Successful relationship is a team effort

Anjanette and Ryan Wicks had their first date in New Orleans.

Anjanette and Ryan Wicks believe their marriage is successful because they work as a team and are very proactive of each other.

“We’re a team, Team Wicks,” Anjanette said. “We’re always there for each other and we work well together.”

Married for 29 years, the Wicks moved to Brevard County in 2007 and reside in the Capron Ridge subdivision off Viera Boulevard in Viera.

Anjanette has been a federal government employee for more than 20 years. She is a program and logistics manager, while her husband now works for The Harris Corp. as a technical engineer. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service.

“If you want a successful marriage or relationship, you truly need to know who you are and you must have some common values and hobbies,” Anjanette said. ”Respect each other and respect each other’s opinions.”

Born in Louisiana, Anjanette met her future husband on a date in 1989. “A friend of his knew a friend of mine and they introduced us,” she remembers. “He was such a gentleman, nice, sweet and so compassionate. This was the guy I was praying for.”

The couple’s first date — a visit to the French Quarter on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. “We had a great time together, having fun and getting to know him better,” she said. “We had lots of the same interests. We just connected.”

Ryan also recalls the first time he met his future wife. “She was beautiful,” he said. “I told my mom and buddies after I met her that she was going to be my wife.”

Married in 1991, the couple have two sons, Cameron, 21, and Trey, 27.

Ryan believes their marriage’s success is because they both come from strong families and backgrounds.

“We both have strong Catholic backgrounds,” he said. “We bonded because we had each other, especially when I was in the military and away from her.”

The couple are parishioners at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Viera. Anjanette is one of the religious education instructors at the church.

“God is the foundation of our marriage and family. We communicate with each other and raised our sons in a strong family-oriented home. We have supported our boys in sports and education. We’re always there for each other,” she said. “Relationships need balance. We work things out between us and we keep God in place with that.”