Outdoor Wedding at Oheka Castle

Outdoor Wedding at Oheka Castle

Who? : Kaitlyn + Thomas

What? : Outdoor ceremony and portraits, indoor wedding reception

Where? : Oheka Castle, Huntington, New York

When? : September 2017

I have talked long and often about my deep love for Oheka Castle.  An outdoor wedding at Oheka Castle is something really spectacular to behold.  The sun sets in just the right location over the long lawn, casting a gold halo around the faces of the couple as they say their vows.  If you time your day just right, you can catch the last glimpses of daylight as your ceremony ends.  It’s a beautiful location to have an outdoor wedding – there truly is nothing like it!

Here are just a few of my favorite images from the day:

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Summer Wedding at Oheka Castle

Summer Wedding at Oheka Castle

Who? : Nikki + Andrew

What? : Wedding outdoors at a castle in Long Island, reception indoors in the ballroom.

Where? : Oheka Castle

When? : June 2017

I have been completely delighted with Nikki ever since our first phone call.  In fact, the first note that I ever took about her wedding was “Bride is marvelous.”  I have loved every second of working with this fantastic couple.  From photographing their intimate weekday church ceremony to photographing their wedding day at Long Island’s historic Oheka Castle, every second spent with this couple is a fantastic one.  Nikki and Andrew light up the room, and it’s been an honor to work with them!

Summer wedding at Oheka Castle bride in vestibule of oheka castle bride and groom in gardens at oheka castle wedding in library at oheka castle outside wedding at oheka castle outside ceremony decor at oheka castle reception decor at oheka castle cake cutting at oheka castle father daughter dance at oheka castle

Wedding at Oheka Castle

Guzey and Ali’s event was not my first wedding at Oheka Castle.  I shot there for the first time in the summer, and the next wedding I shot there was also on a hot summer day.  While Oheka is flawless in warm weather, it’s absolutely magical in the snow.  The air was crisp and the light was brilliant.  Add to that an amazing, deeply in love couple who was willing to brave the single-digit weather for some outdoor portraits, and you’ve got the perfect wedding to begin the 2015 wedding season!

