Skylands Manor, A Gorgeous Natural Canvas in a Storybook Setting | New Jersey Wedding Photography

Weddings and Families

Located in Ringwood, New Jersey near Ringwood State Park, nestled inside 1,000 acres of natural woodlands is one of the area’s most popular, and in demand, wedding venues, The Skylands Manor. A Tudor Revival mansion, Skylands resides inside 100 acres of formal botanical gardens. The Castle, with its aged masonry, and curved rooms give way to a romantic feeling that sets a magical tone for any wedding day. 

The interior of the Skyland Manor offers several truly unique portrait backdrops. Intricate architecture that spans from the late Gothic period to early Renaissance is matched room to room with hand-curated furniture and décor to match. Each room tells a subtle story of its own and is the perfect place for getting ready photos with large windows basking the bridal party in natural light. A favorite getting ready spot is the study where suits, tuxedos, and cufflinks are offset by aged leather books and a feeling of grandeur.

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Getting Ready Skylands Manor

Outdoor ceremonies are incredibly popular as guests enjoy the rolling hills, manicured grounds, and views of the Castle itself. They can take place in the botanical gardens, or under a canopy of gorgeous old-growth trees, rich with texture and the beauty of nature. A popular choice is the clear sky tent for a reception under the stars and in the shadows of the gorgeous stonework while friends and family are safe from the elements. Couples can choose to make the Castle the backdrop of their vows or walk down an aisle of mature trees surrounded by vistas of the surrounding gardens.

Ceremony at Skylands Manor

The Ballroom, with its high ceiling and crystal chandeliers, adds to the storybook element of the manor, is complete with modern uplighting and amenities. I’m always drawn to working with couples on the circular staircase which lends itself to creating one-of-a-kind wedding portraits which are interesting as they are beautiful.

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Skylands Manor Ringood Reception

In addition to a top New Jersey wedding venue, The Skylands Manor also offers couples the option for their family and friends to stay in one of their 21 luxury suites. As if it weren’t enough to get married at a Castle, now you can sleep in one, too! Linda and her team do a superb job of helping couples and their wedding party plan and prepare for the big day, and they are always on hand, ensuring that everyone’s experience is top-notch. I even love to bring my family to the gardens on days off to enjoy the setting.

Skyands Manor WeddingNight Photo

I think my favorite thing about photographing weddings at The Skylands Manor is the simplicity of its canvas. Coming from a career rooted in all things theater, what I appreciate is that I can creatively mold the gorgeous grounds and interesting architecture around my couples, highlighting portraiture of their connection. My focus is always on my couple, and on bringing to life the vision for their wedding day that they have shared with me, and Skylands Manor is a glorious New Jersey wedding venue that lends itself to creating the perfect wedding album.

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