Our Honeymoon…

This weekend I finally got familiar with the new scanner I purchased to scan old slides that Dear took in the 70’s. At least one day a week on my blog will be devoted to a blast from the past.

I’m starting with our honeymoon which was in December of 1974.

img079After our wedding we went to my parents home and got ready to leave on our honeymoon. Our family and closest friends were there, too, and we opened gifts before we changed into our get away clothes and left for our honeymoon. Did any of you do that after your wedding or did you take off and go straight to your honeymoon from the wedding sight? We were pretty beat when we finally arrived to our first destination, the Pierpont Inn in Ventura, California.

img080The Pierpont Inn, Ventura, California. Little did we know that 10 years later we would move to Ventura.

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img084From the Pierpont we continued north along the coast of California.

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img092This little log cabin somewhere in Central California was a nice little spot to stop. I can’t find it online anymore but it was called Butterfly Trees Lodge.

img093This was Dear’s car, a 1971 Datsun 510.

img094We went as far north as San Francisco and then headed back home along the 101 highway to our apartment in West Los Angeles. We stopped in Solvang on our way home.

Back to the present…

We had a nice quiet weekend and we were able to start a couple new projects. I filled our bird feeders…finally. Dear is working on closet doors. I started the huge project of scanning old photos starting with our slides. What fun it’s been to see these old images from the 70’s. How was your weekend?

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30 thoughts on “Our Honeymoon…

  1. We went back to my parents house and opened all our gifts. Alice Moure thought it would be a good idea since I was moving to MI. Didn’t get to the Disneyland Hotel until 4 a.m. A helicopter went over the hotel at 9 a.m. so that was a short night. I think all those who stayed to see the gifts ended up going to church that morning. Ruth

    • Ruth, that was a late start for sure. I’m sure everyone was at Bethany right on time the next morning…Now I’m trying to remember what church you and Pete were married in…

  2. Great pics down memory lane. You had such long pretty hair. Had a great weekend, sunny weather made for nice walks. I was hoping to walk the bike path next week along the Willamette river but its suppose to rain. I guess we need a lot since Oregon is in 75% drought.

  3. Nice honeymoon as seen through time added rose colored glasses. You two were adorable! Love Dear’s bell bottoms.

    I had a 1972 Datsun 1200 fastback. Loved it…Datsuns were great little cars.

  4. Oh, you hippie kids! πŸ™‚ Your pics are so much like Harry’s and mine—same era, and same kind of honeymoon cabin. Such fun to reminisce!

  5. How funny! Our first meal as a married couple was in the restaurant at Pierpont Inn! And we too drove to San Francisco (and beyond) on our honeymoon. Those were the days…:)

  6. I love this post! Especially your long hair and those bell bottoms; your husband’s are especially cool πŸ˜‰ I had a ’72 Datsun Station Wagon in grass green. That thing was a tank and ran great!

    When we got married in ’78, my Mom had a buffet for all the wedding party, family and out of town guests at their home – and we opened gifts from all of them at that time. We took our photos before the ceremony so there was no fuss about not seeing each other. After the reception we took off straight away.

    thanks for this look back!

  7. I need to go in search of said scanner. I just collected my high school Europe slides from my parents and would love to get them on my computer. I thought I would have to take them to someone to get them into some digital form. This is so fun to see these pictures….you guys were cute “hippies”. We loved our coastal Cali trip a few years ago….so much beauty.

  8. OMG!!! I was watching the “In Memoriam” portion of the Grammy’s last night, and as I looked at the photos of some of the people from way back (like the Everley Brothers, etc.), I sat there thinking, “We were all so young and beautiful back then. We had no idea just how good we had it and how we should cherish every moment!” Now I look at your wedding and honeymoon photos…it just brought tears to my eyes! When you look at those photos it just has to make you smile!!! We just loved our bellbottoms, didn’t we? And the Datsun…I used to have one, too. Wow…had forgotten all about that!

    I think it’s so neat that you posted these! What’s even cooler is that you guys are still youthful, full of fun and life, eager to explore the world!

  9. That was fun! I’m really going to have to get more comfortable with the scanner. You were such a pretty bride – and I see that you and I had the same honeymoon wardrobe!

  10. Ellen, what kind of scanner did you get? I really need to scan a lot of photos. These are great. What a cute young couple, and I love your bell bottoms! I also love his Datsun. What fun it was to see these. laurie

  11. Oh what fun, Ellen! A true blast from the past! Love the bell bottoms! πŸ™‚

    The 70s was my era with Alex. When we got married in June 1970, we also went back to my parents’ place in La Mirada to open gifts after the reception. Lots of family and close friends. All those photos on slides (of course!). I remember that my mom served an apple dessert from that German bakery & deli (Shermer’s, or something like that).

    Walt and Ruthie (best man & maid of honor) drove us from the church to the house in my parents’ black Chevy Impala. The wedding party followed in VW bugs πŸ™‚

    We spent our wedding night at a hotel in Anaheim. It still stands on Ball Road and the Santa Ana Freeway. Kinda looks like a castle. When we checked in they told us the air conditioning had gone out, so they upgraded us to a suite in one of the corner towers … with a round bed. Groovy!

    The next morning we drove up the coast (101) to Carmel. Loved that quaint little town! But had to come home, a couple days short of what we had planned, because I broke my front tooth cap on a lollipop (ay zurnaaa!, as Valia would say) … spent the whole trip back with my hand over my mouth every time I talked! Ahhhh memories!! πŸ™‚

    • Nadine, You are jogging a lot of my memories of your wedding day. Remember we also used to have personal showers where we got all those PEIGNOIR sets (nightgown and robe) and we made the bride model them for us?? Yikes!

  12. We were married in “73 so I have some pics that look a lot like these…fashion wise, that is! πŸ™‚
    It was pretty cold here this weekend, so the only time I left the house Sat or Sun was to go to church.Actually, I never even got dressed on Sat!!! LA-ZEE! πŸ™‚

  13. Oh what precious pictures!!! We did the same thing Ellen – went back to my parent’s home to change into our “going away clothes” – oh boy, you should have seen them – so funny!!!! All our wedding gifts were on display there and the wedding guests were invited to come there after the dinner. Have fun with your scanner. Looking forward to seeing your rediscovered pictures.

  14. Loved the photos! So young and carefree! We did the same – opened gifts after the wedding at my parent’s house.. It was crazy! we did not care and only wanted to get away!

  15. Love those photos of the 70’s. Your hubby jeans and flowered shirt made me chuckle. His clothes were more flamboyant than yours! It’s always so fun to reminisce!

  16. The Butterfly Trees Lodge is in Pacific Grove, CA. I happen to be researching the location now because my wife and I want to go back and celebrate our 40th there. I have had some luck (about 90% certain) and can share it with you if you like.

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