GREENFIELD — Trina Burk has certainly seen her share of weddings. As owners of the Garden Chapel in Greenfield, she and her husband have a hand in organizing up to 100 every year.
But Sunday, even Burk saw something new as the chapel on North Street played host to TLC’s “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding.”
Weddings filmed for the show typically feature over-the-top displays, and the episode filmed in Greenfield Sunday was no exception.
Bride Amber Guy, 17, of Georgia, wore a handmade Cinderella-style dress adorned with hundreds of rhinestones and a 50-foot train. She and groom Pete Davis Jr., 23, of Indianapolis, headed to their reception in a hot pink limousine.
Some of the spectacle – including the flamboyant dress, which was provided by TLC – is manufactured for the benefit of the TV show, said the bride’s godmother, Stana Piona of Georgia. The family specifically asked for Guy’s dress to be a bit more conservative.
“This is a little dress,” Piona joked.
Guy and Davis dated for a few months before tying the knot but have been friends for several years, Guy said. Guy is still in high school and works in a restaurant; Davis works in the construction industry.
Guy is half Romanian, half English, and her husband is Romanian. Both are Gypsies, a term the family doesn’t consider offensive.
The bride said the London-based production crew contacted her on Facebook about filming the wedding. Guy previously had appeared in another episode featuring Gypsies and met the crew then, a family member added.
Garden Chapel has been home to start-up church groups in the past but is currently serving exclusively as a wedding chapel. Sunday marked its second brush with Hollywood.
In 2008, Poison frontman Bret Michaels filmed an episode of his reality TV show, VH1’s “Rock of Love,” in the chapel. News of the event quickly spread as Michaels’ tour bus, which featured his picture and the show’s title, rolled into town, and dozens gathered outside the chapel on North Street in hopes of snapping photos with the semi-retired rocker.
TLC drew less fanfare Sunday, as the bride, groom and their families arrived in their own cars. A few neighbors did come out to inquire about the hot pink limo, however.
The Rev. David Daniels, who conducted the ceremony, said he initially had some worries about being part of the production.
“My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding” is known for more than its glitz and glamour; a quick Internet search turns up past episodes depicting brawls between unruly guests and other lewd behavior Burk and Daniels agreed would be inappropriate for the chapel.
“We emphasized to them maintaining the dignity of the chapel,” Daniels said. “We had some concerns.”
But the wedding party and handful of guests who attended were well-behaved, even taking the time to leave the chapel spotless, Burk said.
“Set aside the television production and all the hoopla – I just hope those kids make it,” she said.
The episode is expected to air in April or May.