Chen & Ning’s
Princeton Love Story 6.24.17

As the saying goes, “what’s meant to be will always find its way.” Ning & Chen, our featured Nassau Bride & Nassau Groom, show us the beauty of believing in the destiny of true love. Most importantly, they teach a valuable lesson that couples who are “meant to be” make continued efforts in love and gain strength through difficulties.

“Our story began when we were both attending the University of Hong Kong in 2008,” says our bride, Ning. “We knew each other through mutual friends, but the first time we really spoke was when Chen asked me to be his partner for the University’s Christmas party.  After the party, we were often together in the university’s library, as Chen became my personal math and statistics tutor.  As so often happens in romantic places like libraries, we gradually became closer over time.”

“After graduation in 2012, Chen pursued his PhD study at Princeton University,” she continues. “After that, we experienced a long distance relationship for five years, and it wasn’t always easy. But we always believed that there is no doubt that our destiny is one destiny, and our futures are in fact, one future.”

“I tried my best to visit Princeton at least twice a year, and all my favorite memories with Chen in those five years happened in Princeton,” says Ning. “We love to canoe in Carnegie Lake in Spring. We love to have gelato from the Bent Spoon in Summer. We love to hike near Princeton in autumn. And I love the winter in Princeton since it’s rare for it to snow in Hong Kong as it’s a subtropical country.”

Lake Carnegie Surprise Proposal: “Chen pretended he was still in London due to a late visa delivery. But he traveled back overnight and planned a secret proposal by Carnegie Lake on June 15. I couldn’t stop crying after his first sentence.”

“I decided to get married in Princeton when I first visited the campus,” says Ning. “I was impressed by its grandeur. I also wanted to get married at a place where both of us share beautiful memories.”

“Ning and Chen are hopeful, romantic, and inspirational sweethearts. I’m delighted to have worked with them, and anyone who meets Ning and Chen can see that there is truly a genuine love for each other,” says Melissa Dill, Catering Sales Manager.

Thank you for the beautiful photos, Resonance Vision!

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate
Summer in Princeton

  1. Summer Photoshoot
    There’s no better place for a photoshoot than Princeton, where every street has an aesthetic backdrop. Breathe in the fresh summer air while you walk downtown and flaunt your style!Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in PrincetonFeatured Princeton Fashionista: Lana Jayne
  2. Design at Dohm Alley
    The alley between Starbucks and Landau is being creatively transformed and will soon be the go-to spot for enjoying art during a coffee break. Dohm Alley’s latest designs include a moon gate, sculptures, art and poetry from English Romantic Poets.Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Princeton
  3. Swimming Pool Park
    Summertime living is sweeter when you go swimming! Lather on sunscreen, put on your favorite swimsuit, carry that book you’ve always wanted to read and head over to the pool. Community Park Pool on Witherspoon Street offers swimming, lessons, waterslides, diving boards and a snack bar.Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Princeton
  4. Summer Outdoor Movies
    Bring your picnic basket, chair, blanket and love for movies under the stars! There will be outdoor movies begin playing at 8:30pm on the Palmer Square Green during these Friday nights:
    June 16th – The Iron Giant
    July 14th – The Parent Trap
    August 18th – MoanaTop 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Princeton
  5. Play & Energize
    Join JaZams Summer Block Party – Friday, June 16th
    Fun for all ages, includes games, crafts, live performances and so much more!
    JaZams Block Party Princeton, New JerseyThe Princeton Parket’s Energy Playground in front of JaZams is also a unique spot to sit down, eat ice cream, play board games and energize!

    Wow! The @princeton.parklet is really looking great! We can't wait to see the finished product of this alternative energy themed masterpiece! #palmersquare #princetonnj @jazamstoys

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  6. Princeton Festival
    Throughout June, experience the arts – jazz, chamber music, a cappella and symphonic concerts; piano, organ, choral and dance recitals; world music, a piano competition, a conducting master class, lectures, and educational programs.Enjoy the Grammy-winning jazz sounds of the Peter Martin Trio at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre on Saturday, June 17th at 8pm.

