Mountain View Grand Resort

Mountain View Grand Resort

For a New Hampshire wedding venue that is breathtaking both inside and out, Mountain View Grand Resort is simply perfect. This exceptional and expansive venue offers a multitude of event spaces that accommodate intimate gatherings and large receptions alike. Not to mention, the amenities, photo ops, and surrounding scenery are unmatched.

Read on to learn about hosting your beautiful New Hampshire wedding at the Mountain View Resort.

Mountain View Grand Resort Overview

Mountain View Grand Resort is a grand hotel nestled in the heart of the White Mountains. With over 400-acres of manicured property, the picturesque setting promises to provide a stunning background for your wedding day. No matter if you are seeking an intimate, outdoor soiree or a large, over-the-top affair, Mountain View Grand Resort can easily make your dream into a reality.

Although filled with modern amenities, Mountain View Grand Resort is extremely proud of its historic roots. In 1865, a couple of weary travelers were traveling from Montreal to Boston when their stagecoach became stuck in the mud. Searching for a place to stay, they stumbled upon the home of the Dodge family, who graciously opened their doors and allowed the couple to spend the night. In the morning, the couple was enchanted the surrounding scenery and gracious hospitality. They recommended that the Dodge family turn their home into an inn. Following this fortuitous exchange, the Dodge family opened an inn named “Mountain View House,” which eventually grew into the resort it is today.

Grown it certainly has – today, the resort features 141 guest rooms, a challenging 9-hole golf course, and an award-winning spa on site. In addition, guests are welcome to enjoy a variety of additional on-site amenities, dine in one of the in-house restaurants, and take part in seasonal activities during their stay. Mountain View Grand Resort prides itself in providing every guest with a luxurious and personalized experience that they will never forget.

Incredible Event Spaces

When it comes to hosting weddings, Mountain View Grand Resort is more than equipped to accommodate ceremonies and receptions of virtually any size and style. If you are looking to also hold your ceremony on the property grounds, you’ll find plenty of incredible spaces available for you to say your “I do’s.” Spaces like the Grand Fountain Terrace include an exquisite open-sided chapel in which to exchange your vows. Overlook Lawn – one of the resort’s most popular ceremony sites – features a historic gazebo as well as an awe-inspiring view of the Presidential Mountain Range.

For large receptions, the Crystal Ballroom is a stylish and sophisticated indoor space. This expansive and impressive ballroom features incredible floor-to-ceiling windows, which provide you with breathtaking 360-degree views of the surrounding scenery. You’ll also find a glittering crystal chandelier suspended in the center of the room’s domed ceiling for added elegance and ambiance.

The Crystal Ballroom can also be combined with the adjacent Mountain View Tent. This newly constructed space provides you with the perfect place to hold your ceremony before retreating to the Crystal Ballroom to eat and dance the night away at your reception. It can also be turned into a semi-outdoor reception space depending on your event’s specifications.

The Presidential Ballroom is a slightly more intimate event space that is smaller in size but no less spectacular. It includes twinkling chandeliers and a large fireplace, which serves as an opulent focal point. The Presidential Deck and Promenade are also right outside, giving your guests plenty of room to mingle during your cocktail hour and take in the incredible scenery. If you are hosting a smaller affair, you’ll also find private rooms available to host intimate receptions, rehearsal dinners, and additional events during your wedding weekend.

Perfect in any Season

Surrounded by beautiful natural scenery, there is no wrong time to host a wedding at Mountain View Grand Resort. In spring and summer, lush greenery and a bright blue sky provide the perfect backdrop for your nuptials. In fall, the incredible foliage ensures your wedding is bathed in rich colors and golden tones. In the winter, the expansive, snow-covered property creates a veritable wonderland for you and your guests to enjoy.

Booking Your Wedding at Mountain View Grand Resort

No matter your vision, the staff and event coordinators at Mountain View Grand Resort are eager to bring your wedding day to life. Events are already booking into 2020, meaning it is never too early to set up a tour and reserve one of their beautiful event spaces for your wedding. Booking early also allows you to reserve room blocks for your guests at the Mountain View Grand Hotel so that they can stay onsite all weekend long.

One exceptional perk of selecting the Mountain View Grand Resort as your wedding venue is the fact that Mountain View Grand’s Spa is conveniently located on-site. This full-service salon and spa offers professional treatments that are sure to have you glowing by the time you walk down the aisle. You can read more about the services the Tower Spa offers here.

No matter if you are from the surrounding area or coming from out of state, brides appreciate the ability to have every event of their wedding weekend conveniently held onsite. The perfect retreat for yourself and your guests, a wedding at Mountain View Grand Resort is sure to be a wedding that no one soon forgets.

To schedule an appointment and learn more about the event spaces available, contact the venue directly at 603-837-2100 or visit their website.

Mountain View Grand Resort Specifications

Capacity – Reception Spaces:

The Crystal Ballroom – 250 – 275 guests
The Presidential Ballroom – 75 – 150 guests
The Garden Room – 65 – 85 guests
The Clubhouse – 60 guests
The Hunt Room – 18 guests

Capacity – Ceremony Spaces:

Grand Fountain Terrace – 275 guests
Overlook Lawn – 150 guests
The Presidential Promenade – 150 guests
Waterfall Terrace – 50 guests

Vendors

Catering services are provided by onsite staff. Couples are allowed to use any vendors they would like; however, a preferred vendors list is available upon request.

Room Blocks

Rooms fill up quickly at the Mountain View Grand Hotel. Be sure to set aside rooms for your guests at the same time you book your venue to ensure there is space reserved for all of your guests.

Packages

Mountain View Resort offers professional meeting planners to assist you as well as extensive menu options. Contact the venue directly for more information.


About Stephanie Dupuis Photography

Hi! We’re Bill & Stephanie, New England wedding photographers based in Northern NH. We love photographing weddings because of our passion for helping couples remember one of the most important days of their lives. Stephanie Dupuis Photography offers engagement photography, wedding photography, and bridal sessions throughout New England. As wedding photographers, we believe in the value of printing images – so much so that all of our wedding packages include a beautiful signature wedding album.

Want more information about our wedding services?
https://stephaniedupuisphotography.com/wedding-photographer/

Chef Joe’s Catering

Based in Franconia, New Hampshire, Chef Joe’s is a full-service wedding catering service. Chef Joe’s specializes in helping couples create a wedding that is nothing short of unforgettable. While there are many factors that go into creating a picture-perfect wedding, treating your guests to plenty of food and drink is of the utmost importance. Working with an experienced team of experts – like the ones at Chef Joe’s Catering – is a sure-fire way to ensure that your day is as festive as it is fabulous.

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Overview

With a 30-year background in the restaurant industry, Chef Joe began his catering business nearly 12 years ago and has been going full steam ever since. Chef Joe’s Catering primarily focuses on weddings and other largescale special events. Doing this means they are well versed in what goes into creating an exceptional experience for every single guest on your invite list.

