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-Luke and Lauren are madly in love.
-I knew straightaway with Luke, he was the one.
-The birth of daughter Poppy a year later sealed the deal.
With a new baby, it would have taken them years to save for the big day.
Wedding budget's non-existent, ain't it, at the moment?
-Yeah, at the moment.
-So we are giving them £12,000 to get married.
-But there's a catch.
They've agreed in the presence of a lawyer that Luke will organise the wedding alone.
-They'll have absolutely no contact and the bride won't know
a single thing about her wedding until the big day in three weeks' time.
What if it doesn't fit me?
Will Luke make all the wrong choices?
There was decisions to be made and I made it.
Will he collapse under pressure?
I might go and lay on a bit of grass somewhere and do what I do best!
-Not a lot.
Does he even know what's important to Lauren?
If I haven't got the Catholic church on the day, I'm going to be absolutely gutted.
I'm going to be devastated.
Can this man give this woman a day she'll never forget?
I can't perform miracles. I'm not Jesus.
Today, young Mum Lauren and baby Poppy are moving out
of their house, leaving plumber Luke home alone.
Not seeing Poppy's going to be pretty fierce for me.
Cos I'm used to getting in from work and having a little cuddle and that.
The premature birth of Poppy left the newborn in intensive care for five weeks.
With her baby's life hanging in the balance, Lauren turned to the Catholic Church for comfort.
When Poppy was in intensive care, sort of praying every day and having my Catholic beliefs helped us
get through the toughest time of our lives and now, to get married
with those same beliefs, they would mean so much to me.
Not just because I want a massive traditional wedding but because having those beliefs are what,
sort of, have made me, Poppy and Luke how we are today.
Luke doesn't share Lauren's faith. He's a party animal whose spiritual home is the pub.
But the pressure is on for him to make sure the wedding is nothing like the engagement party.
It was one of the worst nights ever.
All guys together, getting drunk.
I thought it was brilliant.
Luke thinks it's all right to invite half of Wakering.
I'm saying my vows and I've got a blooming load of lager louts behind me.
-Basically, Lauren don't want any of my mates.
But it's all right because she ain't going to know, so I can invite who I want.
All right, Mumsy.
It's time for Luke and Lauren to say their goodbyes.
They've agreed not to see or speak to each other until the big day in three weeks' time.
I love you. I love you as well.
-I love you.
-Make sure you do a good job.
-Yeah, I will.
I'll see you in three weeks, yeah?
Don't blooming just play the Xbox.
-I ain't going to.
-OK, I love you.
-I love you.
You watch, I'll make you proud.
The next time they see one another will be at the altar.
-I love you.
-I love you, too.
See you in a little while, yeah. Love you!
To help mastermind the wedding, Luke collects Dan, one of his two best men.
I don't know whether to go venue and then go church,
or make church priority and then go venue.
Well, church is priority, isn't it?
-We could swing by the church, speak to the vicar and say, "What is the plan?"
Like, "Do we need to book in advance? Can you do it in three weeks?"
Unfortunately for Luke, Dan is no wiser when it comes to religion.
I'm not sure what they call the, like, vicar, priest, in a Catholic church.
-It's got to be vicar.
-I swear I've heard Lauren say "Father".
But then I can't remember if she might have been talking about her dad.
Luke's not a church-goer but he does know where Lauren prays every Sunday.
St Helen's Catholic Church in Southend.
Father Jean-Laurent Marie.
So, it's the priest and he's a Father.
Hiya, my name is Luke Hodges and I'm just ringing
regarding weddings at your parish.
If you could give me a call back, please.
That's my telephone voice, you div.
I know, it's just you sounded like a tit, though.
Luke knows Lauren's dream day means a Catholic wedding, but he's miles away from the whole truth.
She's brought best friend and chief bridesmaid Hayley to Italy
to show her the place she fell in love with as a little girl.
When I was seven, I was a bridesmaid for my auntie.
She got married in Caorle in Italy.
From that day, it's like 17 years ago, I've just...
That is exactly how I want to have my wedding. It's just beautiful.
I've got all my inspiration all those years ago
when I was just a tiny girl to now, and it's sort of stuck with me.
-All right, mate.
At wedding HQ, Luke's second best man, Ben, is researching Catholic church wedding requirements.
