The new Mr and Mrs Azzopardi, Warren and Rachel, with celebrant and Elvis impersonator Dean Vegas.
The new Mr and Mrs Azzopardi, Warren and Rachel, with celebrant and Elvis impersonator Dean Vegas. Fraser Coast Chronicle

Rock 'n' roll wedding

HUNDREDS of secret phone calls and months of careful planning paid off for Warren Azzopardi at the weekend when he pulled off the ultimate surprise wedding.

The Maryborough man and his partner Rachel wed at the Wintersun Festival at Coolangatta on Saturday - the classic rock 'n' roll celebration where the car fanatics first started dating exactly six years before.

Mrs Azzopardi said she only found out she was getting married two hours before the ceremony.

“I've known for a while that we were getting married but I didn't know when or where,” she said.

“On Saturday morning I was up really early getting ready and at about 7.30am some friends of ours - Warren's partners in crime - took me to their car.

“I look in the car and here's all my stuff - my dress and makeup - and then they told me they'd been given the honour of telling me I was getting married.”

Mrs Azzopardi said she was so surprised she burst into tears - but it didn't take long until the pre-wedding nerves kicked in.

“I lost my appetite pretty quickly,” she laughed.

“We'd always pictured having a wedding that was a bit different but I never imagined Warren would plan the whole thing out and surprise me. It was definitely one of a kind.”

The ceremony took place by the couple's 1962 Dodge Phoenix as crowds of people in the street took pictures.

Australia's number one Elvis impersonator, Dean Vegas, an authorised celebrant, performed the ceremony.

The Azzopardis, members of the Wide Bay Rodders, led the street parade as newlyweds.

“It was good because we visit the Wintersun every year to show off our car and socialise with a lot of friends so there were a lot of people we knew there.

“Warren had me pack all my wedding outfit and make-up away months ago. I was none the wiser it would be this weekend except the fact Warren was texting people. He doesn't usually do that.”



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