Rather than having couples choose a cookie cutter wedding menu, the team at Chef Joe’s Catering sits down with each couple to learn more about their individual preferences and tastes. They are more than willing to re-create dishes that have sentimental meaning, whether it be your great-grandmother’s time-honored recipe or the dessert you ate on the night of your engagement. This team of professionals believes that – when done correctly – the food served at your wedding reception can and should add another layer of meaning to your big day.

Catering Services

With years of experience catering weddings and special events, Chef Joe’s Catering is able to accommodate wedding receptions that range from intimate backyard gatherings to large, upscale events with more than 300 guests in attendance. After an initial meeting, a customized menu is created based upon the couple’s preferences and budget. A tasting is then scheduled upon booking so that the wedding menu is fine-tuned before being finalized.

Being an on-site catering service, everything served is freshly cooked at your reception site. With a fleet of trucks that feature refrigeration, convection ovens, grills, and holding ovens, every plate of food they serve has been freshly cooked (rather than re-heated) immediately before it is placed in front of your guests. This results in tasty dishes that will far surpass the quality of traditional, predictable “wedding food” that everyone has experienced at least once in their life.

In addition to wedding catering, Chef Joe’s can also coordinate your bar service so that everything is taken care of by the same team. This also ensures that your cocktail hour complements and flows beautifully with the dinner service at your wedding reception. Having one team in charge of both aspects is incredibly valuable, as it ensures everyone is on the same page in regard to the overall timing of your wedding day festivities.

More than Weddings…

The team at Chef Joe’s can also assist with coordination, rentals, day-of setup, and wedding menu design. Among their many services, they feature an on-staff wedding coordinator who can work with brides to ensure virtually every important detail of the day looks picture-perfect and runs smoothly. Available upon request, this service can be coordinated directly with the team at Chef Joe’s at the time of your initial consultation.

In addition to creating an amazing wedding day meal, Chef Joe’s also accommodates rehearsal dinners, bridal brunches, and more out of their hub at the Franconia Village House. Featuring both an intimate indoor dining area and an outdoor tented patio space, they can accommodate gatherings and special events of up to 150 people.

Food Trends & Tips

Because of their extensive experience catering wedding receptions, Chef Joe’s is incredibly familiar with current wedding trends and tips that ensure brides have a relaxed and wonderful wedding day. With weddings becoming increasingly relaxed, more and more couples are opting for buffet-style meals rather than traditional plated dinners. Food stations, robatayaki bars, and raw bars are becoming more popular, as they allow guests to mingle and interact with each other during the dinner service. Buffet style dinners also generally make it much easier to accommodate guests with food allergies or dietary restrictions.

To really “wow” your wedding guests, the team at Chef Joe’s recommends placing as much of an emphasis on your cocktail hour as possible. Although it is a part of the wedding that most brides, grooms, and bridal parties don’t get to enjoy, the interim time between the ceremony and dinner can truly define a guest’s wedding experience. They have plenty of ideas when it comes to creating a cocktail hour that will properly set the tone for the rest of your wedding reception.

Book Chef Joe’s Catering for Your Big Day

When you book an experienced catering service for your wedding reception, you receive far more than just delicious food. Caterers are trained to work together with your venue and other vendors to ensure that your day runs on-time and without issue. The team at Chef Joe’s Catering is familiar with everything that goes into making weddings simply incredible and are committed to making every bride and groom’s big day as effortless as it is delicious.

While Chef Joe’s typically caters Vermont and New Hampshire weddings, a travel fee is available for weddings that take place outside of their coverage area. To learn more about their wedding menus, catering services, and more, visit https://www.chefjoescatering.com or contact them directly at 603-823-8589.


About Stephanie Dupuis Photography

Hi! We’re Bill & Stephanie, New England wedding photographers based in Northern NH. We love photographing weddings because of our passion for helping couples remember one of the most important days of their lives. Stephanie Dupuis Photography offers engagement photography, wedding photography, and bridal sessions throughout New England. As wedding photographers, we believe in the value of printing images – so much so that all of our wedding packages include a beautiful signature wedding album.

Want more information about our wedding services?
https://stephaniedupuisphotography.com/wedding-photographer/

5 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Venue

After the initial excitement of getting engaged has subsided, it’s time to hit the ground running and start wedding planning! Even if you have multiple Pinterest boards filled with ideas, the first steps in the actual planning process can still be incredibly daunting. Choosing your wedding venue is the first and perhaps most important decision you will make in regard to your wedding. After all, the wedding venue is the foundation that determines exactly how all of your Pinterest-worthy ideas will come to life.

There are plenty of things to consider and questions to ask before saying “We Do” to a wedding venue. These 5 tips will help you determine which event space will act as the perfect backdrop for the biggest day of your life.

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Consider Your Wedding Date

Committing to a wedding venue also means committing to a wedding date. Some wedding venues can book out up to 2-years early, especially on popular dates (like holiday weekends) and during popular seasons (like Summer & Fall).

Most venues will be happy to provide insight into their availability early in the process. With that said, if you have your heart set upon a specific day, month, or season, be sure to be upfront about that fact before even making an appointment to view an event space.

Questions to Ask
– What is does your availability look like for the upcoming year/years?
– What deposit is required for you to hold our date?
– Is there any flexibility in regard to the date after the contract has been signed?

Consider Your Other Vendors

Because booking your wedding venue means committing to a wedding date if there are any other must-have vendors you wish to work with, be sure to communicate with them before finalizing your decision. The last thing you want is to book your venue only to discover your favorite photographer or florist already has a prior commitment on that specific day.

Some venues also require couples to work only with a provided list of vendors. If this is the case, be sure to research these vendors before committing to an event space. If none of them look promising or fit within your budget, that might be a sign that the venue is not a good fit for your wedding.

Questions to Ask
– Are there any vendors we are required to work with?
– Do you have a list of preferred vendors you recommend?
– Is there an on-site caterer and/or bar service?

Consider the Costs

A venue should be totally transparent with you about the fees required to book their space. Keep in mind – as is the case with many wedding vendors – the price they initially advertise may not include certain add-ons, like taxes or fees. There also may be an upcharge to book an event on popular dates or during peak seasons.

It is also important to ask what is included in the rental fee. Some venues will include chairs, tables, linens, and décor items. Others may only provide you the space, meaning additional vendors will be required for these important basics. Don’t hesitate to ask for a realistic final cost before signing any paperwork.

Questions to Ask
– What is included in your rental costs?
– How long will we have the space for?
– Are there any additional taxes or fees?
– Is there a deposit to book the venue and is this deposit refundable?

