Bride’s Name: Yanique Forrest-Fox
Bride’s Occupation: Optometrist
Groom’s Name: Charles Fox
Groom’s Occupation: Coordinator for Community Services
Wedding Date and Location: July 10, 2016 — Mineola, NY
Tell us your love story: Groom: We met at the wedding of a mutual friend in 2009. I was sitting waiting for the ceremony to begin, she sat next to me, and we instantly struck up a conversation. Ironically, we both attended the same college, but never crossed paths on campus.
When did you know that your partner was the one? Groom: It’s hard to pinpoint one particular moment. For me, it was the sum of so many special moments that we shared that led me to believe that this was the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. It would certainly be early on in our courtship. She had such a gentle disposition; it was comforting and sweet. I saw her as a woman that I could grow old and share my life with. Bride: I can’t pinpoint one exact moment. It was gradual and progressive. It was a combination of things. Our conversations, things he would do and say, like paying attention to my desires (he once surprised me with a trip to Radio City to see the Rockettes, after me passingly telling him I wanted to go someday). He never gave me a reason not to trust him.
What was your most memorable moment from your wedding day? Groom: Seeing my bride in her gown for the very first time as she walked down the aisle. We hadn’t seen each other beforehand, so that moment was surreal and unforgettable. Bride: Walking into the ceremony room and seeing Charles’ reaction to seeing me. Also, our first kiss as husband and wife.
What’s the key to success in your relationship? Both: Trust, communication, love, and forgiveness. Remembering that marriage is no accident. It is a conscious choice that we make each and every day. The decision to love and accept another human being, flaws and all. That being said, it requires much effort, patience, and respect or one another. You not only marry the person for who they are, you marry them in acceptance of the person they will become as the years go by. In order to grow with someone, you must nurture the relationship and allow your partner to blossom into everything they desire, always supporting them and seeing the larger picture of what you are building together.