Some 20 loved-up couples renewed their wedding vows at the 2019 Parkes Elvis Festival before wedding celebrant Andrew ‘Elvis’ Appleby under the Love Me Tender Arch.
As the grooms awaited their brides at the front of the ARTC main stage in Cooke Park on Sunday morning, the ladies walked the aisle on the red carpet holding flowers and some accompanied by bridesmaids and even the family dog.
Before a crowd of hundreds, the grooms were told to take their “Teddy Bear” and asked their brides “to Love Me Tender” because they “Can’t Help Falling in Love”.
The brides responded by telling their grooms they were their “Good Luck Charms” and that they “wouldn’t treat them like a fool”.
Geoff and Christine Moller from Brisbane are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary this year on January 18, while others their 40th and 30th anniversaries.
And then there were those who had just been married more than a year or not even 12 months, like Pamela and Denis Hucker from Moama, right on the NSW-Victorian border.
Pamela and Denis were the lucky couple chosen to go on stage during the ceremony because they were the first couple of register to renew their vows at the festival.
They were also married in Las Vegas in the Chapel of Flowers by an Elvis impersonator just last year on August 7.
“Our lucky number is seven,” Pamela said.
“We had a trip to America planned and it just so happened that we were in Vegas on the seventh.
“So I rang the wedding planner at the chapel and she booked us in the Victorian Chapel (within the Chapel of Flowers) at 7pm.”
The couple are rock and roll dancers and enjoy country and jazz music.
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They met on August 17, 2012 on table seven at 7pm, at the Echuca Country Music Festival.
“I was told to go to table seven and there was one seat left next to Denis,” Pamela said.
“It’s a lovely story, it’s a fairy tale that went full circle for us.”
Pamela and Denis love attending the Parkes Elvis Festival, this year being their fifth.
Pamela competed in the Miss Priscilla competition two years ago, winning the Miss Picture Perfect category.
“We love Elvis,” Denis said.
“This festival is fantastic and we stumbled across this festival five years ago,” Pamela added.
“We were on our way to the Tamworth Country Music Festival and we saw that this was on,” she said.
“Because we’re rock and roll dancers I said we have to stop here and we did.”
2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist winner Anthony Petrucci and 2019 Miss Priscilla Erin O’Leary made a special appearance.
You can relive all the fun from the 2019 Parkes Elvis Festival right here.