Because of the time needed for preparation,
we normally require at least six months' notice for the wedding.
Ah. You ring them.
I've already rung one, left a voicemail.
-As soon as I started talking, Dan started laughing at me.
-A proper Stuttering Stanley.
Hello, can I speak to Father Tom, please? I'm best man for my friend.
Obviously, as his girlfriend is Catholic, she has to get married in a Catholic church.
But the groom doesn't go to church, not practising the Catholic faith...
Well, if we can't get a Catholic church, can't we do it in a Church of England church?
No. All right then, thanks a lot for your time. Cheers, bye.
Hold on, hold on.
-Well, what's he saying?
-Basically, he said that he would be amazed if
you can find a Catholic church that would do it in three weeks.
He said it's not going to happen.
I think we've hit a brick wall now, haven't we?
We've only been going 20 minutes.
For the past 17 years, devout Catholic Lauren hasn't dreamt of
tying the knot in just any Catholic church but the Madonna dell'Angelo Church in Caorle, Italy.
-Oh, my God.
-Amazing, isn't it?
I don't want you to get married in England.
-Are you going to walk down the aisle?
-Come on, with you and Poppy.
It'll be like this.
Because Lauren goes to church every weekend,
for her not to get married in a church, it's like supporting
your local football team, going to all the games leading up to the Cup Final and then,
when the Cup Final comes, not going to watch it.
Since her aunt's marriage and move to Italy,
Lauren's been a frequent visitor to this traditional Italian church.
The memories I've got of coming here for so many years... with my family here.
-And it's just a beautiful place. It's just so peaceful.
Understanding the importance of her faith, the Catholic priest performs a blessing for Lauren and Poppy.
It's well emotional.
HE SPEAKS ITALIAN
I'm going to cry.
I feel very blessed and very happy.
And now I feel like I can take on the next few weeks.
I feel like I've got a bit of faith back in Luke.
In Southend, Lauren's Catholic church wedding looks like it's biting the dust.
Believing any church is better than no church at all, the boys are considering other options.
In a Church of England church, do they only marry Christians?
Cos that one at the end of the High Street's a lovely church.
-The High Street?
-But that's Church of England.
There is still a glimmer of hope for Lauren's church wedding.
It's just at the end of the High Street but it's not Italian and it's not even Catholic.
Ultimately, she'd like any church.
Whether it's Church of England or Catholic, I don't think it's that much of a big thing to her.
If this don't work...
I might pick this spot out now.
You'd look good over next to that tree, mate.
No, it's not open.
With no-one around, Luke reverts back to his original plan.
Having heard nothing from the priest of Lauren's local church, he decides to pay him a visit.
Hello, there. Hiya.
Nice to meet you. My name's Luke.
-Yeah. My partner is a member of your parish.
-I was hoping that maybe you'd be able to marry her here.
Right. Let's see.
Have you got a date?
Well, I only get three weeks in order to organise the ceremony.
-Oh, my goodness.
-Usually, we ask at least a minimum of six months' notice.
-It does say on the church notice board.
I needed to talk to you because it's such a massive thing for Lauren...
For the whole church thing, obviously, with her faith and that.
-I'm sorry to be putting you under this sort of pressure but...
-I don't know.
Luke, I mean, it would depend on permission and the special dispensation from my Bishop.
-Are you Church of England?
-No. I haven't been christened.
-You haven't been baptised at all?
I'd need to definitely talk to the Bishop's Office.
Get the permission.
I'm going to write "wedding?" here, and say your prayers.
I will. Don't worry.
I'll get the best men, the family, everyone'll be praying.
Cheers. It's hard work trying to get married in a church.
I can't perform miracles.
I'm not Jesus!
He doesn't have to be able to walk on water, but with three days gone, he does need to nail a venue.
With time running out and no word yet from the Bishop,
Luke decides to press on with plan B - a venue for a civil ceremony.
It's quite short notice.
All right, then, thank you for your help.
Right, they're booked.
She said Gosfield Hall.
See what this is saying.
-Disregarding Lauren's love of all things Italian,
Luke is phone-bashing quintessentially English stately homes.
-'Good afternoon, Gosfield Hall.'
-Hiya, I was wondering if you could help me.
I'm just ringing to see the availability of the hall to have a wedding in. It's a bit short notice.
