Mama June married Sugar Bear in Georgia, the bride wore a camo wedding gown

Here are some photos of THE WEDDING OF THE YEAR!! I’m so happy Mama June and Sugar Bear managed to get married before tonight’s Met Gala or else I wouldn’t have been able to know what to concentrate on. These are some pics from June and Sugar Bear’s weekend wedding in Georgia. The bride wore a gown made of camo and bright orange fabrics. The whole thing was filmed by TLC, so it’s possible that there will be a very special wedding episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo very soon. After the wedding, everybody changed out of their wedding finery (!) and into more comfortable clothes. There was no limo or even a nice car. The first ride that June and Sugar Bear took with each other as man and wife was on an ATV.

They had vows, a cake, a camouflage gown and all their family and friends present, but Here Comes Honey Boo Boo stars Mama June (June Shannon, 33) and Sugar Bear, 41, won’t say whether they’ve actually gotten married – or just recommitted to each other.

On Sunday, friends and family, including Honey Boo Boo (Alana Thompson, 7) and big sisters Pumpkin, Chickadee and Chubbs, joined the duo in their Georgia backyard for a ceremony to celebrate their love, followed by a rowdy family barbecue on what happens to be Cinco de Mayo.

“The day was very special mostly because my girls were able to take part in it,” says June. “I felt like it was important for them to see this moment and celebrate my love for Sugar Bear.”

The fun-loving family, whose series returns to TLC July 17, didn’t go over the top with the celebration.

“My sister baked the cake, and we spent most of the money on barbecue,” says June. “We stayed true to our roots and made the focus on the family and my commitment to Sugar Bear. You can definitely plan an event on a budget!”

And whether or not they’re actually married, June says she’s found the secret to keeping her relationship strong.

“Never settle for a man who doesn’t treat you right,” she says. “If a guy doesn’t love everything about you, move on! There are plenty of other fish in the sea.”

“I give this advice to my daughters,” she adds, “because I always want them to be themselves and surround themselves with people who love them for them.”

[From People]

Isn’t there some confusion as to whether Sugar Bear fathered all of Mama June’s children? I think Sugar Bear is definitely Honey Boo Boo’s father, but the rest of it… well, anyway, I’m glad they’re happy. And I get a kick out of how Mama June doesn’t really care if she’s married or whatever. Whatever, y’all. They’re happy. And June got the wedding she wanted, and isn’t that what matters most? Congrats to June & Sugar Bear!

Photos courtesy of Pacific Coast News.

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  1. Thora says:

    Pft. Check out the age difference. Sugar Bear is just another Johnny Depp.

  2. moon says:

    This is so cute. Sugar bear is honey boo boo’s dad, but the other three all have different dads.

  3. Lolly says:

    Congrats! I’ve never seen the show but from the little clips I’ve seen they seem to love each other & not take themselves so seriously.. A certain Klan could do with that same lesson

  4. Mich says:

    Gah! My eyes!

    I love the demure white veil with the camo dress, tennis shoes and orange trimming.

    In an early episode, Mama said Sugar Bear was only Daddy Bear to Alana.

  5. Faye says:

    I watched one episode of this show on YouTube, once, just out of morbid curiosity. It made me very sad for the state of our society if this is entertainment. There are definitely worse people out there, and I guess they’re not hurting anyone, but can’t they get their kids a decent education instead of pimping them out in kiddie pageants and on TV? And don’t get me started on the kids’ total lack of manners and the awful eating habits. This family is like a walking advertisement for an unhealthy lifestyle. I can’t believe that woman is my age — she looks so much older, probably lifestyle-related. I hope at least the money from the show is being put aside for the kids’ future.

    Also, as a side note, why have a wedding if you don’t get married? For ratings, I guess?

    • paranormalgirl says:

      The girls are all in school, they shoot around the school schedule, and the money they make is put into trust for the girls college. I think the existence of torture porn horror movies is a far sadder state of society than the Thompson family.

