Su-Lynn Chen Photography – the blog

June 21, 2009

Anna and Bryan – Stage 6 at Steiner Studios

Filed under: Photography, Weddings — Su-Lynn @ 8:12 pm

This is a doozy of a post…lots of pictures!

Anna and Bryan were married last September at Stage 6 at Steiner Studios, located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Anna is one of my best friends from high school. We grew up in Manhattan and attended the United Nations International School together. It was a beautiful wedding on a lovely late summer/fall day. Anna and Bryan have graciously let me share some images I took from their big day.

I shot this wedding with pretty much 1 lens and only the on-camera flash, but it was a fantastic lesson to see what I was capable of doing in different lighting with a limited set of tools. During post-processing, I was inspired to create a feeling of 70’s vintage postcards so I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Steiner Studios had a very modern, industrial feel to it, which I totally think represents Anna and Bryan’s New York style.


Here’s a shot I got of my husband, Steve, with the skyline of Manhattan in the background. You can see the Brooklyn Bridge too!


Anna’s sister was her maid of honor/bridesmaid. She had only one, so I guess she played both roles! I have known her since she was a baby (gosh I feel old) – and I coudln’t believe how amazingly sexy she has become. Love the low-cut back of the dress though!


Here’s the groom, Bryan, looking very dapper and handsome



This is Audrey, who is Ellen’s daughter. Ellen is another one of my best friend’s from high school. She is absolutely adorable in her puffy dress!


That’s her dad up front trying to entice her with candy. So cute!


Here’s the beautiful bride Anna, walking with her dad who flew in from Shanghai. Anna chose a simple a-line halter dress with really pretty ribbon detailing. I loved how flowy and airy the dress looked, while still being chic and modern. It’s very Anna!







The backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge and surrounding industrial landscape really contrasted nicely with their flowy white Chuppah.










Here’s Ellen holding up flowergirl Audrey so she can see better


The kiss!!





Bryan is Jewish so of course they had to break the glass. And end with another kiss. Mazel Tov!!



Look how happy they are! I love this moment at weddings.





Some cocktail/reception decor. I like how simple and clean everything is, it really goes with the space!



Their favors/escort cards were cute little wax apples which are also candles. I love apples!


Audrey is super cute.


They had some amazing light during their portraits, couldn’t help but sneak a few shots of my own.





I think Audrey thought I was stalking her with my camera…but I just couldn’t resist those round cheeks!


Some motion blur shots – since back then, I had no external flash, I was forced to work with slower shutter speeds during the night, but I think it made for some cool effects.


Can you believe Anna’s mom made her 5-tier cake? She’s not even a professional baker. Amazing!



A + B. This is the logo that Bryan designed that was on all their stationary as well. Very creative!


Anna and Bryan entering the reception. See? Told you I had a lot of motion blur shots. I especially love this one.



They danced to Ben E. King’s classic, Stand by Me. It was sooo sweet.



And then it was party time! Starting with the horah, of course!


Oh and here’s a picture of ME at the wedding with the happy couple, taken by Steve, who also moonlights as my second shooter. I have very few pictures of myself at weddings because I am always behind the camera!


The centerpieces were so simple and elegant, I love the calla lillies.



Here’s Anna flirting with a little boy. I think he was smitten.


Cake cutting time!


It’s always the duty of the bride to get some cake on the groom’s face.


Anna dancing with her dad, and Bryan with his mom.



Anna and Bryan had a surprise for everyone, they had a choreographed tango! It was amazing! Anna sashayed out in a hot red number and gold shoes. They are such natural dancers. If me and Steve tried to do this on our wedding day, I dont’ know what disaster we’d end up causing. Anna and Bryan were awesome!



Gawd maybe they should try out for So You Think You Can Dance?


Anna and Bryan, thanks for letting me post pictures of your beautiful wedding! Let’s catch up soon!

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  1. Nice!

    Comment by Flash — July 7, 2009 @ 8:42 am

  2. Beautiful shots… great venue!

    Comment by Tina Sbrigato — September 14, 2009 @ 2:52 pm

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