Venue Spotlight: The Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station, NJ

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One of the things we immediately loved about The Ryland Inn is how you can feel the sense of history when walking on the grounds and through the buildings, yet they have been significantly updated and modernized. This has turned it into one of New Jersey’s premier wedding venues – creating a fusion of the former country home and stagecoach stop with exactly what modern couple’s will be looking for in a place to get married such as exposed wood beams, chandeliers, great food, and an atmosphere to die for.

Our experience at The Ryland Inn have been overwhelmingly positive. As we sit down to write this post, we want to share with you our immediate gut reactions to the place, as well as more seasoned thoughts that came from photographing a wedding there.

Why It’s Great for Weddings

The Ryland Inn really has an aesthetic that everyone will love – from traditional parents to more modern brides & grooms.

In New Jersey, ballroom weddings are quite popular for the elegance and convenience of being able to have a large number of guests in one location. The Ryland Inn features an amazing reception space – The Grand Ballroom – that is itself a ballroom, but with a lot more going for it than the average ones we have seen. First of all – the aesthetic is extremely unique and even a little hypnotizing. The first time we walked in we were literally blown away by the beauty of the place with its 30-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling fireplace, and private courtyard in the back.

More recently, The Ryland Inn introduced The Coach House – a refurbished 200 year old barn that includes another incredible reception space, as well as a side room perfect for cocktail hour. Both inside and out, this space was our absolute favorite as you can see just how seamlessly they have merged the rustic appeal of the barn (with original Silo in place) and many modern updates such as Italian porcelain floors, French doors, floor-to-ceiling fireplace, and many other unique finishes and accents that will make your jaw drop.

Of course, the reception isn’t the whole of the wedding, and The Ryland Inn features great spaces for bride & groom prep, as well as a number of options for wedding ceremonies both indoors and outside. The Bridal Suite is one of the best spaces we have seen (as photographers) because of the abundance of natural light. The Groom’s Cottage is also such a great space – and includes a pool table so the guys can just relax at the start of the wedding day.

In addition to these spaces, you are also able to rent overnight lodging accommodations in the onsite Breyer Barns. These are comprised of a small single level cottage (The Hayloft Cottage), as well as two larger houses (The Pelham House and The Kimblewick House), which can be suitable for the bride & groom to stay overnight, as well as family & friends.

To learn more about hosting your wedding day at The Ryland Inn, visit their website here.

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To check out the full wedding gallery from The Ryland Inn, see the link below –


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March 1, 2019

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