May 24, 2015, Lees­burg, Vir­ginia

Martha Stewart Weddings - - CELEBRATIONS - —Eve­lyn Battaglia

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.

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