theirs was going to be a secret garden– inspired wedding—until a near-hurricane crashed the party. but this new york city couple know their way around a plot twist, and a castle worthy of a fairy tale provided the happy ending.
A New York City pair’s wedding in Long Island’s Oheka Castle started out as “plan B”—and turned into a fairy tale.
There are moments in life when things not going according to plan is the best thing that could happen. Take the first time David Krantz laid eyes on Rebecca Goodman, at a group dinner in the Hamptons in the summer of 2013. “I was being introduced around the table, and Rebecca immediately caught my attention,” David recalls. The only problem? He was there to be fixed up with one of her friends. Still, the two hit it off, talking on the phone and texting—with Rebecca sometimes even asking David to come rescue her from a bad blind date. “Eventually, I realized I’d been seeing the wrong person,” says David, who works in commercial real estate (Rebecca is in fashion communications). The two had a beyond-friends date that August, and just over a year later, he proposed during a first-anniversary spa trip.
Selecting a wedding venue was easy for the New York City couple: David’s family had held many events at the nearly century-old Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate, in Huntington, New York, and the property’s formal gardens made Rebecca swoon. “They’re so lush and beautiful,” she says. “When you drive through the gates, you feel like royalty.” She envisioned an elegant outdoor wedding that would showcase the setting,“with loose, tumbling flowers, plus rambling vines and petals up to my ankles on the aisle. Like a romantic, secret garden.” A massive storm that rolled in on the big day, June 27, 2015, washed away that wedding dream—but not the fairy tale. The backup plan was to wed beneath ornate Maria Theresa chandeliers in the castle’s Otto Kahn Ballroom, down an aisle strewn with ombré petals and flanked by foxgloves, ferns, abutilon, allium, and hyssop. “I was so calm that day, nothing was going to take away from how happy I felt,” says Rebecca. As 249 guests looked on, the bride’s uncle performed a traditional Jewish ceremony—and by the newlyweds’ first kiss, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
The couple shared a moment alone post-vows while friends and family had cocktails, then they rejoined the party for a feast that included Chilean sea bass, pan-seared chicken breast, and garlic-rosemary lamb chops. After a round of celebratory speeches, the dancing started and didn’t stop. So as not to interrupt their guests’ fun, the bride and groom decided to go off to the side to cut the cake—without fanfare, just the two of them. “It ended up being really special,” says Rebecca. Yet another time when straying from the script led to the best of all possible outcomes. “It was our day, and we owned it,” says David.