It would be Thursday 2nd July.
Luke's only seen the venue online but a small detail like that's not going to hold him back.
Can I book that, then?
Oh, no, the phone's gone dead.
How can you... You can't make that up, can you?
She's going to think I've hung up on her or something, ain't she?
Oh, as if.
-To not organising a wedding.
In Italy, Lauren and bridesmaid Hayley can't help wondering what Luke's achieved so far.
I've got no inkling of what he's been up to.
I am slightly worried that I haven't heard from him.
Obviously, he's got a lot to do.
He would have had to find the place first, so then he can
get the invitations and send them out.
If he doesn't do that, they're not coming.
I think he'll either really just be like, "Whatever. What happens, happens."
Or he'll be really determined and be like, "I've got to do it."
Luke could be brilliant at this.
Or he could be really bad at it.
All we can do is pray, Hayley.
Luckily for Lauren, it's not just down to Luke.
Best man Ben's muscled in and convinced the groom he needs
to see the wedding venue before he actually books it.
They're heading to Gosfield Hall, a very English stately home built in 1545.
It's a little bit tasty, isn't it?
This imposing venue hosts over 200 weddings a year.
Oh, my God, she would wet her knickers if she could see this, wouldn't she?
Lauren's not interested in grandeur.
She wants a wedding with the personal touch.
She's brought Hayley to her ideal venue, Doolio's restaurant near Venice,
where her aunt's wedding reception was held in 1992.
It's lovely, isn't it?
It's just everything about it, like cos it's a family-run restaurant.
It's just so sentimental and...real.
# In the country... #
Luke's bowled over by Gosfield Hall.
Lauren's going to love this, strutting her stuff down here, ain't she?
-I like it.
-But if Lauren walks down this aisle, she'll be having a civil ceremony performed by a registrar,
and not her dream church wedding.
From the bride's perspective, it's got that runway, ain't it, for her to...?
-It's an aisle!
Yeah! Yeah, runway!
We had this bit of the restaurant for my auntie's wedding, this whole bit.
Everyone just sat together and just had loads of wine and, like,
all the different courses, it was just...amazing.
Like, you know at weddings,
your auntie's sitting over there and your best friend's over there?
This way, we'd all be together. This is just classic Italian, authentic.
This is something that means something to me, so...it's like...I just love it.
Lauren, she'll love the whole over-the-top aspect of it, you know.
It's off the rails, innit?
He might pick an amazing venue that costs thousands,
but if there's nothing in it that's personal to us, then...it doesn't really mean that much, does it?
-I think this is a really nice place.
I think it's turning Luke's head away from the church.
Dilemmas, dilemmas, dilemmas.
I think Lauren would be quite happy to get married here, cos of how nice it is.
It would make up for her not having a church.
It makes me feel a bit upset, because I know that a stately home's nothing in comparison to this.
This is just everything I could ever want.
Right now it seems a stately home is exactly what Lauren is going to get.
Based on 80 three-course wedding breakfasts, your tea and coffee,
and then 110 covers of the evening buffet, it comes at just under £6,500.
That's more than half their total wedding budget, whether the ceremony is held here or not.
Can we give you a decision by tomorrow morning?
We would ideally need a decision...sort of...now.
Luke's hand is being forced.
The venue needs a decision before he's heard back from the priest.
And there's no way you can let us go and have a couple of hours or nothing, no?
I would need you to make a decision before you go, really.
What time do you shut? And we'll let you go before you shut.
We're here till nine tonight.
Can we let you know by nine?
You are pushing it, yeah!
# Should I stay or should I go? #
We can't meet the priest till ten tonight,
but I've got to let this lady know by nine.
Part of me is wanting to just say, "Sod it, let's book it."
Just for convenience, just so then I've got a venue booked.
Back at home, the boys are starting to feel that any decision is better than no decision at all.
At least if the priest says no,
we've guaranteed got a wedding.
We can't really lose this.
The only thing is... is it's six-and-a-half grand,
and we're going to have to budget everything else.
We're going to ring Gosfield Hall, and we're going to...
Say that we want it.
Whether it's reception, civil ceremony, it don't really matter.
-'Hello, it's Susie.'
-Hi, Susie, all right?
Yeah, we're going to go for that.
