The first ever Big Brother winner Craig Phillips married his sweetheart in an intimate ceremony in a castle – just ten months after popping the question on holiday.
Craig, from Seaforth, married his partner Laura Sherriff in the stunning surroundings of Peckforton Castle in Cheshire.
The couple got engaged on top of Sydney Harbour Bridge, when Craig got down on one knee to pop the question to his girlfriend of two years.
Laura burst into tears as she accepted the down-to-earth Big Brother winner’s proposal – and the pair have been planning their wedding ever since.
Wearing a figure-hugging strapless white gown with a dramatic fishtail skirt, Laura opted for an elegant veil pinned into a stylish up-do.
Posing for photos in the grounds of the historic Cheshire castle, Laura donned a fluffy cropped jacket to keep out the winter chill.
In a touching tribute to Laura’s brother, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour as a baby, the couple asked guests to donate any money they would have spent on presents to the hospice that cared for him.
Laura will also be putting her wedding dress up for auction to raise money for Helen and Douglas House.
Big Brother winner Craig wore a sharp brown suit with a red bowtie and a white shirt.
Challenging tradition, Craig had a “best woman” beside him at the altar, who wore a dark red velvet suit and matching bowtie.
The bridesmaids wore long halterneck silk dresses with furry capelets for the intimate ceremony, surrounded by 200 of the couple’s closest friends and family.
Asking for charitable donations instead of wedding gifts isn’t the first time Craig has done something generous for others.
Following his Big Brother win in 2000, he donated all £70,000 of his winnings to childhood friend Joanne Harris, who needed ongoing medical treatment for her Down’s syndrome including a heart and lung transplant in America.
Sadly, Joanne died in 2008 from an infection she picked up in hospital, and Craig paid tribute to his “special little lady”.
Craig and Laura will soon be launching a new project which aims to make DIY more accessible to everyone.
“Mrs and Mrs DIY“ will share the couple’s tips and hacks on a whole range of household and garden jobs.
And it aims to encourage more women to pick up tools and get involved.