Yep, that’s right. We got married!
In September 2014, I married my soul mate. He is so funny, and sweet, and sensible… very sensible. He is very good at keeping me grounded and calm and makes all the bad stuff go away. I could be having the worst day ever and as soon as I hear his voice or get a cuddle from him, I completely forget whatever it was that was ruining my day. He is my favourite ever person. Ever.
We met back when we were in our teens. He was my first ever love. I was fifteen and he was sixteen, and it was a Halloween party. He was dressed as a zombie (classic) and I was dressed as Marla Singer from Fight Club. At the time, I thought I looked awesome, but in reality I looked terrible! Yet, luckily, Chris liked me enough to agree to go out with me. In fact, I asked him out on ye olde MSN Messenger. After two and a half years, I was due to start university, and he dumped me because he “didn’t see us going anywhere.”
Seven years later, he heard about my ostomy surgery and he dropped off a ‘Get Well Soon’ card at my Mum and Dad’s house. We spoke a bit after that, and then my best friend Heather decided to act like a teenager and message him on Facebook saying that she thought I still liked him. Eventually he asked me out on a second-first-date, and we went for a lovely riverside walk and some lunch. After he dropped me off at my parents’ house, he kissed me goodnight and I instantly fell in love with him again. And ever since, I’d been mentally planning our wedding. The best thing is, so was he.
As with a lot of weddings these days, there was a theme. And ours was a James Bond theme. It was his idea, but after spending 103873810 hours on Pinterest, I came to realise that the possibilities were endless.
‘THE Dress’… and two ostomy bags
As with any wedding, there were so many things to think about! Venue, rings, decorations, flowers, music and, of course, THE DRESS. The problem with poo is that it’s not exactly subtle, and the worst colour to wear if you’re worried about having a leak is white. However, I wanted to stay traditional and I knew I wanted either a white or ivory dress. So, I decided to just go for it; it was my wedding day and I knew I’d regret it if I compromised on something so important to the big day. As an avid online shopper, I actually ordered my wedding dress online; something I only recommend if you know exactly what shape dress suits you. I knew that A-line dresses were flattering to my curvy figure, and the added bonus of a poofy petticoat meant that, if either of my two ostomy bags did leak, there’d be a good few layers between the bags and the outer layer of my wedding dress to give me time to change them without soiling the dress. Needless to say, there were no leaks. The day went absolutely perfectly!