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The Palace at Somerset Park Wedding Venue

The Palace New Jersey Wedding Venue at Somerset Park

Located in Somerset County, NJ, The Palace at Somerset Park is an exceptionally designed event facility situated perfectly on over 30 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Coming in at over 72,000 square foot, this purpose built New Jersey wedding venue can accommodate parties anywhere from 125 all the way up to a whopping 600 guests. Their property is so large and the venue so vast, that they can easily and comfortably hold two events at once without any of your guests feeling even a hint of another party. With separate restrooms for each side of the venue, individual parking lots for each party, balconies on both sides of their building and VIP valet parking for all guests, The Palace is one of the top New Jersey wedding venues.

Opening in 2005 after over a decade of careful planning, the builders of The Palace at Somerset Park made sure that no detail has been overlooked. No expense was too great when creating this one of a kind wedding and event venue. From gorgeous, lush gardens to two different grand ballrooms to their luxurious bridal suites, indoor bars and Neo-Palladian-style decor, other wedding venues in the New Jersey area simply cannot compete. I can tell you from personal experience that The Palace at Somerset Park is in a league of it’s own.

Looking for a perfect wedding venue in the Somerset County area? The Palace at Somerset Park is the space for you. Extremely large bridal suites, groom’s rooms, multiple indoor bars, several outdoor patios and balconies, two grand ballrooms, multiple ceremony spaces and an endless amount of wedding photo opportunities. Your guests will also be offered free valet parking. The Palace really does have it all.

The Palace at Somerset Park offers food, drink and catering services that are second to none. A menu so vast, food so delicious, drinks so endless you will have thought you died and gone to heaven. Cocktail food that never ends, steak, shrimp and fish cooked to perfection and desserts so delicious you will not want to stop eating. Every time I document a wedding at The Palace, I’m always thankful that I get to indulge in their amazing cuisine. The Palace at Somerset is also happy to customize their menus to your exact taste and specifications. Whether it is dietary or religious needs The Palace is happy to oblige. Their executive chefs are also well versed in many different cultural cuisines making this the perfect venue for couples from all over the world. Your gourmet wedding cake is included in your price and is specially prepared by their in-house pastry chef which comes accompanied by an extravagant Viennese display. Many other venues charge a high premium for these services. The Palace includes all this and more.

More pampering and more amenities than you can possibly imagine – all possible at The Palace at Somerset Park.

    Here is just a list of what makes The Palace at Somerset Park one of the best New Jersey venues.

  • Two grand ballrooms each containing their own cocktail hour rooms
  • Capable of holding two completely separate events or weddings at a time
  • Beautifully landscaped property
  • Endless amount of photo opportunities
  • Both indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces
  • Bridal Suite and Groom’s Room on site
  • Multiple indoor bars plus multiple lounge areas
  • Excellent cocktail hour food and five star dinners
  • Highly experienced staff with years upon years of experience
  • Perfect for all types of events such as: weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, corporate events, bridal showers, birthday parties, anniversary parties and special occasions
  • The option of fireworks at the end of your wedding day
  • Free valet parking for all guests
  • Extremely accommodating to all vendors
  • Included Viennese hour is spectacular
  • Wedding cake also included in your price
  • In-house wedding/event planner
  • Plenty of dance floor space for you and your guests
  • Beautiful lighting both indoor and outdoor
  • Many outdoor patios all equipped with heat lamps

About Chris & Chelsea’s wedding at The Palace at Somerset Park

The happy bride and groom started off their wedding day by arriving early at The Palace at Somerset Park. Shortly after arriving at their wedding venue, the bride and her bridesmaids started right away with hair and makeup. The groom and his groomsmen joined them shortly after and headed to their very own groom’s suite. The ladies enjoyed some delicious mimosas while the men helped themselves to some ice cold beer. The Palace pays very close attention to detail by always having both suites fully stocked with ice, beverages and numerous types of liquor, beer and wine. 

