On May 1, 1967, the real Elvis Presley, King of Rock \u2019n\u2019 Roll, married his girlfriend of many years, Priscilla Beaulieu, far from Graceland, at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. There were no impersonators in sight, but there were members of the press, who were invited by the star\u2019s manager to a press conference between the intimate ceremony and champagne breakfast for 100 that followed. Though relatively discreet for a celebrity wedding, this was one for the books. Forty-nine years after Elvis and Priscilla said \u201cI do\u201d (but not \u201cI obey\u201d), we revisit, in detail, the couple\u2019s big day. Getty Images Meeting and Courtship Priscilla Beaulieu was 14 in 1959 and living in West Germany when a friend of Elvis\u2019s saw her in a restaurant and invited her to meet the heartthrob, then enlisted in the Army and living off base with his father in Wiesbaden. \u201cI just wore a little sailor dress because I still didn\u2019t believe it,\u201d Priscilla later told UPI. A relationship blossomed that was resumed when she returned to the States (despite the singer\/actor\u2019s ongoing involvements with other women). By 1962, Priscilla was installed at Graceland with Elvis and his family and completed her senior year at the all-girls Immaculate Conception Cathedral High School in Memphis. Getty Images The Proposal Before Christmas in 1966, Elvis, on bended knee in the bedroom, proposed with a three-and-a-half-carat diamond ring, with 20 surrounding, detachable diamonds, from Memphis jeweler Harry Levitch. \u201cIt was very relaxed,\u201d Priscilla would later tell Becky Yanky, Elvis\u2019s private secretary and author of\u00a0My Life With Elvis. \u201cHe just told me about the ring one day and asked if I wanted to marry him. \u2018More than ever,\u2019 I told him.\u201d Soon after the ceremony, Elvis would joke: \u201cWell, I guess it was about time. With the life I had, I decided it would be best to wait.\u201d Ullstein Bild \/ Getty Images Getting to the \u201cChurch\u201d On Time\u2014and In Secret The wedding was arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis\u2019s manager, who gathered the players in Palm Springs in advance of the big day. \u201cJust after midnight on May 1, ,\u201d recalls Elvis\u2019s school friend George Klein in his memoir, \u201cthe wedding party snuck out the back door of Elvis\u2019s Palm Springs home, climbed over the backyard wall, and got into a car to head to the airport. Elvis had been loaned Frank Sinatra\u2019s private jet for the occasion.\u201d A second chartered plane carried the rest of the guests. As a wedding gift, Elvis flew Priscilla\u2019s parents in. Once arrived, the party was taken to the Aladdin Hotel, where they used the rear entrance to avoid detection. Associated Press The Ceremony In the wee hours of the morning, Elvis and Priscilla have issued a marriage license at the Las Vegas Courthouse. Just before 10 a.m., Nevada Supreme Court Judge David Zenoff married the couple in a flower and candle-filled suite at the Aladdin in front of about 14 people. Elvis\u2019s best men (to whom he presented diamond-eyed bull\u2019s head cuff links and tie clasps as gifts) were Joe Esposito and Marty Lacker; Priscilla\u2019s maid of honor was her sister, Michelle. Parker, who had arranged for two MGM photographers to document the ceremony, hit one over the head with a cane when he tried to reposition himself. \u201cMy wedding was very unusual,\u201d Priscilla said last year. \u201cIt was the people closest to us, and private, and that\u2019s how we wanted it. We didn\u2019t want a fan club. We didn\u2019t want a circus.\u201d Bettmann \/ Getty Images What Elvis Wore Lacker, one of the \u201cMemphis Mafia\u201d (Elvis\u2019s entourage), sketched the star\u2019s tuxedo, which was made in secrecy by an MGM tailor named Lambert Marks (who had previously dressed Elvis for movies like\u00a0Girl Happy\u00a0and\u00a0Spinout), out of black paisley silk brocade. The King\u2019s signature pompadour was supported with wire, and he accessorized his tux with a platinum, diamond, and sapphire watch; diamond and sapphire cufflinks; and cowboy boots. Courtesy of Graceland Auctions What \u201cCilla\u201d Wore Despite reports that Priscilla designed her own dress, it was an off-the-rack number of surprising simplicity, though it was acquired under subterfuge. \u201cI went to places like Neiman Marcus in disguise,\u201d Priscilla later said. \u201cI went with a wig and everything just to keep it private!\u201d Using the name Mrs. Hodge, Priscilla finally found her dream dress in Westwood. White, with long lace sleeves and pearl embellishments, the woman who wore it would say: \u201cIt wasn\u2019t extravagant, it wasn\u2019t extreme\u2014it was simple and to me beautiful.\u201d To another source, she admitted: \u201cI didn\u2019t have time to stay there forever and look at dresses; I had one fitting for this dress and that was it, I was out of there.\u201d Her three-foot tulle veil was topped by a rhinestone tiara, neither of which could compete with her jet-black hair (dyed to twin with Elvis\u2019s?), which she wore a huge bouffant, about which one of the best men said, according to Karal Ann Marling, author of\u00a0Graceland: \u201cShe looked like she had about eight people living in her hair.\u201d Moviestore Collection Ltd \/ Alamy Stock Photo The Reception Before the reception, Parker had arranged for the lovebirds to give a press conference, after which they joined 100 guests seated at 10 round tables for a champagne breakfast, served buffet style at the hotel. There are many photos of the couple with their five-foot-tall, six-tier cake, which was made of yellow sponge, filled with apricot marmalade and kirsch-flavored Bavarian cream, and iced with kirsch-flavored fondant icing. It was decorated with royal icing and, according to one account, 1,600 marzipan roses. Because many of their friends were excluded from the celebration on May 1, the couple had a second reception at Graceland soon after. Michael Ochs Archive \/ Getty Images The Reaction \u201cWho could say who was the luckier, the \u201cPelvis\u201d or pretty Pricilla?\u201d one news agency reported (see the video\u00a0here). \u201cThe millionaire film star-singer, in bride choosing, as in everything else, a terrific success.\u201d Fans of Elvis were elated or distraught; Lacker reported that \u201cgifts and cards poured into Graceland . . . . Most of the fans were happy for them, but some of the less gracious threatened to kill themselves or, at least, become nuns.\u201d Charles Trainor \/ The LIFE Images Collection \/ Getty Images Rolls Press \/ Popperfoto \/ Getty Images Credits:\u00a0vogue.com Share this story on Facebook with your friends.