Friday, March 02, 2007

15 years!!!

March 3, 1992 - Downtown Los Angeles
I can't believe it! Larry and I have been married for 15 years! March 3, 1992 was the big day. It was Fat Tuesday, downtown Los Angeles. We got married on Fat Tuesday because we met in New Orleans, Jazz Fest 1990. We wanted to maintain that N.O. identity, so we got married on Mardi Gras and then later that summer we had a Zydeco-style reception in our backyard, featuring Lisa Haley, Doug Legacy and the Zydeco Party Band. It's been a Mardi-Party for us ever since.
We were married on a rainy day at the L.A. Courthouse. Neither of us wanted a big wedding ceremony. I had been married 14 years before and had a huge wedding at the Ambassador Hotel. Larry had photographed so many weddings that he wasn't enthusiastic about a big ceremony either. At the time, Larry was working at an aerospace company, so his photo crew met us at the courthouse with my Maid of Honor and Larry's Best Man. The Justice of the Peace that married us was wearing her rainy day clothes (jeans, sweatshirt and tennis shoes). She threw on a black robe and escorted us to the conference room. Our ceremony was videotaped, then we went outside to the park area surrounding the Courthouse and City Hall. The clouds parted long enough for us to have our official wedding photo taken by Tony Perez, one of Larry's co-workers. After all the photo ops, we zoomed over to Chinatown for a dim-sum lunch at the Empress Pavillion. When we got back to our little house there was a King Cake waiting for us from some of our New Orleans friends. It was perfect.
The following day we drove to San Pedro and picked up the Catalina Express and motored over to Avalon. We stayed at the historic Zane Grey Pueblo Hotel. The Zane Grey sits on a hillside, just above Avalon Bay. The view is magnificent. Even though it was March and rainy, we had a marvelous time walking all over the Island, taking tours, relaxing, ETC.

One of my favorite things in Avalon is to explore all of the places where the world-famous Catalina tile is located. You can purchase new versions of this tile in some of the shops on the Island. The Botanical Gardens are spooky and cool too. You can rent a golf cart and tour the town if you don't want to walk.
One day, we'll get back to Avalon and re-trace our steps. It's a magical place.

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20 Comments:

At 12:34 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary Ellen and Larry. You two are an adorable couple! Best wishes for many more.

Judy
Bakersfield

 
At 12:47 PM PST, Blogger Madge said...

May this be the happiest of anniversaries for you and Mr. Larry, Ellen!

Tout l'amour!

 
At 12:56 PM PST, Blogger Faith said...

Congratulations!!! To another 15 wonderful years.

Love, Faith

 
At 1:11 PM PST, Blogger Laurie Ann said...

Such a lovely couple! Congratulations!

 
At 2:16 PM PST, Blogger Sachi said...

Congratulations!

 
At 2:22 PM PST, Blogger Michelle said...

Happy Anniversary!

 
At 2:25 PM PST, Blogger miss kendra said...

congratulations! you are inspirational in many many ways.

 
At 4:06 PM PST, Blogger sappmama said...

C*oNgR*at*UlaT*iONs* Ellen and Larry! You guys are the coolest.

Ellen, it's all MJ's fault. All her talk about Casa Vega whipped me into a frenzy. We saw The Queen (good movie) then drove over there. I hadn't been before and I have to say it was fun. The food's better at Chulada Grill though.

Have a fun, fun, fun anniversary and STAY AWAY from the Farmer's Mkt! :)

PS: I love your wedding photo. You look so stylish in your jaunty hat. And Larry? Sharp.

 
At 5:11 PM PST, Blogger MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

LOVE the wedding photo. Them's some kinda shoulder pads, eh?! You guys look so adorable.

One day, I will get to Avalon and see what all you folks are yammerin about. :)

 
At 6:24 PM PST, Blogger tk said...

Happy Happy Anniversary!!

 
At 7:19 PM PST, Anonymous Christine G. said...

Congratulations you two! You looked adorable then, and even more adorable now.

Have a fun weekend making new memories.

Love from Burbank.

 
At 8:33 PM PST, Blogger WineGrrl said...

Happy 15th! Anniversary, I mean!

 
At 10:07 PM PST, Blogger Allison said...

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! Thanks for sharing your wedding day story.

 
At 11:03 PM PST, Anonymous Frank said...

Wow, what a vixen Ellen! Shazam... And of course Larry's a looker too...

Happy Anniversary!

 
At 7:19 AM PST, Blogger Mandy said...

I love to hear how people met. Great story and Happy Anniversary it looks like this ones going to last forever!

 
At 7:46 AM PST, Blogger jillian said...

Congrats! A wonderful story :)

 
At 9:09 AM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ellen...

Did you do that painting of you and Larry at the end of your post? It's waaaay cool!

Judy
Bakersfield

 
At 9:23 AM PST, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hi Judy,

Yes, I did paint the picture of me and Larry in our wedding finery. I also painted two others in different Andy Warhol-type colors to grace the walls of the backdrop used at our wedding reception. Thanks for asking.

Thanks to everyone for your good wishes!

Ellen B.

 
At 1:51 PM PST, Anonymous Catherine said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Mr. Larry! You never cease to amaze or inspire me. :)

Also? I think the Catalina tiles provide great inspiration for granny squares! And there is one place in Avalon that has some of the best pizza ever - I need to go back!

 
At 10:35 AM PST, Anonymous Gwen said...

Sorry I'm late, but happy anniversary!! You and Mr. Larry are such a wonderful couple. :)

 

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