A BRIDE whose anxiety was threatening to spoil her big day managed to make it down the aisle – after turning to hypnotherapy.

Rudheath couple Danny and Bryony Pearson tied the knot on a ‘magical’ day back in May, thanks to long-term friend David Webb of Mid-Cheshire Clinical Hypnotherapy providing the treatment.

Bryony, 28, who has suffered from anxiety for a number of years, began to feel particularly panicky in the build-up to the big day, eventually consulting a doctor on how to overcome her fears.

She said: “Hypnotherapy was one of the options suggested. I have been speaking to David about hypnotherapy for a while and I decided that I would give it a go.

“I had nothing to lose at that stage – it wouldn’t make me feel any worse, but it could potentially help.”

And after four 90-minute sessions, along with the use of self-hypnosis techniques in between, Bryony was able to enjoy her big day to the fullest.

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Bryony and Danny Pearson on their wedding day, May 11. Andy Boyle Photography.

Bryony used a technique of assigning ‘markers’ to key parts of the day.

Before walking down the aisle she located a pre-assigned piece of stonework she had associated with happy memories, and took time during the reception to absorb all that was going on.

She said: “I was able to enjoy to whole day, and the next morning I found David and gave him a big hug.

“I don’t think the day would have gone that well without taking those moments and a few deep breaths.

“I am a convert. I was a bit hesitant – I didn’t know how well it would work on me. It also took a lot of encouragement from my now husband. I tend to research and dither, and he said, ‘just give it a go’.

“On the day he could see me enjoying myself, which meant he didn’t have to look after me and could relax.

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“I don’t know how he did it. I’m still shocked at how magical my day was.”

Twenty-nine-year-old David, who is based at the Rosebank Sports Wellbeing Centre, is a friend of Danny’s from school and has known Bryony since the couple got together a decade ago.

His techniques involve engaging the subconscious mind to change conditioned habits and create new ones.

He said: “Bryony was really responsive straight away. It was quite a unique case.

“It’s nice that they had faith in me and that I was able to play a part in their wedding. They were both really grateful.”

Danny, 30, added: "It couldn't have been a better result for us – I was really pleasantly surprised because I hadn't seen how she was coping in the build-up."