Featured Wedding: Elena and Michael

Elena & Michael
May 27, 2012 @ Tappan Hill Mansion

The Story

Michael planned the proposal as a recreation of his first date with Elena, which was a “soup date” in Prague (where they first met). Elena shared her favorite soup restaurant with Michael and then he shared his with her. But alas, the squash bisque that he wanted her to try was not on the menu that day, so they began a day-long search for the soup! On the day Michael proposed to Elena, he wanted to recreate this fun day, albeit in a different city, and took her to several different restaurants once more in search of squash bisque. He proposed late in the day at an intimate park in Washington D.C.

When it came time to choose the venue, the couple knew Tappan Hill was the place as soon as they drove up. “The outdoor ceremony setting was absolutely stunning, and the indoor spaces were beautiful, large, and filled with sun-drenched rooms,” says Elena. “We heard such incredible reviews about all aspects of a wedding with Abigail Kirsch – the delicious food, the beautiful settings, the attentiveness of the staff, and the ease with which the event manager guides you through the planning process.”

Wedding Style

The couple went with a 50s-retro theme with a modern, fun twist. Polka dots were incorporated into everything from Elena’s 50s-style strapless dress and bridal party attire, to sheer overlay tablecloths and place cards. Even the cake was adorned in blue polka dots! Elena also carried a stunning bouquet made entirely of vintage brooches. Another unique twist the pair added was to give their groomsmen and nephew (the ring bearer) hockey sticks since Michael and his groomsmen played the sport growing up together. “What we wanted more than anything else was for the wedding to be fun, original and uniquely ours,” says Elena.

Favorite Menu Item

Bride: Gorgonzola and Fig Savory Cannoli
Groom: Lobster BLTs


Memorable Moments

One of the most special moments for the couple was when they shared a bowl of their long-sought-after squash bisque. As it turns out, it is a Czech wedding tradition for the bride and groom to share a bowl of soup together using one spoon and with a shawl draped over their shoulders. The shawl symbolizes unity and the spoon symbolizes cooperation. What better way to begin their married life together than with a bowl of soup! “When we proposed the idea to our event manager a few weeks before the wedding, she immediately set out to make it happen. A bowl of squash bisque was especially made for us, and a small table was brought out so everyone could see us as we shared in this special tradition,” says Elena. “No less, the squash bisque was the best we’ve ever had.” Another unforgettable moment? A few wedding crashers — deer sleeping on the grounds behind the ceremony!

What Guests are Saying

“Our guests have simply raved about the fun they had, the incredible food, and the impeccable timing of the entire night. They have said that there wasn’t a dull moment, and it all just flowed so nicely,” says Elena. “They’ve also raved about the beauty of Tappan Hill. People keeping saying that it was the best wedding they have ever been to.”


floral design: Flowers, Sticks and Stones | photography: Serge Gree | entertainment: David Temple / EduKated Fleas / Beat Train Productions | wedding dress: Michelle Roth | groom’s attire: Theory Tailor Xylo | bridesmaid dresses: Flying Tomato