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Monday, March 10, 2014

Military Weddings & More

Words by Roger Sands
Photos courtesy of Crystal Springs Resort

Tucked away in the rolling farmland of northwest New Jersey, Crystal Springs Resort provides a romantic setting amidst resplendent scenery. Home to four different properties with six magnificent and vastly unique indoor and outdoor venues from elegant ballrooms to gorgeous, rustic pavilions, Crystal Springs Resort ensures the most memorable location for destination wedding ceremonies and receptions.

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Guests will especially enjoy the innovative culinary options available for the reception, which includes a delectable Indian menu. Savory items include chaat, pakora, tandoori chicken marinated in yogurt sauce with spices, warm naan, paneer and galabjamun. Kosher menus are also available.

Perhaps most impressive of all is the resort's spectacular Wine Cellar -- which houses more than 9,100 labels and 135,000+ bottles - and is unmatched at any other wedding destination. Couples can custom select wine for the reception. The Wine Cellar, located at Restaurant Latour, features an opulently appointed tasting room with two expansive walls of arched viewing windows, allowing full appreciation of the extensive wine storage vault. The integrity of the wine is preserved and protected, while its beauty and history become integral parts of the wine-tasting experience. Restaurant Latour’s immense wine list is presented in two distinctive cork-covered binders: White Wine & Champagne and Red Wine & Port. This amazing inventory -- 50 years in the making -- includes all the best vintages of all great chateaux of Bordeaux and Burgundy and many others.

Destination wedding venues include the magnificent Grand Cascades Lodge. Perched atop a sweeping crest, the Lodge boasts some of the most spectacular panoramic mountain views in the tri-state area. This Adirondack-style masterpiece features the sophisticated 300-seat Emerald Ballroom, an open-air Rotunda overlooking the scenic Kittatinny and Pochuck Mountains. Outdoors, an impressive series of interconnected natural pools with whirlpools, fountains, and waterfalls surround the exterior, enhanced by a mountaintop wedding garden with lush landscaping, flower gardens, and bird sanctuary.

Minerals Resort and Spa has invested half a million dollars to redesign their venues for wedding and catered events. The Diamond Ballroom has been unveiled as an updated, modern, and elegant setting, reminiscent of early “Hollywood Glam.” The transformation includes the addition of a stylish reception area complete with hardwood floors, leather couches, a beautiful built-in bar, and crystal chandeliers to add a sophisticated touch. Just beyond the Diamond Ballroom, lush floral gardens, gorgeous patios, and a redecorated pavilion are the perfect backdrop for a romantic outside ceremony or cocktail hour. The outdoor wedding space will début this Spring.

Ballyowen Golf Club embodies the Celtic feel of Ireland. Begin with a magical outdoor ceremony and accompaniment by the bagpiper, dressed in full regalia. Exchange vows atop 250 beautiful sprawling acres, surrounded by rolling farmland, craggy knolls, plunging quarries, tall wheat-yellow native grasses, and plush green golf course fairways. The magnificent stone Clubhouse and Pavilion embody an old-world design, decorated in dark woods and featuring a cathedral ceiling, circular bar, and large stone fireplace offering kaleidoscopic mountain views and breathtaking sunsets. The Pavilion accommodates up to 150 guests and overlooks the gently rolling fairways of Ballyowen Golf Club and the mountains beyond.

The Black Bear Golf Club offers a scenic golf course location with a beautifully landscaped gazebo, perfect for a romantic outdoor ceremony. The Black Bear Clubhouse offers indoor or outdoor cocktail hours, and can accommodate up to 185 guests. The elegant Black Bear Ballroom is surrounded by walls of windows and a spacious outdoor veranda, all of which provide guests with a spectacular panoramic view overlooking Black Bear Golf Course and the surrounding Hamburg Mountain backdrop.

Special Military Weddings Packages

Located only 40 miles from the Military Academy at West Point, Crystal Springs Resort honors service members of all military branches for their dedication to the country by offering a special Military Wedding Package. As a special "thanks" for all they do, this package includes:

Minerals Resort & Spa:

Ceremony Fee Waived

Additional 10 percent off package
Free In-room breakfast for Bride & Groom
Free Cigar Roller

Crystal Springs Country Club:

Ceremony Fee Waived

Free Two Night Stay for Bride & Groom at Grand Cascades Lodge

Foursome of Golf and 4 Mountain Creek Water Park Passes (no charge)

Free Cigar Roller

Black Bear/Ballyowen:

Ceremony Fee Waived

Continental Breakfast for Bridesmaids in Bridal Suite (no charge)

Free Two Night Stay at Minerals Hotel

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