My Wedding & Honeymoon: Day 13

February 27, 2012

Finally, almost a year later, I am blogging about my Brasilian honeymoon.  My intention was to immediately share the intimate details of the most romantic trip of my life to date, however soon after I returned there was a surprise trip to Buenos Aires, a press trip to the Dominican Republic, my second wedding, a few Southern getaways with my husband, another press trip to France and Italy, and my first New Year’s Eve with my husband in Chicago.  In a way, I am delighted that I have the had the extended time to truly reflect on our two weeks together throughout our favorite country in the world, as it is incredibly important to me that I am succinct in expressing how deeply this place touches both of our souls.  Please note that at the end of every post is an “accompanying link.”  These links are to the mini-posts that I blogged in real time on the honeymoon.

I suppose I should have known that since I am travel writer and photographer that the number one question people would ask me as soon as I confided that I was engaged to be married would be, “Where are you going for your honeymoon?”  In all honesty, I was so focused on the wedding, that I had put zero thought into the honeymoon destination.  However, I quickly began to feel pressure that I had to chose the most unique and exotic place on earth.  My then-fiance Lucas and I talked about where we should go for months and nothing felt quite right.  In the end, we decided to  listen to what our hearts were telling us: return to Brasil.  It is the country where we got engaged and where we hope to live one day — the most perfect place for our honeymoon.  We decided that on this special trip though we would visit all new cities: Trancoso, Picinguaba, and Fernando de Noronha (with some in transit stops to Rio de Janeiro).


Our first day of the honeymoon was spent either in an airport or on an airplane.  We were unable to get a direct flight from Buenos Aires, which is where we had our wedding, to Puerto Seguro, the gateway for Trancoso.  Thus, it took us 3 flights and an hour’s car ride to reach our final destination.  We were unfazed though, as we were floating on a cloud of newlywed bliss.  It also helped that everywhere we looked were Britto works of art (one my favorite artist’s and designer of this jesetter’s luggage).

And, of course, the aerial views were not bad either.

We would be staying at the luxurious Villas de Trancoso in the village of Trancoso for 5 nights.  Because it was pitch black by the time we arrived, we would have to explore the grounds in the morning.

How lovely is it to be greeted with such a welcoming sign, flowers, and chocolate after 24 hours of traveling?

In my wildest fantasies I could not have dreamed of a more perfect bed for our honeymoon.

While we would have been more than happy to crawl into it and not emerge until daylight, we were starving and our first night in Brasil needed to be celebrated with some caipirinhas.

We both ordered the local catch of the day with buttered mash potatoes, which perfectly complimented our drinks.

For dessert we had a petit gateau with vanilla ice cream that was so delicious we almost did not want to share it with each other.

After dinner, we decided to take a leisurely stroll underneath the moonlight.  We both could not believe the sensational meal we had just consumed and were eager to try more things on the menu.

As we made our way back to the villa, we could hear Trancoso’s tropical soundtrack of the gently swaying palm trees in the night breeze with the ocean waves crashing in the distance playing.  It was nature’s version of samba and it was confirmation that we had indeed picked the right place for our honeymoon.


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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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142 thoughts on “My Wedding & Honeymoon: Day 13

  1. Nikki

    So lovely! I know what you mean about not even thinking about the honeymoon in the midst of wedding planning frenzy! The villa looks so peaceful and relaxing 🙂

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      I especially had a difficult time thinking about the honeymoon, because my wedding was a destination wedding! So, I was already planning an international trip in itself! The villa was amaaaaazing!!! 🙂

  2. Caro

    Oh my this looks gorgeous! You were really able to capture the warmth (I hope it was warm?) and stillness (I hope it was quiet?) of a romantic summer night! Great post!

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Oh it was SO perfect and it was just the beginning!!! No, I seriously can’t believe it. Lucas and I say that to each other ALL of the time. Time flies when you’re having fun! 😉

  3. Kiev apartments

    Therefore beautiful! I understand that which you imply regarding not really taking into consideration the honeymoon vacation in the middle of wedding ceremony planning craze! The actual rental property appears therefore tranquil as well as calming.

  4. Emily in Chile

    I’m so excited for these posts! I know I’ve heard about the trip a bit, but I just realized I haven’t really seen the pictures – and I’m sure they’re going to be fabulous.

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Si mami, but I really felt the pressure to pick somewhere out of this world exotic, like some island that no one has ever heard of, but to be honest I don’t think there is anywhere more beautiful than Brasil!!!

  5. Sara

    Looks like a lovely honeymoon destination. Brazil is on my travel list now. I stopped by to thank your for the hotel suggestion in BsAs. It was a lovely express honeymoon that we had 😉

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    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Hahaha I’m sure that was strange! I actually prefer Andrea, but EVERYONE calls me Andi. So, I just accepted it. It’s actually strange for me to hear people say Andrea sometimes!!! 🙂

  7. elz

    wow, what a great post to read as a new follower to your blog. i like your perspective & I am glad you waited to post in detail about your honeymoon. and, what would this comment be without mentioning your FABULOUS pictures! #jealous

  8. Summer

    OMG! I wouldn’t be able to peel myself out of that bed. Its stunning. I hope you’re feeling better and enjoying your trip. Cant wait for coffee! xo Summer

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Trust me, it was challenging! If the beach hadn’t had been so gorgeous (you’ll see in the next post), I would have stayed in that bed for 5 days!!!

      I’m still so sick, which is a shame, as I hate flying sick, but such is life! Asia here I come!!!

      I’m also VERY excited for coffee!!! XO

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Actually, I’m really good about writing things I want to remember, it’s just life totally got into the way in regards to writing about this trip!!! But yes, better late than never, right? Don’t those caipirinhas look amazingly delicious? And that bed…

  9. Andrea

    Yaaa-aaay! Finally!!! Haha, have been dying to hear about your honeymoon trip to Brasil =) The front porch of your room looks so much like where John and I spent our honeymoon!! But your bed totally beat ours

  10. Paris Karin (an alien parisienne)


    How beautiful! You know, I hope you won’t think this is stupid, but it reminds me of all the cool things I really used to like about re-runs of the old TV show “Gilligan’s Island.” The cool hut! The palm trees! My sister and I used to pretend we were on Gilligan’s Island because we thought it was so cool. But I guess your post is capturing the truly intimate isolation that a nice honeymoon destination has. We could all hope to be marooned somewhere like that. 🙂

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Hahaha honestly this happened to me and I’m still saying sigh. I want to be there sooo badly right now. You are not stupid at all, I love the image that you’ve conjured up of Gilligan’s Island. It truly felt like that. Wait until you see the rest of the pics and you’ll think that even more!!!

  11. Andi

    I can’t believe we are approaching the one-year mark for your wedding – crazy! The photos are amazing, you had to be on fumes when you arrived!

  12. carmen

    Wow! This looks absolutely amazing! What a wonderful choice for the honeymoon! and you had me with that beautiful room (and the dessert LOL!)
    Soooooo jelous!
    have a lovely day!

  13. Andrea

    It looks like you had a wonderful honeymoon!! The pictures are beautiful. I have to visit Brasil really soon, it’s been a dream of mine for a while and stand pretty much at the top of my ‘Places to see-list’! 🙂
    Thank you for your nice comment on my blog btw.
    xoxo from Austria
    Wonderful and Marvelous

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