LandmarkVenuesPerfecting the Art
Your Wedding day should be memorable, wonderful and unique. Our team of “memorymakers” are experts at customizing your special day; treating each event as an individual experience. We tailor every detail to your individual taste, fulfilling the wedding day of your dreams.
At Landmark, we strive for perfection. Our venues, service, and cuisine are unmatched in the industry. The farm-to-table philosophy of our Chef’s make for an unforgettable gourmet experience.
Our venue spaces are like no other in existence…
The breathtaking waterfront, city views of The Liberty House
The rustic countryside grounds of The Stone House
The museum-like architecture and stunning grounds of Snug Harbor, where we specialize in Italian, Indian, and Chinese weddings.
The gorgeous and sophisticated barn wedding and unmatched amenities of The Ryland Inn
Discover the care and detail that goes into every event we create, and why it makes for a completely memorable experience.
Each and every staff member that makes up our team, has been hand-picked by event industry leaders in order to ensure that your event is executed flawlessly. Our memorymakers are experienced professionals who have a deep love and passion for weddings and events and our Chef’s are some of the best in the industry.
To all our Friends at Liberty House,
Words cannot express the gratitude we feel towards all of you. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. All of you went above and beyond to make our wedding spectacular. It was more than either one of us could have expected.
The pride, attention to detail and the personal attention given to us made our wedding the greatest day of our lives. I still get chills thinking about it…guests are still complimenting and raving with comments like “This is the best wedding I’ve ever been to.”
From the cocktail hour to the after party these was not one complaint nor is there one thing we would change. We would recommend the Liberty House to anyone planning a function.
A special thanks to Danielle for her expertise, smile and warmth… you made our wedding day all that we dreamed about. We would also like to thank Jeanne who has created a family like atmosphere and it shows in how your functions are run. This stems from the top you have created a true gem at the Liberty House..!!
Jill & Rocco Rezza, Married at Liberty House
I want to thank you and everyone at the Liberty House for making our daughter Kathleen’s wedding absolutely amazing! We could not have been happier with everything, from the food to the ambiance to all of the people assisting us throughout the evening! I will make sure I post something on your Facebook page telling everyone how wonderful it was, and I want to thank you especially for coordinating everything!
Sheila & Matt Boyle, Married at Liberty House
I just want to thank you for EVERYTHING that you did. You and your staff made our wedding a night to remember for everyone. People are still telling us how much fun they had and how they enjoyed all the food, drinks and atmosphere.
Thank you for making my wedding dreams come true!
I can’t wait to have another party there!!!!!!
Please let me know who your supervisor is so that I can send them rave reviews of you!!!!
Shea & Peter Williams, Married at Liberty House
Damon and I would just like to thank you and your staff for a wonderful reception. We received numerous compliments about the food, attentive service and atmosphere. We could not have had such a wonderful wedding reception without all of your assistance and advice.
Please give a special thank you to Natalia. She was very attentive and catered to all of our needs.
Thank you (again) for everything.
Nadira & Damon Young, Married at Liberty House
Just wanted to let you know how pleased we were with the wedding last Friday. You did a terrific job.
We received raves from both families about it. Everyone complimented the food and venue as being one of the best weddings they ever attended.
Watching the skyline light up during the ceremony was just magical. I thought it was better without the drapery as there was nothing to obscure the panoramic view. Jennifer and Victor were so happy and excited that day. I am forwarding two pictures that a family member took.
Thank you for a professional job well done.
Rose and Mark Muhlenbruch, Jennifer & Victor’s Wedding
I wanted to say Thank You so much for all of your help putting together a fabulous wedding! We got so many compliments on the wedding, specifically the venue, the food, and the fireworks!!
We appreciate you working with us to create such a magical night! I will send you some pictures when they come in from the photographer.
Kristen & Leor Shapiro, Married at Liberty House
Please know that we felt you did an outstanding job taking care of us and making our wedding reception so special.
We, along with our family and friends, are still talking about how wonderful everything was. The food, the decor, the view, and the overall fantastic evening we all had will always be remembered. In fact, James and I would love to come back and have our anniversary dinner at the Liberty House.
Again, thank you for everything you did, and we look forward to seeing you again.
