Both grew up in Ithaca, and were married on this gorgeous property formerly known as the Rose Inn. After a vicious fire destroyed the inn in 2004, the Hamiltons purchased the ruins in October of 2006 to rebuild. After Years of Running the Inn and the Elizabeth Restaurant, Offering the Finger Lakes Region’s Premier Weddings and Catering, Gorgeous Cornell and Ithaca College alumni Weddings, Private Functions and Retreats, we continue to expand on the foundations of Quality, high environmental standards and exceptional hotel/ inn accommodations and fine dining.
What was your wedding theme? Décor? Setting?
Outdoor garden wedding
Flexibility of venue to meet your needs?
John is extremely knowledgeable and is full of sounds advice as well as being very easy going and willing to accommodate requests.
Have both your reception and ceremony there? If so, make for a happy couple & guests?
Yes! It was absolutely perfect to easily move from the outdoor ceremony just across the lawn to the tent.
Favorite part of the venue?
John and Elizabeth Hamilton run a beautiful inn and restaurant with gorgeous grounds including an orchard and gardens. As a wedding venue it cannot be beat and the level of professionalism and service provided was exceptional. My husband and I were excited about planning our wedding there from the beginning, and John made the entire process easy and stress free. He and Elizabeth have clearly mastered the art of pulling of a fabulous party. There were many aspects of planning that I wanted to ensure happened a certain way, but John made it clear that he understood our vision, and to trust him. For your average bride that can be scary but seriously, John knows what works and when he tells you to trust him, you should. In the end, we were able to let John and Elizabeth take care of so many of the details that we were able to truly enjoy the planning and ultimately our party without worry. The wedding food, including the beautiful cake created by Elizabeth, also exceeded expectations and most of our guests mentioned how much they adored the food and dessert. Besides providing full service, stress free planning along the way, an experienced opinion, attention to detail, amazing food, and a beautiful inn and grounds, John and Elizabeth clearly hand select their servers and bar tenders. Everyone we interacted with was professional, polite, and warm. The John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant is a breathtakingly beautiful yet unpretentious wedding venue with service and professionalism to back it all up. My husband and I were just thrilled with our experience and highly recommend John and Elizabeth! Go visit the restaurant for dinner in the off season and you wont be disappointed.