Everybody loves surprise parties! In the weeks leading up to the event you feel like a covert agent on a top secret mission. So I was intrigued when Sarkis contacted me to photograph his beautiful wife Maral’s surprise birthday party at the exclusive and historic Harold Pratt House on the upper east side of New York City. Built in 1919 the Pratt Mansion was once home base for the powerful political think tank The Council on Foreign Relations and has truly maintained it’s early century charm and sophistication. Vintage mahogany, Italian marble, mid century lamps…it’s a very special venue. When couples are seeking an experienced and creative event photographer at the Harold Pratt House in New York, Lux Photos wedding and event photographers often get the call. We know the venue, the staff, and how to get the very best imagery at this lovely venue.
To celebrate his wife and the doting mother of their children’s 40th birthday, Sarkis organized 120 of their closest friends, legendary caterer Jean-Christophe Le Picart from Feast & Fetes Catering superstar DJ David Chang, and of course Studio JLK Weddings. Event coordinator Allison Burrows tied it all together and the night went off like firecrackers.
The highlight of the evening was a spoof video Sarkis created with the theme “Maral Is Marvelous.” The video explored, through interviews with friends, family, a satirized Armenian news presenter, even Maral’s tennis coach, just how marvelous Maral truly is. This video is, hands down, the most entertaining and hysterical “flashback” video I’ve ever seen!
Congratulations on a mission well done Sarkis, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARAL!