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A Heartfelt Wedding at the Crossed Keys Estate in Andover, New Jersey


Emotion and Connection in Wedding Photos


Emotion and connection in wedding photos is what I look for first. Give me a beautiful backdrop and location such as the Crossed Keys Estate in Andover New Jersey, and be fully present with your chosen family and friends. Those will be moments (and photographs) that you will never forget.

The wedding day starts comfortably at the Playhouse at the Crossed Keys Estate. You could watch your ceremony space from here as morning comes together. Across the estate grounds is yet another cabin for your partner if you decide to prepare separately, about a couple of minutes walk from the playhouse. The grounds are beautiful with reflective pools, gardens, willow trees and paths perfect for a bit of quiet.

Photographs and Story by Jose Melgarejo

A man and woman passionately kissing in a romantic garden on their wedding day at the Crossed Keys Estate.

The morning of the wedding with family and friends.

The morning of the wedding unfolds and chairs slowly start to line the aisle, and the beautiful flowers arrive in perfect timing. In the playhouse, family and friends gather around Heather while Kevin dressed in his cabin not too far away. Heather got ready in the playhouse and had planned a first look with her father after she stepped into her dress.

A group of women at a wedding, holding champagne glasses.
A man and woman in wedding attire standing on grass with a swing at Crossed Keys Estate.

The location for the first look was a close walk from the Playhouse at the Crossed Keys Estate.

By the playhouse there is a great swing hanging from a tall tree. This would be the beautiful spot for the first look. It is wide open yet intimate at the same time.

For the ceremony, guests gathered behind the playhouse next to the gardens.

The chatter of guests greeting each other – families and friends, younger ones and older ones and many a long time friend reunited, created an energy of excitement for the celebration that was to come.

A wedding party sitting on a bench at the Crossed Keys Estate.

It takes a village to party.

After ceremony, the celebrations continued at the Crossed Keys Estate with live music and and open dance floor for all guests.

A group of people dancing at a wedding at Crossed Keys Estate.

A Special Note of Gratitude to the Vendor Team

To bringing such special memories to life, a special thanks goes to the team who made the day happen. Thank you especially to my second photographer Tanya Salamanca who accompanied me that day.

The Venue – Crossed Keys Estate – A beautiful family run wedding venue with rolling hills and an elegant reception hall based in Andover, New Jersey.

Floral Design / Flowers – Crossed Keys Designs – Crossed Keys Estate’s in-house floral design team.

Stationery Design – Cotton Willow Design – Homespun design specializing in wedding invitations and stationery.

Make Up – Danielle Arci – Top featured New Jersey based makeup artist specializing in weddings and bridal makeup.

Hair Design – Hair by Casey Veda – Top New Jersey Hairstylist and Educator.

Entertainment and Band – Craig Scott – Top Boutique Music Entertainment and Producer in New Jersey and Manhattan, New York City.

Videography – Toast Wedding Films – Artistic wedding videography and film team.

A bride and groom sharing a romantic kiss in the enchanting garden of Crossed Keys Estate on their wedding day.
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