If you are looking for a place to get married near New York City, Oheka Castle will give you the most stunning wedding photos you ever dreamed of. This gorgeous French-style chateau, built by a Gastby-esque playboy in the Gilded Age, is the second-largest private residence ever built in America. Today, it is every New York bride’s dream venue, and a huge magnet for movies, TV shows, magazine photoshoots and celebrity weddings. Tara and Adam chose this romantic, dream of a venue to be the backdrop for their wedding day celebration.
Tara and Adam’s wedding was full of many personal and creative details envisioned and executed by the super talented wedding planners and florists at Cheeky Details. Anything your heart could have desired was there: cigar rollers, a photobooth, ice sculptures, fireworks, a decadent dessert bar and the largest cake I’ve ever seen in my life. The Cheeky Details ladies even created a gorgeous “Toss Bar” in an antique piece of furniture where guests could fill up bags of different flowers and petals to toss at the bride and groom.
Scattered rain that morning, added some mild drama to their day, but didn’t prevent any of the wedding festivities from taking place as originally planned. Towards the end of the ceremony, dark clouds rolled in creating a beautifully dramatic sky, and a few drops began to fall right as rings were being exchanged. Oheka Castle’s amazing staff rushed out with umbrellas for everyone without interrupting the ceremony, and Tara and Adam were able to finish their first kiss and recessional before the downpour.
My favorite part of the wedding day was the Macedonian bread dance. After a traditional group dance lead by a man holding a loaf of bread in turn over each family member’s head (this is supposed to represent fertility), the couple pulls on each half of the bread. “Whoever gets the larger half,” it was announced, “wears the pants in the family.” Obviously the battle for that title was fierce!
Adam and Tara are a relaxed, easy-going couple whose number one priority on their wedding day was to have fun. And as you can see, that they certainly did! Both of them were on the dance floor all night surrounded by their friends and family, enjoying their fabulous band Kinky Spigot and the Welders.
Thank you Mekina and Julieanne for all your assistance in helping me create and capture amazing lasting memories for Tara and Adam!
Oheka Castle Wedding Photographer: Caroline Frost Photography | Event Planning, Design Concept and Floral Design: Cheeky Details | Invitation and Day of Stationery: Jessica Leigh Paperie | Table linens and Napkins: The Finishing Touch | Ceremony/Cocktail/Reception Musicians: Kinky Spigot and the Welders | Firework Display: Fireworks by Grucci | Trumpet Players: Royal Brass | Cigar Roller: La Casa Grande Cigars | Photo Booth: Caroline Frost Photography | Lighting: Ambient Events | Dress: Jenny Packham | Tuxedo: After Six (Bonaventure Tuxedo)