March 2008: The Graycliff, the great salsa singer Joe Arroyo, & Crescent Lodge

I recently officiated weddings at two very cool places:
The Graycliff in Moonachie, run by Spiro, creates a great, almost royal atmosphere for indoor weddings!
I've done many weddings there, but I'm always stunned by the elegance.
A great place for a magical ceremony. Great food. You won't be disappointed.
The couple I married here is Jennifer and Nestor.
Nestor's family is from Barranquilla, Colombia, a place I visited during their famous Carnaval.
My favorite salsa singer, Joe Arroyo, is from there. I saw him perform live when I visited Colombia during Carnaval 2005 and it was a dream come true!
Another great place similar to The Graycliff is Pleasantdale Chateau (in West Orange, NJ). It's like a castle! If you've ever been there you know what I mean. It is truly a country chateau somehow hiding in the midst of suburbia. Go there and you're back in time at a Duke and Duchesses' manor or something.

On March 1, I did my first wedding at Crescent Lodge in the Poconos, PA.
A very homey, warm atmosphere with fireplace charm and a sense of yesteryear.
The staff was awesome and very helpful.
If you want nostalgia in a woodsy setting as only the Poconos can provide,
I recommend it! You can sleep there too.
Amy and Jim exchanged their vows in front of the downstairs fireplace, an intimate private room for their 10 or so guests. It was so homey and comfortable, it felt like I was at my Grandma's or something!

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