Barter Wife-swap: First official pictures of radiant bride Shania Twain on her wedding day after marrying ex-husband's partner's ex-husband
4th January 2011
It may have been her second time down the aisle, but Shania Twain didn't spare any details on her New Year's Day wedding.
An official photograph shows the Canadian country singer, 45, dressed in all the trimmings for the intimate ceremony held on the island of Puerto Rico over the weekend.
The star, who married Swiss businessman Frédéric Thiébaud, 40, wore a white gown with a black sash and a full veil for the Caribbean event.
She accessorized the dress, bought from a small boutique in near her home in Switzerland, with Lorraine Schwartz jewellery and Calvin Klein shoes.
The pair wed at sunset in front of 40 of their closest family and friends, including her son Eja, nine, who gave her away.
Their marriage comes two and a half years after they discovered their respective ex-spouses were allegedly having an affair.
Twain was devastated to discover her first husband Robert 'Mutt' Lange got together with the singer's best friend Marie-Anne Thiébaud - ex-wife of Frédéric.
After initially consoling each other in the aftermath of the marriage breakdowns, Twain and Thiébaud's friendship developed into love, with the country star revealing their engagement on December 21.
The star's representative told People magazine: 'They were married at sunset in Rincon, Puerto Rico, in front of 40 of their closest family and friends.'
When she announced their engagement on her personal website, an ecstatic Twain wrote: 'I am excited to share some personal news with you; I'm in love!
'Frederic Nicolas Thiebaud has been a true gift to me as a compassionate, understanding friend and over time, an amazing love has blossomed from this precious friendship.'
'Fred and I are happy to announce our engagement!'
Friends of the couple claim they got engaged in Switzerland - where they both live - in October, but kept it secret until last month.
The couple were photographed together in New York two weeks ago, with Twain showing off an $100,000 three-carat, emerald-cut diamond engagement ring.
In the real-life wife-swap story, Lange is still living with Marie-Anne and both couples have a friendly relationship for the sake of their children.
Shania and her ex-husband, who finalised their divorce in June, share custody of their son. The Thiebauds have a daughter, also nine.