A couple who got engaged after he penned her a list of reasons why she needed to beat anorexia which ended with a surprise marriage proposal have walked down the aisle.
Emma Stokes and partner Chris Weir hit the headlines in January when the dance teacher shared the moving turning point in her eating disorder battle in a bid to raise awareness of the illness.
Chris wrote her a heartfelt letter called ‘Why I want Emma to fully recover’, featuring reasons like how he wanted to start a family with her and for her to ‘live a life and not just exist’, culminating in one very special question, which Emma credits as the watershed moment on her journey to recovery.
Now the Huntington couple have exchanged rings and ‘I dos’ during a stunning ceremony at the Ashton Hayes church where her beloved grandparents are buried, followed by a sunbathed reception at Cherry Orchard Lake in Delamere on August 6.
“I have never felt so happy in my whole life,” she said.
“It really was a special day that I will never forget.
“I know many people say that the day goes by in a blur but I had been working on my feelings and nerves around the wedding with my therapist because it is obviously a day where everyone is going to be commenting on how you look, which is very scary and daunting for me, but we talked about how filling your head with these worries and stresses will take up space that can be filled with happy memories and emotions.
“So I took a step back at many points during the day and took it all in, seeing how everyone was laughing, smiling and enjoying themselves and I'm so happy I did because I can look back on the day with so much happiness and without a single worry or stress.”
Emma, who says running helps clear her mind, completed the Chester Half Marathon in May and hopes to tackle the Virgin Money London Marathon in the future to raise money for eating disorder charity Beat, which would fulfil a dream she has had since she was little.