Bride’s Name: Noelle Vines
Bride’s Occupation: Physician
Groom’s Name: Erin Vines
Groom’s Occupation: Vice President Student Services
Wedding Date & Location: February 14, 2016 — Los Suenos Marriott Resort — Herradura, Costa Rica
Honeymoon: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Tell us your love story: Bride: We met through mutual friends. They thought we would be a good match for each other, and they were right! We met for brunch in Jan 2013 and have been inseparable ever since.
When did you know that your partner was the one? Groom: I knew Noelle was the one when I was willing to commute more than 140 miles to work everyday just to come home to her. My home was wherever Noelle was. Bride: I knew two weeks after we met. It was my birthday, and we only had two dates. At the time, Erin lived in Northern California, which was 400 miles from me. I told him I had no one to celebrate my birthday with. He flew in on the next thing smoking and took me out to dinner to my favorite restaurant. I mentioned I would be going to Obama’s inauguration the following week during our dinner and needed a date for the ball. He booked the ticket that day. At that moment, I knew this man would likely go to moon and back for me, and he has. He always has my back. I prayed for him with specification and GOD showed out when he presented Erin to me.
What your most memorable moment from your wedding day? Groom: Seeing my wife emerge from behind the palm trees and walk down the aisle among all of our friends and family, and to see that dress that she was slaying in. Bride: Seeing my husband tear up as I got to the end of the aisle. He’s not a crier, but that day I was touched to see how emotional he was.
What’s the key to the success of your relationship? Both: COMMUNICATION. Placing your partner first/ priority in all things, making time for dating and reconnecting with each other, praying together, always leaving each other for the day with a kiss and “I love you” and doing the same when we meet again.
Why do you want to be included in JET love? Both: We grew up reading the articles and it was always inspirational to see Black love exist and succeed. [That’s something that] seen in mainstream media [often]. Hopefully, we will be an inspiration to others and a testimony that prayer and positive affirmation works!!!