Wedding at Oheka Castle
I started the day with the bride and groom’s wedding rings. The beautiful swoop of white in the background is the delicate arch of Guzey’s pristine Christian Louboutin wedding heels.
Wedding at Oheka Castle pictures
The bride’s Reem Acra dress was flawless. It almost makes me want to get married again, just to wear THIS dress.
Pictures of a wedding at Oheka Castle
The bride was surrounded by the women she loved the most while she got ready. The Oheka Castle bridal suite is phenomenal, and gets the most exquisite light.
Wedding at Oheka Castle pictures
The bride’s getting-ready robe was really beautiful. I loved the vintage lace trim.
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It seems like I see the same wedding shoes week in and week out, but these Christian Louboutin heels really made me sit up and take notice. They were so architecturally crisp and sleek. I’d want some for myself, except for the fact that there is NO WAY I could ever walk in them!
Wedding at Oheka Castle pics
I’ve mentioned several times on this blog how much I adore the bridal suite at Oheka Castle. They have an actual stage for the bride to get ready on, right by beautiful windows. What more could I ask for?
Wedding at Oheka Castle bridal suite
Sally Perez and Sally Duvall did a wonderful job with Guzey’s sweet, simple wedding day look. I love that she left her hair down, and I LOVE that Reem Acra dress!
Oheka Castle bridal suite
The bride and groom exchanged gifts before the ceremony. I love her reaction to his letter!
Bride at Oheka Castle
Guzey is bright and beautiful, kind, and so so sweet. She has one of the most beautiful faces I’ve ever seen, and it was a joy to photograph her!
Gift to groom on the wedding day
Guzey gave Ali a watch for a wedding gift. I think he liked it!
Oheka Castle wedding cost
I love the portrait time for any wedding at Oheka Castle. There is such gorgeous light everywhere, so many beautiful places to shoot, and it’s amazing whether you’re indoors or outdoors.
Ring bearer tie
I strive to make a picture at every wedding I shoot that I’ve never made before. I get overwhelmed by emotion, and the interaction of friends and family members. This image of Guzey with her sweet ring bearer is a picture that I’ll remember for a long time. The light! The moment! Everything came together perfectly, and it was an honor to document it.
Winter wedding at Oheka Castle
Pretty sure it was about six degrees outside when we took this picture. I was on the balcony of the bridal suite, and I was communicating with the bride and groom by texting my assistant, who was in the library. Whatever it takes!
Oheka Castle wedding portraits
I can’t believe how cold it was outside. I also cannot believe how brave Guzey and Ali were! I never want a client to be uncomfortable, and I kept telling them that we could shoot indoors if they didn’t want to be out in the winter chill. They were total troupers, and for that I thank them!
Okeka Castle wedding location
What really makes a wedding photographer skilled is his or her ability to make beautiful pictures anywhere, both indoors and outdoors. I love shooting indoors, and Oheka Castle makes it really easy!
Oheka Castle wedding portrait
There are so many opportunities at Oheka to create different, dynamic portraits.
Oheka Castle wedding library
One of the lovely things about Oheka is the light, both indoors and outdoors. As the sun dips lower in the sky, the light spills over the gorgeous wooden floors and is simply luminous.
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I love this quiet image of the bride alone before the ceremony.
Oheka Castle wedding pic
…and here is the same moment, a few seconds later, from another angle. See? Gorgeous light!
Oheka Castle wedding florist
The bride’s bouquet was so gorgeous, and it perfectly suited her dress and the rest of the decor.
Wedding ring engraving
I try to always check the bride and groom’s wedding bands to see if there are any engravings! Engraving in wedding rings is such a wonderfully personal part of the details.
Oheka Castle wedding ceremony
The light was perfect at the start of the wedding ceremony. I love how it perfectly illuminates the face of the bride’s father.
Ceremony at an Oheka Castle wedding
This gorgeous room was kept simple, which really drew your eye directly to the bride, groom, and their emotional wedding ceremony.
Oheka Castle wedding recessional
The recessional at the end of a wedding ceremony is one of my favorite times of the wedding day. This is the first time the bride and groom are seeing many of their guests, and the facial expressions are always great!
Oheka Castle wedding ballroom
I love the Oheka Castle wedding ballroom. I especially love that the sunset is so beautiful and purple through the windows!
Oheka Castle wedding introduction
Ali was such a wonderfully expressive groom!
Oheka Castle wedding first dance
I love shooting into the crowd during the first dance. You can see the guests’ reactions behind the bride and groom, and I think that makes the images even more personal.
Oheka Castle wedding first dance
I love that you can see the groom’s father and sister in the background. They are so dear to him, and such an important part of the day.
Oheka Castle wedding party
The DJ was great, and kept the crowd on the dance floor all night. Especially this woman!
Reception at an Oheka Castle wedding
Shortly after taking an alumni photograph with the Columbia banner, it was used for a quick game of limbo!
Oheka Castle wedding cake
The cake was taller than the bride and groom!
Oheka Castle wedding cakes
Again, I just love shooting into the crowds whenever possible to capture the reactions of the guests in the background.
Oheka Castle wedding parent dance
A candle burned all night as a tribute to Ali’s late mother. Instead of a mother/son dance, he shared a touching dance with his father.


Guzey and Ali, it has been a joy getting to know you both.  From our first meeting in my living room, to your engagement session in Central Park, I knew your wedding day was going to be warm and wonderful – and it was.  It so was.  Thank you for entrusting me with your memories!

Oheka Castle Wedding

When my mind turns to an Oheka Castle Wedding, I never used to think of Taylor Swift.  Oheka calls to mind television and the movies, having been featured in Citizen Kane, Gossip Girl, and Royal Pains.  But Taylor Swift?  Not until recently, when she took over the Huntington, New York wedding venue to film the video for Blank Space.  It was completely surreal to watch the video, seeing places like the Grand Staircase, West Gate Drive, Formal Gardens, and Grand Ballroom, places I’d photographed weddings at for several years now.  I was most recently at Oheka for Shella and Jamil’s completely flawless summer wedding.  Gold glitter was everywhere, the Formal Gardens were awash with summer sunshine, and a Haitian band played well into the night.  I can see why Taylor Swift was drawn to Oheka.  There is something so magical about a castle that appears out of nowhere (if you’ve ever driven up to Oheka, you know what I mean!)  It was no wonder that Shella and Jamil chose it as their wedding location, as it really is that charming.

