AMANDA JAMES-BUCKETT, 32, works in operations for a bank and lives in Shropshire with her husband Andrew, 33, a carpenter. She has two children aged 11 and seven from a previous marriage and one child aged four with Andrew.
AMANDA says: When Andrew and I tied the knot at a gorgeous country hotel in Shropshire last weekend I felt amazing with my trim waist and shapely, pert breasts. Yet unlike most brides, my figure wasn’t down to months of pre-wedding diet and exercise but thanks to a surgeon’s knife that I looked my best.
This is my second marriage – the first time was 11 years ago when I was very young and extremely overweight. Having been a size 8-10 until I had my first child, I then rocketed to a size 18 and I hated the way I looked and felt on my first wedding day.
This time, knowing that Andrew really is THE ONE, I wanted to have the perfect wedding and the dream dress and to feel really special wearing it.
Before I met Andrew six years ago I’d lost five stone and dropped four dress sizes but still hated what I saw in the mirror. A combination of pregnancy and weight loss had left me with a saggy chest and a pouch on my stomach.
So, after much deliberation and with Andrew’s full support, in 2010 I paid £11,000 from my savings to have a tummy tuck and breast implants. Pre-children I’d had DD-cup breasts but they had shrunk and lost their shape over the years.
With the implants they shot up to a FF-cup, which was far too big, but I didn’t feel I could justify having further surgery to reduce them.
That was until Andrew proposed to me last year and I knew immediately that if I was going to feel fabulous on our wedding day I’d need another operation to replace the original implants with smaller ones to make my breasts a DD-cup.
Andrew was just as supportive as he had been with my first plastic surgery, reassuring me that he just wanted me to feel happy with myself and stop hiding away in baggy clothes.
After the operation in February at Linia Cosmetic Surgery in London’s Harley Street he took time off work to look after me while I recovered. At £4,000 the surgery was five times the cost of my £800 wedding gown but without it the dress, with its stunning corset bodice and full skirt, just wouldn’t have looked or felt right.
Cosmetic surgery has made the world of difference to how I look and feel on a daily basis but also to how I felt on my wedding day.
I didn’t want to look back at our wedding and honeymoon photos in years to come and regret not having taken advantage of all the surgeries that now exist to help women to feel amazing.