There was no crying in the chapel — except for tears of joy — when Priscilla Presley recently served as matron of honor at a ceremony held at Elvis Presley’s Graceland Wedding Chapel
in Las Vegas.
The glowing bride wore a white gown with lace overlay, reminiscent of Priscilla’s hand-beaded dress when she married the King of Rock ’n’ Roll in 1967. Cherished memories of that day came flooding back to Priscilla. “I remember the nerves,” Priscilla shares exclusively with Closer. “Like any couple, we were very nervous.”
Priscilla and Elvis on their wedding day in 1967. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The ceremony took place in the new chapel that’s part of Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition — The Show — The Experience at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The wedding was followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the exhibit with Lisa Marie Presley, 47, who told Closer her dad was “astoundingly funny and mischievous.”
The King might have enjoyed the Viva Las Vegas nuptials, but Priscilla, 69, recalled how different hers had been. “My wedding was very unusual,” she says. “It was the people closest to us, and private, and that’s how we wanted it. We didn’t want a fan club. We didn’t want a circus. We wanted it to be ours and not have that moment stolen from us.”
Priscilla cherishes her recollections of that special day, which occurred 48 years ago on
May 1, 1967, when she was 21. “It’s a big commitment, and you want to honor that.” But she also recalls all the subterfuge that went into keeping the ceremony — and her dress — a secret. “I went to places like Neiman Marcus in disguise,” she says. “I went with a wig and everything just to keep it private!”
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