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Elegant Crossed Keys Inn Wedding

In all honesty, this feature took me far too long to put together. Why? Because it’s impossible not to be completely captivated by this gallery from CLY BY MATTHEW, it’s just soooo pretty. And can we talk about the Bride’s insanely gorgeous Sarah Seven dress from Lovely Bride? I need this dress in my life. Toss on a little seafoam, a little teal, one super adorable vintage red truck and it’s wedding perfection.

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Spring
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Inn
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Elegant

From the beautiful Bride…I have never been one to believe in romantic movies and ideas that are prevalent in them like…FATE. I slept through Love Actually to the horror of my now husband who has watched Love Actually more times than he can count and knows lines by heart. As corny as it sounds and even though it goes against every practical, non-romantic bone in my body, I have to say that marrying Ray was fate. We have never lived in the same area and yet kept crossing paths throughout our lives (starting from elementary school). Eventually, when we crossed paths as young adults, sparks flew on one side but not reciprocated by the other. We barely got to know each other before we went our separate ways again and I never expected us to ever cross paths again. But 2 years later, January 2010 somehow brought us to be in the same place at the same time and this time, sparks flew on BOTH sides. Or it could be that I just opened my eyes finally to what was meant to be. And so began a love story 21 years in the making.

3 years later, we were engaged and started to plan what we referred to as “the greatest party of our lives.” We wanted a wedding that would be have a comfortable and relaxing vibe that would allow our guests to mingle and just have a good time without being restricted to a stuffy ballroom. I had seen Crossed Keys Inn in a magazine a few years ago and fell in love with the big white tent and basically everything else it offered. So naturally, I convinced Ray to drive an hour in the middle of January, a few weeks after our engagement, to see the venue in person. We both fell in love and could see ourselves having the perfect wedding here, even when it was freezing and covered in snow everywhere. Without even seeing any other venues, we immediately signed with Crossed Keys and began our long 18 month journey of wedding planning. In search for inspiration for the perfect romantic, vintage wedding that I envisioned, I spent countless hours poring over SMP and Pinterest. It’s not an exaggeration to say that I spent almost every single free minute I had looking through these 2 amazing resources. Obviously, I ended up getting overwhelmed with the endless choices and if it weren’t for my sane, reasonable fiancé and friends bringing me back to reality, I would have ended up planning way more than I can handle. In the end, our wedding day was the perfect amount of detail which I owe to our awesome, talented vendors, bridesmaids who made an amazing team, and the most thoughtful and caring fiancé in the world. Ray and I made nearly every decision together no matter how small of a detail without a single fight. The fact that I could look back at the pictures and videos and see both of our special touches everywhere (like the candle he brought so the girls can get ready in a beautifully scented room) made the day that much more special. Throughout wedding planning, Ray would say he wanted me to be able to look back 10, 20 years down the road and say I had the wedding of my dreams. This alone made our wedding day the wedding of my dreams already and everything else was just icing on the cake.

Photography: Matthew And Bo Of CLY BY MATTHEW | Videography: Kiss The Bride Films | Floral Design: Event Designs By Katherine | Wedding Dress: Sarah Sevens From Lovely Bride | Wedding Bands: Love Rocks | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Ivy & Aster | Catering: Celso's Catering | Hair And Make Up: VickyC5 | DJ: Gemini Productions | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Wedding Venue: Crossed Keys Inn | Photo Booth: Big Cheese Booth

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A Fall Speakeasy Wedding in New Jersey

If you’re anything like me, you are counting down the days to falling leaves and Pumpkin Spice Lattes. This wedding captured by Pat Furey embodies all the best parts of my favorite season. The moody palette, the foliage and added to that, a speakeasy theme that is one for the books with super romantic blooms by Event Designs By Katherine and film to wrap it all up by NewYorkFilmworks. Click here for more.

