Big Fat Gypsy Wedding: Irish girl Chantelle Kielly marries her cousin

An Irish traveler has revealed that she married her cousin, and they had no less than 73 of the best men to witness the union.

An Irish traveler has revealed that she married her cousin, and they had no less than 73 of the best men to witness the union.

Chantelle Kielly, 18, who lives in Rathkeale, married her first cousin Jim in a ceremony that invited the whole town, Sun report.

Traditionally, family travelers from the city spend 10 months of the year traveling before returning in December for the wedding season where there can be up to 10 ceremonies a week.

Chantelle and Jim’s are one of those with the bride’s family securing the engagement by paying the groom’s family a dowry that ranges from €50,000-€120,000 ($73,000-$175,000).

It is currently perfectly legal to marry your cousins ​​in England and Ireland but there is a huge problem of disagreement over morality.

But marrying cousins ​​was common among the traveling community and Chantelle and Jim wanted to celebrate in a ceremony the town would never forget.

Chantelle wore a dress designed by traveler Thelma Madine, which was decorated with no less than 20,000 crystals.

The bride chose no less than seven bridesmaids, but it was the groom Jim who really went all out with the best 73 men.

Couple, who appeared on Channel 4 Big Fat Gypsy Weddingthen celebrated with a party that invited the whole town, celebrated by cutting a bespoke Barbie cake.

Reflecting on the wedding Thelma said “They are very nice people, the girls are very respectable We always say Irish travelers are like going back 50 years but the Rathkeale girls are like going back 100 years.

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“They’re all family and I think that’s how they keep the fortune at Rathkeale because they don’t let it go.”

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is reproduced with permission

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