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When Elton's Writing Partner Tied The Knot

Tuesday 25 March 2008 @ 15:11 - GMT

Today's Echo examines a pop wedding which took place in Lincolnshire on March 27, 1971.

 The best man was Elton, whose suit was decorated with rhinestone flowers. The groom was a 21-year-old lyricist from Owmby-by-Spital.

 Like his bride-to-be, Bernie Taupin was decked out in white velvet.

Maxine, who was a 19-year-old from Los Angeles, was given away by her father, retired US air force Lt Col Max Feibelman, who flew to England for the occasion. The only disappointment was that Maxine's mother had to remain in the States.

Matron of honour was Steve Brown, wife of Bernie and Elton's record producer. Bernie's 10-year-old brother Kit almost stole the show in his purple trousers and mauve shirt, although the lilac Aston Martin Maxine arrived in, was also striking

After the ceremony at Market Rasen Church, family and friends went to Market Rasen Racecourse for the reception.

Bernie and Maxine were to fly to America a few days after the wedding to accompany Elton on his latest tour.

They were to take a delayed honeymoon in Hawaii before going to Woodland Heights to spend some time with Maxine's family.

They were then to return to Lincolnshire where the songwriter had bought a house in Tealby named Piglet in the Wood with a picture of Piglet and Pooh painted on the front door.

The couple said they wanted to spend as much time in Lincolnshire as possible.

As for the service itself, it was a short one. It was followed by an organ rendition of the Judy Collins' hit single Amazing Grace.

Among the guests at the nuptials were Peter Cook of pop band Blue Mink, Steve Winwood's brother Muff and Mark Boland of T Rex.

But the marriage wasn't to last - Bernie and Maxine divorced in 1976.

Taupin is now married to Heather Lynn Hodgins Kidd with whom he has a daughter, Charley Indiana.

Below is a photo from that day back in '71:

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