    Jazz: See the Peter Martin Trio – June 17

    Enjoy the Grammy-winning jazz sounds of the Peter Martin Trio at McCarter's Berlind Theatre on Saturday, June 17th at 8 pm. Make it a date! Visit http://princetonfestival.org/event/2017-jazz/, stop by McCarter's Ticket Office, or call 609.258.2787 today. Specially priced student tickets are also available for this performance.

    Posted by The Princeton Festival on Saturday, April 15, 2017

  7. Carnival Fairs
    Nothing says summer celebration like carnival rides, funnel cake, live band performances, laughter and fireworks!Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in PrincetonThe Freedom Festival is at Mercer County Park on June 24th.

    The Italian-American Festival is at Mercer County Park on September 22-24th.

  8. Live Music
    Nothing screams summer quite like ice cream, but Halo Pub doubles down on the summer vibe with outdoor live music every Saturday night!Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Princeton
    Photo by Nattydhay 
    Don’t forget about Live Music & Tastings, Thursdays on the Yankee Doodle Tap Room patio! There will also be music on Palmer Square every Saturday in July and August between 2-4pm.Live Music and Tastings Princeton New Jersey
  9. Terhune Orchards
    Whether you’re looking for fresh fruit to eat or make DIY jam, fruit picking is a fun way to welcome summertime! Pick strawberries and make your own fresh strawberry ice cream with the Terhune Orchards recipe. They also have a new winery and many opportunities for tastings.Terhune Orchards Fruit Picking Winery
  10. 26th Annual Jazzfeast
    Sunday, September 17, 12pm-6pm.
    JazzFeast is an open-air jazz festival that swings with the joy of great music and food! Spend the day listening to performances by some of the industry’s best Jazz musicians and showcasing many local food vendors.Jazz Feast Princeton New Jersey

Show us how you’re spending your summer, using the tag #SummerInnPrinceton!

Photo & Video Recap of the
2017 Wedding Showcase

On March 19th, we welcomed spring with our second annual Princeton Wedding Showcase. It was a unique and interactive experience for all, with an attendance of over 30 vendors and 200+ guests. A special thank you goes out to Kyo Morishima Photography for providing awesome engagement photos to our couples at the show, and sharing wedding inspiration in their Unique and Simple Wedding Ideas post!

We’re already looking forward to next year’s show. But before we start planning for 2018, let’s take a moment to enjoy a photo and video recap of the 2017 Princeton Wedding Showcase!

Getting Ready – Featuring our Special Edition Snapchat GeoFilter

Cosmo Bleu Salon’s Complimentary Hair & Makeup Trials

Live Model Fashion Show featuring Bridal Suite Boutique and Brooks Brothers

Cocktail hour with a touch of sentiment from Don’s Piano

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Listen to the music!

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Franklin & Alison Music give us their Uptown Funk!

Menu Tastings

PU Tigerlilies guest star in two acapella performances for the ultimate Princetonian experience

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Listen to their acapella performance!

Brillman’s Rental Barn

Viburnum Designs

NEW Nassau Inn wedding linen & china on display with gorgeous Floral & Designs by Petal Pushers.

A taste of  Chez Alice, our local Palmer Square partner!

Thomas Sweets Truffle Bar

Some eat, some dance, and some take over Ambient DJ’s Photo Booth!

Be inspired by Grit + Polish, an innovative nail salon in downtown Princeton!

Grab a treat! More cake and tastings from Caketeria

The 2017 Princeton Wedding Showcase was filled with a ton of complimentary fun, and there was something for everyone to take home. Those who completed the scavenger hunt to door prizes won from giveaways such as Nassau Inn’s Princeton Get-Away, honeymoon airfare for two, $500 shopping spree from Hamilton Jewelers, and more. This was our best (and sweetest) event yet, and we couldn’t have done it without you!

Thank you to our staff, sponsors, vendors and participants for making the event a success! Wishing all engaged couples a happy and prosperous life!

Nassau Inn Invites Couples to Fall in Love with Princeton!

On March 19th, the Nassau Inn and the Princeton community bring to town a wedding showcase event unlike any other where guests can truly experience everything for themselves and see why Princeton is THE WEDDING DESTINATION!

