Meeting Their Match
Local couples share the (funny, touching, scary) stories of how they met
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Paulo Drummond and Roberta Alcântara met in high school in Rio de Janeiro. Paulo eventually left to get his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, but he couldn’t forget the alluring redhead. He proposed to her in 1989. Problem was, they had to be married before she could legally join him in the United States for more than six months. So Paulo gave power of attorney to his older brother, who stood in for him at a wedding ceremony in São Paulo, Brazil. Today, Paulo is a mission chief at the International Monetary Fund, and his wife is a procurement agent at the Brazilian Army Commission in Washington, D.C. Both 47, they live in Potomac with their 14- and 16-year-old daughters—and they still like to joke that Roberta married her brother-in-law first.