Monday, September 22, 2014

93208: Looking Back at Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner’s 1957 Wedding

As actor Robert Wagner opens the chapters of his life story to the public in his just-released autobiography Pieces of My Heart: A Life, Lovetripper takes a look back at one of the happiest days in his life– his wedding in 1957 to actress Natalie Wood:

American actor Robert Wagner, wearing a suit and tie with a corsage, and American actor Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981), wearing a white strapless wedding dress with a white lace hooded cape, embrace each other and smile on their wedding day, Scottsdale, Arizona, December 28, 1957. (Photo by Jack Albin/Getty Images)

Toasting the upcoming first anniversary of their love,on December 6, 1957 movie idol Robert Wagner filled Natalie Wood’s glass not only with celebratory champagne, but also with a pearl-and-diamond ring, its inscription bearing the words which would lead to their walk down the aisle: “Marry Me.”

28th December 1957:  American actors Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) walking down the aisle of a church during their first wedding ceremony, Scottsdale, Arizona. They are followed by a small wedding party.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A mere three weeks later, on December 28, 1957, the actress found herself clutching a bouquet in her glove-covered hands as she made her way to the altar of the Scottsdale United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. Acting as maid of honor, her sister Lana (who would capture the ceremony in the pages of Natalie, her biography of her famous sibling) and the bride’s Rebel Without a Cause co-star Nick Adams, also a member of the wedding party, looked on as the couple were pronounced husband and wife.

American actors Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) sign their wedding license as a priest looks on, Scottsdale, Arizona, December 28, 1957. (Photo by Jack Albin/Getty Images)

After cutting slices of a three-tier wedding cake at a reception held at the Valley Ho Resort, the newlyweds boarded a train for a honeymoon excursion to Florida.

American actor Robert Wagner holds the hand of his bride actor Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) and shakes hands with actor Nick Adams, a member of the wedding party, as they stand at a table with the wedding cake, Scottsdale, Arizona, December 28, 1957. Barbara Gould stands at right. (Photo by Jack Albin/Getty Images)


Although their romance proved to be a roller coaster ride which ended in divorce in 1962, the legendary lovers found their way back to each others arms once again years later, leading to another wedding ceremony on July 16, 1972. The couple remained together until Natalie Wood’s untimely passing in 1981.

American actor Robert Wagner kisses the forehead of his bride, American actress Natalie Wood (1938-1981), at their wedding ceremony, Scottsdale, Arizona, December 28, 1957. (Photo by Jack Albin/Getty Images)

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