We had the good fortune of connecting with Grace De Abreu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Grace, what’s your definition for success?
Success is the result of hard work, constant learning, sacrifices and a lot of perseverance. Personally, success is the blessing of having found the job that I am passionate about and that invites me to give my best every day.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Transforming a dream into a life project is often intimidating, but I am convinced that with a lot of effort and work, satisfactions come, overcoming difficulties and taking advantage of each challenge to grow and be better. Looking back in perspective to my beginnings, I confirm that the path was not easy and even more so when it presents challenges such as emigrating. Leave behind what I have built throughout the years to start from 0 in a new country, in a market full of options. Having to recreate what had been achieved with a lot of effort and dedication: trust and credibility, something that is built with work from day to day. Today I am proud of what I have achieved, more than 300 events executed, hundreds of happy and pleased clients to have trusted the service of my company for such an important day. But the most important thing is that through these years I have garnered a valuable community that believes in my work and that have become our best reference entities. I want the world to know that my biggest goal is: to communicate through my business, Red Velvet Productions that everything can be achieved if you are discipline and have a clear purpose of where, what and who you want to be. Furthermore, to know that what you do becomes de inspiration for future generations and that for me is the best reward you can ever have.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Starting our day in Miami having a delicious breakfast at Bachour located in the center of finance in Miami: Brickell. After breakfast we will take the opportunity to take a small tour around the area and then take them to best photo spot of the Miami skyline crossing the most picturesque bridge in Miami, Rickenbacker located in Key Biscayne. Then in search of something a little more artistic, we are going to walk through the famous murals of wynwood that is located in what we know as the art district. Then we go through Miami’s 5th avenue which is known as the design district, we take some photos, do some shopping and then we go to have a delicious lunch at my favorite Greek restaurant Mandolin. My friends are beginning to feel tired, that is why I took them back to the beautiful hotel where they were staying: The Faena Hotel so that they can rest and then at night enjoy a delicious dinner at the Cecconi restaurant, which is definitely my favorite. Day 2: One of the things to take advantage of when you come to Miami is to enjoy the beach day, that is why I suggested that you go to the beaches of Miami Beach but also take advantage of the day to walk through the iconic streets of Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive. At night we meet and have dinner in a place that has a magical view of the City and that also delights any tourist in its Japanese-Chilean fusion: Juvia Restaurant. Day 3: We went to West Palm Beach to enjoy the best brunch in Florida, which is located in the famous hotel: The Breakers. There we spent hours having delicious mimosas and enjoying a pleasant conversation and then taking a walk through its beautiful surroundings. We take advantage of the trip to West Palm beach to also take a little walk on the most iconic street in the city: Worth Avenue. Back in Miami and to close with a flourish, we finished the night by toasting for an excellent weekend on the terrace of the Standard hotel with a wonderful view of the Miami coast.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Throughout the history of my career I feel gratitude and admiration for two people, who have involuntarily guided what is today my passion. My father, one of the people to whom I owe my life and everything I am, who from a very young age instilled in me the value of honesty and tireless work. Another person whom I am grateful to have made me part of the world of events and flowers from a very young age, is my cousin Graca Reis. Famous florist in Portugal, with whom I shared countless summer vacations that became a school for my future.
Photographer – Antonio Marco rojo – Emotion and Motion – Mauricio Donelli