Blue Mountain Resort: Lehigh Valley Wedding Venue

Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton, Pa is an outstanding wedding venue with views that will take your breath away! Sam and Emily work closely with their wedding planning couples, and have shared the inside scoop about their venue, and themselves!

Blue Mountain Resort

Photography: Alexa Nahas Photography

How did you get started in this business?

Emily – I got my first taste of the event industry when I had planned two of my closest friends’ baby showers. From there, I was determined to make coordinating my career. My first professional experience as a coordinator had come shortly after the facilitation of those showers, when I was hired to work with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. The bulk of my job with the Chamber had consisted of working with the merchants of downtown Bethlehem, where I was in charge of facilitating festivals and a variety of smaller scaled events that drove foot traffic into the downtown stores. After a few years with the Chamber, I had a personal connection that led me to my current position at Blue Mountain.

Blue Mountain Resort

Photography: Right Start Photography

What is your favorite part of a wedding?

Sam – Does the whole ceremony count as a part?! Okay, if not, then I’d have to say the “parent” dances.  It feels like such an honor to be in the room when our clients are on the dance floor with that special person – parent or otherwise – that they chose to share a dance with. I’m getting weepy just thinking about it!  

Blue Mountain Resort

Photography: Pete Mackey Photography

What brought you to the Lehigh Valley?

Sam – I moved here to do a year of service with AmeriCorps…6 years later, I’m still here! My husband and I bought a house here in 2015 and continuously try to convince all of our family and friends to join us.

What is your favorite restaurant to eat at in the Lehigh Valley? Your favorite dish to order?

Emily – It’s a recent find for me, but I have been loving Union and Finch! I have only been there a few times, so I haven’t found my favorite dish yet. There is something about the restaurant’s atmosphere that keeps bringing me back.

What song/music is in heavy rotation for you right now?

Sam – A healthy mix of Stevie Wonder and the Avett Brothers.

What is one of your hobbies?

Emily – Without a doubt, you will always find me with a book in hand! I am such a nerd, but I could sit and read all day if the time allowed it.

Blue Mountain Resort

Photography: Morby Photography

What is your best advice for a couple planning their wedding?

Emily – Personalize your wedding! This may sound like a no brainer, but in our Pinterest filled society, it’s so easy to get caught up in the trends we see online. Give your wedding some personality! Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and put a touch on your wedding that will really leave your guests talking.

Blue Mountain Resort

Photography: Pete Mackey Photography

What is your favorite season and why?

Em – I am ALWAYS cold, so the summer is by far my favorite.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Sam – Make music or socialize with friends!  If I’m really lucky, both at the same time.

What is your favorite movie and/or book genre?

Sam – I’m a sucker for a romance book or movie.  Does that surprise you?

What does the perfect day look like to you?

Emily – This won’t come as a surprise, but a day spent lounging on the couch with our pups; a book in one hand, coffee in the other is a perfect day to me!


Blue Mountain Resort

Photography: Alexa Nahas Photography

What is your fondest wedding memory-either from your wedding, if you are married, or from a wedding you attended?

Sam – Oh man – there are so many, but I think I would have to pick one from my own. My dad gave an incredible speech that was truly meaningful and memorable.  He ended it with encouraging everyone to have a drink, a dance or talk with someone they didn’t know. It really set the tone for the rest of the evening and people are still talking about it years later!

Blue Mountain Resort

Photography: Lisa DeNardo Photography

What do you wish couples knew about your part of the wedding industry?

Emily – There is a lot of blood, sweat and tears that go on behind the scenes on a wedding day. Even some of the “easiest” of weddings have something that goes on behind the scenes that needs our immediate attention. No matter how trivial, it’s always our job to make sure that problem is solved before the bride/groom find out about it. We will do absolutely everything in our power to make sure your day goes off without a hitch and stress free!  

Blue Mountain Resort

Photography: Philter Photography

What is a common mistake you see couples make while planning a wedding?

Sam – Either not considering their guests, or considering their guests too much.  It’s important to keep in mind the comfort of your guests (they will not want to be outside in 14 degree temps for ceremony!) but it’s also impossible to please everyone.  Do what feels best for you and what you have in mind for your day, consider the guest experience, and let the rest go!

Blue Mountain Resort

Photography: Right Start Photography

Do you have an embarrassing wedding moment? That happened to you/or that you observed?

Emily – It’s not necessarily an embarrassing moment, but this moment very easily could have ruined any bride’s wedding day! On my own wedding day, during our first look photos, a gust of wind came along and picked my veil right up and out of my hair. Not once, but twice! The first time it blew out of my hair, we were able to save it and pop it back in so that we could continue with our first look. Only minutes after my fiancé turned around to see me for the first time, there was another guest of wind that came back around and picked my veil up for a second time. This time, my veil got stuck in a tree about 30 feet up only 30 minutes before our ceremony, lost and gone forever. I think the most embarrassing part was that I almost spent over $200 on a veil!

Blue Mountain Resort

Photography: Fox and Brazen Photography

What are some of your favorite aspects of your business?

Sam – I love talking with and meeting new people, so bringing potential clients in for a tour and getting to know them and their vision is always exciting to me.  It gets even better when they book with us and I’m able to develop a relationship with them over the course of their engagement. It’s a special role to be so involved in such an important day and I definitely don’t take that responsibility lightly; so I love seeing the joy on our couples faces when everything comes together and they’re boogieing on the dance floor without a care in the world!

Blue Mountain Resort

Photography: David Naples Photography

What is the best way for a couple to prepare to meet with you?

Sam – Know your budget. In 99% of the cases, your venue is going to be the first vendor that you book and will dictate a large part of your budget.  Something great about our venue is that we include your catering, beverages, staffing, room rental, etc. all in our package prices; which checks off a lot of your ‘to do’ boxes.  But without a good idea of what you are looking to spend, it’s difficult for you to know if we are truly an option. We want everyone we work with to feel comfortable with the price point they are spending.  

Blue Mountain Resort

Photography: Stephen Govel Photography

Is there anything else you would like our couples to know about you/your venue?

Emily – Try not to get too caught up on the weather or foliage surrounding us at Blue Mountain! Weather is so finicky and varies from year to year. What may have been a great date in 2017 could have been a wash out in 2018. That being said, know your rain back up plan like the back of your hand. Trust your wedding professionals when they say they will do everything in their power to make your wedding great, regardless of weather.  

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