      • rashers says:

        There may be worse things on TV but that doesnt diminish how disturbing it is that this even has an audience let alone a following.

      • Faye says:

        I don’t even understand this argument. Because they’re not shooting torture porn movies, they’re somehow good? What do torture porn movies have to do with what I said at all?

        If (IF) the money is going into a fund for the kids, good for them, I suppose. But as I said, based on one episode the kids had zero manners, zero interest in education, and were being encouraged by their parents to lead a totally unhealthy and unproductive lifestyle.

        My dislike for the show has nothing to do with any sort of elitism. I would love to see a reality show about, for example, immigrants to this country who use the advantages it offers to build a better life for themselves and their children — people like my parents. People who actually appreciate that their kids can get an education, have access to things like libraries, etc., for free in America.

        Call me a Pollyanna, but it would be so nice to see something uplifting on reality TV for once, instead of a family that just sits around and watches TV all day, eats junk food, has teen pregnancies, and does nothing to self-improve.

      • bluhare says:

        Totally agree paranormalgirl. Say what you will about them, they love their kids, and June has said she doesn’t even see the money it all goes into trust funds for the kids. They live on what June and Sugar Bear make. Not sure Kate Gosselin can say the same. Her kids only got 15% between them even though they were the stars of the show.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        Your argument, Faye, was “It made me very sad for the state of our society if this is entertainment.” I think there are more appalling things that are “entertainment.” (ie torture porn horrow movies like “Saw”)

        I’m a very educated professional who enjoys watching the dynamic of the Shannon/Thompson family. I find it psychologically fascinating. Doesn’t mean that’s all I watch.

      • FLORC says:

        The strongest point was lost in the side discussions. This family as the truest form of what you see is what you get. They only want to live as they’ve been living. Money hasn’t seemed to have changed any of them. And though they make very little compared to what other Reality TV stars are making they are banking the most by far! The education trust funds are all true and well looked after.
        I’ve seen the show and the behavior, lifestyle, and hygiene sickens me a bit, but at their core they’re a solid family with loving values that most families today are sorely lacking in.

      • Faye says:

        @FLORC – I can see your point, but I’m not sure I’m convinced. For one thing, television is television, and what you see usually isn’t what you get — including, or perhaps especially, with reality TV. So just because they seem cohesive doesn’t mean that isn’t a “shtick” the producers dreamed up for them – to present them as the “gross but lovable hicks.” And this is my bias showing, but I have to question the loving family values of any parent who would allow their children to be showcased on national TV for money and fame.

        But let’s just say for argument’s sake they are genuine. I guess I’ll give them credit for being a loving family, but if their behavior is objectionable (and to me, seeing just one ep, it really was), I don’t know that they’re to be commended just because they all act that way together. Sometimes being loving parents means challenging your kids when they act a certain way, not laughing and encouraging it.

        As I said, I only watched one episode, so maybe I shouldn’t judge based on that. But to me, they seemed to be setting themselves up as a circus-type freak show, and I don’t find that good for their kids or for society as a form of entertainment. Obviously, there are more evil things out there (someone rather dramatically mentioned torture porn here), but that doesn’t make this any better when it’s being evaluated on its own merits. If we saw the family doing something for self-improvement, which could certainly provide fodder for TV, I’d like it better.

      • SE says:

        “The girls are all in school, they shoot around the school schedule, and the money they make is put into trust for the girls college. I think the existence of torture porn horror movies is a far sadder state of society than the Thompson family.”

        Couldn’t agree more! Thanks!

      • Nan says:

        Personally I find densensitized and ‘who cares’ type posts from paranormalgirl and others disturbing. From a Psychological view, encouraging such abuse and neglect and debauchery for voyeurism is a far great threat to societal well-being than some horror movie that doesn’t exploit or abuse someone. Where is society headed, when abuse, neglect and for voyeurism and ‘entertainment’ is encouraged but people care about a fake horror movie? Its very disturbing. Shows like this should be shamed and shunned, not encouraged! I’m stunned at some of these posts.

