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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

We attended a wedding at Oheka Castle Part 1

Entrance to Oheka Castle
We were invited by our friends Rosie and Jim to attend the wedding of their daughter Ruth to her soulmate Matt. The wedding took place at the Oheka Castle on Long Island New York. What an amazing place! By wondrous luck the day was bright, clear and even a little chilly.

The Castle was built in 1919 by Otto Kahn, and the name Oheka is an acronym for Otto Hermann Kahn. It is pronounced O-HEE'-ka.

We flew by Southwest Airlines to LaGuardia Airport, which was the closest driving distance to the Castle.

Ornate brace for a very tall chimney - closeup

Our room was very large with tall ceilings and a great view of the Long Island countryside. There is a subdivision of sorts on the grounds around the castle itself, and the homes are lovely. (More about this in a later post.) 

View from the window in the hallway

The morning of the wedding, Jan and I made a tour around the castle itself. I was not able to pack along my Nikon camera, but using Jan's camera we managed to get some good shots of the building and the wedding.  

Outside view of our room - we were on 3rd floor right window

The photo above was taken on the second day we were there. What a contrast from the day of the wedding. The bride and groom were very lucky to have such a perfect day for their celebration!
Closeup of our room on the right

Each time we rounded a corner, we were more amazed at the beauty of this place. It truly was like being in a European castle or a nobleman's home. The Castle is used for weddings a lot now, with famous people occasionally using the grounds for weddings, and is sometimes used as the backdrop for commercials and movies. 

View of the Rear of the Castle from the Reflecting Pools

The Reflecting Pools will be the subject of Part 2 of this "series." The wedding itself was held in the grassy space between the castle and the reflecting pools. A perfect spot! Future posts will include the walk we took around the neighborhood (so many beautiful flowers!), the interior of the castle, and the wedding itself. I hope you enjoy them.

Till next time,
Mike Z

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