It is no big surprise that I L-O-V-E surprises! One of the best I have ever pulled off was flying down to Buenos Aires, Argentina to surprise my husband, Lucas, for his Birthday when we were separated due to immigration issues (which of course I had filmed). Thus, when Lucas suggested we surprise his parents for New Year’s Eve in Buenos Aires I could not have been more excited. It was incredibly challenging not telling them for months that we were coming, since we could sense how sad they were thinking that we were in fact not visiting for the holidays. However, when we saw their faces in the moment that we surprised them, it was worth the anxiety that comes along with keeping a giant secret. I wanted to photograph the event, but unlike most Porteños, they arrived to the restaurant early and I was not yet camera ready. Picture this: millions of hugs and kisses, endless tears mixed with enormous smiles, and the happiest parents in the world.
My brother-in-law was our accomplice and without his parents awareness he planned an amazing New Year’s Eve celebration at the elegant restaurant La Parolaccia Del Mare in Puerto Madero. This is one of my favorite barrios in Buenos Aires due to two reasons: 1) it is the barrio in which we were married and 2) I love that it is located alongside the beautiful Rio de la Plata.
After lots and lots of toasting over champagne, our 3-course meal began being served. I ordered the tempura shrimp and the black ravioli. We each ordered a different dessert, so that we could taste a bite of them all.
This was my first time celebrating New Year’s Eve, my favorite holiday of the year, in Buenos Aires. I had no idea what to expect, although I could have been anywhere in the world, because all I wanted was a kiss at midnight from Lucas.
My biggest regret was not bringing my good camera. I debated for hours beforehand on whether or not I should and I definitely made the wrong decision in the end. Asi es la vida! Just before midnight, we all exited the restaurant and gathered next to thousands of others by the river. I was able to connect on Facetime with my family in the States, so that they could experience the moment too. In front of us was the most stunning view of el Puente de la Mujer, a bridge that is very special to Lucas and I. At midnight the fireworks began and did not end for thirty minutes.
Beginning of Fireworks
A Quick Kiss