Consider the Logistics

When looking at wedding venues, it’s hard not to let your imagination run wild. Don’t forget, however, to consider some not-so-fun facts. Along with basics like overall capacity and costs, consider if there is ample parking or shuttle services available for your guests. If any of your guests are handicapped, be sure to inquire about how well the venue can accommodate guests in wheelchairs or those who have difficulty walking long distances.

Additionally, ask yourself how the location of the venue will work with the rest of your day’s events. A scenic venue in the middle of the woods may be beautiful, but if it is located too far from your ceremony space it may put a strain on your guests. If the majority of your guests are coming in from out of town, consider how close the venue is to an airport and popular hotels. These things may seem trivial several months out from your wedding, but these little details can have a big impact on your guest’s overall experience.

Questions to Ask
– Are you equipped to handle handicapped guests?
– Is parking free and how many spaces are there in total?
– Will inclement weather affect my desired plans? If so, what backup plan is in place?

Consider the Reviews

Everyone knows that online reviews can be a sounding board for disgruntled customers with too-lofty expectations. On the other hand, some companies like to encourage employees, friends, and family members to leave unfounded positive reviews. Reviews and ratings from Google, Yelp, The Knot, Wedding Wire, and Facebook should all be taken into consideration when choosing a wedding venue. If anything seems troubling, don’t be afraid to address these concerns with the venue directly. Online reviews only tell one side of the story, so always allow a business to tell their side before taking any negative reviews to heart.

Wedding venues will usually have photos of previous events on their website to show guests what their venue really looks like when a wedding is in full swing. For additional insight, Googling “Venue Name + Real Wedding” for an idea of what your wedding (and wedding photos) will end up looking like.

Questions to Ask
– What problems have you had with previous clients?
– How did you resolve these issues?
– If I have an issue on my wedding day, who will be on hand to see it is resolved?

Conclusion

Choosing a wedding venue isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly. This first step sets the tone for the rest of the planning process. Be sure to tour multiple spaces, ask plenty of questions, and sleep on your decision before signing any paperwork. Once you do find the perfect venue, however, the rest should easily fall into place.



About Stephanie Dupuis Photography

Hi! We’re Bill & Stephanie, New England wedding photographers based in Northern NH. We love photographing weddings because of our passion for helping couples remember one of the most important days of their lives. Stephanie Dupuis Photography offers engagement photography, wedding photography, and bridal sessions throughout New England. As wedding photographers, we believe in the value of printing images – so much so that all of our wedding packages include a beautiful signature wedding album.

Want more information about our wedding services?
https://stephaniedupuisphotography.com/wedding-photographer/

The Maplewood Golf Resort


For a stylish venue that will act as a gorgeous backdrop for your New Hampshire wedding, The Maplewood Golf Resort is an ideal option. Both inside and out, this storied venue is teeming with elements that channel the unique beauty of New England. Attractive architecture inspired décor, and sweeping landscapes combine to create a one-of-a-kind event space that is nothing short of impeccable.

From its historic roots to its expansive ballroom, read on to learn why The Maplewood will provide you with a wedding day experience you and your guests will never forget.

The Maplewood Golf Resort: A Storied Past

The invention of the American railroad system in the early 1900s allowed tourism to become an incredibly popular pastime. Constructed in 1888, The Maplewood was once a grand hotel that hosted affluent New England society members who were looking to escape crowded city life. People were known to travel up to 10-hours by railway to experience the area’s serene landscapes, sweeping scenery, and refreshing mountain air. The most impressive and luxurious hotel in the Bethlehem area, The Maplewood even hosted Presidents Grant and Roosevelt during its golden age.

In the early 1900s, sport and leisure activities were also taking the country by storm. To capitalize on this thriving industry and to provide upscale guests an unmatched getaway, The Maplewood’s championship golf course was constructed in 1914. In order to complement the resort’s grandeur, the 18-hole course was designed by none other than Donald Ross, a man who is still considered one of the most prolific golf course architects in history. His unmatched understanding of the sport’s artistry allowed him to craft holes that test each player’s unique ability while encouraging a balanced approach to the game. The creatively calculated course demands accuracy in the most enjoyable way possible and continues to challenge players of every experience level.

A fire in the 1960s destroyed the building that originally served as the grand Maplewood hotel. The impressive building you see today was originally used as a leisure and event space for hotel guests. Its remarkable architecture and amazing location overlooking the golf course, however, make it the perfect place for a modern event venue. Recently revitalized, it currently serves as the golf course’s clubhouse as well as a wedding and event space. Fortunately for visitors, the entire location continues to pay homage to the property’s important and historic roots.

The Maplewood Golf Resort: Venue Overview

Today, the grounds and building interiors are still reminiscent of a glorious bygone era. Beautiful décor and unmatched scenery are just the beginning. With a variety of options when it comes to your reception, the entire venue can be utilized in virtually any way that the staff sees fit. It’s no wonder so many couples consider this a superior place to host their festivities.

The interior not only features picturesque parlors, seating areas, and a magnificent ballroom – it also includes 20 guestrooms. This means that the venue and your guest’s rooms are all conveniently located under one roof. Even better, this hotel isn’t usually open to the public. When you rent The Maplewood for your wedding, your friends and family have the exclusive ability to rent the property’s guests rooms. This ensures that the only people staying on-site during your wedding weekend are your invited guests.

Chapel at Maplewood Golf Resort

In addition to a wonderful reception space, the property features a historic chapel located just across the street. Although not currently a functioning church, it boasts an original stone foundation as well as breathtaking wooden doors and stunning stained-glass windows, making it a beautiful place to hold your nuptials. In addition to this spectacular amenity, there are plenty of spectacular places on-site that are ready to serve as the background for your wedding photos. In warm-weather months, blooming flowers, green hedges, and the building’s stately turret are fantastic features. Inside of the venue, historic architecture in the parlors and main staircase always ensure stunning photo opportunities.

The Maplewood Golf Resort: A Personal Approach

You’ll enjoy so much more than a beautiful event space when you rent The Maplewood Golf Resort for your New Hampshire wedding. Because it hosts only one reception space and a limited number of guest rooms, the entire venue and staff are focused solely on your wedding during the entirety of the weekend. The spaces feel cozy, old-fashioned, elegant, and relaxed. With that said, an experienced and professional staff ensures the couple and their guests are comfortable and cared for every step of the way.

The joy and excitement in the air during a wedding at The Maplewood is practically contagious. The staff enjoys the formal events that take place at the resort – and not just because it gives them a break from serving golfers. They consider it rewarding work and genuinely enjoy providing every visitor with a stress-free, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Their familiarity with on-site events also allows them to anticipate any problems that may arise and avoid them without causing a single hiccup in your festivities. The event manager and other team members truly consider The Maplewood their home, and can’t wait to open their doors to you on your exciting and unforgettable wedding day.

