In Talar's first blog, we heard the story about how their relationship started. She also mentioned, Serj said if the Kings won at the Stanley Cup Championship, he would propose! Three months later, they were both in for a surprise. Here’s Talar and Serj’s proposal story, from the groom’s perspective!
There comes a time in a man’s life where dreams turn into reality, especially when you make that choice to wake up from your dream! From our first date on, I knew I was living in a dream in the presence of Talar. I would refer our dates to my friends as being on “cloud 9” and how she would hear the good, the bad and the ugly in my day to day life yet remain very optimistic of my outcomes. She was always a positive and loving presence that I cherished to have week in and week out. That’s when I knew I wanted to turn this into a life long friendship. I say friendship because it’s not just love that keeps us together, but our passion to strive and be a strong presence in our Armenian community and family life.
Serj and I met in September of 2013. Our first date included an amazing dinner at Café Santorini in Pasadena followed by drinks at the beautiful Perch in Downtown. Never had I ever had a first date like this… filled with so much laughter, so much smiling, and really a wondering if it was all real. Serj and I are very opposite in many ways, but we’re also alike. We have different tastes in music and movies, but both love sports and spending time with family! It keeps our relationship so very much alive and always interesting.
Our first ever picture together
The first question people often ask when they hear you are engaged is, “so when is the big day?” and realistically, the answer is “whenever I find a hall.” At first, Serj and I were very adamant that we wanted to shy away from the typical Armenian banquet hall. Realistically our dream was to get married at Hummingbirds Nest Ranch in Santa Susana. We reserved a date, a random Saturday, then were told that the location had been booked almost all summer for the filming of a show or movie. So we started our search for an outdoor location all over again and our dreams of an outdoor wedding were quickly crushed when we learned about the costs and restrictions associated with those types of locations.
Photo by Metropol Banquet
Given that our wedding is during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, we felt it was necessary to send save-the-date cards. Initially, I thought I would send them in January for our May wedding but was quickly told by some close friends and family, and even some vendors that the sooner you send, the better, and ideally anywhere between 8-10 months before the wedding. I started shopping around for some ideas, and settled on using Shutterfly’s Wedding Divas services. They have an option, where you can choose several styles, colors, and layouts and they will send you a sample package. It was the most convenient and inexpensive way to go. Plus, it was an excuse for me to convince Serj to take some engagement photos.
Had I written this blog three months ago, I would have said that choosing a dress was truly the hardest part, but now I can say it was the most exciting. Every girl dreams of putting on the big white dress and mine was no different. After looking all over for the perfect dress, I found a picture of an Essence of Australia ball gown to try on. I visited Panache Bridal in Pasadena and tried on the gown. It was pretty, but definitely not “the one”. How did I know? I looked at my mom and she didn’t have tears in her eyes.
When it came to choosing a photographer, we knew the options were plenty. We had seen so many beautiful photos all over Instagram and Facebook. So we visited the Harsanik.com directory and started e-mailing photographers for quotes and requests for meetings. The roadblock we hit almost immediately was the costs. Most photographers offered packages, which included engagement photos, wedding day photos, videos, and all sorts of extras, which ultimately raised their prices. We saw prices that ranged between $6,000 and $13,000.
One of the decisions I didn't have to to make was whether or not to have a wedding party! Serj and I always knew that it was important and meaningful for us to have our closest friends and family standing right next to us on our wedding day. With that said, allow me to introduce our wedding party and how we chose each person...
Serj, Nairie, Avo, Maral and I
When I first started planning my wedding, my mom continuously reminded me that the DJ was the most important person I needed to book. So Serj and I started looking around and of course, the first stop was Harsanik.com’s directory. On the list was DJ Sevag, with some seriously high ratings.
With my frizzy, unruly, and extremely thick hair, it’s practically impossible to find a hairstylist who can do a good job. At least until I found Nare! A friend of mine had made an appointment with Chateau De Luce for her bridal shower, and I went along. No one, and I mean no one, has been able to pull of what Nare can. Once after, I had my hair done for my parent’s surprise party and again it looked flawless. So when it came to making an appointment and deciding who will be doing my wedding hair, there was no doubt in my mind, that it would be Nare!
There's just one person who has been helping me plan my wedding well before I was even engaged. In fact, she happens to be my most important wedding day vendor. You see, I'm a type one diabetic, and although during my every day this isn't that big of a deal, for my wedding day, it's the most important "deal". When brides plan their "day-of" events, most will tell you that you simply can't account for what to eat and when you will be given a chance to actually eat a meal. For me, this isn't an option.