Krista & James Jefferies, Married at Liberty House
Michael and I just want to thank you so much for helping make last night the wedding of our dreams. Everything was absolutely magnificent and our guests would just not stop raving about it!
So thank you, thank you, thank you! : )
Danielle & Michael Urso, Married at Liberty House
I am now back to the real world again, but I just wanted to take the time to e-mail you and thank you for the amazing job you did with the wedding. Everything was great and Bethany and I enjoyed ourselves so much. You helped to make it all come together and for that we are greatly appreciative. If you ever need a customer recommendation or testimony, we would be happy to provide it.
Bethany & Eric Berman, Married at Liberty House
A different approach: Trade Bridal Bootcamp for Mindful Maintenance
by Dominique DiCristo
Mental health is just as important as physical health during this time (and in life). So if your first thought was a crash course, regimented workout (slim down, tone up, see results), perhaps you might consider recasting your expectations and goals. Physical fitness is only one component of well-being. Physical health is not independent of mental health but rather the two work in tandem to create positive well-being.
A good place to start is Martha Stewart’s Get Wedding-Ready Guide: Fashion & Beauty. There you will find helpful information on beauty, nutrition, fitness, and stress management; tips on how to keep up with a fitness routine, (if you’re someone who likes routine), and simple guidelines for eating and drinking more healthily.
If you’re someone who exercises regularly but still wants to shake things up, consider what other elements of cross-training you can integrate into your routine. If you’re someone who does not exercise regularly but wants to start, then this is a great opportunity. Check in with yourself. What is your goal? Is it an acute episode of ‘good health’ that ends on your wedding day? Or is it sustained health, lasting results, and a general feeling of well-being? Don’t be extreme. Your efforts would be better spent working on small adjustments that, if implemented over the course of the engagement (and beyond!), will yield lasting results.
Fitness routines often steal the spotlight in times such as these, so it is important to remember that equal time should be invested in improving both physical AND mental health. Working towards balanced health will make your efforts more effective and efficient. It is important to achieve the look you want for yourself for your special day but (a) don’t be unrealistic with your goals; (b) remember, the goal is not to be a different person; (c) there’s enough stress as it is… so there is no need to put added pressure on yourself!
An effective goal is put yourself in a position in which you are perfectly poised to handle stress. This means avoiding hunger, and boosting energy and brain function. It’s about feeling good and feeling healthy and, remember, there are no hard and fast rules on what that feeling should look like. Be mindful of your stress levels and take care of yourself emotionally as well as physically.
One Day (not the one by David Nicholls)
by Dominique DiCristo
The average length of an engagement is 1-2 years. According to, “Real Simple: Wedding Planning and Budget Basics,” the venue is typically booked 16-9 months in advance and the entertainment, photographer, and caterer, 8 months in advance. Then there is the dress, 8-7 months in advance, the florist and bridesmaids dresses, 7-6 months, transportation, make-up artists, cake, invitations, rehearsal dinner, favors, readings, etc.
In short, your wedding is a momentous occasion that requires months of planning. That being said, the average wedding is 5 to 7 hours, then it is a memory. You will have many decisions to make in those months of planning, so if the decision whether or not to hire a videographer is one that you are struggling with, perhaps it is worthwhile to take a step back from the details of the wedding day and consider the memory that will remain.
There are moments of the day that you will not be a part of, for example, watching your guests arrive and the cocktail hour, because you will be either in transit or posing for formal pictures. It is important to somehow capture the fleeting moments, document those details, and watch how all those months of planning have paid off as your loved-ones enjoy and admire the preparation you have put into the day.
While nearly all weddings have professional photographers, approximately only 50% have videographers as well. Peter Ferriero of PF Films says, “pictures are great but with video, those moments come back to life. The bride can later watch what it was like for the groom to get ready and vice versa.” At PF Films (offices in New Jersey and Manhattan) wedding videography is cinematography because it is about synthesizing all the details of a single day and telling a cohesive story.
When choosing a videographer it is important to consider how you want your story to be told. Do you want the day to simply be documented à la traditional videography? Or do you want a more stylized type of storytelling in the fashion of current cinematography? The good news is that with the advancement of technology, having a videographer is not as big of a production as it once was. Cameras are smaller and it is easier to light a room, which means that filming is less disruptive and can be kept, if you want, “low-profile.”