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Fall
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Inn
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Vintage

From The Bride…Our relationship over the past 7 years has felt nothing short of a fairy tale. We wanted to transport our guests into the magical, whimsical, utterly-romantic world that we feel everyday together. The inspiration was simple. I’ve always found the early 1900’s era absolutely charming and combining the asethictc of one of our favorite lounges, The Edison in downtown L.A., would create that secret world for our guests. If you haven’t been before, you enter through an alleyway and make your way down these grand stairs with Edison bulbs twinkling above and you discover the most enchanting experience. Old black and white movies are projected on old brick walls, a copper top bar serves crafted cocktails, and you get lost through all of the many secret rooms. With that in mind we wanted our reception to feel like a speakeasy, so it felt like a secret space you weren’t suppose to be in but had all of the crafted cocktails and craft beers you could want.

With that concept, we knew it had to be outside during the fall at The Crossed Keys Inn, where we would be enveloped by ivy, falling leaves and a spectacular rose garden. The color palate became a romantic array of coral, mint and gold. The bridesmaids wore coral, the letterpresses invitations had mint accents, and the gold came from the 100 vintage brass spittoons for the table centerpieces that my mom tirelessly bought day after day from Ebay. The table numbers, all of the signage and drink menus were a custom design I created and drew inspiration from the typography of the era and used the iconic Edison bulb as a accent. I also created the backdrop for the gift table and guestbook by collecting 1900s graphics and prohibition posters and creating a wallpaper. We wanted to create that same magic as The Edison with the projected old movies so my husband put together a collection and projected them over the dance floor onto the white tent while we danced the night away. Every detail drew inspiration from our magical speakeasy world.

The ceremony was my favorite moment of the wedding. We had a guitar and cello play as we walked down the isle, after first playing 1920s songs while guests shuffled in. After we read our vows, which still make me cry till this day, I was able to surprise my husband with a secret performance by my dad, my aunt, and my grandma as they sang and played guitar and the irish drum to “Home” by Phillip Phillips, complimented by the bridesmaids singing the chorus! A moment we’ll both treasure forever.

The dress was an ivory chiffon Romona Keveza accented by an ivory sash and a crystal necklace. The suit was dark gray with suspenders, gray striped tie and a antique brass tie clip.

Tips for future and current brides – Pick everything you love. Seems simple but was ultimately what made decisions easy. The hardest decision for us became what to give as gifts for our guests, so many choices it was hard to even begin narrowing it down. But it ultimately came down to what we love – chocolate and tattoos. So we did exactly that, the most mouth-watering chocolate covered bride and groom oreos and rad temporary tattoos. It was priceless seeing my aunts and uncles adorned with tattoos, we’ve never been happier with our choice.

Photography: Pat Furey | Videography: NewYorkFilmworks Jon Armendariz | Florist: Event Designs By Katherine | Invitations: Bella Figura | Hair And Make Up: Laboratory Hair Studio | DJ: Music By Max, Max Salpetrier | Venue: Crossed Keys Inn | Ceremony Musicians: Penguin Music | Temporary Tattoos: Tattly | Wedding App: Appy Couple

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New Jersey Barn Wedding full of Elegance

Rustic can be so much more than just a wedding in a barn. With a few key components, it can be elegant and timeless. Take, for instance, a long, elegant Bridesmaid gown, lace incorporated into the smallest of details (the jam favors) and one of the biggest (that gorgeous wedding dress!). This wedding is truly a melding of rustic and classic. Barn and chandelier. Pretty and more pretty. See it all captured by Michelle Lange right here.

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Fall
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Rustic Venue

From the Bride… When Jason and I started talking about what we wanted in out our wedding, we agreed that we wanted something different from the everyday banquet hall.

When we first looked at Perona Farms, the barn that was on the property was in the middle of being renovated as a wedding venue and was still in the demolition stage. At first sight it was an empty barn, but Jason and I saw all the potential and beauty that the finished product would have and we knew it was the right place for us.

