Crystal Springs Resort Wedding Photos

Jan 14

Nicole & Jesse: Crystal Springs Resort Wedding Photos

The bride and groom share a kiss at the end of the aisle after being pronounced husband and wife in the midst of waves of bubbles

Nicole and Jesse are an incredibly special couple that I am blessed to have in my life; I can’t say enough amazing things about them, their daughter, or our friendship. And I definitly can’t even begin to describe their Crystal Springs Resort wedding day! From the HUGE wedding party, to the “first look”, to our own special time together, every single moment was unbelievable, and kept going all night long! Keep reading to check it all out.

Nicole and Jesse’s wedding day took place at the Grand Cascades Lodge, one of five venue locations within the Crystal Springs Resort, and it was nothing short of gorgeous: the weather was perfect all day long, the outdoor ceremony set at sunset was a dream come true, and the ballroom with loads of floor to ceiling windows was nothing short of spectacular. Add to the setting a HUGE wedding party of thirty-seven people, a “faux first look” complete with groomsman in a wedding dress, and one rocking DJ, and you get a wedding to be talked about for years to come!

The Crystal Springs Resort, located in the mountains of Northern New Jersey is a venue of epic proportions – literally. With over 4,000 acres, Crystal Springs offers couples five different wedding venues with stunning views, delicious food, and some of the best hospitality out there. Plus, Crystal Springs has two different locations for overnight guests and activities for all ages, from golf to pools to skiing, all year round. Really, this place has it all!

I couldn’t speak about the day, though, without mentioning the very private moments I shared with Nicole and Jesse during portraits. Shooting the couples portraits is the time of the day when it’s just the couple, myself, and maybe one or two other people; so it’s very intimate and really where I capture all the love between the couple on a very personal level. Nicole and Jesse asked to take a few moments with just me, no photos, to share very special words. These few minutes brought us all to tears, and something I will cherish forever. These two are incredibly generous, thoughtful, and kind, and I couldn’t be more blessed then to have them in my life.

I am always humbled when my couples share their gratitude for the work my team and I do for them on the most important day of their new life together. And I am so grateful because I love having the ability to capture memories like I do. But with Nicole and Jesse (and their adorable daughter, Lily), I am the blessed and thankful one. They are an incredibly thoughtful and giving family that has truly changed my life. I know great things are in store for this family, and I am so excited to be a part of them all.

Vendors

Venue: Crystal Springs Resort // DJ: DJ Tony Gia // Cinematographer: Scott Christie // Floral Design: Added Touch Florist // Wedding Gown Atelier: Castle Couture // Wedding Gown: Pronovias // Hair & Make-up: Colorbar the Salon // Stationery: Minted // Bridesmaids: Bella Bridesmaids // Groom & Groomsmen: Chazmatazz //

Wedding details: invitation, brides shoes, rings, jewelry, cologne and blush rose petals
Grooms details: cologne and boutonnieres of greens and greens with blush and red roses
The brides round diamond with diamond halo engagement ring on display with her antique diamond wedding band
The brides Pronovias white lace and tulle gown on display along with her daughters coordinating white lace and tulle dress
The brides white crystal high heels
Close up of groom details: suspenders, bowtie, sunglasses, cufflinks, Batman socks, black shoes, and a card from his bride
Close up of the grooms details: suspenders and boutonniere
A close up of the grooms navy and black tuxedo by Chazmatazz on display
Close up of the brides face, eyes closed, as she is having her makeup applied by Colorbar the Salon
The bride in a white lace robe surrounded by her flower girls in pink silk robes
The bride in a white lace robe sitting on a couch in the bridal suite, surrounded by her bridal party in pink silk robes
Black and white candid photo of the bride in a lace robe, sitting on the bed in the bridal suite, cuddling her toddler daughter

What was your favorite memory from your wedding day?

I have two favorite memories from our wedding day. The first was having our daughter, along with 160 of our most favorite people in the world under one roof celebrating our love. The second, and easily my MOST favorite, was our vows to each other! Hands down one of the BEST moments for me and one that I will forever cherish in my heart.

