Emma Wynne, 28


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Grow­ing up part of a re­li­gious com­mu­nity, it was the done thing to marry young. But though she tried to make it work, Emma re­alised she needed to move on.

Why get mar­ried so young?

In the Chris­tian church, it’s very com­mon. You meet a nice guy and don’t sleep to­gether be­fore you’re mar­ried. You don’t live to­gether or hol­i­day to­gether, so you sort of rush down the aisle. I was en­gaged at 19, mar­ried at 20. I al­ways thought I’d be a young bride be­cause that’s what you do.

Has it put you off mar­riage?

I’d love to get mar­ried [again but] I would go about it so dif­fer­ently. Mar­riage is a beau­ti­ful thing and I think it’s even more spe­cial when you have done all the good and bad of life and still want to make that pub­lic, le­gal com­mit­ment to each other.

Why do the show?

It’s funny. I was on the couch writ­ing a speech for my dad’s wed­ding and thought, “Isn’t this weird. Here am I, 27, sin­gle, divorced and dad’s get­ting mar­ried.” It seemed all in re­verse. I had the TV on and the cast­ing call came and I thought, “Well that sounds all right.” I had tried dif­fer­ent things, been on dat­ing apps, had friends rec­om­mend friends. Noth­ing was work­ing so I thought, “Why not give it a go?”

And how was it?

I’ve loved ev­ery minute of it. We had so much fun, laugh­ing, hav­ing a great girl time and meet­ing some awe­some men. And some not so amaz­ing men. Just like real-life, you know?

“I wanna fall in love, says Emma, who con­cedes the ex­pe­ri­ence has been “life chang­ing. It was so, so much more than just a dat­ing show.”

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