Featured Wedding: Tania & Rich

Tania & Rich
April 18, 2014 @ Tappan Hill Mansion

The Story

While on the last day of their vacation, Tania and Rich to the famous Lake Bled in Slovenia. “We decided to walk the loop around the lake, while admiring the stunning snow-capped Julian Alps in the background and the 15th century church in the middle of the lake on Bled Island – a beacon of love, commitment and hope for the thousands of couples that travel from all over the world to say their vows there,” says Tania. “When we reached the halfway point of our walk around the lake, Rich pulled me off of the paved path and said he wanted to make our own path through the foliage to get to the water’s edge. Everything around us was so quiet and peaceful. We sat on the ground by the water and looked out onto the church, enjoying the special moment with each other. Finally, when we were ready to leave, Rich helped me up and I started walking back up to the path. Just as I realized he wasn’t behind me, I turned around and he was on one knee holding the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen. He said he couldn’t wait to make me as happy as I’d made him over our 8 years together and then asked me to marry him. Of course, I said YES!”

When it came to select their venue, the couple felt something special about Tappan Hill Mansion. “The beauty of the location of the venue, its unique charm, architecture, magnificent gardens, and breathtaking view simply took a hold of our hearts and we knew there was no other place that would ever come close in comparison,” says Tania. Then once we found out more about the history behind the food, each dish resembling a rare work of art and Abigail’s artistry in creating this remarkable cuisine carefully and impeccably, we knew that we were not only in excellent hands, but that Abigail Kirsch is truly in a class of her own, unmatched by anyone else.”

Wedding Style

“We wanted to have a colorful and striking, yet elegant spring theme and style,” says Tania. “We incorporated it by using pops of bright color among classic neutral backgrounds. We both worked very hard in accentuating our wedding décor with handmade additions that were personalized and spoke to our backgrounds and identities, both apart and together. We really wanted every guest to walk away with the feeling that they were a part of a very personal and intimate celebration of our love for each other.”

Favorite Menu Item

Bride: Chantilly Crepes
Groom: Bistro Beef

Memorable Moments

“Our wonderful event manager led us up to the bridal suite right after our ceremony where a spread of all of the hors d’oeuvres from cocktail hour and a bottle of champagne was waiting for us,” says Tania. “She said that we should share a moment alone with each other, as long as we needed, to just take in what had just happened and to relish those first few minutes with just each other before we went back downstairs to our guests. Looking back, we realize that it was truly the most special first moment that we shared with each other as a husband and wife, and we owe that to the thoughtful staff at Tappan Hill Mansion.”

What Guests are Saying

“Every single guest has come up to us to say that our wedding was one of the most personal and memorable celebrations they have ever attended,” says Tania. “The impression left on us all, was one of a superior, un-matched quality and excellence from top to bottom and we truly could not have gotten better, anywhere! Our endless thanks goes to Abigail Kirsch and Tappan Hill Mansion for providing the perfect venue, the most superb food, and truly the most unforgettable experience we could have ever dreamed of.”


floral design: Forever in Bloom | photography/videography: Hugh Riley/ Flanagan Productions | entertainment: Vali Entertainment | wedding dress: Jaehee Bridal (Allure Couture) | groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse (Calvin Klein) | bridesmaid dresses: Here Comes the Bridesmaid (Dessy) | jewelry: Jules Fine Jewelry | hair & makeup: Brianna Marte