A PRINCETON WEDDING SHOWCASE, MARCH 19th, 12-4pm at Nassau Inn, open house style.

Couples who picture a magical winter wedding, cocktail hour by lantern light, a light and breezy outdoor ceremony or a dramatic ballroom event, will be inspired by tangible exhibits and planning tips on bringing those visions to life. This year’s second annual event will tap into the creative minds of design and floral experts such as Petal Pushers, Viburnum Designs & Brillman’s Rental Barn and bring guests fully designed rooms they can walk through, feel and picture themselves in.

Pre-registered guests will have the opportunity to work with one of Nassau Inn’s preferred photographers Kyo Morishima and have their engagement photo taken in an iconic setting. Digital copies will be provided to the guests for their personal use.

The timeless debate of live music, DJ or both will be easy to answer after guests experience performances by Franklin and Alison Orchestra, Sound Choice DJ and Ambient DJ. Dancing shoes are a must because the Inn’s preferred musicians will keep the party going all day! Couples looking to add a little flair to their event should be sure to catch Don’s Piano who will be playing cocktail music in the timeless second floor lobby and Princeton’s very own Tiger Lilies acapella group will make a special appearance and perform a few of their hits!  

Brides fall in love with gorgeous gowns from The Bridal Suite and Boutique of Hamilton. The live model fashion show format will allow fluid conversation with the models. Those important questions such as fit and comfort level will all be answered! Once they know what they want to wear for the big day, a trip to see the beauty consultants from Cosmo Bleu Salon will get brides a mini makeover and up-do trial.

Grooms will not be forgotten at the wedding show. New this year, Brooks Brothers will join in the live model fashion show. From Tuxedos to custom tailored suits, you’re sure to find the right style and budget for your groom and groomsmen. The show is the perfect opportunity to cross off everything on “his” to do list in one day. A1 Limousine will be here with demo vehicles and Nassau Inn staff is on hand to answer all of his rehearsal dinner questions.

Of course no showcase would be complete without menu sampling. This year guests should come hungry and ready to sample two different style menus. Guest can taste the classic braised beef short rib entree or sample selections from our new reception style menu “Midnight in Paris.” In addition to wedding entrees, try popular enhancements such as post wedding breakfasts, cocktail hour stations and “Say Good Night Gracie’s”. Couples may want to add a touch of local flair to complement their wedding packages. Tastings from Nassau Inn’s local partners will also be available. Visit Olsson’s Fine Foods, Chez Alice, Cartero & Cavero, Thomas Sweets’ and the Caketeria at the showcase.

Vendors and sponsors have added great door prizes and giveaways to this year’s event. Hamilton Jewelers has provided a chance to win a $500 gift card. Allegiant Air has provided honeymoon airfare for two. All preregistered brides will receive a swag bag sponsored by Palmer Square with exclusive offers and gifts from participating vendors and partners and many more door prizes will be announced.

Nassau Inn is offering exclusive discounts to those who come prepared to book their wedding the day of the show, guests can receive 17% off their package (exclusions apply).  

Fall in Love with Princeton and discover your wedding destination!

To register for this event please visit www.princetonweddingshow.com.

More information including a complete participating vendor list, schedule of events and door prizes please visit the website www.princetonweddingshow.com.

For press inquiries please contact Jamie Volkert, Nassau Inn Marketing Manager at 609-688-2624 or jamievolkert@nassauinn.com

Tips for Great Engagement
Photos by Kyo Morishima Photography

Kyo and Janna are a husband-and-wife team who run Kyo Morishima Photography, a relaxed, documentary-style wedding photography studio based in central New Jersey. They were sponsors of our 2nd annual Princeton Wedding Showcase and one of our favorite photographers to work with! Here are their tips for great engagement photos.

