A love for all things beautiful at our 18th century inn turned wedding venue located in Andover, NJ.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Desirea and James

Details were the key to another unique wedding at Crossed Keys Inn. The fall colors in the bouquet and bridesmaids dresses, the vintage car, and antique teapots used as centerpieces all blended so nicely with the historical landscape of Crossed Keys. Desirea and James used carved pumpkins as table numbers, an old-fashioned suitcase as a display for place cards, and chose a Crossed Keys classic for their favors: little jars of honey. Paper dahlia napkin rings were so pretty they looked like they were picked right from our garden! Another beautifully designed fall wedding with another fantastic couple.

Photography by Elisabeth Millay

Sunday, October 10, 2010

October 10, 2010: Perfect Ten!

The colors that Erica choose for her d├ęcor where not your typical fall colors. The combination of royal blue and coral really made this wedding pop! Royal blue bridesmaids dresses with coral sweaters looked stunning against the lush greens of Crossed Keys. We had the most amazing coral dahlias in our garden which we incorporated into her bouquet. A great personal touch was an old Bible Erica carried with her bouquet - the same one carried by her parents and grandparents for their weddings.

Just want to thank our staff for saving the garden the night before from frost by covering the entire area with tarps! To our surprise Sunday morning the garden was still beautiful.

Photography by John O'Boyle

Saturday, October 9, 2010

October 9th: Sarah and Jeff

An Italian theme was in the works on this beautiful fall day at Crossed Keys! Sarah and Jeff's centerpieces of Chianti bottles were inspired by Sarah’s family trips to Italy ever year. Filled with beautiful Dahlias and herbs grown at Crossed Keys, these centerpieces were a step away from the ordinary and made a beautiful statement with a very personal touch. The tables were even more dressed to theme with each table being named for a favorite Tuscan town. Home-made Limoncello made by Sarah's dad was a wonderful addition to the cigars by the fire pit.  The wedding was hopping with music and included an awesome first dance that the bridal party and bride and groom performed to a song by the couples favorite band, Pearl Jam.  The dance floor was never empty and the tent was filled with joy all night long!

Photography by Elisabeth Millay

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

September 5th: Ariele and Peter

What a great way to start our September weddings, and all of our fall weddings for that matter! The weather was gorgeous and the crowd was fun. Throughout the ceremony, their first dance, and their intimate photo shoot in the cornfield, it was a pleasure to see a couple so in love. The ceremony had personal touches including the couples own vows and well wishes read by the bridal party. The fans with the couples' initials and the programs gave a perfect country and vintage feel to the ceremony which carried over to the reception with the use of burlap table runners. The cocktail hour featured shrimp cocktail and oysters which was a very nice addition. Add tons of dancing and 5 varieties of cupcakes to the reception and you are definitely in for a treat. The bride and groom were able to have a great balance of hanging out with their friends and stealing intimate moments together. The photo shoot in the cornfield not only produced beautiful pictures with the sunlight perfectly hitting the couple, but it also gave the couple some moments to stare lovingly into each others eyes and steal a few kisses. Not only was this wedding fun but it was one of my favorites because the bride and groom chose lobster and filet mignon to serve as the entree! Yum!

Photography by J Marie

Saturday, September 4, 2010

September 4th: Jeremy and Katherine

Photography and slideshow by Phil Cantor

Jeremy and Kate met at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in her fall semester 2004. As a student in Jeremy's English 422 Shakespeare Tragedies class, Katie had an instant crush on him (like most of his other female students) but politely kept her distance.  After Katie graduated, Jeremy left William & Mary to teach at the University of Toronto. After keeping in touch via email to discuss Katie's plans for grad school, the couple met up for drinks when visiting Washington, D.C. and the rest is history! After four years of long-distance between New Jersey, Indiana and Toronto and they finally tied the knot and are living right where they had their first drink - DC! After meeting in Jeremy's Shakespeare class, it was no wonder their wedding featured a Shakespearean actor among  the details of this beautiful, classic, and fun wedding!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

August 29th: Eva and Gary

For years, the owners of Crossed Keys Inn have been catering and planning events for loyal clients all over New Jersey. The husband and wife owners of Crossed Keys Inn came full circle on August 29th when they hosted Eva's wedding. After catering her baby naming and Bat Mitzvah, it was truly an honor that Eva and her family chose Katherine and Celso to make her wedding day spectacular. Eva's love of shoes was seen in the red rose centerpieces shaped like high heeled pumps, which owner Katherine made with her own hands! We'd like to thank Phil Cantor for capturing a wedding close to our hearts and creating the slideshow seen above. Phil is a regular at Crossed Keys and we love his work! To see more visit PhilCantor.com

Saturday, August 28, 2010

August 28th: Erin and Michael

A beautiful couple with a romantic story, Erin and Michael were high school sweethearts who dreamed of the perfect wedding. When the couple went on a cruise through the Mediterranean last August, Erin was surprised with a proposal on a gondola in Venice! This wedding incorporated a lot of personal details, like table names of the cities visited on their cruise, a picture of the bride's grandpa on her bouquet, a Yankee's garter (the couple's favorite team!), and the bride's Estonian culture. Some Estonian details included the traditional Kringel (raisin bread-which was her grandpa's specialty) and tossing a crown of blue cornflowers instead of the bouquet. The bride (with help from family, friends, and some margaritas) made all the escort cards and menus which added that personal touch. What a fun wedding! The bride put it best when she said: "I think the best part of the wedding was how well our family, and friends all mixed and really enjoyed themselves. I think the dancefloor was full the entire night and it was great to see some of Mike's friends from college dancing with my aunts! That strong theme of family made it that much more memorable to us-can we do it again in ten years?"

