On a rainy day back in October I took a trip out to South Orange, NJ (adorable town btw) to do a site visit at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club. Of course I had heard of the club, but this was my first opportunity to see the grounds first hand. To sum it up, this venue is uber pretty, romantic, cozy and a pleasure to customize.
The new grand ballroom seen below features gorgeous 22 ft. vaulted ceilings. While the space can hold upwards of 200 people and a nice sized dance floor, you will never feel lost in this space. Plus, it is incredibly simple to incorporate pretty much any theme and decor you’d like. The clean simplicity of the space allows you to really have fun and be creative.
Not only do you have use of the main event space, but as there is only one event at a time you have the opportunity to enjoy cocktails in several other areas throughout the house, many with fireplaces. I love a nice mantle! If your style is simple, casual, beachy, black tie or eclectic, you can do it here and it will look like the room was made for you and you alone. But of course, it is a tennis club so why not bring your event outside? It would be a shame not to take advantage of the absolutely beautiful grounds at Orange Lawn. Don’t get me wrong I love NYC, but there’s something about acres of green that make me go gaga.
As if all that wasn’t enough…the Orange Lawn in-house caterer is none other than Ariane Duarte, culinary artiste featured on the hit show Top Chef!
Every so often I say pictures do not do a property justice, and this is one of them.
Fun fact: they have a GORG ladies room! 😉
While in downtown Jersey City for an appointment to tour the new Westin Hotel, I fell in love. I knew the Newport area had undergone a bit of a renewal lately but I did not expect it to be sooo pretty! There is great shopping in the area and everything is so clean and fresh and new, and you know I love anything waterside – the Hudson it so close and the view of NYC across the river is amazing.
The Westin hotel opened earlier this year and has been quietly making waves ever since. The moment I walked in I knew I would love it. The decor was modern, clean and swathed in warm and rich earth tones. The lobby – expansive and gorgeous. This is such a hidden treasure and the proximity to Manhattan is a huge plus. (oh, and so is the 1.2 million square foot Newport Centre Mall next door)
The Half Moon Lobby Lounge & Restaurant features floor to ceiling light shafts that can be programmed to emit different colors and can even be timed to change colors in a sequence. Just another cool way to brand your event, this could look so chic in your wedding colors… And what a great spot for cocktails or a hospitality area for your guests to hang and socialize between ceremony and reception!
The main ballroom is big and beautiful. I love that it is so simple and tastefully decorated, and the Westin is incredibly flexible. You can leave the room as is and bring in flowers and other personal touches to adopt the space, or you can go all out with rentals – pipe and drape, uplighting…the sky is the limit.
A preview of some of the Westin’s tastefully decorated suites and traditional rooms. There are configurations with adjoining rooms and suites that make it super easy for big bridal parties to spread out for their pre-wedding pampering and prep… Moms and maids hair and make-up sessions? Lovely ladies playing dress up? After party?
Check, check and triple check!
And of course – the after, after party…
In the last two weeks, I have had five different people mention The Madison Hotel in Morristown, New Jersey. Considering how many fabulous venues there are in New Jersey, it’s always nice to come across a location that garners this type of consistent and positive feedback! Thus, I felt it my duty to share this well kept secret.
The Madison Hotel’s Conservatory is a breathtaking space that evokes the feeling of a spectacular greenhouse. This is a florists dream as there are so many beautiful things that can be done to compliment this space while infusing the personality and tastes of the bride and groom. While I personally have yet to sample the menu, I hear the food is just as amazing as the setting. Situated upon an 8 acre expanse, the Hotel boasts a classic Georgian architecture that cannot help but exude elegance. In addition to the Conservatory, The Madison Hotel also offers their Grand Ballroom event space, which features antique Baccarat chandeliers and 14 foot high ceilings. Of course let us not forget just how convenient it would be for you are your guests to be able take a quick trip up to your lush accommodations at the close of the evening.
A big thanks to The Madison Hotel for these great images!
Yesterday I had the pleasure of touring the event space at the new W Hotel in Hoboken. This sleek, sexy and ultra-modern property just opened in March of this year and not a moment too soon! Situated right off the banks of the Hudson river, the hotel features breathtaking, unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline. The beauty of this space is that there are actually several smaller event spaces, in addition to a substantial main ballroom. Across from the ballroom there are chic, adjacent “studio” spaces that can be utilized individually as cozy vignettes or opened up to form one larger contiguous space. The entire second floor of the hotel houses the private event space, and with no more than one wedding at a time, you have total exclusivity. Plus there is a gorgeous restaurant within the hotel which could easily and stylishly host your rehearsal dinner or post-wedding brunch, and an outdoor patio for a breath of fresh air. Not to be forgotten, the exclusive W Hotel Whatever/Whenever concierge service is there to go that extra mile with tons of extras to help make your nuptials and celebrations that much more memorable and stress free! OMG did I forget to mention the huge and luxurious Bliss Spa on-site, and the 220 immaculately designed accommodations for you and your guests? Um, yeah…
Take a look at these great pics courtesy of the W…
If you are not familiar with Hoboken, it is a great little town right across the Hudson and literally 10 minutes from NYC. Tons of great restaurants, bars, boutique shops, waterfront parks – I can’t say enough about this place! If you are looking for sophisticated city style without the hustle, bustle and headaches that are sometimes synonymous with city life, the W Hotel Hoboken is a must see!
Hi all! I have to tell you about Le Club – a gorgeous venue in Long Branch, New Jersey which could definitely make for a memorable wedding event. This private beach club could actually be a sweet spot to host a bachelor/bachelorette party or even an intimate rehearsal dinner. Le Club has a stunning rooftop pool, fireplace and several options for private party space. Luxury beach club by day, sophisticated hot spot by night. Le Club can accommodate smaller, intimate gatherings or groups of 300+ and everywhere in-between. While you do have to be a member to experience all that Le Club has to offer (and membership DEFINITELY has it’s privileges), you do not have a membership to book your event there.
Of course these gorg pics do not do the property justice, but here’s a little something just to get you started…