THE ROYAL WEDDING: PRINCE WILLIAM & KATE MIDDLETON

*REPOST: Original blog from April 2011*

Wow! What a spectacular wedding ceremony! Everything was absolutely gorgeous! First, we were impressed by the creative decision by Prince William and Kate Middleton to place maple trees in the inside of Westminster Abbey to represent strength and resilience in marriage.

Next, it was amazing to see all the guests arrive hours before the wedding - and everyone was looking stunning, especially the women with the elegant hats. Next, we were so excited to watch Prince William and his brother Prince Harry enter the church, both dressed in military uniforms. They were soon followed by Queen Elizabeth, who entered the church looking as classy as ever.

And then came the moment we were all waiting for - seeing Kate Middleton in her wedding gown! Kate looked absolutely stunning, with a gorgeous dress designed by famous British designer, Sarah Burton. Sarah Burton was appointed as the creative director of Alexander McQueen after the designer's death in 2010. Kate's dress was a full skirted dress with lace covering her arms and shoulders. Her veil was delicate and her tiara was simple yet stunning.

The ceremony was beautiful, and Princess Catherine looked so classy, elegant, and happy through the entire ceremony. The ceremony lasted just over an hour, ending just after 4am Pacific time.

The Royal Wedding Party
Photo Credit: Photographer Hugo Burnand

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HATS - WILL THIS BE THE NEW TREND?

If anyone was watching the guests walk into the Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding, you must have noticed the big trend - HATS! Nearly all the women were wearing hats - some simple, some glamorous, and some outrageous! Victoria Beckham probably had one of the most unique hats. We're still trying to figure out how her hat was staying on top of her head!

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THE ROYAL WEDDING IS COMING UP SOON!

*REPOST: Original blog from April 2011*

One of the most anticipated weddings of the century is here! Prince William and Kate Middleton will be getting married on Friday, April 29th at the Westminster Abbey in England.

As much of a production Armenian weddings tend to be, they are nothing close to the Royal Wedding! We were surprised to see the guest count was 1,900 people!! Can you imagine that large of a wedding?!

And you thought Armenian invitations can be gaudy? Well I guess when you are part of the Royal Family, it's OK to have die stamped gold on your invitation.

That's pretty much where the similarities come to an end. The Royal Wedding will start at 11am on Friday (I guess there's no pre-party at the soon-to-be Princess' parent's house). Kate Middleton has decided that she would prefer arriving by car instead of the traditional carriage. However, the couple plans to leave Westminster Abbey in a beautiful and picturesque carriage.

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UNIQUE FLORAL CREATIONS BY DESIGN BY GILDA

This week we are excited to share with you a very talented florist – Design by Gilda!

Gilda has been in the floral design business for over 10 years. Her unique, sophisticated and innovative designs always leave her clients beyond satisfied.

In a recent summer wedding in August 2010 at the Palladio, Design by Gilda created a beautiful look using over 5000 stems of flowers! She mixed 1000 stems of extra tall white calla lilies, 2000 stems of white hydrangeas, and 2000 stems of vendela roses.

The design creatively mixed flowers, fabric and rhinestones. The centerpieces on each table were designed with 9 glass cylinder vases wrapped in silk taffeta fabric, Swarovski rhinestones, and strings.

You can see more of Design by Gilda's arrangements by checking out her website and Facebook page.

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ADD SOME POP TO YOUR NEXT EVENT WITH THE GOURMET POP

We're excited to introduce you to one of our newest vendors added to our directory - The Gourmet Pop!  The Gourmet Pop combines style, design and delicious popcorn to bring you a POPPING experience! Their gourmet popcorn buffets are a unique and tasty addition to any special event. Whether it's a simple birthday party, a business party, or a lavish wedding, their custom jars filled with a variety of delicious gourmet flavors and gorgeous table decor definitely keeps everyone wanting more!

The Gourmet Popcorn provides a variety of over 40 gourmet flavors such as strawberry cheesecakes, caramel yin yang, cocoa dream, Tahitian vanilla just to name a few. Contact The Gourmet Pop and schedule a free consultation to come up with your perfect custom display. Each event is special and their goal is to add a little POP to yours!

Services include:

  • Consultation
  • Designed/Embellished Jars
  • Tongs/Scoops
  • Variety of popcorn flavors and colors
  • Favor boxes/baggies
  • Custom Tablescape / Decor to match event colors
  • Custom table linen
  • Set up/Take down

 

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A BRIDE'S STORY: MY WEDDING DRESS

Of all the wedding tasks that I took care of before the wedding, selecting my wedding dress was probably one of the easiest ones to accomplish! The very first wedding dress I tried on was the one I ended up buying! You can read all about my wedding dress shopping experience at Jobyna's Bridal in one of my previous blogs.

My whole experience with Jobyna's Bridal was fantastic! Not only did they help me through the whole process of selecting a dress, but they were also great to work with through the whole dress fitting cycles! Thank you Isabel, Angie, Kristina and the rest of the team for all your help!

Check out some pictures of my wedding dress, designed by Pronovias.

UPDATE: Jobyna's Bridal is now operating under the business name Lovella Bridal.

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Photo Credit: Bauman Photographers

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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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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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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.”

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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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