When many people think of unique destinations to have their wedding, visions of scenic vistas, islands, and European landmarks come to mind. But what about restored architecture? This old inn-turned-wedding-venue provided just such a spot for Mary & Ken’s wedding in New Jersey in the United States. Check it out!

from the photographer: “The Inn at Millrace Pond, is a beautiful venue located in Hope, New Jersey, a historic, small town, of agriculture, beautiful landscapes, rich history, and culture. The grounds of the Inn at Millrace Pond have hints of red, baby blues, and yellows in it’s architectural design. These colors were so precisely accented throughout Mary and Ken’s photography collection. Mary and Ken designed such a beautiful day one-on-one with their team of vendors. The foliage, sights, and just the minimal decor was breathtaking. Mary, chose her color palette to accent this venue so beautifully and worked with a team of such talented vendors to craft a simple and elegant wedding day for her and Ken’s intimate wedding.”

What’s your proposal story? 

Ken planned a ten day hiking trip out west. We road tripped through eight national parks. Our second day we hiked 30 miles into the Grand Canyon and when we got to the Colorado river to take a break and cool off…I turned around and he had the ring out and asked me to marry him.

Tell us about your attire choices. 

Ken wanted something non traditional so he chose a brick colored suit and bow tie with a black shirt and brown shoes. He told his groomsmen to where grey or blue suits (whatever the had) and they wore matching bow ties with Ken. I am more traditional and wore a satin ball gown with a satin trimmed cathedral veil. My girls wore burgundy, my MOH wore champagne, and my flower girl wore pastel pink.

What was the most important thing while you were planning? 

Honestly, the most important thing to us was keeping focus on what was happening that day between us. That’s why we chose an intimate wedding with our closest people and we splurged on a two week honeymoon to the maldives!

Did you include any special family heirlooms? 

The champagne flutes that we drank from at the reception were my parents champagne flutes from their wedding. That was our something borrowed and it meant a lot to both of us.

Any advice for couples planning their wedding now? 

Don’t stress the small stuff! We skipped on a lot of things that traditional weddings have (rehearsal dinner, DJ, photo booth, etc.). I was so nervous at first because we have only been to traditional weddings and not a simple one. In the end, we had all the same feels, remember all the same things, looked just as formal with amazing pictures, had just as much fun, danced as much, and felt even fuller because it was just our close people there loving and supporting us.

Photography: Michelle Behre Photography | Ceremony Venue: Inn at Millrace Pond | Reception Venue: Inn at Millrace Pond | Event Planning: Inn at Millrace Pond | Floral: The flower mill | Stationery: Minted | Videography: Tom Schelling Photography | Hair: Kathleen Marie Benjamin | Makeup: Kathleen Marie Benjamin | Bridal Salon: Jay West Bridal Shop | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Decor Items: Heirloom Bindery | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jay West Bridal Shop | Veil: Jay West Bridal Shop | Submitted via: Matchology

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