Advice for the day: Never let the absence of a person stop you from marrying them.
And 25-year old Lauren Adkins took my advice as she married a life-sized cardboard cut-out of Edward Cullen.
“We got hitched in Las Vegas last year and I’m sure we’re happier than most newlyweds. People might think I’m crazy but my flat-pack R-Patz is the closest I’ll get to the real thing and he’s the one for me,” Lauren said.
“For as long as I can remember I’ve been obsessed with romantic fairytale endings. When I was a child, I watched the Disney versions of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella until the tapes wore out.”
Edward Cullen is one of the lead characters in Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, and Adkins is madly in love with him.
“It was different from any love story I’d seen before – after all, the leading character was as likely to suck your blood as open the door for you. I was obsessed. “Leading man Edward was quiet and mysterious, yet superhuman and invincible. And so sexy. I tore through the books and I queued outside the cinema when the film was released, desperate for my first glimpse of Edward.”
“And when Robert Pattinson appeared on screen at midnight, he was perfect. I knew that very minute I wanted to marry him.”
A few months later in a record shop she saw a 6ft tall Edward in a suit. “Of course he was made from cardboard, but that didn’t matter to me. Suddenly I was taken over with an urge to have him. I grabbed his rigid torso and stuffed him under my arm before marching to the counter and handing over a $20 note.