Oheka Castle Weddings | Iryna Shostak Long Island Weddings
From the moment the gates swing open on this lavish estate that is the highest point in Long Island, you know you are somewhere special. There’s really no other way to describe Oheka Castle than this: it’s magical. The moment Oheka comes into view, it’s a Versailles-meets-Great-Gatsby feel, and I’m lucky enough to have the honor of photographing weddings there.
When you walk through the grounds and go into the Castle, you can see why Oheka had the honor of hosting the most lavish parties in the 1920s. It went through many changes throughout the years until it was purchased in the 1980s and was lovingly restored to the majestic structure it now is, hosting weddings, events and also is the site for many movies and music videos.
One of the things I love about Oheka is their dedication to the preservation of this fantastic building, and also their stance to only allow one wedding per day. With an estate this large many other property owners would take advantage of the fact that they could host as many as three weddings per day, but Oheka understands that a wedding day is unique, and so your wedding day on this breathtaking property will be your own.
Photographically, I’ll just say it; it’s a dream. From the well-manicured Formal Gardens bosting reflection ponds and carefully manicured hedgerows, I could spend days taking photographs here. The light inside is exactly what you would expect of a castle, with both dark and formal corners mixed with light spilling in from grand windowpanes means that not only are the getting ready photos of the bride bound to be stunning, the formal portraits that can be made are both old-world like and contemporarily classic.
And let’s talk about that amazing staircase! The circular shaped dual white marble staircase is the perfect place for bride and groom photos, or bridal party photos. This is just one of the places to do photos, and when I have weddings at Oheka, I am careful to discuss with the bridal couple that we need to carve out plenty of time for portraits here so we can explore, discover and capture the two of you getting lost in this place, and in each other.
You can elect to get married outdoors at Oheka on the grounds and then move the party inside to one of their well-appointed ballrooms. The Grand Ballroom can hold 300 guests, The Terrace Room can hold 450, and if you’re going for an intimate dinner only wedding then the Formal Dining Room is the perfect place for up to 150 guests, and you’ll feel like you’re in a real-life version of Downton Abby!
To complete the fairy tale story, you can even elect to arrive at your wedding by a horse-drawn carriage by a stately white horse! If you’re considering a wedding at Oheka Castle, I urge you to book as soon as it is popular and books quickly. They also work with a preferred vendor list as they are careful to vet people who take their careers seriously and treat the property with respect. I’m so proud to be one of those vendors, as I truly feel Oheka Castle is a jewel!
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