The Ebell Club Long Beach: Julie & Laura
June 21, 2014
When Julie and Laura met, Julie was teaching special education and Laura was the PTA President at their school. It was love at first sight.
The couple was together for 16 years before same-sex marriage was legalized. It was only natural that they married when they could. “I guess you could say that the federal court made our proposal,” said Laura.
A vintage theme and historical building were musts for the brides. Julie is a Long Beach native and wanted to find something local. She had previously visited the Ebell Club and found it beautiful, elegant, and “old school Long Beach”. The Ebell has been a music hall for a symphony and a club for women, and was founded by a man who wanted more for his daughters than society dictated.
Julie and Laura decided on a brunch menu to follow their 10 AM ceremony. A parlor held an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a photo booth. Entertainment was provided by a karaoke band! Laura and Julie sang many songs, including Julie’s version of Billy Idol’s “White Wedding”. It was so much fun to watch their friends playing rock star.
The brides’ favorite moment was their dance to “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper, then giving their bouquets to the couple who had been married the longest – 33 years!
Julie and Laura made sure that whatever they did on their wedding day was something they wanted, not anyone else. As guests entered the building, there was a sign that said “We are all family here. There are no sides.” Some family members had not been supportive, but the couple decided that their friends were their real family.
In Julie’s words, “Our advice would be to have fun with it! Try not to stress. Gay means happy. We wanted our day to be nothing but fun and good memories with our pals.”