Bette Midler may have married her husband, Martin von Haselberg, 36 years ago, but she recently received a never-before-seen memento of their wedding day.
“My wedding was of two people, my husband and I, and of course the Elvis impersonator who married us,” Midler shared Tuesday. Jimmy Kimmel Live. “We went to Las Vegas, so we had no one except the Elvis impersonator.”
Midler and von Haselberg tied the knot in 1984, and Midler proudly stated that their nuptials were a spur of the moment.
“I asked him,” he revealed.
“I had a music tape of Nino Rota from Juliet of the spirits and we walked down the aisle and the Elvis impersonator did the ceremony and we walked out, “he said about the ceremony.” And the funny thing is, there were no cell phones, of course, in 1984 and we had no photos. ”
Longtime spouses had never seen photos of their big day until about five years ago.
“Apparently there was a photographer there and when the Starlight Chapel closed its doors, which was about five years ago, they sent us the photos,” Midler said, showing the portrait from the 1980s. “We had never seen the photos!”
Midler had brain weddings because her daughter, Sophie von Haselberg, had a small wedding last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“They came in and said they had news for us, and I said, ‘She’s pregnant!’ It wasn’t that, “Midler joked. “He said they had decided they were going to get married. Of course we were over the moon.”
Recalling that her husband prepared the food and she the flowers for the big day, Midler said only 11 people attended.
“It was so sweet, so sweet,” Midler shared. The famous singer laughed when Kimmel asked if Midler had performed at her daughter’s wedding, noting, “She spent the first five years of her life saying, ‘Mommy, don’t sing!’