My Wedding & Honeymoon: Day 1 (Part 1)

June 7, 2011

Before I begin this tale of love, I must preface that it was both the most extraordinary, as well as the most challenging journey I have ever undertaken.  While I experienced unforgettable moments of bliss, I was tested in ways that I never imagined being tested.  Of course, all adventures, big or small, leave us changed forever.  By the time I reach the end of this story, however, you will see that I am not only a changed person, but that I am a better person and most importantly dreams really do come true.

As I boarded my plane to South America, I took note that a flight I was intimately familiar with felt quite strange to me.  I suppose it might be because it was the last time I would be taking a flight as a single woman?  It was an interesting experience carrying a wedding dress through an airport and onto a plane; the special attention was something I could easily get used to.  After the plane took off, a flight attendant came over to me, put her hand on my shoulder, and said, “I watched your face closely as we ascended into air and I realized your life is about to change in such a huge way.”  She could not have been more right!

Unfortunately, at the last minute, the airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina in which my flight was scheduled to land at was switched.  Thus, there would not be enough time for my fiancé Lucas to meet me at the new airport.  I had been dreaming of our “airport reunion” for seven months and was definitely disappointed that after I walked through customs he would not be there waiting for me.  Although, he was now waiting for me at our hotel, Algedon Mansion, with two glasses of champagne.

In all of my travels, I have never seen a hotel room as gorgeous as the one we stayed at in Algodon Mansion.

I have been to hotels with to-die-for views and stayed in rooms that thoroughly impressed me, but this room, well it took Lucas and I’s breath away.  It was the size of a small apartment and it just oozed luxury.

Oh, and did I mention that the room came with our own private butler?  We were also gifted a bottle of Malbec from Algodon’s vineyard in Mendoza as a wedding present!

I should not have expected anything less than perfection from a mansion in the heart of the glamorous barrio of Recoleta.  I truly felt like I was in a fairytale being in the arms of the man I loved in such beautiful surroundings with our wedding now just days away!  Before we could get too settled, we had to get ready for the special evening that we had planned.  .  .

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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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81 thoughts on “My Wedding & Honeymoon: Day 1 (Part 1)

  1. Alice

    Seriously, you have the most fabulous life and wow do you take great photos!!! What a beautiful place!

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  2. Erin

    Such familiar emotions! I look forward to hearing more about your wedding adventure. I’m sure we could chat for days about the trials and tribulations of planning a multi-cultural destination wedding!

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      I promise there will be lots and lots of more posts! I could easily write a book about my wedding/honeymoon adventure! I actually would love to chat sometime re: our experiences planning a multi-cultural destination wedding. Do you have skype? 🙂

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  3. Krista

    I LOVE it!!! Oh Andi, I’m so glad you had such a glorious place to meet your man and ease your disappointment. 🙂 I just want to give you the biggest hug today. 🙂

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Oh gosh, I would LOVE a hug from you today!!! Yes, it was hard to be sad about not meeting at the airport when we got to meet at such a gorgeous place and I was greeted with champagne. XOXO

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  4. Patricia GW

    So luxurious, it must be have an amazing stay. I’ve never heard of a hotel coming with it’s own private butler before!

    How do you manage sponsored stays between you and the hotel?

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      I had never heard of having your own private butler before staying at AM before either! I only took advantage of it once, the following morning when we ordered room service. It was truly the ultimate in luxury!!!

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  5. Jessica

    The hotel room is gorgeous. It must have been even better in person.

    I have a hard enough time getting everything we need into a suitcase and to India. I can’t imagine the stress of getting my wedding dress onto a plane and all that. From what I’ve seen already I can’t wait for the rest of the posts and the pictures!

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      It was 100X better in person! I could have easily taken a 100 photos, but I wanted to enjoy every second I could, so I put the camera down. Yeah, getting married in another hemisphere is definitely not for the faint of heart. It took a year to plan and it’s gonna take a year to recover haha! 🙂

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  6. Phil

    Congrats on the wedding! Saw some of the pics and you and your husband make a beautiful couple 🙂 Bonne chance a vous!!

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  7. Bob

    Looks awesome. This is one of the most amazing wedding I have ever saw. It was a tough choice a guest for the whole details.

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  8. iamthewitch

    The champagnes were such a nice touch! And the hotel was exceptional… so luxurious but just so fitting for you love birds! Congrats on your upcoming nuptials! 🙂

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Oooh the nuptials were on May 14th, so they already happened! If you scroll through my back posts you can see pics. 🙂

      Thanks for your kind words and you were 100% right about the hotel. I will definitely come up with an excuse in the future to stay there again!!!

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  9. Megan

    Really moving – I can’t even begin to imagine what that flight must have been like for you! I can’t wait to read the rest of this series.

    and…awesome looking hotel!

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      I’m so happy that I was able to move you, that was my goal! 🙂 I’m sooo excited to share the rest of the posts with everyone, I have some pretty awesome stories/pics to share.

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  10. sarah wu

    Wow girl, look at this place. It’s amazing. If I ever went for a trip I would consider staying here. I fall in love with that tub. Your photography are so nice love how you capture all the beautiful details.

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      You should absolutely consider staying there even if it’s for only 1 night! It will blow you away!!! My pictures just don’t do it justice. Thank you so much for your sweet words about my photographs. I’m honored coming from such an awesome photographer!

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  11. Andrea

    Love that bathtub! So looking forward to the rest of the series…even though we were there, I don’t think I know everything that went on =)

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Definitely don’t know all the drama that went on behind closed doors, though I did spill some of the goss at the Bachelorette Party haha! Will definitely be sharing some of it, as I think it might help others who are planning a wedding, especially an international wedding. Thanks again for being a part of our special day! Miss you both very much!!!

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  12. Karyn Phillips

    Congratulations, lovely blog. And congratulations on your wedding, may you have many, many adventures together. Karyn xxxx

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