Monday, September 10, 2007

TiJuana Wedding

We attended a glorious wedding this past weekend in TiJuana, Mexico. The bride, Charlene Gould and the groom, Chris Nichols truly did a marvelous job of hosting all of us at this momentous event.

Chris recently wrote a book. "The Leisure Architecture of Wayne McCallister" about the architect, Wayne McCallister. Mr. McCallister's signature style of incorporating signage into a building's design is evident in the Sands Hotel, Las Vegas and Bob's Big Boy in Toluca Lake, among others. One of McCallister's first assignments as an architect at the age of 19 (!) was to design Agua Caliente Casino and Resort Hotel in TiJuana, Mexico. Charlene and Chris thought this would be a perfect location for their wedding.

You can read about the history of Agua Caliente here. This site is no longer a casino, hotel or resort. It has been a private school for decades. I know that the pool area where the wedding reception was held was recently renovated. The tile work, alone is magnificent. There was an 11-piece orchestra and everyone was asked to dress in the period of the resort...1928 - 1935. Everything was marvelous....the setting, the music, the meal and the guests. Check out the wedding website.



At 4:51 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Ellen! Looks like you all had a great time at this glamorous wedding!


At 9:39 PM PDT, Blogger mj said...

Doesn't look like a ruin to me! It's really pretty and I want to hear more.

At 4:08 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The guy in the top hat and round spectacles is just tooooo much! What fun!

At 4:09 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hi Anonymous!

The guy in the top-hat was the groom, Chris Nichols. Chris is one of the main instigators of the L.A. Conservancy's Modern Committee. He also wrote a book called "The Leisure Architecture of Wayne McCallister." McCallister designed the original Agua Caliente.

At 8:00 AM PDT, Blogger Sally said...

All day long I kept coming back to look at these amazing photos and ponder the whole thing. Years ago I used to know some 1920's people in San Francisco.

At 8:15 AM PDT, Blogger Sally said...

ps McAllister's work is amazing. Wonder if they played the 30s song: "There's a Wah-wah girl in Aqua Caliente"?


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