My wedding day was without a doubt one of the happiest days of my life. My husband-to-be and I decided to ditch a traditional wedding in favor of heading overseas with only a few family members and friends. After doing lots of research, we settled on exchanging vows on the grounds of a gorgeous manor estate in a small Scottish village. Knowing that there was a high likelihood something would go wrong on my big day, since I’d planned the whole thing by phone and e-mail thousands of miles away, I resolved from the beginning to go with the flow and not stress out if something didn’t go according to plan. Perhaps that’s why everything went perfectly right — The overseas paperwork was in order! The priest showed up! The skies cleared (a miraculous event in Scotland), allowing us to move the ceremony outside to a lovely lawn beside a river that looked like it was straight out of a fairy tale! And the bagpipe player on a hillside in the distance provided memorable musical accompaniment. (We later learned the original bagpipe player hired for the event didn’t show, but luckily the town was so small that another bagpipe player was quickly located and rounded up without us knowing that anything had gone wrong!)
All I have left of this magical day are a few mementos I saved from the occasion — and the photos. Two of the friends we invited to our wedding are professional photographers, so we have lots and lots of beautiful pictures. And while there are plenty of occasions in which you take photos and never look at them again, rest assured that your wedding day will NOT be one of them. Our wedding photos are put on social media display for all to see on anniversaries and birthdays and other special occasions — at least a couple of times a year. And this is exactly why I’m telling those of you who haven’t yet tied the knot that there’s never been a better time than your wedding day to get in the shape of your life.
I was lucky– My husband was a devoted gym-goer, so practically from the moment we met, I was there with him. He taught me how to use weight machines for the first time in my life, so by the time we got married, my arms and legs were toned and I was photograph-ready. Fifteen years later, I love looking at my wedding photos and seeing those ‘wedding arms,’ as my friends call them. My own personal experience is exactly why I’m loving the concept of the latest offering from Z Living: Altar’d.
On this show, which premieres January 17th at 8pm, engaged couples undergo 90-day fitness and weight loss transformations that won’t be revealed until they walk down the aisle. I love these kinds of shows– Not only is it vicariously exciting to watch other people work hard and see a major payoff on one of the biggest days of their lives, but it also motivates me to up my fitness game. Check out Altar’d Tuesday January 17th at 8pm on Z Living.
Header image courtesy John Eckmeier