Wedding at Sussex County Fairgrounds

Sussex County Fairgrounds is a relatively new venue for weddings. I first photographed a wedding there about 5 years ago and have been back many times since. It is one of my favorite locations. From a photographers point of view it is a great place to capture weddings. There are so many options for photos! Behind the conservatory (where the receptions are held) there is a garden area full of pretty spots, gazebos, pathways and water features. The ceremony is usually held in the area also and occasionally in the covered barn-like area across the way. Cocktail hours are also held in this open area and makes it for a very enjoyable space to mingle with family and friends.

The Conservatory at Sussex County Fairgrounds is ready for the reception

The Conservatory at Sussex County Fairgrounds ready for the reception

But the photo opportunities don’t end there. Short walks in any direction will take you to different spots within the Fairgrounds that can be used for group photos or for photos of the couple. There is a bridge, a barn, stables and so much more. Usually after the ceremony I always take a walk with the couple and wedding party and spend about 30 minutes or so taking photos before the reception itself starts. Sometimes when the couple opts to do a first look, they are able to enjoy the entire cocktail hour instead of doing photos.

The Ceremony at Sussex County Fairgrounds in Sparta NJ

This is one of the outdoor configurations (facing a garden area) offered by the Fairgrounds for the ceremony.

The venue in 2017 was also upgraded. They added finished restrooms (before it was rented trailers) and a Bridal Suite which previously was a long walk away. Now it’s only a few yards away from the conservatory.

Check out below some of the photos I have taken at different Sussex County Fairground weddings and if you are looking for a photographer check my availability HERE.

Liz just before the ceremony

Liz just before the ceremony

Wedding at Sussex County Fairgrounds

Tim and Sara after their ceremony at Sussex County Fairgrounds

Wedding at Sussex County Fairgrounds

Before the ceremony we took some photos by the gazebo, which is sometimes used as the backdrop for outdoor the outdoor ceremony as seen below.

The Gazebo was also the chosen spot for the ceremony

The Gazebo was also the chosen spot for the ceremony

After the ceremony there was a hay ride!

After the ceremony we took a hay ride to the bridge for photos.

We explored the venue a bit for more photos..

We explored the venue a bit for more photos..

and we found some nice spots to take photos...

and we found some nice spots to take photos…

Sara and Tim on their wedding day at Sussex County Fairgrounds

Sara and Tim on their wedding day at Sussex County Fairgrounds

Tim and Sara in another pretty spot at the fairgrounds

Tim and Sara in another pretty spot at the fairgrounds

The end of a beautiful day.

The end of a beautiful day.

Sussex County Fairgounds Wedding photographs

So much space to explore / Father Daughter Dance

Occasionally the ceremony is held in this area as seen below.

Sussex County Wedding Photo

 

Chase & Karie got married at the Sussex County Fairgrounds

Another wedding in the same spot at the fairgrounds. One advantage here is that it is covered in case of rain but still has an open feeling.

Liz and James before the ceremony at Sussex County Fairgrounds

Liz and James before the ceremony at Sussex County Fairgrounds

Liz, James and the Moon as the night falls.

Liz, James and the Moon as the night falls.

Liz mingles with guests during the cocktail hour

Liz mingles with guests during the cocktail hour

Good News if you want your Dogs at the ceremony. They are allowed to be there!

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About the Photographer: Louis Schroder has photographed over 500 weddings in the New Jersey New York area and is also available for family portraits, events and other photographic projects. Please email or call me for inquiries. 

 

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