VANNA K'S $10,000 ENGAGEMENT RING SWEEPSTAKES

Feeling Lucky? Vanna K Bridal and Fashion Jewelry is hosting a $10,000 diamond ring sweepstakes! Two lucky winners will receive either a diamond semi mount engagement ring valued at $6,000 or a matching wedding band valued at $4,000.

Vanna K is the Queen of micro pave engagement rings and believes that “Every Queen needs her Crown.” Micro pave jewelry involves the process of precisely placing small stones over the entire work that provides rings with a fantastic shine. Vanna K’s unique and elegant designs are sure to make a statement, and who doesn’t love a little extra sparkle?

The grand prize winner will receive an 18-karat white gold semi mount engagement ring from the Solea bridal collection consisting of 192 stones. The bonus prize winner will receive an 18-karat white gold wedding band from the Kamara collection totaling 148 stones.

To enter, contestants should visit Vanna K’s Facebook page and complete the simple contest entry form. In addition every contestant will receive a bonus entry every time they refer a friend who enters the sweepstakes. Good luck!

Vanna K Engagement Ring & Matching Band

 

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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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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.

The Royal Wedding Party
Photo Credit: Photographer Hugo Burnand

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HATS - WILL THIS BE THE NEW TREND?

If anyone was watching the guests walk into the Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding, you must have noticed the big trend - HATS! Nearly all the women were wearing hats - some simple, some glamorous, and some outrageous! Victoria Beckham probably had one of the most unique hats. We're still trying to figure out how her hat was staying on top of her head!

Victoria Beckham's Hat

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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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UNIQUE FLORAL CREATIONS BY DESIGN BY GILDA

This week we are excited to share with you a very talented florist – Design by Gilda!

Gilda has been in the floral design business for over 10 years. Her unique, sophisticated and innovative designs always leave her clients beyond satisfied.

In a recent summer wedding in August 2010 at the Palladio, Design by Gilda created a beautiful look using over 5000 stems of flowers! She mixed 1000 stems of extra tall white calla lilies, 2000 stems of white hydrangeas, and 2000 stems of vendela roses.

The design creatively mixed flowers, fabric and rhinestones. The centerpieces on each table were designed with 9 glass cylinder vases wrapped in silk taffeta fabric, Swarovski rhinestones, and strings.

You can see more of Design by Gilda's arrangements by checking out her website and Facebook page.

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ADD SOME POP TO YOUR NEXT EVENT WITH THE GOURMET POP

We're excited to introduce you to one of our newest vendors added to our directory - The Gourmet Pop!  The Gourmet Pop combines style, design and delicious popcorn to bring you a POPPING experience! Their gourmet popcorn buffets are a unique and tasty addition to any special event. Whether it's a simple birthday party, a business party, or a lavish wedding, their custom jars filled with a variety of delicious gourmet flavors and gorgeous table decor definitely keeps everyone wanting more!

The Gourmet Popcorn provides a variety of over 40 gourmet flavors such as strawberry cheesecakes, caramel yin yang, cocoa dream, Tahitian vanilla just to name a few. Contact The Gourmet Pop and schedule a free consultation to come up with your perfect custom display. Each event is special and their goal is to add a little POP to yours!

Services include:

  • Consultation
  • Designed/Embellished Jars
  • Tongs/Scoops
  • Variety of popcorn flavors and colors
  • Favor boxes/baggies
  • Custom Tablescape / Decor to match event colors
  • Custom table linen
  • Set up/Take down

 

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A BRIDE'S STORY: MY WEDDING DRESS

Of all the wedding tasks that I took care of before the wedding, selecting my wedding dress was probably one of the easiest ones to accomplish! The very first wedding dress I tried on was the one I ended up buying! You can read all about my wedding dress shopping experience at Jobyna's Bridal in one of my previous blogs.

My whole experience with Jobyna's Bridal was fantastic! Not only did they help me through the whole process of selecting a dress, but they were also great to work with through the whole dress fitting cycles! Thank you Isabel, Angie, Kristina and the rest of the team for all your help!

Check out some pictures of my wedding dress, designed by Pronovias.

UPDATE: Jobyna's Bridal is now operating under the business name Lovella Bridal.

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Photo Credit: Bauman Photographers

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A BRIDE'S STORY: OUR WEDDING CAKE

Whoever knows me knows my love for desserts! So given that, our wedding cake was a very important part of our wedding and it was critical or me to not only have a beautiful cake, but also a delicious one!

Shant & I had decided to work with Cake Studio and we had such a fun time doing our cake tasting with Sonig. You can read all about our cake tasting experience in my previous blog. After dozens of flavors, we selected 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 2 tiers.

Our wedding cake was a 4 tier cake, with coral flowers stuffed between each layer. The coral flowers were by Sky Event & Production, and they matched the flowers used in my bridesmaids bouquets. We also personalized our cake by adding our puzzle logo on 2 of the layers (we used the same puzzle logo for our wedding invitations).

Thank you Cake Studio for not only the gorgeous cake but also the delicious dessert!

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Photo Credit: Bauman Photographers

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A BRIDE'S STORY: OUR WEDDING FLOWERS

I never realized what a major impact flowers can have on your wedding! It sounds crazy but I always thought that what people remember most about your wedding is the food and the music. But I was surprised that one of the main elements of our wedding that our guests still talk about to this day is our flowers!

Shant & I decided to work with Sky Events & Production for all of our floral and design needs. Sky Events took care of not only all the beautiful centerpieces, but also making our head table look incredible!

I had met with Lilit from Sky Events just a few months before my wedding, and based on all her positive reviews on Harsanik.com and her amazing personality, I went ahead and booked her right away! In my first meeting with Lilit, she gave me a lot of great ideas of how I could make my wedding stand out with my centerpiece designs. She recommended that I have 3 different types of centerpieces, with each one having just one type of flowers.  After giving it some thought, I went ahead and agreed with the idea and we decided to have 3 different centerpieces - made up of dendrobium orchids, calla lilies, and casablanca lilies.

Overall, Lilit and the Sky Events & Production team did an incredible job with all of our wedding flowers! When our guests first walked into the Taglyan ballroom, they were awed by not only the beauty of the centerpieces , but also by the sweet scent of flowers that took over the ballroom!

Thank you Sky Events & Production for the amazing work!

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Photo Credit: Bauman Photographers

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