Decision one made, a very English stately home hundreds of miles from Italy.
The pressure's now on for Luke to pull off Lauren's religious ceremony.
If I'm totally honest, if I haven't got the Catholic church on the day,
I'm going to be absolutely gutted, I'm going to be devastated.
Hiya! Sorry to be a bit of a pain at this time of night.
Well, I had a word with my Bishop, I spoke to him.
-To be honest, he said he didn't warm to the idea.
But...he said that the decision is with me, he won't mind if we go ahead with it.
So you're going to have to make a commitment in the next two weeks
-to come here at least four or five times...
..where I can gen you up on what you're doing as far as the Catholic Church is concerned.
I'm 100% committed to... to doing whatever I need to do.
I'll see you on Sunday, won't I?
Sunday, yeah, that's a date for sure, definitely!
All good, all good!
Today has been a bit of a mad one.
I've gone from having, like, no church, no venue,
and now I've got church, venue sorted, so the ball's rolling.
So I've got to start getting my bum to church every Sunday now.
# ..Now I'm a believer... #
The girls have little faith in Luke's ability to pick their outfits,
but it's not just the wedding dress that's bothering them.
-They're strung out on what the bridesmaids are going to wear.
-The only worry now is the dresses.
I want to get everybody's exact measurements. Bust, waist, hips, exact shoe size...
How do you do that? I feel like it's on me to get the right size for everyone, which is ridiculous,
because everyone's a different height, everyone's a different size.
Would you be worried if this was you, round the other way?
I'm the bride, how do you think I feel? I'm really worried.
I'm not trying to put pressure on you but...
I feel pressurised.
It's, like, so important.
A week into his planning, and with only the church and venue booked, the pressure is all Luke's.
But he's not feeling it.
He's rounded up 27 of his mates for an early celebration - his stag do.
How do you know, like, Luke's the one?
With God as my witness, from our first date I knew I'd marry Luke.
Some people say that after marriage, the sex goes downhill.
Do you think it does?
When you've met the right person, you shouldn't stop making an effort,
no matter what. If you love them, you'll do that. When people stop making the effort,
that's why they split up. They don't keep it fresh.
So many people tried to put me off of him.
Do you remember, in the beginning?
-Now who's got the last laugh?
It's most definitely me.
That's how much you love him. Look, you're proud to be with him, in't ya?
I love him to bits.
The stags have clubbed together and bought Luke an early wedding present.
SHOUTS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
Oh, what's that white there?!
I'll tell you what, this man's a lucky man, mate, a lucky man, mate.
-I love my Lauren and I'll tell you what...
-He's got a very nice girl.
300 fat birds couldn't make up for Lauren, not even Lauren's little...
-No-one could make up for Lauren, could they?
-Not even Lauren's little toe.
I love you!
Back on home soil, Lauren's settling in with Mum Christine,
but the wedding's still uppermost in her mind.
It's just lace crystals, that, a train... It's just too much, isn't it?
I know I'm really hard to please with my dress.
There could be a dress I love,
but I can still find something about it that I don't like. I don't like that.
I don't like this bit at all.
If I'm totally honest with myself and with everybody, if I don't like the dress, I'm not going to wear it.
There's no way I'm going to sit back and look at my wedding photos and
watch the wedding video and be like, "Oh, my God, I looked horrendous."
Facing his toughest challenge, Luke heads to bridal shop Chantilly Lace in Southend.
What I want, she's got a good figure, my girlfriend, so I want something that's going to hug her figure.
-I'm thinking sexy but stylish, do you know what I mean?
-Yeah, I don't want sexy but...
-We've got to keep it tasteful, haven't we?
That's the word I was looking for, tasteful.
-So I was just hoping that you could show me some stuff and we could go from there.
Lauren has no say in her wedding dress, but a girl can dream.
She's brought bridesmaid Hayley to her favourite shop, Bridal Boutique,
which specialises in simple, elegant gowns.
Are you coming to look around on some dresses today?
Yes, please, yeah.
OK, I really want nothing over the top, not too much bling or sequins,
just quite, sort of, a classic, stylish, Audrey Hepburn kind of look dress.
That's the type, that's what I want.
Have a look, then.
-What you think of this one?
Yeah, I'll try that on.
It's not got too much sparkle on.
Yeah, that's not got nothing, has it?
