Hello and Happy Trndez everyone! Well it’s a few days after, but still! I am so excited to be sharing this blog with you all. As many of you know Emin and I haven’t really participated in many Armenian traditions so when it came to celebrating Trndez we really wanted to make it all so authentic.
When we first got engaged my mother in law asked me if I wanted her to bring me a bajeen. This is the little gifts her and her family bring for me on certain holidays. I really didn’t care for any of them except Trndez. What is Trndez you all ask? Well it’s a holiday to celebrate new brides that is celebrated on the eve of February 13th or sometimes in the morning of February 14th. Usually the bride’s family invites the groom’s family to their house and the groom’s family brings some special foods and gifts for the bride. The bride and groom go to church together and bring home a candle which they use to light a fire. Once the fire is lit they walk around it three times and then jump over the fire three times. Doing this blesses them with a happy marriage.
We guarantee this proposal will move you, and perhaps you may even shed some tears! We recently came across the most epic proposal video that took place on December 18, 2017 in Germany. So we reached out to Nare and Emill to learn all about their love story, their long distance relationship, and the work that went into producing the proposal film "Will You Grow Old With Me?"
Now let's rewind back and learn about Emill and Nare...
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With the holidays and Valentine's Day over, we want to congratulate all of you recently engaged couples! We're sure you're already busy with wedding planning and Harsanik is here to help! We know wedding planning can get expensive, so we're giving away prizes to help you stay on budget (or allow you to splurge on that one vendor without feeling guilty). Our prizes may include event rentals, decorative balloons, DJ services, photo shoot location rental, limousine service, discounts on venues, and more!
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Happy Trndez! For those not familiar with this Armenian tradition, we're featuring Christine's blog from 2016 where she explains this Armenian holiday that takes place on February 13th.
Last weekend, Victor and I, celebrated a very special day, Trndez, with our families. Trndez or Candlemas Day is considered to be one of the most loved holidays among newly engaged couples and newlyweds. According to church rituals originating from Ancient Armenia, Christian Armenians create a bonfire which "resembles the Lord's light and warmth". Traditionally, newly engaged or newlyweds jump over the fire symbolizing joy and happiness. Trndez takes place on the evening of February 13th overlapping with Valentine's Day!
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Finally getting a chance to get caught up on my blog! A few months before our wedding, Raffi and I decided to do our engagement photo shoot. We chose San Francisco as our engagement photo shoot location because Raffi found a picture of the Cypress Tree Tunnel online and we both loved it!
On December 29, 2016, international tennis superstar, Serena Williams, announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, in the form of a poem on no other than Reddit!
For those not familiar with Alexis Ohanian, he's a tech guru of Armenian descent. The team at Harsanik is a huge fan of Alexis and we're inspired by his accomplishments.
Photo Source: Alexis Ohanian Blog
Here are 16 interesting facts about Alexis Ohanian:
Hello and Happy New Year fellow brides. I’m sorry I have been a little M.I.A. with the blogs lately. I have been dealing with a lot of family stuff since Christmas. I hope all of you were able to enjoy the holidays. Why don’t we just dive right in and get started?
So, as you read in my last blog, Emin and I selected our reception and ceremony venue. Even though many people say choosing a banquet hall is the biggest decision you have to make, I have to say I don’t agree. For Emin and I deciding on the theme of our wedding was the most important decision. I will say this however, making this decision was surprisingly very easy.
One thing I think everyone should know about me is that I am a very creative person. I’ve always been one of those girls that had the completely decked out and designed folders at school. I used to have my own business on Etsy where I created bedazzled glass decorations. I have designed and sewn all of mine and Emin's Halloween and rave costumes, from SCRATCH! My brain is always on D.I.Y. overload. Naturally, when I got engaged, everyone knew I would come up with some crazy creative idea for my wedding theme/colors. Surprisingly Emin was the one who actually triggered the idea.
Last year, our hearts melted when we came across Sako's surprise proposal to Lilit in the middle of their Armenian dance performance. Both being members of the Zvartnots Dance Ensemble, it was no surprise that Sako chose to propose at their dance studio where it all started. We're thrilled to now bring you more details on the couple's love story, their recent engagement party at L.A. Banquets Legacy Ballroom, and photos from their engagement photo shoot. We spoke with Lilit to get an inside scoop on the proposal, their engagement party, and upcoming 2018 wedding.
2017 was an unforgettable year! We are fortunate to have shared so many beautiful and incredibly romantic proposal, engagement, photoshoot, and wedding stories on our blog. We are truly grateful to all the couples who took the time to share their love story with us, along with gorgeous photos and touching videos from the many talented photographers and videographers.
We're thrilled to share with you the top 9 most popular stories from 2017!
We remember the first time we saw the picture of Varti and Mikhail standing on top of an abandoned airplane. Jaw dropping. And that was not the only shot that captivated us. The couple's pre-wedding photoshoot in Iceland is breathtaking.