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No more lonesome tonights

It really was Now or Never for journalists Jo Rodgers and Howard Foster, who walked up the aisle in a Las Vegas wedding chapel to the strains of a real-live Elvis Presley.

The pair, who work at the Scunthorpe Telegraph, are both fans of The King, and wanted a wedding with a difference.

Vegas beckoned and so the pair exchanged rings in America’s capital of glamour and glitz as a host of friends and relatives watched via the Internet back home in England.

Women’s editor Jo and sub-editor Howard, (both 35), tied the knot on October 17, after flying out and getting the wedding licence when they arrived.

Jo said: “We wanted to do something quick and fun. Neither of us had been to Vegas before and we’re both Elvis fans.

“Howard has been married before so we didn’t want anything traditional.”

The happy couple flew out on October 14 and spent the next day getting the licence. They also chose their chapel – on the main strip.

Jo said: “Most were awful and we picked the only one that didn’t look like a crematorium – it was called the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel.

“We also had to buy a wedding package and chose the ‘Elvis Special’ which cost $450, around £300.”

The pair were married by a minister while being serenaded by Elvis, who was dressed in a red jumpsuit for the occasion.

They were watched by Jo’s mum and dad, sister and brother-in-law and three close friends, who travelled to be at the ceremony.

And a host of relatives back home watched the action on the Internet via a web cam as Jo walked down the aisle to Can’t help Falling In Love.

Before the pair exchanged rings Elvis sang Love Me Tender and the ceremony came to an end to the sound of Viva Las Vegas.

“It was excellent fun,” said Jo.

The newlyweds spent their honeymoon touring America, travelling to Memphis – where they visited Graceland – and also stayed in Nashville, Mississippi and Alabama. But they’re back at work now, weaving a little Elvis magic into the pages of the Telegraph.

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