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Elvis fans recreate film wedding

Steve and Barbara Caprice with their Elvis tribute wedding guests
Steve Caprice (centre right) is joined by his best man and Elvis tribute wedding guests as he renews his vows with Barbara Caprice in Porthcawl

An Elvis Presley impersonator married his long-time love at a seaside town by recreating the wedding scene from one of his idol's films.

Steve and Barbara Caprice were married 15 years ago in the USA but renewed their vows at Porthcawl, near Bridgend, in a Blue Hawaii-themed ceremony.

A church minister from Yorkshire, Mr Caprice is known as Rockin' Reverend and regularly officiates at weddings.

Around 40 Elvis impersonators were due to attend the reception.

The king was at the height of his fame when Blue Hawaii hit cinema screens in 1961 - five years before Mr Caprice, from Beverley, East Yorkshire, was even born.

Forty-eight years later in Porthcawl, the groom's outfit comprised of rhinestones and flared trousers while best man Paul Malloy came dressed as GI Elvis.

Steve and Barbara Caprice at the wedding service
Porthcawl hosts the annual Elvis Presley festival

Local impersonator Vegas Elvis, also known as Craig Jefferson, gave the bride away and even the page boy for the ceremony was nine-year-old Elvis impersonator Rhys Berry, who carried the couple's wedding ring on a red velvet cushion.

"This is like a dream come true for me," said Mr Caprice.

"This is where we hold the annual Elvis Presley festival so it seemed like an ideal venue.

"With the hot weather and the beach it could almost be Hawaii."

The ceremony was followed by a reception for 200, and several guests joined in the fun by dressing in Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts with garlands of flowers.



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