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Elegant Oheka Castle Wedding

Layer upon layer of luxurious elegance is about to unfold before your eyes, in the form of Rebecca Yale‘s artful imagery. With a slightly Art Deco vibe, this Oheka Castle affair glows with rich detailing that we crave on the daily here at SMP… a perfectly styled invitation suite, designed by Ipanema Press and Bella Figura, a bouquet from Ava Flora with a mind of it’s own and that dress, oh that dress. It’s a doozy, darlings.

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From Rebecca YaleSandy and Kain’s wedding celebration at Oheka Castle was a gorgeous day full of elegant details and a celebration fit for royalty. From the absolutely stunning bouquet and floral arrangements from Avaflora to her gorgeous Monique Lhullier dress every detail was perfection! I had the pleasure of photographing Sandy and Kain’s engagement party last year, so it was so much fun to work with them again and document their beautiful wedding day. I absolutely love getting to know my couples during the planning process and these two are just the sweetest! The love for each other and their big families was evident in every moment of the day and was a joy to capture for them.

From the beautiful Bride… Kain and I originally met in High School, and reconnected right after college. We met up in New York City one chilly winter night. Kain and I had been dating for 3 years before he proposed on Sunday, March 24th 2013 at Lenz Winery, my favorite vineyard on the North Fork of Long Island. It was a breezy spring day so naturally; I wanted to go inside the barn turned tasting room to keep warm. As we were walking in, Kain asked me to wait because he had something to ask me. When I turned around, he was already on one knee asking me to marry him! This overwhelming happy feeling just came over me like I never felt before! I was so excited but couldn’t stop shaking at the same time, I couldn’t stop smiling! I was on cloud nine!

I planned the entire wedding myself, but with MUCH help from my mother…thank goodness for her! I chose Oheka Castle for our reception because I wanted an Art Deco feel that exuded luxury and glamour. The garden and grounds of Oheka are absolutely gorgeous and the Castle itself is stunning! I had an Art Deco theme throughout the wedding. The color mix was ivory, light blush, and gold. Kain went to his family jeweler and designed my gorgeous custom oval-cut platinum engagement ring with a double diamond halo. For our wedding bands, Kain wanted something simple since he isn’t used to wearing jewelry. Kain chose a simple platinum wedding band and I chose a natural round wedding band. It’s gorgeous!

When initially looking for my dress I knew I wanted one that was romantic, timeless, and that made me feel beautiful. I chose a two-tone ivory gown featuring a lace bodice embroidered with lace and embellished with crystals, pearls, and baby glass beads. It also featured a textured organza tufted skirt with a quaint keyhole back. I knew I definitely wanted to keep my dress very traditional by choosing beaded, lace sleeves and a ball gown, but I also wanted to something modern which is why I chose the princess cut bodice with the keyhole back. I loved the mix of traditional and modern at the same time. My Monique Lhuillier wedding gown delivered timeless elegance with a modern edge. My cathedral length veil featured leaping scallops of lace edge. As far as my shoes, I wanted a classic shoe that I knew I could wear even after the wedding was over which is why I chose a glamorous strappy nude Manolo Blahnik. And blue nail polish on my toes (my something blue)! Kain’s Mother contributed to my “something borrowed” – a vintage diamond bracelet which was also used as a ‘something borrowed’ when Kain’s brother married my sister-in-law in essence starting a Family tradition. My bridal purse was a small YSL purse with a gold chain. I used it for all of my bridal events: bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, and wedding day. I wore my hair swept to the side in loose curls and a crystal grape cluster headpiece by Twigs and Honey.

I had 5 bridesmaids. They all wore the same Adrianna Papell beaded one shoulder dress. We searched around all day in New York City and kept seeing very plain generic bridesmaids’ dresses. I wanted my girls to really love their dress and feel just as gorgeous and confident as I did in my wedding dress. I also wanted to get the Art Deco feel from the dresses. So when I saw my bridesmaids come out of the dressing room one by one with the dress, I just knew it was the one! They all looked stunning in them and I knew all of us as a group would really have a ‘wow’ factor. The beading on the dresses really complemented my wedding dress and I felt as if they were a true accessory to me, the bride.I gifted all my girls a crystal grape cluster comb by Twigs and Honey for them to put in their hair the day of the wedding. It matched my crystal headpiece from Twigs and Honeys. The flower girls wore custom made tulle dresses designed and made by my Aunt. The ring bearers all wore classic mini tuxes with bow ties. They had silver brunia boutonnieres with hints of eucalyptus.

