(slideshow of wedding photos above-best viewed on a computer!)
Davit & Vanessa Tie the Knot with Grace and Elegance
On June 11, 2011, in Yerevan, Armenia, San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancers Vanessa Zahorian and Davit Karapetyan began a new chapter in their storybook romance…as husband and wife.
The celebrated pair, onstage and off, began their courtship with much in common. Though their shared Armenian heritage (Davit was born in Yerevan, Armenia, the city of their wedding, and the petite Vanessa is an Allentown, PA native) might make it seem inevitable that they should gravitate naturally towards each other, it becomes apparent upon seeing them perform together that there is a much deeper universal language that they share: their love of Dance.
And Dance they have; in nearly all the major roles in SFB’s repertory; often paired together, they have thrilled and captivated us…
…and never more so than when Davit, taking up a microphone, dropped to his knee and proposed to Vanessa…
…after their final 2010 performance as the star-crossed lovers in Tomasson’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’…
…in front of the entire War Memorial Opera House.
The applause and cheering was about a 6.0 on the Richter Scale.
So is it any surprise that their wedding day should be blessed with a rainbow right outside their reception?
Our bride says that their special day gave them perfect weather and she shared their rainbow visitation with exuberance.
What the Bride Wore:
This isn’t a ‘society’ column, but I wouldn’t be worth much as a journalist without reporting that the bride wore a cream colored strapless gown by Lazarro, with a sheath-styled bodice hugging the curves till it broadened into an elegant mermaid flair beginning just above the knees. The entire dress was studded with delicate appliquéd rosettes and crystals and her veil was chapel length. The Maid of honor (her little sister) and Bridesmaid (older sister) both wore long pink gowns. Light pink being Vanessa’s favorite color, her bouquet was a watercolor palette of pink roses with the ‘handle’ portion wrapped in cream satin and elegantly wrapped in a double strand of pearls.
…was Christian orthodox comprised of Armenian and American traditions, with the ‘Father of the Bride’ giving Vanessa away. Vanessa also honored her heritage and impressed her groom (and herself!) by speaking Armenian during the ceremony, repeating after the Priest in Davit’s native language.
The 5 Hour Reception…
…began inside with traditional Armenian music and was extended to the outdoors with a DJ playing American music. The wedding cakes were in various hues of pink and white and adorned with pink satin ribbon and fresh pink roses.
The Wedding Dance…
…was a passionate Tango choreographed by Davit and Vanessa and danced to the stylish and lushly produced Pussycat Dolls’ recording of ‘Sway’, the English version of ‘¿Quién será?’, a 1953 mambo written by Mexican composer and bandleader Pablo Beltrán Ruiz. In 1954 the English lyrics were written by Norman Gimbel and recorded by Dean Martin (his recording reached number fifteen on the Billboard magazine best-seller chart and number six on the UK chart). Since then the song has been recorded and remixed by many artists like The Pussycat Dolls, Vanessa’s favorite.
There couldn’t be a more perfect song for our dancing duo; click ‘play’ on the video clip directly below and have a listen. while perusing the very appropriate lyrics below that:
Pussycat Dolls: Sway Lyrics
Songwriters: Pablo Ruiz; Norman Gimbel
The English version:
When marimba rhythms start to play,
dance with me, make me sway
Like a lazy ocean hugs the shore
Hold me close, sway me more
Like a flower bending in the breeze
Bend with me, sway with ease
When we dance you have a way with me
Stay with me, sway with me
Other dancers may be on the floor
Dear, but my eyes will see only you
Only you have that magic technique
When we sway I go weak
I can hear the sound of violins
Long before it begins
Make me thrill as only you know how
Sway me smooth, sway me now, give me more…
These photos were chosen by Vanessa for the purpose of sharing them with us and I thank her tremendously for her generosity.
As a gift to the happy couple from all of us, I’d like to invite well-wishers to sign an ‘Online Guestbook’ for the happy couple here on Odette’s Ordeal; just enter your congratulations and favorite Vanessa and Davit dancing moments using the comment section at the bottom of this post. You can sign your name, choose to be anonymous in this online forum, or simply be ‘Brian from Burlingame’.
Davit, I do realize you were also present at the wedding (!), looking dashing and princely with a divine orchid boutonniere…but you know what they say: ‘It’s all about the bride on the wedding day’.
And which role, on her wedding day, did Vanessa Zahorian, who has danced Princess Aurora, Odette/Odile, Giselle, Juliet, Sylvia, Swanilda, and Kitri, most feel like? Why, that of a Princess who was marrying her Prince Charming, of course:
“It was one of the most
amazing days of my life. I felt like a princess.”-Vanessa Zahorian about her wedding day
To see these fine Artists doing what they love best, visit their pages, with links to video clips, on San Francisco Ballet’s web site:
Odette will soon be launching the rest of this web site with her own unique SFB Dancer Bios!
(Don’t forget to write your wedding wishes in the comments below!)