Key Couples

We scoured Key Biscayne to find couples who take the power of two to a whole new level. Their total devotion to one another is both inspirational and beautiful, and their responses to our questions will make you laugh, cry and fall in love all over again.
Photography: Chantal Lawrie Interviews: Jorge Arauz | June 18, 2018 | People

Leonardo F. & Heidi A. Brito

Time together: 16 years

Home: Curtiswood Drive

Children: 5 boys & 1 girl. In order of oldest to youngest: Javier, Nicolas, Leo Jr., Gabriel, Bella & Lorenzo

Professions: He’s a Business Attorney; She’s a Paralegal & Realtor

How they met: At his law firm…”It wasn’t love at first sight, but it sure was destiny!”

What do you love about each other? Leonardo: “She’ll support anyone wanting to fulfilling their dreams & aspirations.” Heidi: “He’s an amazing dad, has a great heart & is wonderful to me!”

What can’t you stand? Leonardo: “When she says: What exactly did you not understand?!”; Heidi: “He has his days!”

Ideal “date night”? “Watching the sunset with a bottle of wine and some peace & quite!”

Best word of phrase to describe your relationship? “The best is yet to come!”

Taylor & Melissa White

Time together: 6 years

Home: Heather Lane

Children: 2 kids with a 3rd on the way

Professions: He’s s a Partner/Corporate Attorney at Stearns Weaver Miller; She’s Executive Director of Key Biscayne Community Foundation.

How they met: They were set up on a blind date by a matchmaker.

What do you love about each other? Melissa: “His character, his mind and his heart!” Taylor: “Everything!”

What can’t you stand? Melissa: “Nothing!” Taylor: “Doing magazine & newspaper interviews!”

Ideal “date night”? “Good food, good conversation & a good glass of wine!”

Best way to describe your relationship? “We believe love & respect make a wonderful partnership!”

Cristian G. Balbontin & Paige M. Latterner

Time together: 5 years

Home: Allendale Road

Children: Nicholas, 16; Alexandra, 14; Cali, 11; Tanner, 9…and their pets: Rose (dog); Allen, Dale & Junio (cats); Fred & George (bearded dragons)

Professions: He’s Owner of Highland Adventures, a boutique adventure travel company; She’s a Real Estate Developer & Owner/Broker of Keys Gate Realty.

How they met: At Key Biscayne Community Center.

What do you love about each other? Cristian: “Her deep love for all things, her wonderful heart & her unyielding passion for anything she wants!”; Paige: He’s fun, kind, level-headed & full of integrity!”

What can’t you stand? Cristian: “She has so much fire & energy that sometimes she can be a bit impatient, but she’s still an amazing person!” Paige: “I don’t like it when he asks the same question over & over…and he can’t ever find anything in the refrigerator!”

Ideal “date night”? “Watching movies at home with take-out sushi!”

Best way to describe your relationship: “Adventurous!”

David & Marian Rocker

Time together: Married 46 years

Home: The Ocean Club

Children: 2 sons & 6 grandchildren

Professions: He’s a Private Investor & Founder of Rocker Partners; She’s a former Elementary School Teacher & Art Gallery Owner.

How they met: Their first date was in 8th Grade. Shortly thereafter, they became high school sweethearts and dated through the college years.

What do you love about each other? Marian: “He has a very positive & upbeat personality with a great sense of humor!” David: “She’s beautiful inside & out!”

What can’t you stand? Marian: “He’s insistent that suitcases are packed fully the night before a trip!” David: “She never packs fully on time and keeps adding things until there’s no space!”

Ideal “date night”? “A romantic dinner followed by other activities which require little imagination!”

Best way to describe your relationship: “Despite differing interests, we share values and a deep love of family!”