I started the day with Shella’s beautiful details. Her attention to the tiniest element of the day was really unparalleled. Is her engagement ring not incredible? And how about that wedding band?
See what I mean about gold glitter EVERYWHERE? The team from Coordinated to Perfection did an extraordinary job creating and executing the day.
The Green Room and Shameika Bowman were on hand to create Shella’s wedding day look. Her dress was so outrageously fantastic, her hair and makeup had to match – and match they did!
Oheka Castle Bridal Getting Ready Room
The bridal suite at Oheka Castle is one of my favorite rooms in the entire venue. I love the drapery framing the french doors. I also love that the light is perfect in there, no matter what time of day you’re getting ready.
Mother of the Bride in Pillbox Hat
The bride’s mother was so elegant. I adore her pillbox hat and veil. She was the picture of class and grace all day long.
Alexander McQueen Wedding Shoes
The bride’s Alexander McQueen shoes were completely flawless. McQueen is one of my biggest inspirations, and I always love to see elements of the edgy-yet-classy McQueen style incorporated into a wedding day.
Blank Space Video Taylor Swift Location
An Oheka Castle wedding would not be complete without some portraits out and about on their iconic grounds. West Gate Drive leads right up to the main courtyard through these gorgeous arches.
Great Gatsby Wedding Location Long Island
The Formal Gardens overlook the sprawling Oheka Castle. Rumor has it that Oheka was one of Baz Luhrmann’s inspirations for Jay Gatsby’s opulent Long Island mansion in his 2013 Great Gatsby remake.
Long Island Wedding Bride
Shella stopped for a quick touch-up between portraits, then we were back out to the Formal Gardens for more portraits.
Bridal portraits at an Oheka Castle wedding
When the sun sets over an Oheka Castle wedding, everything is perfectly lit. The light skims across the Formal Gardens, deepens the shadows in the library, and illuminates the whole property with a really indescribable gold glow.
Custom gold wedding scrolls
The programs were written on black parchment and rolled into these opulent gold scrolls. Beautiful, right?
Outdoor Oheka Castle wedding
Shella’s dad was so sweet. I love this image of him just after walking his daughter down the aisle.
Oheka Castle wedding ceremony decor
One of the lovely things about an outdoor ceremony is not being limited to where I can stand during the event. I love this vantage point of Shella and Jamil’s ceremony from down in the Formal Gardens.
Sunset at Oheka Castle
Shella requested pictures of herself and Jamil back in the bridal suite. Remember how I mentioned loving the way the sun sets over Oheka? This image is a great example of that. The light pours into the room, turning everything to gold.
Bride and groom at Oheka Castle wedding
Before the sun was completely gone, we were able to go back out to West Gate drive for a few more portraits of the bride and groom together.
Oheka Castle wedding pictures
One of the things that I think that I do well as a wedding photographer is find light in unique places. Where is this at Oheka? I’ll never tell. But isn’t it beautiful?
Pnina Tornai bodysuit
The bride paired a Pnina Tornai dress from Kleinfeld with a Pnina bodysuit. I’d never seen a bodysuit under a strapless dress before, and I really liked the unique look.
Oheka Castle wedding photos
The chandelier in the entryway is just one of the many beautiful details at Oheka. It’s such a stunning portrait location.
Pictures from Oheka Castle wedding
The sun sets so quickly in the winter. In the summertime, the sun seems to take hours to crawl towards the horizon. It gives us more time for portraits outdoors!
Oheka Castle wedding pics
Shella is so beautiful. Despite the hectic schedule of the day, she stayed calm and smiling. She and Jamil are really lovely together, kind to each other, and so very smartly funny.
Taylor Swift on horse Blank Space video location
We worked with every single bit of the fading light for these portraits. This is back out on West Gate drive, the road that leads up to Oheka.
Oheka Castle wedding reception room
After some portraits with the bride, groom, and their families, we moved inside to the Grand Ballroom for the reception.
Oheka Castle wedding reception pictures
I love the dramatic spotlight on Shella and Jamil for their first dance.
Oheka Castle wedding reception photographs
After a quick dress change, it was back into the reception for a second grand introduction.
Oheka Castle wedding reception
Shella has the greatest laugh, and she laughed all day long.
Oheka Castle wedding party
Since there was gold glitter in all of the decor, it only makes sense that the cake was pure gold as well!
Oheka Castle wedding fireworks
The night ended with an incredible display of fireworks.

