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The San Francisco call. [volume] (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, June 26, 1910, Image 13

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xne B an rrancisco Bunoay ijau
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 \
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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
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.

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