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Ten Years, Baby….

Ten years ago today, on October 20, Greg and I were married in Palm Springs, California. It was a totally glorious and special day for us. Everyone does things their own way…some folks want a smaller intimate affair, others go for the big hoopla. We wanted a nifty location, a fun vintage cocktail party vibe and something that was special enough that we would remember, but not so over-the- top that we were broke for years after.

One weekend, after being utterly overwhelmed by wedding thoughts, Greg suggested we head down to Palm Springs. This was in late 2000 and it was no where near the destination it is today. I have to say Greg was ahead of his time! I was a little skeptical…Palm Springs? Isn’t it mostly old golfers?? He told me he was pretty sure I’d like it. We drove down one sunny morning and from the moment I laid eyes on the amazing mid-century architecture that was all over the place, I was hooked! None of the current hip hotels existed at the time —there was no Jonathan Adler or Kelly Wearstler goodness to be found. No Ace. No Viceroy. No Parker. (In fact, the Parker was the Givenchy Merv Griffin Hotel! Hah!) They were all still the oldie hotel/motels from yesteryear. While we were down there lounging, we said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we could just rent an awesome mid-century house and have the wedding there??” That afternoon we stumbled upon this:

It was the iconic 1960s Palm Springs Alexander House(aka the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway). The house was where Elvis and Priscilla were supposed to get married, but because Rona Barrett broke the news that they were in Palm Springs (and reporters began to swarm the town) they snuck out and flew to Vegas. They ended up spending their honeymoon there, and Elvis loved the place so much he wanted to buy it. At the time we didn’t know all this, we just thought it was a spectacular place….and exactly where we wanted to get married. So as luck would have it…. we did!

To get married at a place known as “The House of the Future” was truly a dream come true!  They don’t typically rent the place out that often for personal events, so it was very special that we were allowed to have our day there (and the lovely couple who own the place were exceptionally kind and really helped to make it happen for us!).

Shockingly, I didn’t spend much money on my dress (gasp! I know, right? haha). IMy shoes and accessories were vintage and the dress was actually brand new. I also did all the flowers myself (both my bouquet and all the table and decor flowers) and my brother Karl (aka DJ Kurse) spun amazing tunes all evening. Being a vintage kookoo, I also staged the place with my own vintage pillows, bric-a-brac and even vintage 60s bridal magazines in the “boudoir.” Yes, I’m a vintage perfectionist. But those little details paid off because everyone thought they were actually part of the place! [tomorrow I'll share some more photos of the house, if you like!]

I wanted to share with you some photos of our special day. It’s funny, when I got married I didn’t have a blog (hardly anyone did), not everyone had digital cameras, and the trend of documenting every detail in an editorial manner hadn’t really happened. Thankfully we had a groovy young photographer who shot lots of unconventional photos—at the time I remember some people thinking our wedding photos were a little kooky (he shot on real film and even cross-processed a lot of the rolls) but I love ‘em. Because the real photos are all in frames,  I scanned some of the mediocre copies I have tucked away in a box —sorry  the colors are a bit wonky. The real ones are much pertier! When I look at some of the amazing wedding photo spreads in blogs today they almost seem like a magazine shoot and I think, “Wow, what we would have done if we had gotten married today!” That being said, I love all of these pictures so much. It was a truly amazing day!


Ten years. Wow. It’s such a milestone. Being together so long, Greg and I know each other so well…..we have our little moments where we drive each other crazy, and we have tons of moments where we are just so happy and thankful for our sweet little family. Just last night Greg and I were laughing so hard about something that I was literally crying and my stomach hurt. And that’s what it’s really all about! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY sweetie. To the coolest, funniest, goofiest, handsomest fella I know! What other fella can act like a goofy spaz with the kiddos and the dog, but still know exactly which shoes would make the perfect Christmas present for me? As Wolfie would say you are the best dadda ever and an amazing partner! I love you. Here’s to ten more years! Oh….and don’t forget the flowers. I’ll pick up the cake.   *wink*

