MANIFA'S STORY: THE GROOM'S PERSPECTIVE

Here it is. The moment you have all been waiting for. Drum roll. Trumpets. Saxophone. The red carpet. Wedding planning from the groom’s point of view! Without further ado, I present to you Emin...

Hello everyone! My name is Emin and I am Manifa’s fiancé. Writing is not exactly my forte per-say, but hopefully I can provide good insight on a man’s perspective when it comes to wedding planning.

I can start off by saying, I don’t know where to start. What topic? What event? When and where? I honestly didn’t know that so much goes into wedding planning. It all seemed as though a wedding would consist of one big scheme. Lo and behold there are a million and five things to consider, plan, and execute.

Manifa's Story: The Groom's Perspective

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FEATURED WEDDING: ANTHONY & JAMIE

We recently stubbled upon pictures of a beautiful wedding at the stunning Pelican Hill Resort. We got in touch with the beautiful bride, Jamie to get details on her extraordinary wedding day. We loved hearing about the way the couple met and all the little personal moments and surprises planned on the wedding day. Jamie and Anthony share their planning methods and advice on how to ensure your day goes by smoothly.

Featured Wedding: Anthony & Jamie

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FEATURED WEDDING: VICTOR AND CHRISTINE

*REPOST: Happy 2 Year Anniversary Victor & Christine!*

After following bride's story winner, Christine, and Victor's wedding planning experience for over a year, we're excited to share all the details and photos by Vic Studios from their beautiful, multicultural wedding. Here's all about their special day from Christine's perspective: 

Christine and Victor Wedding

July 3, 2016 was the best day I could have ever imagined. Our wedding day was a complete dream and was so much more fun than I could have ever expected it to be...

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FEATURED WEDDING: ANDREW & MARIA

We're thrilled to feature Andrew and Maria's breathtaking wedding that took place in Venice, Italy! For those who may not know, there is a small island in the Venetian Lagoon that houses an Armenian Catholic church since 1717. San Lazzaro Island has been the home to the monastery of the Mekhitarists and many Armenians who visit Venice take a day trip to this island. We spoke to Maria and Andrew to hear all about their wedding planning experience. And since planning an Armenian wedding in Italy is no easy feat, we connected with Sylvie from My Italian Wedding Planner to get all the details and photos of this gorgeous wedding!

First up, Maria and Andrew share their story with us:

"Our story begins in September 2013, when we met after introduction by mutual friends. Andrew proposed during our trip to Paris in February 2016. After a busy day spent visiting Marche Bastille, Notre Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, the Catacombs, and Les Invalides, we returned to our apartment in Le Marais district with a few of Maria's favorite things in tow (ranunculus, champagne, and macarons). It was there that Andrew proposed!

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FEATURED PROPOSAL: GEVO & SAREEN

We recently stumbled upon a very creative proposal at the Micheltorena Stairs in Silverlake. After getting in touch with bride-to-be Sareen, we got the full story of how her and Gevo met and what lead to their beautiful proposal. We're thrilled to share their love story with you!

Featured Proposal of Sareen & Gevo

How did you and Gevo meet?

Gevo and I met while we were both students at Woodbury University. He was studying Architecture and I was studying Graphic Design & Marketing. I was studying late with a friend one night on campus and we went to the architecture studio to work at her desk. I saw Gevo maybe 60 ft down the hall, and thought he was cute. Little did I know, he also noticed me across the hall and thought I was cute too. I told my friend (who was also his mutual friend) to introduce us. This was in November of 2012. We've been together for 5 years, since January 17, 2013. We've been engaged for one year since February 12th, 2017.

So tell us about the proposal! That must have been a hard one to pull off.

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MANIFA'S STORY: SELECTING OUR FLORIST

Hello fellow brides. I’m glad to be back with an update on wedding planning! We have finally booked a florist! 

Picking a florist was very easy! I already knew who I wanted, so it was the matter of whether or not we can afford to hire him. But, before I get into which florist we hired I want to talk a little bit about the whole idea of having flowers at our wedding. 

Emin and I dreaded having to pay for flowers. We both agreed it is a waste of money. It just sits there, no one really takes it home, and all it does is make the banquet hall look pretty. There’s no real use to it. Considering Metropol is already a very beautiful venue and that I don’t really like flowers, we didn’t care to pay so much for centerpieces. When Emin and I sat and talked about our budget for flowers, I told him I didn’t really want flowers so we should keep the budget low. I was fine with not doing any centerpieces and just making our sweetheart table and cake table very grand and majestic. After all that’s usually the focal point for pictures. Emin and I decided on a below average budget for our flowers. We knew it would probably be difficult to find someone who could work with what we were offering, but if it meant not having centerpieces we were okay with that. 

My mom and I did a lot of research using Pinterest for centerpiece designs. Because our wedding colors are black, red, and gold we really wanted to come up with a design that felt romantic and regal. After looking at things online, I decided I didn’t want floral centerpieces. Candles seemed to fit our theme much more! Emin was up for the idea. Unfortunately for us, there weren’t many florists who were doing much with candles. Yes, they were using them, but not as the focal point of the table. That’s where our florist comes in. 

Manifa's Story: Selecting Our Florist

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SERENA WILLIAMS: "I'M AN HONORARY ARMENIAN"

Recently we featured Alexis Ohanian, Sr. and Serena Williams' gorgeous wedding on our blog. We were honored to have met Alexis Ohanian at the Hustle While You Work event hosted by Open Listings, and pleasantly surprised when Alexis answered our questions about his and Serena's wedding in New Orleans. As if talking to Alexis Ohanian (co-founder of Reddit and now founder of Initialized Capital) was not enough, we loved hearing about his love of Armenian food and the fact that Alexis and Serena chose to serve khorovats at their wedding!

Now, just a few months later, we are thrilled to come across a Twitter post by tennis journalist David Avakian with the following quote from Serena herself:

"I'm married to an Armenian, and I have learned that Armenians are incredibly proud. So I'm learning a lot about the culture. My daughter is half Armenian. I'm an honorary Armenian now, so it makes me feel really good. It's a great, great, great feeling. Yeah I love how proud they are. Some things just happened recently over there [Velvet Revolution]. I'm planning on actually going to go visit there. I don't know when, but I think either this year or next year..." 

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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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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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