Hello my beauties,
It has been way too long since my last post and a lot has happened since. The most important of these events being my marriage to my wonderful husband just a few weeks ago. The interesting thing is that no matter what the size of the wedding, it can really take a toll on you. There’s a lot of planning involved, many decisions to be made, and a whole lot of compromises. However, it all comes together on your big day and every moment soon becomes a memory, a memory that I will share with you all today 💗
I probably had the most untraditional wedding in Armenian history lol, I didn’t do the festivities at the brides house, no banquet hall, no fancy limo, no bridesmaids…nothing. I truly don’t enjoy traditional weddings because it’s the same thing over and over again, so from the get go I wanted something very intimate and simple.
The night before the big day…
After I completed my errands for the day, my sister and I headed to the hotel room to finally have some dinner and relax. We ordered room service, I drank a glass of wine and we watched some TV…the perfect way to spend your night. I took one last glance at my wedding dress, gracefully hanging to the right of me, and went to bed excited for what awaits the next day.
We stayed at the beautiful Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood where the service was impeccable. They knew it was my wedding day so they surprised me by sending some coffee and pastries to the room, along with a hand-written note congratulating me. If that’s not the sweetest gesture, I don’t know what it.
My morning was already off to a joyous start, just as I envisioned. I enjoyed my coffee and croissant as I waited for Mari, my hair guru, to arrive.
Let the glam begin…
I facetimed my bestie in New York all morning as I was getting ready so she could be part of my big day even 3000 miles away.
P.S. All the vendors and their contact information will be listed below.
It’s all in the details…
Perfume: Jo Malone- Mimosa & Cardamom
The jewelry my mommy gifted me 💗
Bridal Hanger: Icing
I looked high and low for a Bridal Robe and randomly found it at Target, total steal! They have such a cute collection of bridal lingerie, robes, and accessories. I even bought flip flops that say “Bride” on it for my honeymoon.
Hair Brooch: Icing
Let the pictures begin…
& we lived happily ever after 👰🏼
Makeup Artist: Rob Sargsyan
Wedding Dress: Lovella Bridal
Veil: Vera Wang from David’s Bridal
Flowers: Anna’s Secret Garden
Photographer: Tony from Jay Jay Productions
Photography Location: Pasadena Museum of History
A note from the bride…
Although I had a very small wedding I do want to share a few things with my future brides.
- Find vendors that have your style, so that when you explain your vision there won’t be any discrepancies. If you are using a new vendor ask for samples of their work.
- When it comes to booking a hotel room, if you decide to do that, you can request the hotel to show you the exact room you’ll be booking. It helps to see the interior for yourself and get a feel for the space.
- Makeup and hair is an essential part of your day, setting a trial is always helpful because you get to see what you will look like on your special day. It’s even more crucial if you’ve never worked with the artist or stylist before.
- Your wedding dress and how you feel in it is the most important part of your wedding day. Don’t settle for something you aren’t in love with. My mom and I went to a few bridal shops before we bought my dress and I’m glad I did because I got to explore my options. There’s also the option of renting and theres a great shop in LA called One Night Affair that has an amazing collection of designer bridal gowns.
- Definitely do a cake tasting before you put in your order and make sure to go over the design with your baker.
- Browse through Pinterest for inspo…here’s a look into my wedding board.
- When you are picking out wedding shoes go with something neutral that you can wear even after the big day. It doesn’t have to be designer, it just needs to be comfortable. I wanted to wear these Steve Madden sandals but I knew I wouldn’t last more than 2 hours in them.
- Dye your hair the week of the wedding or a few days before.
- Get your nails done a day or two before the big day. I would suggest to do gel on your toes…it looks shiny, lasts for weeks, and doesn’t chip off.
- Take a pair of flats with you so you can take a break from your heels. I ended up wearing my husbands sneakers because I thought I could last all day in 5 inch heels #bigmistake
- Last but not least, cherish EVERY SINGLE MOMENT, even if something goes wrong. Every second of your special day will be the best memory of your life.
- Don’t wait last minute to pick out a wedding dress. If you are buying, it takes at least 6 months for the dress to be ready, not to mention the countless alterations to get it fitted perfectly. I would start looking 9 months before the big day.
- Don’t spend so much money on little details such as the hanger, the robe, the hair piece, etc, because you will probably never use them again.
- Don’t try a new makeup look that you’ve never done before on your big day, you want to go with something you are comfortable in. Same goes for your hair. This is why trials are helpful.
- Don’t get a spray tan if you have never gotten one before.
- Don’t get a facial the week of your wedding, do it at least 2 weeks before so your skin has time to heal.
- Don’t starve yourself on the day of, have a hearty breakfast because odds are you won’t have time to eat until you get to your venue.
- Don’t listen to everyones recommendations, what worked for them might not work for you. You know whats best for YOU!
I hope this blog post was fun & helpful. I know wedding planning is tough and stressful but try to stay positive and know that everything will eventually work itself out #WhatsMeantToBeWillBe