Soon after our proposal, Garen and I got started with wedding planning. The reception hall sets the tone for a wedding and picking the reception hall was the first big decision Garen and I made for our wedding. Like every couple, we had our list of parameters – the hall would need to comfortably fit between 150-200 persons; it needed to serve Armenian/Mediterranean food in a family-style setting; it needed to be close to the Glendale/Pasadena area because we are getting married in an Armenian Apostolic Church; and it needed to be close to overnight accommodations and Burbank airport as we are expecting many out-of-town guests.

With our parameters in mind, we spent several weeks looking for the right place. We visited both American and Armenian halls and, when we walked into NOOR, we knew that we wanted to host our wedding reception there. NOOR has two beautiful event spaces to choose from - the smaller Ella room (accommodates up to 142 persons) and the larger Sofia room (accommodates up to 350 persons). We loved the look and feel of both Ella and Sofia with their sleek black floors, modern chandeliers, and mirrored-pillars. Both rooms have an elegant and timeless look that – very importantly – won’t appear dated in our pictures in the years to come. Given the expected size of our wedding, we will be in the Sofia room.

Featured Wedding - Noor Banquet Hall

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We're thrilled to introduce our newest Bride's Story blogger, Diana! We happen to know Diana pretty well... she's engaged to Garen, one of Harsanik's co-founders! Garen and Diana got engaged earlier this year and are planning to get married in October 2018. Yes, you read that right, 2018! You can imagine joining the Harsanik family has some advantages. We're excited to kick off the series by having Diana share her proposal story:

On a very special Saturday in May, Garen proposed to me with the Santa Ynez mountains in the background. We were in Santa Barbara for the weekend. Garen knew that he was going to propose, but wanted it to be spontaneous and in the moment.

It was the late afternoon and we were driving to Solvang to enjoy a couple of cappuccinos and some delicious sweets. We decided to stop at a lookout point along the way. I should say that I absolutely love, love, love lush, green scenery. While at the lookout I couldn’t stop swooning at the gorgeous mountain range. Before I knew it, Garen was holding the ring and asked me to marry him! The proposal was amazing and so representative of us – spontaneous, romantic, and an intimate moment just between us.

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Last week, we shared a romantic proposal in Hawaii. Since we're not over summer and want to keep vacation spirit alive, we're excited to share another destination proposal. This week, we'll travel to Europe! Sergio and Anna took an exotic vacation to Madrid, but little did Anna know that Sergio had been planning to propose to her there for over 6 months! From metal detectors at the airport to a last minute change in location, Sergio shares his perspective on how he brought this proposal to life. Find out how a photoshoot turned into an unforgettable moment for Anna. 

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With Summer coming to an end, we are transitioning to darker colors, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and everyone's favorite, Fall and Winter fashion. As leaves turn brown and the weather gets cold, bridal gown styles change as well. We scoured the internet and found 12 beautiful wedding gowns that are perfect for a Fall or Winter wedding. We chose our favorite designs from three top wedding designers: Pronovias, Ysa Makino, and Berta Bridal. We hope these dresses inspire new brides and help simplify the wedding dress shopping experience.  

1. Pronovias

Top Bridal Gowns for Fall and Winter 2018

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A relaxing mother daughter trip to Hawaii turned into a super romantic proposal! We recently caught up with Nicole and Hakob to find out more about their proposal story and all the details of how Hakob planned this special surprise. From coordinating with his future mother-in-law, to fake calendar invites to throw off Nicole, Nicole and Hakob share their love story and all the details before, during, and immediately after their Hawaiian proposal in Oahu. 

To start off, tell us how you two met.

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About a month ago, our Bride's Story Blogger Manifa went to Armenia for her Kavor and KavorKin’s wedding (best man & maid of honor). She posted amazing pictures and videos and we knew we had to feature their wedding on our blog. We were so excited to get in touch with Narbe and Evie and find out all about their wedding. Evie shares with us how she planned her beautiful Armenia wedding from Los Angeles and provides some tips to anyone planning a special event in Armenia. 

Featured Wedding: Narbe and Evie

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Hello readers! I’m going to dive right in with this blog. 

One of the struggles Emin and I have had is breaking certain Armenian wedding traditions. For example, our choice to not get married in a church or with a Ter Hayr. Another issue we came across was doing the Bride’s house celebration vs. doing a more Americanized first look. The one thing I don’t like about Armenian weddings is the fact that the bride and groom don’t really get a moment to take it all in with each other. There are people who are constantly there. Whether it is the photo and video team or family members; the bride and groom don’t get a minute alone the entire day. I really wanted to do a first look, away from family so that Emin and I could have a special moment with each other without prying eyes. My mom on the other hand wants to give away her daughter from her own house. So, our struggle began. Do we go the traditional route and make my mom happy? Do we do things our own way? I was on the fence about this one. My mom was already upset that she didn’t get to see her daughter walk down the aisle of a church or have a priest marry her. It would break her heart if we took away this happiness from her as well. After talking to Emin, we decided to participate in the Bride’s house Armenian tradition

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When we heard this story, our first thought was "please tell me she's not Armenian!" Thankfully the answer is no. A Canadian bride "Susan" went bezerk and demanded that her guests each pay $1,500 CAN (~$1,200 USD) to help fund her dream wedding. She went on a rant on Facebook and mentioned she wanted to have a "Kardashian" style wedding costing $60,000 CAN (~$47,000). Since she and her ex were unable to afford it, they asked every guest to pitch in $1,500. Only eight guests RSVPed, one being her maid of honor who agreed to pay $5,000! But soon after, people backed out, including the generous maid of honor.  And so the couple canceled their wedding and split up. 

"I just wanted to be a kardashian for a day and then live my life like normal."

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"I mean seriously people, what is $1,000? What is $1500? Clearly, not a lot. It would be quite manageable [and] within budget. I've heard of people asking for worse."

What planet does she live on? We've heard crazy stories about Armenians getting loans just to pay for their wedding, but this one tops it. Asking for your family and friends to pay over a thousand dollars each to attend your wedding is ludicrous. We're not 100% sure if this story is in fact true. But regardless, we had to share this person's insane Facebook rant with you. 

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This weekend we were overjoyed to watch our favorite Armenian TV Star Sona Movsesian tie the knot! Sona and Tak's wedding on Saturday August 25, 2018 was perfect in every way - a couple who is truly in love, surrounded by close family and friends, and a celebration filled with beautiful Armenian traditions, entertainment, and pure happiness!

We're honored that Sona & Tak agreed to feature their wedding on Harsanik. Until the couple gets a breather to recover from their wedding and share their detailed story with us, we wanted to bring you an unfiltered look at their wedding. And yes, Conan O'Brien was a guest, and he busted his Armenian dance moves which we got on tape! 

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