The Ryland Inn was a landmark in New Jersey both as an amazing restaurant and a beautiful place to hold an event, especially a wedding. From the gorgeous scenary, to the incredible food, getting an invite to a wedding at The Ryland was something to be very excited about.

In 1991 Craig Shelton made news as the head chef at The Ryland, and suddenly, everyone was going there to dine. The restaurant took home the coveted James Beard Mid-Atlantic Region top prize and continued to please the patrons. Tragedy struck when a water main pipe burst in 2007 and shut down The Ryland. Now, almost everyone you talk to in New Jersey is grinning from ear to ear asking “Did you know The Ryland is re-opening?”.

Re-opening it indeed is, this summer of 2012 with a complete makeover. Landmark Hospitality, which owns other beautiful properties such as Liberty House in Liberty State Park and Stone House in Warren. Owners Frank and Jeanne Cretella are highly regarded within the industry, and with over 20 years of experience and success, it is easy to see why. The make-over will include transforming the barns into ceremony spaces and conference rooms, and adding luxury spaces for both the bride and her party, as well as the groom and all of his groomsmen. Between the spas, the dressing rooms and the media room complete with billiards, couples can expect to have the time of their lives simply preparing for the wedding!

For the couple that places food as a high priority, The Ryland is a strong contender for a wedding venue. The dining experience also includes an extensive wine list, which is a must for any big celebration being held there. The executive chef who has been hired, is none other than Anthony Bucco who made headlines as the chef at Warren’s Uproot and is currently working as a chef at Hamilton Farm Golf Club. Those who were lucky enough to dine at The Ryland before it closed will be happy to hear that the food will be staying the same as Bucco plans to build on the classic French service and style as in the past. The restaurant boasts a farm on the property, which only adds to the freshness of the food that is served there.

Of course, those that remember The Ryland, might also remember the price-tag that came with the experience. There doesn’t seem to be any word on what the numbers on the menu will look like, but we’re expecting that this venue will be the location for those with a larger budget. However, if you’re looking to really make a splash, and marry at a venue that no one has seen in years (because it’s been closed) then The Ryland is your best option. If you’re looking for something different, and food is one of the top priorities, then consider this venue for your big day.

Also, if location and food are on the top of your list, a good planner will be able to work with the rest of your budget on items such as music, flowers, and photography. If you see the venue and your heart sings, don’t let the price tag scare you away. There is always a way to make your dream location become the place you say “I do.”

We cannot wait to start planning weddings at The Ryland, and will be there when they open their doors for dinner. Best of luck to The Ryland, Landmark, Bucco and all involved. We hope to see you soon!

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