2009-05-21 / News

Biddle, Schneider to wed

Tania A. Biddle and Leland J. Schneider Tania A. Biddle and Leland J. Schneider Tania A. Biddle and Leland J. Schneider will marry Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 4 p.m. at a private residence in Topanga, Calif. Lotta Alsén, a Universal Life Church minister, will officiate.

The bride and groom met while on a yoga retreat in Zaca Lake, Calif. They attended yoga classes together once a week for a year and a half before the groom proposed during a private yoga class on the beach in Santa Monica, Calif.

The bride, 38, who is known as Tabby, graduated from Colby College with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and holds a master's degree in education from Bank Street College of Education in New York.

Biddle, who will be keeping her last name professionally, is the founder and CEO of Lotus Blossom Style, a yoga lifestyle company, and is a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. Previously she taught at the City and Country School in the West Village.

Biddle is the daughter of Tania Gopcevic Biddle and Wharton Biddle, both of Jamestown. The bride's father, retired from the insurance firm of Biddle & Company, is named after Joseph Wharton, who founded the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. The bride's mother is a retired real estate broker. The bride is a maternal granddaughter of the late Nina Baugh Gopcevic of Philadelphia, and the late Vojislav Petrov Gopcevic of San Francisco. She is a paternal granddaughter of the late General Nicholas Biddle of Philadelphia and the late Sarah Lippincott Biddle, also of Philadelphia.

Schneider, 53, born in New York City, is an executive producer, writer and director. He is the founder of DocuCinema, a media production company based in Los Angeles. He attended Antioch College, where he studied psychology and journalism. He was a student of photography with Bobbi Lane, currently an instructor at the International Center of Photography in New York.

His father, Alfred R. Schneider, who is retired, was the vice president for policy and standards for Cap Cities/ABC, Inc. in New York and a co-author of a book about his experiences, ''The Gatekeeper: My 30 Years as a TV Censor." His mother, Jane H. Schneider, now deceased, was a sculptor whose work is in collections at Long Island University, Wellesley College, Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York, the Hamilton Fish Library in Garrison, New York, the Boca Raton museum in Boca Raton, Fla. and also in private collections.

The couple resides in Santa Monica, Calif.

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