My Secret Adventure (Part 6)

August 17, 2011

I am finally returning to blogging about my trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina to surprise my husband for his Birthday.  In case you missed it, watch this video and you will get all caught up.

Waking up to the following view would certainly start anyone’s day off on the right foot:

However, for me it was just icing on top of the chocolate and dulce de leche cake, because I was already in the best of moods!  Today was the day that I was going to surprise my husband and hopefully give him the greatest Birthday present of his life.  But first, I went and had breakfast in Hotel Moreno’s new adjacent restaurant, Aldo’s Winery and Restaurant.

Even though their breakfast was delicious, I still made sure to save some room, as Julie and I were meeting for cupcakes.  A day like this had to be celebrated with our favorite sweet treat!  We convened at Muma’s, Buenos Aires’s first cupcakery, before heading to the salon to get our hair and makeup done.

Of course, the sugar only heightened our palpable excitement.  I cannot imagine what the employees at Salon Santé must have thought about the two gringas animatedly talking a mile a minute?  Towards the end of our beautification, the female-half, Frances, of Duff and Frances Photography, showed up to document the special event.

I discovered this talented duo on Twitter right before my wedding in May.  I was in shock when I learned that Frances is an Acupuncturist/Photographer who speaks English, Spanish, and Chinese and is based in Buenos Aires.  Talk about being my soul sister!  Unfortunately, I did not have the time to meet them in May, however I contacted them as soon as I started planning the surprise and inquired if they would like to be a part of it.  They responded with an enthusiastic yes.

On this morning though, they had thousands of dollars worth of gear stolen.  The majority of photographers would have called off the shoot, they did not.  They kept their promise to me and shot with a backup camera.  I think I was more upset about the situation then they were.  They are such rock stars and I am forever indebted to them!

Then it was time to check into my Home away from home and put the last minute finishing touches on the surprise. . .

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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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42 thoughts on “My Secret Adventure (Part 6)

  1. Kyle

    That is true professionalism, not only that they had backup gear and were totally covered, but that they were cool enough to be able to make it to the shoot and rock it. I would be FREAKING out if I had thousands of dollars worth of gear stolen. UGH, makes me sick to my stomach just thinking about it.

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      AND they showed up with smiles and didn’t complain once! I’m the one that kept bringing it up and wanting to cry for them. They were at the airport trying to get some cool shots to tie into the photo shoot, since there was as travel component and it was stolen out of the back of their car. Can you imagine??? They are such angels for doing this for me! And I know you Kyle, you would have showed up too. You are a true professional!

  2. Thomas

    Andi you seem to find the most amazing people. If someone stole that much from me I’m not sure I would have continued. The photos look great! Did you save any cupcakes?

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Seriously, I’m the luckiest person alive when it comes to meeting the most extraordinary and fabulous people! I’m truly blessed with the best of friends!!! I’m not sure I would have continued either? I did buy them alcohol at the end of the night — hope that helped ease the pain some!?!

      PS I saved a red velvet cupcake for the following day! I ate the dulce de leche one. 😉

  3. Abby

    This is my kinda post!!! Hair and makeup, a new eatery, beautiful cupcakes. i love girls’ days! I wish I could return to an Argentinian salon. My hair looked good for weeks after your wedding! They did some treatment on it…

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      You were lucky!!! Most salon’s in BsAs are a total hit and miss. You need to remember the name of the salon you went to for me please. This was probably the most fun day of my life!!!

  4. Jenni

    You certainly know how to pick ’em! So happy everything worked out! I’m refraining from watching your video again because I found it too captivating last time! … then of course I had to show my boyfriend later that night. Soooo good!

  5. Mack Reynolds

    sounds like a really great time. those cupcakes look so delicious.the close-up shots are making my mouth water!

  6. Sugel

    ……Nice surprise…Reviewed 21 July 2010…..We were a little leery of this hotel based on some of the other reviews but were so pleasantly surprised. As the taxi driver neared our hotel we were relieved to see several nice places to eat just a block or two from the hotel and were even more pleasantly surprised to find the hotel has its own restaurant.


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