Jade Goody provided the inheritance she wanted for her children yesterday when she married her boyfriend Jack Tweed in a tightly guarded wedding yesterday afternoon.
The terminally ill reality TV star, who has been paid around £1m for the print and television rights to the ceremony – which she intends to put in a trust fund for her sons Bobby, five, and Freddie, four– took her vows in front of more than a hundred guests at the four-star Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath near Bishop’s Stortford in the Hertfordshire.
The couple spent last night together at the impressive 1322 Italianate mansion, after the Justice Secretary Jack Straw intervened to grant a temporary waiver on the curfew imposed on Tweed, 21. He was recently released from prison where he served time for assaulting a 16-year-old with a golf club in 2006.
The wedding was attended by the television presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, Crimewatch presenter Nick Ross, and former Blue singer Antony Costa. Goody, 27, was 45 minutes late for the ceremony.
Goody was given away by her grandfather John Caddock, 70, a retired market trader. Her father Andrew walked out on her mother when she was a child and died of a heroin overdose in 2005.
Speaking shortly after the ceremony finished, Max Clifford, the couple’s publicist, said a those in the “room full of love” had witnessed “an outstanding, heart-rending ceremony filled with tears and laughter” and concluded with a standing ovation for the newlyweds and the release of caged doves. During the ceremony a plane flew overhead trailing a “Jade loves Jack” banner. Almost all of the wedding costs were covered by well-wishers. The owner of London’s Embassy nightclub paid for the food and drink. The bride’s dress, a £3,500 ivory Uranio gown by Manuel Mota, was donated by the Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed.
Special transport and medical arrangements for the new Mrs Tweed were covered as part of a £750,000 deal with Richard Desmond’s OK! magazine.
The Pop-trio Sugababes, performing for free, headlined the wedding reception. The deal with OK! also includes a one-off documentary on Living TV, which had signed up Goody for an ongoing series prior to her diagnosis with cervical cancer in August. The cancer spread to several other parts of her body. Doctors believe she may live.
Goody acquired fame after her appearance in the third series of the Channel 4 show Big Brother in 2002. She was widely derided for making several ill-informed pronouncements. Her reputation was seriously damaged after comments she made about Shilpa Shetty, an Indian actress and fellow contestant in the 2007 version of the show, were interpreted as racist.
The reality television star is reported to take comfort in reading the Bible every night.