Many years ago, my husband (then boyfriend) and I would drive around the Somerset Hills “Mansion hunting,” while he gave me a brief history of all the great houses that surround us. One of them was Natirar, “Raritan” spelled backwards after the Raritan River it sits on. It’s last owner being the King of Morocco, before the property and estate were acquired by Somerset County, the mansion sat vacant. I am a huge sap for historical properties, and almost nothing makes me happier than seeing Natirar being used to it’s greatest potential – entertainment!

A historical countryside estate, built in 1912, repurposed for ceremonies and wedding receptions, set against the beautiful rolling Somerset Hills.

Natirar Highlights

Outdoor Ceremony

Natirar’s outdoor ceremony location boasts a stunning view of the Natirar Park and the Somerset Hills in the distance. From springtime to late fall, the ever-changing backdrop is the perfect way to begin your journey as husband and wife!

Reception Space

Natirar’s reception ballroom combines rustic charm with elegant sophistication and is truly one of a kind. With it’s vaulted ceilings, and living wall, this room can be decorated and shifted to fit any design or style!

Bridal Suite

Using the original rooms from this 1912 estate, Natirar’s bridal suite is an intimate room for the bride and bridesmaids to relax and prepare for the day ahead. 

Natural Surroundings

The mansion was designed to be enjoyed from all perspectives. Not only is the view from the mansion breathtaking, but the view of the mansion on the hill is stunning. Transporting our couples to the park below offers even more variety!

Breathtaking Views

On warm days, cocktail hour on the back patio, offers spectacular views, overlooking the Natirar Park below, and the Somerset Hills beyond. This view is often what draws Brides and Grooms to The Mansion at Natirar, and is a highlight of all couples’ portraits! No matter the time of year, the view of rolling hills in the background are breathtaking.

There was no detail over-looked in the addition of Natirar's reception ballroom. From the vaulted ceiling, to the live wall (which even has its own electric panel that notifies them when a plant has died), to the wall of wooden shelves and candles that light up the exposed brick. This ballroom has no bad angles and I’ve seen it set up in multiple ways! 

From getting ready to the end of the night, Natirar weddings leave a lasting impression on everyone. From it’s winding driveway to the massive gates, celebrating your wedding at the Mansion at Natirar is a most epic way of starting your journey into marriage!

Eat. Drink. Be Married.


I recommend a minimum of 30 minutes for bride and groom portraits. If we can allot for one full hour, even better! This allows us to include a multitude of locations, or a slower paced session if the weather is inclement.

Yes! However, a permit may be necessary since it is separate from the venue.This is a great place for a first look, or for a quick photo opp on the way back from your church ceremony!

I recommend scheduling your outdoor ceremony one to two hours before sunset. That way the sun isn’t too harsh for your ceremony, and you have time to get beautiful sunset portraits toward the end of your cocktail hour! 

I recommend having a first look if your ceremony and reception are both at Natirar. When all of your portraits are done before your “I dos” and you can enjoy all of your cocktail hour! For church ceremonies, it is not necessary. I recommend delaying your cocktail hour 2 hours after your ceremony ends, so you can still enjoy your cocktail hour!

Natirar is a very spacious place! The green room, oak room and the ballroom are enough to make for plenty of beautiful portraits. If you really want to go outside in the rain, I bring umbrellas with me so you can keep dry. Natirar is surrounded by pavement and patios to keep your feet dry, while still enjoying the views!

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