'No happily ever after in the gypsy Cinderella story': As Dale Farm faces eviction, two brides enjoy jaw-dropping nuptials on Big Fat Gypsy Weddings
01:03 GMT, 21 March 2012
The traveller world clashed with the rest of the world on last night's instalment of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.
Seventeen-year-old Freda and 18-year-old Chantelle prepared for their respective nuptials, with the usual meringue dresses and table-covering cakes the order of the day.
Meanwhile viewers were shown an inside glimpse of the eviction of Dale Farm, with a personal account from 10-year-old Mary Ann, who had lived there all her life.
Dream come true Seventeen-year-old Freda celebrated her wedding day on last night's episode of Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
Leading the way: Freda's bridesmaids wore dresses every bit as elaborate as her own
Sea of pink: The guests made the point that it's always easy to spot a traveller wedding
Freda's preparations for her big day ran into trouble when an organisational glitch saw the hen do interrupted by the stag do halfway through the evening.
However the teen was transformed into a delighted bride, and two weeks later she was seen moving into into her marital home – a camper van.
Reflecting on the change in her circumstances as she tidied her new trailer, she mused: 'It feels like a dream at the moment. It doesn't feel like I'm married, I feel like I'm single. I've just been cleaning the trailer.'
Proud of tradition: Freda is keen to maintain the traveller way of life
No detail overlooked: The pageboy's waistcoat matched the bridesmaids' dresses
Slight glitch: The hen party was interrupted by the stag do, which resulted in an argument between the groups
Assessing her options: Freda tried out a variety of revealing costumes for the evening
She was quick to defend the traditional gypsy way of life, adding: 'Culture is dying out. YOu don't see as many travellers travelling.'
'But it doesn't mean you have to be in a trailer or in a house, you're still who you are no matter what. but with a trailer you can keep your home with you, and explore different scenery.'
Chantelle showed a different side to gypsy life, when she celebrated her wedding in the Irish traveller town of Rathkeale.
Looking forward to her big day: 18-year-old Chantelle went all out for her hen party in Rathkeale
Making her presence felt! One young reveler chose an especially eye-catching ensemble
Admiring: This bridesmaid thought that Chantelle's dress was beautiful
Spoiled for choice with 73 potential best men, there was clearly a greater sense of cultural solidity in the traveller-dominated area.
The bride celebrated with a gigantic cake, which spread across an entire long table, and gave a tearful speech thanking her parents and sisters for her special day.
On a more sombre note, 10-year-old Mary Ann, a gypsy who had lived on Dale Farm all her life, was interviewed ahead of the eviction.
Big day: Getting into her corseted dress looked like a bit of a struggle
Fantasy theme The bridesmaids' green dresses weren't unlike mermaid costumes
Pointing to a shrine to Jesus on the site, she said: 'There's God protecting us [from eviction]. We pray for it every day. It's nice, that helps us.'
[We will miss] our homes, fun, take care, our friends, our school, everything.'
An woman who had also lived in Dale Farm for years added: 'We have a closer community than anyone else in the world. We have more friends.'
Troubled time: 10-year-old Mary-Anne, who grew up on Dale Farm, showed the cameras the shrine where she prayed she wouldn't be evicted
Anger: One former Dale Farm resident said that travellers had no more rights than 'animals'
Protested: The inhabitants of Dale Farm said they would be forced onto the roadside
Show of support: Activists turned up to side with the travellers living in Dale Farm
'Gays have rights, lesbians have rights, they might say in the future UFOs have rights. But Gypsies don't have rights.'
'An animal has more rights than travellers.'
On the day of the eviction, Mary Anne protested; 'I'm shocked that they're doing this. It's not good. How would you feel if you were evicted out of your homes Would you feel good'
Show of force: Police showed up in numbers for the eviction, which cost the taxpayer 7 million
Struggle: There was some considerable resistance from the inhabitants
Wreckage: Parts of the camp were engulfed in flames
Referring to protesters on the site she continued: 'There's not enough hippies to save our lives. Half of them got arrested.'
Later, as she walked past her former home she said: 'I wouldn't be nasty, I wouldn't be evil, I wouldn't be unkind if I was a bailiff.'
The older girl explained: 'Kids have kid lives until they're about nine. And it's because of things like this. No happily ever after on the Gypsy Cinderella story.'
Gave her argument: Mary-Anne said that if she were a bailiff, she wouldn't be 'unkind'
Refused to leave: Some travellers stood their ground for a while