Real Wedding | Lauren + Rony

Having always envisioned an outdoor wedding, Lauren’s dreams came true when she tied the knot to Rony at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York.  And it’s no wonder Lauren felt like a “Beautiful and Special Princess” on her big day…saying I Do at sunset under a cherry blossom and orchid chuppah, a ballroom reception inside the Oheka Castle complete with sparkling chandeliers and lavish floral arrangements in yellow, green and white…and then to celebrate it all in a stunning 2 piece dress, including a beaded corset and a separate skirt, both designed by Monique Lhuillier.  Absolutely exquisite, talk about a fairytale wedding!!

Lauren + Rony | May 5, 2012 | Oheka Castle, Huntington, New York

The Ceremony
I always envisioned myself getting married outside, so this was a particularly important part of the wedding for me.  It was a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Oheka Castle overlooking the gardens with instrumental music playing in the background. We had 300 guests gathered to watch the ceremony as the wedding party slowly came out of the castle in pairs, before standing alongside the chuppah.  The chuppah was made of cherry blossoms and orchids, for a very natural feel.  The Rabbi wed Rony and I that evening as the sun was setting.    

The Reception
The reception began around 9 pm that evening at Oheka Castle in the main ballroom.  With dinner, dancing and speeches it was a fun evening had by all!  The room was decorated with yellow, green and white flowers on each table and the cake included an all white 5-tier cake along with a Michigan stadium groom’s cake!  Rony and I met at Michigan in college, so we felt it was only fitting to include a part of where we met and also got engaged.  The band, Marienne Bennett, showcased modern music as well as some of our favorite oldies and the guests were on the dance floor all night long.

Lauren’s Dress Search
When I began my search for the perfect wedding dress I did not have a clear picture of what it would look like.  I tried on all different styles, ranging from ballgown to mermaid, natural waist and empire waist, and of course the sheath dress.  Ultimately, I ended up feeling the best in a trumpet shaped dress that both flattered my body but still made me feel sexy, yet timeless.  It was important to me to stand out and make sure that my dress had some “wow” factor.  I didn’t want to pick the “safe” choice, which for me likely would have been a more plain lace dress.

How Lauren Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Princess, Beautiful and Special

Why Lauren Decided To Sell Her Wedding Dress
I want someone else to enjoy this beautiful dress, I don’t want it to sit in my closet!

Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier Lavender/Magical |Photography: Anthony Vasquez | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Oheka Castle | Floral Design: Metro Flowers, Great Neck, NY | Cake: Oheka Castle