Timeless, elegant, and romantic are all words that perfectly sum up this gorgeous wedding captured by Pavel Shpak Photography. Not to mention, it took place at one of the most stunning (and historic) facilities on Long Island. OHEKA Castle is an absolute dream come true for the bride and groom who are planning a celebration inspired by European grandeur. Get ready to be swept away by all of the magic that awaits you in today’s ultra-romantic New York wedding!
Guests were invited to the wedding with custom-designed invitations with flourishes, a classical laurel leaf insignia with the couple’s initials and a small rhinestone to tie it all together.
When Anne-Marie and Christopher visited OHEKA Castle for the first time, they were impressed by the magnificent tree-lined gate of the cobbled driveway and the beautiful grounds of the French chateau. “It was breathtaking with its tilted turrets, reflecting pools, and classical statuary,” shared Anne-Marie. In addition, they were warmly welcomed by the banquet manager, who provided exceptional service.
The Proposal: Chris proposed on bended knee in my apartment on a cold January night after we had returned from a dinner with his family. It was a surprise, as I thought he wasn’t interested in marriage.
Bride’s favorite memory of the day: My walk down the aisle surrounded by family and friends, and the strains of the heavenly choir music at our ceremony.
One detail you’re happy you splurged on: The church ceremony was the focus of our day. I’ll never regret the money I splurged on the church music to reflect how important this was to us. We had a choir, tenor cantor, organist, trumpeter, and string trio. The music was sublime. I will remember the music of our wedding ceremony with joy for the rest of my life.
Ceremony Location: Church of St. Ignatius Loyola / Celebrant: Father Thomas Feely / Reception Location: OHEKA Castle Hotel & Estate / Photographer: Pavel Shpak Photography / Videographer: Tim Alan Smith Videography / Entertainment: New York Edge Music / Florist: James Anthony Floral / Limousine Service: All Star Limousine Service Ltd. / Cake Designer: OHEKA Castle Hotel & Estate / Bridal Salon: Mika Inatome Custom Bridal / Headpiece: Kleinfeld / Shoes: David Tutera / Formal Attire: Favourbrook Men / Invitations: Carciofi Design / Favors: Lenox / Hair Stylist: DM Hair Design / Makeup Artist: Sally Duvall Makeup Artistry / Jewelers: Tivoli Jewelers