A TRAVELLER bride has revealed how she ditched her husband on their wedding day, for her own cousin.
Cearia, 24, from Aberdeen, Maryland, was all set to live happily ever after with fellow traveller Sam, 28.
But when the groom rocked up at the aisle totally inebriated, Cearia found herself looking for the door, and her ex-boyfriend and cousin Kyle was more than willing to join her.
The wedding had started off with all the pomp and tradition of a typical traveller wedding, with Cearia dressed in an enormous white and gold ballgown for the occasion.
Speaking on TLC’s Gypsy Brides US, she says: “I’m really nervous about today. It’s a big day and I have a lot of thoughts going through my head.”
Without any other family there to witness her union, she controversially asked Kyle, 21, to give her away.
“Kyle’s my only family and that’s why I want him to be a part of the wedding,” she says.
Kyle admits: “Today’s Cearia’s wedding day and I’m going to have to walk her down the aisle and hand her off to Sam.
“It’s going to be one of the harder moments of my life because at the end of the day I wanna be where he is – but I have to deal with it.”
And it wasn’t just Kyle who was struggling with prospect, with the groom less than happy with the arrangement.
Sam adds: “I kind of found out last minute that Sam’s walking Cearia down the aisle and I’m not too thrilled about the situation.”
After getting ready, a reluctant Kyle accompanies his cousin and ex-girlfriend in a horse and cart to the venue.
But things quickly take a turn for the worse as soon as Cearia reaches the end of the aisle.
“I walked into a disappointment. I could smell the alcohol on him,” she explains.
“He couldn’t look me in the face he dropped the wedding rings.”
After the awkward union, Cearia attempts to enjoy her big day, but Sam is determined not to let that happen, seen swigging beer after beer.
The bride adds: “So we go to cut the cake and he couldn’t even keep his eyes open, can’t f***ing talk, can’t stand – everything coming out of his mouth is a slur.
He couldn’t even keep his eyes open, can’t f***ing talk, can’t stand – everything coming out of his mouth is a slur
“I’m so mad right now, I want out of this dress – Sam’s ruined my wedding, I don’t even wanna look at him right now, I just wanna leave.”
Sensing his cousin’s disappointment, Kyle takes the opportunity to tell her his true feelings.
He tells Cearia: “I can’t sit by and watch this all happen to you, this is ridiculous, he’s a fool, you married a fool.
“Now’s the time to just slip away – what do you say?”
Cearia doesn’t need asking twice, seen fleeing through the doors with Kyle before sharing a kiss with him in the carpark.
She says: “The marriage is done – I’m leaving with Kyle.”
According to the show it's not uncommon for Romanichal gypsies to marry their first cousins, so wedding bells may soon be on the cards.
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