We met while working in the same building, on the same floor in Manhattan. David was working at a graphic design studio and Aeriel was working next door at a photo agency. Aeriel knew they were supposed to get married about halfway through the very first date. Two years later, we did.
Now, a decade later, we divide our time between Brooklyn and the shores of Long Island. Having a toe in both place gives us ample opportunities to experience the world in all the ways we love. New York allows us to see art and shows and access to top notch education! The beach brings us back to nature. It's not unusual to see whales and dolphins in the water when we surf!
A typical weekend might include meeting friends at a city park, a trip to a museum, taking our boat out and collecting fresh mussles or fish and a surf day with our friends — all in the same weekend!
We're excited to share all of this with a child and believe that experiences can be the best teacher.
We divide our time between our diverse neighborhood in Brooklyn and our three bedroom home on Long Island. We live just a short ten minute boat ride from the beach and frequently meet our friends there!
Both places are light filled and full of music. There's frequent dancing in the kitchen while dinner is being made and we are lucky to have artworks by many of our talented friends hanging on the walls. In the winter there's a fireplace to snuggle up next to (where our dog can frequently be found warming her belly) and books to be read.
Our neighborhood is walkable and safe with lots of coffee shops and things for little ones to do including more than ten parks! If a child is interested in it, you can do it or learn it in New York.
The best part of both places is that there is a public pool very nearby each one. We both love to swim and love swimming together as a family activity.
Aeriel is kind, funny and nurturing. She’s a loyal friend who is always willing to listen. She’s also a great story teller—something she learned growing up as part of a traveling circus (for real!).
Above all, she loves to laugh and make others laugh with her!
Likes: making up silly songs, riding bikes, surfing in warm water, travel, gardening, reading, writing, running, swimming, cooking, baking, and animals of all sorts.
David is steadfast, fun-loving and curious. He comes from a very large family and is very close with his 11 nieces and nephews! He’s great at puzzling out problems and gives GREAT advice. He’s also passionate about making things (like the furniture in our house and a few surfboards.
Likes: art, discovering new talents in himself and others, surfing (especially if there are dolphins), daily runs, swimming, eating (especially Korean food), fishing, driving our boat to new beaches and building things.
Dislikes: surprise parties