messrs. Gilbert Beckham, his brother and Arthur Monnett who were all attired in double-breasted white linen suits with matching accessories. They sported white roses in their lapels. Mr. Beckham was a graduate of McDonogh 35 High School. A gala reception was held on Annette Street where a record crowd of admiring friends gathered.
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Source: The Louisiana Weekly, 14 July 1934, page 2; The Louisiana Weekly, 25 August 1934, page 1.