  • Visit your happy place!
    Think of a place to go or an activity to do together that you makes you smile and feel happy. For instance, if you love being with your dog, go for a walk with your dog! Or if you love coffee, go to one of your favorite cafes. Or if you love playing games together, have a Jenga match!
  • Dress to make yourself happy
    Don’t worry too much about what type of clothes to wear. There are a few simple guidelines you should keep in mind: mid-tone, plain colors or very simple patterns look best; very dark or light colors or bold, big patterns can be challenging in photographs. But other than that, the important thing is to wear clothes that make YOU feel like you look great and are comfortable!
  • Cloudy, snowy, or misty weather can be just as beautiful as clear skies
    Don’t worry too much about the weather or the time of year. It’s possible to take great photos in most types of weather and at any time of year. But do check with your photographer about his or her policy regarding rescheduling the photo shoot if the weather is TOTALLY uncooperative (like, if it’s raining cats and dogs).
  • Schedule your photo session when the light is prettiest
    The best light for photos is very early in the day when the sun is rising, or late in the afternoon when the sun is setting. We often schedule engagement sessions to begin about two hours before sunset time.
  • Expect that it’ll take a bit of time to relax
    In the beginning of the photo shoot, you’ll probably feel a little stiff and weird. After all, you’re probably not used to being followed around by a photographer (unless you’re a professional model). That’s completely natural. Go with the flow and keep focusing on each other. Treat the photo session like a fun date.
  • Find a photographer with whom you connect
    It’s definitely important that you feel a rapport with your photographer. That’s one of the things you should pay attention to when you first meet each other. Do you have a good feeling about him or her? Can you have a conversation? Do you *like* him or her? If you connect with each other, that will have a big impact on how the pictures turn out. When you get along with your photographer, it will make it so much easier to relax in front of the camera.

On Sunday March 18th, join us for our 2018 Princeton Wedding Showcase!

Mary & Tim’s Wedding
April 2016

Love happens.
After meeting for the first time, and feeling an instant connection, Mary & Tim’s love for each other blossomed over the years. Here’s their story!Nassau Inn Wedding

“Tim and I have an interesting story- how much time do you have!” Mary says. “Tim is originally from Sydney, Australia and I’m from Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. We met in 2008 whilst I was traveling in Sydney for the summer before I started college. We instantly connected and became friends- and every year after that Tim came to New Jersey for various amounts of time: traveling, holidays, semester abroad, and then lastly in 2014 for a year when he got a job as the youth minister for St. David the King Catholic Church in Princeton. During that time was when we fell in love with Princeton. It’s charming and beautiful; every season in Princeton is magical. Walking around the town was our favourite thing to do. We especially loved the fall foliage and walking through the town looking at all the trees change colors, but when we saw the cherry blossom trees in spring, we knew we needed to get married in Princeton – so we chose the 15th of April, and the Nassau Inn was the perfect fit!”

“Mary and Tim are an adorable, laughable and lovable couple,” says Jaime Wolf, Catering Sales Manager. “They’re smiley, outgoing and so in love! It was a lot of fun being around them!”

“We loved every second of our wedding at the Nassau Inn. Everything was spectacular and made our day so special in a way we couldn’t have even imagined!” Mary says.

And now… a glimpse at Mary and Tim’s #BestDayEver!

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Beautiful wedding pictures courtesy of Melanie Reyes Photography!


About the AuthorLily Lee is the Marketing Assistant at the historical Nassau Inn. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communications, minor in Digital Information & Media, and a passion for English and creative writing.

Nicole & Christine’s Wedding
August 22nd, 2015

Nicole and Christine are sweethearts who go a long way back. “We definitely don’t have a typical love story,” Nicole said. “We attended the same small grade school and high school, and had a lot of mutual friends and activities during that time, so we were in each other’s lives for almost 20 years before we became a couple.

We were both cast in an alumni summer theater production at our old high school. We were friendly with each other, but not quite friends until we volunteered to work on the costume committee together. Several costuming weekends (and a few drinks) later, we were inseparable. We quickly realized we both wanted our relationship to turn into something more. Christine proposed during a trip to Disney World, and shortly after, we decided to hold our wedding at the beautiful Nassau Inn.

Aside from being an overall wonderful town, Princeton has always been a special place for us. We both grew up taking day trips to the shops and restaurants in Palmer Square with our respective families, and since we got together, we’ve loved coming down here for date nights. Nassau Inn was the first wedding venue we toured, and as soon as we stepped inside and met with Melissa, we knew we didn’t have to look any further.

