A wedding reception from the Gilded Age

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Enlivening the once playground for the uber-wealthy, the Oakdale Historical Society hosted a reenactment of Consuelo Vanderbilt’s wedding reception to the Duke of Marlborough on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Church in Oakdale.

The affair harkened back to the Gilded Age when 18-year-old Consuelo was married off to a titled Englishman (who was first cousin to Boer-era Winston Churchill) in a brokered deal by her social-climbing mother, Alva.

Historian Chris Kertz gave a talk about the time period when wealthy American heiresses often married English nobility in a trade-off of fortune and title.

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