Greetings from wedding planning world! It has been a while since my last blog post, but I’m back with another edition of Emin and Manifa’s journey down the aisle. A lot has happened since we got engaged and I’m so excited to be sharing it with everyone! Grab some popcorn and prepare yourself for this next blog post because things are going to get crazy!
The last time I ever planned a big event was my sweet 16… over 10 years ago! And even then, technically my mom is the one who planned it. I just chose the color scheme. I never knew how difficult it is to plan such a big event. Like any “sane” woman I have planned and re-planned my wedding in my head about a million times, but when it has actually come down to it I have JUST realized how difficult planning actually is. My issue you ask? Well it’s every brides’ worst enemy…. BUDGET! My Pintrest board is filled with countless magical wedding ideas, but if I were to sit and tally up everything I ever wanted I would probably be spending more than that Armenian 10-million-dollar wedding! Here is where reality comes to play (a.k.a. The Dream Crasher). Sure, sitting around and pinning these wonderful wedding locations is easy, but actually finding the right place is the hardest task any Bride and Groom can undertake. Our journey to booking a venue was like going to hell and coming back.
We're always on the lookout for the newest and most chic event venues around Los Angeles. So we're thrilled to feature Regency Event Venue, a newly remodeled space inspired by French-modern decor! The Regency consists of two distinct spaces, the Grand Ballroom and the Grey Room, so you can have your ceremony and reception all at the same location. And one of our favorite parts of this venue is that it comes with a neutral palette so it makes it easy to design the exact look you're looking for without having to be restricted to the venue's design limitations.
We spoke with the Regency Team to learn more about the venue and its rich history. And we're excited to share an exclusive discount for all Harsanik users!
It used to be that only women would choose custom for their wedding day. But we're seeing more and more men opting for a custom suit or tux on their wedding day. With this recent focus on men's fashion, we've spent some time working with JB Clothiers to learn more about the custom suit experience. Jerry Bakhchyan taught us the 3 most important elements in men's suits: Quality of Fabric, Construction Detail, and Fit. We recently had the opportunity to experience the custom suit process from start to finish. We shared Shant's experience and custom suit and now we are excited to share Garen's!
Garen is an engineer. He doesn't wear suits often except for special occasions. He has basic knowledge about suits but prefers casual wear. This was his first custom suit fitting and here's our interview about his experience at JB Clothiers:
Attention! Attention! Attention! WE HAVE BOOKED OUR PHOTOGRAPHER! Sorry I’m a little excited! Although planning a wedding is not an easy task, picking our photographer was a no brainer. I’ve become one of those brides that follows EVERY vendor on Instagram. My feed is full of weddings pictures! I was like this before I even started planning a wedding and one of my favorite photographers has been Sakosan for the longest time. I first discovered his photographs from a picture Harsanik.com posted on their own Instagram and ever since that day I knew he was going to photograph my wedding. I've shared some of my favorite photos from Sakosan in this blog.
We recently shared part one of Anil and Mary's Armenian Indian wedding featuring all the details of their Indian celebration. Followed by their Indian wedding, the couple held an Armenian wedding on August 4, 2017, with a ceremony at St. Mary's Armenian Apostolic Church and a stunning reception at Palladio Banquet Hall. We love how the couple combined all the traditions of these two rich cultures into their wedding.
We're excited to share the details of Mary and Anil's Armenian wedding along with the beautiful photos by Jay Jay Productions!
We're excited to share the latest wedding planning adventures from Mary! Mary and Raffi got engaged on August 27, 2016. We've shared the couple's proposal and engagement party details in Mary's Bride's Story blog series. And now we're thrilled to share photos and details from Mary's all white themed bridal shower!
The words have been tied and it all feels so official! You must be thinking I've officially lost my mind! Well I have. Work, school, and wedding planning is exhausting, but that's a topic for another blog. So back to the original topic of this post, my Khosk-Kap! After getting engaged, I became extremely interested in our Armenian wedding traditions. When I read about a Khosk-Kap, which literally means "the words have been tied," I knew I wanted to have one! Essentially a Khosk-Kap was when the groom's parents and bride's parents would sit and arrange their children's marriage. Now that arranged marriages aren't very common, it has become more of a celebration of love and a good opportunity for both families to officially meet. With that said, here's the story of our Khosk-Kap...
Have you ever been to an Armenian Indian wedding? We were blown away when we came across Mary and Anil's recent stunning wedding (or we should say weddings) captured by Jay Jay Productions. Coming from two diverse and rich cultures, Mary and Anil held 2 separate celebrations to honor both Indian and Armenian traditions. We interviewed the couple and we've got all the details! First, we will share the couple's love story and their beautiful Indian wedding on July 30th, 2017:
In Manifa's first Bride's Story blog, she told us all about her and Emin and how their relationship started. As she mentioned, Emin's love for gambling would play a big role in his proposal. Find out how it all happened as Manifa shares their sweet proposal story:
Every girl dreams of her perfect proposal. Some want something grand and majestic, others prefer something low key and romantic. I always just wanted my proposal to be a surprise. I knew that when Emin proposed to me it would be unexpected, extremely creative, and personal.
My proposal was easily the cutest thing Emin has ever planned. It fit our personalities perfectly! I couldn't have asked for anything better.
On July 1, 2017, Gaspar Avdolyan and Lola Osmanova got married at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, CA. While all weddings are memorable, this one became unforgettable for many factors, one mainly being the price tag. Rumored to be a $10 million dollar wedding, photos and videos of this extravagant wedding went viral. What stood out for us was that this was an Armenian wedding, and the couple incorporated Armenian traditions into their wedding. And so our team reached out to some of our contacts to bring you an inside look into Gaspar and Lola’s wedding.
First, meet Gaspar and Lola. Gaspar Avdolyan is the son of successful Armenian telecommunication businessman Albert Avdolyan. His wife, Lola Osmanova, is the daughter of Russian energy tycoon Eldar Osmanova. Gaspar is 100% Armenian, and Lola is half Armenian. The couple spends a majority of their time in Moscow and travels internationally very frequently.