A Wedding at Oheka Castle, New York

Oheka Castle is probably one of the most prestigious wedding locations in New York. We had the pleasure of filming Allison and Richard’s wedding there in April of 2015. Our good friend Rocco from Camelot Photography studios was the photographer. For the ceremony, the bride and groom decided to exchange their vows at a church in Garden City, NY called Cathedral of the Incarnation. This is one of the most beautiful churches on Long Island and probably one of the tallest with it’s grand steeple overlooking Nassau County. Something unique about this wedding was that Allison and Richard decided to do a first look even though they had a church ceremony. Usually this is not the case but it allowed Rocco to get a head start with family and bridal party shots so we could work with the bride and groom later in the day as the sun went down. They finished off the night with a bridal party send off holding sparklers in the back of the castle.

 

PRODUCTION:
– Director: Adam Forgione
– Editor: RJ Weyant
– Camera: Adam Forgione, RJ Weyant, Bobby Shortle
– Flyer: Movi M5
– Cams: Canon C100 + 5DMK3
– Lenses: Canon L-Series, Zeiss
– Edit: Adobe Premiere
– Color Grading: Davinci Resolve

Raining at Oheka Castle

 

Tivoli told us the main reason she wanted to get married at Oheka Castle was that the outdoor grounds were so beautiful. When we woke that morning, the forecast said rain, rain, rain. I must say though, she was very optimistic regardless and kept a beautiful smile the whole day.

 

Once we realized the rain would play a big part of the day, we immediately started to build a story around Tivoli and David’s weather updates and of course hoping all the time it would clear up for their wedding. The ceremony location at Oheka is situated in the back of the castle with the most amazing gardens behind it.

 

The guys started drinking heavily at 9:30am and specifically focused on a rare bottle of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20yr bourbon. I’m pretty sure this stuff costs well over $1000 a bottle.

 

When making our films, we refer to a technique called “progressive storytelling” which is telling a story that progresses over time. We keep coming back to the story to find out what happens next. In this case, we all want to know what happens with the rain because we want them to get married outside. Well as we learn later in the story, the skies do clear up and the groom decides to move the ceremony outside.

 


 

“Raining at Oheka Castle” produced by Pennylane Productions | Directed by Adam Forgione | Cinematography by Adam Forgione, RJ Weyant, and Bobby Shortle | Edited by RJ Weyant | “Boy With A Kite” by Joe Moralez licensed by The Music Bed


 

FEATURED VENDORS :

Venue : Oheka Castle
Photographer : Ben Lau
Officiant : Rev. Rebecca Bean
Wedding Planner: Events by Amable
Entertainment : Key Music Group
Make Up Artist : Carissa Szerszen
Hair Stylist : Margie Bresciani
Floral Design : Ivie Joy
Bride Dress : Lusan Mandongus
Bride Shoes : Stuart Weitzman
Groom Suit : Michael Andrews Bespoke
Groom Shoes : Salvatore Ferragamo
Bridesmaid Dresses : Bill Levkoff
Groomsmen Suits : Suit Supply
Cake : Oheka Castle

Full Circle | An Oheka Castle Wedding

This story begins 39 years ago when Rachel’s parents met at Oheka Castle during camp and started their lives together. On August 16, 2014 the circle is complete as their daughter marries her best friend at the very same place.

As soon as we arrived to film the morning of, we immediately heard about this special cake designed in the shape of CitiField Stadium that was given to the groom by his bride the night before. It would only make sense to watch the guys devour it first thing in the morning.

A horse and buggy carrying Rachel arrives at sundown as the ceremony begins on Oheka’s grounds. Planning along with the family, we knew the ceremony would be completely dark by the end of the service so we provided proper lighting decor as the night sky revealed itself.

We got to work with an old friend and photographer Rocco from Camelot Studios. Always a pleasure to collaborate on creative shooting with great artists.

