Couple tie the knot on telly

Big day: Phil and Louise get married on TV
Big day: Phil and Louise get married on TV

A Chorley couple became the stars of the small screen when their wedding was captured for a television documentary.

Louise Gray and Phil Banks, who married at West Tower, in Aughton, were filmed for a Tonight programme that was investigating the changing face of marriage.

It came just days before more than a billion people are expected to tune in to see Kate Middleton and Prince William tie the knot in a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

The newlyweds, who live in Whittle-le-Woods, had saved up for a year to pay for the wedding of their dreams and were followed by a camera crew in the run up to their big day on April 16.

Louise, 36, said: “We were contacted by the producers of the show as they were planning a feature on how fewer couples are choosing to get married. We have spent a year saving up for the wedding of our dreams.

“We were filmed in the run up to our wedding, including at our home as we put the final preparations in place. They also filmed us and our guests during our ceremony at West Tower and enjoying our wedding breakfast.

“It was quite nerve-wracking to know we were being filmed, but we had a fantastic time, which was made all the more special as it will be on national TV.”

The documentary called ‘The Great British Wedding’ aired on Thursday and investigated the average cost and different types of ceremonies.

Brian Gamble, general manager at West Tower, near Ormskirk, said: “We were more than happy to let the cameras in to film Louise and Phil. The programme featured on whether traditional weddings are going out of fashion, but here at West Tower we’re busier than ever.”