AJ + Lauren / by Brooke Courtney

Last month T.J., Jeff and I traveled to New York to photograph AJ + Lauren's wedding. Their day began with everyone getting ready at the Thompson Hotel - which was awesome, because the rooms and lighting were beautiful. The church they were married in was equally as beautiful... and really small. I love the image below (that Jeff caught) of the little church tucked away between the giant buildings. Following the ceremony, everyone walked across the street to the Battery Gardens, where cocktail hour and the reception was being held. The gardens were the perfect place to shoot the bridal party and bride + groom portraits! Right as the cocktail hour was winding down, an enourmous storm blew in and within minutes the sky was completely dark (see photo!) and rainy. I was so happy their reception was being held indoors.

AJ + Lauren's reception was so much fun - the shouting and clapping that errupted when the newlyweds were announced into the dining room was unlike anything I'd ever heard before. It was so LOUD! And so fitting for something as exciting as your very own wedding day. Dinner, speeches, and the Smilebooth closed out the evening - along with some of the best dancing I've ever seen. Their wedding day was truly a celebration! [BC]