Britain's youngest gypsy bride gets married aged 16 years and one day in 50,000 ceremony in 6ft wide dress… but changes into a super short tutu for the raucous reception
15:13 GMT, 21 May 2012
Britain's youngest Gypsy bride has wed in a lavish ceremony costing 50,000. Danielle Maughan, who has appeared in the hit television show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, was one day past her 16th birthday when she married 21-year-old Brendan Joyce this weekend.
Hundreds of fans of the Channel Four programme lined the streets hoping to catch a glimpse of the bride, and swarmed around her limousine when she arrived at the Our Lady Of Walsingham Catholic church in Corby, Northhants, on Saturday.
If they were expecting a traditional Big Fat Gypsy wedding, they were not left disappointed. The bride wore a six foot wide white dress, with dozens of layers of netting underneath the skirt making it stand to attention around her hips.
Newly married: Danielle Maughan, 16, and her new husband Brendan Joyce, 21, walk back down the aisle as Mr and Mrs after the ceremony
Preparations: Sixteen-year-old Danielle shows off her 6ft wide dress in her trailer ahead of the wedding
Bridal party: The bridesmaids in the foreground accompanied Danielle and Brendan, to the rear, in the limousine
Purple patch: Danielle poses with her six bridesmaids outside the church on Saturday
Beaming: The newly married Mr and Mrs Joyce leave the church after the ceremony, and right, signing the registry
Mobbed: Fans of the Channel Four television show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding swarm around Danielle as she gets out of her limousine at the church
Marriage certificate: The two are united in holy matrimony by the priest
Her heavily embellished corset was studded with crystals and glittery butterflies, and on her head, she wore an elaborate tiara.
Her hair was vigorously tonged into brunette ringlets, and her skin was tanned to a deep brown.
As befits tradition, there were multiple bridesmaids, who were dressed in voluminous purple creations reminiscent of a Disney princess.
After the ceremony, the bridal party moved on to nearby The Open Hearth pub for a reception described as 'raucous' by the Daily Star.
For the party, the bride swapped her wedding dress for a bottom-skimming lace tutu and a crystal-studded, bow-trimmed corset that revealed her tanned midriff.
Danielle told the Daily Star that she was 'excited and very, very happy' to be marrying Brendan.
'He has a lovely personality, he's really happy all the time and he's a good looking boy, which does help,' she said.
But Danielle added that as a married woman she now has a life of hard work ahead of her. As teenagers, Gypsy girls are often kept away from school and instead put to work at home, performing chores and housework. Married life is no different, and Danielle will be expected to look after every aspect of the home for herself and her new husband.
'When you get married, you think you are going to get away and be your own boss, but it is nothing like that,' she said.
'You're leaving your mother who owns you and she gives you to another person that owns you – your husband.'
'But I chose him,' she adds, with the positivity of the newly married.
But although they looked the picture of happiness at their nuptials the two may find their wedded bliss could soon be disrupted. The Daily Star reported that Danielle's new husband is facing jail after being accused of handling stolen goods. He is currently awaiting sentence after being allowed out on bail earlier this year.
The wedding is set to be featured on an episode of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding in December this year.
Ready to party: The bride and her maids at the reception
Sharing a kiss: Danielle says her new husband is 'really lovely, happy all the time and good-looking'
Young love: The couple pose for a picture at the party before Danielle changed into her evening look. Their wedded bliss could soon be cut short as Brendan is currently on bail awaiting sentencing for handling stolen goods
Disco divas: Danielle poses with her girlfriends at the party before making the change into her revealing evening outfit
Party style: Danielle changed into a black and white lace tutu studded with crystals, which she paired with a satin corset
Running theme: The couple's cake was decorated with the butterfly motif seen on the bridal party's dresses, as well as a fairytale castle
Hitting the dancefloor: The new couple throw some shapes as the party gets underway, while right, a guest struggles to negotiate Danielle's voluminous dress as they dance together
Quick change: Danielle soon dispensed with the troublesome skirt, changing into a lace tutu that allow her to kick up her heels unfettered by the layers of voile
Colourful: Guests at the 'raucous' reception, which was held in The Open Hearth pub in Corby
Revelry: Two partygoers enjoy a pint of beer at the reception, while right, three guests in purple, black and white perfectly match the colour scheme of the wedding
Princess for a day: Danielle tries on her tiara ahead of the nuptials, and right, collects her diamant shoes