The pop star marries fiance Kevin Federline a month ahead of schedule

By People Staff
Updated September 19, 2004 01:00 PM

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline said “I do” in a surprise ceremony Saturday evening in a leafy neighborhood in Studio City, Calif.

Some 20 friends and family members – including Spears’s mother, Lynne, and sister, Jamie Lynne – were present at what was supposed to be an engagement party but turned into a wedding.

Britney, 22, wore a white dress and Kevin, 26, a black tuxedo as the couple exchanged vows. The ceremony took place exactly a month before their planned Oct. 16 wedding, which was to take place in Santa Barbara.

As a helicopter hovered overhead, neighbors took to the streets in what shortly became the most well publicized block party in the city on Emmy weekend.