On Memorial Day weekend in 2015, Tim Wildin and two friends went to the Equinox gym in the Flatiron district of Manhattan only to discover that that day their favorite high-intensity interval training class had been played. replaced by another session led by Christopher Vo.
“Wow, who is this person,” recalls Mr. Wildin, 41, thinking when he first saw Mr. Vo, 36.
Before long, Mr. Wildin began trying to take more classes with Mr. Vo, a primary fitness instructor at Equinox locations around the city, and a founding coach at Liteboxer, a program digital fitness program. Mr. Wildin, then living in the West Village, cycled as far as West 92nd Street to exercise with Mr. Vo.
“He had a beautiful light in his personality, and the most beautiful smile,” said Mr. Wildin of Võ, who graduated with a BFA in dance from Juilliard and has appeared in a number of Broadway shows, including including Legree’s portrayal of King Simon during the 2015-2016 revival of “The King and I”.
Mr. Wildin, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theater and sociology from NYU, is currently the CEO and co-founder of Vertagea plant-based cheese company.
In class, Mr. Wildin was also noticed by Mr. Vo. “He carries the heaviest weights and wears a tank top to show off his muscles,” said Mr. Vo, who asked Mr. Wildin if he would like a coffee sometime after a session at the school. Equinox near Lincoln Center in early September 2015. .
A few days later, they met at Joe’s Coffee Company in the West Village, where they bonded over fitness, food and music – and shared their first kiss.
“My friends forced me to be single,” said Mr. Wildin, who was then in the final months of a long-term relationship. “But, Chris Vo is here and I don’t want to spend time with anyone else.”
At the end of September, Mr. Wildin, who was born in Bangkok, took his mother, who is Thai and now lives on Bonaire island in the Caribbean, to see “The King and I”. There, they were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour by Mr. Vo, who grew up in Dallas with Vietnamese parents and came to the country as a refugee.
In January 2016, they officially became a couple. Mr. Wildin said, a favorite memory of those early days is when Mr. Vo made an omelette with fish sauce for him for breakfast.
In his family, Mr. Wildin said, “fish sauce is the way we season everything.”
That March, Mr. Vo moved into the NoMad apartment where Mr. Wildin had lived since December 2015 and brought with him a 50-gallon reef tank to house saltwater fish.
Mr. Wildin, a scuba enthusiast, who later gave Mr. Vo scuba diving lessons as a gift. (Their passion for diving will take them to Bonaire, where Mr. Vo is certified, and as far as Raja Ampat in Indonesia.)
In July 2016 they adopted a Havanese puppy, Kobi, and a year later they bought an apartment in an old factory building in Hudson Yards.
Mr. Wildin proposed to Mr. Vo in November 2019, after the couple went snorkeling and spotted two octopus linked tentacles during a trip to the Maldives. They then went to an atoll by speedboat to swim with a school of somersaulting horse rays.
Vo said the somersault was “a very jubilant and celebratory expression”, to the point that he likened it to “confetti”.
They got married on February 5 at Avalon Palm Springs, a hotel in Palm Springs, California. Charles Santos, a mentor of Mr. Vo who was ordained for the occasion by the Ministry of Expansion, was celebrated in front of 86 vaccination guests.
The reception that followed was the first dance that Mr. Vo had choreographed with some disco-inspired dance moves and hip shakes to Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know,” her favorite song. Mr. Wildin. Their guests, who before the event received videos of four easy steps to rehearsal, were encouraged to participate.
“It culminated,” Mr. Vo said, “in a flash of a crowd.”
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