A RINGBEARER with a difference delivered the wedding bands at a ceremony straight out of Harry Potter.

Sean and Nicole Davies, from St Helens, tied the knot in April with a wizards and witches themed marriage - and had their rings flown to them by owl post.

The wedding will be featured on BBC3's Don't Tell the Bride on Tuesday (August 26) night.

The pair, both aged 23 and now expecting their first baby, were married on April 25 at Rivington Forest in Bolton and the whole ceremony - including the owl post - was a complete surprise for bride Nicole.

Nicole, who works in fashion retail, said: "We have been together nearly three years. We met in October 2011."

She said she was "amazed" when former Cowley pupil Sean proposed to her during a helicopter ride when the couple were on holiday in Las Vegas in October 2013.

And it was Nicole who applied to appear on Don't Tell the Bride last November... without telling Sean.

She said: "We both like a bit of fun and I thought a mystery wedding would be fantastic, so I started the ball rolling... but then once we were accepted for the programme, it was torture not knowing what Sean was planning for the big day."

Nicole, who attended De La Salle high school, said she had to cut contact with Sean for the three weeks before the wedding and she moved back in with her mum. Her phone was taken away and she had to delete her Facebook account while Sean, who is a barber, planned the whole wedding.

She continued: "The wait was nerve wracking. I had no idea what was going on.

"The wedding day was amazing. Sean loves Harry Potter and based the wedding on it. Although I'm not the biggest Harry Potter fan myself, I have to admit it was a great wedding theme."

She was amazed when the owl flew down with their rings tied around its neck.

"Our best man Liam was wearing a glove," she said, "and the owl flew through the forest with the rings and landed on his arm. It was very romantic."

The owl was supplied by Gareth Hughes, from Newton-le-Willows, who started an owl delivery business in 2009.

Former pub landlord Gareth said: "My owl delivered the rings as a surprise to the bride and guests. I've also had my owls deliver messages at children's Harry Potter birthdays and a set of car keys at an 18th party.

"I was a bit nervous in case the owl didn't perform for the cameras, but it did a superb job on the day."

Afterwards, a party was held in a Hogwarts style school hall, complete with 'floating' candles and waiters dressed in Hogwarts uniform.

The couple will never forget the day - and much of it was captured by the Don't Tell the Bride crew, who stayed alongside them for the whole day.

The programme goes out at 9pm on BBC3.

Anybody who would like information about the owl delivery service can visit owlringbearer.co.uk.