On this day in 1951, May Kean married David Raynolds…so why not blog about their wedding!
May made her debut at a tea dance in her home in 1945. She attended Chapin School and graduated from Smith College in 1949.
All we know of how they first met was they were on double date with friends. They were married at Grace Church in New York City with a reception following at 863 Lexington Ave (which was May’s grandparent’s home). The bride was given in marriage by her older brother John and wore an ivory satin gown with long sleeves, fitted bodice and a full skirt with a long train. The dress was trimmed with rosepoint lace from her maternal grandmothers wedding dress and her veil was her paternal grandmother’s.
A few months after their wedding, David who was in the Army, was stationed in Japan and so they embarked on their first few years as newlyweds living in Japan. Their 2 oldest children were born there. Fun Fact! The children started to call May’s mother “Obasan” which is Japanese for Grandma and so many of the letters, even though they are written by May, call her Obasan. When the Raynolds family come to visit the museum, they still refer to their grandmother as Obasan when telling family stories.