    • tmbg says:

      This is just quality TV at its best! /snark

      No wonder I barely watch anything these days. I’d rather watch DVDs of good programs that existed before “reality” took over.

    • NM9005 says:

      I don’t watch any of that but I saw the article about the child being petulant and uncooperative in some big TV interview.

      You don’t even need to watch it to realise that the only way this child can show that she isn’t meant to be on television, is to act childish when it’s getting too much.

      Children don’t belong on television and I don’t care how her parents spin it and use the money, it’s wrong. She goes to school to study and then comes home to ‘work it’ for the cameras while whole America oggles them and judges them. Is that supposed to be normal? Accepted? The standard? Effing horrible and exploitative. Adults fine whatever, but children: NO. And the parents are definitely to blame, you don’t sell your children like that. Love and family life shouldn’t be a commodity but then again, everything in America turns into a commodity. Everything for a quick buck.

      Her going to school is the only NORMAL thing in her life, not something to applaud her for. What is wrong with people these days? Doesn’t anybody learn from all these child stars? Rarely do they go to college because they already have a career that makes money and it’s way easier to be famous than to actually work hard these days. Then when nobody cares about them, they have to learn how to work and how to live in a world that adored them and now ignores them. Suuuuure healthy right?

      EDIT: And let’s not pretend they can break the cycle of trashiness by saving money for the next generation’s education. Usually, you are born into it, and you die in it. From what I read, they don’t have manners. Money isn’t a fix-it-all for everything. Look at Lohan and all those other assholes with asshole parents. It’s genetic, cultural, environmental. The children don’t stand a chance.

      • madchen says:

        They harm no one. When the oldest girl got pregnant, June said that while it wasn’t what they wanted for her, they would be supportive and loving – which they’ve been. I dare say she’s a much better “example” of what can happen to a pregnant teen than the sad creatures on that MTV show. There are plenty of effed up children in television (who later become effed up adults) and Honey Boo Boo doesn’t appear to be on that path. Finally, your last paragraph is unbelievably presumptuous, elitist and narrow minded.

      • NM9005 says:

        I was talking about how reality TV and consorts harms and effects the people involved, not vice versa. Even adults can’t handle the fame, I think children shouldn’t be on TV.

        Your points don’t address the reality that most reality TV stars are messes after their show ends. And they too had loving but ignorant families I’m sure. Money talks.
        At least they could make decisions for themselves, children can’t. That’s what parents are for.

        I assume you are saying that there was a teenage pregnancy? I don’t know the show but that is exactly what I’m trying to point out. No matter the money or the resources, some things are so deeply rooted and genetic, nothing can change it.

        You talk about the other teen mothers? Again parents who didn’t protect their children. They got money thrown at them for glorifying pregnancy and it was sold as a commodity. As ‘entertainment’. How is that different from what June does? You attack those other teen moms but June’s family is different in what way exactly?

        Childhood fame and too much money ends usually in a mess. I read that one of those teenage moms was a decent girl before the show (as told by her brother) and she became a mess. Now imagine a little girl, not even a teenager, in that reality TV life?
        How am I narrow-minded when you have a plethora of examples in the history of reality TV to draw conclusions from?

        No, I’m not elitist etc (I’m a working class gal who is working hard to not be poor during my studies, please…). Do some reading on class and culture and you will see for yourself that I wasn’t lying. Giddens is a good start.

        You just pick and choose your principles. June is a reality TV product, she gets money for displaying her family and puts them under scrutiny. Teen Moms is the SAME. Why defend one and not the other? You attack the teen moms (did you also watch that show?) because they turned out horrible but you can determine that Alana is on the right path despite the fact that the show isn’t over yet and that she’s only a little child and has MANY years before the horrible teenage phase.

