Wedding Day Tips
Hi, we're Diana and Korey! We are a photographer and videographer husband and wife team who love creating lasting memories for joyful couples in love! When we aren't shooting weddings, we can be found binging on Netflix and eating Thai takeout. Dog mom and dad to our best friends, Zoey and Ace. Reach out today to see if we are available for your wedding day!
Have you always dreamed of a mountainside wedding but feel limited by your East Coast location? We have the perfect venue for you! Mountain Creek in Vernon, NJ, is a piece of mountainside paradise. They have all of the perks and amenities of an all-season resort tucked into the mountains of northern New Jersey. We’ve put together some highlights of the Mountain Creek wedding venue for you to peruse. Let us know what you think!
Mountain Creek is the NYC metro area’s closest four-season mountain resort. It is a fantastic place to visit (or host a wedding!) any time of the year! It’s the perfect spot for skiing, snowboarding, and cozying up with a cup of hot cocoa in the wintertime. In the summer, you must visit their waterpark. They have slides and rides like the Colorado River Rapids and a High Tide Wave Pool. There’s also a bike park for mountain biking! In the fall, the mountains bloom with beautiful autumn colors. There is a crispness in the air that makes you want to curl up with a good book. So whenever you choose to have your wedding is the perfect time to choose Mountain Creek as your venue!
Plus, many onsite accommodations and amenities make things easy and convenient for your guests!
If you’re hosting a wedding at Mountain Creek Wedding, you definitely have to take advantage of the spectacular mountain vistas. The views are one of the biggest perks of the venue!
As they ascend to the top, your guests will ride gondolas (like ski lifts) up the mountain, taking in the fantastic surrounding forestry. Perched atop the mountain is a paved area known as Wedding Way. It is perfect for seating your guests so they’ll get the best views of your “I do’s” in front of a breathtaking landscape of the valleys and hills below. Exchange vows beneath unending skies in an unforgettable wedding ceremony that will take everyone’s breath away.
Once officially married, everyone will grab a gondola back down to The Red Tail Lodge, a vast romantic indoor venue with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, and unique rustic elegance. There are spaces with large stone fireplaces, perfect for guests to catch up while enjoying a beverage, impressive tiered chandeliers made of antlers, and plenty of gorgeous windows that showcase the surrounding views. Dance the night away under romantic string lighting, and when you need a break, check out the outdoor fire pit for a little fresh air.
All of this is to say that there are plenty of ways to use Mountain Creek’s property to create the seamless wedding you dream about, whether indoors, outdoors, or a blend of the two! Plus, there are beautiful suites that each wedding party can use to prepare for the day, with lots of natural light and simplistic decor.
Mountain Creek has so many unique spots we can use for your wedding photos, like stone waterfalls, expansive wooded areas, and lots of rustic architectural features. Up at the top of the mountain at Wedding Way, we can take advantage of the beautiful scenic overlook and the surrounding grasses, meadow wildflowers, forest trees, and so much more. Plus, everything takes on that incredible golden glow at sunset for some genuinely spectacular photo lighting. The Lodge’s rustic exterior is a fun backdrop for photos, too, and those will capture the fun mountainside aesthetic of your Mountain Creek wedding!
One of the best parts about booking your wedding at Mountain Creek (aside from the views) is the ongoing support you’ll receive from their planning and events team! They’ll help ensure no detail goes unplanned, ensuring your wedding is everything you’ve ever dreamed of – and much more.
Your guests will dine like royalty with a meal catered by their in-house culinary team. Seriously, the food is so good. If you are looking for other recommended vendors or requirements and expectations of the venue, be sure to contact them for more specific info!
Elle and Dan spent the morning getting ready for their big day at the Appalachian Hotel which is right next door to the Red Tail Lodge at Mountain Creek. It was so convenient to have their getting ready location so close to their ceremony and reception location! We started the day with bridal details and candids. Elle had so many beautiful details for her winter themed wedding. She had beautiful emerald green shoes, a fluffy fur shawl, full invitation suite, her very own velvet ring box and the most stunning earrings! I had so much fun styling her details at the start of the day! Dan and his groomsmen also got ready at the same hotel and had a ton of details as well.
Elle and Dan decided they wanted to have a First Look before their ceremony for a few reasons. The first was that their ceremony was scheduled to begin after sunset, and they wanted to make sure they had portraits taken in natural light. The second was that they wanted to see each other earlier to be able to spend more time together on their special day! Lastly, they were also able to take all of their immediate and extended family photos before their ceremony, and they were able to enjoy their entire cocktail hour!
When we were setting Dan up for the First Look, I asked him if he was nervous, and you could tell he was so excited and couldn’t wait to see his beautiful bride! Dan definitely teared up as he twirled Elle and took in her full bridal look. It was such a sweet moment!
Elle and Dan had a beautiful winter-themed ceremony at Mountain Creek. The ceremony backdrop was beautiful evergreen trees with white twinkle lights! It was so pretty! There were definitely tears from the bride, groom, and their guests as Elle walked down the aisle. Yes, you read that right! Even after their First Look, Dan became emotional during their ceremony!
The ballroom at the Red Tail Lodge is the perfect venue for a Christmas/winter-themed wedding! The tables were decorated with tall vases filled with greenery and branches. During their first dance, they had the DJ fill the dance floor with snow, and it was straight out of a fairytale or Christmas movie!
If you’re feeling the aesthetic of Mountain Creek, be sure to reach out to their events team for more information or to set up a tour of the space! You’re not going to want to miss your chance at a Mountain Creek wedding. But, even if it’s not the right venue for your wedding, book yourself a little mountain resort vacay and check out their seasonal activities!
Ready to talk pictures and videography? We’re always ready! Let’s go! See more of our work in the blog links below, then reach out today for your dream photography team!
Photo + Video: Diana and Korey Photo and Film
Venue: Mountain Creek
Dress: Sew N Sew Bridal / Miss Stella York
Makeup: Blushed Beauty Team
Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal
Florist: Conroys Florist
Suits: Mens Warehouse
DJ + Photobooth: Love of Music Entertainment / Vito Tattoli