Oheka Castle Wedding | Michele and Robert

Today is the day I get to share Michele and Robert’s Oheka Castle Wedding with you! I’m so excited to share a peek into their day. This wedding is going to have you swooning from start to finish! But first, a few details about the couple and their day, because everyone loves a good love story, right?

The Couple

Michele and Robert met when Michele joined a share house in Ocean Beach, Fire Island, which Rob managed. Their relationship developed from that point and they dated for three years. When it was time for Rob to propose, he had the sweetest idea. He took Michele back to the same beach house where they met for the very first time and popped the question there!

This sweet proposal idea is just one of the ways I have seen how thoughtful Rob is with Michele. He always wants to make her feel special. His biggest concern throughout the wedding planning process was making sure that Michele was happy. And happy she was! As soon as the gates opened for them during their first visit to Oheka Castle, she knew it was fate. Oheka Castle would be the place where they would tie the knot. Rob made Michele’s wish of a fairy tale wedding come true. And the fairy tale was complete with a vintage romantic theme and a real-life castle!

Oheka Castle Wedding Photos

Wedding Dress Photo by Ricky RestianoBridal suite at Oheka Castle | Photos by Ricky Restiano

The Details

When I first started working with Michele on her wedding day, she had been feeling a little overwhelmed with the small details that were still outstanding. We started working together a couple of months prior to her wedding and it was a pleasure managing this beautiful wedding day. Not only did I get to work with a sweet couple but I also got to work at one of the most stunning venues in the Tri-State Area. The Oheka Castle mansion is located in a beautiful area of Long Island and looks like a gorgeous French chateau. It is a truly unique palace that is the epitome of elegance and refinement. It is the perfect place to host a wedding, too, as it was originally built with the intention of hosting lavish parties!

Bridal Portraits at Oheka Castle | Photo by Ricky RestianoGroom getting ready at Oheka Castle Ceremony Programs by NVS Events | Photo by Ricky Restiano Creative Ring Photo by Ricky Restiano

Wedding  Ceremony

On the day of the wedding, a harpist welcomed guests as they entered the castle for the ceremony and set the tone for the romantic wedding that Michele had dreamt of. Needless to say, the guests were quite impressed with the venue. Throughout the day, they enjoyed discovering the castle and its grounds. At the reception, they were greeted with unique seating cards on vintage keys before entering the ballroom. Once inside the ballroom, you couldn’t help but notice the stunning centerpieces complete with hanging pearls. The centerpieces actually ended up being Michele’s favorite decor piece because they tied in all the small details of the day to complete her vision. It was a pleasure being a part of Michele and Rob’s day and I’m excited for you all to see the images captured by Ricky Restiano.

Harpist at Oheka Castle | Photo by Ricky Restiano Indoor Ceremony at Oheka Castle Photo by Ricky RestianoFirst kiss during indoor ceremony at Oheka Castle

The Portraits

The grounds at Oheka Castle are a photographer’s haven!

Bride and groom photo at Oheka Castle | Photo by Ricky Restiano Bride and groom photo at Oheka Castle | Photo by Ricky RestianoOutdoor Grounds Photo of Oheka Castle | Photo by Ricky Restiano Bridal Party at Oheka Castle | Photo by Ricky Restiano Classic wedding at Oheka Castle | Photo by Ricky Restiano Groomsman photo at Oheka Castle Photo by Ricky RestianoSunset portrait at Oheka Castle by Ricky Restiano Romantic photo at Oheka Castle | Photo by Ricky Restiano

Wedding Reception

Michele entrusted us with designing all the paper goods at the reception and we thoroughly enjoyed designing the seating cards, menu, and favor cards. We carried the vintage theme through all of the designs and it came together perfectly.

