"My jaw dropped when I first saw it," Peta Murgatroyd tells PEOPLE of her wedding venue

By Patrick Gomez
May 15, 2017 03:45 PM

Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are in for one royal wedding.

The Dancing with the Stars pros are gearing up to walk down the aisle in July at Oheka Castle on Long Island, New York.

“My jaw dropped when I first saw it,” Murgatroyd says in the current issue of PEOPLE of the historic estate.

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Murgatroyd, 30, adds that she’d always envisioned getting married in a church but was quickly persuaded by Chmerkovskiy, 37, that Oheka Castle was the ideal venue.

“Maks has loved this place for years and I took on the suggestion and I fell in love with it immediately,” she says. “It’s a whole castle estate with a golf course around it.”

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The castle was built in 1919 on a 443-acre plot on the highest point on Long Island by financier and philanthropist Otto Hermann Kahn, who used it as a summer home until his death in 1934. Now the castle is is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of of Historic Hotels of America. It reportedly served as an inspiration for author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and has been seen in many famous TV shows, films and music videos — including Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” video.

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“The drive up to this gate alone is spectacular. It is so regal and royal,” says Murgatroyd, who can’t wait for the wedding photos.

“Photos are the things you can hold on to for forever, so I wanted our photos to be spectacular and the grounds on this estate are just phenomenal,” she says. “I think we are going to have some beautiful shots.”