FEATURED VENDORS :
Venue : Oheka Castle
Photography : Rocco Chilelli of Camelot Studios
Entertainment : Todd Barrie Music & Entertainment

Dress : Vera Wang from Wedding Salon of Manhasset
Florist : Flowers by Brian
Invitations : Stroke of the Pen
Hair : Loretta DiCostanzo and Cactus Salon
Makeup : Nicole Sabatello

Raining in New York | A Gay Wedding Short

“Raining in New York” produced by Pennylane Productions | Directed by Adam Forgione | Cinematography by Adam Forgione, RJ Weyant, and Bobby Shortle | Edited by RJ Weyant | “Love and Oceans” by The Dimes licensed by Marmoset Music

 

We’re very excited to share our very first gay wedding short. Matt and Jason had an hilarious chemistry from the moment we started filming. Matt immediately admitted he was the bride and of course Jason nodded with agreement. They wound up getting ready together in the morning so the idea of a first look was out of the question. Instead they proceeded down stairs to the pool to hang with some friends and drink some cocktails.

 

Now Matt and Jason were concerned about the rain that day especially because they were planning on an outside ceremony.  Their friends kept them posted about the weather throughout the day. Later on, we headed to The Bourne Mansion in Oakdale, New York where their wedding took place. As the ceremony start time closed in, Matt and Jason had to make a final decision whether to move it indoors or keep it outside. They took their chances and went for it.

 

FEATURED VENDORS

Photographer : Visual Concepts
Officiant : Amanda Redash
Entertainment : Steve Delisi Band from Hank Lane
Floral Design : Pedestals
Tux : J Crew
Shoes : Jimmy choo
Rings : David Yurman
Wedding Coordinator : Dazzling Affairs
Venue : Bourne Mansion

I Always Wanted A Castle Wedding

“I Always Wanted A Castle Wedding”

It’s the first thing we learned about Janine when we talked to her about her day. She found a beautiful one in West Orange, New Jersey. It’s called the Pleasantdale Chateau and it was one of the most gorgeous venues we have ever seen. Fun bit of trivia it’s also where the famous pool scene in the movie “Cocoon” was shot back in 1985.

The ceremony took place off the castle grounds in a church near by called Our Lady of Sorrows in South Orange, New Jersey. One of our favorite scenes in the highlight film was watching Janine’s father wipe a tear while walking her down the aisle.  When we got back to the castle its was creative session time along with Barbara from Anthony Vazquez Photography.

Many of our couples know that we encourage off-the-wall activities, from either the bride or groom, so we were very happy to catch the Groomsmen playing football on the grounds after the ceremony.

The reception party was entertained by a great live band Michael Hart from Hank Lane.

FEATURED VENDORS : 
Photography : Barbara from  Anthony Vazquez Photography
Entertainment : Michael Hart from Hank Lane
Venue : Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, New Jersey
Church : Our Lady of Sorrows in South Orange, New Jersey
Priest : Father Richard Pfannenstiel
Make Up Artist : JK Flashy
Hair Stylist : Salon Posh
Floral Design : Crest Florist
Bride Dress : Mark Zunino
Bride Shoes : Jimmy Choo
Groom Tux : Joseph Abboud
Groom Shoes : Nova
Bridesmaid Dresses : Amsale
Groomsmen Tux : Joseph Abboud
Limo : Danaro Limosine
Cake : Pleasantdale Chateau
Rings : Landsberg Jewelers

 

Changing The Rules At Oheka Castle

Changing The Rules At Oheka Castle

I remember getting a call from Whitney about a year before her wedding. Within the first few minutes I realized she was planning this wedding from 3000 miles away on the west coast of California. Now anyone that knows oheka knows that one of the coolest parts of the day is the ceremony setup right outside the back of the castle but I was especially intrigued after hearing Whitney was changing the rules and moving the ceremony a football field away on the other side of the garden, which we’ve never filmed before.

The morning in the bridal suite was business as usual as the girls were doing their thing. Russ, the groom, was no where to be found when we arrived. Now anyone that knows us, knows that we love drama. What I mean by that is we love when things don’t go as planned because it always makes things more interesting. That is the key to a good story. When weddings are predictable, they become boring and this wedding was not predictable at all. We eventually connected with the groomsmen who were quickly getting ready to usher their groom to his first glance of his bride.

A very comical moment their film was the dad’s cardboard cutout which the bride bought for him after a joke he made around fathers day (explained in video). I big shout out to good friend and award winning photographer Susan Stripling for introducing us to Whitney and Russ for consideration of filming their wedding. We hope you enjoy the first 15 minutes of the wedding story.