Seating Cards by NVS Events | Photo by Ricky Restiano Center pieces by Pedestals Florist | Photo by Ricky Restiano Center pieces by Pedestals Florist | Photo by Ricky Restiano Menu Design by NVS Events | Photo by Ricky Restiano Oheka Castle Wedding Day Planner | Photo by Ricky Restiano NYC Wedding Planner at Oheka Castle Photo by Ricky Restiano Oheka Castle Ballroom Photo by Ricky RestianoOheka Castle wedding by Ricky Restiano Oheka Castle Wedding Reception | Photo by Ricky Restiano Oheka Castle Wedding Cake | Photo by Ricky Restiano Thank you card station | Photo by Ricky RestianoThank you card with lace Night photo of couple at Oheka Castle Wedding | Photo by Ricky Restiano

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Vendor List

Videographer: Strictly Video • Makeup Artist: Makeup by Danielle • Pedestals Florist • 

 

University Club NYC Wedding | Erica and Marcus

As a NYC Wedding and Event Planner, I get to be a part of a variety of joyous occasions. Not only that, but I get to work with the most amazing of clients, too. A little over a year ago, I had the opportunity to work with Erica and Marcus. They are a wonderful couple who found me thanks to a mutual friend. When Erica told me about her vision for the day, I knew that her University Club NYC Wedding was going to be as gorgeous as they come.  And when it finally arrived, it unfolded even more beautifully than we envisioned.

The day started out with a relaxed morning of getting ready at Peninsula Hotel. Erica is already a beautiful woman, but once she was all dolled up in her gorgeous wedding gown, she looked even more stunning. We arranged for her first look with Marcus to happen at the New York Public Library and it was the perfect setting. Marcus couldn’t take his eyes off of his lovely bride, and understandably so.

Once it was time for the ceremony, everyone headed back to the University Club. The rest of the evening was just magical. From an amazing chuppah that was the perfect mix of modern yet timeless to the breathtaking centerpieces overflowing with orchids, cherry blossoms and garden roses, the details at this wedding came together perfectly. They were the epitome of classic elegance. See for yourself as you scroll through all the pretty. Thank you to Jason of Ira Lippke Studios for capturing this wedding day so beautifully.

University Club NYC Wedding Photos

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Vendor List

Photography: Jason | Ira Lippke Studios • Day-Of Coordination: NVS Events • Hair Stylist: Stefanie Duell • Makeup Artist: Ashlee Glazer • Florals: Golf Srithamrong • Band: Chevy Chevis Entertainment

Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel Wedding | Mallory and Jarred

Well, it has certainly been a while since my last post, hasn’t it? I’ll be the first to admit that blogging our recent work hasn’t been at the top of our list of priorities these last several months but I’m happy to share that all that is going to change this year! I had the honor of designing, planning, and coordinating many beautiful weddings last year and I’m excited to show you exactly how beautiful they all were by sharing them with you here on the blog. Get ready for plenty of eye candy because I’ve got lots of pretty coming your way!

The Couple

First up is Mallory and Jarred’s Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel Wedding. Mallory and Jarred’s love story began when they were students at Monmouth University. Mallory was a senior and Jarred was in his first year of graduate school. Their paths crossed while Mallory was interning in the athletics department and Jarred was working there. They started dating shortly after, spending much of their time together on the university campus. When it was time for Jarred to pop the question, he did it during a trip to Florida after an evening stroll near the beach. So romantic!

I had the pleasure of meeting Mallory thanks to my sister who was her high school Italian teacher. About 15 years ago, I chaperoned a student trip to Italy and spent a couple of weeks getting to know Mallory and her classmates while visiting the beautiful sites of Italy. Mallory and I kept in touch throughout the years and eventually formed a deeper connection over our love of weddings and event planning. Needless to say, I was so honored when she asked me to help manage her wedding day. As you will see in the images below, Mallory has impeccable taste so I knew I would love being a part of her wedding day.

Getting Ready

The day started out at Mallory’s parents’ house where she got ready with her bridesmaids and mother. I arrived there bright and early and had all the wedding day details ready when her photographer arrived. Let’s get started with these images by Idalia Photography.

Berkeley Oceanfront Wedding | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Wedding Invitations by Wedding Paper Divas | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Wedding Bands and Green Emerald Ring in Mrs. Box | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

Mallory and her bridesmaids were so fun to work with, and they looked absolutely stunning thanks to their hair stylist, Lacey Alagaia, and makeup artist, Natalia Starasolosky. Once the ladies were ready, they enjoyed mimosas before getting into their dresses. I love that Mallory gifted all her ladies custom hangers as a keepsake from the day.

Bridesmaids toasting in matching gray tank tops | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Bridal portrait of bride in lace-trimmed veil | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

While Mallory was getting ready at her parents’ home, Jarred got ready with his groomsmen at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel before heading over to Monmouth University for the first look and portraits.