        I say she isn’t one the right path simply because reality TV is detrimental for the particpants sanity and life in general. Hence, why I don’t watch it, I don’t find it amusing to watch ‘reality tv’ to then see the ‘stars’ crash and burn and attack them for being douchebags. But you seem to enjoy it so carry on.

      • MavenTheFirst says:



        That’s the general mantra these days, “as long as it does no harm”. It harms the children and their future. We have such low and undiscerning standards for society now.

      • Nan says:

        NM9005 and MavenTheFirst, good on you! I am sickened and disturbed by people ENCOURAGING this abuse and neglect of children for sick entertainment. Giving kids soda and chocolate for breakfast is, quite frankly, child abuse. Ask any Psychologist or welfare authority. It DOES harm the children! VERY much so. Thank you both for caring and not being sick, voyeuristic desensitized people who couldn’t care less that they are encouraging abuse and neglect of children for some sick entertainment. Society is seriously going down the drain when abuse and neglect counts for ‘entertainment’ in this anything goes world of lack of welfare and caring.

  6. Shade says:

    That may be the ugliest wedding dress I’ve EVER seen.

  7. Spooks says:

    I kind of, sort of, really like them. Should I be ashamed? Is that like liking the Kartrashians?
    And that Honey Boo Boo kid is so so cute and adorable.

  8. aims says:

    I think Honey ‘s his, but the other three aren’t. But they all love each other, so it’s no biggie.

    Congratulations to the happy couple! June and Sugar Bear are great together, and this is a very good family.

    • lunabell says:

      I’m ashamed to admit this (sort of..the show is so entertaining!) but I saw an episode where June was saying that Sugar Bear is the biological dad to only Honey Boo Boo and the 12 year old, Pumpkin, interrupted saying “Sugar Bear is Alana and Pumpkin’s dad!” It was cute.

      • hannah says:

        Pumpkin’s biological father is a registered sex offender/ex convict so I suppose that is why she prefers to identify sugar bear as her “dad”. All of the girls have different fathers by the way and they’ve all spent time in prison (including sugar bear). I believe June has also spent time in prison.

      • Nan says:

        “Pumpkin’s biological father is a registered sex offender/ex convict so I suppose that is why she prefers to identify sugar bear as her “dad”. All of the girls have different fathers by the way and they’ve all spent time in prison (including sugar bear). I believe June has also spent time in prison.”
        Charming. And people encourage and REWARD this nonsense. :( But apparently a horror movie,a movie that isn’t even real, is ‘worse’ than the above. What the? Sick society. smh :(

    • LakeMom says:

      All four girls have different fathers. Three of the fathers, including Sugar Bear, have served time in prison.

      Even so, the entire Honey Boo Boo clan still has more class than any of the Kartrashians.

      • NM9005 says:


        Breaking the law is still more classy than a bunch of vain untalented twits making money? Really? I have a feeling you would say that about everybody just to make sure people understand how much you hate that family regardless if it makes sense or not. Because it doesn’t.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        I don’t know that I’d call it class more than a certain likeability.

      • madchen says:

        Agreed. They’re not hateful, avaricious cows like the Kardasions. June talked about her childhood a few times and it sounded pretty grim. She’s come a long way. She also originally came to the attention of reality show development folk because she was a champion couponer – so adept at saving money via coupons that she’d often collect enough of a product to donate crates of shampoos, soaps, etc. to charity.

  9. Baskingshark says:

    I actually genuinely like June’s dress. And she looks better than Kim K shoehorning herself into that black number the other day.

  10. Eleonor says:

    I’ve seen only few episodes, but I was genuinely surprised by how much they do love each other, really, so congrats to them!

  11. elceibeno08 says:

    Regardless of what they look like, and their clothes, and their homes, and everything else redneck; they seem to love and care for each other and that is what really matters. You could be a rich person with the finest things in life at your disposal but if you are not happy those things don’t really matter.

  12. Ellie66 says:

    Good for them! They seem like they really love each other and are happy. So Congradulations to June and Sugar bear!

  13. Mayday says:

    I wish my family had gotten along as well as this family seems to when I was growing up.

