• Bear Brook Valley: A Hidden Gem Tucked Away in Nature

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    The springtime marks the {un}official beginning of wedding season, meaning that along with pictures of blooming flowers and outdoor brunches, there is most likely a steady stream of wedding content popping up all over your feed and timeline. While wedding inspo seems to be everywhere, Hoboken Girl has recently discovered a wedding venue that looks like our Pinterest vision board come to life. Enter: Bear Brook Valley.

    A hidden gem nestled in the heart of Sussex County, Bear Brook is located just an hour from Hoboken yet feels like a dreamy destination oasis tucked into nature. Complete with cascading waterfalls and a heart-shaped pond {yes, really}, Bear Brook’s romantic and organic setting couldn’t be a more perfect place to tie the knot. Keep reading to learn more about this gorgeous NJ wedding venue.

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    Photo by Delaney Dobson Photography

    About Bear Brook Valley

    Located in the picturesque rolling hills of Northwestern NJ, Bear Brook valley offers a “destination” wedding venue that is still close to the Mile Square. The wedding venue is surrounded by nature and greenery, so no matter what season you’re looking to get hitched, you can rest assured that Bear Brook’s natural beauty will provide a stunning backdrop for the big day {and, almost as importantly, the wedding pics}. It’s not just Bear Brook’s natural beauty that make it one-of-a-kind, but the venue itself, along with its professional and meticulous staff, brings a whole new level of impressive.

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    Photos by Delaney Dobson Photography

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    Photo by Anthony Ziccardi Studios

    Bear Brook offers a perfect mix of indoor and outdoor options, with ceremonies being hosted pond-side {with indoor alternatives as well, of course}, and receptions taking place in their stunning industrial-chic barn-style venue. Bear Brook’s unique farmhouse is arguably the venue’s pièce de résistance, complete with a wraparound porch, fire pits, bistro lights, and a dreamy silo. The venue is located amongst sprawling lawns and gardens, offering guests the chance to enjoy Bear Brook’s natural beauty by watching the sunset, lounging by the fire, or playing shuffleboard or corn hole on the lawn during cocktail hour.

    Bear Brook’s Services

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    Photo by Deborah Ann Photography

    Speaking of cocktail hour…Bear Brook’s natural beauty can’t get all the glory. Service at the venue is truly bar-none; with only one wedding per day taking place, the team at Bear Brook is laser-focused on providing the couple of honor with their full attention. Additionally, Bear Brook Valley is exclusively a wedding venue, meaning its staff has tons of wedding experience and are passionate about providing guests and couples with their full attention and the best possible experience. The venue offers on-site ceremony, reception, catering, and wedding coordinating, allowing couples and their wedding parties to truly relax on the big day.

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    Photo by Deborah Ann Photography

    Not only do Bear Brook’s planning services go above and beyond, but their wedding packages and catering menu are imaginative, inclusive, and will have even the most advanced foodie clamoring for an invite. Bear Brook’s famous cocktail hour provides guests with one and a half hours of culinary bliss, with eight passed apps that includes options like crispy goat cheese fritters with fig preserve, “fall on a spoon” {turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, + gravy}, bleu cheese stuffed buffalo turkey meatballs, and lobster mac + cheese bites. As if that’s not enough, the three live captain stations offer options like “LA tacos + Tequila,” “Let’s Do Brunch,” “Summer Barbecue,” and even “NYC Food Cart.” The three and a half hour reception follows the cocktail hour, with sit-down service and a top shelf open bar.

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    Photo by Deborah Ann Photography

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    Photo by Delaney Dobson Photography

    We should also probably mention the fact that Bear Brook has 48 {!!} draft beer lines throughout the venue and spiked seltzer on tap, meaning no guest will go home thirsty. Additional perks of the venue include valet parking, table numbers, cardholders, and a doorman for guests’ arrival.

    More Details About Bear Brook

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    Photo by Anthony Ziccardi Studios

    Bear Brook’s attention to detail doesn’t stop with their catering packages: their dedication to providing the couple of honor and their guests with the best possible experience is reflected in the venue itself. The venue is equipped with lounges for the bride, groom, and everyone in between — the Woodford lounge {sponsored by Woodford Reserve whiskey, so you know it’s legit} features an iron bar, wine barrels, a Pac-Man machine, pool table, shuffleboard, TVs + a PS4, a popcorn machine, and even a vintage barber’s chair for the ultimate IG photo-opp.

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    Photo by Anthony Ziccardi Studios

    There is also the Silo Suite, which is 1,000 square feet and features a private bathroom, beauty bar, salon chairs, and a lounge that was made for sipping mimosas. The venue also features a quiet room for children or elderly guests who may need to rest {though we won’t judge if you use it to give your feet a break from dancing}. Lastly, and most importantly, the ballroom is complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, farm tables, and all hardwood floors for guests to boogie the night away.

    If Bear Brook Valley sounds like the hidden gem you’ve been looking for, you can schedule a tour here or email them at info@bearbrookvalley.com. {And you can mail our save-the-date to the Hoboken Girl office.}

    Are you planning to book Bear Brook Valley for your wedding? Let us know in the comments! 


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    Maggie, a born-and-raised Jersey girl, is a marketing professional and travel guru with an obsession for finding the best restaurant in town. After graduating from Elon University, Maggie visited Hoboken for the first time…and promptly moved in three months later. When she’s not working with or writing about local people + places, you can find Maggie seeking out the nearest live music, enjoying a cold beer with friends, or hanging out with her nephew, Finn.


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