While Elvis was stationed in Germany in 1959 — the King proposed to his 21-year-old love, Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, with a 3-carat diamond ring. Las Vegas is home to the Elvis impersonator wedding officiant, well….Elvis and Priscilla chose Sin City as the location for theirs on May 1, 1967. To throw wedding-hungry reporters off the scent of their pending nuptials, Elvis, Priscilla and their entourage flew from Palm Springs to Las Vegas by private jet at 3 a.m. At 4 a.m. the couple would secure their marriage license, and by 9 a.m. they were married.
The reportedly $22,000 wedding reception drew around 100 guests, and it wasn’t without frills — a $3,200 six-tier wedding cake, $10,000 worth of roast suckling pig, Oysters Rockefeller, lobster, Southern fried chicken, and of course champagne. All at 9 a.m. “The cake itself was a yellow sponge cake,” Aladdin Hotel pastry chef Denis Martig told People about the iconic wedding. “Each layer was filled twice with apricot marmalade and a kirsch [liqueur] flavored Bavarian cream … glazed with fondant icing and decorated with royal icing and marzipan roses.”
The couple’s first dance? “Love Me Tender,” of course.
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