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January 28, 2016

Rare Photos of Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain on Their Wedding Day in Hawaii, 1992

No paparazzi, no gate-crashers, no hoopla — the marriage of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Hole singer-guitarist Courtney Love was the antithesis of the glitzy celebrity wedding. The ceremony was performed by a nondenominational female minister on a cliff overlooking a beach in Waikiki, February 24, 1992.

Nirvana had just played two shows in Hawaii following their tour of Australia and Japan. Just eight people were present at the ceremony – Dave Grohl was present but Krist Novoselic stayed away because he disapproved of Kurt’s heroin use and Courtney’s bad influence in this regard.

Kurt Cobain sported his favorite PJs while Courtney Love wore a dress that had once belonged to Hollywood actress Frances Farmer (later immortalized on Nirvana’s 1993 album In Utero on the track ‘Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle’), and it’s alleged that Kurt cried but Courtney didn’t.

Courtney was purportedly already pregnant with their daughter Frances Bean (who was born that August), and the marriage lasted just over two years until Kurt’s unfortunate passing in April, 1994. Their ceremony was performed by a nondenominational female minister and the wedding vows on the day were as follows:
“True marriage is more than joining the bonds of marriage of two persons. In its right relation, it’s the uniting of two souls already attuned to each other. When such a true bond already exists between man and woman, it is fitting that an outer acknowledgment be made. This acknowledgment is the prime object of this gathering and this ceremony. We are here to bear witness to the entry into the closer relationship of husband and wife of these beloved friends who are already one in spirit.

You are now taking into your care and keeping the happiness of the one person in all the world whom you love best. You are adding to your life not only the affection of each other, but also the companionship and blessing of a deep trust as well. You are agreeing to share strength, responsibilities, and to share love.

At the end of this ceremony, legally you will be husband and wife, but you still must decide each and every day that stretches before you, that you want to be married. Make such a decision and keep on making it, for the most important thing in life is to love and be loved.

May you always need one another, not so much to fill the emptiness as to help each other know your fullness. May you want one another, but not out of lack. May you embrace one another, but not encircle one another. May you succeed in all important ways with each other, and not fail in the little graces. Look for things to praise, often say ‘I love you’ and take no notice of small faults. May you have happiness, and may you find it in making one another happy. May you have love, and may you find it in loving one another.

This ring by its shape is a symbol of the undying love that exists between you. The substance of which it is composed is a symbol of purity, which shall ever characterize your mind and hearts in all your relationships together.

EIA IHO NO, KA MALUHIA, O NA LANI, ME OUKOU A PAU (The peace and serenity of the heavens be with you all). And so it is ... Amen ... and ALOHA!”

A selfie of Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain in the bathroom in their hotel.


  1. Courtney looks like she’s at her own funeral. Dave Grohl, as usual, has the demeanor of a big puppy-dog.

    1. (cont’d) But after the ceremony, Courtney looks cheerful while her new husband puts on a sour face for the selfie! Ah, they were a fun couple.




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