The Wedding of ...
Erin Turner & Bobby McAuley
Ceremony: Church of St. Patrick
Reception: OHEKA CASTLE,
Gown: Carolina Herrera
Bridesmaids: Alfred Sung
Tux: Paul Stuart
Photographer: Brad Smith Photography
Cinematographer: JoVon Photography
Makeup: Eddie Style
Hair: Papillion Beauty Salon
Florist: Huntington Flowers and Gifts
Cake: OHEKA CASTLE
Band: Ebe Talent
Elegant Grand Castle
Bobby and I grew up a few towns away from each other and even had some of the same friends but we never met until after college. A mutual friend was hosting a cancer fundraiser in Tribeca, and we were finally introduced. Bobby was now a bond broker and I had just applied to graduate school at Columbia.
Three and a half years later, I came home from work to find a bouquet of my favorite flowers on our dining room table. I thought this was a nice surprise to kick off the weekend, but the real surprise came when Bobby pulled out a ring box from behind a picture frame. He got down on one knee and proposed! He had a car waiting to drive us to my parents’ house on Long Island, which was filled with friends and family eager to celebrate with us.
Pulling up to the main gates of OHEKA, you feel as if you are entering Versailles. The castle at OHEKA is truly breathtaking. The grounds are perfectly landscaped and the castle seems to take you back in time. We were blown away by the hospitality of the staff. Kelly Melius, the director of sales, and Gary Melius, the owner, both treated us like family. Kathy Thompson, the banquet manager, and Darleen Hendricks, the bridal attendant, saw to our every need and made sure everything was organized, beautiful, and ran seamlessly. Darleen even hand-sewed my bustle when the buttons wouldn’t hold up!
We were married in the same church where I was baptized, received my first communion, and confirmation. Father Stephen Donnelly, a good family friend, conducted a beautiful ceremony. There was an incredible spread of food at our cocktail hour with endless appetizers and impressive displays. We had an Asian fusion station, a Mediterranean station, a seafood tower with a dolphin ice sculpture, and our personal favorite, the pasta station with five different types of pasta. Darleen arranged for Bobby and me to enjoy samples of everything in a separate room before joining our guests.
At the entrance to our reception, there was a gorgeous memory table featuring wedding photos of our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. Our elegant ballroom décor was inspired by our Irish heritage and Ashford Castle, a hotel we had recently stayed at in Ireland. Our florist and friend, Laura Duffy, did a great job bringing our vision to life. We had gold chairs, gold chargers on the tables, and centerpieces of gold bowls filled with white hydrangeas and white roses. We put white pumpkins throughout the castle and used some as table cards. Our guests loved taking the pumpkins home at the end of the night.
Dinner started with a baked goat cheese salad and then the option of pan-seared sea bass, filet mignon, or pan-roasted chicken. The food was delicious! After we cut our cake, baked by Daniel Andreotti, OHEKA’s executive pastry chef, there was a dessert café in an adjacent room filled with endless desserts, including flambé, crepes, and more!
The dance floor was packed the entire night. For the last song, the band played “Piano Man” by Billy Joel. Everyone sang together in a circle, my father sang on the microphone, and our friends lifted me and Bobby and up on their shoulders. We then proceeded to our after-party at OHEKA with two acoustic guitar players!
Thank you to Gary, Kelly, Kathy, Darleen, and the entire OHEKA CASTLE staff for making sure the day came together seamlessly. Thank you to our florist, Laura, for executing our vision flawlessly. Thank you to our parents for their support, especially Cathi, who put her heart and soul into making sure the day was perfect. Thank you to our friends and family for sharing in our day with us.