Our friends and family still tell us what a great time they had at our wedding. Thank you for helping us make our big day so special!”

Not only are Nicole and Christine an extremely sweet and vibrant couple, but they are also an inspiration to Melissa Dill, our Sales & Catering Manager. “Nicole and Christine are great people, and made working here so wonderful! They’re the reason why I’m here,” said Melissa.

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Catch a glimpse at Nicole and Christine’s wedding day!


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Photographs by: Hurricane Productions


About the AuthorLily Lee is the Marketing Assistant at the historical Nassau Inn. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communications, minor in Digital Information & Media, and a passion for English and creative writing.

Kendra & John’s Wedding
August 2015

Kendra and John fell in love when their lives crossed paths. “We met through a mutual friend while both visiting NYC for the weekend,” Kendra says. “He was in Lambertville and I was up in Boston, but after 1 ½ years of long distance we moved to Princeton together! We were all over the map on where to get married and then realized that one of our favorite things to do on a Saturday or Sunday morning is to just to walk around town and see what’s going on. A lot of my friends and family have never been to Princeton so I figured this would be a perfect way for them to see the town that I’ve come to call my home. With all the activities going on in town; live music in Palmer Square, shopping and walking campus, no one needed to get in their car all weekend once they arrived, and that was very important to both of us. Plus, we just love being able to walk by the exact spot where we said ‘I do’ and reminisce about the best day of our lives.”

“They’re a Princeton classic. Very sweet and charming. When you look at them, you just know,” said Melissa Dill, Sales & Catering Manager at the Nassau Inn.

Here’s a glimpse at Kendra & John’s Best Day Ever!

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Photos by Couple of Dudes Photography


About the AuthorLily Lee is the Marketing Assistant at the historical Nassau Inn. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communications, minor in Digital Information & Media, and a passion for English and creative writing.

Kyo Morishima Photography
at the Nassau Inn

Back in the lovely days of June, we asked Kyo Morishima Photography to help us with a photo shoot. Kyo is a photographer, and his wife Janna is a writer and designer. With their eclectic tastes, they captured an aesthetic “Madmen Wedding” Photo Shoot at our inn. Our team was complete when Kristin Rockhill joined. Kristin is an Event Designer and Florist.

Below are nostalgic 1960s styled photos from the shoot – followed by a write-up in the voice of Janna Morishima.

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The Nassau Inn is a historic hotel (founded in 1756!) with lots of character right in the center of downtown Princeton. When they approached us about partnering with stylist Kristin Rockhill to do a photo shoot showing off some of their wedding spaces, we were immediately on board. We met with Kristin and Jamie Volkert from the Nassau Inn to brainstorm ideas, and I mentioned that I’d always thought it would be fun to do a “MadMen” style shoot at the Nassau Inn, since it has such a charmingly retro vibe. Much to my delight, Kristin and Jamie loved the idea, and ran with it!

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As Jamie explained, “Our ultimate goal when planning this photo shoot was to bring to life all of the qualities the Inn has to offer and to show prospective couples that they really can have it all. The tree-adorned back patio adds just enough nature to your day while allowing you to still have the convenience of our elegant ballroom. The MadMen photo shoot brought to life the nostalgia of the property and showcased multiple venue spaces that the Nassau Inn has to offer.”

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Kristin pulled together a wonderful team for the photo shoot. She contracted Angela Nicole Designs to create an unusual wooden backdrop wall for the ceremony setting on the Nassau Inn’s back patio, and West Elm donated decor and furniture for the outdoor lounge area. The bride’s dresses — which were just stunning — were from BHLDN. And I adore the bride’s perfect Sixties-style bouffant updo by Letitia Kakas.

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One of the best parts about this photo shoot was the chemistry between the male and female models. They are a couple in real life… not engaged yet, but we were all nudging them to make it official soon. They sure seem like they are ready for it!

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About the Author: Janna Morishima is one-half of the husband-and-wife team who run Kyo Morishima Photography, a relaxed, documentary-style wedding photography studio based in central New Jersey.