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Farmstead Golf and Country Club Wedding Venue in Lafayette, New Jersey

Farmstead Golf and Country Club Wedding Venue in Lafayette, New Jersey

Sussex County Wedding Photographer

Nestled in the heart of Lafayette Township, New Jersey, Farmstead Golf and Country Club is a beautiful historic wedding venue surrounded by weeping willows, maple and oak trees. It’s property is adorned with a large beautiful pond and perfectly manicured fairways that provide a stunning backdrop to any type of wedding or special event. Farmstead is a mixture of country charm, rustic design and modern amenities. The venue is a one wedding per day property and can host up to 180 wedding guests in its indoor and outdoor space. The property is host to a number of features such as their classic white gazebo which is situated right next to their large pond. This area is perfect for outdoor photographs and is where all outdoor weddings are hosted. The gazebo provides you and your guests with a gorgeous lake view in almost every direction and most days you can even watch Farmstead’s own white swans swim throughout the pond. Farmstead encourages all couples to add their own decorations to the gazebo in order to set a specific theme for their wedding day. The venue’s staff will take care of all decorating tasks so that you and your family can enjoy your wedding day without stress. The fact that their staff will decorate for you is not something every venue will offer, so take special notice of this option because it really helps to relieve the stress of a wedding day when you aren’t worried about setting your own decorations.

This wedding venue also boasts a charming carriage room. Originally built in the 19th century, this rustic room has been updated with modern day amenities so you and your guests can party in style. It even has the 19th century carriages hanging from the ceiling! It also boasts a panoramic wall of windows so your friends and family have a beautiful view of the property no matter where they are seated. These large windows also provide a generous amount of natural ambient light, which is perfect for taking beautiful photographs. The room has a generous sized dance floor, access to the bar and is directly connected to the coach room which is where cocktail hour is hosted. No matter what they need, your guests won’t have to walk very far. The Farmstead Golf and Country Club staff are highly experienced and extremely motivated. They not only encourage you to bring your own decorations but they will handle the task of setting up and breaking down all your wedding decor. The staff also welcome and work closely with all wedding planners and vendors, which is very much appreciated when you’re in the wedding industry. Everyone should always be working together to help make your day a big success.

Some of the additional perks provided by Farmstead Golf and Country Club are as follows:

  • Ceremony arch for all indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies
  • Numerous types of outdoor lighting to set the perfect mood for your wedding day
  • Votive lighting for any and all tables and walkways
  • Beautiful tasteful linens, exceptional silverware and always sparkling clean glassware
  • On-site bridal suite and dressing area available all day for the bride and groom
  • Beautiful classic white outdoor gazebo perfectly situated next to Farmstead’s own large pond
  • The Carriage Room – a tastefully updated 19th century built rustic ballroom complete with modern wedding day amenities
  • Plenty of on-site parking which negates the rental of expensive shuttle busses or limos
  • Gorgeous landscaped property complete with huge weeping willow, oak and maple trees

If you’re looking for a rustic, barn themed wedding, than Farmstead Golf and Country Club should be high on your list of wedding venues in the Sussex Country, New Jersey area. Not only do they host any type of wedding, Farmstead also offers hosting services for engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, family reunions, birthday parties and any type of anniversary. From start to finish, Farmstead provides an excellent wedding day experience. For more information, contact Lindsey at 973-383-1666 ext.102 or email her at

Here are just a few reasons why I love shooting weddings at The Farmstead Golf and Country Club

  • Gorgeous views all around the property which are perfect for outdoor photographs
  • Sunset beams over the tree line which creates amazing photo opportunities during the later hours of your wedding day
  • Plenty of indoor space to move around while documenting your wedding day
  • Their staff are very welcoming of wedding photographers and other wedding vendors, which helps make my job less stressful and helps your wedding photos turn out that much better!
  • Golf carts can be used to drive the bride, groom and their entire bridal party around the property, which makes photographs go that much quicker
  • Neutral tones throughout the venue which help to create a more high end look to your wedding photos
  • Everything is on-site. More time spent enjoying your wedding day and less time driving to and from locations such a hotel or church.
  • Farmstead Golf and Country Club host one wedding or event per day, which means we won’t have to deal with other guests getting in our way.

