04 Feb / Nicole Trunfio – The Thirty – 24 January 201
How 4 Brides Changed Their Health and Beauty Routines Before Their Weddings
I had been engaged for about three days when Facebook served me the first of many pre-wedding workout program advertisements. There were still some members of our extended families who hadn’t heard the news, but Mark Zuckerberg was all over it.
Facebook isn’t the only platform suggesting boot camps and cleanses to me either—bridal magazines and websites are brimming with “lose weight fast” plans cultivated, I assume, so that every bride can become her skinniest possible self before walking down the aisle. The pressure to sculpt your perfect “wedding body” has never been more real.
Truthfully, I haven’t worked out yet exactly how I feel about adopting a pre-wedding fitness and diet regimen. I’d love to be able to simply roll my eyes at headlines that read “5 Wedding Diets That Work,” but I’m not there yet. I do want to feel amazing on my wedding day. I do want glowing skin and white teeth. I do want to wear whatever the hell I like and feel great about it. But I also want to give a great big middle finger to an industry that profits from making women feel like crap about themselves during one of the most significant moments of their lives.
I decided to consult a handful of level-headed women—and recent brides—to find out how they approached fitness, nutrition, and skincare leading up to their own nuptials. From models to startup founders and marketing execs, these women all took their own approach to the topic and have some interesting thoughts and advice to share.
NICOLE TRUNFIO MOM/MODEL/FOUNDER OF ERTH JEWELRY @NICTRUNFIO
PHOTO: COURTESY OF NICOLE TRUNFIO
“I would often go to the Australian gym Training Mate at their L.A. location. It’s funny though—I actually worked out less intensely leading up to the wedding. All the chaos surrounding the wedding planning made it hard to find time to stop and eat. I was running purely on adrenaline, which I think sped up my metabolism. I did, however, focus my efforts on yoga and exercises that benefitted the mind, body, and soul. I got really into meditation before my wedding and focused on my spirituality. I went deep into the real meaning of marriage and wanted my focus to be on honoring my commitment and being very present on my wedding day.”
“I have an incredible skincare specialist in Sydney named Melanie Grant who introduced me to this red-light facial called Omnilux. It focuses on boosting and firming the skin and truly helped me become wedding-ready. Before the wedding, I started to get the Omnilux facials more frequently—usually every two to three days.
“I also worked with Brandy from Arcona Studio in Santa Monica to get the facial contouring treatment, which includes lymphatic drainage and a deep facial massage. She also introduced me to the Gentle Solution, which is now my favorite Arcona product.
“Lastly, I went to my favorite airbrush tanning salon, Airbrush by Heather, which uses all natural products and gave me the perfect bronzed glow.”
“To get ready for the wedding, I started eating a lot of macrobiotics—I’m obsessed with grain bowls. I would also eat a lot of pickled vegetables, brown rice, and lotus root. If it wasn’t my wedding, I would be eating only pasta!”