That's quite... I like that.
There's this one, this is a nice lace one.
This is very figure-hugging, it's a softer one.
Yeah, I like that.
Do you think she'd like lace?
Yeah, I think she would.
What about lace? How do you feel about lace?
It's the satin underneath with the lace overlay.
Oh, that looks like a tablecloth.
I'm just not sure about the fabric. It's got two layers, which I always said I didn't want.
It's got lace, two layers, then it's got all diamante there.
-Too bling for you.
-I've got such a...
-Just understated, that's what I want.
-You don't want the dress wearing you, do you?
I've never thought of that and that's exactly what I mean.
Luke's only seen three dresses, but already he's fallen in love
with a double-layered lace dress with beads and sequins.
-I do like that, yeah. Do you?
-You've got a few little sparkles on there.
-She's going to love that, really, isn't she?
-It's making me just want to buy it, to do it now.
But I can't, really, can I?
We've got to have a look in another shop.
For Lauren, it's all about understated elegance.
She's fallen in love with a simple white satin gown.
Lovely, isn't it?
It's plain, all one material, this is not too much.
Oh, it's just lovely, isn't it?
There's not too much veil here, plain little veil.
You look stunning. You do look Italian.
I love it.
-How much is that one?
I can't really just buy it, I need to go and get a bit more of a better idea.
-Have a think, you know it's here...
-We've only seen three dresses.
Yeah, I've seen three dresses, I can't just get it after 15 minutes of looking,
can I? We'll go and have a look, but if anyone does come in, don't let 'em buy it.
I'll hold it especially for you, then.
It's just nothing, isn't it? It's just plain... It's what I've been trying to describe,
I love it.
-It's so nice, isn't it?
-Don't dwell on it.
I know, this is going to make me ill.
# Some people call me the space cowboy... #
No, I just reckon this could be the one.
You've fallen in love with that little figure-hugging dress, haven't you?
-Sexy little number!
-Yeah... I won't have seen her for three weeks, so sexy's good!
Thanks for your help.
-Bye, dress, love you.
# Say I'm doing you wrong, doing you wrong... #
I could just make it really easy, couldn't I?
Just go in there and get it.
I like it, I think she's going to like it, it's within the budget.
If you want to go and buy it, mate, go buy it.
# Cos I'm a picker, I'm a grinner
# I'm a lover and I'm a sinner... #
-It's on you, mate, you're the one that's...
We'll go to a few more shops, it don't matter.
For a bride to let the groom pick the wedding dress is such a massive, massive thing.
I just don't want to see another one and then be, like...
What if the other one you see is better than that?
Yeah, but I won't know if I ain't seen it.
-So you're saying ignorance is bliss.
Do you understand what I'm saying, though?
I'm putting so much trust in him, he'd better have done it already,
because that is such a big deal to me, and he knew that, it was so important to me.
-Sod it, I'm going to go and get it.
-Well, that's on you.
And I hope to God he's really looked around and found the perfect dress.
The dress sorted in 18 minutes!
That's how I roll!
Go on, then. Go in there and sort it.
# Cos I'm a picker, I'm a grinner... #
-Back again. That's saying something, ain't it?
So you've made your mind up?
I think I made my mind up as soon as I looked at it.
And it's not just the dress that Luke's choosing quickly.
He's also thrown in a tiara and veil.
We're all done, really, then, aren't we?
-Right. Yeah, that's lovely.
My God, what if it doesn't fit me?
Don't go too high with the shoes, cos it is a tight dress.
-That is easy to remember.
About the size of a party sausage, yeah?
They're normally, like, a 12 to a 14 and I am only, like, a 6 to an 8.
How are they going to make a size 14 dress a size 8 in one day?
Does she need any special underwear or anything?
You might be better to go for what is called magic knickers.
Magic what? Magic knickers?
I would show you mine but I'd rather not.
I am just going to have to wear a dress that is tacked together and look stupid.
I think I am just going to have the afternoon off,
make the most of this sun.
I might go and lie on a bit of grass somewhere and do what I do best.
-Not a lot.
Almost two weeks into the wedding planning
and Luke has spent nearly £8,000 but he still hasn't got rings, transport or bridesmaid dresses.
He has lavished time on making a DVD invitation for Lauren's hen night.
