This is Marineh and I am one of the co-founders of Harsanik. On August 7, 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!
Hi again - this is Marineh, co-founder of Harsanik.com, the #1 guide for planning an Armenian wedding! Often times, brides email me asking for suggestions for hair & makeup artists, as well as ideas for hair accessories. There are many great vendors listed on Harsanik.com under the Hair, Makeup & Beauty and Bridal Accessories categories. So I recommend browsing through our directory to find the right vendor who fits your style to cater to your Armenian wedding.
I’m happy to share with you who I chose to work with for my wedding hair & makeup, and my unique headpiece. Edward Jacob was my hair & makeup artist, and he works in the Capelli Salon located on North Brand in Glendale, CA. I first tried Edward Jacobs for my engagement party, and I fell in love with his work! He does a phenomenal job with both hair and makeup, and he focuses on making you look naturally beautiful.
After my engagement, I went back to Edward for my bridal shower, and of course my wedding day. Edward was so amazing to work with! He is a fun, young guy and he knows how to make you feel relaxed on your special day. He is also very creative with hair, and he was able to come up with a beautiful style to go along with my beautiful headpiece!
Speaking of my headpiece, I was so thrilled to have picked Addicted 2B Jeweled to design my wedding headpiece! Knarik from Addicted did an amazing job designing a unique and stunning 3-piece headpiece customized to my preference. When I met with Knarik, I told her I was looking for something a little different. She showed me a picture of her new bridal couture line that she was working on, and I immediately fell in love with the style. I worked with Knarik to customize the headpiece to be exactly what I wanted: a 3-piece design, each shaped like a leaf, wrapped in chiffon fabric, draped with large Swarowski crystals, and touched up with a bit of lace. The headpiece was beautiful and I had so many people all day asking or commenting about my headpiece from Addicted 2B Jeweled.
Thank you both Edward Jacob and Knarik from Addicted 2B Jeweled for the amazing work!
UPDATE: My headpiece is not like a traditional Armenian headpiece. On August 20, 2011, Kim Kardashian wore what is being referred to as an "Armenian headpiece" on her wedding day. Kim's headpiece was beautiful and very traditional, with tear-shaped diamonds hanging over her forehead. Check out our Bridal Accessories category to find many vendors that can re-create Kim's look for your wedding day!
Photo Credit: Bauman Photographers
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.
Photo Credit: Bauman Photographers
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!
Photo Credit: Bauman Photographers
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!
Photo Credit: Bauman Photographers
Hi - it's Marineh again from Harsanik.com. Last month, I shared with you the video highlights of our wedding from the talented BGS Productions!
Now it's time to start sharing the pictures! Shant & I decided to work with Bauman Photographers for our big day. I previously blogged about Bauman Photographers in my engagement photoshoot blog. After seeing the results of our amazing engagement photoshoot, we knew Jared Bauman and team would be able to capture our wedding in a unique way!
Bauman Photographers did an incredible job with our wedding photos and we couldn't be any happier with the results! Check out just a few of the photo highlights from our wedding! I'll be sharing a lot more photos over the next month, highlighting different elements of the wedding, including the flowers, the cake and the dress.
Photo Credit: Bauman Photographers
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!