Elvis and Priscilla
It has been called one of the greatest love stories of the 20th century: the union of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu. When the boy from Memphis fell in love, the world watched as the couple struggled to evade the media and arrange a semi-private wedding. The famous couple later moved to Graceland, which is still a must for all Elvis fans.
It's believed that the original plans called for Elvis and Priscilla to wed at a Palm Springs, California home that Elvis rented. The media soon got word of the intended ceremony, though, and plans were changed. The couple slipped out of the Palm Springs home on May 1, 1967 and headed to Las Vegas for a wedding at the Aladdin Hotel and Casino. After the ceremony, the couple flew back to Palm Springs to begin their honeymoon.
Elvis and Priscilla honeymooned at 1350 Ladera Circle in Palm Springs, California in a grand home that's now available for tours or for your own wedding or honeymoon! A true romantic, Elvis swept Priscilla off her feet and carried her over the threshold as he sang "The Hawaiian Wedding Song."
The legendary Graceland is a must-see for all Memphis visitors and especially for Elvis fans. Open to the public, the grand home is filled with many of the couples early belongings. Youll be able to see the dining room where the couple once shared meals as well as the Jungle Room, a den decorated in a fanciful jungle motif, and and TV and Pool Room. For more on the house, see Goin to Graceland. (And if youre interested in tying the knot after your visit,youll find more info on the Graceland Chapel in the Woods here.)
While The Two of You Are in Memphis:
Don't miss Elvis Presleys Memphis, a restaurant and entertainment center. You can dine on dishes cooked using the recipes of Elvis's mother and you'll find many of Elvis's old favorites right on the menu. And although you can't spend the night at Graceland, you can book the next best thing: Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel, a 128-room hotel with a well-known style.
Today fans have another stop in their search for Elvis memories--Sun Studios, where a young Elvis Presley cut his first single. Closed to the public for over 25 years, Sun Studios now offers tours, giving visitors the chance to see the room where "That's Allright Mama" was recorded. Sun Studios is an unpretentious place, without barricades or guards. The two of you can stand in Elvis's favorite recording spot, and even sing into the microphone for playback. The studio is almost identical to the way it was in the 50's--photos of Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis at work in the studio will attest to that. Besides its role as a historical landmark, Sun Studio is still a functioning studio--so keep an eye out for familiar faces!
For a look at Memphis' music contribution, head to Beale Street, only a few blocks from the monorail terminal. According to W.C.Handy, the father of blues, "The seven wonders of the world I have seen, and many are the places I have been. Take my advice, folks, and see Beale Street first."
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