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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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TV's baby-faced bride has no regrets over whirlwind wedding

A young couple who married just 11 months after meeting have revealed how a car accident made them realise “life is too short”.

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Duncan and Lauren Murchison

Lauren and Duncan Murchison, both 19, were one of three couples to feature on Channel Five’s show Baby Faced Brides this week.

The programme followed teenagers in the run-up to their weddings and looked at whether they were too young to commit to matrimony.

Lauren and Duncan were engaged just four months after meeting, a decision which they admit sparked concerns among their families – and prompted online ridicule when the TV show aired.

Despite this, the couple, who live with Duncan’s parents in Hesket Newmarket, insist they have no regrets about either their marriage or their decision to appear in the show.

“We were already engaged and had set the date for 2015 so we could save up,” Lauren, a trained nursery assistant, said. “I saw something on Twitter about the show and sent a message.

“A couple of days later they rang us and confirmed we were on it.”

The film makers told the couple they ideally wanted to video the whole process, and asked if – with financial support from the company – they would be happy to bring the wedding forward to 2013.

Lauren added: “We went away and thought about it and agreed, although we thought we would have months to prepare.

“As it was, we had 10 weeks from the beginning of filming until the wedding itself.”

Producers billed Lauren as a ‘Bridezilla’ who was determined to get her own way.

“I knew what I wanted for my wedding and went into super organisation mode,” she said. “I don’t believe in divorce – if it’s broken you fix it; you don’t throw it away.

“Because of that, I’m only getting married once so it had to be perfect and I wasn’t compromising on anything just because it was on TV.”

In fact, the newly-weds instead viewed the show as a means to enable them to get married far sooner thanks to the financial support and contacts they had.

Duncan, a sales assistant, said: “They helped out by finding other people who could do things better or quicker or cheaper because it was on television.”

The pair first met in September 2012 when they were both living in Blackpool but Lauren admits they initially had a “personality clash”.

It was only after Duncan arranged a small party in his flat a month later that they realised the truth in the saying that opposites attract.

“We were inseparable from that day and have been ever since,” Lauren said.

“Duncan was in a car crash in Catterlen in the December. His car flipped and he ended up face down in a ditch. Amazingly, he walked away without a scratch but it made us change our priorities.”

A true romantic, Duncan got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend in January last year.

Lauren, originally from Fleetwood in Lancashire, said: “Initially our family had reservations: my mum married young and divorced at 30; and my sister married at 21 and divorced seven years later.

“In the end, though, our families saw how serious we were.”

Reflecting on those people who feel they have married too young, Lauren said: “Yes, we have our whole lives ahead of us but we are just doing it together now.”

Duncan added: “People say everything changes when you’re married but it hasn’t.

“We are closer than ever before, the only difference is we now have the same surname.

“Married life is great.”

The couple married at St Kentigern’s Church, Caldbeck, on September 1. Their reception, for 120 people, was held at the Roundthorn Hotel, Penrith.

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