What is this? Oh, my...
He has even decided the attention-grabbing dress code -
leotards and leg warmers.
We may as well be naked.
I can't believe he's going to let me go out dressed like that.
Oh, my God, this is so funny. Mum, it doesn't say where I am going.
I don't really want to attract attention to myself
but I am going to do it and might as well do it properly.
Luke is finally knuckling down and purchasing all those wedding essentials.
-So far, he hasn't chosen a colour scheme.
-If I was to call you before
and you could put the coloured ribbon round it?
A trip to the florist sorts that out.
I think silver for the bridesmaids will be really nice.
That's suits done.
In there at four, out by quarter past five.
That is four times longer than it took Luke to choose Lauren's dress.
Someone's at the door.
It's Lauren's hen do but Luke's calling all the shots.
-Have you booked a party bus?
Brilliant. Are we ready, girls?
She has absolutely no idea where she is going.
Don't wait up, Mum. It's Luke!
Luke has planned for the party bus to take the hens to central London and Hayley has the details.
We are going for dinner and then we are going to Strawberry Moon.
You lot are mental.
ALL: # We're going to the chapel and we're going to get married! #
It is all going according to Luke's plan. The hens are attracting maximum attention
-in London's Leicester Square.
-We might as well be naked. This is awful.
Lauren is not happy.
I'm sorry, I just feel... I am dressed like this
in the middle of Leicester Square, I don't feel comfortable at all.
I am not going to have a good night. I would rather go back to town.
I feel like I want to slap someone and say, "Stop looking at my bum."
The girls decide to ditch Luke's half-baked hen night and head home to continue the party.
I am so happy to be back in the Southend. I am having such a good night.
I know that Luke organised a wicked night
but I was just too scared to go to London dressed like this. It was too much.
Four days before the wedding and with £10,000 spent,
Luke is finally focusing on what the bridesmaids are going to wear.
What is the budget, so we know?
Nursing hen-do hangovers, the girls are eager to get their outfits sorted. But having spent
two-and-a-half weeks without the love of his life, Luke's mind is on other things.
I want to get Lauren some underwear.
One minute he wants to look for Lauren's underwear while we are here.
I am after some magic knickers, is that what they're called?
I can tell this is going to be a seriously long day.
It has taken 20 minutes just to get the magic knickers.
Thank you. Got the knickers.
For once, Luke's seeing the benefits of being in charge.
-I'll just wait here and you bring the dresses.
No, look at this, it is bad.
That is nice. Lovely.
It is nice.
-Don't you like it?
-Do you like it?
I think it is nice.
Right, we'll get it. Done.
But hasty decisions aren't quite so easy when you have got three women to shop for.
Two size 8s? Oh, no!
In New York?
-We can't get them.
-I am not driving to New York.
I feel really stressed.
You are stressed out, you have had ten minutes of it.
I have had two-and-a-half weeks.
# I predict a riot I predict a riot... #
-That is nice.
-That is £35 more than the budget he set.
If he buys those, the girls will be forking out for their own accessories.
Right, we have an option. We can either have a lovely dress, no shoes, or we can carry on looking.
-Try and find a dress so we can get shoes.
-Where we can have shoes.
-We can't go without shoes.
-The money isn't there.
-The money is gone.
-I'm just saying, I haven't got pink or silver shoes. I haven't got them.
If you see a pair of silver flip flops at a good price...
I can't wear flat shoes. You don't understand, I will look like a total idiot next to Lauren.
She will have a fit. She is so much taller than me.
When she is walking down the aisle, no offence,
I reckon she is going to be more worried about getting married than you walking along.
-If you get those £130 dresses, just say, "Buy your own shoes."
-It's not my fault she's short.
This is stressing me out really bad.
Time to go for some cheaper options.
-They are nice.
-This is tight.
-I think that looks lovely, don't you?
-Sold to the man who's had enough of dress shopping.
There were decisions to be made and I made it.
It has been a long few weeks for Lauren, but today she is finally finding out her wedding date.
This has made today the best day.
Thursday, God! Oh, my God, it is well close.
She is still in the dark about where she is getting married but she is
-still praying for a Catholic church.
-I've got to have faith in Luke.
Lauren seeks solace in the church she attends every Sunday,
oblivious to the fact she'll be getting married here in a few days.
