Big Fat Gypsy Wedding couple who met when John, 17, 'grabbed' 14-year-old Cheyenne at a wedding, are set to have a baby – and they are planning a Big Fat Gypsy christening
17:09 GMT, 21 August 2012
They married in March in traditional Gypsy style, with a lavish white wedding attended by hundreds of guests. And now, five months later, Cheyenne Pidgely and John McFadyen of the hit television show Big Fat Gypsy wedding are expecting their first child.
Cheyenne, who is 20 weeks pregnant with a little girl, says she is 'over the moon' with the news. 'John can't wait to have a daddy's girl and I'm really looking forward to having a little princess. I'm going to buy her designer stuff like Louis Vuitton, Juicy Couture and Armani,' she said in an interview with Closer magazine.
As well as designer labels, the little girl will be preened to perfection too – Cheyenne says that when her daughter turns 13, she will give her money for beauty treatments including manicures, highlights and sunbeds.
Big day: Josie's little brother John McFadyen, 18, after saying his vows on the show to Cheyenne Pidgley, 16, who he met at his sister's wedding reception
The young couple from Walton-On-Thames in Surrey
met when John, then 17, 'grabbed' Cheyenne – then only 14 years old –
pushed her in to the car park up against a fence and demanded she kiss
This high-handed method of courtship
may seem unpleasant to the uninitiated, but within the Gypsy community
it is considered the norm and, despite initially rejecting John's
advances, after he grabbed her again in town some weeks later, she caved
in and agreed to marry him.
'Some boys assault girls when they
grab them,' she told Closer. 'They hold their arms behind their backs. I
don't agree with that, but John just held me against a fence. I thought
I was too young – but it worked out well in the end.'
The two married in March this year
after a two-month courtship. Cheyenne had 10 bridesmaids in purple
dresses, while her own dress – an enormous creation studded with
thousands of Swarovski crystals – was so large she struggled to fit
through the door.
She says she had four hairdressers and a make-up artist to create looks for herself and her bridesmaids on the day, and the bride and her entourage were transported to the church in a white stretch Hummer.
With money no object – Gypsy girls
don't have a budget, she says, and her father had saved his whole life for the big day – the bride and her 300 guests enjoyed a
lobster wedding breakfast.
Cheyenne and John met when John 'grabbed' Cheyenne at a wedding. She eventually gave in to his advances and married him two months later
Cheyenne and John now live in a brand new trailer located behind Cheyenne's family's five-bedroom house in Walton-Upon-Thames in Surrey, pictured here
Since the wedding, Cheyenne and John
have slipped comfortably into married life. John bought Cheyenne a smart
new trailer which they have parked behind her family's five bedroom
As befits Gypsy tradition, which
dictates that newlyweds start trying for a baby right after their
wedding, Cheyenne discovered she was pregnant just one month after their
She says that when the baby comes
along, the two will adopt the traditional roles for their community –
John will earn the money while Cheyenne does all the cooking and
She says that when the baby – who
they plan to call Berry-Marie, after John's grandmother and sister – is
born, there will undoubtedly be a blow-the-budget christening to rival the wedding,
given that religion is so important for Gypsies.
And Cheyenne – who left school with
no GCSEs at 13 – says she's content for her daughter to go down the same
route that she did, saying that if she wants to leave school at 13, that would be
fine – because, she says, beyond learning to read and write, Gypsy girls don't need
to know any more.
Husband John says optimistically that he would like 15 children – but Cheyenne's keen to stop at five.
'I can get all glammed up with my little princess. It's going to be so much fun.'