Photo of the back of the brides Pronovias lace and tulle wedding gown as she is assisted into it by her maids of honor
Black and white candid photo of the bride being helped into her Pronovias gown by her maids of honor. Hair by Colorbar the Salon
Black and white photo of the bride putting in her earrings after putting on her Pronovias wedding gown
The bride and her bridal party pop confetti poppers inside the bridal suite after getting ready for the wedding
The groom in sunglass and a white undershirt opening a gift from his bride
Photo of the brides father with a custom tshirt
Black and white photo of the groom putting on his suspenders
Black and white candid photo of the groom hugging a groomsman
Black and white photo of the groom being assisted with his tuxedo by a groomsman
Close up of the grooms hands buttoning his navy blue Chazmatazz tuxedo
An under the veil photo of the bride. Makeup and Hair by Colorbar the Salon
Full length photo of the groom in his navy blue tuxedo by Chazmatazz
The groom in a navy tuxedo by Chazmatazz
The groom laughs while checking out his groomsman in a wedding gown during a faux first look as the bridal party laughs and watches in the background
The groom laughs while checking out his groomsman in a wedding gown during a faux first look as the bridal party laughs and watches in the background
The groom takes a sip of a beer during a faux first look, where a groomsman dressed up in a white wedding gown as a joke
The bride touching the back of her groom during their first look as the entire wedding party looks on
The bride and groom embrace while surrounded by their wedding party

How did you two meet and fall in love?

We met back in middle school over 10 year ago, but just three years ago he slid into my DMs from over 600 miles away and here we are today, husband & wife! 

Bride leaning up against her groom, looking back at the camera as he nuzzles her forehead against a wall of greenery
Side shot of bride and groom, nose to nose, against a wall of greenery
Flowing veil shot while bride and groom kiss, her bouquet by Added Touch Florist on full display
Wide angle photo of groom dipping his bride for a kiss, the fall colored trees on the mountains of Northern New Jersey in the background
Different angle of the groom dipping his bride for a kiss outside of their venue
Black and white photo of the groom wrapping his arms around his bride, she looking up at him, he looking down at her
Portrait of the couple kissing against fall foliage in the background
Portrait of the bride and groom from the side, her cathedral length veil floating in the wind, her Pronovias gown on full display. His tuxedo by Chazmatazz.
Under the veil photo of the bride and groom, she is looking towards the camera, he is nuzzling her head
Black and white photo of the bride and groom nose to nose, she pulling him in closer by his suspenders
Formal bridal party photo
Fun bridal party photo with the flower girls in focus
Focus on the bridal party in pink gowns from Bella Bridesmaids and their bouquets of red and blush florals, with added greenery by Added Touch Florist
Focus on the bridal bouquet of blush and red florals surround by various greenery by Added Touch Florist
Focus on the bridal party bouquets of red and blush florals, with added greenery by Added Touch Florist
Fun bridal party portrait. Pink gowns from Bella Bridesmaids, florals by Added Touch Florist
Formal portrait of the groom and his groomspeople in navy blue and black tuxedos by Chazmatazz
The groom and his groomspeople in navy blue and black tuxedos by Chazmatazz
Entire wedding party. The bridal party in gowns in shades of pink from Bella Bridesmaids, the groomspeople in navy blue and black tuxedos by Chazmatazz.

What was most important to you when planning your wedding?

Truthfully, for me it was making sure that our bridal party & parents knew & understood how much we truly appreciated all of their time, & money out of their own pocket that they put into this for us.

Antique blue truck with bed of truck filled with plants, outside the Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort
Custom acrylic signage hanging from copper piping, with greenery and floral accents by Added Touch Florist on display in the ceremony area
Close up of aisle decor including glass candle lanterns and a mix of wildflowers and foliage in urns on display in the outdoor ceremony area at the Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort
Bubble gun on white wooden folding chair for blowing bubbles when the new mr and mrs make their way down the aisle
Close up of the outdoor ceremony space under a dark wood trellis decorated with pink fabric, greenery, blush and red roses and clear hanging candleholders by Added Touch Florist at the Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort
Wide angle photo of the outdoor ceremony area at the Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort
Beverages on display for guests before the wedding ceremony
Custom acrylic signage outside of the wedding ceremony area
Close up of a ring bearer holding custom signage while standing with the grooms people
The bride being walked down the aisle by her father. Floral bouquet of greenery, red and blush florals by Added Touch Florist
Black and white photo of the groom smiling as he sees his bride appear at the end of the aisle
Wide angle photo of an outdoor wedding ceremony at the Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort
Wide angle photo of an outdoor wedding ceremony at the Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort
The bride and groom during their outdoor ceremony under a dark wood trellis decorated with pink fabric, greenery, blush and red roses and clear hanging candleholders by Added Touch Florist at the Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort
The bride and groom share their first kiss as husband and wife in an outdoor ceremony under a dark wood trellis decorated with pink fabric, greenery, blush and red roses and clear hanging candleholders by Added Touch Florist at the Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort
Wide angle photo of the cocktail hour space at the Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort

What made you choose your specific venue for your wedding day?

