TSO: Tell us a little more about the lead-up to your wedding. How did you prepare yourself ahead of the big day?
I started over a year before the big day, by seeing an acupuncturist – Ross J Barr – who totally changed my life actually and I still see regularly now. I think the term ‘centered’ can sound a bit corny but it’s probably the best way of putting it. I felt calmer, more grounded and emotionally more prepared for the big day from the very first session. Around three months out, I began to visit a personal trainer. Aside from our training sessions and nutrition overhaul, they recommended daily meditation. Taking just ten minutes out to meditate each morning made me feel totally in control and far more rational – no mean feat in the midst of a global pandemic!
On the day itself, I think the meditation was part of why I was able to feel so incredibly present, something that I’d worried I wouldn’t be able to achieve amidst the excitement of the day. Six months prior, I also began to see the lovely Rhian Truman for a monthly facial appointment. The night before the wedding, I saw her for some facial massage which was brilliant for sculpting and gave me a wonderful glow.
TSO: And did you have any pre-wedding jitters?
I thought I wouldn’t sleep a wink, but I slept straight through and woke up feeling totally refreshed. I wasn’t nervous at all. I felt the calmest, most serene I’ve ever felt in my life, with a kind of clarity I’ve never experienced before.
TSO: So lucky! What else did you do the evening before?
The evening before, my mum hosted a drinks party for my Irish family who had flown over, and then I had dinner with my immediate family. We actually went to the restaurant my Mum and Dad had dinner the night before their wedding more than 30 years ago. In the morning, I woke up and went to a reformer pilates class – the teacher thought I was mad being there – but really embraced it with a wedding themed playlist for the session and ‘Going to The Chapel’ to close the class.