Modern Pair at Architectural Penthouse

Rita & Emin

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A message from the bride

What was it like when you found "the dress"?: It was a magical moment where I felt so many different emotions. After trying on multiple dresses that day, I honestly did not think that I would end up finding my dream dress." The consultant helping me that day told me that I'll just know when it happens, which was not helpful in that moment (haha!). But, the next dress I tried on ended up being my wedding dress and as the consultant had told me, I did "just know." The feeling was so magical! I was so in love with my dress and did not want to take it off!

Were you inspired by any style icons for your bridal look?: It was really important for me to look like myself and to feel absolutely beautiful - not only in real life, but in my photos as well!

Any recommendations for brides looking for their glam squad?: I think it is really important to have a glam squad who can understand the look you're going for, who you're able to trust and who is able to help you love the way you look on your most special day!

Describe your experience with wedding planning : We wanted the wedding planning process to be fun and exciting for the both of us. We started planning a day or so after Emin proposed and I am so happy we did. We had a great time with the process, making decisions together, and leaving vendor appointments together made the wedding feel so real. We both wanted to find vendors who we trusted and each time we booked a vendor, we celebrated! Honestly, we really loved all of our vendors! Throughout the planning, it was really helpful for us to delegate tasks and to set deadlines for each task. I was really lucky because Emin was involved in the planning process, so having his support and help honestly made the process a lot easier (and really special!). Our advice for couples planning their wedding would be to make it as fun and enjoyable as possible because it goes by quickly!

How did you meet?: We actually met in San Francisco in 2007 when we were 17 and 18 years old. We were at an event that was hosted by an Armenian organization that we were both members of. We instantly liked each other and kept in touch after the event even though we both lived in different states. We eventually lost touch, but reconnected in 2013 when we both lived in Los Angeles, and have been together ever since.

Describe the moment he proposed: It was a dream come true! We were having lunch at a winery that we frequently visited and refer to as 'our winery,' so I did not have any suspicions. Before heading home we usually walk around their vineyard and that is exactly what Emin suggested we do. Before I knew it, we ended up stopping in front of a beautiful table for two with champagne that was set up under a gorgeous flower arch in front of the vineyards. As I turned around to ask Emin what was going on, he was already down on one knee. It was such a beautiful moment. I was on cloud nine! Emin had spent months planning and preparing and it could not have been any more perfect!!

What are your favorite moments of your wedding day?: One of our most favorite moments was our first look. Even though we had our first look in front of our family and friends, traditional Armenian style, in that moment it felt as though we were the only two people in the room. It was such an exhilarating moment for the both of us that we will always cherish.

Vendors

Photography: Rene Zadori Photography

Bridal Dress Store: Lovella Bridal

Bridal Dress Designer: La Sposa

Bridal Makeup Artist: Claudette Seyfi at Beaute Bar

Bridal Hair Stylist: Lala Khajavi at Beaute Bar

Bridesmaids’ Hair Stylist: Nora at Beaute Bar

Floral Designer: Walter's Flowers

Photo Session Location: Sky Studio through Wedding Estates

Invitation/Stationery: PB Designs

Rene Zadori