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Andrena Photography


Taleen Dersaroian & Nareg Artinian

April 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California


Unbeknownst to them, Taleen Dersaroian and Nareg Artinian’s wedding day was destined to be since high school. As a junior, Nareg was originally rejected by Taleen after asking her to her senior prom. A few years later, however, a post-college relationship formed between the two of them built on a mutual love of food, laughter, humor, travel, and restaurants – all, which were key elements in their wedding.

Having attended several weddings over the years, Taleen and Nareg knew they wanted something different for their own celebration. Working with Nira from Amber Events, they were able to create the sexy, edgy, and sophisticated wedding they’d envisioned. Vibiana was chosen as the wedding venue for three reasons – the ornate ceilings, historical architecture, and the food, courtesy of Neal Fraser. A special culinary addition was also treating guests to a midnight snack, known as the Mother’s Love Quesadilla (MLQ). After college, Nareg opened the TK Truck, which served a gourmet fusion of Armenian and Middle Eastern flavors in a tortilla. Taleen had spent many nights helping him on the TK Truck, so serving the MLQ was a wonderful way to incorporate another personal touch.

Keeping with their foodie passion, the couple’s favorite part of the wedding planning process was the cake tasting. Andrea from Superfine Bakery designed a cakescape for the reception with three wedding cakes of varying heights. Nareg wanted the cakes to look like they were floating when set up at the altar at Vibiana, so the cakes were placed on clear acrylic platforms. By incorporating hexagons within the cake design, which matched the Vibiana’s ceiling, the presentation was seamless.

When the big day arrived, Dina from Andrena Photography was capturing each treasured moment. The Vibiana was transformed by a unique and lavish décor scheme. Bronze urns filed with green leaves were placed in the middle of 20-person feasting tables; long, acrylic mirrored runners were adorned with candles and calla lilies for the banquet tables; and all tables were accompanied by smoky ghost chairs.

Precisely 12 years after Taleen rejected Nareg’s prom proposal, the couple tied the knot. The bride and groom spent the earlier part of the day with their respective bridal parties, going through a whirlwind of hair, makeup, and catered food. Wanting to maintain a traditional element for the Armenian wedding ceremony, their first look didn’t take place until the bride was escorted down the aisle by her mother and father.

After the ceremony and cocktail hour, an all-night party took place, fueled by the music of DJ Heartbeat. Glow in the dark bracelets were passed around, and a flower wrapping station was generously set up at the end of the night so guests could take flowers home from the wedding.

>Written by: Lauren Malamala

Ceremony Location: Saint Mary’s Apothic Church Los Angeles, CA; Reception Location: Vibiana Los Angeles, CA; Event Design and Planner: Amber Events Studio City, CA; Floral Design: Shawna Yamamoto Event Design Brea, CA;
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Los Angeles, CA; Chairs and Dance Floor: Chiavari Chair Rental & Décor Costa Mesa, CA; Lighting: High Voltage Lighting North Hollywood, CA; Cake: Superfine Bakery Los Angeles, CA; Hair & Makeup: Face it Sugar CA;

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Taleen Dersaroian & Nareg Artinian

April 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California



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