This styled shoot at the Morven Museum in Princeton, New Jersey is the third and final in our Princeton Styled Series. What I loved about this shoot was that it was a bit different from the previous two in that the Morven Museum has something for every bride: lush gardens, historic buildings, and a modern ballroom with floor to ceiling windows. It’s the perfect blend of historic and contemporary architecture. Take a peek at the magic we made together and to learn more about this awesome venue!
Once again, Danielle of Magnolia West Events, aka my “partner in wedding crime”, used her creativity, organization, energy, pizazz and everything else ( I could go on for days about this amazing wedding planner) to create a styled shoot completely different from the previous two we worked on together. This time around, she took every option the Morven offers, and turned them into magical landscapes that would capture the eye of any bride or groom to be.
As with our earlier styled shoots, none of this would have happened without the most amazing vendors in the area! Our stunning model, Lindsey, began her day having her hair and makeup styled by Cosmo Bleu Salon, whose stylists were able to pull off not one, but three different looks for our bride. Castle Couture stepped in just after with three different wedding gowns from Calla Blanche, Matthew Christopher, and Miss Hayley Paige. Each gown was able to capture glamour and elegance in it’s own way amongst the abundant gardens, historical buildings and modern ballroom at the Morven Museum. What’s a gown without sparkly jewels, right? Hamilton Jewelers, a timeless jeweler in New Jersey, with a history dating back to 1912, provided the most incredible pieces from engagement rings to earrings, and of course, the grooms classic black band watch.
When our bride stepped out to meet her groom, who looked chic and handsome dressed in a tuxedo from Chazmatazz, they were in awe of what the amazing ladies at Viburnum did with florals. The gently flickering candles, the stunning vines, the blush and ivory roses ….the ballroom was transformed instantly into a romantic garden. These florals and candles carried on throughout the day into the reception, where they were combined with specialty furniture brought in from Adams Rentals for a romantic rustic look. What tied this all together? The delicious two tiered cake, hand painted with gold flecks, with a few floral accents to tie everything together. This magnificent piece of art came from the Gingered Peach, and I have to say….run there fast, aside from gorgeous, it was delicious, too!
My absolute favorite part of this shoot? The champagne wall! Filled champagne flutes were placed on glass shelves on the greenery wall, making them look like they were floating. Each place card “strip” was hand lettered by the fabulous Kelly from Kel Made Goods, and gently folded over so as to hang on the side of the champagne flute. So clever, innovative, and stunning….swoon!!! This was the icing on the cake of all of the stationery that Kelly provided for the shoot: from save the date through thank you, she did it all! She even painted the museum on the invitations!
This styled shoot could not have been any more perfect then it was, and for that I am so grateful; this simply could not have come together without every single vendor. Every one is so talented and the best at what they do, and they brought it for this shoot! You guys are the best!
Venue: Morven Museum // Event Coordination and Design: Magnolia West Events // Photography: Jaye Kogut Photography // Cinematography: Axel Marrero Studios // Wedding Dresses and accessories: Castle Couture // Wedding Gowns: Miss Hayley Paige, Calla Blanche and Matthew Christopher // Groom: Chamatazz // Hair and Makeup Artist: Cosmo Bleu Salon // Specialty Rentals: Adams Rentals // Custom Stationary and Calligraphy: Kel Made Goods // Jewelry: Hamilton Jewelers // Flowers: Viburnum Event and Weddings // Wedding Cake: The Gingered Peach
What are three unique features or facts about the Morven Museum that may interest future brides?
Morven Museum & Garden pool house can be used for the groom and groomsmen to get ready or just stay out of site, the bride and bridesmaids can stay out of site and get dressed in the West Wing Conference room, the fountain in the background is a beautiful touch to any part of the event. Guests have access to the Museum to see the exhibits during cocktail hour.
How many guests can Morven accommodate for a wedding on the property?
Morven can accommodate upward of 450 guests for a wedding, rehearsal and ceremony. The Stockton Education Center can accommodate 50 seated guests with a dance floor, 100 seated guests with out a dance floor, 130 guests for a cocktail reception, if the use of the Colonial Garden is along with the Stockton Education Center, that number can increase to 300.
Is there parking on site? valet required/available?
Morven has a parking lot with 60 spots, being that we are walking distance to Princeton, either a shuttle or guests walking can be the answer to no valet. We request use of the seminary lot across the street and the municipal lot next door which offers over flow parking and many times valet is not necessary. Valet is through a company for a fee.
Where do most Morven Museum brides host their rehearsal dinners? Or, where would you recommend they host them?
Some of my couples have used the Nassau Inn for their rehearsal dinner.
If a Morven Museum bride was hosting a morning after brunch, where would you recommend they do it?
The Nassau Inn, The Witherspoon Grill on Witherspoon Street in Princeton offers a Sunday Brunch. Any of the Momo Brother restaraunts would be great. The good thing about booking the three venues highlighted in the shoot is that there are so many places in such a close radius that booking a rehearsal dinner or a morning after brunch is a snap.
Where do most Morven Museum brides block rooms for hotels guests / stay the night before the wedding?
Where are a few local “hotspots” you might recommend Morven Museum wedding guests staying in the area visit pre and post wedding festivities?
If time allows, I would definitely suggest walking Princeton University, not to be biased, but Morven Museum & Garden is open on Saturday and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. On a nice day they can take a picnic to Marquand Park on Lovers Lane. There is a ton of history if they like they can schedule a walking tour with Princeton Tour Group. No loss of amazing restaurants or catching a show at McCarter theater, all walking distance from Morven Museum & Gardens.
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