Though Leura Fine, founder of the online interior design service, Laurel & Wolf, and Paige Craig first met in March of 2012, when Leura contacted Paige to rent his beach pad for a “Beach Boogie Nights” birthday party, it took two years of friendship before they finally went on their first date. “We fell into sync so quickly,” says Leura. “Our lives fit together so seamlessly.” In December of 2015, after just over a year of dating, the couple was on their living room floor opening Christmas and Hanukkah presents. “Paige had labeled one ‘Leura’s Special Gift’ and told me I wasn’t allowed to open it until the very end,” she recalls. “It was a huge box, and inside I found a letter he’d written me describing all of our adventures and the magical life we’d started together.” At the bottom of the box, under a layer of tissue paper, was a ring box, and Paige looked into Leura’s eyes and proposed.
With the dream of celebrating their wedding with a weekend surrounded by family and friends in an off-the-beaten-path locale, the bride and groom discovered Estancia La Fortuna outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina. “We loved how remote the location was, and that we could revel in the company of our closest friends and family in such an exotic and beautiful location,” Leura explains. “It was an amazing trip where all 70 of us discovered new things and places, connected with interesting people, and got to enjoy life’s most simple pleasures.” And on September 3, 2016, the couple tied the knot in an elegant celebration with natural flair, fitting of the historic estate. With help from Buenos Aires-based Maru Anderson & Co., this California couple hosted a destination wedding their guests will never forget, photographed by Cuika Foto.
“I love fashion and have a good sense of what I do and don’t like, but I ended up getting a dress that wasn’t even on my radar — it was the sales associate at Saks who chose this dress for me!” says Leura of her blush Mira Zwillinger gown, covered in hand-embroidered guipure flowers and finished with an organza bow. “She knew better than I did what I was looking for!”
Leura added a matching cathedral-length veil and nude Valentino ankle-strap pumps for a classic and timeless look. Her princess-cut engagement ring fit the bill, too!
She had a makeup artist get her glam for her wedding day, but Leura’s soft curls were the bride’s one and only DIY project. How’s that for handy with a curling iron?
The estate’s palace, built in 1902 in a classic French style (even the cupola and iron fittings were imported from France!), was a gorgeous backdrop for the pair’s vows. Paige went traditional with a Ralph Lauren tuxedo, which he paired with Prada shoes and a blue yarmulke.
The ceremony took place on the front lawn, where dark wood chairs flanked the aisle and were decorated with white hydrangeas and greenery. A local Argentinian band played during the ceremony and cocktail hour, starting off with non-traditional selections. “We walked down the aisle to all Motown music!” says Leura. The groom entered to “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge, and the bride walked to the altar with her mother to “At Last” by Etta James. Delicate greenery and a bevy of white and blush roses and hydrangeas graced the front of the chuppah, which was draped in sheer white fabric.
“There are wild parrots all over the property, and during the ceremony the only thing you could hear aside from our vows was the rustling of birds in the background. It was so magical to be so far out in the countryside,” Leura says.
A vintage car took the newlyweds around the property for photos. The century-old estate’s towering trees, sprawling fields, and stables of horses (cared for by real gauchos!) were the perfect backdrop.
Two long tables were set in the restored barn, with wood paneled floors and ceilings that gave the space a rustic feel against a trio of crystal chandeliers. Simple centerpieces combined all-white roses, hydrangeas, and other blooms in cut crystal, with taper candles on silver candlesticks. A mint-green runner and napkins added a hint of color.
Leura and Paige sat at a sweetheart table at one end of the room, with a lush display of white roses, lisianthus, and freesia. “We added a rustic look by tucking a sprig of rosemary into each napkin,” says the bride. The menu featured the chef’s specialty, Patagonian lamb waist, paired with local wines.
Instead of a signature drink, the bar featured bartenders mixing classic cocktails. Leura and Paige’s first dance was to “From the Ground Up” by Dan + Shay, followed by a Jewish tradition: The Hora!
Paige and Leura cut into two wedding cakes: Lemon cake with lemon buttercream, and a mint chocolate chip ice cream cake.
“The entire four days we were at Estancia La Fortuna, we were able to eat, drink, laugh, talk, and dance with the people we love. It was cozy, romantic, and an adventure all at once,” says the bride. “We made sure it was a wedding we would really love. A wedding should be for the couple, not anyone else!”
Venue & Catering: Estancia La Fortuna || Planner: Maru Anderson & Co. || Bride's Wedding Dress: Mira Zwillinger || Jewelry: Cartier || Shoes: Valentino || Makeup: Noseph Trinh || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Vow to Be Chic || Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren || Flowers & Rentals: Bien Te Veo || Invitations: Underwood Letterpress || Music: Repila DJs || Videographer: Ismael Gonzalez || Photographer: Cuika Foto