City-by-City Guide: Stylish New Jersey Ceremony Sites
1. Art World
Culture vultures and nature lovers alike will be awed by Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton. Kate Sullivan of Koru Wedding Shoppe favors ceremonies next to Carlos Dorrien’s The Nine Muses, a granite sculpture surrounded by colorful lily pads floating in water.
2. City Sites
It’s truly a room with a view. Situated atop the Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson, a glass-enclosed ballroom hosts ceremonies before photo-perfect views of the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty.
3. Ship Shape
For an elegant, unique spin on the Jersey shore, marry aboard a classic 1957 wooden Chris Craft boat. The 56-foot Liberte departs from Bay Head and features a mahogany-paneled deck-level salon and a beautifully restored cafe-style piano.
4. Country Time
Your photographer will thank you. At Fernbrook Bed & Breakfast, a favorite site for Kristin Rockhill of Details of I Do, say “I do” amid the picturesque, lush country gardens of this eighteenth-century estate that sits on 200 rolling acres in Chesterfield Township.
5. Museum Magic
Rich history and stunning architecture come together at The Newark Museum, where you can exchange vows in the Engelhard Court surrounded by towering ficus trees. It’s a top pick of Mary Harrison of Euphorbia in Lawrenceville.
6. By the Sea
One of the most gorgeous spots on the Atlantic Coast, Congress Hall in Cape May offers the perfect, intimate site for oceanfront vows -- without the threat of beach crashers!
7. Outdoor Splendor
If you want to connect with Mother Nature, Mia Domanico of Allison Sargent Events suggests Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange. By having your reception here, you have access to Eagle Rock Reservation, where you can say “I do” in the property’s Mediterranean-inspired gazebo.
8. Animal Kingdom
Quirky couples will do well at Adventure Aquarium in Camden, where you can host your wedding before a 760,000-gallon ocean exhibit filled with colorful fish, turtles, and other sea life. Or, for the adventurous couple, take the plunge in the Shark Realm, a 40-foot walk-through tunnel surrounded by creatures of the deep.
9. Inn Style
The Hermitage Education & Conference Center is both historic and charming. Whether you prefer the great outdoors (nearly five acres of tree-shaded grounds) or the even greater indoors (Jaqua Hall, the elegant banquet room that opens onto a stone-paved patio), this historic hot spot in Ho-Ho-Kus has got your perfect ceremony.
10. Through the Grapevine
No need to travel to France to wed in wine country. Jersey couples can marry at Alba Vineyard in Milford, a working state-of-the-art winery. Exchange vows indoors, surrounded by stone walls and oak beams, or in the hilltop vineyard with panoramic views of wooded hills.
-- Christa Vagnozzi
Photo: Marie Labbancz Photography