  14. judyjudy says:

    I like these people, I really do, but it makes me so sad to see that little one getting chubbier and chubbier every day.

    • Faye says:

      It is very sad. And it’s not like they don’t have enough money to buy fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy protein and starches. Surely they must make that much from the show, at least!

      Granted, parents can’t control what their kids eat 24/7, but from that one episode I saw it looks like they aren’t making any efforts to eat well at home. I don’t want to be melodramatic, but to me this is really a form of child abuse (or neglect, maybe). They are setting this child up for a lifetime of potential health problems.

  15. LIVEALOT says:

    i can’t with these names

    • SageM says:

      They’re not their real names: Honey Boo Boo is actually called Alana Thompson. All/most children have silly nicknames at home, and come think about it, Jamie Oliver’s daughters have REAL names that are quite similar. Poppy Honey and Daisy Boo (!).
      Got to say, watched a little bit of one episode, and the fun was gone once I realised that weren’t their real names.

  16. MellyBee says:

    The photo on the ATV sums it all up for me. God bless ‘Merica!

  17. rashers says:

    I dont understand how this has an audience. Strange.

  18. JL says:

    Highly scripted, but they don’t pretend it isn’t and know it won’t last.

    Redneck and uneducated, at least she’s putting the money aside for her daughters.

    That dress is just laughable/

  19. Yelly says:

    She’s only 33?! I’m 30 and she looks like she could be my mother!

  20. Sarah says:

    Let’s take a minute to give props to Mama June for giving her daughters really good relationship advice. Sadly not everybody knows or expects to be respected in a relationship. *cough Kimye cough*

  21. BooBooLaRue says:

    Honey Boo Boo looks like an extra from my big fat gypsy wedding. . .

  22. tifzlan says:

    Honestly, i really like their family. People can say whatever they want about them, but it’s very obvious that they all love and care deeply for one another. I do agree that it wouldn’t hurt for them to gain more manners though. As for June and Sugar Bear, they are very much in love with each other and that’s all that matters. I think it’s very adorable.

  23. janie says:

    I love this show… Good for them!

  24. Ag says:

    I know it’s not the thing to talk bad about these people, and I’ve never seen an episode besides clips on The Soup, but this is super trashy.

  25. PrettyTarheel says:

    I love that they love each other and are happy and content in a simple life. There should be more content in the world.
    THAT being said…COME ON LADY. I don’t care about any of their sizes-skinny does not equal health- but maybe a cooking class for the whole family to learn that you can cook healthy food and it still taste great. It shouldn’t be about their weight. It should be about giving Alana an opportunity to have a healthy appreciation for the energy that comes from slow-to-break-down carbs, and how filling a healthy meal can be, instead of short-term fixes from “sketti” and candy. You don’t feel good when you eat food like that-I’ve been doing an experiment lately to track my moods and general feelings when I eat healthy (not salads, ugh, but black beans with whole grain brown rice, a bit of cheese, and seasonings for lunch, cinnamon almonds for a snack, etc) and I can go all day and all night if I’m not relying on simple carbs and sugars. Days when I’ve eaten white pasta, limited protein, and/or Mini Chewy Sweet Tarts (how I love thee), I feel like crap on a cracker.

    • paranormalgirl says:

      Absolutely. Eating properly gives you way more energy and your body uses that energy in a more effective manner. I know when I have the tuna on white and a doc pepper slurpee for lunch day, I’m definitely going to need that nap when I get home and I’m probably going to feel crappy for the rest of the day. If I switch up that desk lunch to tuna on whole grain with water and a small salad (and the slurpee for a snack later on – I’m a slurpee junkie) I am not losing my concentration which is not a good thing when you have patients!!!

