A series of almost-connections would have brought Leandro and Bela together sooner, but life took its usual course and crossed their paths at the right time. Leandro came to Atlanta in 2005 to start grad school at Georgia Tech and began attending Shearith Israel Synagogue every Shabbat, where he befriended Bela’s parents. Bela’s mom told her she should think about dating this cute boy at shul, but Bela said she didn’t like beards. Mutual friends invited Leandro and Bela to various events, bringing them together to join the same volleyball team and take Argentine Tango dance class together. Still, though, Leandro didn’t ask Bela out.
After spending time together nearly every day for months, Bela and Leandro were responsible for planning a social event for the 20s/30s club at the synagogue. Bela suggested a scavenger hunt around the Highlands, and somehow, every time they got together to write the clues for the hunt, they ended up chatting about everything else. When the clues for the scavenger hunt were finally complete, Leandro finally, finally, finally got the guts to officially invite Bela out. From then on — boom! — it was history. They continued taking Tango lessons, playing sports, and going to shul together, and were married this past September at the beautiful Georgia Aquarium!
Mazel tov, Bela and Leandro!
Venue – Georgia Aquarium
Photographer – Hilary Mercer
Coordination – April Cobb
Decoration – Event Design Group
Videographer – Wedding Storytellers
Ceremony Entertainment – Don Erdman
Reception Entertainment – Del Baroni