Angela and Alvin tied the knot on a beautiful warm day at the Crossed Keys Estate. This rustic and romantic wedding was graced by the presence of family and friends. The mood was set romantic with natural lighting, candles, flowers, antique furniture, and oh so much more. As a fine art NYC wedding photographer, I always love heading into New Jersey for special days like this.
The Crossed Keys Estate wedding venue is a full service event space located in Andover, NJ. They host weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, engagement parties, and other private events. The Crossed Keys Estate is a grand English manor, that makes for an elegant setting that’s romantic with its antique furniture and beautiful chandeliers. It’s unique with its rustic look, thanks to the antique furniture. Seeing that this was a wedding I was photographing at the Crossed Keys Estate, I made sure to check out all of the nooks and crannies. This New Jersey wedding venue is truly magical.
This venue sits about an hour outside of NYC on a property of 20 acres. It’s surrounded by lush greens, trees, and flowers. The Crossed Keys Estate has a historic stone cottage and estate house built in the 1790s. This aesthetic helps to create timeless and beautiful photographs for couples. The house is equipped with a full kitchen and staff. There are also additional spaces for larger weddings as well as a barn that holds up to 200 people.
We love a venue that features both indoor and outdoor options for your big day. This gives couples lots of comfort in case of rain. Although there is a stunning garden to host your Crossed Keys Estate wedding, it’s great to have a rain plan. The barn and stone cottage is a classic space, which helps to make for grand and romantic photos. They also have an outdoor wedding gazebo with views of the garden and farm in the back.
I am obsessed with the photos from this Crossed Keys Estate wedding. These two thought through every detail to create the perfect occasion. From the first look to the last dances, I couldn’t get enough of these two. They started with a romantic first look and portraits in the garden, surrounded by lush greenery. It was important for me as an editorial wedding photographer to give these two some space during this emotional moment.
There are so many locations at this New Jersey wedding venue for portraits. From the garden, to the barn, to the stone cottage. It was wonderful photographing this NJ wedding at Crossed Keys Estate in Andover. I love that there is even a swing to be able to pose with at this unique event venue. On a beautiful, warm day like this, you have tons of options to carry out ideas for your wedding photography in NJ.
Angela and Alvin held a tea ceremony with family prior to their western wedding ceremony. This special tradition is a great way to get into the spirit of the day. Angela changed into her traditional Chinese wedding dress, and I knew that this tea ceremony would be one of my favorites! This special ceremony featured loved ones sharing an intimate moment with the couple.
A tea ceremony can be a pre-wedding Chinese wedding tradition in which the bride and groom have a private meeting with their parents. This is often an opportunity for family to share words of wisdom about marriage, as well as giving small gifts to the couple. It is important that the bride and groom take this time to honor their loved ones.
Alvin and Angela’s beautiful Crossed Keys Estate wedding ceremony had a stunning backdrop, featuring the historic houses in the background. These two had a stunning circular archway to tie the knot in their western ceremony. The beautiful natural light coming down from the overcast skies made for perfect, evenly lit photos.
Surrounded by family and friends, these two shared intimate vows under a gorgeous, rustic arch. This moment of their life was full of so many emotions, and it’s apparent in the photos. I loved capturing this Crossed Keys Estate wedding ceremony! Instantly, their loved ones cheered as they were pronounced husband and wife.
Before the party really got started, these two had an outdoor cocktail hour. This was a perfect opportunity for the couple to see their friends and enjoy this beautiful afternoon. We were thankful to have great weather at this tented cocktail hour. These two also took a moment to take a few more editorial-style Crossed Keys Estate wedding photos as a couple.
As I mentioned before, there are many gorgeous spaces at a Crossed Keys Estate wedding. This barn reception area is a classic event space that is so customizable. Alvin and Angela’s rustic and romantic NJ wedding venue was the perfect backdrop to their stunning wedding reception. There was still tons of natural light in the space too from the floor to ceiling windows. Having this much natural light on a wedding day is a dream for a New York wedding photographer like me.
Friends and family danced the night away as these two shared their first dance as husband and wife. They also had a lovely sweetheart table setup with a neon sign and a floral archway. We loved the use of florals indoors as it tied together the entire NJ wedding venue between the outdoor and indoor locations. The aesthetics of this wedding reception could not have been more pleasing.
Dream of having a gorgeous outdoor garden celebration? Look no further than a Crossed Keys Estate wedding. I love to take wedding photos at this beautiful New Jersey wedding venue. Reach out and let me know what you’re thinking – let’s make some beautiful memories.