The End of a Season

The End of a Season

As we approach our final wedding of the season, I cannot help but feel incredibly lucky to have worked with so many amazing people over this year. There are so many things that go unsaid between busy planning and day-of coordinating. I watch about 40 weddings a year at the Estate and each one is special for all of those unsaid reasons. We watch our clients, who end up becoming friends, struggle with the balance of work or school and planning. We see them go through life changes, deal with deaths and illness, moves across the country and more. And after all of those moments, we get to see them live out this magical, fairytale wedding that, at moments, they never dreamed would all come together. Watching the joy, love, and laughter that happens on those special days means more to us than you will ever know. So as I prepare for my own life change and a little one soon to arrive, I just have to take a moment to say how amazing this year has been, how grateful we are for our thoughtful, sweet, loving clients, and how blessed we feel to make all of these amazing moments come true. Thank you for being a part of our lives and for letting us be a part of yours.  ...
My Two Cents: Photography

My Two Cents: Photography

There are SO MANY good photographers out there! Every time we meet a new one and see their awesome work, we can’t help but add them to our mental list of favs. I’ve recently received a lot of emails asking about wedding photography at Crossed Keys Estate. Now, I am no expert, but as my mother likes to say… just thought I’d share my two cents. Here are some tips when looking for a photographer:   1. Look for a unique perspective. With about 3,299 places to take photos on our grounds, we love seeing someone who has the ability to look at it all with fresh eyes. If you see a photo and think, “That’s cool!”, it’s probably because it’s different than the 100’s you’ve seen on Pinterest recently.   2. Do they capture close-ups and wide shots equally well? You want to remember every smile as well as every setting at your wedding. Choose a photographer who is great a capturing both.   3. Think about what kind of style you want. When looking at photos I always notice if the style seems more airy and light, or more dramatic and dark with harder lines. My preference is the darker style as I like a little sharper look. This is totally personal preference but I recommend keeping this in mind when looking for a photographer.   4. Don’t just ask for availability & pricing. Ask them to describe what they think makes them good, different, easy to work with [insert your question here]. Liking their work is important, but liking the person you choose goes a long way as it makes the whole process easier and fun!...
Paige + Adam

Paige + Adam

Paige + Adam’s modern wedding took on a beautiful life of it’s own with gorgeous greenery decor that complimented the perfect, late Spring day. Take a look at some our favorite photos from this rustic outdoor wedding, plus an awesome video compilation from Kamp Weddings.  ...
Natalie + Hunter

Natalie + Hunter

As Summer rolls right along, we are already preparing for our fall weddings. I can’t believe it! I was just thinking of these two adorable kids from our 2016 season and what a wonderful, autumn day they had. So let’s relive it! Natalie & Hunter planned this NJ wedding all the way from Oklahoma and it came together so beautifully. It was an absolute joy to make their rustic wedding dreams come true. Photography by Lauren...
Alicia + Jon

Alicia + Jon

What a perfect summer wedding this was. Alicia + Jon wed in June 2016 and the pictures speak for themselves – amazing friends and family, beautiful weather, and the most fun dance party! The bridesmaids had so much fun getting ready in the playhouse while the groomsmen played a few rounds of corn hole to start the day. My favorite part was watching the happy newlyweds take some gorgeous sunset photos in the field. After golf carting them back to the reception, everyone danced the night away, enjoying cigars, whiskey bar, and cake to end the night. Thank you to Inspire Me Imagery for sharing these gorgeous shots with us! Don’t forget to watch this wedding come to life in the video by LVL 13 Cinematography.  ...
When a Wedding Planner Gets Married

When a Wedding Planner Gets Married

Just one month away from my own wedding, I have been doing a lot of thinking about the weddings we create here at Crossed Keys Estate. Each one special in it’s own way; with a couple so uniquely in love; with families & friends so distinctly different; with moments that bring tears of joy; with memories that we & the guests remember for years. I would be lying to you if I said I didn’t cry a little at every single wedding. Maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for romance. Maybe it’s because I watch our clients work so hard on making the day a beautiful & memorable one. Or maybe it’s because I see myself and our staff work so hard during the week because we genuinely care about each event and each client. All of these things make creating a wedding that much more special to us. I have hugged crying brides who forgot a detail or ripped their dress; I have run around in the rain to make sure a single bridal party member doesn’t have to get a drip of water on them; I’ve dug through garbages & couch cushions for a lost trinket or piece of jewelry misplaced, carried bouquets all day, and stayed up late nights making last minute decor items — and I loved every second of it. Nothing makes me happier than helping couples have the perfect day. So it comes as no surprise that I am a giant ball of emotions as I approach my own wedding day. Not just because I love my hunny 🙂  but because weddings are my life....

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