Real Weddings

Katie and Ashley at Crossed Keys Estate

Katie-Ashley-Crossed-KeysTHEIR STORY:

Katie Corry, 33, a location scout and manager for lm productions from Wyckoff, and Ashley Fornino, 27, an inspector who grew up in Totowa, met through a mutual friend in 2013. A month later, Ashley invited Katie to attend a music festival in Michigan with her and some friends.

Katie-Ashley-Crossed-Keys“I didn’t know her well but something told me I should go,” says Katie. “That turned out to be my best decision because it was during that trip that we fell in love.” Three years later, Katie and Ashley traveled back to Michigan for the same music festival. This time, Katie surprised Ashley with a proposal in the venue’s Heart Garden.

Katie-Ashley-Crossed-KeysTHE LOCATION:

Ashley suggested visiting Crossed Keys Estate in Andover, and it turned out to be just what they were looking for. “It’s family- run, and Katherine and Jessica there were so welcoming that we felt we’d known them forever,” says Katie. “Also, we could have the wedding outdoors, which is what we wanted.”

Katie-Ashley-Crossed-KeysTHE CEREMONY:

Katie and Ashley penned their own vows for the ceremony of officiated by Katie’s brother Patrick. “We knew he’d do a great job, and he did. He kept everyone in laughter and tears,” says Katie. The brides were joined by 180 guests and a bridal party of 13, which included their sisters, friends and cousins.

Katie-Ashley-Crossed-KeysTHEIR GOWNS:

Katie wore a white, form-fitting dress with Art Deco–style beading. “It had a Gatsby feel to it,” she says. “Once I tried it on, I knew that was it.”

Ashley took a little longer to find her dream dress, which she describes as “simple and more flowy.” After several shopping trips, she found it: an ivory and champagne gown with a lace top and tulle skirt.

Katie-Ashley-Crossed-KeysDETAILS OF THE DAY:

“We wanted the wedding to feel vibrant and colorful with a rustic boho vibe,” says Ashley. They carried colorful wild flower bouquets, and the reception tables had lush centerpieces of vibrant wild flowers in long wooden boxes. A friend handmade a custom wooden bench inscribed with, “Corry Est. 10-13-17.” All night long, guests used a wood-burning pen to sign and write notes on the bench. “It’s now at our home, and we’re going to keep having people sign it forever,” says Katie.

Katie-Ashley-Crossed-KeysFAVORITE MOMENT:

“At the end of the night, we had the deejay play ‘Under Pressure,’ and every- body was out of their seats, dancing and belting out the words,” remembers Katie. Ashley agrees, “That was my favorite moment, too. The feeling of love was amazing.”

Katie-Ashley-Crossed-KeysADVICE FOR OTHER BRIDES:

“It’s normal to fight with your spouse during the planning, but try not to,” says Ashley. “At the end of the day, the little things really don’t matter.” Same goes for the big day itself. “Don’t freak out about anything,” adds Katie. “Just pay attention to the love around you.”

Katie-Ashley-Crossed-KeysHONEYMOON:

The couple, who live in Midland Park, went on a 14-day honeymoon in Thailand.

wedding details

Hometowns

Wyckoff and Totowa

Ceremony Location

Crossed Keys Estate

Reception Location

Crossed Keys Estate

Photographer

Todd Laffler Photography

Officiant

Bride's Brother

Bride’s Gown

BHLDN

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