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

Monday, May 30, 2011

May 30th: Cayla & Ben

From the start of the day, we knew Cayla and Ben's wedding would be beautiful. The dusty peach color of the bridesmaids dresses, the peony bridal bouquet, and Cayla's beautifully detailed dress became even more romantic when placed in the country setting of Crossed Keys. This wedding was full of details. Scrabble letters spelled out table numbers and cute messages. The candy bar, adorned with the couple's initials, was a huge hit housing candies in all shades of blue. A simple photo booth with tons of fun props made for some great shots of the guests and the bridal party! A scrapbook of the Ben & Cayla's story decorated the gift table and allowed guests to get to know the couple from their first meeting to their wedding day. My favorite detail by far was Cayla's choice of song for her processional - "Strawberry Swing" by Coldplay (featured in this slideshow). What a unique choice! Another fun song choice: Jack Sparrow was played by Ben's aunts as a surprise and everyone had a blast with it, especially when the pirate hat came out!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

May 28th: Jenn & Jeff

"I am so glad we went with you guys for our wedding.  In a word, it was perfect.  Our friends are raving and we can't stop thinking about it." - Jeff

It really was a perfect wedding. Couldn't have asked for better weather and a nicer couple! The best part about the wedding (besides that all the guests, family, and friends were so fun and nice) was that everyone was dancing like crazy! It was so much fun to see and photograph. They even played a version of spin the bottle - if the bottle hits you, you have to run to the middle and give your best dance moves! It was a lively party indeed and a touching one at that. Jeff's brother and Jenn's sister gave really heartfelt speeches and just filled that big tent with a ton of love. With no shortage of fun, love, and laughter...we couldn't have asked for a better start to the season. We wish Jenn & Jeff all the best.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Spring Has Sprung (and So Has the Tent!)

Crossed Keys is an amazing place to be in the midst of spring. To watch 100 year old trees go from being bare, to having little buds, to fully blooming is remarkable thing. Tulips and hyacinths have come and gone, lilacs are here for now but will soon disappear as well. The green of the trees begins as a shade of bright apple and slowly changes to a more mature kelly. Everything is blooming! And with the growth of new flora comes the lifting of the tent! Enjoy some of our most recent photo ops:

 Cleaning and preparing the ceremony garden for planting

The hardest part - picking up that 25 ft pole to raise the whole tent!