Allie & Mike’s Wedding…


Allie & Mike’s Wedding


 Allison & Michael Francis

Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Francis


By Allan R. Ellenberger

On Friday, January 16, 2009, I had the immense pleasure to attend the wedding of two of my dearest friends, Allison Berntsen and Michael Francis. The site of their nuptials was the legendary R.M.S. Queen Mary which is docked at Long Beach, California.


I first met Mike and Allie almost ten years ago (wow where did the years go) at the Paramount Ranch where I spoke and had a book signing for my biography on Ramon Novarro. The event was the “Silents Under the Stars” where they showed the 1922 silent classic, The Prisoner of Zenda starring Novarro and the tragic and  “too beautiful” Barbara La Marr. Allie is a huge La Marr fan and they were there to see the actress on the big screen. I was a bonus (at least I hope so).


Let’s see if I can remember who was there that night – our good friend Jimmy Bangley, the talented playwright, Kevin McCauley; the Irish legend, Deborah Fullam and another person I no longer remember. Jimmy was being quite boisterous about his love of La Marr (imagine that) and I believe Allie overheard him – from that point we were drawn to one another like a magnet and became very good friends. The rest is glorious and loving history.


The service was held in the Royal Wedding Chapel on the Promenade Deck, which at one time was the first-class smoking room for the Queen Mary. Afterward, the reception was held in an adjoining room. A good time was had by all.


Mike and Allie are a great couple and both have great families. I’ve had some good times with them over the last decade (almost) and I hope for a couple more. I wish them the best of luck and much happiness – if anyone deserves it, they do. Shalom guys!


Here are a few photos from the event…







Allie & Mike's engagement photo

 Wedding invitation photo


The RMS Queen Mary

R.M.S. Queen Mary


Queen Mary Royal Wedding Chapel

Royal Wedding Chapel


The Happy Couple

The Happy Couple


The Wedding Party

The Wedding Party: Eric Berntsen, Allie, Mike, Brandon Francis


The Berntsen and Francis families

The Berntsen and Francis families


Cutting the cake

Cutting the cake


Mike & Allie



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6 Responses to “Allie & Mike’s Wedding…”

  1. Allison Francis says:

    That was so sweet of you! I love you tons. I was so happy you were there for our special day. You are one of my most beloved friends and I can speak for Mike that we are so very blessed to have you in our lives.
    Again, I love you sweetie!!!!!!

    P.S. When is our next cemetery tour!!! I think it is time to see Mabel.

  2. Allan Ellenberger says:

    Thanks so much sweetie. We definitely need to see Mabel soon. Have fun.

  3. landman says:

    I don’t know the couple, but how handsome a couple they make. The Queen Mary is a treasure that hopefully will stay for ever. What a Romantic setting for a wedding. The Queen Mary sits so majestically in its berth. Nothing more exciting than seeing and boarding the QM the first time. I wish the Newly Married Couple happiness and wealth forever. God bless the “Royal Couple”. from the Queen Mary.

  4. w.k. mccauley says:

    Many, many congrats to Mike and Allie. I am so happy for you and wish you both the very best in years to come.
    Best Regards,

  5. Sue Guldin says:

    Oh, Allan, thanks for putting up the beautiful pictures so fast! These are the first I’ve seen! (I have to get my film developed!! I guess it’s about time to get a digital camera, eh?) Anyway, even the pix don’t do them justice. Allie looked absolutely stunning and Mike extra handsome! It was a lovely wedding, everything went perfectly and I, for one, am thrilled to have shared their special day with them…..and you, dear!

  6. bette davis says:

    alllllright!!! it’s about time you two finally tied the knot. i was afraid you were going to live in sin to the end and become old, lonely chainsmokers like me.

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