Sandy and Kain's wedding celebration at Oheka Castle was a gorgeous day full of elegant details and a celebration fit for royalty. From the absolutely stunning bouquet and floral arrangements from Avaflora to her gorgeous Monique Lhullier dress every detail was perfection! I had the pleasure of photographing Sandy and Kain's engagement party last year, so it was so much fun to work with them again and document their beautiful wedding day. I absolutely love getting to know my couples during the planning process and these two are just the sweetest! The love for each other and their big families was evident in every moment of the day and was a joy to capture for them.
From the Bride:
Kain and I originally met in High School, and reconnected right after college. We met up in New York City one chilly winter night. Kain and I had been dating for 3 years before he proposed on Sunday, March 24th 2013 at Lenz Winery, my favorite vineyard on the North Fork of Long Island. It was a breezy spring day so naturally; I wanted to go inside the barn turned tasting room to keep warm. As we were walking in, Kain asked me to wait because he had something to ask me. When I turned around, he was already on one knee asking me to marry him! This overwhelming happy feeling just came over me like I never felt before! I was so excited but couldn’t stop shaking at the same time, I couldn’t stop smiling! I was on cloud nine!
I planned the entire wedding myself, but with MUCH help from my mother...thank goodness for her! I chose Oheka Castle for our reception because I wanted an Art Deco feel that exuded luxury and glamour. The garden and grounds of Oheka are absolutely gorgeous and the Castle itself is stunning! I had an Art Deco theme throughout the wedding. The color mix was ivory, light blush, and gold. Kain went to his family jeweler and designed my gorgeous custom oval-cut platinum engagement ring with a double diamond halo. For our wedding bands, Kain wanted something simple since he isn’t used to wearing jewelry. Kain chose a simple platinum wedding band and I chose a natural round wedding band. It’s gorgeous!
When initially looking for my dress I knew I wanted one that was romantic, timeless, and that made me feel beautiful. I chose a two-tone ivory gown featuring a lace bodice embroidered with lace and embellished with crystals, pearls, and baby glass beads. It also featured a textured organza tufted skirt with a quaint keyhole back. I knew I definitely wanted to keep my dress very traditional by choosing beaded, lace sleeves and a ball gown, but I also wanted to something modern which is why I chose the princess cut bodice with the keyhole back. I loved the mix of traditional and modern at the same time. My Monique Lhuillier wedding gown delivered timeless elegance with a modern edge. My cathedral length veil featured leaping scallops of lace edge. As far as my shoes, I wanted a classic shoe that I knew I could wear even after the wedding was over which is why I chose a glamorous strappy nude Manolo Blahnik. And blue nail polish on my toes (my something blue)! Kain’s Mother contributed to my “something borrowed” - a vintage diamond bracelet which was also used as a ‘something borrowed’ when Kain’s brother married my sister-in-law in essence starting a Family tradition. My bridal purse was a small YSL purse with a gold chain. I used it for all of my bridal events: bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, and wedding day. I wore my hair swept to the side in loose curls and a crystal grape cluster headpiece by Twigs and Honey.
I had 5 bridesmaids. They all wore the same Adrianna Papell beaded one shoulder dress. We searched around all day in New York City and kept seeing very plain generic bridesmaids’ dresses. I wanted my girls to really love their dress and feel just as gorgeous and confident as I did in my wedding dress. I also wanted to get the Art Deco feel from the dresses. So when I saw my bridesmaids come out of the dressing room one by one with the dress, I just knew it was the one! They all looked stunning in them and I knew all of us as a group would really have a ‘wow’ factor. The beading on the dresses really complemented my wedding dress and I felt as if they were a true accessory to me, the bride.I gifted all my girls a crystal grape cluster comb by Twigs and Honey for them to put in their hair the day of the wedding. It matched my crystal headpiece from Twigs and Honeys. The flower girls wore custom made tulle dresses designed and made by my Aunt. The ring bearers all wore classic mini tuxes with bow ties. They had silver brunia boutonnieres with hints of eucalyptus.
I carried a gorgeous cascading bouquet with blooms in shades of white and cream with accents of blush. Florals included roses, snow berry, lisianthus, calla lilies, and orchids. Draping foliage such as ivy and eucalyptus was included and stems were finished in a lace ribbon cuff and pearl accenting. Bridesmaids carried a garden bouquet with blooms in shades of blush, champagne, and mauve with accents of green. Flowers included roses, snow berry, lisianthus, and silver brunia. The centerpieces had an Art Deco look to them. Table numbers were in gold with ivory table linens. Godiva chocolate wedding favors with gold ribbon were on all the tables with a letterpress favor card from Bella Figura. Our precious favor cards were letter pressed with a small poodle and a sweet message. Kain and I adopted a toy poodle from North Shore Animal League last year and we wanted to incorporate her in the wedding! This was the perfect way!
Father/Daughter dance was “The way you look tonight” version by Steve Tyrell, I grew up loving “Father of the Bride” Since I am from Peruvian decent, I always grew up dancing to Salsa at my family gatherings. The wedding wasn’t any different. Kain and I are also big fans of obscure 80s songs and New Wave music. Therefore, it was tricky to try to find someone that not only mix both but was familiar with those types of genres! Towards the end of the night, we also had an amazing surprise performance by professional Salsa dancers!!!
Venue: Oheka Castle
Photographer: Rebecca Yale
Wedding Dress: Monique Lhullier
Headpiece: Twigs and Honey
Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell