LOVE ME TENDER: Marriage celebrant Dean Vegas, aka Elvis (right) and
LOVE ME TENDER: Marriage celebrant Dean Vegas, aka Elvis (right) and "Priscilla" (left) with newlyweds again Julie and Wally Rooney, celebrating 40 years of marriage by renewing their vows. Surfers Paradise Alliance

Elvis in the house for 40th anniversary celebration

THERE'S not too many weddings where the celebrant wears a white jumpsuit with rhinestones and his wife wears a wedding dress ...

But when you're married by renowned Elvis tribute artist and marriage celebrant Dean Vegas, anything can happen.

Julie and Wally Rooney were one of 42 couples who walked down the aisle to the iconic voice of Elvis Presley to renew their vows as part of Viva Surfers Paradise in July.

"We were married 40 years ago this September and we are both big Elvis fans," Julie said.

They met at a YWCA youth group back in 1977.

With their daughter also getting married this year, they decided perhaps it was time they renewed their own vows.

"It was a terrific day," Julie said.

"We took my Dad with us, who is 93, and he loved it too."

It was completely different to first time around, when they had a big traditional wedding with all the trimmings at St Stephen's in Coorparoo, Brisbane.

Julie probably wouldn't have been so impressed if Wally had shown up in a Hawaiian shirt to that one!

The secret to a 40-year marriage and wanting to do it again, Julie said was "working together and working things out together, hugging and holding hands - we still hold hands".

"Sticking together in the bad times makes for a strong relationship too," she said.

"Both Wally and I have supported each other in bad health issues (Wally kidney disease and Julie breast cancer) and come out on top."

They definitely found a memorable way to mark their ongoing commitment to enjoying life together. I had so much fun, I'd probably do it again for our 50th!" Julie laughed.

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