Choosing a specific videographer will be like any other decision you will make regarding your wedding whether it’s selecting a photographer, DJ, florist, etc. Consider references, a portfolio of their past work, and, above all, personality. Meet with the videographer. Is this someone that understands and shares the vision you have for your day? Is he or she someone capable of capturing the memory you are crafting? There are package options to accommodate different budgets; it comes down to how you choose to invest in the re-telling of your special day.
The Perfect Marriage: Bride and Photographer
by Dominique DiCristo
Right now the market for wedding photography is huge and diverse but like any other market it is consumer driven. Jeffrey Vock, a wedding photographer based in Jersey City, Hoboken, and the Hudson County area, compares it to contemporary women’s fashion, “It is a mix of everything but in the end, there is something out there for everybody.”
You will hear individual photographers describe their style as illustrative, traditional, artistic, contemporary, photojournalistic, etc. and you will face a slew of package options, some basic and others extravagant but ultimately it comes down to, what do you want? How do you want your wedding day to be remembered?
Wedding photographer, Michael Dempsey, outlines several things to consider when meeting with a photographer: experience, references, samples of their work, and, if possible, samples of their previous work at your venue. If you are hiring by way of a larger studio that employs several photographers, be sure that you are meeting with the photographer who will actually be shooting your wedding and make certain your contract clearly states that that photographer is the one who will be present on your wedding day. (Dempsey has locations in Jersey City and Middletown, NJ).
When choosing a photographer, consider the complete album of a single wedding. Bear in mind the more formal portrait shots as well as the unique candid moments. How versatile do you want your album to be? Can a single photographer deliver the variety of shots you desire? Some can. Others have second or assistant photographers to help with that.
PERSONALITY. So you’ve seen the product and you are pleased but is the photographer someone you can work well with on your special day? Do you feel comfortable with the photographer? Do you trust his or her judgement? How will he or she interact with your family and friends? A positive working relationship will make for a more seamless and enjoyable wedding day for you and your guests.
Test the waters. See if you can arrange the engagement shoot as a way to see how you interact with each other and the kind of shots the photographer is capable of. Often times the engagement shoot is thrown into the package as a “freebie” (but rest assured, you are probably paying for it). Ask if the photographer is willing to hold the engagement shoot separate from the wedding package as a sort of non-binding way to feel things out.
There are competent photographers at each level of the price scale so first think about what is most important to you. Is it the particular product/style? Is it the personality of the photographer? Is it a bit of both? Ask around and trust your instincts!
DJ versus Live Band
So you’ve picked the venue. Next decision, the music. Live band? DJ? Both? How do you decide?
“First, decide your budget,” says Scott Horniak of Craig Scott Entertainment, a full-service entertainment agency with offices in New Jersey, Manhattan, and Westchester. A wedding appropriate DJ costs $2,000-$5,000 and a live band costs $5,000-$10,000. If you’re not fixed to shopping on one end or the other of this price range, then you might consider mixing and matching various elements to create a unique listening backdrop for your wedding celebration.
Next, advises Horniak, it is important to consider the energy level you wish to achieve and the environment you are trying to create, as well as the age range of your guests and what will be most unanimously entertaining.
In choosing a DJ, your musical options are basically limitless. That being said, it is extremely important to choose a “wedding appropriate DJ” or rather a DJ appropriate for your wedding.
Doing the necessary research is key, says Eric Bischoff, President of Sound Explosion, a disc jockey and production company headquartered in Staten Island. You should look for companies that have commercial style office space and location and consider their references and affiliates. This will help to distinguish high-quality DJ companies from hobbyist DJs. Secondly, meet with someone at the agency. Ask for pictures of their setup and discuss your preferred style of entertainment. How interactive do you want the DJ/MC to be with guests? What is your etiquette expectation?
Effective communication is essential to make sure that you and the DJ are on the same page about what is expected and what is delivered. It is important to trust your instinct when meeting and interviewing at the agency, says Bischoff. Remember that in choosing a DJ you have a great deal of flexibility and variability which allows for a highly customized experience. So be specific! And keep in mind all the fast, slow, active, and inactive moments of the evening.