    • littlestar says:

      So true, PrettyTarheel. The days I don’t bring a lunch to work and end up going to Mr. Sub to grab something are the days I regret. It’s not fun to feel groggy and tired at your desk after lunch, especially when you have a ton of work to do! The couple of times I’ve watched the show, I do worry about Honey Boo Boo/Alana and her health as she gets older. She’ll be a teen in a few years, and I can’t imagine being an overweight teenager will be much fun or good for her self-esteem.

      • PrettyTarheel says:

        You know, I agree that she might feel better about herself, but I think weight change should be a side effect of other lifestyle decisions, NOT your goal. (please note, I THINK this. It hasn’t made it past my brain yet. My relationship with food is seriously jacked on an emotional level.)
        For example, if I eat healthier, then I feel better when I get home from work. If I feel better when I get home from work, then I don’t need a glass of wine or a big meal to relax. If I don’t need a glass of wine or a big meal, I’m much more likely to go run around in the yard for an hour with ToddlerTarheelBuckeye. Therefore, I might lose weight, but will be a result of changes instead of the target.

        I think we, as a culture, have created a thought process that thin=beautiful, and therefore, to achieve that ideal, we are willing to starve, take pills, take shots, deny ourselves any guilty pleasures, purge, take laxatives, and the list goes on and on… I’m as brainwashed as anyone-I have a closet full of clothes from pre-ToddlerTarheelBuckeye days, and I want to get into them so badly I would give some serious thought to lipo if it didn’t seem like a great way to go from fighting weight gain in my ass and thighs to fighting weight gain in my arms or back or stomach. So instead, cinnamon almonds anyone?

      • littlestar says:

        I completely agree with that. Being thin is not the be all end all – but being healthy should be more of a priority for the parents of little Alana. From what everyone is saying, this family doesn’t eat very well. It’s too bad. Changing the way they eat could have a big difference in the years to come.

        You make a great point how our culture promotes the idea that thin is beautiful. It’s too bad that it didn’t do more of a job of promoting healthy=beautiful.

    • Mich says:

      I watched a few episodes when it first came on but had to stop because what they ate turned my stomach. June’s recipes are revolting (butter + ketchup = ‘sketti’ sauce).

      The constant chew spittle around Sugar Bear’s mouth also made me cringe.

      I got the impression that they find their horrendous diet to be very funny. Wait until the medical problems start rolling in.

  26. Ally says:

    Actually, Kaiser, there’s no confusion over paternity.

    It was cleared up before the show aired and it’s been all over the tabs since. Here’s a link:

  27. Isa says:

    I hate camo. It’s for hunting. People want to use camo for everything where I live. Their clothes, their lighters, their vehicles, hats, boots, yes I’ve seen pictures of a camo wedding, and prom tuxes.
    It’s for hunting!

  28. KellyinSeattle says:

    So, they love each other and people applaud them for that, ?…good for them but give me a break…. I really don’t see what this has to do with Kim K. or anyone else. Just because Kim K is annoying has nothing to do anything….are the Kardashians the guage to measure everything against. Mama June seems way older than 33..!!

  29. littlestar says:

    I’ve watched the show a few times because my mother told me I would enjoy it. I wasn’t expecting to, but I actually did enjoy it! They are funny people who truly all care about each other. Sure they are different than other people on reality TV, but that’s what makes them so endearing – that they seem to actually be real people who don’t try to be someone they aren’t. Unlike the KK family.

  30. Viv says:

    They rock my world.
    But, Kaiser, I can’t believe you left us without a comment on Honey’s cupcake dress!

  31. Dedrie says:

    She’s having loads of fun with I am a modestly rich but backwards not too pretty, but I have manners and tact, am kind and sensible.. redneck and who cares, wouldn’t have a baby, dress like a fashion stooge to marry stuck up, rude, Kanye for three billion and a years worth of caviar jerky anyway.. amIright?

  32. amilu says:

    I’m 34, and I can’t believe she’s younger than me!!! That’s a HARD 33!

  33. Kathy says:

    I would rather watch them then the Kardash. at least there happy and not miserable, and fighting all he time.

  34. Sandy says:

    This is some of the best entertainment around!