WYANDOTTE, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area couple who met in a support group for weight loss surgery patients exchanged wedding vows after losing a collective 380 pounds.
Crysta Danaher, 34, of Windsor, Ontario, and Bill Anderson, 44, of Allen Park, were married Saturday at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, where they had bariatric surgery and later met, the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/1GdnjeH ) reported. Anderson has gone from 459 pounds to about 250 pounds since his May 2009 operation. Danaher has lost about 180 pounds since her 2009 procedure.
"We were friends first," Danaher said. "My mom knew him first and always said 'I wish you'd meet a guy like Bill.' He grew on me. I guess I grew on him, too."
Anderson said the surgery and support group have "changed everything" about his life. He has run two full marathons and more than a dozen half-marathons.
The two were married by their yoga instructor in the room where they met. The Saturday ceremony marked exactly three years since their first date.
The Andersons were surrounded by about 100 family members and friends as they said their vows in brightly colored sneakers. They will spend their honeymoon in Cancun, where they admit they might cheat a little on their strict diets.
"We're probably both going to be hurting on the honeymoon because we'll try things we shouldn't," Danaher said.
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