Yes, that’s Jon Bon Jovi walking Australian superfan Branka Delic to meet her groom at Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.
How on earth did this happen? It’s a long story. Two months long, in fact.
Branka has loved Bon Jovi forever. She knew the band would be performing at the MGM Grand in Vegas on the same day she was set to marry her “other” love of 14 years, Gonzalo “Gonzo” Cladera.
So about 8 weeks beforehand, she began an international campaign asking, and then flat out begging, Bon Jovi to give her away.
The effort began via her hometown paper, then continued on Facebook and a website she created called bonjoviwalkmedowntheaisle.com.
A few days before she left Sydney, she got word from Bon Jovi’s Australian management that it might happen.
There are so many reasons why this should not have worked. A) What if she’s nuts? B) Copycat fans will ask him to come to everything from anniversaries to Bar Mitzvahs. C) The date happened to be his own wedding anniversary! That’s right, 24 years ago Bon Jovi married Dorothea at the exact same wedding chapel. Maybe he wanted to spend the day with her?
I can think of plenty more reasons for him to NOT show up. But show up he did.
On her wedding day, Branka was getting her hair and makeup done when she got “the call.” She was told to be ready ASAP, and that a limo was heading over to pick her up to meet her idol at the chapel.
“I dropped the phone and said, ‘Get me in that dress now!’” she laughs. “You have never seen a bride get ready so quickly.”
Thank goodness there was photographic evidence and Twitter to prove it to the world.
And what did her new husband think of her quest? “Apart from Branka being a stalker and kissing him, not letting go, it was all great,” he said. “He shook my hand and wished me well.”
Photo via @BonJovi/Twitter