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Southern Charm at this Blogger’s Oheka Castle Destination Wedding from NST Pictures

A year ago… almost to the day… fashion and life-style blogger Courtney Toliver married Timothy Ansley Guthrie in what can only be described as an utterly charming outdoor ceremony at New York’s fairy-tale OHEKA CASTLE. Courtney had dreamed of this venue for years, but never thought she’d be able to be married there. After a little research she found that if their wedding was on a weekday, her dream of being married there just might work out!

When Courtney’s mom showed them a wedding film shot at the very same venue by NST Pictures, they were sold on the idea of having a film from this, their once-in-a-lifetime, event. It’s a decision they will never regret! Before you watch the film, though, think about it… using a videographer who has filmed other weddings at your (same) venue can have a distinct advantage. With aerial coverage being so hot these days (hmmm… or should I say really cool!)… this add-on to a standard cinematography package provides that extra wow (!) factor to the finished film. OK – now… you can watch!

From NST Pictures: Courtney & Ansley’s OHEKA CASTLE Destination Wedding Trailer
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Tell the truth… did you watch ’til the very end when Courtney sang? Didn’t she blow you away? I had already done a little research about Courtney and was really impressed with everything she’s doing on her blog. But when you see this couple on their film, you’ll fall in love with both of them and their families within the first minute. Plus, when you hear them repeat those time-honored, traditional vows (words spoken by millions of people through the years), don’t you still get goosebumps and a lump in your throat? I know I do.

Their film is a moving example of one couple with huge hearts, and a loving family supporting them in love… and in life.  Sharing their faith and their belief in the institution of marriage, itself. As NST Pictures says on their website, “A wedding film is a family heirloom that captures the true essence of the union of two families.” A precious… and priceless investment.

Did you see the stunning aerial views from NST Pictures of OHEKA CASTLE?… if not, don’t scroll a fraction of an inch forward until you go back and watch it (again)!

Cinematographers almost always offer a variety of options in their time availability and their finished product packages. If you’re not all that familiar with all of the terminology, or you just need a place to learn more about wedding videography, in general, NST Pictures’ website covers it all. And the best thing? They either ARE – or will GO – anywhere your heart wants to go!

Here are a few pages from NST Pictures’ website to get you started…

NST Pictures: What Is Custom Aerial Drone Coverage?

NST Pictures: What Is a Social Sneak Peek?

NST Pictures: What Is a Same Day Premier?

NST Pictures: What Is a Cinematic Montage?

Courtney‘s thoughts on the decision to hire a cinematographer… When we first started planning our wedding, we just weren’t sure if we wanted to spend the extra money for a wedding film. We knew that our photographs from Donny Zavala were going to be incredible… and we thought that might suffice. One day, my Mom, who has a special talent for finding things on social media, came across NST Pictures and told us that we should check them out. We did and could tell, instantly, that they were a team of incredibly talented people. We loved the style of each and every one of their videos. What stood out to us the most, though, was that NST had filmed at OHEKA many times! Watching those weddings, at our venue, helped us make the decision to sign on the dotted line! We finally realized that there are some moments that are just more special in cinematic form… NST was the perfect decision for us.




Photography: Donny Zavala | Cinematography: NST Pictures | Planner: Linen + Rust Event Design | Floral Design: Kelly Lenard | Wedding Dress: Chana Marelus | Cake: OHEKA CASTLE | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ASOS | Wedding Venue: OHEKA CASTLE | Bridal Shoes: J.Crew | Cellist: Cal Morris | Flower Girl Dresses: Simply Grey Life | Garter: Agata Maria Couture


Romantic + Moody New York Castle Wedding

Stefanie and Ted are entertainers by nature, so they saw their wedding as an opportunity to treat their guests to a day they’d never forget. From the castle setting all the way to the karaoke afterparty, they made sure not detail went unnoticed, and we have all the images captured by Olya Vysotskaya.

From the Bride… Ted and I met online, which is such a crazy thing to say because I feel like I’ve known him my whole life! We are obsessed with entertaining and take it very seriously. Needless to say that when it came to planning our wedding (the biggest entertaining night of our lives!) the pressure was on to make sure that our guests would have the best time while still adding in all of the adorable touches that make us…well, us!

