Guests appreciated the convenience of Leslie and Michael’s wedding at Olde Mill Inn, a venue and hotel combination. Highlights of their Olde Mill Inn wedding included a lavender color scheme with pops of bright pink, a packed dance floor all night, and let’s not forget their chocolate fountain at dessert and a farewell food station with Taylor ham, egg and cheese sandwiches.
The couple met on the dating app Hinge a little over four years ago.
Mike proposed to Leslie in front of Birchwood Lake in Mountain Lakes. “We love walking in that area so we go on walks there all the time,” says Leslie. “I was so surprised when he got down on one knee!”
For their July 15, 2023 wedding, the couple chose a lavender color theme along with other shades of purples and pinks. “We wanted a very colorful wedding,” says Leslie. The bridesmaids wore lavender dresses and the groomsmen wore lavender spray roses for boutonnieres. Mike wore a pink rose. “We worked with Kevin at Jardiniere Fine Flowers and he was great,” says Leslie. We did low centerpieces with tea lights and candles for the reception. “The flowers added so much color to the wedding and really popped,” says Leslie. “For guest favors we did a farewell food station of Taylor ham, egg and cheese sandwiches. It was a hit!” The couple’s first dance song was “Someone Like You” by Van Morrison.
“The Olde Mill Inn is really a special place,” says Leslie. “Lea, the Sales Manager, gave us a tour of the venue and we decided right then that it was the venue for us. Not only is the Olde Mill Inn beautiful, but it’s also very accessible. Guests can book a room to stay overnight right at the venue. Our guests appreciated how easy everything was for them. From the very beginning, they were always so quick to respond. They also assign you a maître d’ that helps make the day run smoothly. David was our maître d’ and he helped throughout the whole process – from planning to the rehearsal to the wedding day. The Olde Mill Inn is not like a typical wedding factory where they move you in and out. Everything feels very personalized and they make it an event to remember.”
The first course included the signature Grain House salad (mixed greens, roquefort cheese, anjou pears, toasted pecans and aged sherry vinaigrette). The main course was a choice of sole francaise (with roasted tomato and asparagus couscous), herb roasted French chicken breast (with arugula, pecorino risotto with cherry tomatoes and red peppers), or herb seared filet of beef (with mashed potatoes and glazed baby carrots). Their wedding cake was vanilla buttercream with a filling of Italian cream and strawberries. They also had a Swiss milk chocolate fountain.
“I wore an Essence of Australia gown,” says Leslie. “I found it on my first visit to try on wedding dresses at I do…I do… in Morristown. I told my bridal consultant Jessy that all I wanted was something sparkly and form fitting. She understood right away what I was looking for. I wasn’t expecting to get a dress with lace but I ended up loving all the lace detail, beading, and of course sparkles. I also thought the square neckline made it unique.”
“Being on the dance floor having a blast with all our friends and family,” says Leslie, “POSH DJs kept everyone on the dance floor all night!”
“Having comfortable shoes to change into for dancing,” says Leslie.
“Don’t put pressure on yourself to have the ‘perfect day,'” says Leslie. “There are bound to be little things you forget or mishaps so try not to get too caught up in the details. Just go with the flow and enjoy the day!”
The couple is headed to Greece in September.