The story of how I came to work with Ale and Mark is unique to say the least. We lived across the hall from each other. Two young couples living in a trendy Brooklyn apartment building that had amenities up the wazoo. They were interesting, both Brazilian (I'd hear them speaking to each other on the elevator once and thought it was the sexiest thing ever). She had family from Texas and he, from China, though both were raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
We'd stumble across each other returning from late nights out or quietly standing in the elevator for our morning commutes. We never borrowed sugar or moved beyond a head nod. One of these particular late lights, around 3am, I heard Ale and Mark arrive home louder than usual and my dog parker was growling at our door. I peered through our little peephole in the door to see Mark leaning heavily on their door attempting to get into his apartment. I open the door, "Everything all right?". Mark was locked out. I stepped out of my neighborly comfort zone and worked on getting Mark back into the apartment. I could go on and on with more details and more elevator head nods, but the moment it all came together was on the street in Williamsburg Brooklyn months after...
I had just picked up an almond latte from my favorite spot, Swallow. I'm walking out of the coffee shop and Ale, (who by the way is ridiculously gorgeous; style not only in her clothing but in her energy...it literally jumps out from her) says in a raised voice "Kerry Beach Events!? You plan weddings in Tulum?? My neighbor?! I'm getting married there in May!". It was early in the morning so though I was slow to respond, we ended up chatting through her current planning situation (which was that she was letting go of her originally hired planner). We reminisced about the locked-out-in-the-hallway incident and then excitedly chatted about everything that is amazing about Tulum (insert heart and palm tree emojis here). I learned more about their stunning childhood sweetheart love story: I mean, Mark has a tattoo of the original writing she had of her phone number on a napkin smack dab on his calf about 8" long and 2" tall like WHOA!
Ale and Mark hired me about a week later. The rest as they say, is history.
I just met up with them in Tulum actually. 8 months after their wedding, shining and happy, with love just oozing from every pore. I'm desperately trying to make them my neighbors there! Wish me luck! Check out their epic wedding photos here!