Because my other half isn't Catholic,
I am pretty sure he won't be able to arrange a Catholic wedding.
-When are you getting married?
The priest is playing ball at the moment
and he appreciates the fact that I don't want Lauren to know anything.
I want it all to be a surprise.
He is keeping quiet.
If he does arrange the wedding and it is not a Catholic ceremony,
I would definitely want to have a blessing after.
At the minute, I don't know what he has got planned.
Not wishing to destroy Lauren's surprise, the priest has kept quiet.
But his silence has made Lauren jump to her own conclusions.
It felt like I had a little bit of light knowing that I might be getting married here.
It's pretty much confirmed that I definitely won't be now.
Finally on the home straight, Luke kicks back down the local pub with some mates.
You are going to be a proper husband. Little gold band on and that.
THEY LAUGH AND CHEER
-Standard white gold band.
You are wearing that for the rest of your life now, Luke.
Think about that. Like handcuffs, but a little one on your finger.
Misinterpreting her meeting with the priest, Lauren's convinced her Catholic wedding is off.
She has summoned Hayley for crisis talks.
I went to the Church this morning, the priest came out and knew nothing about a wedding.
It has basically confirmed that I won't be getting married...
Stop it. Don't cry. You're going to make me cry and I won't...
Is he not allowed to lie to you? Are you sure?
-Hayley, a priest, lie?
-Yes, that is true.
A priest lie in the House of God?
Do you know what I mean? 100% confirmed it for me now.
At least you are a bit more prepared, if it got to the day,
you might have had a bit of a fit.
If we went somewhere else, Luke would have seen my disappointment.
It is the day before the wedding and time for Lauren to see the things she is most nervous about.
The sparkly lace dress that Luke has spent all of 18 minutes choosing.
-I know which shop it is.
-She's freaking out.
I knew as soon as I pulled up to the traffic lights where he was going.
I wanted a certain dress.
They are beautiful but they are not something I would pick.
I feel like I already know what I've got.
-I feel like I'm going to pass out.
It will be fine, just breathe.
-Hi, I am Georgia, which one is the bride?
-Hello. Bit nervous.
-Don't be, honestly.
Do you want to take a seat? I will bring your dress out.
You are going to make me cry, Lauren.
It is really lovely.
I like it.
I like it, too.
It's lovely. Oh, God. We expected something big.
Oh, it's gorgeous.
I love it.
-Do you like it?
-I love it.
It's lace. It's two-layered.
I'd never have picked a lace dress.
Can I hold it?
It's beautiful, Lauren.
I love it.
-What size is it?
-Really small, it is an 8.
It is an 8. I feel like I am going to pass out. Look.
Oh, my God. It is stunning, Lauren.
I am trying not to cry on it.
There's me saying I would never pick sparkle and look at it on me.
The more I'm looking, I would never have picked this.
I can't wait for him to see me.
I just can't stop looking at myself.
-Have you got shoes on?
-Let's just have a look at the shoes.
Don't look at the shoes, they're the wrong colour, bless him,
but I'm not going to moan because he's done me proud.
They're ivory, but I'm not even going to say anything.
I look like an Italian bride.
Can you believe it?
I just want to see him now.
I feel so lucky.
Oh, God, she's still crying.
-Lauren, stop crying.
All my praying has come good.
-After three weeks apart, the wedding day has finally arrived.
Across town, Luke and his best man are getting ready at their own pace.
What are you saying, Luke, are you nervous?
Yeah, mate, well nervous.
I can't wait. That's what it's all about.
Yep, all about seeing Lauren... in her tragic knickers.
-My nan wears them.
-Oh, how funny. I haven't seen him for three weeks.
I'll take off the dress, I'll be like "Hi!"
-Good choice? Has he started off good?
I tell you what, he's done fabulous.
After two hours of hair and make-up...
-Come on, then.
-..Lauren is finally about to see
the bridesmaids' dresses for the first time.
Absolutely lovely. You look wicked, girls.
I should have got the size up.
-Is it too tight?
-Don't get upset.
You look absolutely stunning, honestly. Your figure looks amazing.
It might be worth not being able to breathe!
Lauren's dad arrives, ready to give her away.
-You're not dressed.
-I'm not ready. I'm unpicking a bridesmaid's dress.
