THE ROYAL WEDDING: PRINCE WILLIAM & KATE MIDDLETON

*REPOST: Original blog from April 2011*

Wow! What a spectacular wedding ceremony! Everything was absolutely gorgeous! First, we were impressed by the creative decision by Prince William and Kate Middleton to place maple trees in the inside of Westminster Abbey to represent strength and resilience in marriage.

Next, it was amazing to see all the guests arrive hours before the wedding - and everyone was looking stunning, especially the women with the elegant hats. Next, we were so excited to watch Prince William and his brother Prince Harry enter the church, both dressed in military uniforms. They were soon followed by Queen Elizabeth, who entered the church looking as classy as ever.

And then came the moment we were all waiting for - seeing Kate Middleton in her wedding gown! Kate looked absolutely stunning, with a gorgeous dress designed by famous British designer, Sarah Burton. Sarah Burton was appointed as the creative director of Alexander McQueen after the designer's death in 2010. Kate's dress was a full skirted dress with lace covering her arms and shoulders. Her veil was delicate and her tiara was simple yet stunning.

The ceremony was beautiful, and Princess Catherine looked so classy, elegant, and happy through the entire ceremony. The ceremony lasted just over an hour, ending just after 4am Pacific time.

Since we don't have rights to any of the pictures, we didn't end up posting any on this blog. But we recommend you check out the Huffington Post Blog since they had pictures from all the key moments of the day!

While we are exhausted, the Harsanik Team is so glad we stayed up to watch this historic moment! More detailed blog updates to come soon! For now, we're off to bed!! :)

The Royal Wedding Party
Photo Credit: Photographer Hugo Burnand

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THE ROYAL WEDDING IS COMING UP SOON!

*REPOST: Original blog from April 2011*

One of the most anticipated weddings of the century is here! Prince William and Kate Middleton will be getting married on Friday, April 29th at the Westminster Abbey in England.

As much of a production Armenian weddings tend to be, they are nothing close to the Royal Wedding! We were surprised to see the guest count was 1,900 people!! Can you imagine that large of a wedding?!

And you thought Armenian invitations can be gaudy? Well I guess when you are part of the Royal Family, it's OK to have die stamped gold on your invitation.

That's pretty much where the similarities come to an end. The Royal Wedding will start at 11am on Friday (I guess there's no pre-party at the soon-to-be Princess' parent's house). Kate Middleton has decided that she would prefer arriving by car instead of the traditional carriage. However, the couple plans to leave Westminster Abbey in a beautiful and picturesque carriage.

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A DRESS FIT FOR A MCQUEEN

*REPOST: Original blog from April 2011*

It was the gasp heard around the world. The moment Kate Middleton stepped out in front of her admiring public to unveil her ivory and satin Alexander McQueen gown, fashion editors and commentators united in praise.

The blushing bride looked stunning and elegant in a long-sleeve lace, ivory and satin gown with a flattering V neckline and just over 8-foot-long train (2 meters 70 centimeters), an underskirt of silk tulle trimmed with Cluny lace, and a simple veil made of layers of soft ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers and a tiara. The dress designed by Sarah Burton for British fashion house Alexander McQueen is simply breathtaking and truly fit for a princess.

Kate did keep to tradition with something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Kate’s “something new” were her earrings. They were a gift from her parents based on the family’s new coat of arms. The earrings were diamond set oak leaves with a pear-shaped drop and a diamond acorn.

The bride’s “something borrowed” as well as “something old” was the 1936 diamond Cartier Halo tiara from the Queen. And finally there was an unseen piece of blue ribbon sewn into the lining of the dress.

Sarah Burton created a fairytale of a dress working with Kate to design a dress that would capture Kate’s essence. The dress married the best of bridal traditions with the very best of high fashion. With its necessary long sleeves and bustle of over-sized pleats towards the back of the dress, the dress stayed true to Alexander McQueen while encompassing Kate’s simple and elegant style.

The dress really is fit for a future (Mc)Queen!

Princess Catherine Close-Up
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WE'RE HIRING: DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER

Hey guys! For those of you who actually read our blog articles, this one is for you! ;) We're growing rapidly and we now have more beautiful wedding, romantic proposal, and traditional engagement stories to share than we can handle! We're honored that so many brides want to share their story with us. But we've fallen incredibly behind and it's time to beef up our team. 

So if you have a marketing background or are interested in learning about technology, analytics, and digital marketing, then this is the role for you. We currently have a part-time position available and we're looking to hire a rockstar. The perks are the work is fun (you must find Armenian weddings fun!), the hours are flexible, and there's no office you need to commute to - work from home, go to a coffee shop, or come to our co-working space in Pasadena. If this is in any way exciting, read on. Or you know someone who would love to do this work, please pass this on to them.  Our ultimate goal is to interview and ideally extend an offer by the end of next week (5/11) so let's see if we can make it happen... 