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Hosting Your Wedding at The Maplewood Golf Resort

With the ability to accommodate weddings from 25 – 250 guests, no event is too large or small for this historic New Hampshire wedding venue. By hosting your wedding day at The Maplewood Golf Resort, your love story becomes a part of this property’s rich and impressive history.

The event manager is available to meet with you anytime, including nights and weekends. Please contact The Maplewood at (877) 869-3335 or visit http://www.maplewoodgolfresort.com/index.php to learn more about the extraordinary facility and to discuss the details of your upcoming wedding day.

Specifications

Rates

The venue rental fee begins at $4,800 and includes tables, linens, chairs, on-site staff, and additional set-up items. To rent both the reception space and the chapel, the fee is $6,000. The rental fee for the chapel alone is $2,000. Catering and guest room rental fees are not included. Please inquire with event staff for more detailed cost information.

Capacity

The large reception space has a total capacity of 250. For formal, sit-down dinners, it can seat up to 200 people comfortably.

Hotel Information

The building features 20 guest rooms that can be blocked off for invited guests.

Chapel & Ceremony Information

Due to its historic nature, the chapel is only available during Spring, Summer, and Early Fall. Additionally, only smaller ceremonies are allowed to be held on the venue’s outdoor deck space due to space limitations. Please inquire to learn more about holding your ceremony on-site.

Vendor Information

Catering is available on-site. Off-site catering is allowed, although some restrictions and fees are required. Please inquire with event staff about catering options for your specific wedding reception.

Golf Course Information

The Maplewood’s championship golf course is open to the public and can be part of your stay. Discounted rates are offered to your wedding guests, based on availability.

More Information

To view more information view the Maplewood’s website here:
https://www.maplewoodgolfresort.com/


About Stephanie Dupuis Photography

Hi! We’re Bill & Stephanie, New England wedding photographers based in Northern NH. We love photographing weddings because of our passion for helping couples remember one of the most important days of their lives. Stephanie Dupuis Photography offers engagement photography, wedding photography, and bridal sessions throughout New England. As wedding photographers, we believe in the value of printing images – so much so that all of our wedding packages include a beautiful signature wedding album.

Want more information about our wedding services?
https://stephaniedupuisphotography.com/wedding-photographer/

The Maplewood Golf Resort

For a stylish venue that will act as a gorgeous backdrop for your New Hampshire wedding, The Maplewood Golf Resort is an ideal option. Both inside and out, this storied venue is teeming with elements that channel the unique beauty of New England. Attractive architecture inspired décor, and sweeping landscapes combine to create a one-of-a-kind event space that is nothing short of impeccable.
From its historic roots to its expansive ballroom, read on to learn why The Maplewood will provide you with a wedding day experience you and your guests will never forget.

The Maplewood Golf Resort: A Storied Past

The invention of the American railroad system in the early 1900s allowed tourism to become an incredibly popular pastime. Constructed in 1888, The Maplewood was once a grand hotel that hosted affluent New England society members who were looking to escape crowded city life. People were known to travel up to 10-hours by railway to experience the area’s serene landscapes, sweeping scenery, and refreshing mountain air. The most impressive and luxurious hotel in the Bethlehem area, The Maplewood even hosted Presidents Grant and Roosevelt during its golden age.

In the early 1900s, sport and leisure activities were also taking the country by storm. To capitalize on this thriving industry and to provide upscale guests an unmatched getaway, The Maplewood’s championship golf course was constructed in 1914. In order to complement the resort’s grandeur, the 18-hole course was designed by none other than Donald Ross, a man who is still considered one of the most prolific golf course architects in history. His unmatched understanding of the sport’s artistry allowed him to craft holes that test each player’s unique ability while encouraging a balanced approach to the game. The creatively calculated course demands accuracy in the most enjoyable way possible and continues to challenge players of every experience level.
A fire in the 1960s destroyed the building that originally served as the grand Maplewood hotel. The impressive building you see today was originally used as a leisure and event space for hotel guests. Its remarkable architecture and amazing location overlooking the golf course, however, make it the perfect place for a modern event venue. Recently revitalized, it currently serves as the golf course’s clubhouse as well as a wedding and event space. Fortunately for visitors, the entire location continues to pay homage to the property’s important and historic roots.

The Maplewood Golf Resort: Venue Overview

Today, the grounds and building interiors are still reminiscent of a glorious bygone era. Beautiful décor and unmatched scenery are just the beginning. With a variety of options when it comes to your reception, the entire venue can be utilized in virtually any way that the staff sees fit. It’s no wonder so many couples consider this a superior place to host their festivities.
The interior not only features picturesque parlors, seating areas, and a magnificent ballroom – it also includes 20 guestrooms. This means that the venue and your guest’s rooms are all conveniently located under one roof. Even better, this hotel isn’t usually open to the public. When you rent The Maplewood for your wedding, your friends and family have the exclusive ability to rent the property’s guests rooms. This ensures that the only people staying on-site during your wedding weekend are your invited guests.
Maplewood Golf Resort Church
In addition to a wonderful reception space, the property features a historic chapel located just across the street. Although not currently a functioning church, it boasts an original stone foundation as well as breathtaking wooden doors and stunning stained-glass windows, making it a beautiful place to hold your nuptials. In addition to this spectacular amenity, there are plenty of spectacular places on-site that are ready to serve as the background for your wedding photos. In warm-weather months, blooming flowers, green hedges, and the building’s stately turret are fantastic features. Inside of the venue, historic architecture in the parlors and main staircase always ensure stunning photo opportunities.

The Maplewood Golf Resort: A Personal Approach

You’ll enjoy so much more than a beautiful event space when you rent The Maplewood Golf Resort for your New Hampshire wedding. Because it hosts only one reception space and a limited number of guest rooms, the entire venue and staff are focused solely on your wedding during the entirety of the weekend. The spaces feel cozy, old-fashioned, elegant, and relaxed. With that said, an experienced and professional staff ensures the couple and their guests are comfortable and cared for every step of the way.
The joy and excitement in the air during a wedding at The Maplewood is practically contagious. The staff enjoys the formal events that take place at the resort – and not just because it gives them a break from serving golfers. They consider it rewarding work and genuinely enjoy providing every visitor with a stress-free, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Their familiarity with on-site events also allows them to anticipate any problems that may arise and avoid them without causing a single hiccup in your festivities. The event manager and other team members truly consider The Maplewood their home, and can’t wait to open their doors to you on your exciting and unforgettable wedding day.
The Maplewood Golf Resort

Hosting Your Wedding at The Maplewood Golf Resort

With the ability to accommodate weddings from 25 – 250 guests, no event is too large or small for this historic New Hampshire wedding venue. By hosting your wedding day at The Maplewood Golf Resort, your love story becomes a part of this property’s rich and impressive history.
The event manager is available to meet with you anytime, including nights and weekends. Please contact The Maplewood at (877) 869-3335 or visit http://www.maplewoodgolfresort.com/index.php to learn more about the extraordinary facility and to discuss the details of your upcoming wedding day.

