The Wedding of ...
Plamena Pesheva & Michael Quintavalla
Ceremony & Reception: Tarrytown House Estate
Gown: Red Carpet Boutique
Bridesmaids: Bill Levkoff
Hair: Melissa Scrofani
Florist: Arcadia Floral Co.
Cake: Sweet Lisa's
Photographer: Dominic Casserly
Videographer: Strictly Video Productions Inc.
DJ: Entertainment Consultants
Stunning Hudson River Valley Views
Michael and I met during the second semester of our freshman year at Boston University. Since then, we’ve been inseparable. For our first date we went ice skating at the Frog Pond in Boston and even though I managed to stay on my ice skates, I couldn’t help but fall for the tall, handsome, adventurous, blue-eyed boy.
For New Year’s Eve in 2012, we planned to go to a friend’s New York City apartment to celebrate. Little did I know, Michael had been planning a big surprise for months. Shortly before midnight, we went up to the rooftop to look at the exciting New York City skyline. That’s when he took my hand as I walked up the ladder, got down on one knee, and asked me to spend the rest of our lives together.
When we began our search for a wedding venue, we knew we wanted to find something that had character. Tarrytown House Estate, a historic and romantic mansion overlooking the Hudson River Valley, was just what we were looking for. We fell in love with its spacious grounds, beautiful gardens, and the floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows in the reception area. The grounds make for an absolutely stunning backdrop for pictures. We also liked how convenient it was for our guests to stay over at the on-site hotel rooms. They enjoyed breakfast with us the day after our wedding in a reserved room with a few of our centerpieces.
Our wedding day was our happiest day yet! Though it was a little rainy at first, clouds gave way to sunshine just in time for my walk down the aisle. Michael and I were so happy to have our ceremony in the beautiful statue garden surrounded by our family and friends. I wanted to incorporate my Bulgarian heritage to honor my family who traveled halfway across the world to be here. At the end of the ceremony, my grandmother tossed water on the ground from a copper vessel to symbolize good luck and health for the newlyweds. Our wedding favors were jars of Bulgarian rose petal jam, which our guests said was delicious.
For the cocktail hour, there were multiple rooms filled with food. The doors of the Biddle Mansion also opened up to the patio, where our guests enjoyed the fresh air and stunning views. The masterful chef crafted an elegant menu to suit our blend of Italian and Bulgarian cultures. Butler-passed hors d’oeuvres included prosciutto-wrapped melon, pigs in a blanket, baby lamb chops with orange mint marmalade, tuna tartare on a cucumber round, and foie gras torchon on brioche. We had a cold display and two interactive stations that had everything from grilled lamb kabobs to stuffed grape leaves to fresh baked focaccia breads.
At the reception, we had alternating tall and short centerpieces of white hydrangea, pink and champagne roses, and candles, which helped set the romantic mood. Our guests enjoyed a four-course dinner that began with a goat cheese tart with caramelized onions, micro greens, and truffle oil, followed by a salad with field greens, poached pears, goat cheese, candied walnuts, and Cabernet vinaigrette. The entrée was a choice of grilled salmon with citrus-scented cous cous, grilled asparagus, and moro orange beurre blanc; filet mignon with fingerling potatoes, asparagus, baby carrots, and fricassee of wild mushrooms; or stuffed chicken breast with baby spinach, toasted orzo, oven-roasted tomato and boursin stuffing, and madeira reduction.
For dessert we had the most delicious vanilla bean creme brulée we’ve ever had! Our wedding cake was vanilla with chocolate mousse and raspberries. It was beautifully decorated with real pink roses cascading on the side. The dance floor was packed the entire night and our guests had a fantastic time celebrating the beginning of our lives as “Mr. and Mrs.” We too danced the night away and still had time to visit our guests at each table.
We are so thankful to our vendors who were beyond professional and did an incredible job. We also could not have done it without the help of our loving families and friends, for which we are forever grateful.
Tarrytown House Estate
49 East Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown, NY 10591