On May 20, 2011 a star-studded party was held at the Pan Pacific Vancouver for multi award-winning singer (and beloved Vancouver native) Michael Bublé and Luisana Lopilato, to celebrate the occasion of their wedding. The pair had been married a month earlier in Buenos Aires, Argentina where Luisana (“Lu”) is a famous actress, model and singer. The Vancouver celebration was hosted by Michael’s proud parents Amber and Lewis Bublé with the assistance of Event Planner Pat Rekert of In Any Event Design. The following story is reprinted with permission from the event program which was given to guests at the party.
It was what appeared to be a typical, hot mid-summer evening in Buenos Aires on the 25th of November in the
year 2008. Nothing special. But suddenly there was a moment—actually a series of moments—that would
change the course of two lives. Two beautiful souls would find each other that summer evening. It happened in a flash, in a parking lot of all places. The parking lot of the Teatro Gran Rex, under the Argentinean sky.
The stars above the parking lot would serve as witnesses. Michael Bublé was performing that evening (and the next) as part of his worldwide concert tour. For some unexplained reason, Michael picked up his head and looked far across the parking lot. “There was the most beautiful girl I’d ever seen in the world.” It was over in a second and he moved on, but he didn’t forget. What Michael did not know is that his good friend Susan Leon had taken note
of the blonde beauty in the parking lot as well.
“There was something about her. I can’t even explain it,” she later told someone. “I knew that Michael had to meet her.” Susan asked a Warner Bros. Argentinean colleague (Diego) about her. “Invite that girl to the party after,” she told him. The after-party for the Canadian singer was held at the Hotel Madero. Once there, Michael was asked, “Hey, do you want to meet the most famous actress in Argentina?” “Why not?” he replied. And there she was again—the beautiful girl from the parking lot. Her name was Luisana Lopilato. “I was instantly in love with her,” confesses Michael.
And so it began. In a private room off of the main dining room, Luisana’s sister and friends (and Diego from Warner Bros.) would all help translate for Michael and Lu since they spoke different languages… a small but not insurmountable problem. They would spend hours that night talking. The next night, Lu came to the show again and they would spend more time together. Despite being millions of miles away from each other in the weeks and months that followed, the destiny that showed these two people belonged together would come more and more into focus. “When did you know that Michael was the man you wanted to spend the rest of your life with?” a friend asked Lu. “Definitely when I met his family. I loved them and when I saw how important his family was to him, and how he acted with them, how much he loved them and how much they loved him. It is how I am with my family. That is when I knew for sure,” revealed Luisana. “And I love his sense of humour,” she added.
Luisana and Michael would actually be married in two ceremonies. The first one—a civil ceremony on March 31st, 2011 in Buenos Aires with their families in attendance—the two families united now into one. The second ceremony would take place as the sun went down on Saturday evening, the 2nd of April, 2011. In a beautiful open field, surrounded by so many who loved the bride and groom, Michael came down the aisle with his mother, Amber and would wait for his beautiful bride at the altar with a look of joy on his face that none of his family and friends had ever seen before. His bride—that beautiful girl in the parking lot—would come down the aisle on the arm of her father, Eduardo. And they would be pronounced husband and wife.
A reception followed with serenades, toasts, joy beyond imagination, and wild dancing on a golden dance floor under huge chandeliers and mirrored disco balls. The party continued with days and nights of celebrating in Buenos Aires with family and friends.
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