My Wedding & Honeymoon: Day 6-10 (Part 2)

September 7, 2011

I normally pride myself in being able to handle stress exceptionally well.  While most people fall apart, I remain calm.  In fact, I would say that I am at my absolute best when the pressure is on.  This is why I was totally caught off guard when I almost had my first panic attack ever just hours before my wedding.

I had spent a year meticulously planning the wedding of my dreams with Julie, my Matron of Honor, and it seemed like whatever could go wrong, was going wrong.  Thankfully, my support group kept reminding me that it was the marriage — not the wedding — that truly mattered.  Of course, they were right, but for a perfectionist like myself, well, I wanted the wedding to go as planned.  On top of everything, I also was quite sick with a head cold.

Faena Hotel + Universe, our wedding venue, had given us ladies their business center to get ready in.  My Mom, Julie, Lucas’ Mom, and Grandmother were with me, as well as one of my dearest friend’s/international wedding photographer Kyle Hepp.  I talked about what she means to me and how she came into my life in this post.

Finally, Julie put a glass of champagne (my drug of choice) in my hands and I relaxed as much as I possibly could.

Lucas’ Grandmother, who happens to be ninety years old (though does not look a day over seventy), shared some heartwarming words with me, while both Moms sneaked away.

It was not until after the wedding did I discover that they had decided, since neither could speak each others language, to bond over cigarettes!  Where they found the cigarettes since they do not smoke, I will never know.  I suppose they needed a little stress relief too?

Julie was then summoned by Faena’s event coordinator and left me to handle even more problems.  Several minutes later, I was delivered my bouquet.  I almost could not believe what was in front of my eyes.   The bouquet was nothing like the one that I had requested and paid for.  This is when I could feel the panic attack coming on.

Kyle was my angel in that moment and soon, with her words of wisdom, was able to get me smiling and my stylist was able to put the final touches on my hair.

When I felt like my hair and makeup were complete the last thing left was to get my Mom’s final opinion.

She loved what she saw, thus it was time to head to the bridal suite!  Which is your favorite photo?

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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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41 thoughts on “My Wedding & Honeymoon: Day 6-10 (Part 2)

  1. Lauren Aloise

    Ahh! I totally understand… I had a mini panic attack the morning of too, and while my bouquet came how I wanted it to look, the flowers were falling off!!! I didn’t think it would make it down the aisle… but everything worked out 🙂

  2. amy b.s.

    i totally had a panic attack at mine too. my mother in law was in charge of the flowergirl’s flower ball and it certainly didn’t look like anything we had discussed. i’m glad it all worked out for you.

  3. Bess

    I had a headcold on my bachelorette weekend. 🙂 I’m glad you had so many nice, smart ladies around you to help you through the stress. Weddings are stressful, there’s just no getting around it!

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      What’s up with colds coming at the worst times??? I hope you were still able to enjoy your bachelorette weekend! How fabulous you got a weekend and not just a night.

  4. Emily in Chile

    When you told me about all the last-minute problems, I couldn’t believe it. First because honestly, you had such awful luck between the canceled flights and the lost luggage and the wrong flowers (etc. etc. etc.) and second because it all ended up looking and being so perfect! It definitely didn’t seem like anything hadn’t gone according to plan.

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      And see that’s the part that makes me soooo mad! Everything always works out in the end and I should have just let go all of the anger and nerves and anxiety and just enjoyed my special day. Who cares really if my bouquet was wrong? I wish I could do it all over again!

  5. Kyle

    You had your moment of panic attack and then you came back to us 🙂 Every bride is allowed a moment! Especially when they’re in the midst of Argentine craziness.

    Those posts are bringing me straight back to the day. Love it. So much fun, and I miss you like WOAH!

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Despite being such a stressful day, it truly was the best day of my life! Thanks for being there to document it, as well as support me as my friend. Love you!!!

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  7. Ceri

    I love the way your mum’s looking at you in the last picture.

    Honey, you show no signs of suffering from a head cold. You look absolutely radiant and beautiful as always. Poor you with the little added stresses but you still manage to look fabulous.

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Thank goodness for hair, makeup, and drugs right…oh and probably Photoshop? Haha, in all seriousness, despite the stress, I was so unbelievably happy that this day had arrived that I think the happiness was radiating despite the stress! You always say the loveliest things, thank you!!!


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