Jack Frankel, 75, and Fina Nikolos, 67, head to the prepared foods and salad bar to
load up their plates after exchanging wedding vows where they met, at the Whole Foods
Market in Coral Springs, Fla.
Couple weds at Whole Foods Market in Coral Springs - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
CORAL SPRINGS - It was a chance meeting, like so many love stories begin.
For Jack Frankel and Fina Nikolos, it began May 17 at the Whole Foods Market store in Coral Springs.
Frankel, 75, waiting for a break in the rain after shopping, noticed a beautiful woman pass by. And more than once. A few minutes later, she came back with an umbrella and offered to walk him to his car. He later thanked Nikolos, 67, by taking her out to lunch.
On Saturday, the couple returned to where they first met, this time to wed in a small ceremony in the Whole Foods Market's café.
Frankel beamed throughout the morning. It wasn't his first marriage, or hers for that matter, but he was visibly nervous as he waited for his bride.
To him, the most irresistible thing about Nikolos is her eyes.
"She looks at me with those Spanish eyes and I melt," he said.
About 40 people attended the ceremony as store employees and customers watched and smiled.
Frankel and Nikolos held each other tightly as the ceremony began, tears coming from their eyes.
They exchanged emotional vows. Nikolos was too overcome to finish hers aloud.
As the ceremony ended, Frankel asked sheepishly, "Can I kiss the bride?"
Robert Malatino, the officiant and Frankel's co-worker at Medica Healthcare Plans, gave them his blessing and the couple kissed.
"We're doing great, as you see from the tears flowing from my eyes," Frankel said afterward. "Love, that's all it is. It's love."
"Very good, very happy," Nikolos said about the wedding. "A little nervous."
It was the first time customers had wed at a Whole Foods Market in Florida, though employees have done so, said Jonny Rose, marketing specialist for the Coral Springs store.
He welcomed the couple to return for their 10th wedding anniversary.
No wedding would be complete without the couple dancing their first dance. Frankel didn't have to think twice about a song. He chose, of course, Spanish Eyes
The couple held each other close as Al Martino crooned: "Please say: si si, say you and your Spanish eyes will wait for me."