A BRIDE'S STORY: OUR WEDDING CAKE

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!

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Photo Credit: Bauman Photographers

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A BRIDE'S STORY: OUR WEDDING FLOWERS

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!

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Our Wedding Flowers

Photo Credit: Bauman Photographers

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A BRIDE'S STORY: OUR WEDDING PHOTOS

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.

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Our Wedding Photos

Photo Credit: Bauman Photographers

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NOOR IS PASADENA'S NEWEST WEDDING VENUE

We’re excited to feature Noor, one of the newest wedding venues, on our blog! Noor officially opened last November and  is located in the beautiful city of Pasadena right on Colorado Blvd. Noor’s location is perfect for all occasions since it can accommodate small parties of 100 or less, or large parties up to 2000 guests!

Noor’s space is made up of 2 ballrooms, the Sofia and the Ella, a balcony overlooking Colorado Blvd & the mountains, and a large open space on the upper level of the Paseo Colorado which can be a perfect venue for an outdoor ceremony.
The Harsanik.com Team was one of the first people to see the Noor venue even before it officially opened its doors last year. We were impressed by its location, large space, and beautiful ballrooms.

We got a chance to speak with one of Noor’s owners, Robert Shahnazarian, Jr. and he explained that Noor prides itself in offering completely customizable packages. “Because of the flexibility we offer, we can try to come up with something that will fit the needs and budget of our clients.”

Noor
is not only a perfect location for a wedding, but should also be considered for all other celebrations. Contact them today to get more details about how Noor can accommodate your event!

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A BRIDE'S STORY: VIDEO RECAP OF OUR WEDDING - PART 2

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!

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A BRIDE'S STORY: VIDEO RECAP OF OUR WEDDING - PART 1

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.

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A BRIDE'S STORY: CAKE TASTING AT CAKE STUDIO

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. 

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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.

Cake Tasting


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!

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A BRIDE'S STORY: CHOOSING OUR WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT

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!

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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!

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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!

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We can’t wait to have DJ InternationalSako and Mamikon liven up our party!   

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A BRIDE'S STORY: MY BRIDAL SHOWER AT NAILPOLISH

Hi - this is Marineh from Harsanik.com. Soon after our engagement, my mom asked what type of event I wanted for my bridal shower.  Since I had just had the engagement in a banquet hall with a DJ, I knew I wanted to do something different and unique. I wanted a very fun and girly event for my bridal shower. 

After coming up with a few ideas (including cooking classes), I decided to have my bridal shower at a nail salon where my guests and I could enjoy mani's and pedi's.  I picked NailPolish as the location. They are a relatively new nail salon that opened less than a year ago, and the salon is super trendy and cute.  The salon is spacious with lots of spa chairs, 4 mani stations and can easily accommodate 30 to 40 guests.  The owner, Lilit, was great to work with.  She agreed to close the salon for my event and allowed me to bring in my own catering into the salon. 

I picked Hamov Catering to provide all the catering for my bridal shower, and they did a great job!  They brought a variety of finger foods and they did an amazing job with not only the delicious food, but also the beautiful presentation. 

Bridal Shower
Bridal Shower
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I even had Cake Studio make me a cake shaped like an OPI nail polish bottle! The cake was the talk of the event!

Bridal Shower


The event ended up being a hit! My guests loved getting pampered and it was a great way for everyone to mingle while getting their nails done.  We even played games for a few hours.  Everyone left with a big smile and beautiful nails!

Here the last picture I took at the bridal shower with me, Shant, and our bridal party.

Bridal Shower

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A BRIDE'S STORY: OUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SHOOT

This is Marineh again, from Harsanik..com. One of the most important things that Shant and I cared most about was the pictures.  Everyone had told us that pictures are the only thing left from your wedding, and that they help you remember all the little details.  So Shant and I took some time making this important decision.  After much research, we ended up picking Jared from Bauman Photographers as our wedding photographer.  He is located in San Diego, which is where Shant and I live, so it made it really convenient for us to work with him, especially since we wanted our engagement photo shoot to be in San Diego.  I had actually gotten to know Jared four years ago when I first started Harsanik.com.  A friend of mine had introduced me to him, and I fell in love with his work.  Plus, Jared was super excited about photographing an Armenian wedding, so we decided to work with Jared from Bauman Photographers as our wedding photographer.

The first chance we got to work with Jared was for our engagement photo shoot.  Picking a location was tough, and the Bauman team gave us some advice to make picking a location easier.  “Think of it as a date.  Where do you want to go for a date?”  Shant and I decided on Del Mar, a beautiful beach town in San Diego since we had spent many weekends at the beach and at nearby restaurants in Del Mar.  We met Jared and his assistant in Del Mar at around 5pm.  Jared did a great job making us feel relaxed and allowing us to just be ourselves.  While he did give us ideas for poses for a few of the shots, he made sure that we were comfortable throughout the whole process and that we were acting natural. 

We took photos in several locations including the park, the beach, and the town where the shops and restaurants are.  I was most worried about the weather.  The day was completely overcast and I didn’t have high expectations for the pictures.  But in just a few days/weeks, we got the pictures and we were surprised at how nice they all came out!  We were excited to use some of these pictures as part of our wedding.  We had a great time working with Jared from Bauman Photography and we look forward to having him be part of our wedding!

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