With the barn booked, the rustic theme flowed from there. I always knew I wanted a full lace wedding dress, and decided that lace should be incorporated throughout the wedding. In my search to find ways to further incorporate lace into the wedding, I found wedding invitations with a lace pattern as well as a burlap and lace table runner that I adored and that my future mother in-law offered to make for all the tables. We also tied lace on the lids of all the homemade strawberry jam jars as wedding favors.

My most memorable moment of our wedding would be getting to walk (or dance) down the aisle with my new husband. It was such a feeling of such bliss knowing that we were married and we had the rest of our lives ahead of us (not to mention a pretty amazing wedding reception). Our wedding was truly the most incredible day of our lives and there isn’t one thing we would change.

Photography: Michelle Lange | Floral Design: Darcy Myers | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero Purchased From Jefre Bridal | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff Purchased From Bridesmaids.com | Hair & Makeup: Nicole Makeup And Hair | Wedding Venue: Perona Farms | Second Photographer: Love And Light Photographs

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Crossed Keys Inn Wedding from Bia Sampaio Photography

When paper lanterns are used to their advantage, they can be stunning, and this bride knew what she was doing with those lanterns. Hanging like happy little clouds over the entire reception, they set the tone for beautiful charm, and the wedding quickly followed suit. After perusing Bia Sampaio Photography‘s images from the day, I can say with confidence, this wedding had beautiful charm popping out of every nook and cranny.


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Spring
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Tented

From the beautiful bride… Since the day Satchel popped the question, I had been scouring the internet, magazines, and wedding shows looking for inspiration. Being from New Jersey, I knew that I did not want the “typical” Jersey wedding. I hate ballrooms, carpet, giant drapes, and giant poufy dresses. I wanted to bring a little bit of the southern charm that I love here in North Carolina to New Jersey. I decided I wanted a “country chic” wedding…and it’s just what I got!

After searching for the perfect rustic venue, I discovered I didn’t need to look any further than Crossed Keys Inn in Andover, NJ. It was perfect! From the gorgeous tent, fire pit, and corn field, I knew I was in heaven. The amazing dynamic duo of Jessica and Katherine made the entire process SO easy. They even had the fabulous farm house tables made.

Our color scheme was navy and peach. I wanted the tent to feel like you were walking into a North Carolina venue complete with mason jars and tree stump slice centerpieces. I have been a huge Etsy fan for years, but I would not have been able to have all the personal touches without that amazing community of talented people. The men’s ties, the monogrammed cake topper, cake server and bride and groom forks, bride and groom chair signs, here come the bride sign, bridal gown hanger, bridal chevron monogrammed clutch, vintage card box and my bridal garter set, all came from Etsy! We found little chalk board signs to place in front of each pie, and personalized the navy chevron candy bags with peach labels my mom made. It was all the personal touches that made the day so special.

I think the most amazing little touch was personalized mason jars! Instead of a regular old seating chart I created a little rustic moment in the tent where people found a mason jar with their name and table number written on chalkboard labels. Old painted windows hung in the background courtesy of friends of mine in NC, the old card box and bunting sign, all made the mason jar table really fabulous.

The flowers were one of my favorite things. I asked for peaches, cream and white, but the most unique item I wanted dispersed thorough the wedding was raw cotton. Satchel grew up in Georgia, so I wanted the raw cotton to be like a nod to his southern roots. Cotton was interspersed throughout the centerpieces and Satchel’s boutonniere was even a little bloom of raw cotton.

At my church, St. Peter’s in Essex Fells, NJ, each pew had candelabra with a small arrangement, garland was strung across the back, and the giant floral arrangements up at the alter and at the steps were perfect lovely peach flowers. The best part were our S and L moss letters out front of the church. They later were transported back to Crossed Keys to be placed in front of the DJ booth.

Photography: Bia Sampaio Photographs | Church: St Peter's Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Crossed Keys Inn | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid of Charlotte, NC | Caterer: Celso’s Catering, Andover, NJ | DJ: Joe Falco | Bride's dress: Alvina Valenta | Floral: Event Designs by Katherine

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