The Groom and the Best Man
Fed up with the way the bride invariably steals the show at her own
wedding, the University at which Rob Tombes works carried in its news
weekly its own unbiased account of his recent marriage here to Mary Beth
Mr Robert Tombes, son of Dr. and Mrs. Averett S. Tombes of Fairfax, Va.,
became the bridegroom of Miss Mary Elizabeth Snyder today at Fairfax
Mr. Tombes was attended by his brother Thomas Hamilton Tombes as best
man. As the groom approached the altar he was the cynosure of all eyes.
Blushing handsomely, he replied to the questions of the clergyman in low
but firm tones. He was charmingly clad in a 3-piece suit consisting of
coat, vest and pants. The coat, of some dark material, was draped
handsomely about the shoulders and tastefully gathered under the arms. A
touching story was current among the guests that the coat was the one worn
by his father and grandfather on their wedding days. Mr. Tombes would
neither affirm nor deny the truth of this sentimental touch. The vest was
sleeveless and met in the front. It was gracefully fashioned with pockets
and at the back was held together by a strap and buckle of the same
The groom's pants were of some dark material, and were suspended from
the waist, falling in a straight line almost to the floor. The severe
simplicity of the garment was relieved by the right pantelet which was
caught up about four inches from the floor by a Boston Brighton worn
underneath, revealing just the artistic glimpse of leather, laced with
string of the same color. The effect was rather chic.
Beneath the vest the groom wore blue galluses attached to the pants fore
and aft and passing in a graceful curve over each shoulder. His neck was
encircled with a collar characterized by a delicate sawedge, and around the
collar a cravat was loosely knotted so that it rode up under his left ear
with a studied effect of carelessness which marks supreme artistry in dress.
The best man's costume was essentially the same as the groom's, and as
the two stood at the altar, a hush of awed admiration enveloped the
As Miss Snyder led the groom from the nuptials, it was noted that she
wore the conventional white veil and orange blossoms.