Gemma Merna joined the cast of Hollyoaks in 2006

Hollyoaks star Gemma Merna admits she was a blubbering wreck when she married property developer Ian Minton.

The actress, 27, who plays Carmel Valentine in the Channel 4 soap, says her big day was so emotional that the whole congregation were in floods of tears.

'I thought we might giggle through our vows. I didn't expect tears,' Gemma says.

'When I walked in and saw Ian standing there, I was just overcome.'

Gemma got engaged to Ian in the Maldives in 2009, a year after they first met.

The couple married this May at West Tower in Lancashire, with Gemma's co-stars Nicole Barber-Lane, Jennifer Metcalfe, Leah Hackett and Jorgie Porter as her bridesmaids.

'I think we put ourselves to the test by waiting four years to get married,' she says.

'When something is right, you just know.'

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