Groom detail photos taken at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park, NJ | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Groom opening his gift during Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel Wedding Day | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

Monmouth University Wedding Photos

First Look at Monmouth University Wilson Hall | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Bride and groom portraits at Monmouth University | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

Mallory and Jarred made sure they had plenty of time for wedding photos at Monmouth University, the place where they got to know each other and fell in love.

Bridal Party Photo at Monmouth University | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Beautiful summer wedding portraits at Monmouth University | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Bridesmaids in emerald green dresses | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Romantic bride and groom portrait | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Groomsmen in gray and emerald green | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Elegant bridal portrait | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Bride and groom photos | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Wedding photos in Wilson Hall | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Bridal party photo at Monmouth University | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel Wedding Ceremony and Reception

Once portraits were finished, it was time for the ceremony at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. This venue was perfect for the classic and elegant wedding that Mallory and Jarred had planned.

Wedding Ceremony at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel Wedding | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Wedding Ceremony at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel Wedding Ceremony

I loved that Mallory and Jarred’s timeline allowed for plenty of time for them to enjoy each other’s company. They even had time for an additional portrait session at the venue. And check out the gorgeous florals by Peter James Floral Couture!

Wedding photo in mezzanine of Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Elegant wedding portraits of bride and groom | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia PhotographyBerkeley Oceanfront Hotel Wedding Photos | Event Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

Before we knew it, though, it was time for cocktail hour! I love the coasters that Mallory and Jarred ordered for the bar area.

Cocktail hour decor ideas for emerald green wedding | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

Mallory and Jarred’s wedding reception was full of unique ideas, like the cigar bar during cocktail hour:

Cigar bar at NJ Wedding | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

Once it was time for the reception, the guests picked up their seating cards from one of the beautiful light-filled rooms at the Berkeley:Gold glittery wedding ideas | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

The reception decor was in a unique color combination of gold and emerald green accents.

Welcome sign for wedding reception ideas | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Ideas for wedding reception at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

Check out the lovely reception room! You can’t beat the windows and chandeliers in the Crystal Ballroom!

Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel Wedding Ballroom | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel Wedding reception ideas | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Wedding decor ideas at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel Wedding | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Fairytale wedding ideas | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Emerald green wedding reception ideas | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Vintage silver centerpieces | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Sweetheart table decor ideas | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel Wedding | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel Wedding Reception | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Ideas for an emerald green wedding | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

“Because just one piece of bread is never enough.”

During dinner, Mallory and Jarred invited their guests to indulge in their bread bar. This was such a unique idea and their guests absolutely loved it!

Unique wedding favor ideas with bread | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

One of my favorite parts of a wedding day is when my couple gets to relax and enjoy their reception. After so many months of planning, it’s wonderful for them to see everything come together and spend time with all their loved ones.

First dance at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel | Event Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia PhotographyRomantic photos of first dance | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

When a Yankees fan and a Mets fan fall in love you end up with one of the most unique ideas for a guest book!

Wedding guest book ideas for sports fans | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

And here is one of my favorite parts of the day – the live painting by Katherine Gressel . I think it’s safe to say that everyone enjoyed watching Katherine work throughout the night to capture a moment from the day in a beautiful canvas painting.

Wedding live painting by Katherine Gressel | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

At the end of the night, I always advise my couples to do something extra special for their guests. Mallory and Jarred opted for a donuts and pretzels station and it was a big hit! Nothing like something sweet to hold you over on the ride home!

Wedding reception end of the night treat ideas | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

Thank you for viewing this Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel Wedding. I hope you enjoyed getting a peek into this lovely summer wedding. Check out the full vendor list below!

Vendor List

Venue: The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel • Day-of Coordinator: NVS Events • Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters, Hearts For You • Cake: Chocolate Carousel • DJ: Doubledown Entertainment • Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang Tuxedo • Hair:  Lacey Alagaia • Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas • Florals: Peter James Floral Couture • Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos A. Bank • Makeup: Natalia Starasolosky • Painter: Katherine Gressel • Photography: Idalia Photography • Ring Box: Mrs. Box • Shoes: Figgie Shoes • Transportation: Santos Transportation • Videography: Stephanie Francis • Wedding Dress: Pronovias, Designer Loft NYC