Marineh's Story

A BRIDE'S STORY: VIDEO RECAP OF OUR WEDDING - PART 2

In my last blog, I shared with you Part 1 of my wedding highlights video from the talented BGS Productions. Part 1 covered all the day time activities, including the pre-celebration at my parent's house, the church ceremony at St. Garabed, and our photo shoot at the Griffith Park Observatory.

Now it's time to share with you Part 2 of our wedding highlights video! Part 2 is a recap of our reception at the beautiful Taglyan hall in Hollywood. Brian from BGS Production did an amazing job making a 3 minute version of all the key moments from our reception that really makes you feel like you were at the party!

Brian - we can't thank you enough for your incredible work! We absolutely loved working with you and are so thrilled with all of our wedding videos!

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A BRIDE'S STORY: VIDEO RECAP OF OUR WEDDING - PART 1

A few months ago, I shared with you the amazing wedding trailer that our videographer, BGS Productions, made. This was simply a teaser video he created just to get us super excited before he revealed the wedding video a few weeks later.

Shant & I want to thank Brian from BGS Productions for his amazing work! We are so thrilled with our decision to work with Brian. He was such a pleasure to work with before the wedding, during the wedding, and after the wedding. Before the wedding, Brian answered all of our questions and even gave us tips on where to go for the wedding day photo shoot. On the day of the wedding, he was a rock star, capturing amazing shots, including things that we didn't event notice, along with capturing moments in such a unique way. And Brian was amazing after the wedding, delivering the wedding trailer just after we got back from our honeymoon and having our complete wedding video ready about 1 month after the wedding!!  And let me add that the wedding video was absolutely stunning! We were so amazed that Brian was able to tell the whole story of our wedding and make us relive our wedding day all over again. Plus we did not have a single edit request!

Now check out Part 1 of our spectacular wedding day highlights video from BGS Productions! Part 1 includes the pre-wedding celebrations at the house, the ceremony, and the photo shoot.

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A BRIDE'S STORY: OUR WEDDING & OUR AMAZING VENDORS

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!

Before I get started, I want to acknowledge all the amazing vendors we worked with. I want to thank each and every one of our vendors for going above and beyond and making our wedding so memorable!

Venue:
Taglyan Cultural Complex

Coordinator:

Fancy That! Event Design & Coordination

Photographer:
Bauman Photographers

Videographer:
BGS Productions

Flowers:

Sky Events & Production

Catering:

Taglyan’s Divine Catering

Cake:
Cake Studio

Music & Entertainment:
DJ International
Sako
Mamikon

Bridal Gown:
Pronovias, purchased at Jobyna’s Bridal

Bridal Headpiece:

Addicted 2B Jeweled

Groom Tux:
Calvin Klein, purchased at Men’s Wearhouse

Rings:
Vanna K Bridal & Fashion Jewelry

Invitations:
Creative Works Designs

Transportation:

MLS Limousine

Photo by Bauman Photographers

Photo Credit: Bauman Photographers

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A BRIDE'S STORY: CAKE TASTING AT CAKE STUDIO

Choosing a cake vendor was one of the easiest tasks for Shant and I.  I have been using Cake Studio for a few years for birthday and other special occasion cakes.  I even had Cake Studio create mini-cakes for my bridal party (see previous blog for pictures).  Cake Studio not only makes delicious cakes, but they are also so creative – they can make any design you can think of!  So I knew Cake Studio was the right choice for us when it came time for our wedding cake.

Shant and I made an appointment with Sonia from Cake Studio, and before meeting with her, Sonia asked us to do some research and collect a few pictures of cake designs we liked.  This was going to help her understand our style to make sure we designed a cake we absolutely loved.  Shant and I went through a few websites and quickly realized that we liked 3-4 tier cakes, round, with flowers between each tier, and alternating designs on each tier.  Since we already decided to use puzzle pieces as our logo, we wanted to integrate our puzzle design into our cake. 

Cake Tasting


When we met with Sonia at Cake Studio, we told her our preferences, and she quickly sketched out our wedding cake.  Then came the most fun part.  Sonia laid out a large platter with 8 cake flavors, 8 fillings, and two ganaches (Sonia had sent us a menu of options that we had narrowed to these “few” options).  Sonia gave us tips on how to mix and match, and gave us some of her most popular combinations.  We were in love with nearly all of the flavors and we had a very hard time making a decision.  But after stuffing our faces with delicious cake, we decided to go with dark chocolate cake with mocha filling and dark chocolate truffle ganache for two of the tiers, and mocha cake with cookies and cream filling and dark chocolate ganache for the other tiers.

Cake Tasting


We loved working with Sonia from Cake Studio – she made the whole process simple and fun. We cannot wait to taste our cake on our wedding day!

Note: Cake Studio has just started a Cake School! They are offering cake making and decorations classes. So make sure to contact Cake Studio for more info!

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A BRIDE'S STORY: CHOOSING OUR WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT

Music is such an important part of any wedding.  It can really make or break your event.   Shant and I wanted to have great entertainment to make sure that our guests stayed on the dance floor the whole night.  The first decision was whether we wanted to have a DJ only, a band only, or both.  We decided to have both.  We knew the DJ would do a great job bringing a variety of music, including popular hits.  And we wanted a live band to play Armenian music.  Shant and I both love live music, and we really felt that a band would bring a lot more energy to the wedding. 

Once we decided to have both a DJ and a band, we started choosing our vendors.  The DJ we went with was DJ International.  I had worked with Hrach and Arsen as part of Harsanik.com for a long time and they are both such great guys! They are very professional and really fun people to work with.  Plus, both Shant and I heard them playing at The Premier Bridal Event in November 2009, and we both liked their style.  So it was an easy decision to use DJ International for our wedding!

Wedding Music


As for the band, Shant and I knew that we wanted someone with a lot of energy.  We had heard Sako perform at The 2009 Premier Bridal Event as well, and we both liked his voice, style and demeanor.  So we worked with Sako’s manager and booked Sako for our wedding!

Wedding Music


Once we had finalized our DJ & band, we decided to get a "sazandar" to play the traditional Armenian music both at the bride's house and for the entrance for the wedding reception. I've always personally loved having the sazandar play the Armenian music as the groom's family enters the bride's house, as the bride & groom leave the bride's house, and as the bride & groom enter their wedding reception hall! So I knew I wanted to have a sazandar, and I also knew I wanted to have Mamikon be our "sazandar"! I had the pleasure of seeing Mamikon and his band perform at The 2009 Premier Bridal Event and I was so impressed by not only their music, their attire, but also the energy they brought into the hall with their entrance. So it was an easy decision to book Mamikon to be a part of wedding!

Wedding Music


We can’t wait to have DJ InternationalSako and Mamikon liven up our party!   

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