A live band is inherently entertaining. The energy and elegance that comes from live vocalists and musicians is unmatched. Unfortunately, quality does come at a price and that price can be up to double what it costs for the the most expensive DJ.
Today, there are many “best of both worlds” solutions, such as band/DJ combos or an after-cake “after party.” Live aspects, such as vocalists and/or keyboards, percussion, etc. are being incorporated into DJ productions. For every issue of personal preference, budget, and mass appeal there is a compromise that can be reached. When it comes down to it, you are free to pull together whatever elements you see fit to create that ideal atmosphere you envision for your wedding celebration.
Make your BIG day stand out!
o Make a video to welcome your guests (you can also include these in your hotel bags for you’re out of town guests and include sights to see in the area, places to eat, etc.)
o Create an indoor garden by lining your ceremony and/or venue space with topiaries, potted palm trees or vases filled with flowering branches so you don’t need to stress over the ever changing weather when having an outdoor event.
o Use a mix of couches and chairs for your ceremony or use a myriad of different vintage chairs for a more eclectic look.
o Make your day a reflection of who you are as a couple, add your favorite desserts to the menu or give them out as favors, name your tables after places you have traveled to together, or have the local jazz band you both love come play at your cocktail hour.
o Make your guests feel like they have traveled to another country. Create at Tuscan Garden feel, using farmhouse tables and glass vases filled with herbs and sunflowers or create a nautical feel using seersucker striped tablecloths and elegant wooden chairs.
o Instead of a Photo booth for your guestbook, do a video booth! Guests can sing a song dedicating it to you or say just a few sweet words!
o Hanging candles in glass orbs (LED candles of course), lanterns, multicolored tulle, and hanging flowers, all add interest to your event.
o Down time for your guests in between your ceremony and reception? Hire a tour bus to take them around your town or city, or if you’re having a countryside wedding, set up lawn games and refreshments to entertain your guests.
o Make your centerpieces your own. Are you or your future spouse into art? Put a box of leggos, wooden blocks or Lincoln logs to have your guest create their own centerpiece “sculpture”.
o Create your own signature cocktail that represents you both as the guests of honor. Come up with a fun name for it. Or create two cocktails, one to represent each of you.
o Everyone always looks at the Bride on the wedding day, but what about the Groom! Add some interest to his tux by incorporating funky colored socks, a patterned bow tie, converse sneakers or a fun hat. Make it go with your theme, downtown chic, vintage or sophisticated with flair.
o Display vintage photographs of your parents, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts and uncles on their wedding day at your reception.
o Place a box with vintage postcards asking everyone to write some “marital advice”.
o Hire a dance troupe, flash mob or salsa dancers to get the party started and provide interesting and unexpected entertainment for your guests.
o Fireworks! If your venue allows, this is a great way to end your most memorable night!
Coming up with a sophisticated theme
o 25% of couples have themed weddings, courtesy of The Knot.
o Themes sometimes get a bad rap, but if you choose wisely, your theme will be a real hit and make your wedding stand out from the rest.
One of our Stone House brides, who works in publishing, had her bouquets and centerpieces made out of origami. The paper used was from the famous novel “Jane Eyre”, a story about a young woman who finally finds her love.
The exquisite architecture, materials, and design of our venues, make for a spectacular wedding that you and your guests will never forget. Each venue different, to complement your personal style and the theme of your memorable event.
Skyline views, cabanas, firepits, gardens and a selection of distinctive rooms, pavilions and grounds for you to hold your ceremony and reception.
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The perfect mix of rustic and modern, this countryside manor boasts a ballroom, a separate Gallery room, cabanas and lush gardens all at the foot of the beautiful Watchung Mountains.
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Celebrate at Snug Harbor:
Romantic and architecturally stunning, this classic landmark is a unique destination for your most memorable day. The tremendous ceilings of the Great Hall, Chinese Scholars Garden, Tuscan Garden and the magnificent botanical gardens, allow for a multitude of choices for your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception site.
The Ryland Inn:
Romantic and luxurious; rustic yet refined, the new Ryland Inn is an inspiring setting to mark your new life together. The amenities being built on the grounds, rich history and beautiful country setting of this magnificent space are unmatched by any other venue.