It takes a very special bride to be able to wear a 60 pound dress, but it takes an even more special bride to rock it in 120 degree weather! Edita gave us all the details from her heavenly wedding at Taglyan Cultural Complex, including her emotional Father-Daughter dance, having to change her photo location last minute due to the LA heat, and her impeccable dress. We are so excited to be sharing Edita & Manuk's love story and wedding day story with all of you!
Can you briefly tells us about how you met Manuk and how he proposed?
My name is Edita, and my husband's name is Manuk. We met in July 2015 somewhere no one wants to be, yet alone expect to meet the love of their life - at a funeral! I guess you can say it was love at first sight. It took me 5 months to agree to go out on a date with him, but just 11 months after we went out on our first date date, November 20, 2016, he proposed to me. What I thought was his friend's birthday party ended up being a surprise proposal for me with all of our closest family and friends. It was absolutely perfect!
What was your vision for your wedding, when did you start planning, and where did you find inspiration?
I wanted something classic, elegant and very chic. Everything I envisioned came to life with my vendors. We started planning our wedding 1 month after my husband proposed. December 2016 was when we booked our reception and ceremony locations. I found a lot of inspirations from social media and magazines.
What was the process behind choosing your vendors and what was your favorite/ least favorite part of planning?
I went with vendors that helped bring out the ideas I envisioned. They were very patient and creative. I am so pleased with every single vendor that was a part of our wedding. I would have to say that my favorite part of planning was designing my wedding gown. It was an absolute dream come to life. That was my favorite and least stressful part of my entire wedding.
I feel when there’s so little time left until the big day, you feel more and more stressed and pressured that everything you plan becomes more of a headache.
Please tell us more about your gorgeous wedding gown!
My wedding dress was custom made by Michael Cinco. He is an amazing designer based in Dubai. This was probably the easiest process out of my entire wedding planning. My gown was everything I imagined. It weighed exactly 60 pounds! It was completely handmade, fully crystallized with Swarovski crystals and extremely heavy. It took about 3-4 people to help me wear it, but it was totally worth it!
Did you incorporate any traditions into your wedding? If so, which ones?
I had all the Armenian wedding traditions incorporated on my wedding day. The groom and his family arrived at my house the morning of the wedding, my maid of honor brought me out of my room to see my husband for the first time. The stealing of the brides shoe in exchange for money, and the brides brother/cousin guarding the door making the best man pay to take the bride out of her home. We did the passing out of the gata to the groom's family as I left my parent's house. We also had shabash (money tossing) during our first dance.
Where did you take your wedding day photos?
When people say things don’t go as planned, they are so right. Sometimes you need a back up plan, especially when it ends up being 120 degrees on your wedding day. We were originally going to take photos at the Italian Garden in Pasadena, but an hour before we were supposed to be there, everyone was melting and we couldn’t take the heat anymore. Last second we changed plans and ended up driving to the W Hotel in Hollywood to take our photos.
What were your favorite moments from the whole day?
Some of my favorite moments from our wedding was seeing my husband for the first time when I stepped out of my room, my first dance with my husband, and my father-daughter dance with the legendary Harout Pamboukjian.
What is your advice for other couples planning their special day?
The biggest advice I can give to couples planning their wedding is, DO NOT STRESS! There are going to be so many things that will happen along the way. Something in your designs or planning might end up wrong or different from what you expected, but always remember that the only person who knows exactly how it was supposed to be is you. No one else. So don’t stress about the little things because what’s important is the life you live with your spouse after the wedding.
Where did you take your Engagement Photoshoot?
We took our pre-wedding photos at Adams Motorsports Race Track. We wanted something very edgy, sporty and different. Since we were going to have elegant and classy looking photos on our wedding, we wanted to have fun a little.
Where did you go for your honeymoon?
We went to Mykonos, Greece and South of France (Cannes, Monaco, Nice, St Tropez etc) it was absolutely amazing!
Special thanks to Edita for taking the time to answer all of our questions and sharing her and Manuk's beautiful wedding with Harsanik. We wish you a lifetime of love, laughter and happiness!
Vendors & Details
- Wedding date: July 7, 2018
- Ceremony/Church: Saint Sophia Cathedral
- Reception/Venue: Taglyan Cultural Complex
- Flowers: Petals LA
- Photography: Kris Kan
- Videography: Royal Gor
- Rentals: Milla Party Rentals
- DJ: Sammy Flash
- Limousine: The Biggest Limo
- Dress: Michael Cinco
- Hair: Suzi Couture
- Make-up: Edita Madatyan (bride herself!)
- Cake: Rafi's Pastry
- Flower girl & ring boy outfits: Lil Jewels Boutique
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