The Maplewood Golf Resort: Specifications

Rates
The venue rental fee begins at $4,800 and includes tables, linens, chairs, on-site staff, and additional set-up items. To rent both the reception space and the chapel, the fee is $6,000. The rental fee for the chapel alone is $2,000. Catering and guest room rental fees are not included. Please inquire with event staff for more detailed cost information.
Capacity
The large reception space has a total capacity of 250. For formal, sit-down dinners, it can seat up to 200 people comfortably.
Hotel Information
The building features 20 guest rooms that can be blocked off for invited guests.
Chapel & Ceremony Information
Due to its historic nature, the chapel is only available during Spring, Summer, and Early Fall. Additionally, only smaller ceremonies are allowed to be held on the venue’s outdoor deck space due to space limitations. Please inquire to learn more about holding your ceremony on-site.
Vendor Information
Catering is available on-site. Off-site catering is allowed, although some restrictions and fees are required. Please inquire with event staff about catering options for your specific wedding reception.
Golf Course Information
The Maplewood’s championship golf course is open to the public and can be part of your stay. Discounted rates are offered to your wedding guests, based on availability.


About Northern Lights Studio

Hi! We’re Bill & Stephanie, New England wedding photographers based in Northern NH. We love photographing weddings because of our passion for helping couples remember one of the most important days of their lives. Northern Lights offers engagement photography, wedding photography, and bridal sessions throughout New England. As wedding photographers, we believe in the value of printing images – so much so that all of our wedding packages include a beautiful signature wedding album.
Did you know that Northern Lights Studio also offers family, maternity, newborn and high school senior photographs through our sister company Stephanie Dupuis Photography?

A Big Announcement From Northern Lights Studio

Northern Lights Studio is proud to begin offering Maternity, Newborn, Family and High School Senior photography through our sister company Stephanie Dupuis Photography.
In addition, welcoming Stephanie Dupuis Photography will mean that all our engagement and wedding couples will always have two professional photographers on hand for their big day.

Meet Stephanie

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I have lived in New Hampshire my whole life.  I have always had a love for photography and creating beautiful photographs for others.  I began been running a professional studio specializing in maternity, newborn, families and high school seniors for a little over seven years. I like to have fun on my sessions and am always up for new ideas.  I don’t mind chasing young children or wading knee deep into a river to get that perfect photograph.  I am laid back and easy going.  I value family and friends above all else.
~Stephanie Dupuis

Marrying Northern Lights Studio and Stephanie Dupuis Photography combines two passionate creatives with experience in maternity, newborn, family, and wedding photography. We look forward to documenting all of your life’s milestones: your engagement, your wedding, your first child and your family as it grows.

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New Hampshire Wedding Venues

There is nothing more beautiful than a proper New Hampshire wedding. Although it may be small, our great state is filled with incredible wedding venues that promise to provide a picturesque backdrop for your big day. If you are planning a wedding and want to get the inside scoop on some of the most breathtaking wedding venues New Hampshire has to offer, take a look at this carefully curated list of amazing event spaces.

Bellevue Barn at Carlisle Place

685 Presidential Hwy, Jefferson, NH

Jefferson New Hampshire Wedding Venue
If you are searching for a gorgeous barn wedding venue in New Hampshire, you can’t go wrong with Bellevue Barn at Carlisle Place. Located at the base of the White Mountains, its sweeping scenery is reason enough to hold your wedding ceremony and reception at this elegant location. The perfect combination of refined and rural, the barn and timber-framed patio promise to make all of your rustic-chic wedding dreams come to life. If you have always wanted a beautiful barn wedding in the heart of the New Hampshire countryside, Bellevue Barn at Carlisle Place is the venue you have been waiting for.
Able to accommodate up to 250 guests, this venue features an on-site spa, a fully equipped catering kitchen, and plenty of parking for all of your guests. Perfect for weddings in any season, visit their website for more information about how their staff can make your New Hampshire wedding day vision a reality.
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Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

101 Mountain View Rd, Whitefield, NH

Whitefield New Hampshire Wedding Venue
Mountain View Grand Resort is a one-of-a-kind venue that can accommodate weddings of virtually any size and style. The expansive resort offers ample accommodations and amenities, including mountain vistas, on-site restaurants, and the Tower Spa, which is perfect location to host all of your wedding’s beauty needs. No matter if you are looking to host an intimate gathering or a large, no-expenses-spared wedding reception, Mountain View Grand Resort features a variety of timeless event spaces that will bring your wedding day vision to life. The picturesque, historic resort is also surrounded by 400 acres of manicured property, ensuring there is plenty of outdoor space for a breathtaking outdoor ceremony or tented reception.
With 141 luxurious guest rooms, 6 indoor reception spaces, and an award-winning spa and wellness center, Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa is ready to provide couples and guests alike with a veritable wedding retreat. The staff is well versed in creating an exceptional guest experience, ensuring that everyone will be talking about your fabulous wedding for years to come.
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Toad Hill Farm

157 Fobes Rd, Franconia, NH

Located in the heart of the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Toad Hill Farm is an incredibly picturesque wedding venue that fully showcases the beauty of the New England countryside. A rural location with poetic roots, this authentically rustic venue is completely versatile and gives every couple the ability to create a unique wedding experience. With ample space for a ceremony, tented reception, and much more, Toad Hill Farm is perfect for anyone who wants to celebrate their love story in a gorgeous, pastoral setting.
Toad Hill Farm is an exceptional venue that features a 6-bedroom Main House that is included in the venue rental. By booking this venue for your wedding, you are reserving the property for the entirety of the weekend, allowing your guests to celebrate, dance, and camp out under the awe-inspiring New Hampshire sky.
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Pioneer Wedding Barn

21 Sunset Hill Rd, Sugar Hill, NH

New Hampshire’s Pioneer Wedding Barn is an effortless, elegant wedding venue with impressive historic roots. Originally constructed in the early 1800s, the on-site historic barn has been beautifully restored to create a breathtaking event space that combines rural splendor with modern conveniences. Hand hewn timbers, an authentic yellow birch dance floor, and an impressive colonial fire place combine with a stocked bar and a state-of-the-art sound system to create an elegant pastoral venue that is sure to exceed all of your expectations. Bordered by elegant landscaping and set beneath sweeping views of the White Mountains, this authentic New Hampshire barn wedding venue is as timeless and beautiful as your love story itself.
Family owned and operated, the Pioneer Wedding Barn offers hospitable service with a stylish yet humble setting. The indoor reception space can comfortably accommodate up to 130 guests, but the vast grounds also allow you to host a gorgeous outdoor wedding of virtually any size. If you have always dreamed of a rustic barn wedding, consider hosting your big day at the scenic Pioneer Wedding Barn.
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Bishop Farm Weddings & Events