After our first venue fell through, we decided to get back on the horse and start looking at places not in New Jersey as we had originally planned. We borrowed a friend’s car and we headed into unchartered territory – Long Island! The first place we went to was a complete bust. We left deflated and were ready to call it quits. I reminded him we had one more venue and it was SUPER close so we should just suck it up and go. Low and behold we wind up at Oheka Castle. I don’t even think that I took one step inside before I told Ted “This is THE ONE”. Once inside it was a done deal.

As for the big day itself, it’s just like everybody tells you – it goes by way too fast, is a total blur, and it’s the most fun day ever. The wedding went off without a hitch and the love that was all around us was inspiring.

Of course, being the entertainers that we are – we couldn’t end there! If there is one thing I love its karaoke! Everybody I know said that the karaoke was by far the most fun thing they’ve done for a wedding afterparty. It got people dancing, singing and in an all around party mode! Once our time was up people hung out in the back courtyard of the castle and one of our friends even ordered pizza for us and the staff. We stretched out the night as long as we possibly could because we just never wanted it to end



Photography: Olya Vysotskaya Photography | Cinematography: Hello Super Studios | Event Planning: LLG Events | Floral Design: Pretty Streets Botanicals | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Moira Ink | Catering: Oheka Castle | Hair + Makeup: Glamsquad | Venue: OHEKA CASTLE | Hair Piece: Elizabeth Johns | Music: Lucy Music | Music: New York Orchestras | Photo Booth: Sweetbooths | Veil: Kleinfeld Bridal | Wedding Ring: Mociun | Wedding Ring: Greenwich Jewelers

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A Castle Played Backdrop to their Fairytale Wedding

This wedding day…where do we even start? The castle setting, the gorgeous bride (who’s also a professional model) and the Pronovias gown made for a modern princess. Of course, our girl Julie Paisley brought her A-game behind the camera lens and the wedding gallery truly speaks for itself.

From Julie Paisley… When the inquiry came in from Stephanie, all I saw was Oheka Castle and I immediately jumped up and down. This place is AMAZING. Hands down one of the most beautiful venues ever. Add in Stephanie and Chris who are drop dead gorgeous (Stephanie is a professional model in NYC and Chris is a Jimmy Fallon look-a-like – don’t you agree?) along with a beautiful day and I just couldn’t stop smiling.

I love Stephanie’s classic style, it was the perfect fit for such an impressive venue. Some of my favorite parts was the ceremony – I loved all the expressions and emotions, the family formals in the library – so incredibly classy and gorgeous and that Stephanie had her brothers as her “bridesmen”. It was definitely one for the books.



Photography: Julie Paisley Photography | Floral Design: ARISTON FLOWERS | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: OHEKA CASTLE | Invitations: Minted | Makeup: MAKEUP BY XIOMARA | Hair : Angela's Hair Design | Lighting : Prestige Event & Décor | Wedding Venue: OHEKA CASTLE | Ceremony Musicians: Cello NYC

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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 + Brain Films | Floral Design: AvaFlora | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Bella Figura | Invitations: Ipanema Press | Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph's Church | Reception Venue: OHEKA CASTLE | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Makeup: Jackie Norrito | Hair: Mount Tabor Park | DJ: Play Something Good | Favors: Godiva | Groom's Attire: Burberry | 1933 Packard Presidential: All Star Limo | Hair Accessories: Twigs & Honey | Veil: 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 & co. | Videographer: Unique Visions Studio | Wedding planning and design: DM Events & Design | Florist: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design | Stationery: Sesame Letterpress | Calligraphy: Robyn Wylde Calligraphy | Lighting: Frost Productions | Officiant: Jeffrey Kaufman | Ceremony music: Hank Lane Music | Venue: OHEKA CASTLE | Tent: Stamford Tent & Event Services | Friday night music: Hank Lane Music | Hair and Make-up: Blow Dry on the Fly | Lounge Rentals: Taylor Creative Inc. | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals | Saturday night music: Hank Lane Music | Second Photographer: Ahmet Ze

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