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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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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MANIFA'S STORY: SELECTING OUR DJ

Hello readers! I hope you all enjoyed my Trndez blog. Let me update you all on how wedding planning is going. I’m super excited to be writing about this next vendor.

What are the three most important things during wedding planning? 

  1. Photo/Video: You want to hire the best crew so that they can capture your special day. At end of it, all that is left is the memories.
  2. Banquet Hall: This is going to be home to your guests for almost 6 hours. It needs to big enough and comfortable enough to accommodate everyone.
  3. MUSIC: Especially for an Armenian wedding, your music needs to be ON POINT to keep your guests dancing and having fun.

Armenian Wedding Dancing at Taglyan

For Emin and I, hiring the right DJ was one of the most serious tasks. The one thing we both wanted was to make sure our wedding was like a rave; non-stop, AMAZING music, and our guests would never sit down. We had to have the right DJ who could, not only, get the party started, but keep the party going all night long. We need someone with a lot of knowledge on Armenian and Persian music, as well as Latin and EDM. Incorporating “rave music” into our wedding is a must. For this task, I decided we would only meet with three DJs. Whoever we felt understood what we wanted for our wedding would be hired. Before I chose which three DJs would get an interview, I used Harsanik.com to make a list of potential people we could hire. I went through the list of DJs and whoever had the most positive reviews got on the list. Then I started calling. After talking to a bunch of DJs I picked our top 3...

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MARY'S STORY: OUR WEDDING

I'm so excited to share my wedding with all of you! My wedding was amazing! Everything turned out exactly as I imagined and it was the best day ever! You can find all of our wedding day photos in our Featured Wedding: Raffi & Mary blog post along with details about our wedding day timeline and the Armenian traditions we incorporated into our wedding day!

Mary & Raffi's Armenian Wedding: Leaving the Bride's HouseSee all wedding day photos on our blog
Featured Wedding: Raffi & Mary

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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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MANIFA'S STORY: TRNDEZ 2018

Hello and Happy Trndez everyone! Well it’s a few days after, but still! I am so excited to be sharing this blog with you all. As many of you know Emin and I haven’t really participated in many Armenian traditions so when it came to celebrating Trndez we really wanted to make it all so authentic.

When we first got engaged my mother in law asked me if I wanted her to bring me a bajeen. This is the little gifts her and her family bring for me on certain holidays. I really didn’t care for any of them except Trndez. What is Trndez you all ask? Well it’s a holiday to celebrate new brides that is celebrated on the eve of February 13th or sometimes in the morning of February 14th. Usually the bride’s family invites the groom’s family to their house and the groom’s family brings some special foods and gifts for the bride. The bride and groom go to church together and bring home a candle which they use to light a fire. Once the fire is lit they walk around it three times and then jump over the fire three times. Doing this blesses them with a happy marriage.

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FEATURED PROPOSAL: EMILL & NARE

We guarantee this proposal will move you, and perhaps you may even shed some tears! We recently came across the most epic proposal video that took place on December 18, 2017 in Germany. So we reached out to Nare and Emill to learn all about their love story, their long distance relationship, and the work that went into producing the proposal film "Will You Grow Old With Me?"

Now let's rewind back and learn about Emill and Nare...

Tell us a little bit about you. How did you meet and how long were you together?

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ENGAGED? ENTER TO WIN!

With the holidays and Valentine's Day over, we want to congratulate all of you 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, decorative balloons, DJ services, photo shoot location rental, 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 first 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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