33 Bishop Cutoff, Lisbon, NH

Stylish, rustic, and incredibly romantic, Bishop Farm is a beautiful New Hampshire wedding venue that is sure to provide the perfect backdrop for your big day. Grand, glittering chandeliers elegantly contrast with the reception space’s historic wooden interiors, creating an atmosphere that will put a sophisticated twist on your average barn wedding. Beautiful and bucolic, hosting your wedding at Bishop Farm ensures you’ll end up with wedding day memories that will last a lifetime.
With onsite cottages and other convenient accommodations for your guests, Bishop Farm allows you to spend your entire wedding weekend surrounded by your closest friends, family, and loved ones. Able to accommodate both intimate celebrations and gatherings of up to 180 guests, Bishop Farm is a rustic barn wedding venue that you simply must experience.
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Maplewood Golf Resort

2691 Main St, Bethlehem, NH

Bethlehem New Hampshire Wedding Venue

The Maplewood Golf Resort is much more just a challenging Donald Ross golf course. The historic property is also equipped to host weddings and other large events in its Grand Ballroom and various parlors. Built in 1889, the property once held a majestic New England hotel that hosted affluent society members and American Presidents looking to escape bustling city life. Today, the grounds and event spaces are still reminiscent of this glorious bygone era. Recently renovated, the staff at Maplewood Golf Resort is ready to help you plan an enjoyable and stress-free wedding. With the elegant Ivie Chapel for your ceremony, a historic ballroom for your reception, and plenty of gorgeous outdoor spaces to boot, the grounds boast an authenticity that cannot be replicated by modern event spaces.
Able to accommodate weddings of up to 250 guests, this New Hampshire wedding venue has plenty of options when it comes to creating a picture-perfect wedding day. By hosting your wedding day at Maplewood Golf Resort, your love story becomes a part of this property’s rich and impressive history.
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Omni Mount Washington Resort

310 Mount Washington Hotel Road, Bretton Woods, NH

New Hampshire Wedding Venue in Bretton Woods
On the outside, the Omni Mount Washington Resort looks as if it is straight out of a vintage postcard. With a commanding red roof that positively pops against the beautiful mountains of New Hampshire, this sweeping resort is as captivating now as it was when it first opened its doors in 1902. Along with a breathtaking exterior, Mount Washington Resort features luxurious interior spaces that will act as the perfect backdrop for your wedding day. The recently renovated resort features a variety of classically beautiful event spaces that range from expansive ballrooms and breezy verandas. Along with gorgeous photo ops and a top-of-the-line event staff, your guests will also enjoy a host of amenities, activities, and even an on-site spa, all of which are sure to truly make your wedding a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone involved.
The Omni Mount Washington Resort boasts 200 guest rooms, an incredible 18-hole golf course, and 25,000 square foot spa. With 9 venues perfect for hosting your ceremony or reception, couples will appreciate the convenience of having everything they need on-hand during the entirety of their whirlwind wedding weekend.
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About Northern Lights Studio

Hi! We’re Bill & Stephanie, New England wedding photographers based in Northern NH. We love photographing weddings because of our passion for helping couples remember one of the most important days of their lives. Northern Lights offers engagement photography, wedding photography, and bridal sessions throughout New England. As wedding photographers, we believe in the value of printing images – so much so that all of our wedding packages include a beautiful signature wedding album.
Did you know that Northern Lights Studio also offers family, maternity, newborn and high school senior photographs through our sister company Stephanie Dupuis Photography?

5 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Venue

After the initial excitement of getting engaged has subsided, it’s time to hit the ground running and start wedding planning! Even if you have multiple Pinterest boards filled with ideas, the first steps in the actual planning process can still be incredibly daunting. Choosing your wedding venue is the first and perhaps most important decision you will make in regard to your wedding. After all, the wedding venue is the foundation that determines exactly how all of your Pinterest-worthy ideas will come to life.
There are plenty of things to consider and questions to ask before saying “We Do” to a wedding venue. These 5 tips will help you determine which event space will act as the perfect backdrop for the biggest day of your life.

Consider Your Wedding Date

Committing to a wedding venue also means committing to a wedding date. Some wedding venues can book out up to 2-years early, especially on popular dates (like holiday weekends) and during popular seasons (like Summer & Fall).
Most venues will be happy to provide insight into their availability early in the process. With that said, if you have your heart set upon a specific day, month, or season, be sure to be upfront about that fact before even making an appointment to view an event space.
Questions to Ask
– What is does your availability look like for the upcoming year/years?
– What deposit is required for you to hold our date?
– Is there any flexibility in regard to the date after the contract has been signed?

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Consider Your Other Vendors

Because booking your wedding venue means committing to a wedding date if there are any other must-have vendors you wish to work with, be sure to communicate with them before finalizing your decision. The last thing you want is to book your venue only to discover your favorite photographer or florist already has a prior commitment on that specific day.
Some venues also require couples to work only with a provided list of vendors. If this is the case, be sure to research these vendors before committing to an event space. If none of them look promising or fit within your budget, that might be a sign that the venue is not a good fit for your wedding.
Questions to Ask
– Are there any vendors we are required to work with?
– Do you have a list of preferred vendors you recommend?
– Is there an on-site caterer and/or bar service?

Consider the Costs

A venue should be totally transparent with you about the fees required to book their space. Keep in mind – as is the case with many wedding vendors – the price they initially advertise may not include certain add-ons, like taxes or fees. There also may be an upcharge to book an event on popular dates or during peak seasons.
It is also important to ask what is included in the rental fee. Some venues will include chairs, tables, linens, and décor items. Others may only provide you the space, meaning additional vendors will be required for these important basics. Don’t hesitate to ask for a realistic final cost before signing any paperwork.
Questions to Ask
– What is included in your rental costs?
– How long will we have the space for?
– Are there any additional taxes or fees?
– Is there a deposit to book the venue and is this deposit refundable?

Consider the Logistics

When looking at wedding venues, it’s hard not to let your imagination run wild. Don’t forget, however, to consider some not-so-fun facts. Along with basics like overall capacity and costs, consider if there is ample parking or shuttle services available for your guests. If any of your guests are handicapped, be sure to inquire about how well the venue can accommodate guests in wheelchairs or those who have difficulty walking long distances.
Additionally, ask yourself how the location of the venue will work with the rest of your day’s events. A scenic venue in the middle of the woods may be beautiful, but if it is located too far from your ceremony space it may put a strain on your guests. If the majority of your guests are coming in from out of town, consider how close the venue is to an airport and popular hotels. These things may seem trivial several months out from your wedding, but these little details can have a big impact on your guest’s overall experience.
Questions to Ask
– Are you equipped to handle handicapped guests?
– Is parking free and how many spaces are there in total?
– Will inclement weather affect my desired plans? If so, what backup plan is in place?

