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
“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
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.