I had an amazing time getting to photograph Kate and Ryan’s wedding day at The Farmstead Golf and Country Club. Their bridal party were very helpful, their friends were a blast to be around and both their families were overjoyed to be celebrating the couple’s wedding day. I am always so thankful to have wedding clients like Kate and Ryan. Their decorated the venue for fall which included pumpkins, colorful leaves, brightly lit candles and glistening white christmas lights. Their theme really made the venue shine. The girl’s bridal party dresses were a dark burgundy color, which went well with the fall theme of their wedding day. The men wore dark blue suits and really hip brown dress shoes. Feel free to browse their wedding images shot at Farmstead Golf and Country Club to get a feel for what your wedding could be like at this beautiful barn themed wedding venue.

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Farmstead Golf and Country Club Contact Information

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Their address is 88 Lawrence Rd, Lafayette, New Jersey and they are located in Sussex County, NJ.

Crystal Plaza Wedding Venue in Stirling, New Jersey

Crystal Plaza Wedding Venue in Livingston, New Jersey

Essex County Wedding Photographer

Crystal Plaza wedding venue is situated on the outskirts of Essex County and is a once historic residential mansion now fully remodeled into a chic, upscale event space. Originally built in the 1800s by famed architect Stanford White, who was also responsible for constructing numerous famous buildings in New York such as the Tiffany Building on Fifth Avenue, the original Madison Square Garden complex and the arch at Washington Square Park in central Manhattan. Even though The crystal plaza wedding venue has been fully remodeled, it still maintains it’s 19th century charm by blending modern day amenities with some of the mansion’s original design elements to create a one of a kind, unique atmosphere that is sure to impress any number of wedding guests.

Family owned and operated since 1917 and in business for over 100 years, Crystal Plaza now employs over 150 professional staff members. Perfect service is at the heart of everything they do. In order to give you their full undivided attention Crystal Plaza is a one wedding per day venue. This insures that your guests have full access to the entire property, never have to worry about running into other wedding guests and can fully experience everything this central jersey wedding venue has to offer. The Crystal Plaza understands each wedding is unique and that’s why they not only cater to your every need, but encourage you to customize their menus and offerings to your liking. They consistently experiment with new dining options on a regularly basis while continuing to search out and incorporate fresh ingredients into each of their meals. Their venue boasts three separate full kitchens non-kosher, kosher and glatt kosher catering. No matter your dietary needs, Crystal Plaza has you covered.

Crystal Plaza – Over 30 chandeliers and counting

One of the most engaging visual design elements of the Crystal Plaza wedding venue is their grand ballroom’s numerous chandeliers. This 5000 square foot event room hosts over 30 different sized chandeliers and is actually how the Crystal Plaza got it’s unique name. All of the brides and grooms that I photograph at the Crystal Plaza always request a photograph in this stunning ballroom. Capable of seating up to 400 guests, the grand ballroom is the perfect space for dancing the night away. This glamorous open-style room boasts gold-detailed ceilings with ornate columns along the two story walls, a large round wooden dance floor and beautiful long curtains hung perfectly the room’s large vertical windows. The grand ballroom looks perfect without any additional wedding decor, yet the Crystal Plaza encourages it’s guests to put their own unique touch on this already stunning space. The final touch is the ballroom’s Juliet balcony which overlooks the entire room and is a special highlight for wedding photographs and wedding-bouquet throwing.

Connected to the Crystal Plaza’s grand ballroom is the “living room”. An elegant cocktail area which again, can accommodate up to 400 wedding guests. This mature room features dark hardwood floors, a large open wooden bar, various sized cocktail tables and even a large fireplace so your guests can warm themselves up by a real open fire. The living room also connects to the venue’s indoor-outdoor patio space which is separated by beautiful large glass sliding doors. No matter what type of event, be it a wedding, birthday party, corporate event or family reunion, the living room is sure to impress each and every one of your guests.

