When Tina Winmill met her husband, Mark in 2009, she weighed 18 stone. Dating and moving in together lead to more weight gain. "We were so in love we hardly noticed we'd piled on the pounds," Tina said. "Six months later, we moved in together, which only encouraged our bad eating habits. We'd order takeaways and cook big meals." Before long, the couple had a combined weight of 45 stone, Tina at 20 st and Mark at 25. Living at this weight began to seriously affect their health. Mark was diagnosed with sleep apnoea and Tina says that watching him struggle made her see how "out of control" it was becoming. But motivation to lose weight was difficult to find. Everything changed when Mark proposed on Christmas Day 2010. "I said yes, then I told him there was no way I was getting married until I could do it as a slim bride," said Tina. She set a goal of 10 stone and the couple signed up for Weight Watchers. The pair began to prepare their own meals, learning about portion control and calorie intake and before long, the weight was disappearing. 18 months later, Tina reached her goal weight and Mark was down to 14 stone. All of this meant it was time to plan a wedding. Although Tina is now a size 8, she was forced to buy a size 12 wedding dress. Her incredible weight loss has left her with an apron of skin on her stomach that hangs down over her underwear. Tina did not mind buying a bigger dress and was pleased that the sleeves covered her arms so she didn't have to be concerned about the "loose rolls" near her armpits. "Sometimes it brings me down now and I'd like the perfect figure," she said. Tina believes that short of winning the lottery, they would never be able to afford the skin removal surgery. But in the end, she's very happy. "I wouldn't change anything," she said. "I was always big and I was bulging out of size-32 leggings at one point. I never imagined I'd be a size 8/10." Tina is pleased with the way she looks and the couple continues to lose weight. They've lost a combined weight of 23 stone and couldn't be happier. "It's like we're different people to when we met. Not only are we healthier but we are half the people we were – literally."