On Saturday, Branka Delic no longer had to be "livin' on a prayer." She was livin' the dream, as her musical idol Jon Bon Jovi ushered her down the aisle at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.
No, she and Bon Jovi weren't getting married — he was just fulfilling the traditional "father of the bride" function, bringing her to her (clearly very understanding) husband-to-be Gonzalo Cladera for their nuptials.
Gonzalo Cladera was in on the fun as his bride Branka Delic's rock idol Jon Bon Jovi joined them at their Las Vegas wedding (along, of course, with Elvis).
The ceremony was the culmination of a successful web campaign by the Australian bride, who solicited the New Jersey rocker (who happened to be playing a show that night in Vegas as part of his "Because We Can" tour) via a web page: BonJoviWalkMeDownTheAisle.com and Facebook page.
Delic's web page plea indicated that the 34-year-old had given up on her childhood dream of actually marrying Bon Jovi himself, but ended, "We're begging you ... make this wedding happen. There is plenty of time in the afternoon for you to come and walk her down the aisle before the show. We’re living on a prayer and we want you to come lay your hands on me and walk me down the aisle!"
The chapel has particular significance for Bon Jovi: It was where he got married in 1989.
Jon Bon Jovi posed for photos with Branka Delic and Gonzalo Cladera before the ceremony.
Still, Delic had no idea he was going to show up to fulfill her dream on the day of the wedding; Bon Jovi surprised her with his appearance. He posed for some pictures with the grinning bride, then did what he had been asked to do. And it turned out he wasn't the only rocker present — this being the Graceland Chapel, and in Las Vegas, of course "Elvis" was also in the building.
Afterward, ever classy, Bon Jovi also took time to tweet out the image of the two of them in the chapel; the expression on Delic's face is priceless:
And Delic was, as expected, very grateful, too:
Congrats to the couple — and a salute to a rock star who really knew how to step up to the plate.
First published October 14 2013, 7:58 AM