When Tia Watts met NFL defensive tackle Fred Robbins in a Minneapolis night club, the first thing she noticed about him was his dreamy eyes. But it was his sincerity that she fell in love with. After eight years, three new teams, a Super Bowl championship, dozens of away-games, and plenty of growing pains, the two decided to tie the knot in a lavish soiree in a Florida resort. Share their love. Here's what you had to say: Anonymous commented: "I love to see happy couples!" Ashley P wrote: "Marriage is a beautiful thing."
Bride: Tia Watts, 32 Groom: Fred Robbins, 33 Occupations: Watts, Co-founder of Off the Market Events; Robbins, Defensive Tackle for St. Louis Rams, NFL Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri Wedding Location: San Destin Golf & Beach Resort, Destin, FL Wedding Date: May 23, 2009 Right Place at the Right Time: People always say, "Never date a man you meet at the club." But that's exactly where Tia Watts met her husband, NFL player Fred Robbins, who was playing for the Minnesota Vikings at the time. At 24, Tia had just moved back to Minneapolis and was accompanying a girlfriend who had plans with one of Fred's teammates. At the party, Tia and Fred were both starting to feel like the third wheel. That's when he called her over and two started to chat. "We were like two friends right away," Tia remembers. "I thought he was very attractive. He has these pretty eyes that change color depending on the season. He was just a genuine, nice guy." "I thought Tia was very attractive of course," Fred chimes in. "But the thing that struck out the most was the conversation. It was real and genuine. We never had a dull moment." Tests of Time: In nine years, Tia and Fred have been through their share of relationship challenges, from learning how to interact with each other, to living in different cities to sharing a home for the first time. The newlyweds recently switched cities again, when Fred joined the St. Louis Rams. Tia says, "We've been through it all, That's why we have a lot of friends who come to us for relationship advice." What are this long-lasting couple's tips for love?
- "Take the time out to learn each other." - Fred
- "Always be respectful and have an open line of communication." - Tia
- "Know how to interact with each other." - Fred
- "Focus on what makes each other happy." - Tia