A Fun, Garden Wedding at Crossed Keys Inn in Andover, New Jersey

Between the impromptu sing-a-long and polaroid photo booth, this garden wedding had a few vintage twists and was filled with surprises. While Dana Ort

Between the impromptu sing-a-long and polaroid photo booth, this garden wedding had a few vintage twists and was filled with surprises. While Dana Ortiz (26 and a physician) and Max Teller (27 and a television producer) planned to have an outdoor wedding, an unexpected rainfall forced them to start their day with a ceremony inside their tent. The couple’s wedding party, dressed in romantic, long blush dresses and black tuxedos, stood beside them as they completed Catholic and Jewish traditions. "The sound of the rain on the tent while we said our vows was really romantic and beautiful,” says Dana. Soon after Max broke the glass, the rain stopped and they continued their celebration with a fun reception. Event Designs By Katherine, the couple’s florist and coordinator, lined each table with bright yellow, purple and pink blooms in lace-wrapped or glass vases while guests found their place cards nested in DIY succulent wedding favors. Another detail we love was the guest book. Friends and family members snagged a few polaroids of themselves with Beatles-inspired props before slipping them into the couple’s custom guest book with a note. The A Band Of New York and a DJ played in the background for entertainment with a few twists. When the “Piano Man” by Billy Joel came on, the couple and their guests all formed a huge circle and sang the entire song! But that was not all. “I also surprised Max by singing Sarah Vaughan’s ‘What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life,’” says Dana. Mary + Roy, the couple’s photographer, captured every moment as all ended the night with a slice of three-tier wedding cake and a song. Max shares a tip: “At least once during the day, make sure to step back, take a breath, and take it all in. It goes by so fast.”

Not only did Dana and Max personally plan their wedding, but they also took time to make each wedding sign. Inspired by Pinterest, Etsy and a few other sites, the couple designed their menu and program with fun metallic markers from a local craft store.
Adding a personal touch to their garden affair, Dana handmade each of their 185 succulent wedding favors. She had the plants shipped from California, spray painted each pot gold and placed their guests' escort cards in each arrangement for an unexpected twist.
Event Designs By Katherine, the couple’s florist and coordinator, complemented each bridesmaid's blush gown with a  romantic touch. Her team designed six arrangements of pink roses, white hydrangeas, white delphiniums, baby’s breath and greenery that complemented the bride's bouquet.
Event Designs By Katherine, the couple’s florist and coordinator, designed a natural chuppah with gorgeous curly willow, birch wood, pink and white hydrangeas, roses and baby's breath. Unfortunately, an unexpected dose of rain forced their ceremony inside the reception tent, but the couple and their guests were still able to enjoy the florist's work later that day.
Dana's bouquet complemented her ivory lace wedding dress and veil with a colorful touch. The couple’s florist and coordinator, Event Designs By Katherine, arranged a bright bouquet of white peonies, purple delphiniums, blush roses, white hydrangeas, baby’s breath and white veronica before wrapping each stem in vintage-style matching lace.
Metallic, Strappy Badgley Mischka Wedding Shoes
Inspired by James Bond, each of Max's eight groomsmen donned a classic black tuxedo from Dante Zeller Tuxedo and Menswear with a black bow tie and white shirt. Max look had a more personal touch. He paired his Hugo Boss tuxedo with his paternal grandfather's black pearl cufflinks and his maternal grandfather's yarmulke.
Escort Card Display with Delicate Vintage Lantern
Garden Wedding Sign and Live Reception Music
Romantic White and Blush Bridesmaid Bouquets
Dana and Max's DIY guest book was both vintage and fun! The couple asked each of their 185 friends and family members to take a polaroid of themselves (with or without a few Beatles-inspired props) and place it in their guest book with a note. Each image added a sweet, memorable touch to their wedding day.
Dana and Max worked with their florist and coordinator to complement each table with aone of two bright garden centerpieces. Event Designs By Katherine arranged yellow hydrangeas, purple delphinium, blush and yellow roses and floating white orchids in tall trumpet vases as lace-wrapped breakaway vases were filled with similar blooms. The taller arrangements were also accented with gold vases of more hydrangeas and roses for an added bit of color.
Three-Tier Wedding Cake with White Orchids