Even though it was in the same state, it was still a destination for pretty much all of our guests which was tons of fun to get away with everyone even if it was for just two days. We loved that for our ceremony we had the most beautiful outdoor vibe with the sun setting and mountains in the background with candles & bubbles. Then for our cocktail hour it had a true rustic feel in a room they call the Rotunda which is absolutely beautiful! Our reception room was one of my most favorites because it wasn’t the “white & airy” ballroom, or barn feel that most brides these day go for.

I wanted something different and something so warm and romantic looking, and that is exactly what I got. Sky high ceilings, with pretty much floor to ceiling windows, vintage looking chandeliers. it was everything we could of ever wanted! An additional add on is just how gorgeous the views and grounds are!

Bar setup during the cocktail hour with signature cocktail acrylic signage
Various cheeses and fruits on display on cut wooden log pieces during the cocktail hour at the Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort
Clear acrylic table arrangement signage hanging from copper piping decorated with greenery and florals in shades of blush and red by Added Touch Florist
Acrylic card box on display with florals around it
Ballroom at the Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort decorated with classic gold chivari chairs, ivoryy table linens, and tall floral arrangements with an abundance of greenery and roses in blush and red by Added Touch Florist
Place setting with gold charger with custom menu card in cloth napkin displayed on top
Custom menu card displayed in full against a goblet
Sweetheart table decorated in greens and candles by Added Touch Florist at the Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort
Focus on a table in the ballroom at the Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort decorated with classic gold chivari chairs, ivory table linens, and tall floral arrangement with an abundance of greenery and roses in blush and red by Added Touch Florist

Was there a theme behind your wedding day? What colors did you choose? What ‘feeling’ were you going for?

If I had to choose a theme, I would say I went for a very romantic, vintage vibe the best way I could. The most candles and flowers everywhere, with tons of greenery!

Members of the wedding party make a fun entrance into the wedding reception
Members of the wedding party, in pink attire by Bella Bridesmaids, make a fun entrance into the wedding reception
Members of the wedding party make a fun entrance into the wedding reception
Members of the wedding party make a fun entrance into the wedding reception
Members of the wedding party make their entrance into the wedding reception. His tuxedo by Chazmatazz, her light pink gown from Bella Bridesmaids
The bride and groom make their grand entrance into their wedding reception at the Grand Cascades Lodge at the Crystal Springs Resort. Brides bouquet of blush and red florals with large amounts of various greenery by Added Touch Florist
The groom dips his bride for a kiss after making their grand entrance into their wedding reception at the Grand Cascades Lodge at the Crystal Springs Resort
Black and white photo of the bride and groom having their first dance, surrounded by smoke effects by DJ Tony Gia
Black and white photo of the bride and groom sharing a dance with their small daughter
The bride shares a dance with her father
Black and white photo of the groom dancing with his mother. The bride watches from a distance.
Bride and groom share a kiss at their sweetheart table decorated in greens and candles by Added Touch Florist at the Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort

What piece of advice would you give to future couples planning their big day?

My best advice, is to not get so lost in the small stuff, focus on the big picture. Your marrying the love of your life. As a past bride, I found myself getting so frustrated about such silly things. Be THANKFUL for the important things like your family, your friends, YOUR HEALTH! Be thankful to have these people in your life to be along for this ride with you, because not everyone is so lucky. People aren’t going to remember if your center pieces had roses or carnations, they are going to remember the love that they felt that day watching you marry your soulmate, and remember the feeling that everyone in the room had hearing you two read your vows to each other.

I know how easy it is to get wrapped up in this crazy social media world we live in today, and feel like you have to spend your life savings to have this picture-perfect, Pinterest wedding! don’t let it happen to you, and just remember that once the wedding is over, yes your left with these beautiful memories, but more importantly your left with your HUSBAND/WIFE, the person who is your whole heart for the rest of your life, and THAT is all that truly matters.

Guests dancing during the wedding reception at Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort
Male guest posing during the wedding reception at Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort
The bride and groom share an intimate moment in the ballroom at the Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort, with fireworks effects by DJ Tony Gia
Custom gold cake topper on top of semi-naked multi-tiered wedding cake decorated with roses in shades of blush and red
Custom gold cake topper on top of semi-naked multi-tiered wedding cake decorated with roses in shades of blush and red
Bride and groom cut their four tier semi naked cake with custom gold cake topper
Bride with groom's arms wrapped around her from behind, share an intimate moment in the wine cellar at the Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort

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Crystal Springs Resort wedding photos by New Jersey wedding photographers, Jaye Kogut Photography

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