Tracksuits and tears – epic wedding of Britney Spears and K-Fed revisited
It's 12 long years ago today that Britney Spears and Kevin Federline's divorce was finalised.
But while their union might not have lasted, the memories live on.
September 18, 2004 gave us some of the most epic wedding scenes in the history of showbiz.
From K-Fed – aka Meat Pole – ripping off Britney's garter with his teeth while cheered on by his mum to the stripper pole and those Juicy 'pimp' tracksuits, their wedding was a sight to behold.
Here's a look back at the most Britney moments from their dream day…
The couple were booked in to tie the knot at the luxury Bacara resort in Santa Barbara on October 16, but their dreams were crushed when the press got hold of the details.
Instead, the guest list was cut from 250 to 27, with only the bride and groom's families and wedding party invited.
Determined not to let the venue details slip a second time, the nuptials were brought forward to September 18 and Britney's wedding planner Alyson Fox held the service in her own £2million Studio City home.
Guests thought they were attending an engagement party, only to be told it was a wedding when they walked through the door.
A card handed to each read, “Surprise! It is with much love that we welcome you to our wedding ceremony tonight."
“I just thought it would be too much if we had done it when we were supposed to,” Britney, then 22, told People.
“It became this huge thing and I was like, ‘What are we waiting for? We know this is the real thing, why not just do it now?’ That’s why I wanted to sneak and do it our little way.”
Contrary to popular belief, the bride and groom didn't tie the knot in trackies.
The couple had gowns and tuxedos on standby for the bridal party, who had already been measured up ahead of the October wedding.
Britney walked down the aisle in a $26,000 Monique Lhuillier strapless silk gown and lace gloves while the bridesmaids wore $3,000 red gowns by the same designer.
It was only as they headed out of the wedding for a night clubbing in LA that the bridesmaids and groomsmen slipped into Juicy tracksuits emblazoned with diamantes reading 'Pimps' and 'Maids'. Britney's read, 'Mrs Federline' while Kevin was 'The Pimp'.
"That’s what Juicy did for every celebrity who got married. They’d send them the cute little tracksuits," wedding planner Alyson would later recall.
"I asked Britney and Kevin what they wanted printed on the back, and Britney said, 'Maids! Maids will be cute!' And it was. It was cute!
"And he said 'Pimps' which was adorable… People are closed-minded. It was a joke, it was for fun. It was Juicy tracksuits! Ten years ago people would have given anything for a Juicy tracksuit."
The waterworks started with Britney's little sister Jamie Lynn, then 13, who burst into tears because she thought she was the only one who'd been kept in the dark.
And both Britney and K-Fed let the tears flow freely during the 15-minute ceremony.
"[They] just gazed into each other’s eyes, and he kept touching her face,” her longtime assistant and bridesmaid, Felicia Culotta, told People.
“As she was standing there, tears were falling. When her daddy lifted up her veil and kissed her on the cheek and shook hands with Kevin, it was so sweet. That started all the tears.”
Proud mother-of-the-bride Lynne was also overwhelmed with emotion.
“I just cried because I think it sort of hit me that she is a woman now. It hurts when they grow up," she said.
But after all that sobbing, the ceremony was rounded off with a rather exuberant snog from the newlyweds.
"I just wanted to holler, ‘Get a room!’" said Felicia. “It was such a big kiss. It was like that was the second they were waiting for.”
The stripper pole
After balling their eyes out during the vows and snogging lustily upon being pronounced husband and wife, Kevin proceeded to pull Britney's garter off with his teeth – as his mum cheered him on.
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