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  • Writer's pictureSophisticated Weddings

Just Outside The City

Not everyone wants a New York City

wedding or engagement party. Some couples

planning their wedding are looking for options

that only a suburban location can offer.

Here are some of our favorite places located...

Emanating a royal touch of sophistication in Long Island’s own Gold Coast, Oheka Castle is

known for its rich history and otherworldly beauty. Once the stately home of notable financier and patron of the arts Otto Herman Kahn, the estate was constructed to serve as his palatial country residence, where he regularly hosted lavish parties in the roaring twenties era. Following a $30 million renovation, the estate has landed itself on the National Register

of Historic Places, and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. Continuing the celebratory tradition it was founded upon, Oheka Castle is recognized for its enchanting

grounds and one-of-a-kind weddings. True to its name, the estate boasts 32 luxurious guest rooms and suites, Grand Ballroom, Terrace Room, courtyards, a library,and countless exquisite details. Complete with on-site spa services, a fitness center, and restaurant bar, Oheka Castle brings modern day conveniences to the Gilded Age mansion. The hospitality team makes incredible strives, seeing that every couple who gets married at Oheka truly becomes the King and Queen of the castle.

Just 30 miles outside of Manhattan, The Castle Hotel & Spa is the crowned jewel of Tarrytown, New York. Setting the scene for elegant weddings and celebrations, the Castle

sits majestically atop one of the highest points in Westchester County overlooking the Hudson River. Equipped with 31 newly renovated luxurious guest rooms, award winning Equus Restaurant, and tranquil THANN Sanctuary Spa, the estate with over 100 years of history offers extensive lavish amenities and versatile space for transcendent affairs. Artfully landscaped grounds make for scenic ceremonies and cocktail receptions at the Castle grounds. The Private Wing offers spectacular 40-foot vaulted ceilings and Gothic Tiffany stained-glass windows of the Great Hall, paired with the radiant crystal chandelier adorned Caramai Ballroom. The exquisite architecture and ornate décor captures the romance of another era, matched only by the personal and attentive service provided by its outstanding hospitality team. Attracting dignitaries and refined events from beyond the Hudson Valley, the Castle Hotel & Spa introduces another world not far from home.

A spectacular countryside retreat that exudes natural beauty, The Garrison rests upon 300 stunning acres with unparalleled views of the Hudson River and distant Catskill Mountains. Critically acclaimed for its delectable cuisine and impeccable hospitality standard,

the premises is grounds to multiple banquet rooms, stone flagged covered terraces, a small inn, an 18-hole golf course, sig-nature Valley restaurant, and a day spa for relaxation and pampering. Weddings at The Garrison may enjoy a fresh farm-to-table experience, where many ingredients are sourced from its two-acre Garrison Farm, located on the property. The Ceremony Garden offers unforgettable views in its outdoor expanse. The light and airy

River Room adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows and the adjacent Hudson Room, makes for an exquisite transition between cocktails, dinner, and dancing. Within the Windgate

offers a more intimate space that is perfect for a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or post-wedding brunch. Just an hour north of Manhattan, The Garrison is an idyllic venue

that boasts refinement and Mother Nature in all her glory.

Prior to becoming one of New Jersey’s premier beloved venues, Crystal Plaza was a stately residential mansion built in the late 1800s. Designed by the famed architect Stanford White, who was also responsible for designing Manhattan’s Tiffany Building along Fifth Avenue and other iconic structures, the reincarnated venue exudes its distinct original 19th century grandeur and air of sophistication. The elegant Grand Ballroom is dressed with numerous chandeliers, inspiring its name as Crystal Plaza. The property is adorned with beautiful lush gardens, enchanting all those whom encounter it. Extending superior hospitality to weddings, the Crystal Plaza team works to meet every want and need, which they do seamlessly between three separate catering divisions and menus. The Highview menu focuses on non-kosher fare, the Crystal menu caters to kosher cuisine, and the Alpine menu to Glatt Kosher service. Each division is housed on site and occupies its own kitchen facility, ensuring elevated quality for a diverse community with custom tastes and preferences.

Located on the exquisite Huntington Harbor on Long Island, Harbor Club at Prime bears the perfect backdrop for a sunset wedding. The waterfront venue boasts clean, modern lines and sleek finishes, and feature a distinctive space with state-of-the-art sound and lighting capabilities. Panoramic water views are complemented by the Harbor Club’s custom created menus furnished by the brilliant artists at the Bohlsen Restaurant Group. Attentive restaurant style service ensures that every guest is met with a memorable experience. Every wedding is afforded a broad spectrum of amenities, including a bridal suite with a personal attendant,

sommelier to customize wine selections, and a dedicated server for the bride and groom on their wedding day. Floor-to-ceiling windows and open-air balconies are paired with

lushly landscaped grounds overlooking the Gold Coast mansions and luxury yachts. Exuding the finest qualities of Long Island’s North Shore, Harbor Club at Prime delivers a

modern and luxurious experience from start to finish.

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