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Digital Marketing Manager

Come join the Harsanik Team! Harsanik launched in 2007 as a digital solution to simplify the lives of anyone planning an Armenian wedding. We have a two-part mission: 1) to make wedding planning easier, and 2) help our community of talented vendors reach a broader audience. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished in the last 11 years, and we’re looking to add someone to our team who’ll help us get to the next level.

What we’re looking for: 

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FEATURED WEDDING: ALEXIS OHANIAN & SERENA WILLIAMS

About a month ago, we had the honor of meeting Alexis Ohanian, Sr. at a tech event in Los Angeles. We were thrilled when he agreed to share his and Serena Williams’ wedding with Harsanik and took the time to answer our questions!

In case you're not familiar with Alexis, he's one of the most famous Armenian technology executives. Having co-founded Reddit, he established himself as a serial entrepreneur and then went on to launch Initialized Capital, a venture capital firm based in San Francisco. You can find 16 Facts About Alexis Ohanian on our blog. The founders of Harsanik have been following Alexis' career for more than a decade, and we are thrilled to have such a successful Armenian in tech that serves as a role model. And of course, tennis queen Serena Williams needs no introduction.

On December 29, 2016 Alexis Ohanian, Sr. got engaged to Serena Williams. Alexis and Serena tied the knot on November 16, 2017 at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. We are elated to feature Alexis Ohanian, Sr. and Serena Williams' wedding on Harsanik!

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian Wedding

Photo by Mel Barlow & Allan Zepeda

When we asked Alexis why the couple chose to get married in New Orleans, Alexis responded:

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FEATURED WEDDING: MELIK & ALEEN

We stumbled upon Melik and Aleen's beautiful and traditional Armenian wedding on Instagram and fell in love with their wedding logo - their initials in Armenian! So we reached out to Aleen to learn all about the couple and get details about their gorgeous wedding on September 9, 2017 at L.A. Banquet's Glenoaks Ballroom. We're excited to share Melik and Aleen's love story, their traditional khosk-kap, and their wedding day photos and videos by Royal Gor Photography!

Featured Wedding: Melik & Aleen

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MANIFA'S STORY: MY WEDDING DRESS

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have been waiting forever to write this blog. Time for Wedding Dress Shopping!!!  For anyone who is named Emin, you must stop reading here. Everyone else, please continue!

I’m not even going to lie, I went dress shopping very early. Like a week after I was proposed to early. What can I say? I’ve never tried on a wedding dress before and I had been dreaming about my wedding dress since I was like five! Before I made any appointments, I called one of my closest friends, Taleen, and asked her where she got her wedding gown. Of course, it was none other than the famous Karoza Bridal. So, the first appointment I made was there. I asked my mom and mother-in-law to come with me. I knew that they would both be straight forward with their opinions and advice.

When we got to Karoza my whole body was shaking with excitement. I had done my homework ahead of time and went in with a list of dresses I knew I wanted to try on. Karla was my dress expert and she told me I could go into the showroom and pick out some dresses while she pulled the ones I had written down. From here my mom, Emin’s mom, and I split up and just started pulling dresses like crazy. My mom really wanted to see me in a satin gown, while Emin’s mom wanted to see me in a mermaid dress. I just pulled whatever looked romantic and whimsical. 

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A BRIDE'S STORY: OUR WEDDING

*REPOST: Original blog from June 2011*

This is Marineh and I am one of the co-founders of Harsanik.com. In 2010, I was so blessed to get married to the most amazing man. We had a beautiful Armenian wedding at Taglyan and it turned out to be a magical day!

Throughout the past year, I shared my wedding planning adventures in my blog called A Bride's Story, including picking the venue, the dress, the food and cake tastings, and other fun wedding stories. Now, a few months after the wedding, I am excited to share with you all the photo and video highlights from our wedding day over a series of blogs!

Harsanik Co-Founder Wedding Photos

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17 IRISH WEDDING CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS

We love when couples choose to incorporate their culture or wedding traditions on their big day. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we're sharing some of our favorite Irish wedding traditions!

1. Horseshoe:

Horseshoe symbolizes good luck in many cultures. In Irish tradition, brides carried a horseshoe with them on their wedding day to bring good luck to the occasion and their marriage. Eventually, instead of an actual horseshoe brides started carrying a symbol of the horseshoe. According to the legends, the horseshoe should face up resembling a "U" so that the luck doesn't run out.

Lucky horseshoe

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