Like many brides, florist Suzi Botha was willing to spend some cash to make sure every bit of her wedding day was absolutely perfect.
Unlike most brides, a perfect wedding day for Suzi included pointed elf ears created with implants. So she spent more than £1,000 on two separate cosmetic procedures to make her ears as elf-like as she pleased.
‘I like to think of myself as a sort of mermaid elf fairy princess,’ said Suzi. ‘I love how elegant and ethereal elves are – there’s something very feminine about them.
‘I first heard about the elf ear implants via a YouTube video about 18 months ago and absolutely loved it. I have no regrets at all.
After spotting the elf ears video Suzi began to research local artists, tracking one down a six hour drive away. In January she had her first procedure done.
‘They numb the ears first via an injection which, for me, was actually the most painful part,’ Suzi explains.
‘Then, they cut through the cartilage at the top of your ear and feed the implant through, which has been made to fit.
‘The skin then sort of stretches back over and it’s left to heal. Like with any sort of body modification, there was a risk of rejection but, thankfully, I’ve had no problems.;
After paying £506 for the first set of implants, Suzi went through three months of painful recovery – ‘people would want to touch them a lot, and, as they were still hearing, it was agony’ – then decided she’d like them even more pointed for her wedding to 24-year-old youth worker Ivan Botha.
So Suzi paid another £506 to have a second, more extreme implant inserted in time for her wedding day.
‘I saved up really hard to be able to afford it, figuring that, if I was going to have something like that, it might as well be as dramatic as possible,’ she said.
‘I had a, go hard or go home mentality.’
Weeks later Ivan and Suzi tied the knot, Suzi wearing a flowing lilac gown to complement her elf ears.
The wedding was a little out there – the couple hired a tattoo artist to ink their guests.
Suzie said: ‘Some of them said, “Why would you do that?” But I just thought – why wouldn’t I?’
‘Most people think they’re really pretty. My dad, Colin, isn’t so keen. He doesn’t like tattoos or anything like that, but my mum, Annie, has a few, so she’s a little more open-minded.
‘She actually came with me to have the second implant done, and was asking loads of questions. I told her she should get some, too, but she wasn’t convinced.
‘When I’m out and about, people don’t actually stop me as much as I’d like. I can see them glance at me, but I think they don’t know what to say. I wish they’d stop and chat, as I love talking about my ears.’
Now she’s almost fully healed, Suzi is planning to have even bugger implants put in.
‘I don’t think I’ll take them out, I’ll just keep going bigger and bigger, for as long as my ears will allow,’ she says.
‘My artist is fantastic, he’s kept in touch with me this whole time and always advises me how to care for them.
‘To anybody thinking of doing the same, I’d say find someone as professional as I have, and talk to people who’ve had it done, so they can answer any questions for you.
‘I absolutely love my ears, they were worth every penny.