COVID-19: How does the global pandemic affect Promise Ridge ceremonies?
We're fortunate that Promise Ridge ceremonies are already restricted in guest count, between 2-20 depending on if couples are eloping or having a microwedding, so many of our couples have not had to alter their original plans too much. For as long as the CDC is recommending gathering size to be limited, we will follow whatever that recommended restriction as our capacity as well.
|Storytellers & Co|
Promise Ridge is primarily a ceremony space, and people can continue to have beautiful legal ceremonies here as long as they have a valid Pennsylvania marriage license. Several Pennsylvania counties are currently offering a pilot program to conduct the marriage license application process virtually (Bucks County is our FAVORITE!), but may limit the issuing of licenses on an emergency basis or to only residents of that county. Please check with your local Clerk of the Orphans' Court office for more details.
Accessibility My grandmother uses a cane, how accessible is Promise Ridge for someone with mobility challenges?
Promise Ridge is accessed through a garden and then a slightly sloped path on a lawn. Guests witness ceremonies (and pose for family photos) from the vantage of the Infinity Deck, which is sturdy and level. We’ve had guests with prosthetic legs, those who use canes and walkers, as well as wheelchairs all enjoy a ceremony and celebration here. The ground-level guest bathroom is not ADA compliant however.
Capacity I see that there is a 20-person capacity at Promise Ridge, does that count my fiancé/fiancée and me? What about infants and children, do they count toward the 20?
Because of the limitations of the natural space along the edge of the ridge, there is a 20-person capacity to groups who gather here for ceremony and celebration. Every human who gathers for the ceremony counts toward that capacity. We don’t, however, count the professional vendors working the event (i.e. celebrant, photographer, private chef, cinematographer, acoustic musician, etc.) toward that number.
Pets Our puppy is part of our family, is Promise Ridge pet-friendly?
Children Do kids count toward the capacity?
|Children are a welcome addition to ceremony at Promise Ridge. M2 Photography|
What Happens If It Rains?
Self-Uniting Marriage License We have a self-uniting marriage license and want to have a friend officiate, is this something allowed?
|Celebrant Alisa Tongg officiates the ceremonies at Promise Ridge, her at-home ceremony space. M2 Photography|
Promise Ridge is the at-home ceremony space of Celebrant Alisa Tongg, and is only available for couples whose ceremonies she officiates.
How do most people use their 90 minutes on site?
People usually use their time here like this:
0:00 Couple arrives with photographer, first look, dress portraits in Mural Room
0:30-:45 Guests arrive and make their way out to Infinity Deck for ceremony (whatever this time is, is the time you should put on your invitation)
0:50 Ceremony (15 minutes for Elopements, 20 minutes for microweddings)
1:10 Photos with family, groups etc.
1:30 everyone heads out to dinner somewhere, or for couples extending their time here for a family style gathering, this is when cocktail hour, cake and bubbly and/or sit down dinner begins.
Is there a place for us and our families to get ready?Most people come here camera ready (meaning hair and makeup are done) so that they don't use a disproportionate amount of their 90 minutes onsite getting ready. Instead, they prefer to use their time here taking photographs, being in the moment and of course, getting married!!! Couples tend to use the Mural Room as their personal space to leave their belongings and take formal portraits.
Tour When can we come see the venue?
Music We really want to have a first dance, is that possible? How does that work?
|Ricky Delgado Photo by Jessica Manns|
Shaun Lally Music
Our second choice recommendation is that couples prepare a playlist of the songs they want to be a part of their day (for walking up the aisle, first kiss, family photos, and important dances etc.) bring a Bluetooth speaker and designate your coolest friend to be music coordinator for the celebration.
Who do you recommend for photographer? Do we have to choose someone from your list?
We're fortunate to be near so many talented, kind and skilled photographers. While you are free to hire whomever you want, we can absolutely recommend everyone listed below on account of their past performance making Promise Ridge couples gleeful.
Dearly Beloved Weddings
Storytellers and Co.
Nina Lily Photography
With Love & Embers
Bethel Ann Photography
Jessica Manns Photography
Valor and Vine
The Hursts and Co.
Sammi Shea Photography
Renee Dee Photography
These are our favorite and consistently dreamy filmmakers, *indicates photo and film packages are available.
Dearly Beloved Wedding Films*
Kevin Fonash Studios
Love Sick Inc*
Live Streaming / Virtual Wedding Capabilities
For couples who want guests to be able to participate in the day, hear vows, witness a first dance and toasts, check out:
Are there recommended florists who can create bouquets, boutineers, and some other special arrangements for our gathering afterward?These are our favorite!
Allium Florals & Event Designer
Bloom by Melanie
Whisper and Brook Flower Co.
Accommodations I think we’ll make a holiday out of this, where should we stay?
Promise Ridge is located in the Pocono Mountains in the town of Stroudsburg. Condé Nast Traveler Magazine recently designated the Delaware Water Gap as “the most beautiful place” in all of Pennsylvania, and we agree, there are several charming B and Bs, historic hotels and a ton of vacation rentals within minutes. Our favorite spots are under 15 minutes drive away:
Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Santosha on the Ridge
Nearby Restaurants We want to meet up with a larger group of friends to celebrate after our intimate ceremony, is there a place nearby that is good for moving our celebration to?
|Cafe Duet garden dinner. Ashley Gerrity Photography|
Gem and Keystone
Lane’s End Farm
Barley Creek Brewing Co. Pavilion
Stroudsmoor Country Inn Restaurant
|Danielle and James kiss at their post-Promise Ridge reception dinner for 50 at Stroudsmoor Country Inn Restaurant. Photography, Jessica Manns|