SASHA TASKIER & TYLER FELOUS
May 24, 2015, Leesburg, Virginia
Asurprise proposal has a dark side: the level of deception involved. “It was so hard to keep lying to the person I would never want to lie to,” says Tyler Felous of his elaborate plan to pop the question to Sasha Taskier on a trip to the Napa Valley. “I actually asked him at one point, ‘Are you going to propose to me or not?’ and he said, ‘No, sorry, I’m not,’” Sasha laughs. “I was so disappointed! And he’s not usually a good liar, which is why I believed him.”
Then he got down on one knee at the top of a bell tower at Groth Vineyards, and she tearfully said yes. That wasn’t all, though. Afterward they went to the tasting room, which was crowded with many of their relatives—Tyler had secretly summoned them from all over the country. “I didn’t have a clue!” Sasha marvels. “It was a pretty spectacular thing.” From then on, it was clear the nuptials would be a family affair.
The two, who met as students at Northwestern University in 2010, launched into wedding plans. First up: finding a venue near Sasha’s hometown of Washington, D.C., which made it a destination wedding for the Chicago-based couple. “I had a vision of an amazing barn that was big enough for everyone,” says Sasha, and her mother found it—at Riverside on the Potomac, a sprawling farm with views of Sugarloaf Mountain. Sasha, who is finishing a master’s degree in family therapy, and Tyler, an entrepreneur, infused their heritage into the menu, including Tyler’s father’s Greek background (spanakopita, lamb, baklava) and his mother’s fifth-generation American roots (mini apple pies). “We wanted to make choices that had meaning,” says Sasha.
Over Memorial Day weekend in 2015, the two welcomed 230 of their nearest and dearest to a traditional Jewish ceremony under a flower-bedecked chuppah, officiated by a cantor who had a close relationship with the bride’s family. The party then proceeded to the stone-and-timber barn. After heartfelt toasts, the couple danced to “La Vie en Rose.” “It was such a great night,” says Tyler— with all honesty.
The bride, wearing Sara Seven, and groom, in Armani Made to Measure, shared a warm laugh postceremony.
Coral and red charm peonies and roses were the focal point of the bridal bouquet, which also included dramatic Japanese red-leaf maple foliage.