full honesty, I was NOT happy about my body in the days leading up to my wedding. I had spend the previous 3 months eating 90% salads, measuring my waist every morning, and getting up at 5:30am every other day to go running on top of my regular Muay Thai and weightlifting sessions, but I just wasn’t able to get my body to where I was pressuring myself to be.
in my first dress, I had a little bit of an out - I got to wear shapewear, which didn’t help my arms which were my biggest bridal-body disappointment. but in my 2nd dress (yes, I had 2 dresses, don’t @ me, and I would 10/10 recommend having 2nd dress to other brides), I was stressed beyond belief. there was no shapewear to suck me in and keep things tight that could go under this blush low-back @katiemaycollection dress of my dreams.
on the day of the wedding, while I did enjoy myself while getting ready with my closest girls and was smiling, I was honestly battling so much disappointment in myself and anger at my body for not cooperating. I remember even asking our (truly amazing!) photographer if she could Photoshop my arms in the pics.
but I pulled it together, and I left those emotions behind in the room when I headed downstairs to the ceremony so that I could enjoy our day. a few months later we were sent our wedding photos and the anxiety came back. we got both a mix of edited and unedited photos (like the one above), and you know what? sure, my arms are thick, and that pooch on my tummy that I just could not get rid of is sticking out. but I look happy. I look like I’m having the time of my life, which I totally am. my thick arms and belly pooch didn’t matter for outcome of the day or the memories we built.
which made me question, why is there so much pressure to look perfect on your wedding day? that day is so much more than what I looked like. so for the ladies out there who are about to get married, or dreaming of the day that they will get married, I urge you, take the pressure of a perfect body off of yourself. that day is going to be so much bigger than your waist measurement or the number on your scale. live it up, and don’t stress about it! 👰💃