Upstairs at the Crystal Plaza is a very large, multi-purpose room call The Salon. This space features a mixture of both contemporary and classical decor all combined with dark hardwood flooring and a combination of modern LED lighting and the venue’s signature crystal chandeliers. This location can be used for private corporate events, a lounge for bridal parties, a cocktail hour space for kids during a bar/bat mitzvah and to host wedding after parties.

If you’re looking for a perfect central jersey wedding venue than Crystal Plaza should be high on your lists. This venue features two very private suites for both the bride, groom and their wedding parties. Each room even boasts it’s own private restroom and safe to store your belongings safely while you dance the night away without a care in the world. Both rooms feature beautiful mirrors which help with creating stunningly unique wedding photographs.

The Gardens at Crystal Plaza are one of the venue’s most amazing features

Looking for a wedding venue with both indoor and outdoor spaces? Crystal Plaza once again has you covered. Their property is home to over 5 acres of well maintained lawns and gardens. Just like their indoor locals, their outdoor locations can host over 400 guests and also offer a beautiful gazebo as the center point for all outdoor wedding ceremonies. The center aisle also features large black iron street lamps which were imported directly from Italy. This outdoor space is perfect for spring, summer fall or winter weddings. During spring the flowers are in a fresh bloom, later summer even sunsets are absolutely gorgeous and the exploding colors of fall fill the outdoor space with plenty of amazing views in every direction. There are absolutely no shortage of wedding photo opportunities.

To recap here is a list of all the great features of The Crystal Plaza in Livingston, New Jersey

  • Large wedding space capable of catering to up to 400 guests
  • Over 30 gorgeous chandeliers in their grand ballroom (provides the perfect backdrop for gorgeous wedding images)
  • Everything you need is on site including bride and groom suites, indoor and outdoor wedding ceremony space and numerous ballrooms and patios
  • Perfectly manicured gardens, lawns and flowers which will make any wedding look absolutely beautiful
  • Amazing food, incredibly variety of cocktail hour dishes and an abundance of signature cocktails all tailored to suit your needs
  • Highly trained, exceptional staff ready and waiting to meet your every desire
  • Located in central jersey and in close proximity to The Short Hills Mall and the towns of Caldwell, Rosalind, Montclair, West Orange and Florham Park
  • On-site parking so your wedding guests won’t have to travel far
  • Fully customizable wedding menus to meet the needs of even the most demanding of pallets

I want to take this opportunity to personally thank Alyssa, Nick and their entire families for allowing me to be their wedding photographer. Every single one of them welcomed me with open arms and treated me like I was one of their family. Their generous and friendly nature allowed me to capture their true spirits and create memories that they will cherish forever. Without my amazing wedding clients, I couldn’t do what I love for a living.

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If you wish to inquire about your wedding at The Crystal Plaza please use the following contact information.
Address: The Crystal Plaza – 305 West Northfield Rd, Livingston, New Jersey 07039
Telephone Number: 973-992-8100

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To inquire about full pricing and coverage information please contact me and I will be more than happy to discuss my collections with you and your family.

The bride and groom cut their wedding cake at The Crystal Plaza in Livingston, New Jersey

Bridgewater Manor Wedding Venue in Somerset, New Jersey

Bridgewater Manor Wedding Venue in Somerset, New Jersey

Central, New Jersey’s premier luxury wedding and event space

The Bridgewater Manor wedding venue is conveniently located in Somerset County, New Jersey in the town of Bridgewater just a few minutes away from The Bridgewater Mall right off of route 202. Featuring a stunning grand staircase, plenty of ballroom space, lush outdoor gardens, a large gazebo and a huge cocktail hour room, The Bridgewater Manor has everything a bride and groom need to host their perfect wedding day.

One of the most convenient aspects of The Bridgewater Manor is their ability to host both an indoor and outdoor wedding ceremony. Unfortunately inclement weather is not something brides and grooms can control so finding a wedding venue that can offer you both options is very important. Your venue should be able to easily break down your outdoor ceremony space and move you to their indoor location at a moment’s notice. The Bridgewater Manor has plenty of on-site staff in order to accommodate you and your guests in the event of a storm. Like I mentioned before, they not only have a beautiful ballroom to host your indoor wedding ceremony but a very large outdoor space complete with a beautiful gazebo and a large pond all surrounded by gorgeous gardens.