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Consider the Reviews

Everyone knows that online reviews can be a sounding board for disgruntled customers with too-lofty expectations. On the other hand, some companies like to encourage employees, friends, and family members to leave unfounded positive reviews. Reviews and ratings from Google, Yelp, The Knot, Wedding Wire, and Facebook should all be taken into consideration when choosing a wedding venue. If anything seems troubling, don’t be afraid to address these concerns with the venue directly. Online reviews only tell one side of the story, so always allow a business to tell their side before taking any negative reviews to heart.
Wedding venues will usually have photos of previous events on their website to show guests what their venue really looks like when a wedding is in full swing. For additional insight, Googling “Venue Name + Real Wedding” for an idea of what your wedding (and wedding photos) will end up looking like.
Questions to Ask
– What problems have you had with previous clients?
– How did you resolve these issues?
– If I have an issue on my wedding day, who will be on hand to see it is resolved?

Conclusion

Choosing a wedding venue isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly. This first step sets the tone for the rest of the planning process. Be sure to tour multiple spaces, ask plenty of questions, and sleep on your decision before signing any paperwork. Once you do find the perfect venue, however, the rest should easily fall into place.


About Northern Lights Studio

Hi! We’re Bill & Stephanie, New England wedding photographers based in Northern NH. We love photographing weddings because of our passion for helping couples remember one of the most important days of their lives. Northern Lights offers engagement photography, wedding photography, and bridal sessions throughout New England. As wedding photographers, we believe in the value of printing images – so much so that all of our wedding packages include a beautiful signature wedding album.
Did you know that Northern Lights Studio also offers family, maternity, newborn and high school senior photographs through our sister company Stephanie Dupuis Photography?

Nine Inspirational Wedding Themes

The word “wedding” conjures up a few traditional images in everyone’s mind. Anyone who has ever planned a wedding, however, will tell you that there is no one way to plan a wedding. With so many options to choose from when it comes to your wedding colors, attire, and décor, it is easy to get incredibly overwhelmed.
Picking a general theme tends to make the planning process easier, as it helps you verbalize what you are looking for when talking to your vendors. Here are 9 wedding theme ideas that will help you decide which direction to take when it comes to planning the look of your wedding.

Wedding Theme #1: Classic & Romantic

romantic wedding color scheme
Classically romantic weddings are the easiest to emulate simply because there are so many incredible places to draw inspiration from. Classic weddings feature all the traditional trimmings, including a formal dress code, a sit-down dinner, fabulous centerpieces, a head table, and statement-making floral arrangements. While there are still plenty of places to inject personal touches, these weddings are typically black-tie optional affairs that look and feel like they are straight out of a movie.
Sample Color Palette: Ivory, Gold, Blush, Burgundy
Must Haves: A multi-tiered wedding cake, a white ballgown, decadent centerpieces, awesome up-lighting, a live band, and plenty of dancing.

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Wedding Theme #2: Rustic & Chicrustic wedding color scheme

Rustic weddings are slightly less traditional than your average formal affair. With that said, they are still exceptionally elegant. These weddings typically include a collection of shabby-chic décor, mismatched bridesmaids dresses, and a warm, casual refinement. Usually held in a rural or pastoral setting, they maintain a wonderfully laid-back vibe that everyone will appreciate.

Sample Color Palette: Sage Green, Dusty Blue, Mauve, Light Grey, and other muted pastels.
Must Haves: A naked cake, a beautiful barn venue, hay bales, lanterns, wildflowers, and barnboard accents.

Wedding Theme #3: Vintage & Elegant

vintage wedding color scheme
Vintage weddings draw inspiration from beautiful, bygone days. These weddings typically focus on mid-century trends from the 1940s & 1950s. No matter if you opt for authentic pieces of décor from a local antique store or seek out era-appropriate reproductions, you’ll find plenty to work with in terms of décor. Vintage suitcases, milk glass vases, and retro-inspired patterns all combine beautifully to create a wedding day steeped in timeless elegance.
Sample Color Palette: Pale Yellow, Peach, Light Blue, White.
Must Haves: A tea-length wedding dress, a birdcage veil, antique furniture, subtle polka dot prints, a classic car, and old family wedding photos.

Wedding Theme #4: Alternative & Offbeat

alternative wedding color scheme
Alternative couples should never feel like they need to conform when it comes to their wedding day. While some traditional elements are expected, there’s no reason not to put your own personal touch on your big day. If you and your partner have a rock-n-roll vibe, there’s no reason to hide that away. A dark, moody wedding with touches of leather will contrast beautifully with the traditional elements you do maintain.
Sample Color Palette: Black, Hunter Green, Plum, Bronze.
Must Haves: An industrial reception space, dark florals, Edison bulbs, black leather accents, and tattoo-inspired prints.

Wedding Theme #5: Art Deco & Decadent

art deco wedding color scheme
This type of wedding borrows heavily from the romance and grandeur of the Roaring Twenties. If you have always wanted to throw a Gatsby-esque party, a decadent Art Deco themed wedding day allows you to do just that. Shimmering metallics, sparkly sequins, and geometric patterns should all take center stage here. Don’t worry about going too over the top – when it comes to 1920s style weddings, excess is expected.
Sample Color Palette: Gold, Silver, Champagne, Black.
Must Haves: Mirrored surfaces, ostrich feathers, authentic Art Deco patterns, prohibition-era beverages, a jazz band, and a lively dance floor.

Wedding Theme #6: Breezy & Bohemian

bohemian wedding color scheme
Breezy, bohemian weddings are perfect for free-spirited couples who want to put their own twist on their big day. These casual, laidback affairs are still incredibly thoughtful and detailed. Expertly paired patterns, colors, and textures combine with natural settings to create a mystical, boho wonderland that will leave people in awe.
Sample Color Palette: Dusty rose, sage green, ivory, and teal.
Must Haves: Flower crowns, macramé accents, mismatched floral patterns, oriental rugs, birchbark, fairy lights, and a gorgeous outdoor setting.

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Wedding Theme #7: Preppy & Proper

Preppy wedding color scheme
With so many couples opting for rustic weddings, a prim, proper, preppy wedding is surprisingly refreshing. For these weddings, crisp fabrics, clean lines, and classic colors combine to create a chic wedding inspired by coastal cities of New England. Patterned fabrics and pearls are just the beginning when it comes to these weddings, which are nothing short of picture-perfect.
Sample Color Palette: Navy Blue, White, Hot Pink, and Gold.
Must Haves: Nautical touches, Lilly Pulitzer prints, bold stripes, pearl accents, monograms, and khaki clad groomsmen.

