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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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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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

Photo Source Etsy

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FEATURED ENGAGEMENT: MASIS & ARINA

Arina was excited to celebrate her 23rd birthday party with her family and close friends. Little did she know that her then-boyfriend, Masis, was going to propose to her that night, and turn the event into their engagement party!

 

Before we share their romantic surprise proposal story, let's get to know the couple a bit. Masis and Arina met in 2014 and soon started dating. When we asked the couple how they met, Masis responded "It was love at first sight when I saw Arina shopping at the mall with her friend. A couple months later I finally got around to find her on Instagram, and it all started there!" 

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FEATURED WEDDING: RAFFI & MARY

We're thrilled to share with you Mary and Raffi's fairytale wedding! Mary was one of Bride's Story bloggers and she shared her wedding planning adventures on Mary's Story blog series. Mary and Raffi got married on October 21, 2017 at Allure Event's Crystal Ballroom. We spoke with Mary and she shared with us her wedding day timeline, the many Armenian traditions they incorporated into their wedding day, and her gorgeous wedding photos!

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ENGAGED? ENTER TO WIN!

Congrats to all of our 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, engagement photo shoot, DJ services, limousine service, discounts on venues, and more! 

Complete the form below and we'll contact you with details on prizes and when we'll be selecting our second winner. And since we'd love to hear your story, you can choose to have your proposal featured on the Harsanik blog!

 
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GIVE THE GIFT OF STYLE

Ladies, if you still haven't bought a Valentine's Day gift, we've got the perfect solution for you. Give your man the gift of style with a JB Clothiers gift certificate. JB Clothiers is located in Downtown Los Angeles and is the #1 rated suit designer in LA on Yelp. JB Clothiers offers bespoke suits, tuxedos, dress shirts, and sports coats that are specifically tailored to your man's image and lifestyle.

Email or call us at (818) 457-1740 by Tuesday 6pm to place your order and we'll have a beautifully designed gift certificate delivered to you on Wednesday, just in time for Valentine's Day (local deliveries only). You can customize the message in your gift certificate and treat your man to a custom shirt, sports coat or suit, depending on your budget. Best os all, JB Clothiers offers free lifetime alterations to Harsanik clients so your gift will last a lifetime.   

JB Clothiers

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FEATURED ENGAGEMENT: SAKO & LILIT

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.

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