It all began in 1958 when a newly wed couple broke ground together on a their plot of land in the local mountains outside of San Diego. Hand-in-hand, side-by-side, they spent the next 64 years building the many beautiful spaces and places we all have come to know and love as Ilan-Lael—their home and the source of creativity and inspiration for so many of us.

Wish them a Happy Anniversary!

Leave a personal message to Jim and Anne in the comment area below, and we’ll present all well-wishes for them to read as they toast another magical year together, hand-in-hand, side-by-side.

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PHOTO: Above, James and Anne Hubbell at their wedding rehersal dinner in 1958. Top, James and Anne hand in hand today, celebrating 64 amazing years together at Ilan-Lael. Photo by Marianne Gerdes.

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  17. Debby Mayer says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  18. Julian and Leslie Duval says:

    Dear James and Ann,
    You two are shining beacons of light in our lives 🙂
    Happy Anniversary from Julian and Leslie Duval

  19. Dick Miller says:

    Most heartily wish you many many more.

  20. Mary Ann Eger says:

    Happy Anniversary! We’re so grateful for the National Treasures you’ve created for us all.

  21. Dori says:

    Happy Anniversary Jim and Anne! A true inspiration! Here’s to many more. 🥂

  22. Tom + Vickie LAMB says:

    Jim and Anne
    Happy anniversary – with all all love
    Tom and Vickie

  23. Dr. Eric and Gaye Macy says:

    Dearest Anne and Jim,
    Happiest of Days to you! Sixty-four years is almost Eric’s and my lifetimes. And what a lifetime you have made it – creating one full of magic, art, love, and intimate cherishing that you’ve then extended globally to schools and artwork around the world. Quite a partnership. You’ve shared Eric’s and the Macys family lives since your children were friends and there were Easter egg hunts together. Our home is filled with Jim’s sculptures, from small enough for a living room, to the huge one in our back rock garden and a front patio. Our atrium is shone upon with Jim’s stained glass work. Our lives have been made more beautiful by knowing you throughout, in Eric’s case, and in mine when I joined him in marriage and commissioned from Jim a sculpture as a wedding gift. It’s an honor and a privilege to celebrate this milestone with you. Happy 64th!
    Gaye and Eric Macy

  24. Stacy and Sean Kelley says:

    Wishing you a happy anniversary, Jim and Anne! Thank you for your generosity of spirit and creative vision, your work is an inspiration to us! 💜

  25. Simon says:

    Greetings from Cambridge and congratulations to you both from the nephew of Jim’s old friend Quentin – with whom he travelled to Africa in 1950, in search of the quagga, and where, on the Skeleton Coast, they found the wreck of the Dunedin Star.
    With good memories of your visit here.

  26. Summer says:

    Hi Anne and James, happy anniversary! You look wonderful! Enjoy your special day und happiness forever! Best wishes from Summer.=)

  27. James Horecka says:

    Happy anniversary, Jim & Anne!

    You inspire so many!

  28. Nancie & Jerry Crowley says:

    Dear Anne & James..we sent you a message earlier on this lovely missive but don’t see it are sending you another in hopes it gets through! When Sim Bruce Richards introduced you 2 to us in 1971 hoping that we would have you make the front door to our Treehouse he designed for us in Los Altos Hills, CA..the fun of over one half Century of love between us began. Knowing you both has changed our lives as we welcomed in your creativity, love for beauty & your joy for a richly lived life. We send you our very best wishes on this your 64th anniversary. We are so blessed to have you in our lives. Love & Hugs to you both.

  29. Roslyn Line-Platzer says:

    Happy Anniversary, Anne and Jim! Congratulations, and thank you for all you have done together for so many.

  30. Al and Armi williams says:

    Happy Anniversary Jim and Anne! You both are an inspiration to Armi and me. What you have accomplished and continue to accomplish are truly remarkable. You are among those that we have known the longest (virtually since our arrival in San Diego in 1990) and we are proud and honored to count you among our friends whom we most admire and respect. We congratulate you for your unflagging dedication to your many projects bringing the US and Mexico closer together and your vision to create friendship monuments among San Diego’s sister cities around the Pacific Rim. You make a wonderful team and the world needs more of people like you!

  31. Laurie Peters says:

    Happy Anniversary, Anne & Jim!
    Thank you for your continuing inspiration in a myriad of ways, for leading with love that is ever-transforming!

  32. Sue Z. Gold says:

    Happy Anniversary, Jim & Anne,

    Wow! 64 years is wonderful Congratulations on getting and continuing to get through all the stages of life.

    My husband and I made it to 42 years, and thought that was an accomplishment! 64 is amazing. Have FUN in WHATEVER you decide to do on your day!

