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September 18, 2009

Danielle and Nathan – Bayards, NYC Part 1

Sorry for the lack of posts but have been extremely busy – shoots almost every weekend since I have gotten back from vacation, and more shoots to come! Hopefully this post will be filled with lovely eyecandy to tide you over.

2 weekends ago, I photographed Danielle and Nathan’s beautiful wedding at Bayard’s in downtown NYC. We were supposed to have the wedding outside at the Elevated Garden, but unfortunately the soggy weather didn’t allow for that. Nonetheless, the beautiful ceremony room at Bayard’s was a great back up location, if only a tad small. Running up and down a single tiny aisle was hard! Especially since I had to duck down most of the time to not block the guests’ view. The ceremony was short but so heartfelt and emotional. Both the bride and groom got teary-eyed and it was just so sweet! Bayard’s has an old world New York feel to it, very charming and vintage-y. Sort of made you feel like you stepped back in time to a much grander period in history.

Aside from the weather, everything ran rather behind schedule so instead of doing portraits and bridal party pics before the ceremony, we had to squeeze it in after the ceremony. Luckily we had a very photogenic group of guys and gals so it wasn’t very hard!

Here are some pics from the big day:



The beautiful dress. This one was for the ceremony.


And another stunner with gorgeous embroidery for the reception.



And the shoes!!! LOVED the purple color. Now I feel like I should have worn some colorful shoes for my wedding. I guess it didn’t matter since I wore flip flops most of the time, but gosh I just love it when brides have pretty shoes!!





The lovely girl below is the groom’s adorable daughter, Orianna (I hope I spelled that right!!) She was sooo cute!


The exquisite bridal party



The beautiful bride getting ready. On a side note, I did the bride’s makeup too! Everyone was scrambling around, and I have experience with makeup so I offered to do it for the bride. Honestly, Danielle was just so gorgeous to begin with, I didn’t have to do much at all. So, I don’t have many pictures of her getting made up, since I was doing it!



Stunning isn’t she? I must admit, I really like the makeup job I did!  I dont’ usually offer makeup services but I am happy to lend a hand if needed =)


The beautiful and lush bouquet was created by Mary Poston from Simply Unique Weddings and Events. She said this was the first bouquet she’s ever created herself (she usually directs them as they are made!) but I would never had known! It was simply divine, and I love how Danielle added the sparkly turtle brooch.


Hmm, how does this veil go on?


Dress? check. Veil? check. Flowergirl? check.


A teary Danielle walking down with her brother. Love how emotional this shot is.





I love the next two shots. Since there was no meeting before the ceremony, this was their time to really snuggle right after the ceremony



Some group shots:



Will be back to add a few more pics later on! In the meantime, Enjoy the weekend!!

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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