It all started with a pair of jeans.
And the groom’s parents.
Kori Bero, now the creative director and owner of vintage e-tailer Parks + Lea, was working the floor at a denim boutique in Hollywood, California when Kathy Klingenstein and Robert Miller walked in to shop with their son, Parker. Kori enthusiastically greeted them at the door, leading Robert to the “relaxed fit” section to recommend a pair of “old man jeans.” After a series of uncomfortable exchanges, in which Kori tried to recover from dubbing the man (who would later become her father in-law) “old,” she noticed his son. It may not have been love at first sight, but Kori knew she wanted to know more about the quiet, reluctant shopper she’d spent the afternoon advising on the perfect fit.
In a rather ballsy move, rather than introduce herself to Parker, Kori turned to Kathy. After probing Parker’s mother for information, Kori was determined to pass along her phone number to the shy singer-songwriter in a cool, casual move at the register. She penned her cell number on her business card, but rather than offer to help him anytime he was in the market for another pair of pants, she casually mentioned that the two should hang out sometime. Parker got in touch that evening. And as shy as he was in the moment, Parker now admits, “Kori and I have had a special connection since our first encounter–there was something about her that I needed to find out more [about].”
According to the groom, that connection evolved after their first date. “One of the things that I love most about Kori is that she has such a big heart; she is always honest and genuine.” And Parker’s quiet side became a big source of comfort for Kori: “Parker and I just have a comfortable connectedness,” she describes. Both being creatives, the couple melded their passions into their relationship rather than splitting business from personal. “She is someone I fully trust to give me an honest reaction if I play her some music or want to bounce ideas off her,” says Parker. “And I love getting to contribute some of my ideas and feedback to her constantly growing fashion business. We are both creative people and I think that allows us to support each other in whatever we are doing. I feel like when we’re together there’s nothing we can’t do.”