I met up with Megan and Hagop for their engagement session last fall at Roger Williams park and then joined them Memorial Day weekend as they celebrated their wedding with family and friends in North Providence, RI. Megan and Hagop’s celebration was my first traditional Armenian wedding, which began with the bride getting ready at Hagop’s grandmothers house, surrounded by family, food and traditional music. In accordance with tradition, the groom and his men arrived around noon bearing gifts (a tray that carried the bride’s shoes, perfume, chocolates and Cognac). Hagop’s brother Raffi carried the gifts as Hagop rang the front door and was greeted by Megan. After a couple of quick photographs, we all proceeded inside where the gifts were presented and the party ensued. Family members took turns dancing with the tray of gifts over their heads until finally it was presented to Megan. With assistance from her brother, she donned her shoes and perfume, and the celebration continued. After a good bit of dancing and celebration, the wedding party boarded a trolley and headed for the ceremony at St. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church. There Megan and Hagop were crowned King and Queen of their household and married among an enormous gathering of family and friends. After the ceremony, we met up once again at Roger Williams Park for photos of the families and wedding party, then headed to Johnson and Wales Inn in nearby Seekonk for a lovely reception led by the fabulous DJ Raffi Kebabjian. Thank you to Megan and Hagop for including me in your special day. I had a wonderful time meeting you and celebrating with your friends and family. I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness together!
Check out more of Megan and Hagop’s big day in their slide show: