Castle Wedding at Hempstead House in Sands Point, NY

Lauren and Darryl met in the most organic way. The two were introduced through a mutual friend at a local bar. Although the meeting was as natural as can be, their relationship is nothing short of cosmic. When Lauren saw Hempstead House, she knew it was the perfect place for their magical wedding.

Castle wedding at the Hempstead House in Sands Point, NY
Bride getting ready at the Hempstead House in Sands Point, NY
Bride to be in her gorgeous wedding gown getting ready for her nuptials

A Forest Engagement

Lauren had always wanted to be proposed to outside. So, naturally, Darryl proposed while the two were out for a trail walk. “I asked my brother to pretend he’d dropped his wallet on the trail and needed help looking for it. While we were searching, our friend who is a photographer was actually in the bushes! When I hit my mark, I got down on one knee, and they hopped out with the camera!”

Groom and groomsmen before the wedding ceremony at Hempstead House in Sands Point, NY
Bridesmaids excited to see the bride in her wedding dress
Ring bearer and flower girl walking down the aisle on a beautifully manicured lawn at the Hempstead House.
Father of the bride lifting his daughters veil.
Bride and groom saying I Do on the grounds of Hempstead House in Sands Point NY

The Hempstead House Castle

When Lauren and Darryl saw the Hempstead House in Sands Point, NY, they knew it was perfect. From the layout to the view overlooking the water – it was all breathtaking. The Hempstead House is one of four mansions on the grounds of the Guggenheim Estate built in 1912.

Lauren and Darryl opted to have their ceremony on the lawn facing the Long Island Sound. Lauren’s bridesmaids walked down the aisle in beautiful blue velvet dresses from Jenny Yoo. Adorned in a gold crown she purchased from Etsy, wearing a Justin Alexander gown, Lauren was escorted down the aisle arm in arm with her father. The pastor who married the couple has been Darryl’s pastor for many years. When the two said “I do,” doves were released. Regal, or what?!

Husband and wife enjoy their cocktail hour with their bridal party
Bride and groom on the grounds of Hempstead House where they hosted their castle wedding.

The Reception

After the nuptials, the newly married couple and their guests headed in for the cocktail hour. They had popsicle cocktail drinks and a violinist playing on the stunning lawn of the castle. Dinner was a beautiful buffet, so everyone could choose what they wanted to eat. Soon after, the couple and their guests enjoyed a stunning almond wedding cake with buttercream cheese frosting. Everyone agreed it was delicious. 

So what was the highlight?
Lauren: “My favorite moment was our first dance.”
Darryl: “My favorite moment was the garter toss. Two guys ended up diving on the floor for it.”

Bride and groom dancing in a castle at their wedding reception on the Hempstead House grounds.
Bride and groom sharing their first dance in the castle venue at Hempstead House, NY.
Groomsmen dancing at their friends castle wedding
Bride and her bridesmaids dancing at her wedding reception at the Hempstead House in Sands Point, NY.
Husband and wife lighting sparklers at their wedding in Sands Point, NY at the Hempstead House.
Man carries his new wife to their hotel after their wedding ceremony at Hempstead House.

Lauren and Darryl’s wedding was featured in The Knot New York magazine! Here are some of the beautiful photos from the print.