We always love coming to California for epic weddings because they never disappoint. This was by far the biggest wedding we’ve ever been a part of with nearly 600 guests!
The bride started her day by getting ready at her parent’s beautiful house in Fresno, CA. Her girls were all around her in their adorable black robes. There we met Johnny and Cindy of Johnny Stafford Photography and had the pleasure of collaborating with them throughout the day. The groom and his guys got their suits on at a family member’s house only a few doors down. The wonderful couple, Lindsay and Ryan, had their First Look in the backyard of her parent’s house near a gorgeous fountain. After family photos and bridal party photos, I hopped into the party bus from Absolute Comfort with Lindsay and her bridesmaids to film them partying all the way to the church. Probably my favorite part of the entire day; they were so fun!
Once at the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, Krishna and I set up our cameras and audio and got ready for the ceremony, a particular faith we have never filmed before. One of the aspects of what we do that I love, is we’re able to witness cultures and ceremonies we wouldn’t otherwise have access to. It’s really a treat to peak into these people’s lives for a day. There were customs that we were unfamiliar with, such as the three reverends who all officiated the ceremony. The main reverend had a robe with a black hood and chanted in Armenian throughout the ceremony. He also crowned the bride and groom as the king and queen of their household. After the couple was married, they processed down the aisle and hugged their parents and grandparents, which was a very sweet tradition.
All the guests headed over to the very posh Signature Flight, a private airport in Fresno for charter flights. Shelli of Shelli Armstrong Events completely transformed the hangar, creating a space with drapery from The Linen Shoppe. Setting the Stage did an incredible job rigging all the lighting, from the chandeliers to all of the fixtures and stage lighting. Rentals for the space were by White Night, Lounge Essence, Expo, Circle of Events, and Walker Lewis. These included the beautiful white and gold chairs and tables, cocktail tables, lounge seating, centerpieces, and dishware. There were huge floral arrangements by San Francisco Floral, who also made the bouquets and boutonnieres. There was no spot that wasn’t decorated and everything was decadent and sparkling. They had a live Armenian band, Khatchig, who were incredibly entertaining and talented, and a DJ. After cocktail hour, the guests headed into the main reception space for a plated multi-course meal from Pardini’s.
The couple danced were introduced by the band who sung an Armenian song while all of the guests danced around the couple. They did their first dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” followed by the father daughter and mother son dance. Everybody partied until the wee hours with the band and DJ switching off entertaining for the night. We definitely want to do another Armenian wedding! The couples that we’ve filmed have been the most fun and these people know how to party.