Hi! I’m Tanya Hartman, Owner of Gilded Social

 Tanya Hartman - Owner of Gilded Social The Fancy Occasion Shop

For 15 years, I worked in politics, fundraising, and government administration, until I finally decided to pursue two things I have always loved ~ small business ownership and weddings! I purchased Gilded Social, formerly La Jeune Mariee Maids & Social Occasions, in December 2017, and every moment since has been an absolute DREAM come true.

I've been a bride once, a bridesmaid three times, and a bachelorette party and bridal shower attendee countless times. To me, standing next to your best gal on her wedding day is one of life’s greatest honors. It is MY honor that I get to earn a living as a small part in that special moment for women near and far.

Photo Credit: Jenna Powers Photography

Decades of Inspiration

I've been in love with weddings since I first picked up a wedding magazine in high school. No joke, I have a 5-inch binder full of magazine clippings dating back to 1997 to prove it. {It’s actually in the shop ~ ask to see it next time you’re in!}

Not so secretly, I dreamt of one day planning a wedding worthy of being published in a famous wedding magazine, just like the ones I read about. I recorded every idea that was even half good from decor to food to personal touches. I considered it research for what would be the most important celebration of my life.

Making Dreams a Reality

When the time actually came, my decades of research paid off. Richie and I put together a weekend in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for our friends and family that totally lived up to all the hype. AND, that gave me all the proof I needed that being a wedding pro was what I should have been doing all along.

Well, with a lot of determination and a little bit of fate, dreams became reality! The opportunity to purchase Gilded Social came quick, and I just knew that this was my chance to do something I really, truly love. The rest, as they say, is history!

And as if finding Gilded Social wasn’t enough, I’m pretty humbled, thrilled, and downright ecstatic to have our wedding featured on these fabulous blogs…

Brides.com

A Western-Themed Wedding in Jackson Hole

FourSeasons.com

Old Glamour Meets Rustic Charm in Jackson Hole

RescueFlats.com

Tanya & Richie’s Jackson Hole Wedding, plus their wedding vendor advice

A Few Favorites from Pen Carlson Photography

Other Fun Facts About Me

I am from Fulton, Maryland and was recruited to Ohio State to play field hockey. You just might catch me one day wearing one of my most prized possessions ~ my B1G Championship ring from 2001.

I have visited 44 countries on 6 continents and, no doubt, have given the travel bug to Richie, too. Follow our travels on Instagram {@therutmans}.

I am a proud member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and served in a number of volunteer roles as an alumna, including chairing the $5 million renovation and expansion of my chapter house.

I am the oldest of seven siblings, though none of them are from both my real mom and dad.

Richie and I have lived in our home in German Village since 2012. You can often find us at Harvest, Barcelona, Jimmy V’s, or Schmidt’s.

As an Ohio State Senior, I was on Homecoming Court and was awarded Outstanding Senior and Panhellenic Woman of the Year, but certainly my most humbling honor is a room named after me in the Ohio Union.

I owned a fundraising consulting firm named Raising Green Productions from 2010 to 2015 before joining the Ohio Treasurer’s office in 2015.

I am most comfortable in the great outdoors in a simple t-shirt and jeans, but I sure do love to get all fancy sometimes. Ironic yet perfect for this job, don’t you think?