    Sue Gold

  33. Ernie and Ellie Sullivan says:

    Merry anniversary, Jim and Anne. The two of you are eleven years ahead of my wife and me–may it stay that way!

  34. peter findlay says:

    Happy Birthday Jim and Ann …………..from the Findlay side of your familly.
    Thanks for the incredible legacy that you have created.
    On we go …….. one year at a time.

    Peter Findlay

  35. Teresa L. Markey says:

    Dearest Mr. & Mrs. Hubbell: WOW you are an inspiration CONGRATULATIONS on your 64th Wedding Anniversary and many more. Thank you so much for all the you do and have accomplished.

    With lots of LOVE, Teresa L. Markey & Family

  36. Elizabeth Uslander says:

    Happy Anniversary!! There is no greater art than a life lived in love. Thank you for sharing your magic with the world. Many happy returns to you and your family! 🎉❤️

  37. Angie Brenner says:

    Congratulations Anne and James. It’s been an honor to watch you two find beauty, love, respect, and joy in each other every day. The world became a better place when you got together.

  38. Angie Brenner says:

    Happy anniversary. What an honor to have watched you two celebrate your love, respect, and joy for each other over the years. You make marriage look easy!

  39. Julie Squires says:

    Hello, dear Ones,
    Thank you for being in my life, spreading beauty, awakening more beauty within me, and being YOU. Happy Anniversary. Much love and joy, Julie Squires

  40. Peter Sprague says:

    Good times to you Jim and Anne and tons of love from SpragueLand to you both!

  41. Steve Farmer says:

    Happy Anniversary lovebirds. You have been a wonderful inspiration for so many people. You are trailblazers, shining a light on the path, for who choose to do things, a little ‘different’.
    It’s been a pleasure to work with you both.

  42. Susanne Sklar says:

    BLESS YOU! BLESS YOU! Love shapes the world, love prevails: when I think of you I know that. When I see you that truth is in my bones. Your love is a gift – may such LOVE be contagious. I MISS YOU!!

  43. Vicki Bergstrom says:

    Jim and Anne, A very happy anniversary to you!! Love to you both. Vicki

  44. Sarah Brightwood says:

    Dear Jim and Anne,
    How happy it makes me to see you both smiling together. What a deep, resilient love you have carried together all these years. Thank you for sharing it with so many.
    Wishing you a marvelous day to celebrate 64 years of marriage!
    much love,
    Sarah Livia

  45. Verna says:

    To you, such extraordinary lives, such a blessing, such deep significance you two bring to this world. May you reap the satisfaction of knowing how much your lives have made others’ lives so much better. Happy Anniversary!
    Verna & Bob

  46. Claire says:

    What a pleasure to know you both!!
    I especially appeciate the unconditional & unconventional community togetherness you have created that will penetrate humanity forever. Thank you!

  47. Tom Cooke says:

    Happy Anniversary Jim and Anne!! Claudette and I are very inspired by you two…wishing you both all the best!

    – Tom Cooke and Claudette Diaz

  48. Jeff Dalrymple says:

    Happy Anniversary to you, Anne and Jim!
    You both have been an inspiration to many artists and seekers of beauty.
    Thank you for your dedication and hard work to make the world better!

  49. Susan childs says:

    Anne, you are cuter now than you were in 1968!! You go girl!! Happy days to you!

  50. Greg and Kathy Schuett says:

    How wonderful to have been by each others side for 64 years! Nothing like commitment to keep a marriage strong through the decades. You are both role models for all of us!

  51. Mary Munk says:

    My Dear Anne and Jim…one of the best parts of sharing a magical time with Walter was meeting both of you! Happy Anniversary to a very special couple!!! Much love, Mary Munk

  52. Irene Rohling says:

    Dear Jim and dear Anne,
    may this be a happy and joyful day for you! May it be filled with cherished memories and may all the days to come bring happiness and joy to both of you together!
    Happy anniversary!

  53. Josh Oliver says:

    What a special anniversary! Much Love, Josh & Jennifer Oliver

  54. Martha says:

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing a lifetime of beauty! Love to you both!
    I have enjoyed your work for years and years! My husband proposed to me at the old Triton Restaurant on El Cajon Boulevard, and we had anniversary celebrations at Rainbow Hill b&b. Your installation in the lobby of Alvarado Hospital was a great comfort to me and my siblings as my dad transitioned from this life. Plus all the public artworks in San Diego parks! And many more. Your art has been such a wonderful gift, and I am so grateful for your sharing!
    Happy, happy anniversary! ❤️ Thanks!
    Hugs from Martha and Ed Hollis

  55. Sharon Griswold says:

    You are inspirations to us all! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home and love. Happy Anniversary and many more! From Sharon & Bill Griswold (we are up to 56 years)

  56. Laurel Yianilos says:

    Happiest of Happy Anniversary to one of the most amazing and loving couples! I hope this one is one for the story books! Thank you for being an example of what families, relationships and being human is all about. Thank you for giving us something to look up to and aspire to be. The way Jim continues to catch his breath every time he looks at Anne, or how he still searches for her in a room, is how every one deserves to feel. To feel connected and adored by someone, to build something and leave behind something better. Thank you for everything that your relationship has grown and nurtured over the last 6.5 decades. Thank you for loving each other and sharing that love with us all!

