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.

Martha Stewart Weddings - - IN THIS ISSUE - Pho­to­graphs by judy pak pho­tog­ra­phy text by Va­lerie rains

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.

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