I arrived at The Palace early that morning to setup Chris and Chelsea’s wedding photo booth. The couple had opted to add on my booth to their wedding day which really gave their guests a super fun option during their reception. As you can see in the photographs below, their guests could not get enough of all the crazy, wacky and unique props. I bring more props than any other photo booth in the tri-state area. If you’re interested in adding the best photo booth ever to your wedding day, please don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected]

I gathered up all of Chelsea’s wedding accessories such as her wedding dress, shoes, jewelry, wedding rings, perfume and bouquet and quickly began photographing each and every one. For details and getting ready prep, I always use my Canon 35 1.4L ii lens. This is a must have lens for all professional wedding photographers. After finishing with the important details I get straight to covering the activity of the day. It’s important to remain as inconspicuous as possible, especially during the “getting ready” portion of the day. This allows the girls to feel at ease with my presence and to let their natural personalities to shine through. I was able to easily capture a ton of really great moments while the girls enjoyed having their hair and makeup professionally done. Once I had a significant amount of coverage of the bridal party I headed over to the groom’s suite to finish up.

Since Chris and Chelsea decided to utilize everything The Palace had to offer I could easily bounce back and forth between the ladies and the men. I checked in on the guys and was able to score some really great photographs of them all hanging out together drinking beers and playing a game of Magic The Gathering. Chris’ friends were really fun to hang out with and I had no trouble getting a ton of really great photographs of them laughing and smiling together. I even had time to bring the guys outside The Palace for some quick photographs. The staff at The Palace are always so accommodating. Our bridal attendant made sure that all our needs were taken care of.

To save time on their wedding day, the bride and groom decided on a first look. For these photographs, I positioned the happy couple on an outdoor balcony away from the bridal party. This gave them the privacy they needed and also provided me with a stunning backdrop on which to photograph the two seeing each other for the very first time. In order to photograph a successful first look between the bride and groom always remember to not interfere. Position the groom so that his back is facing the bride, allow her to come up behind him, tap him on his shoulder and then let them be together during this moment. Do not give any direction whatsoever. Let the bride and groom enjoy this time together. I always put my camera on silent shutter mode as to not disturb them in any way. I also silently move around them to photograph multiple angles all while using my Canon 70-200 f2.8 ii. This lens allows me to stay far away from the couple but still lets me zoom in order to capture their reactions.

After the couple’s first look at The Palace was complete, we got right into the creative bride and groom photos. The Palace has an endless amount of spots for really beautiful wedding photographs. I was able to quickly and easily run through several scenarios and get some gorgeous images of Chelsea and Chris together. Once these shots were complete, we brought out their bridal party and finished up with the rest of their images.

Chris and Chelsea had their wedding ceremony inside the main hall of The Palace and needless to say, the venue did not disappoint. Their ceremony went off without a hitch and everything was absolutely beautiful. The couple tied the knot and immediately were off to their amazing cocktail hour. During this time I photographed their gorgeous ballroom, making sure not to miss any important details. I always made some last minute adjustments to their photo booth in order to make sure everything was working properly. Once cocktail hour ended, the guests rushed in and we were well on our way.

Their reception was a blast. Great food, tons of dancing and awesome music made the night fly by. Their guests couldn’t get enough of the couple’s photo booth. Many of the guests even wore the props onto the dance floor in order to get even more crazy! Overall, The Palace did an amazing job.

I’d like to personally thank Chris, Chelsea and their families for allowing me the pleasure of documenting their wedding day. Without the support of my clients I could not do what I love for a living. I’m truly grateful for each and every one my couples. I wish the happy couple nothing but happiness, prosperity and love for many, many years to come.

If you wish to about my services and pricing for your wedding, feel free to email me at [email protected] PLEASE NOTE: I typically book up 1-2 years in advance and I only book one event per day. If interested in hiring me, please do not hesitate to contact me.