Vanessa Quiroga married Yahya McClain on January 18, 2014, on the beach in Barbados. With the sunset on the horizon the swarovski crystal on the bodice of the gown sparkled beautifully! Here is her story and what She had to say:
After years of wanting to learn the art of boxing, Vanessa called Yahya's gym to set up a consultation, she nervously said "I'm thinking about training to box", Yahya confidently responded "well don't think about it, be about it!" This was her "he had me at 'Hello'" moment. There Vanessa began training and instantly there was a connection. They had so much in common; both Atlanta transplants from New York, avid Giants fans, dog lovers and, of course, boxing enthusiasts. Soon there was a kiss, then a movie, then weekly visits to watch Friday Night Fights.
Before they became official in 2011, one of the things Yahya promised Vanessa is that they'd take trips; together they've traveled to Bermuda, Cincinnati, San Diego, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Hilton Head, Birmingham, Jamaica, and Australia. Promise kept! They've attended numerous fights, film festivals, dog shows, and NFL games. In January 2014 they shared their greatest trip of all with friends & family, to Barbados to get married.
"I would drive by La Raine’s Bridal on my way home from work every day admiring the dresses in the window. When I got engaged I felt like it was only right that I stop in to look around. My experience at La Raine’s was delightful. I love the quaint boutique feel. Everyone was very kind, patient and attentive to my needs (lightweight dress for the beach). Even Jackson (the dog) was a joy, he came in to check on me for all of my fittings. La Raine’s was my first stop when shopping for my dress and there was no reason to look anywhere else. Special thanks to Caron for making my dress fit like a dream. Thank you to the entire team at La Raine’s!!"
- Vanessa McClain