Hazel Edmondson and Rodney Elphick with their children Candice, Chelsey, Cruz and Wade Elphick, at their fancy dress wedding.
Hazel Edmondson and Rodney Elphick with their children Candice, Chelsey, Cruz and Wade Elphick, at their fancy dress wedding.

Rocky Horror wedding surprise

IT was a case of a jump to the left, a step to the right and a time warped trip down the aisle for newlyweds Hazel Edmondson and Rodney Elphick.

The happy couple celebrated their marriage in secret style at the Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club on Saturday.

Not content with the traditional white wedding style, Miss Edmondson and Mr Elphick chose a ’70s and ’80s theme for their big day.

To add some spice to the event Mr Elphick passed over the traditional tuxedo and instead opted for fishnets, shiny vest, high heels and pearls ensemble made famous by Dr Frank-N-Furter in the smash hit musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

“We told all of our guests that it was a costume party for my 40th birthday because we wanted to add some surprise to the event,” Miss Edmondson said.

“None of the guests knew they were coming to our wedding, it was such a fun night and just the kind of wedding we wanted.

“We have been together for over 12 years and we wanted our wedding to be special.”

When it came to her husband’s wedding outfit of choice Miss Edmondson said she was initially sceptical of her husband-to-be’s intention to dress as a famous transvestite.

“At first I really didn’t expect him to go through with it,” Miss Edmondson said.

“But he looked great and he even danced to some of The Rocky Horror Picture Show songs, he danced to Sweet Transvestite.

“He was comfortable in the outfit; he stayed in his high heels much longer than me.”

Instead of the customary white meringue wedding dress and trailing veil Miss Edmondson chose a startling black and white zebra-inspired ensemble complete with matching boots and fishnet stockings.

“We called the outfit ‘The Wild Thing’,” Miss Edmondson revelled.

“It’s the opposite of what I would normally wear but I didn’t want the big white dress.”

The fun loving couple said the main attractions they wanted at their wedding were enjoyment, laughter and excitement.

The 45 guests present at the surprise nuptials embraced the theme, dancing the night away to the hits from the era.

“We just really wanted all of our guests to enjoy themselves,” Miss Edmondson said.

“People always have heaps of fun at dress up events like this.”

The newlyweds were married by registered celebrant Clarah Luxford.

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