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Emma and Troy Stanhope. Picture: markrobbinsphotography.co.uk
Emma and Troy Stanhope. Picture: markrobbinsphotography.co.uk
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Emma and Troy Stanhope have Mark Zuckerberg to thank for their wedding, which took place at the Square Tower.

The childhood friends, who now live together in Hilsea, met 10 years ago but drifted out of touch with each other before Emma, 25, decided to message Troy, 26, on Facebook.

The Square Tower was perfect for the wedding because it is so intimate and rustic and we really love that look

Emma Stanhope

‘I started the conversation because I wanted to know what he was up to. We got chatting and it led to us meeting up again, and here we are now,’ she says.

Eighty people attended the ceremony at the Old Portsmouth landmark, before the couple and family posed for pictures on the beach and under the arches.

‘It was lovely to have all our family around us and to have such lovely photos taken,’ says Emma.

The party then moved on to the Queens Hotel in Southsea, where 110 people attended the reception.

‘It is such an elegant and classy venue, when we went there for a viewing we knew straight away we wanted the reception there.

She adds: ‘The Square Tower was perfect for the wedding because it is so intimate and rustic and we really love that look.’

Emma’s daughters Maisie, six, and Ella, four, and the couple’s daughter Ivy, 18 months, were flower girls at the wedding.

Troy’s best man was his long-time friend Dave Smith, and Emma’s sister Sarah Hayter was her maid of honour.

The proposal was a low key affair – Troy, a sales assistant, popped the question at home.

Emma says: ‘Troy had this plan to take me away but I kept nagging because I knew something was going on so he decided to do it in our living room.’

After the wedding, the couple went to the Isle of Wight for a few days on honeymoon.

It had sentimental meaning, as it was one of the first places they went together when they were seeing each other.