  57. Joyce Carlson says:

    Congratulations to a beautiful couple! Wishing you both a happy anniversary and wishing you many more years together.
    Joyce [Musial] Carlson

  58. Mike stepner says:

    Happy anniversary ann and Jim.
    We are catching up
    Our 57th is Saturday
    Mike and Rosie stepner

  59. Toby Weitzel Johnson says:

    Blessings you two Cherubs👼👼
    Much love,
    Toby Weitzel

  60. says:

    A very happy anniversary to Jim and Anne. Much love and joy and happiness to you on this vey special day. Thank you for all you have contributed to the beauty of this world and especially to our home that we cherish so much and appreciate how lovely you have made it. All our admiration and respect to you now and forever!!! David and Rebecca Vigil

  61. Melony Vance says:

    Happy Amazing life together! I miss having my bookstore in Julian and seeing you there. 🙂

  62. Rebecca Morales says:

    Sending you a big hug on your wonderful day! Happy Anniversary!Love, Rebecca

  63. Ann Jarmusch says:


  64. Jonathan Wiltshire says:

    Wishing you both a joyous anniversary. I’m so grateful having shared a lifetime with two amazingly creative and devoted individuals. You are inspirational.

  65. Grant & Aviva Hulbert says:

    Such a happy couple! Aviva and I wish you a happy anniversary!

  66. MaryBeth Burnham says:

    Hope you got my message of flowers, picture I sent on your cell phones this morning!!!!
    If not I’ll see again again because all day thinking of you both on a glorious sparkling day here, just like the two of you!
    Love you both, miss you & wishing you a special day, everyday!
    Xoxo 😘 MaryBeth Burnham

  67. Chuck Meacham says:

    This is so wonderful! And you both look fantastic. Happy 64th! Love Chuck & Jessie Meacham

  68. patricia law says:

    happy aniversary to you both so much love to share

  69. Shari says:

    Hello Ann and James!

    Wishing you a lovely anniversary and another wonderful year! You look wonderful.
    I hope you are enjoying this time together.
    It was fun to visit Ilan Lael a few months ago and see all the new projects.
    What a marvelous legacy you have created.

    SHARI Winicki

  70. Dan Bridges says:

    Happy Anniversary Jim and Anne, and thank you for sharing your lifetime of art, beauty, and love with the world, and for opening your home to your neighbors. Inspirational in so many ways.

  71. Swinicki says:

    Hello Ann and James!

    Wishing you a lovely anniversary and another wonderful year! You look wonderful.
    I hope you are enjoying this time together.
    It was fun to visit Ilan Lael a few months ago and see all the new projects.
    What a marvelous legacy you have created.

    SHARI Winicki

  72. Greg Smith says:

    Wishing a Happy Anniversary Jim and Anne. Warmest congratulations and all the best to you both!

  73. Allan D. Price says:

    Happy Anniversary You are a beautiful couple. The Price Family

  74. Pat and Denise Lawrence says:

    Wishing you continued happiness.
    Happy Anniversary!

  75. Pat And Denise Lawrence says:

    Wishing continued happiness.
    Happy Anniversary.

  76. Ben says:

    Happy Anniversary Anne & Jim

    Vivien & Ben U

  77. Pat Lawrence says:

    Wishing continued happiness to both of you. You are an inspiration to all who have had the chance to know you.

  78. Julie Lively says:

    Happy Anniversary! All the best wishes to you both!

  79. Trent and Diana says:

    Hi Jim and Anne ! Happy wonderful 64th anniversary ! You’re both more beautiful and handsome than ever . Thank you for all the beauty and spirit that you have brought to everything and everyone that surrounds you .
    We are all so fortunate to have such a magical world that you have shared with all of us . We are honored to know you , and humbled by your generosity and love for the world . We look forward to seeing you and your family again soon , and share happy times .
    Best wishes and good luck to you !
    Trent and Diana

  80. Winston Wade says:

    Such a crafty couple make our world a more beautiful place all these years.

  81. Chuck Lang says:

    Have a Happy Anniversary Jim and Anne!!!!!!!!!!!
    Chuck and Teri Lang

  82. Jim Winfield says:

    Happy Anniversary James & Anne,
    You TWO are the example & model for the long-life together!

