Fourteen Years Later, They Finally, Fortunately, Wed
In April 2015, Ms. Broxson arrived in New York and soon began working as an associate editor at Real Simple Magazine. That June, Mr. Garcia joined her. Ms. Broxson, 32, now works remotely as a principal writer at the financial services company Fidelity Investments. Mr. Garcia, 37, is a middle-school history teacher with the New York City public school system. They currently reside in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
Over the years, as the two focused on building their lives and careers, the question of marriage became a popular refrain from friends and family. “We were never in a rush,” Mr. Garcia said, explaining that “it wasn’t a matter of if, it was a matter of when, and that’s how we wanted it to be.”
By February 2019, they were ready to take that step and together went engagement ring shopping. Mr. Garcia proposed while they were on a day trip to Governors Island with friends that June.
The two were wed July 22 at Shangri-La Springs, a hotel in Bonita Springs, Fla. Lhegend Carter, a Universal Life minister, officiated before 80 guests. The affair was infused with what Ms. Broxson described as “New York touches.” Mr. Carter, their officiant, is from the Bronx; the final song at their reception was “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra; and guests went home with “bodega snack bags” that Ms. Broxson said were filled with Zapps potato chips, Hi-Chews and Original New York Seltzer.
When referring to their marriage, the bride said that many of the couple’s loved ones used the word “finally.” But the newlyweds, who postponed their nuptials twice because of the pandemic, have instead chosen to use the word “fortunately.”
“It was kind of this like, funny saying during the wedding,” Ms. Broxson said. “People would say, ‘finally’ and then be like “fortunately, fortunately.’”