Featured Wedding: Caitlin & Russ

Caitlin and Russell
May 4, 2013 @ Tappan Hill Mansion

The Story

Russ loves to surprise Caitlin every year for her birthday. So for her special day, he booked a private spa room in Manhattan’s Peninsula Hotel. After the couple received massages, they had the room to themselves for another hour. “I had walked over to the window to look out at the view and when I turned back around, he was down on one knee,” Caitlin says. “I said ‘yes’ immediately and we both had to hold onto each other because we were shaking so badly!” Russ had also organized a surprise, champagne brunch with their families at one of their favorite spots. “It was a perfect, wonderful day. He hid every single detail and I had been completely clueless up until it happened!”

When the couple started looking for venues, the two arrived at Tappan Hill Mansion. “The second we stepped into the Pavilion ballroom, we were sold,” she says. “The sweeping windows, gorgeous view, and the elegance and character of the room itself were unbelievable…For us, it was all about quality and Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill had it in spades.”

Wedding Style

The couple focused on making their big day both elegant and romantic. The centerpieces were a mix of high/low throughout the room with whites, creams, spring greens, and natural branches. The balustrade was lined with different sizes of pillar candles to keep the lighting warm and flattering. They even had a cigar roller during cocktail hour to add a touch of old world class.  “There were just little touches carried through that tied everything together, such as the tables being named after our favorite places in Manhattan,” says Caitlin.

Favorite Menu Item

Caitlin: Artisanal Macaroni & Cheese from the Retro Station
Russ: Cookies and Milk dessert

Memorable Moments

“Paul, our event manager, grabbed both of us before the guest arrived during cocktail hour and escorted us through the ballroom up to the bridal suite.  Seeing the Pavilion Room made up for the first time, coupled with those precious moments alone together, were amazing,” she says. “The most unexpected moment came during my father’s speech. My dad is a great, light-hearted guy, and I didn’t expect him to get emotional.  When he choked up welcoming Russ as a son, it blew Russ and me away.  It was a beautiful, touching point in time and one I will treasure forever.”

What Guests are Saying

“We have consistently heard ‘unbelievable food, gorgeous space, attentive staff, and perfect execution,’” Caitlin says.  “All of our guests were astounded at the level of detail and service—we keep hearing we have set the bar for future weddings!”


floral design: Forever in Bloom | photography: Matthew J. Wagner Fine Photography | videographer: The Light Mill | entertainment: Dane Wright Band – Hank Lane | wedding dress: Majesty Bridal LLC | groom’s attire: custom tux by AB Professionals | bridesmaid dresses: RK Bridal