First Wedding at the Hotel

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May Barnes and Harold Scott married during construction on June 9, 1887

June 9, 1887 — First Wedding at the Hotel

May Barnes and Harold Scott, the daughter and son of two building supervisors, were married during the resort’s construction in a beachside ceremony on June 9, 1887. According to a Coronado newspaper, the couple repeated their vows beneath a “beautiful arch of evergreens,” in the company of “nearly every man, woman and child on Coronado Beach.” Serenaded by “the lively music of two violins,” May and Harold were rewarded with a “ripple of applause” after the ceremony, followed by refreshments and “dancing till a late hour.” The bride was the height of Victorian fashion, outfitted in a white wedding dress.