Jade Goody marries and tells guests: Im praying for a miracle
Cancer-stricken Jade Goody walked down the aisle to marry her partner Jack Tweed yesterday in front of nearly 200 guests and managed to stand for all but five minutes of the wedding ceremony.
The 27-year-old had her dream white wedding reception at the Down Hall Country Court Hotel in Essex after an emotional church service.
Hours before the wedding took place, Jade reportedly gave Jack her blessing to find love again after she dies. A friend of Goody’s told The Sun: ‘It was Jade’s dying wish to marry Jack. But she’s so selfless and wants him to be happy. She’s told him he should see other people when he feels the time is right.’
The reality TV star had managed to organise her ‘perfect’ day with the help of celebrity pals and friends and brought guests to tears when she admitted she was ‘praying for a miracle’ after being given weeks to live.
Dressed in a £3,500 Manuel Mota ivory wedding gown, donated to Goody by Harrods boss Mohammed Al Fayed, Goody was walked down the aisle by her 70-year-old grandfather, John Caddock.
She opted to avoid wearing a wig, despite losing all her hair through a severe course of chemotherapy treatment. Her publicist, Max Clifford, said: ‘She didn’t want to wear a wig. She was bald and proud.’
Although for much of the day the couple and guests remained in good spirits, the pair wept as they exchanged their vows. As they left the church to a standing ovation, ten white doves were released.
Clifford revealed: ‘It was just a very beautiful, very moving service. [The couple are] obviously very much in love, which the bishop commented on. They were very happy to be there and get married.’
He added: ‘I think it’s a huge relief that she was able to handle it the way she did, because obviously it’s been a worry to her.’
Goody’s mother, Jackiey Budden said of the event: ‘Don’t feel sorry for Jade – she’s a miracle. This is a happy occasion and I’m so proud of her.’
The TV star has made it her mission to accrue as much money as possible from TV and magazine deals before she dies, so that her sons, Freddie, four and Bobby, five, have as financially secure a future as possible.
Goody endured a gruelling two-hour photoshoot following the ceremony with OK! magazine, for which she will be paid £1.5million.
With reported performances from the Sugababes and an elaborate fireworks display following the reception, Goody and Tweed were able to spend what some say was their final night together.
The groom, who wore a prison tag, was given special dispensation from his 7pm curfew but the pair will not enjoy a honeymoon together as Tweed is due back today as his mother’s house by mid-afternoon, in accordance with his prison release terms.