Meet My Fiancé, Lucas

February 6, 2011

There are a million things I could say about my fiancé, Lucas.  I could say that he has the kindest soul or that he is truly the sexiest man I have ever laid eyes on or that his love for fútbol borderlines on obsession.

Another thing I could say is that he used to be a Granadero.  Not sure what that means?  Neither did I at first, but a Granadero is a member of the Argentinean army whose job is to directly protect the President of Argentina.  It is an incredibly honorable position, so much so that when I would tell people in Argentina what Lucas’ profession was their faces would light up in absolute awe.  This still occurs even though he is no longer one!

While his job was held in the highest of esteem and he enjoyed it immensely, it also required a lot of dedication.  The place he worked the most at was La Casa Rosada, or the Pink House.  I always joke that it is impossible to not love a country whose Presidential palace is pink.

There he would stand for hours on end without being able to move an inch.  Want to know what my Granadero would wear to work?  Check this out:

Sadly, I never got to see him in uniform, however I was sent “special pictures” from time to time.  These photographs, that I will treasure forever, were of him guarding the now deceased President Kirchner with various other Presidents of the world.  Can you spot Lucas in the following pictures?

Occasionally, when the President would travel, he would be required to go on the road with him, mostly to places within Argentina, but to other South American countries as well.  When he would travel he wore fatigues.

After many sleep deprived years in the service, he decided it was time for a new path in life.  He has never looked back since leaving, but he will always be my toy soldier!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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84 thoughts on “Meet My Fiancé, Lucas

  1. audreydez

    awww that is so sweet! I didn’t know what a Granadero was, now I do and it looks quite hard! I guess it’s a good thing for your future married life that he’s not a Granadero anymore!

    Congratulations on the marriage, it’s about 3 months away now!:)

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  3. Ceri

    Oh, Andi. I feel like I’m reading a romance novel or something. Lucas is swoon-worthy to say the least, especially in his uniform! You two make such a beautiful couple. I know you’re going to be so happy with each other.

  4. Andi

    What a fabulous introduction. You should be proud of his service to his country, it tells you about his character, you are going to be one lucky lady, protected and cared for. It is getting close and I wish you all the happiness in the world!

  5. Andrea

    Aw, wow…so nice to finally “meet” Lucas and also learn about the guards. I’m not sure I would be able to stand still and keep a straight face for so long. Such an important position!

  6. Allison Suter

    Yay! He’s so handsome! It’s so neat to “meet” a granadero. When you see them (or other similar people) it’s easy to forget that they are people, with lives and finacees!

  7. Danny Mannina

    just want to say that i love following your 20-11 “beautiful adventures!” – best of luck as ur year unfolds 🙂 🙂

  8. Anthony

    Great to finally see him. Sounds like it was a serious job. So you fell for a man in uniform. Good luck with the wedding plans. Elise and I will be organising our wedding when we get back home eventually.

  9. Teresa

    AWWW Andi!!! What a sweet post! I’m so happy to know more about your hubby to be. That is such a prestigious position and he suits it well! This post rekindles my love for BA!!! Congrats again on your upcoming nuptials; you guys look like you’ll be very happy together!!!

  10. Jen Rafter

    Hi Andi! I’ve been reading your blog for months now and love it! I’m an avid traveler too. I just returned from Ethiopia and am considering the Galapagos for spring break. Have a nice day!

  11. Kyle

    You should write more about Lucas! I loved hearing this about him, even though I already knew, but it’s so cute to see your love for him in the words you write.

  12. Fidel Hart

    If they want hot men in uniform, they can check out my blog and see me in my Navy blues, lol.
    Good post, Andi!

  13. cata

    Lucas is famous now! 🙂 i see why YOU asked the colombian guards for a picture!! hahaha just kidding! lucas is 10000 better looking than the colombians!!

  14. Jeremy B

    It’s nice to know a little more about him. I knew he was Argentinian but that is about it. I have two friends that worked EOD (bomb disposal) for the Army and they have served with the Secret Service protecting the President (one was even on Air Force One) so I totally understand how people can be in aw of Lucas’ position. It’s very interesting!

  15. Sean Plus Lauren

    Hello synchronicity. Yesterday I was telling Sean about a very similar situation. This gal who makes very popular beauty related videos on YouTube said “my most watched video is the one about my boyfriend & I”. My take: people LOVE getting personal. If they dig you *already*, they want to know more about you personally. What do you think? <3 Lauren

  16. Tano

    Nothing compared to be a Granadero. Maybe playing in the “Selección”… yeah, maybe. But being a Granadero rocks so much! Congrats!

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  18. Elisa

    you too make a beautiful couple! what a prestigious job.
    LOL at first when I read your post I thought I had read Ganadero (rancher) hehe. I was not familiar with a Granadero! but now I know!
    so where will the wedding destination be? you have been all around the world that I’m curious to see where you will marry!

  19. Alexandra Baackes

    Okay now our similarities are getting bizarre… Mark was a green beret in the Royal Marines! You would never know it meeting him now that he is a hippy dippy dive instructor but its fun to see those old uniform pictures, huh?

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