It was for real. Britney is indeed married. I loved this quote from the songstress:

“I believe you can marry in your heart and that means much more than a piece of paper. You can write anything down on paper, but the real truth is love. We know we have that. I’m really upset that somebody someplace decides to ruin a special day that I’ve dreamed about since I was a little girl

said Britney Spears, 22.