Friday, August 27, 2010

August 21st: Melissa and Kevin

Photography by J Marie

Blue is a popular color for many weddings but in this case it was also a color close to the bride's heart as she was a Navy pilot for 7 years and was joined by many of her Navy friends in her bridal party. This wedding had some great details like the bride's powder blue Christian Louboutin shoes, a bark covered flower girl's basket with carved initials, daisy place cards for the guests that doubled as favors, and green, yellow, and cream paper lanterns that added to the bride's blue and green color scheme and made the white tent pop. The bride and groom chose a great band and offered s'mores at the fire pit which added to the fun of the reception. Another beautiful wedding at Crossed Keys Inn.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

August 14th: A Perfect Love

Photography by J Marie

To say that Angela and Will are truly in love is an understatement and any guest at their August 14th wedding would agree. The next day people were saying, "The way Will looks at Angela made me cry tears of joy." We were so thrilled to host this romantic couple at Crossed Keys on such a beautiful day. The best part about this wedding where the dazzling details that Angela incorporated. Her dog Chloe wore a pretty white tutu and Swarovski crystal barette in her hair, adding that sparkle that Angela also incorporated in her bedazzled cake. The paper parasols that Angela made herself made the bridal party photos that much more fun and interesting and the parasol reading "Just Married" was a spin on a classic. A specialty drink of champagne and wild hibiscus was a hit amongst guests and Angela's dress change was a fun and flirty way to get the reception started! Other details like Angela's blue Manolo Blahniks, the bride and groom's initials on the ceiling of the tent, a ciger roller, and a special guest performance of "At Last" made this wedding shine. Just when the guests thought they had seen it all, sparklers were passed out and lit to create a spectacular sendoff for the bride and groom. It was definitely a night filled with fun, laughter, surprise, and sparkle, and one we at Crossed Keys will never forget :)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Crossed Keys Inn Meets David Tutera!

Photography by J Marie

Crossed Keys Inn cooks for NJ Bride, David Tutera, and fans! New Jersey Bride magazine hosted the "Meet David Tutera" event in Morristown Tuesday night to promote their fall issue as well as David's new bridal line. David is the host and wedding planner on the hit WEtv show "My Fair Wedding" and came to the bridal boutique I Do...I Do to show his wedding dress line, meet fans, and sign copies of the fall issue in which he is featured. Katherine, the owner of Crossed Keys Inn, designed the bountiful table which included smoked salmon and baked brie, as well as floral designs by Event Designs by Katherine. We all had a great time meeting David and hanging out with the excited fans!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Meet David Tutera!

Crossed Keys Inn is pleased to be catering the New Jersey Bride event "Meet David Tutera" On Tuesday, August 10th. The event will be held at the bridal boutique I Do I Do, which will be carrying his line of bridal dresses. David will be signing copies of the New Jersey Bride's fall issue in which he is featured. Follow the link to find out more or RSVP: Meet David Tutera Info

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

July 17th: A Moment All Their Own

Photography by J Marie

Little did they know, that as guests at a wedding in Mexico, Susan and Mike would meet each other and find true love. About a year later, they would celebrate their own one-of-a-kind wedding at Crossed Keys Inn on July 17th. The weather was gorgeous, and the greens of the garden went perfectly with the shades of green Susan chose as her colors. A very detailed bride, Susan knew the importance of the little things and all of the unique additions are what made this wedding so perfect. From her grandmother and great-grandmother's jewlery adorning her bouquet, to the antique handkerchiefs presented to guests at the ceremony, the bride's flair for creative features set this wedding apart. The flowers were simple, sweet, and wild with thistles, hydrangea, boxwood, and queen anne's lace being just some of the many wild flora used in the centerpieces. Chocolate cupcakes with coconut topped cream cheese icing were a lovely addition as well, acting as a focal point of design as well as a delicious dessert. The bride took every measure to make the details as personal as possible with touches of Mike's love of hockey and the brides love of natural beauty, touches that created an ambiance all their own.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

June 27th: Beauty, Joy, and Love

A joy and a pleasure, the June 27th wedding of Anand and Punita was nothing short of spectacular. The couple and their families were a delight to work with and their joy and love poured out during the entire celebration. The guests danced for hours and enjoyed every minute. It was truly a beautiful day, a beautiful ceremony, and a beautiful celebration.