Wednesday, November 3, 2010

NJ VENUES: PART ONE



Image Credit: Laffler Photography at Crossed Keys Inn


Today will be my first blog post highlighting venues I love in New Jersey (in honor of my move to Westfield, NJ). When I sat down at my computer this morning, I was really at a loss on what venue to feature first because there are so many fabulous ones to choose from. First I thought I'd highlight one of my favorites on the Jersey Shore. Then I thought I'd show you a spectacular new venue that is only a 6 minute ferry ride from Manhattan.

To be honest, too many choices and so many different styles were coming to mind...and then I said to myself, let's answer some emails and then revisit blogging later today. I'm so glad I did because a photographer friend mentioned in an email that she lives in Andover and I said to myself, Crossed Keys Inn...that's it!

So today I bring to you Crossed Keys Inn, an updated farmhouse on 12 acres of stunning property and possibly one of the most magical venues our great state has to offer. When you first arrive at the venue you are greeted with a tree-lined drive to a 19th century country estate. The charming grounds are filled with everything from lush meadows to cornfields. Your guests can even stay the night and wake to homemade breads, fresh local fruits and farm fresh dairy products.

After the reception is over, you can even wind down with close friends and family inside their playhouse where the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Groucho Marx once hung out. If that's not enough to win you over, their honeymoon suite is a secluded stone cottage with a jacuzzi for two.

AHHHH. I could talk and type for hours about this amazing venue. You really need to visit there and see for yourself! If that's not possible, check out their website which has tons of pictures and information on it...and they even have a blog!

The images in my blog post are by Laffler Photography, one of NJ's premiere wedding photographers (and NY for that matter!). Just take a look at these weddings he shot there and I dare you to tell me his images don't make you cry they are so beautiful. What a talent! My obsession with his photography began when he shot Kim's wedding, you might remember her from her day after session I worked on.

2 comments:

Denise said...

whoa! Stunning spot.

Adrienne said...

Denise, this place has your name all over it!