Shella and Jamil, thank you so much for having me as a part of your day.  From your engagement session in my studio to the wedding, and then the post-wedding session, I’ve enjoyed getting to know you both.  Shella, thank you for bringing your wild and fantastic style to every part of your days. I hope you love these images as much as I loved creating them for you!

Oheka Castle Wedding : Aarti + Sarin

Aarti and Sarin’s Oheka Castle wedding was, quite simply, a photographer’s dream. From the completely perfect lighting of the Oheka getting ready suite to the impeccable, flawlessly-on-schedule coordination from Lindsay Landman, to the just-right backlight on both the Baraat and the wedding ceremony, everywhere you looked there was a fantastic photographic opportunity. When you add to that the extraordinary warmth of both Aarti and Sarin’s families and the exuberance of their friends it all added up to yet another perfect Oheka event. 

Oheka Wedding Photography
We started the day in the Oheka Castle bridal suite. Perfect size, interesting interior design, and tiny pockets of perfect light abound
Oheka Castle Wedding
The luminous color of the bride’s dress and jewelry details were a delight to photograph.
Oheka Castle Wedding Photography
The bride and groom had tiny Bhagavad- Gita books as favors for their guests. I thought using one as a backdrop for a portrait of Aarti’s ring would be appropriate and beautiful.
Oheka Wedding Photographer
Most photographers who shoot in the Oheka Castle bridal suite default to the same locations for the getting-ready images. I moved throughout the suite, looking for new and different ways to approach the scene.
Indian Bride at Oheka
Aarti was so sweetly graceful, so beautiful, and so easy to photograph.
Wedding Portrait at Oheka
The getting-ready process was a lengthy one, giving me ample time to concentrate on each special detail.
Oheka Wedding Pictures
Lindsay Landman kept the day running perfectly on schedule, timing everything so impeccably that nothing was rushed or hurried.
Oheka Wedding Picture
I love the light in this dramatic black and white portrait of the bride preparing for her wedding ceremony.
Oheka Castle Wedding Pictures
The mother of the bride was on hand to help her daughter get ready and attend to each detail.
Bride at Oheka Castle
We had time for a few additional portraits in the Oheka bridal suite before heading outside to begin the baraat!
Wedding Photography at Oheka Castle
The preparations for the baraat were nothing short of glorious. Lindsay Landman did a fantastic job with the floral design.
Wedding Photography at Oheka
Ponies Will Travel provided the horse for the baraat….and what a horse!
Wedding Photographer at Oheka Castle
The singing and chanting that led the groom towards the bride was so loud it could be heard down the entire Oheka Castle driveway!
Wedding Photographer at Oheka
Since the baraat begins the ceremony, emotions were running high for everyone involved.
Wedding Photographers at Oheka Castle
The groom processed on the horse up the Oheka driveway, his young nephew riding in the saddle with him.
Wedding Photographers at Oheka
The groom was greeted warmly by the bride’s family just outside the front doors of the castle.
Wedding Photos at Oheka Castle
The baraat procession ended at the entryway to Oheka, proceeded through the front doors, and through the castle to the ceremony location.

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Aarti and Sarin, thank you so much for trusting me with your day and your memories. Lindsay Landman, thank you for taking the day into your flawless control and making every single moment nothing but effortlessly smooth sailing. Alex Villegas, thank you and your team at Unique Visions for again illustrating what a wonderful team photographers and cinematographers can make when you share the same shooting methodology!