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Freshest Ingredients, Gracious Service— Dining at Highlawn

Highlawn Pavilion's acclaimed cuisine, diverse wine program, sophisticated service, and incomparable ambiance set the stage for an unmistakably unique culinary adventure.

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Your Storybook Wedding Begins at Highlawn Pavilion

With expansive park surroundings, a dedicated outdoor ceremony area and distinctive, historic ambiance, weddings and receptions at Highlawn Pavilion create magical moments and lasting memories.

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Corporate Events— Where Business Meets Pleasure

Whether you’re hosting potential clients, celebrating a new account, honoring a retiring colleague, or demonstrating a new product, we are dedicated to providing the best in service and cuisine.

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We Make Every Special Event Memorable

Whether it's a small private dinner or large group function, every aspect of Highlawn Pavilion creates a genuine sense of sophisticated elegance and lends itself to memorable moments.

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Welcome to Highlawn Pavilion – A Truly Unique Dining Experience

At the crest of the over 400 acres of park and nature preserve that is Eagle Rock Reservation sits the historic Highlawn Pavilion. Saved from ruin and restored to elegant splendor, this restaurant and special event venue offers sweeping panoramic views of the New York City skyline and the surrounding landscape in-between.

The impressive grand vistas are matched only by Highlawn Pavilion’s unique brand of “American Fare with European Flair.” The acclaimed cuisine, carefully-curated wine list, sophisticated service, and incomparable ambiance set the stage for an unmistakably unique culinary adventure.

Join us for lunch or dinner and experience Highlawn Pavilion for yourself.

Distinctive Weddings and Special Events

In addition to fine dining, Highlawn Pavilion is also recognized as one of New Jersey’s top wedding venues, an elite bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah venue, and a spectacular setting for milestone anniversary parties, birthday celebrations, corporate events, and a host of other private parties.

With the expansive park surroundings, a dedicated outdoor ceremony area with the skyline as a backdrop, and its striking ambiance, weddings and receptions at Highlawn Pavilion are truly distinctive. At every turn, you’ll find exquisite details setting the scene for your special event. From the dramatic arches of the authentic Florentine-style architecture to exquisite antiques throughout, Highlawn Pavilion lends just the right touch of elegance to any celebration.

Also an ideal meeting facility, corporate events impress and private social events leave lasting memories when Highlawn Pavilion is their setting.

A Tradition of Excellence and Hospitality

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Live Music Every Friday & Saturday

Join us in the bar and Piano Room for live performances by a talented lineup of musicians. No cover charge.

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Give The Perfect Gift

The Highlawn Pavilion Gift Card is the perfect gift for friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers. To order the gift of fine dining, call 973-731-3463 or click here to learn more.

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Photo Booth Trends and Tips for Weddings and Parties

Thursday, April 21st, 2016 | Filed under: Party Planning, Wedding Fun, wedding photo booth, wedding photography, wedding receptions | author: By Keith Sly,    

Photo Booth Trends
Wedding and party guests love discovering a photo booth at a celebration, since this creates such wonderful opportunities for fun and guest interaction, plus fabulous photos from your event. Photo booths themselves have been around for a long time, but as with most things in the entertaining sphere, they have evolved into far more festive appearances, and innovations in technology have also given them new life.

Here are the top new trends in photo booths for weddings and parties:
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Wedding Photography Don’t List

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 | Filed under: wedding photography, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By Keith Sly,    

Your wedding photographer wants you to be blissfully happy with your wedding day photos, so the new trend in arranging for wedding photography is one that local NJ photographers have actually requested: they want to know what you don’t want them to capture on your wedding day.

A great wedding photographer will adhere to your photo wish-list, while at the same time making sure that he or she is well-positioned to capture all of the most magical moments of your ceremony and reception. Top professional wedding photographers in the counties of Essex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Hudson and other nearby regions also know that the bride and groom want to enjoy their cocktail party and reception to the fullest, not spend an hour taking endless posed group photos. No reputable photographer wants to make you miss your cocktail hour, so join in the trend of delivering your Wedding Photography Don’t List to your photo pro in advance of your wedding day, letting him or her know which types of shots you don’t want, what not to waste time on. Wedding photographers we’ve known for years here at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange have said they’re greatly relieved to know what the bride and groom are thinking. They appreciate getting a Don’t List. It’s not an encroachment on their expertise.

Here are the top types of photos to add to your own Wedding Photography Don’t List:

Boring Shots

  • Posed lineups of the bridal party, with the ladies on one side and the groomsmen on the other. Today’s wedding couples request a more modern ‘blend’ of interspersed bridesmaids and groomsmen.

  • Posed lineups of the bride and groom with sets of parents. More candid wedding photography shots are often preferred for these priceless shots.

  • The cliché shot of the bridal party jumping up in the air, or running down a hill holding hands. While some wedding couples love these ‘fun group scenes,’ others would rather skip the ‘scripted levity’ photos and just have the photographer capture more natural group interactions, such as everyone dancing or sharing a champagne toast.

  • Posed photos taken at each guest table. They have wedding cameras on their tables, so they can take their own at-table photos.

Uncomfortable Shots

  • Tell your photographer if you wish to skip that cliché shot of the groomsmen holding you sideways, awkwardly, with everyone forcing smiles.

  • If your photographer asks you to pose a photo of the groom dipping you backwards over a pool or pond and that makes you uncomfortable, just request to skip that shot and move onto the next. [A Don’t can be delivered in the moment, not on a pre-submitted Don’t List.]

  • Tell your photographer about any awkward family situations, such as your father bringing his new girlfriend to the wedding, and you not wanting her included in the family photos. You might find it easier to skip the posed family lineups to avoid this situation, and instead just get photos of yourself with your father. Our favorite wedding photographers here at our New Jersey wedding venue are masters at handing tricky family photo situations, so that you don’t have to worry about them.

Your Don’t List can also include instructions on how you’d like your wedding photographer to capture you, such as getting you from your ‘good side,’ or not taking photos of you from the back. They’re your photos from the most important day of your life, and you’ll want every frame, every proof, to make your wedding wishes come true.

Best,

Michael Mahle, Director of Communications, Pleasantdale Château

To make an appointment with a banquet manager, please contact us at 973-731-3100.