Bridgewater, New Jersey’s most affordable wedding venue

Upon entering The Bridgewater Manor, you will be treated to views of their grand staircase. This indoor area is used for bride and groom creative photographs, formal group photographs and even the first look. The staff at Bridgewater Manor are extremely accommodating, making sure to clear guests from this area when it’s needed for photographs before or after your wedding ceremony. They even have integrated uplighting throughout their property which adds a generous amount of color to your wedding images no matter where you choose to shoot them.

The Bridgewater Manor offers special rates all year long. Numerous promotions include things like extra cocktail hour stations, liquor upgrades, discounts on per meal pricing and much more. They are extremely generous with their offerings. You will no doubt be thoroughly impressed with what this Central Jersey wedding venue has to offer.

There is nothing worse than being cramped at your friend’s wedding. Multiple large ballrooms and a huge cocktail hour space give The Bridgewater Manor an advantage over other Central Jersey wedding venues. Your guests will no doubt have plenty of space to move around and dance the night away. Their ballroom even has plenty of space for a super fun photo booth! I offer a state-of-the art open style booth featuring more unique props than you have ever seen at any wedding. To view real photo booth galleries please visit

Bridgewater Manor has a beautiful bridal suite and an awesome groom’s room

Getting ready on site? No problem! The Bridgewater Manor also has a gorgeous bridal suite and a groom’s room to accommodate both sides of your wedding party. Your rooms can be furnished with any type of decoration and packed with food/drink for you and your guests. Your rooms are available to you any time of day. From start to finish, their staff are extremely professional. They will do whatever it takes to make sure your day is as comfortable and as pleasurable as possible.

Looking for amazing cocktail hour food and a delicious reception dinner? The Bridgewater Manor prides itself on it’s elegant cuisine. From personal tastings, to customizing anything on their menu, this Central, NJ wedding venue goes above and beyond for every event. They also offer top shelf liquor and can create special one of a kind cocktails for your wedding day. I can tell you from personal experience. I’ve shot numerous weddings at Bridgewater Manor and their food is spectacular. Not only is everything fresh and top quality but their portions are big! This is not something you can say about other venues. Your guests will definitely leave your wedding stuffed to the brim full of awesome food and killer drinks.

Here is just a small list of what makes The Bridgewater Manor a one of a kind New Jersey wedding venue

  • Conveniently located in Central Jersey just a small distance from towns such as Morristown, Flemington, Basking Ridge, Hillsborough and Branchburg
  • Offers both an indoor and outdoor wedding space
  • Perfect for any size wedding or event
  • Extremely professional and accommodating event staff
  • Affordable pricing for a New Jersey venue
  • Grand Staircase perfect for all types of wedding photographs
  • Integrated uplighting throughout the property
  • Large ballrooms and cocktail hour space gives guests plenty of room to party!
  • Bridal Suite and Groom’s Room on-site
  • Incredible cocktail hour food with very generous portions
  • High end liquor and signature cocktails all customized to your needs
  • Plenty of photo opportunities both inside and outside

The Bridgewater Manor also specializes in the following types of events:

  • Bar/Bat Mitzvahs
  • Corporate Events
  • Family Reunions
  • Wedding Anniverseries
  • Engagement Parties
  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • New Years Eve Parties
  • Baby Showers
  • Quinceaneras
  • Birthday Parties
  • Milestone Events

To contact The Bridgewater Manor in Somerset, New Jersey please visit their website at or visit their facebook page at

To view more weddings from all over New Jersey please visit the wedding section of my website at

For more information and pricing please visit I book up years in advance so if you’re interested in hiring me for your special day, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I will be happy to discuss all my options with you either in person or over the phone.

Every one of my photographic collections comes complete with an engagement session and engagement album. To view real engagement sessions from all over New Jersey, please visit my new jersey engagement photographs at

Without the trust of my clients I could not be a professional wedding photographer. I would like to personally thank Jennifer, Steve and their entire friends and family for allowing me to be a part of their special wedding day. I wish them nothing but health, happiness and a blessed 2018.