'Twilight' Super Fan Marries Cardboard Cutout of Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson Cardboard Cutout WeddingTalk about taking fandom to a whole new level. 25-year-old Lauren Adkins says she's always been obsessed with fairy tale endings, and claims to have found her own -- by marrying a life-size cardboard cutout of Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen from the Twilight franchise.

I can't even make this stuff up. The super fan gave up on real life men and married the mancardboard of her dreams in a Las Vegas wedding chapel last year in a ceremony that cost more than $3000. She says, "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."

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Well OK then.

"For as long as I can remember I’ve been ­obsessed with romantic fairy tale endings," Adkins explained. "When I was a child, I watched the Disney ­versions of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella until the tapes wore out."

Her obsession moved to teen fiction as she grew older, and she became obsessed with Stephenie Meyer's bestselling vampire quadrilogy. The Las Vegas native claims, "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."

After tearing through the books, she eagerly waited outside the movie theater for a midnight showing of the movie. "And when Robert Pattinson appeared on screen ... he was perfect. I knew that very minute I wanted to marry him."

Since Pattinson himself was otherwise occupied at the time, dating Kristen Stewart (and being a movie star and all and likely not eager to pledge his love forever to an obsessed fangirl), Adkins opted for the next best thing when she found his image for sale in a record shop.

"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," she confesses. "I grabbed his rigid torso and stuffed him under my arm before marching to the counter and handing over a $20 note ... then, cramming him into my car I headed back to my apartment where I ripped off his cellophane and stood him at the foot of my bed. For the rest of the night I couldn't take my eyes off him."

She began dating him. "Then I started thinking -- the guys I’d dated before had all been so hopeless, I might as well have been with a cardboard cut-out. So where was the shame in taking him out with me?"

Where's the shame? Where's the shame? Um ...

But her story doesn't stop there. "A friend who thought I was going mad said one night: 'If you love him so much why don't you marry him?' Her words rang in my ears. She was right. Why didn't I?"

The Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel agreed to perform the ceremony, and for the mere price of around $3200, Adkins and Robert Pattinson's cardboard cutout had the wedding of their dreams.

"I walked down the aisle in January in the white wedding dress I’ve always dreamt of," she says. "I held the reception at an art gallery and ordered champagne and a five-tier cake to share with my 50 guests."

They even had a honeymoon in Los Angeles. "I wanted us to climb up to the Hollywood sign together," she confessed. "I had to carry him, and we had to do it at night because he can’t be in the sun ... but everyone makes sacrifices for the man they love, right?"

Would you settle for a cardboard cutout if you couldn't have the man of your dreams?

 

Image via Lauren Adkins/Instagram

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