Inside Emma and Matt Willis’ wedding: an intimate look back at the tear-jerking day the couple said I do
Emma and Matt Willis are one of those power couples you just cannot help but fall in love with. Their adoration for one another is clear to see, even 12 years on from the day they said 'I do.'
And here, as an OK! VIP Club member, we're giving you special access to their big day. From the star-studded wedding party to the stunning dress Emma chopped and changed to fit her tastes just right, here is an intimate look back at the now mum and dad of three's totally perfect wedding day.
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Emma and Matt said I do in 2008 in a stunning ceremony at 15th century stately home Rushton Hall in Northamptonshire.
Celebrity Big Brother presenter Emma had her head turned by the Busted band member when he appeared on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, and the rest is history.
When they married, Emma was 32 and Matt was 25 and the nuptials took place just four days before Matt finished a five-week stint at a rehab centre in Bournemouth.
Matt proposed on Venice’s Rialto Bridge and 15 months later they were married.
Emma's bridal gown was totally stunning; an ivory Phillipa Lepley number, which featured a full-length tulle skirt.
Speaking exclusively to OK! magazine at the time, she said: "It looked so simple and elegant – and I loved it.
"It was gorgeous but on the original design there was a flower on the back, which I had removed and replaced with simple buttons.
"There was a train on it too, but I got rid of that as well. And the straps over the shoulders were a lot thicker on the original design. So although it wasn’t specifically designed for me, I made it my own."
Meanwhile, her shoes were Christian Louboutin and made of satin with a peep-toe.
Emma's bridal party was made up of her sisters Sharon and Rebecca Griffiths, Matt’s sister Amanda Sergeant, Emma’s friends Buffy Beson, Natalie Cooper and Ella Thomas and three-year-old flower girl Scarlett Baggott.
Celebrity guests included Busted singer James Bourne, all the Mcfly bandmates, I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! contestants who starred alongside Matt when he won in 2006, Holly Willoughby, Ant McPartlin, Heidi Range and many more.
And for their first dance the sweet pair chose the Beach Boys’ classic anthem God Only Knows, followed by Busted’s hit Crashed The Wedding for the guests to join in.
Meanwhile, Emma walked down the aisle to Damien Rice’s The Blower’s Daughter.
Emma and Matt met way back in 2004 when Emma was working as a presenter on MTV.
The couple met on MTV’s Backstage Live when Matt was a guest on the show and they started dating shortly after.
The musician later proposed on Venice’s Rialto Bridge in 2007.
Speaking about bringing Matt home for the first time, Emma said: "I think I surprised myself.
"I remember going home to my mum and dad’s with this 21-year-old guy with tattoos everywhere and a blue Mohican and not quite explaining what was going on because I wasn’t quite sure myself."
Emma also discussed Matt’s past struggles with drug and alcohol after he went into rehab, saying it was their daughter Isabelle who turned things around for him.
“I wasn’t going to leave him because he had a problem,” the presenter explained
“I wanted to help him, but he had to help himself and I believed he would.”
“What really changed him was our daughter, Isabelle. Isabelle was his real…Oh God, I’m going to start crying
“Isabelle was his real focus. He was already doing it [recovery] himself, then she arrived and that made him even more determined.”
She continued: “I wish I knew, I’d make a bloody fortune.
“I’m not an addict, so it’s a really hard thing to understand.
“Matt probably first went to rehab [in 2005] to get us all off his back.
“Then your relationship progresses and you realise that there is a real issue, and it’s not just a young kid who has got a lot of money very quickly. But until he realised it had to change, there’s nothing I could have done. Nothing.”
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