Real Brooklyn wedding: Lauren + Shani

This super chic wedding in the park proves that with minimal decor and lots of heart, you’ve got a winning combination for the perfect wedding!

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same sex brooklyn wedding

same sex brooklyn wedding

same sex brooklyn wedding

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2 laidback brides in brooklyn

outdoor simple table setting

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cutting the wedding cake


From the photographer:

On a late summer day in Brooklyn, two people made a pact to love and respect one another for the rest of their lives. On September 1st, Shani & Lauren were legally joined in matrimony overlooking the Audubon center in Prospect Park, after having eloped in Paris earlier in the summer. After the ceremony, the pair perused the Brooklyn flea on the their way to 606 R&D to cool off with summertime spritzers. The newlyweds were received by an intimate reception where spontaneity ruled and the atmosphere was connected. Chatter and laughter could be heard as guests dined on delicious local, organic, gluten-free foods.  They were serenaded by one of their close friends, who sang a euphoric acappella rendition of A Thousand Years. As the sun set, the day was capped off with a stroll home through the streets of Brooklyn.


Catering/restaurant: 606 R&D
Cake: Tulu’s Gluten Free bakery
Dresses: (Lauren’s) hot pink dress-Saks, (Shani’s) brown/black geometric dress- O.N.A., Brooklyn
Ceremony Venue: Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Jewelery: super minimal/our own, Shani’s bracelet is from Catbird in Brooklyn
Flowers: local grocery (:

[images from Erika Layne]

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  1. what an absolutely beautiful day! so personal too – congrats, ladies!

  2. Erica

    Love all of the textures, colors, and personal touches. What a gorgeous day (and gorgeous couple).

    (P.S. These photos are making me miss summertime so much!)

    Cheers! erica @ tinseltwine . com

  3. This is a very sweet wedding. I love how personal it was. Congrats to the both of them!

  4. Sweet Aftonia

    YAAAASSSSS!!!! Des is mah guurls!!! Love them to death and couldn’t be happier and blessed to be a part of this beautiful day. TAP OUT!!!!

  5. Ariana

    DIE!!!!!! I LOVE my cousin Lauren and the newest member to this crazy Dawson family, Shani! They are the BEST couple and these beautiful pictures prove it! So happy for them both! Congrats xoxoxoxo

  6. Frenchie

    So beautiful and so very full of your personalities. :’)

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  8. KMorrow

    Absolutely LOVE these shots – so elegant and personal! Congratulations on your wedding and the feature article!

  9. Emily "Kisses"

    Congratulations! Lovely photos!You two are beautiful “song birds”. I’ve witness your simple and pure love. Lauren you are so blessed to find the love of Shani(my Spelman Sistah)



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