It's too small.
Hello, you look very smart.
A grey suit.
I didn't think Luke would have picked that.
Hayley's dress stress has left Lauren running 15 minutes late.
It didn't look too tight. But if you can't breathe, you've got to be comfortable...
-Your make-up is absolutely lovely.
-Ready for married life?
-Ready for married life.
-Don't want to back out quick?
Not having second thoughts, bruv?
-One woman for the rest of your life, yeah?
-Are you sold on that?
The love of my life.
Loosen it. I'm excited now. Sorry, babe.
Starting to feel a bit realer now.
I just want to look perfect for Luke.
Bring her up, guys.
-Are you sure?
Lauren's under pressure. She's got to finish getting ready,
-but baby Poppy is desperate for her attention.
-Hayley, bring Poppy up.
You need feeding, don't you?
-You need to go.
-My God. Don't freak me out.
Unaware of the panic, the guests and Luke are already waiting for the bride.
Please, Mum. It's my wedding day.
In? Poppy is only crying, she wants you. There's nothing wrong.
She's not hurt. She's not ill. Breathe.
..back in the car, why doesn't she just go and get it?
I've got to go.
Lauren's finally on her way, 20 minutes late.
She's still convinced she's not getting married in her Catholic church.
I'm, like, really puzzled. Hmm.
My heart is beating so fast.
I can't believe I'm at the church.
Is she coming?
I was so sure I didn't have it.
I'd really got it into my head that I wasn't...
I feel like I'm going to pass out.
Please be upstanding to greet the bride.
Are you all right? Sure?
-You look beautiful.
-I missed you so much.
-I love you.
-I love you.
Don't, you're going to set me off.
-I'm trying not to.
-Lauren and Luke,
are you ready, freely and without reservation,
-to give yourselves to each other in marriage?
Are you ready to love and honour each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives?
Luke Thomas Hodges, will you take Lauren Anne Sutherland,
-here present, for your lawful wife according to the right of our Holy Mother, the Church?
Lauren Anne Sutherland, will you take Luke Thomas Hodges, here present, for your lawful husband
-according to the right of our Holy Mother, the Church?
-We've done it.
-You've got me now.
-Told you I'd do it.
Where are we going?
How did you manage that?
I was so shocked.
I know it was all about the church, getting the church.
Getting the church was a coup.
But how will Luke's grand stately home go down with the bride who wanted an Italian trattoria?
-What do you think, then?
-It's good, babe.
-Are you sure?
-Happy with it?
-Yeah, it's beautiful.
-All right, let me get out and open the door for you.
The location may be grand, but Luke hasn't forgotten it's the personal touches that count.
-Ah, it's pretty.
Look at these. I was up until whatever time last night.
It's beautiful, babe.
His thoughtful choice of favours is a public gesture of love for their baby daughter.
Little poppy seeds in there, and then everyone can sprinkle them in their gardens.
Then when they come up every year, it'll remind them of our wedding.
You've done really well.
And for Lauren, the day just gets better and better.
Three cheers for Mr and Mrs Hodges.
I've got to take these knickers off. I'm sweating it out.
I've just been really lucky to have found Lauren, got Lauren,
so hopefully now we're going to live happily ever after.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Raise your glass to Lauren, and I love you.
Luke, babe, this day's just been amazing.
And this is why I want to be your wife.
I love you so much. You've made me so proud.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
The new Mr and Mrs Hodges.
I'm glad that went well. It could have been a lot worse.
We could have had a registry office and the pub.
At one stage, that was an option.
I personally think this is better than the location in Italy.
It was stunning and the feeling you got there was amazing.
That's linked to Lauren's past as well, that's why she feels emotional towards it.
But this is her own day and her own wedding,
she'll always remember this now.
One of these little bridesmaids, they might end up wanting something like this,
like she did for her auntie when she was a bridesmaid for her, cos it's beautiful.
I always said I didn't really want a stately home because
they do weddings every day of the week,
but it's been absolutely beautiful, and something that I might have bypassed,
said, "No, I don't want to do,"
coming in today has made me think it's absolutely amazing.
So I'm really surprised.
It's beautiful. Really happy. You've done really well.
I've brought a little bit of Italy to the reception.
-Oh, it's like I'm in Venice.
-She wanted Italy and she got him.
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