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Monday, 14 September, 1998, 14:26 GMT 15:26 UK
Scary marriage
Waiting for the bride and groom
Spice Girl Mel B has married in the 12th century church next to her mansion home.

Scary Spice was given away by her father Martin and wore a white dress designed by the fashion company D2.

The 40 minute ceremony for Scary and her fiancé, dancer Jimmy Gulzar, both aged 23, began at 3.30pm(BST).

Mel and Jimmy (pic OK Magazine)
The happy couple (Picture courtesy OK Magazine)
Crowds of fans, onlookers and journalists gathered outside St John the Baptist church in Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

Although normal morning services had taken place in the church, it was specially decorated with white lilies.

Just after 2pm, Little Marlow's vicar, the Rev Sue Irwin, arrived at St John the Baptist church and was escorted inside by four police officers.

The groom arrived in a white vintage Cadillac.

Exclusive photograph deal

The bride had arrived an hour and a half before the groom, slipping past fans and reporters in a car with dark tinted windows.

A canvas tunnel stretching from the singer's garden almost to the doors of the church screened wedding-goers from the crowds.

Hundreds of wellwishers lined the street outside the church, hoping to catch a glimpse of the girls.

rev sue irwin
The Rev Sue Irwin got a police escort
But the secrecy left many fans, who had waited for hours, frustrated.

Seven-year-old Brittany Stallwood had waited since 8am without seeing a single Spice Girl.

She said: "I'm disappointed I didn't see any of them, but I have still enjoyed the day."

Her father David, who had brought Brittany and her sister Chelsea, aged five, from nearby Marlow, was more understanding.

"You can understand her wanting to keep her big day private," he said.

The couple are thought to have signed an exclusive deal with OK magazine for coverage of the event.

Wedding denial

Spice Girls spokesman Alan Edwards said that all the guests at the wedding of the singer and her fiancé would be wearing white.

Speaking before the ceremongy and sporting a white suit himself, Mr Edwards said: "It's going to be a nice, low-key affair with family and friends."

There had also been suggestion that guests would be barefoot.

Despite extensive preparations which have been going on at Scary's £2.5m 16th Century manor house, the singer had denied nuptials were imminent.

The event is being kept under wraps
A two-tier 120ft by 40ft marquee is in Mel B's eight-acre garden.

At the champagne reception afterwards, wedding guests were set to tuck in to Scary's favourite dish of jerk chicken and red snapper.

Mel B, aka. Melanie Brown, and her fellow Spices have had no time for a hen night.

The girls played their second UK show at the Don Valley outdoor stadium in Sheffield on Saturday.

Ginger not there

Guests included Sporty Spice Mel C, Baby Spice Emma Bunton and Posh Spice Victoria, along with her Manchester United footballer fiancé David Beckham.

But Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell did not get an invite.

Asked about the event, she said "What wedding?"

When told it was Mel B's, she said: "Oh ... No. I haven't been invited."

A party for 150 was held in the grounds of Scary's manor house
No other celebrities were believed to be present.

Mel B met Dutch-born Mr Gulzar earlier this year, and he proposed after a seven-week romance.

She is three months pregnant with his child.

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BBC News 24 reports from outside Mel B's mansion
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The BBC's William Lietch reports from the showbiz wedding of the year
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