Wedding Theme #8: Cute & Colorful

cute wedding color scheme
Brides often shy away from bold, bright colors. When done correctly, however, vibrant colors can combine to create a colorful, whimsical wedding that is nothing short of spectacular. Filled with charming touches, these weddings make everyone feel comfortable, relaxed, and ready to celebrate. Cute, colorful weddings are a true celebration of life and love.
Sample Color Palette: Orange, Yellow, Hot Pink, and Teal.
Must Haves: Vibrant floral arrangements, streamers, balloons, flag bunting, and a confetti send off.

Wedding Theme #9: Gothic & Gorgeous

gothic wedding color scheme
Weddings with a gothic twist can be just as gorgeous as any traditional all-white affair. Here, dark colors, rich fabrics, and slightly spooky touches combine to create a wedding day that no one will soon forget. No matter if you have a penchant for medieval times or have always dreamed of hosting a classy Halloween soiree, there are plenty of ways to make your wedding look like it is straight out of a Tim Burton flick.
Sample Color Palette: Scarlet Red, Black, Navy Blue, Gold.
Must Haves: Rich fabrics like leather and velvet, dark florals, black lace, candelabras, red roses, macabre imagery, a wedding dress that is anything but white.
One Last Word of Advice….
While it is so, so tempting to try to turn all of your favorite photos from Pinterest into a reality, never lose sight of what is truly important on your wedding day – YOU! Every single choice you make when it comes to your big day should feel comfortable to you as a couple. If that means putting a twist on old traditions or doing something slightly off-beat, even better. The more your wedding is a reflection of your unique and individual personalities, the more heartwarming and wonderful it will be for everyone involved.


About Northern Lights Studio

Hi! We’re Bill & Stephanie, New England wedding photographers based in Northern NH. We love photographing weddings because of our passion for helping couples remember one of the most important days of their lives. Northern Lights offers engagement photography, wedding photography, and bridal sessions throughout New England. As wedding photographers, we believe in the value of printing images – so much so that all of our wedding packages include a beautiful signature wedding album.
Did you know that Northern Lights Studio also offers family, maternity, newborn and high school senior photographs through our sister company Stephanie Dupuis Photography?

Chef Joe's Catering

Based in Franconia, New Hampshire, Chef Joe’s is a full-service wedding catering service that specializes in helping couples create a wedding that is nothing short of unforgettable. While there are many factors that go into creating a picture-perfect wedding, treating your guests to plenty of food and libations is of the utmost importance. Working with an experienced team of experts – like the ones at Chef Joe’s Catering – is a sure-fire way to ensure that your day is as festive as it is fabulous.

Overview

With a 30-year background in the restaurant industry, Chef Joe began his catering business nearly 12 years ago and has been going full steam ever since. Chef Joe’s Catering primarily focuses on weddings and other largescale special events, meaning they are well versed in what goes into creating an exceptional experience for every single guest on your invite list.
Rather than having couples choose a cookie cutter wedding menu, the team at Chef Joe’s Catering sits down with each couple to learn more about their individual preferences and tastes. They are more than willing to re-create dishes that have sentimental meaning, whether it be your great-grandmother’s time-honored recipe or the dessert you ate on the night of your engagement. This team of professionals believes that – when done correctly – the food served at your wedding reception can and should add another layer of meaning to your big day.

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Catering Services

With years of experience catering weddings and special events, Chef Joe’s Catering is able to accommodate wedding receptions that range from intimate backyard gatherings to large, upscale events with more than 300 guests in attendance. After an initial meeting, a customized menu is created based upon the couple’s preferences and budget. A tasting is then scheduled upon booking so that the wedding menu is fine-tuned before being finalized.
Being an on-site catering service, everything served is freshly cooked at your reception site. With a fleet of trucks that feature refrigeration, convection ovens, grills, and holding ovens, every plate of food they serve has been freshly cooked (rather than re-heated) immediately before it is placed in front of your guests. This results in tasty dishes that will far surpass the quality of traditional, predictable “wedding food” that everyone has experienced at least once in their life.
In addition to wedding catering, Chef Joe’s can also coordinate your bar service so that everything is taken care of by the same team. This also ensures that your cocktail hour complements and flows beautifully with the dinner service at your wedding reception. Having one team in charge of both aspects is incredibly valuable, as it ensures everyone is on the same page in regard to the overall timing of your wedding day festivities.

More than Weddings…

The team at Chef Joe’s can also assist with coordination, rentals, day-of setup, and wedding menu design. Among their many services, they feature an on-staff wedding coordinator who can work with brides to ensure virtually every important detail of the day looks picture-perfect and runs smoothly. Available upon request, this service can be coordinated directly with the team at Chef Joe’s at the time of your initial consultation.
In addition to creating an amazing wedding day meal, Chef Joe’s also accommodates rehearsal dinners, bridal brunches, and more out of their hub at the Franconia Village House. Featuring both an intimate indoor dining area and an outdoor tented patio space, they can accommodate gatherings and special events of up to 150 people.

Food Trends & Tips

Because of their extensive experience catering wedding receptions, Chef Joe’s is incredibly familiar with current wedding trends and tips that ensure brides have a relaxed and wonderful wedding day. With weddings becoming increasingly relaxed, more and more couples are opting for buffet-style meals rather than traditional plated dinners. Food stations, robatayaki bars, and raw bars are becoming more popular, as they allow guests to mingle and interact with each other during the dinner service. Buffet style dinners also generally make it much easier to accommodate guests with food allergies or dietary restrictions.
To really “wow” your wedding guests, the team at Chef Joe’s recommends placing as much of an emphasis on your cocktail hour as possible. Although it is a part of the wedding that most brides, grooms, and bridal parties don’t get to enjoy, the interim time between the ceremony and dinner can truly define a guest’s wedding experience. They have plenty of ideas when it comes to creating a cocktail hour that will properly set the tone for the rest of your wedding reception.

Book Chef Joe’s Catering for Your Big Day

When you book an experienced catering service for your wedding reception, you receive far more than just delicious food. Caterers are trained to work together with your venue and other vendors to ensure that your day runs on-time and without issue. The team at Chef Joe’s Catering is familiar with everything that goes into making weddings simply incredible and are committed to making every bride and groom’s big day as effortless as it is delicious.
While Chef Joe’s typically caters Vermont and New Hampshire weddings, a travel fee is available for weddings that take place outside of their coverage area. To learn more about their wedding menus, catering services, and more, visit https://www.chefjoescatering.com or contact them directly at 603-823-8589.


About Northern Lights Studio

Hi! We’re Bill & Stephanie, New England wedding photographers based in Northern NH. We love photographing weddings because of our passion for helping couples remember one of the most important days of their lives. Northern Lights offers engagement photography, wedding photography, and bridal sessions throughout New England. As wedding photographers, we believe in the value of printing images – so much so that all of our wedding packages include a beautiful signature wedding album.
Did you know that Northern Lights Studio also offers family, maternity, newborn and high school senior photographs through our sister company Stephanie Dupuis Photography?