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!

Dana & Robert’s June 2017 Wedding

Dana and Robert got married here in June. This is the story of how our #NassauBride & #NassauGroom fell in love, as told by the bride! 

“After we met through our mutual friend, we started dating on weekends because he lived in North Jersey and I lived in Central,” says Dana.  “We enjoyed the same things, really.  We both like animals, we enjoyed going on walks together, we enjoyed cooking and eating together, we enjoyed being foodies together and taking special trips to NYC to find and eat good food. We eventually moved in together and realized that even together all the time we still got along very well and our love continued to grow.  He eventually proposed to me one morning in April at Long Branch on the Boardwalk.  We were the only people there walking along the boardwalk because it was misty and kind of cool and the next thing I know he is down on one knee proposing.  It was very sweet and perfect.”

“What were our favorite parts about our wedding and the setting? I absolutely loved the fact that the Nassau Inn isn’t a wedding factory.  There is nothing worse to me than a giant cold impersonal reception hall.  I wanted a smaller venue and it was a huge bonus that it was smack in the middle of Princeton where there is plenty to look at, do, and eat.  It’s such a cute location for friends and family to come celebrate with us.  I loved the back patio.  I really wanted to get married there so I was happy we could book the bigger room with our smaller wedding and that the wedding held out so we could actually get married out there.  The setting made the ceremony that much more special.  I liked the proximity to the University as a back drop for pictures.  As you can see, our photographer made good use of the University for interesting picture settings. Oddly enough it never occurred to me that people off the street would watch our wedding outside, but something about an entire crowd of people we didn’t know stopping to watch our wedding was just amazing.  It made the whole thing feel really special above and beyond what I expected,” she said.

“Dana and Robert are beautiful together, and they are great people – so sweet, kind, and down to earth. I loved working with them!”
— Melissa Dill, Catering & Sales Manager

Photos by: Michelle Kay Photo
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A Winter Wonderland Wedding

Wintertime is filled with festivities from seeing magical lights, ice skating, drinking hot cocoa, kissing under the mistletoe, and snuggling to keep warm by the fireplace. Winter is simply a romantic time of the year, a time when you can feel love in the air, and some say, the most magical time to get married.

“Brew me a cup for a winter’s night. For the wind howls loud, and the furies fight; Spice it with love and stir it with care, And I’ll toast your bright eyes, my sweetheart fair.”
– Minna Thomas Antrim, “A Book of Toasts” (1902)

If you’re wondering where to get started, we have created a seasonal timeline to help you plan a winter wonderland wedding!

Summer“Love, whether newly born, or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, this it overflows upon the outward world.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Let the bright sunshine of summer inspire you to reinforce your love with activities like going to the beach, dreaming together, and taking summer engagement photos. Summer is a special time of starting anew and turning wedding dreams into plans, so compile a list of priorities with venue booking at the top of your list.

Autumn

Autumn will kindle a stronger flame in your love with its beautiful caramel leaves, festive plump pumpkins all around, and Thanksgiving – a time of thankfulness with family and friends. This is the perfect time to prepare gifts and favors for your guests to show your appreciation of having them in your lives (gift inspiration will follow at the end of this post)! Enjoy the rest of the season, take lots of pictures together, and look forward to the next chapter of your lives!

Winter Wonderland Wedding

Winter is the only time of the year when pictures look truly magical, from romantic sunset photos in the daytime, to night pictures surrounded by dazzling lights (and if you’re lucky, snow!). Winter weddings are often unforgettable. The indoor venue will radiate warmth and coziness on the chilliest of winter days, making your wedding have a more intimate feeling of togetherness.

Brielle Easton, our beautiful #NassauBride, shares her magical winter wedding experience here:

“We chose a winter wedding in Princeton because we were looking for a classic, timeless and utterly romantic atmosphere that could be captured forever in our photos. The bright holiday lights in Palmer Square and the rich history of the town both played a role in our decision to choose the Nassau Inn for our wedding. We wanted a wedding that was picturesque, with hopefully a chance of snow, and ended up having such a magical and beautiful day.” 

Honeymoon in Summer Paradise
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Once you’ve had an unforgettable wedding filled with food, warmth, and laughter… enjoy the best of both worlds with a honey moon in summer paradise. The warmth of your vacation spot will be so sentimental and remind you of when you started planning in summer and how your love blossomed since!

Memories are meant to be cherished, and a little bit of thoughtfulness goes a long way. If you’re looking for wedding favors for your guests, here are gift ideas sure to warm their hearts and uplift their spirits throughout the cold season.

  1. Flannel Pajamas
  2. Fleece Throw Blankets
  3. Coffee Mugs
  4. Candles
    DIY Pinecone Scented Soy Candles
  5. Gloves/Mittens
  6. Spiked Hot Chocolate in a Mason JarDIY recipe here
  7. Tiffany Blue Macarons
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    Get the recipe here!
  8. Soap or Olive Oil from Carter & Cavero
  9. Chocolates from Thomas Sweets
  10. Cheese from Olsson’s Fine Foods and personalized wine glasses

Make sure to wrap these with lots of love! Paper Source on Nassau Street has all the wedding stationaries and gift wrapping items you’ll need to add a memorable touch to each favor!

As always, wishing you love, prosperity, and a happily ever after!

If you need more planning tips, visit NassauInn.com/Weddings, call and email us.

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.