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Couple get married at footy field in tribute to Jock Colley while at Elvis Festival

When former Parkes man Brent Colley proposed to the love of his life Jaclyn Sutton, Jaclyn said she never thought she would get married at a football field, let alone having an Elvis impersonator among her guests.

But the unique way their big day all came together and the special connection it had with all involved, she wouldn't of had it any other way.

At 4pm on Friday at Jock Colley Field, in the Pioneer Oval complex, Brent and Jaclyn of Newcastle were married by Reverend Tom Stuart during a very intimate ceremony.

It was day three of the annual Parkes Elvis Festival.

The plan had always been for the two families to enjoy this year's Elvis Festival together, with the Suttons making their first trip to Parkes.

But a month and a half ago, Brent had a spectacular idea.

For those who know the Colleys, know they love their football.

Brent is the son of Parkes and country rugby league legend the late Jock Colley - the very man the field at Pioneer Oval is named after.

Jock Colley died suddenly in February 2014, aged 61, after collapsing while on an evening walk.

He was the long-serving Country Rugby League president at the time and his life-time commitment to the game, both on and off the field, was honoured when Pioneer Oval was re-named after Colley eight months later.

He was a highly-respected country footballer and coach, was also president of Group 11 and a Country selector.

Brent himself had played with the Parkes Marists and Spacemen from the under 8s up to first grade, as a front rower. He played for the Toronto Scorpions and South Lions when he moved to Newcastle.

In a touching way to have a piece of his father with him on his wedding day, Brent wanted to get married at Jock Colley Field while they were all in town for the festival.

And Jaclyn didn't give it a second thought.

"We just wanted to be married and we wanted something very small," she said.

"We will have a big party later.

"We had this idea and it all sort of clicked," Brent said.

It was an emotional affair for all, including for the groom's mum Beverley Colley, sister Deanne Colley and her children Chelsi and Flynn, the bride's parents Jeff and Jennie Sutton, sister Lauren Sutton and partner Matt Cairns, and Jock's best friend Michael Greenwood and wife Robyn.

And all the while Elvis - also known as Al Gersbach from Parkes, who used to play footy with Jock - was standing in the background minding Brent and Jaclyn's seven-week old daughter Layla.

"It was a good feeling," Brent said about getting married at the oval.

"It was very special having Layla there, having her there at dad's field.

"A special memory of dad for me was when he had talked me into coming back to Parkes to play for the Spacemen for a season before he passed.

"I then played for the Orange CYMS and I got to experience a grand final win - it was my first, first grade grand final win and he got to see that."

"On our marriage certificate it says we were married at Jock Colley Field," Jaclyn added.

"It was special - it meant something to Brent so it meant something to me."

After the ceremony the family went home to Hume Street for some drinks and speeches, and enjoyed a reception at Bellas Italian Restaurant.

Mum Beverley said it was a very proud day for her.

"I was very happy with Brent's decision to get married at the ground named after his father," she said.

"Jock spent most of his life at that oval.

"Even though it was a very hot day, we survived and with a baby too."

Brent moved to Newcastle 10 years ago, meeting Jaclyn seven and a half years later after being introduced through friends.

Brent and Jaclyn are by no means a conventional couple.

They got engaged a year ago on a family holiday in Bali, Brent proposing to Jaclyn during a helicopter flight with a sign on the helipad saying 'Will you marry me Jackie?'

They spent their engagement night at a Midget Boxing event.

Jaclyn and her family enjoyed their first Elvis Festival - they strolled the main street, took in a show, sister Lauren even bought a ladies' Elvis jumpsuit to wear, and finished their visit with a trip to the Dish before heading home on Sunday.

"The family liked it, my dad definitely loved it - he said he's coming back next year but he wants to do the train," Jaclyn said.

"They are long-time Elvis fans, they've always wanted to come to the festival.

"My highlight was seeing all the people dancing in the street, everyone was in good spirits."

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