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  1. Brigitte says

    What made this wedding so special? Dan your ‘preacherman’? the delicious food and cocktails? the beautiful location right by the poolside with little lit candles floating? the sparklers as dusk set in? the fun we had watching bride and groom dancing and the special encore of The Devilletes? the Star Wars cake? 90 degrees of warm temperature that was NOT humid, to enjoy sitting and dancing outdoors? or all of the above. One thing for sure: I can’t ever hear ‘Moonriver” without tearing up!!, your song of choice to walk you down the grassy aisle to your Greg!!!
    Love you both, we are so proud of your 10 year accomplishment

  2. jenny says

    oh my heart!
    i have a copy of ze wedding odyssey and i am totally popping it in the player tonight at dinner!
    three cheers to you, alix + greg!!!! you are one of the very best teams i know!
    XOXOXO

    • Alix says

      thank you sweet friend…..i forgot i gave you a copy of the CD when you visited me!
      xoxox

  3. Jenny (VintageSugarcube) says

    Happy Happy Anniversary Miss ALix. This post warmed my heart something fierce. What a most perrrrfect place to get married.

    • Alix says

      It was soooooo fantabulous. You would have LOVED it!! I would so love to go back there some day….sigh.

  4. Dottie says

    Sniff! That was just soo soo lovely. Happy anniversary my dear partner in crime and here’s to ten, twenty, thirty, forty, plus plus plus years down the road! Hurrah!

  5. Dolly Dahl says

    Happy Anniversary my dear. I wish I could have been there. This post totally made me tear up! That looks like the most groovy wedding ever. I can’t wait to see more pictures of the house. What a great find. What great wedding karma.

    I love that you were 10-20-01 and we were 10-20-10 Numbers are fun. ;) I just posted pics from my wedding over on my blog but those were all new fangled and digital. Yours are SO MUCH FUN!!

    xoxo
    Your Wedding Day twin
    Dolly

    • Alix says

      Ooooh I love numbers too!! I love that our numbers were both special like that!! (as an aside, wolfie’s bday is 04-06-04! hee)

      HAPPY ANIVERSARY to you too!
      xoxoxo

  6. lishyloo says

    i love your wedding photos so much! happy anniversary to one of my fave couples!

    • Alix says

      You’re like my cousin, Lishy! you’ve seen it allll! (and you knew me before I had a Wolfers!)

  7. kristin says

    Just beautiful Alix! Thanks for the little tour through your incredible day. Happy Anniversary! :)

    • Alix says

      Thank you my sweet friend! xoxo

  8. katie [the bright life] says

    Happy Anniversary! It looks like it was a beautiful day, and what a fun place to get married! I love all your handmade touches. I hope you have many more great years ahead! Xo, Katie

    • Alix says

      Thank you Katie! It was a really amazing day….we still have such fond memories of the whole thing! xo

  9. Steph Bond Hutkin says

    Totally love everything about this wedding Alix! Thanks for sharing yoursoecisl day. You 2 are so cute. Happy anniversary! Xxx

    • Alix says

      Ms Steph!!!! I am just remember I owe you and email!!!

      thank you so much for your sweet words! xox

  10. Lynn Landry says

    I love you both very much! Congratulations!

  11. erinlucy says

    awww i love this. you look so gorgeous in your wedding pictures! happy anniversary xo

  12. Jill Browning says

    What a beautiful wedding! You looked absolutely gorgeous!! The photos really speak to your timeless style. Without knowing the date, I’d never know it was 10 years ago. Many more to your and your hubby!! :)

  13. Dana says

    congrats to you both! You are the cutest couple and some of the best folks around! :) Happy Anniversary! xo Dana

  14. Rachel D. (subpolka) says

    HAH. Looks like a blast and – ooh – do I have venue-envy.

    Happy Anniversary, you two!

  15. sandi d says

    Congrats to you both! This looks like so much fun and you look so stunning pretty lady! Love your cake topped too ;)

  16. miss james says

    wow wow wow! i just got a little emotional. alix you were the most beautiful bride. love you lady!

  17. andrea says

    happy anniversary, lady! ten years is nothing to sneeze at! and how beautiful are your wedding photographs? so incredibly beautiful! and fun! xo

  18. Tiffanie says

    What a beautiful bride! What an amazing looking wedding!

  19. ashley says

    You’re so gorgeous. Really, stunning.

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