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BRIDES, with all v their dainty elab oration of habiliments, accouter ments and ceremonials, have been a feature of social life since the begin ning of history, and the Interest in them has never waned. The bride's gown and its fashioning, the arrangement and fabric of her veil, whether she was pale as a lily or blushed like a rose; whether joy was manifested in tears or smiles; did she falter and seem to tremble, or was her composure a matter of marvel; did she meet the radiant eyes of the brlde- I groom with an answering beam of bliss or had she a demurely downcast gaze; just how much had the bridegroom ex pended of money and taste in the selec ' tlon of the bridal bouquet; whether the bridesmaids were chosen as a foil 01 for the beauty, these and kindred subjects will furnish food for hours o! conversation, one might even sa \ .\u25a0 * \u25a0 gossip. From these minor details will come marvelous deductions and conclusions as to the lives of the pair, whose minds are probably harassed by the mingled joy and torment of the customs of the wedding feast. The marriage oere munics of the - present day, save, of course, the religious service, are largely a survival of observances practiced in ancient times. Egyptians, Hebrews, Romans, Greeks and Anglo-Saxons have each sent down to us some features of the modes and fashions of :"the join ing; in # wedlock- Within the last few years there has .been a tendency to diminish the amount of form and ceremony which marked the weddings of a decade since." Oc casionally weddings lacking no detail , of elaboration or even magnificence are celebrated, but home weddings, where only the nearest and dearest ' ' *nt. are frequent now. Even lees formal are those m--.-ty r . \u25a0'.' where the wedding gowns and th» traveling: gown are one arid the same « anJ the attendants are conspicuous C- only through their absence. >. '\u25a0 \u25a0'.. Some one said recently that brief engagements and Informal weddings were 6imply proof thai; the high con tracting parties regarded holy matri mony with too little respect, and the other manifestation of that came later in the hasty divorce which too often HOW THEY LOOKED AS BRIDES WHAT THE PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD SHOWS CONCERNING MANY CHARMING YOUNG MATRONS WELL \u25a0>, KNOWN IN SAN w FRANCISCO SOCIETY followed. This will: bej strongly, de nied, of course, but the" custom' of, ages gives sanction- to .'the elaborate wed-, ding. . ''.... ;Z-:,-y f ». ,:,."\u25a0'.".,::,.'?.:,; ; The briJesiportrayedi here with all the filmly Insignia of bridal array have been among -those girls prominent so cially in San Francisco who believe .in according a' due .amount, of form and ceremony to the important event. ; \u25a0Mrs. Emory Winship, who -.was for merly^. Miss ; Kathryn . Dillon, ; was a handsome, stately^ bride,,; 1 feted exten sively and with - good wishes' and beautiful ;;gifts.:';, Shortly after her marriagerto the, young. naval officer he was retired as the result.of a. wound in the Spanish war, anJ they have spent but little time in San Francisco .sinee .''then'l. "•-' Her hus bandis. of southern birth and hlsfor mer home inJMacon, Ga., has claimed them for the'greater part of each year. -Mrs. Willis Grandy Peace, who was dainty Miss Dorothy Dustan, has, spent little of her time in San Francisco since her marriage ;to Captain' Peace of the army,' which was an elaborate event at Grace church, 'immediately after their marriage" they left for the Philippines, and it will be remembered that a. fire on the transport destroyed much of her trousseau and many of her. most costly, wedding gifts which' were carefully packed for transportation. "On her return ' from ; Manila Mrs. Peace paij all too brief a visit- here to her. parents, Mr. and ,Mrs. ' Jeffrey dustan, before going to; Fort -Hamilton,- New York, where Captain Peace's , company was ordered.- ' \u25a0 ! . Mrs. Lawrence Austin, formerly Misj Roma, Puxton, was. another service bride, her wedding to Midshipman Aus« tin having been a pretty home affair of ; a: year,, or two s'incc. After -some months spent at San Diego and another season: at Mare Island; .she has finally deserted .' Calif ornia" "permanently. Her young husband, having- had £ most flat tering offers ..'; from his .wealthy step father to go iritoibusiness, decided that Uncle Sam might j spare him \ and re signed from the "navy this spring. They took their : departure last month for lowa to live. ' Mrs. Frank Freyer has the honor of being the motive of the first of the "fleet romances." As handsome, dash ing Engracia Criteher, with wonderful eyes and a marvelous gift of Spanish dancing, she captured the heart of En sign Freyer as soon as his ship reached Santa Barbara after the long trip around from New York. She had gone ther^e with a party of friends, who later went to Monterey just a3 the warships dropped anchor in that hospitable bay. and the acquaintance began to assume a more serious nature. The stay of th© ships here was but a brief one befora the engagement was announced, fol-. lowed shortly by the wedding. After her marriage Mrs. Freyer vis ited her husband's family in the south and then joined him at Guam, where they have been stationed for some time. Mrs. Alfred Baker Spaldlng, who was Miss Mary Polhemus before her mar riage to the clever .young physician, was one of the most attractive of brides, the trailing whiteness of her veil and satin gown being particularly becoming to her slender blonde type. Her marriage was the outcome of a romance begun in the days when Doc tor Spaldlng was a student at Stanford university. and . "Jack" Polhemu3 brought his pretty young sister to the fraternity house. Mrs. John Hart Polhemus, by the way, f$ another of the pretty brides "portrayed here. She was Miss* Jane .Wllshlre, and was one of the most popular glrl3 San Francisco has known. She and her two sturdy little sons have spent several seasons In southern Cali fornia, while, business^ took Mr. Polhe rnus to Mexico. . One of the most elaborate of church weddings "of recent years. was that of Miss Constance de Young and Joseph Oliver Tdbin, which took place at St. cathedra*. Hundreds of guests were present and a large reception fol lowed at the home of the bride. Her wedding gown\was a particularly elab orate, and exquisite one, and her bevy of bridesmaids presented an unusually beautiful picture In their chiffon gowns in American beauty rose tints'. Mr. and Mrs..* Tobln* have lived at San Mateo most of the time since their marriage. . Miss Helen de Young's marriage to George Cameron was celebrated at the family home in California street less than a month after her sister's. The picture gallery was converted Into ' a chapel for the occasion with rare beau ties <ln. the way of embroidered hang ings and exquisite floral decorations. Mrs. Cameron's wedding gown was an imported affair of richest embroideries and lace and her veil was ot beautiful lace. She was a bride of whom It was truthfully said, her friends declare, that •'she n^ever looked better In her life," which was no mean compliment. - A fact frequently commented upon is r.thatrthe. De .Young sisters, who have 'spent so' 1 much of their lives abroad, should have looked coldly upon foreign suitors and chosen native Sau Fran ciscans who are prominent in the busi ness world of the city. A handsome bride is Mrs. A. H. Col bran, formerly M!ss Grace Farrish.'the daughter of \V. A. Farrish, the million aire; mining man of Denver. 'A part of each year is sp^nt here by the Far ri3b.es and the pretty daughter or the house decided that her wedding to the youns engineer should take place at Grace church In this- city. It was a quiet aCair. with a few of the many friends ©f the family as guests. Since • their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Colbran have left San Francisco and are now in Korea, where railroad building •is claiming his time and talents. No more graceful and charming bride is pictured than Mr 3. Edward G-irber of Sacramento, i who Was ' formerly pretty Miss Gertrude^ Whitaker of Gait, but whose friends ~ are . so. : numerous here . that ~ she} may be claimed almost as a San i Franciscan.