My husband and I were married at the American Consulate on October 3, 1956. The Consul at the time said that we were one of the last to be able
to be married under the laws of the United States. We are returning to Tangier this October and staying for
several days. Would like to visit the building as it is our
understanding that this was the home of the Consulate those many years
ago. We will bring our marriage certificate with us and perhaps will be able to remember the room where we had the ceremony.
We had sailed from Miami in July, 1956 on a 92 ft schooner, working
as crew as well as making a film for the skipper of the boat. Traveling
down the coast of Spain we thought how wonderful to be married and have
the rest of the sailing trip as part of our honeymoon.
Consul General, who arranged the wedding explained that we would be
one of the last couples able to do this as their "Extraterritorial
Rights" were ending the same week. That may have been the time that the
Embassy changed its status.
"Visiting Monaco, the couple decided to elope, and flew to Tangiers, Africa, where they were married for $16. Immediately after the wedding, Ronny discovered that he was broke. The only solution was to leave Sydney in a hotel and rush back to Europe for some more money. All this took place on their wedding night. Moaned Sydney: 'I'll bet we were the only couple in history separated by two continents on their wedding night.'"