Just last September our very own Co-Founder, Maxine Derderian, married her best friend. As a lady who built a wedding planning company from the ground up, with some serious experience in planning and executing massive events, and with a special love for, well, love, this lady's big day was nothing short of absolute magic. Today, we are featuring her wedding on the blog. And we asked her to share in her own words all the concepts she had going into the day, and all about the details that made this day so truly about her and her love. Get ready to SWOON people.
Here's what she had to say...
Shockingly, I was never one of those girls that dreamed of my wedding day. Now don't get me wrong... I was for sure THE girl always dreaming about weddings in general, just not my own. It was impossible for me to imagine how that symbolic day could possibly look without knowing the man who would make its symbolism worth anything at all. Then I met Fisher. My benevolent, brilliant husband. Our love is a steady one -- a slow lit flame. But once I knew he was the one, my dreams were history.
It is a no brainer that I am a sucker for romance. Seriously. I still cry at every wedding I attend (even the ones I plan). Yet somehow, I married someone even more sappy than me. Ultimately, all we wanted was for everyone in our lives to just be consumed by love at our wedding. And I mean, when you invite a couple hundred of Armenians and Egyptians to a celebration, you can only imagine the passion and emotion that will overcome that night.
We had the most incredible team of videographers for our big day, Life Event Films. Check out our wedding video below to see all the pieces come together! We love the way they captured everything that happened that day, but also weaved in our history and our future into these beautiful 5 minutes. In many ways, it captures so much more than just our wedding day, but they also captured who we are.
We had our wedding on Fisher's family farm that was started by his grandfather. Fish grew up on their pomegranate and orange farm the majority of his life so we thought it was perfect! Plus, I have to admit, I envisioned us getting married around those beautiful lush pomegranate trees ever since the day I laid my eyes on them. Pomegranates became the overarching theme of the day. All of the paper products use a pomegranate design I painted, we used actual pomegranates from the farm as decor and incorporated them into every bouquet and centerpieces. The moody maroon coupled so well with the whites and grey. I absolutely loved using something so symbolic to our Families in every element of our wedding!
I live for all the details! They are usually my favorite pieces of weddings. So of course I had to go all out! We made 14 wood signs, 105 flower arrangements, 5 garlands, and placed over 300 candles to transform the operating farm into a wedding venue. Yep. It is so hard for my to pick an absolute favorite sign, but I think if I had to choose, the 8 foot wood "Derderian EST" sign that greeted guests in the barn for our reception may be the winner. But I do have to say that I had so much fun designing our "Generations of Love" sign and table. It was a very special way to honor all of the love stories that mean so much to us.
I knew it would be hot the day of our wedding. I also knew that wherever 12 bridesmaids would be, a dance party and lots of champagne would also be. So I didn't want to wear a fancy robe, I just wanted to be comfortable. And I wanted the same for my maids. Oversized, button-down, quarter-sleeve shirts seemed to do the trick! My amazing made of honors did my makeup and helped me get ready. By the time I was ready to put my dress on, I was so overwhelmed that I took Monica and Beth into my mother-in-law's closet and put it on with just the two of them. It made for a very fun reveal. My mom and my dad were just the sweetest. Their reaction made me feel like a bride about to marry the man of my dreams. The way they looked at me made everything so real. My maid of honor's mom, Nancy (AKA the best human on earth) made my veil. I've had many "second moms" in my life, but Nancy is especially dear to me. So I had her put my veil on for me.
CEREMONY // BACKYARD
Fisher's backyard is adorned with breathtaking trees and beautiful blue skies. Having a backyard wedding is so intimate, especially with 300 guests, it really did feel like everything was right in the world. Everyone we loved was at a place we loved ready witness to our love and it honestly just doesn't get better than that.... except maybe one thing. My Grandma Maxine was my best friend. When she died a few years ago, I was left with such a hole in my heart. I never thought someone could fill that missing place ever again. Yet somehow, I was so wrong. There are a million reasons why becoming a Derderian is one of my greatest accomplishments, but something worth praising is how amazing of a family I married into. Specifically, I received two new grandmas that day. Both of whom would have been best of friends with Grandma Maxine -- I'm sure of it. And so to highlight them a bit, I asked my two new grandmas, Who Who and Grammy, to be my flower girls. They were a hit!
THE FARM // OUR TRIBE
As if it could get any better, the pomegranate trees were ready for harvest! Literally the pickers were on the property the next morning. Which means that these trees were filled with such amazing pops of red! I was in heaven! And let's just pause for a minute to talk about this tribe of ours. 24 in total. Jaw droppers I tell ya. Despite being the most incredible people we know, they are all so freaking gorgeous. Like, HOW?!
RECEPTION // BARN
An Armenian grand entrance with the famous Richard Hagopian band kicked off our reception! Our guests were for sure engulfed in our families' heritage. The night was filled with tear-jerking toasts, amazing homemade food, and loads of dancing! My brother-in-law, Jef, and our best man, Spencer, played our first dance on the trumpet and piano. Cheek to Cheek will forever remind me of the best day of my life.
SLOW MO BOOTH
As if every part of the night wasn't already amazing enough, we had our videographers set up a slow-mo booth--kind of like a photo booth, only video. It was open to all our guests to enjoy and have fun with all sorts of props. Honestly, this may be the most hilarious piece from our wedding. I love going back and watching this... It just highlights the happiness of the night and how good of time everyone had. This makes me so happy. It's just hilarious. And I feel like I'm right back there partying the night away with everyone again.
Our wedding was filled with cheer and tears, thrill and delight. It was the best day of my life -- kinfolk in every way. And I am so excited to get to share some of my favorite details with you all! I hope these memories bring you as much joy as they bring me.
Venue: The Derderian Farm | Caterer: Ed Smither Catering | Cakes: Frosted Cakery