Lorraine Kelly: Gay Cardiff couple marry on ITV programme

Luke Avaient (left) and Gavin Sheppard, flanked by Lorraine Kelly and singer Alfie Boe
Luke Avaient (centre left) and husband Gavin Sheppard, flanked by Lorraine Kelly and singer Alfie Boe

ITV presenter Lorraine Kelly has conducted the marriage of a gay couple live on her daytime programme to mark 10 years since England and Wales' first same-sex marriages.

Luke Avaient and Gavin Sheppard, both from Cardiff, got engaged at an Anastasia concert.

Nurse Gavin said the wedding was "amazing" while consultant Luke called being married "totally different".

Lorraine thanked both for sharing their "really special occasion".

The first same-sex weddings took place after gay marriage became legal in Wales and England at midnight on 28 March, 2014. Same-sex couples could previously only get a civil partnership.

"It's a real privilege for me to be a witness to your wedding and to show people across the country that love is love," said Lorraine, wearing a sparkling rainbow striped dress.

Gavin and Luke, who entered on the arms of their mothers, exchanged vows and rings and promised "to love each other today, always and forever".

Lorraine said: "I can't thank you enough for sharing your day with us, it's been so lovely, so gorgeous and for everyone to be here as well on this really special occasion."

Stylist Mark Heyes, who helped to pick out their suits for the big day, called the couple "two of the most lovely fellas I've ever met".

Gavin and Luke are now heading off to honeymoon in Santorini, Greece.

Singer Alfie Boe, who had been on the programme earlier, returned to the studio to perform a special rendition of Foreigner's I Wanna Know What Love is' for the newlyweds.