  83. Shirley Cayze says:

    Hi! I met you many years ago as a child. I’m Amelia Jones (Radford) daughter (one of them). She was your Aunt. Saw this posting and wanted to wish you Happy Anniversary!

  84. Jeanette Stevens says:

    My dear, cherished, awesome friends … the love and joy the two of you have shared for the past 64 years has been motivational, elevating, and inspirational. I feel blessed beyond measure to have you in my life. The Hubbell art that surrounds me, dear Jim, fills my home with unparalleled beauty. And, Anne, when we’ve danced together, you’ve given me wings.
    Love, light and gratitude, Jeanette

  85. david and amita bardwick says:

    Dearest James and Anne,

    We have cherished your friendship over all these years starting with the Vladivostok project.

    You both have been a continuous inspiration for us and continue to be that. Thank you, thank you! You are such beautiful people.

    Amita left today to spend some weeks working on our school in India. She is amazing!

    with much love and huge warmth,
    David and Amita

  86. Judy Harris says:

    A picture of true love! Wonderful to see you both. Happy Anniversary.
    Judy and Bob

  87. John Bingham says:

    Happy Anniversary to two special people who made my life more beautiful. God bless you. Lots of love coming your way.

  88. Charles Carruthers says:

    Thank you so much for what the two of you have brought to our world. Happy Anniversary!

  89. Christy Morse says:

    Happy Anniversary Jim and Anne! Together you have created a beautiful home, I will treasure my memories of visits with both of you. All my Best, Christy

  90. Jeana Ison says:

    Happy Anniversary from the Ison family. Helen and Luther appreciated you both so very much.

  91. Bruce Griffiths says:

    We had the privilege of visiting your wonderful home last year. An art treasure! Happy Anniversary.

  92. Brian Matter says:

    To a special couple on a special day – Happy 64th Anniversary! I hope it is enjoyable. Thanks for serving as an inspiration in so many ways. – Brian Matter

  93. sue says:

    Dear Jim and Anne,
    You are such an inspiration.
    with love, Sue

  94. Howard william whittaker says:

    Happy anniversary to you both. Off the coast of cuba right now heading back to florida from panama. Look forward to seeing everybody upon my return. All the best and thanks for allowing me to be part of the magic. Billy

  95. Rebecca Biskaduros says:

    Happy Anniversary to a lovely couple! You are an inspiration of love. ❤️ Jason + Becky Turton

  96. Drew hubbell says:

    Happy anniversary you love birds!

  97. Kevin Swanson says:

    Jim & Anne – Congratulations 🥳👍🥳 on reaching another year of sharing your lives together and allowing us to share your Anniversary. May you enjoy your time together each and every day.

  98. Beth McCormick and Brad Elliott says:

    Your Russian Firebird story of how beauty will save the world had a great deal of synchronicity in the timing for me. I had just discovered a way to add featherwork to my oil paintings, which I have never seen done before. I practiced featherwork for 35 years but put it aside for a dozen years while I worked on other projects. I had just picked it back up, which felt like the circle being completed. Your Firebird window being rebuilt has the same feeling of completion. Thank you for the lives of inspiration you’ve led for all of us. The Onion House windows are thankfully in good shape and continue to grace all who see them.
    Happy Anniversary, Anne and Jim!

  99. Kevin Farrell AIA says:

    Happy Aniversary Jim and Anne, your lives together on the mountain have been magical. I enjoyed working
    and having lunch together so many years ago (1978 +/-). Wishing you many more!

  100. Cathy Conheim says:

    I hope you have many more years together. I am pleased to have spent 32 of those years knowing both of you. You are great models of ‘whither though goest I go ‘. Love cathy

  101. Phyllis Kessel says:

    Jim and Anne,
    Congratulations and many more. You are an inspiration!
    Phyllis Kessel

  102. Susan and Fred Smith says:

    Happy anniversary! Fred and Susan Smith send love and best wishes for another amazing, miraculous, heart-expanding year!

  103. Sandia Tuttle says:

    Thank you for all of the art, architecture, music, and dance that the two of you have given to the Julian Community as well as to San Diego and further abroad.
    Sandia Tuttle

  104. Suhail Khalil says:

    Happy 64th Anniversary 😉 !!! Thank you Jim & Anne for sharing your beautiful spirit of peace, love and harmony with Mother Nature. You are an inspiration to the next generation with your talents to make our world a better place. We tour on May 9th; my wife and I with two dear friends. Can’t wait!

    Thank you,


  105. Diana says:

    Happy Anniversary to the couple who continue to make the world a more dazzling, beautiful place for all to enjoy and appreciate!

  106. Laurel Costa says:

    Happy Anniversary Jim and Anne! Ken and I hope to make it to 64 years married as well!
    With Admiration, Laurel and Ken

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