kristen + gaurav

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ben and I hosted Thanksgiving dinner this year for his family, so we took a few days off to cook, clean, and prepare to have 30 people for dinner! I won’t say that it was a particularly “relaxing” holiday for us, but we definitely enjoyed ourselves. :)

Today, I’m getting right back into blogging mode with Kristen and Gaurav’s gorgeous wedding at the Botanical Gardens! These two were such an absolute pleasure for us to work with – it was an awesome, awesome day. Kristen and Gaurav decided to both get ready at Kristen’s parents’ house, so it was one of those super rare wedding days that Ben and I got to shoot together before the ceremony. We rarely get to hang out together during that portion of the day, so it was pretty cool to see him in action. Even though they got ready in the same space, they still managed to avoid each other until they were both ready to go, and we did a super cute “first look” in the living room!  Kristen’s wedding jewelry was her “something borrowed,” from Gaurav’s mother.  I had never in my life seen such gorgeous jewels…amazing.

The ceremony was so incredibly gorgeous – perfect time of day, perfect weather, perfect everything.  
I don’t typically include shots of the receiving line in the blog post, but this first one really spoke to me.  Kristen is hugging her mother, while her brother and sister look on…I absolutely love it.
We used the grounds of the Botanical Gardens to grab some beautiful portraits of our stunning bride and groom.
We just adore receptions at the Gardens.  Yes, it can get a little warm in there, but the place just has so much character!  It’s super well run, too, so everything is always flawless from start to finish.  :)
The speeches were wonderful…we enjoyed every minute of them.  Both of these two families are just overflowing with love, and it was so awesome to witness.  Dinner, (catered by Curly’s), was outstanding.  
After dinner, Kristen and Gaurav heated up the dance floor with their adorable first dance!
The Botanical Gardens are even more magical at night…the full moon was a major bonus.  ;)
I love this shot.  I think it’s impossible for these two to look anything less than fabulous in a photo…love it.

Kristen and Gaurav – thank you so very much for choosing us to document your wedding day! We are so, so happy that you found us, and we feel honored to have been a part of such a genuine celebration of love. We hope your wedding in India is absolutely amazing and everything you ever hoped for! Much love to you both! J + B :)

  • Sarah S. SAYS...

    Great photos, Jen and Ben. So glad you were there to document Kris and Gaurav’s day. Also, I have to add that Ben was awesome pre-wedding helping with all the little things that happen pre-wedding from kids that don’t want to get dressed to fixing jewelry! We’ll call you for a family photos soon!

  • Jennifer @QueenCityBride SAYS...

    Love that final shot guys!!

  • Kristen SAYS...

    Jenn & Ben, Thank you so much for these beautiful photos. Gaurav and I couldn’t be happier with how beautifully you documented our wedding day. You guys were truly amazing to work and we are so happy that we found you. Thank you for everything! Best, K & G

  • Melissa SAYS...

    I LOVEEEEE these photos! Like your other Botanical Garden shoots all the green everywhere and the way you both are able to capture it through the cameras is AWESOME… like you said in the post, magical! Makes for perfect photos :)

    Ps. I agree, fantastic jewelry!