Gretchen & Forrest: "Our biggest common ground was our faith; beyond that nothing else mattered"

Gretchen and Forrest got to know each other through their “friend dates”, and over time their relationship evolved. They were married on October 4th, 2014. Christian Mingle is so pleased to have played a role in their love story and wishes them every continued joy for their future together.

Christian Mingle Success Couple Gretchen and ForrestWhat can you tell us about the wedding?

“The wedding was picturesque. My husband wanted to give me a princess day and that’s exactly what I got. My health was fragile but my husband was determined to get me down the aisle that day so he bought me my first wheelchair and that day I walked down the aisle and sat in my chair for the ceremony.

My husband struggles with his weight so prior to the wedding he opted to have weight-loss surgery so that he could live a longer happier life with myself and my son whom he later legally adopted.”

How did you meet? What was your first date like?

“We agreed that since I had a 4yr old son we would begin our relationship going on what we called “friend dates”. Our first date tanked big time but for some reason we both decided to continue with our “friend dates” which he paid for. Essentially we were courting, although neither of us knew that’s what was occurring.

Two weeks into our friendship my father had a double lung transplant leaving me without a sitter for my 4 yr old son. I decided that since we were not dating I would introduce my son to my now husband because there was nothing to lose emotionally for my son like in a breakup. After that we spent 4-6 evenings a week together with my son with us.”

Christian Mingle Success Couple Gretchen and Forrest

Christian Mingle Success Couple Gretchen and ForrestDescribe the moment you knew it was true love!

“Our relationship evolved as we grew spiritually. There were many moments that my husband’s love was unquestionable, I just can’t remember when the first occurred.”

What advice would you give other Christian Mingle members, who are still looking for love?

“It will happen in God’s timing not our own. We did not have a love at first sight relationship, we both learned and grew a lot while courting. We placed God first in our lives and relationship and still do. Our biggest common ground was our faith; beyond that nothing else mattered.”

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