A wife-to-be shed more than five stone before her special day because she didn’t want to be a “big bride”. Danielle French, 28, weighed 13st 4lbs but decided to change after becoming afraid of going wedding dress shopping because she was unhappy with her body.  She says she could “barely fit” into any of her clothes, but began to shed the pounds after joining Slimming World and launching an inspirational weight loss Instagram page called itsdaniellesjourney. The mortgage adviser from Barnsley, Yorkshire, who used to be a size 18, said: “After getting engaged I continued to put on lots of weight until March 2015 when I got to my biggest and could barely fit in any of my clothes.

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“I really didn’t want to be a big bride and look at my wedding photos and hate what I saw.

I wanted to loose weight a year before I got married so I could go and try wedding dresses on without hating everything I tried on.” After the bride and groom booked their wedding for November 2016, Danielle stepped up her weight loss efforts.

She added: “I had been unhappy for so long about my weight and tried so many diets that I could never stick too. “I started looking on Instagram at weight loss accounts and there were so many inspiring girls that had lost weight following Slimming World.

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I decided I would give it a go as it was one of the only diets I hadn’t tried.

“I joined online and created an Instagram account to post about my weight loss journey to keep me motivated.”

It took Danielle a year to get to her goal weight and she was able to walk down the aisle at Wentworth Castle as a tiny size six and at a weight of 8st. She said: “Loosing the weight has changed my life in so many more ways than I could have ever imagined. “Before loosing the weight I hated going out with my friends because I felt so self-conscious and awful in every thing I wore.

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“I lived in leggings and baggy tops to hide the fact I had put on weight.