I carried a gorgeous cascading bouquet with blooms in shades of white and cream with accents of blush. Florals included roses, snow berry, lisianthus, calla lilies, and orchids. Draping foliage such as ivy and eucalyptus was included and stems were finished in a lace ribbon cuff and pearl accenting. Bridesmaids carried a garden bouquet with blooms in shades of blush, champagne, and mauve with accents of green. Flowers included roses, snow berry, lisianthus, and silver brunia. The centerpieces had an Art Deco look to them. Table numbers were in gold with ivory table linens. Godiva chocolate wedding favors with gold ribbon were on all the tables with a letterpress favor card from Bella Figura. Our precious favor cards were letter pressed with a small poodle and a sweet message. Kain and I adopted a toy poodle from North Shore Animal League last year and we wanted to incorporate her in the wedding! This was the perfect way!

Father/Daughter dance was “The way you look tonight” version by Steve Tyrell, I grew up loving “Father of the Bride” Since I am from Peruvian decent, I always grew up dancing to Salsa at my family gatherings. The wedding wasn’t any different. Kain and I are also big fans of obscure 80s songs and New Wave music. Therefore, it was tricky to try to find someone that not only mix both but was familiar with those types of genres! Towards the end of the night, we also had an amazing surprise performance by professional Salsa dancers!!!

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Videography: Love And Brain Films | Floral Design: Ava Flora | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Dress: Mark Ingram | Invitations: Ipanema Press | Invitations: Bella Figura | Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph's Church | Reception Venue: Oheka Castle | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Makeup: Jackie Norrito | Hair: Lulus Hair Studio | DJ: Play Something Good | Favors: Godiva | Groom's Attire: Burberry | 1933 Packard Presidential: All Star Limo | Hair Accessories: Twigs And Honey | Veil: Paris By Debra Moreland

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Oheka Castle Wedding from Mel Barlow + DM Events

For someone who longs for life in Europe, Oheka Castle is a dream come true. Our very own castle, set close to home, and hello, it’s gorgeous. DM Events dressed the castle up for this beautiful couples wedding and holy cow, Mel Barlow, we’re obsessed with every single image you captured.

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From DM Events… We fell in love with Ame and Mike early on when we realized that one party was just not going to be enough! The gracious couple hosted a party-filled wedding weekend at the stunning Oheka Castle.

The welcome party took place on the lush upper lawn of the estate. The guests, dressed in their best garden party attire, were invited to enjoy a BBQ fete under the stars in a setting we can only describe as garden chic meets BBQ glam! We selected a completely clear tent to ensure guests had unobstructed views of the grandeur of the property and gorgeous sunset. Staying true to our summer garden party concept, we wanted to dress down the tent with wooden farm tables adorned with a linen runner and soft, simple florals. And no garden party is complete without dancing under the stars so we worked with the amazing team at Frost Productions to create a star-filled ceiling of bistro lights.

When it came to the decor for the wedding reception, the couple wanted a design that was elegant, yet reserved. While the Terrace Room at the castle lends itself to being filled with heavy florals, we wanted the evening to feel more soft and romantic, so we chose to design the room around the luxurious feel of candlelight. Half of the tables featured varying sizes of antique silver candlesticks and pedestal candles only, and the room was aglow! We imagine it was illuminated the very same way when the castle was originally built! To complement the luxurious candlelight and lush blooms, we worked with Sesame Letterpress on the stationery suite and fell in love with the sweet coral monogram they created, and we applied throughout the design.

The weekend felt effortlessly perfect and we were elated to see our couple so happy and in love!

Photography: Mel Barlow | Videographer: Unique Visions Studio | Florist: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design | Stationery: Sesame Letterpress | Calligraphy: Robyn Wylde Calligraphy | Lighting: Frost Productions | Officiant: Jeffrey Kaufman | Ceremony music: Rock Symphony Orchestra for Hank Lane | Venue: Oheka Castle | Friday night music: Artie Stuart Band for Hank Lane | Hair and Make-up: Blow Dry on the Fly | Lounge Rentals: Taylor Creative | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals | Saturday night music: Karen Lloyd Band for Hank Lane | Second Photographer: Ahmet Ze | Tent: Stamford Tent | Wedding planning and design: DM Events

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