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:
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
MENDHI : WOODLANDS AT WOODBURY CEREMONY AND RECEPTION : OHEKA CASTLE EVENT, COORDINATION, AND FLORAL DESIGN : LINDSAY LANDMAN EVENTS ENTERTAINMENT : HANK LANE CINEMATOGRAPHY : UNIQUE VISIONS
STATIONARY AND INVITATIONS : LINDSAY LANDMAN EVENTS HORSE AND CARRIAGE : PONIES WILL TRAVEL EVENT LIGHTING : AION ENTERTAINMENT TABLETOP AND LINEN RENTALS : PARTY RENTAL LTD SPECIALTY RENTALS : LUXE EVENT RENTALS