Susan Shek, a Brooklyn Wedding Photographer for Brooklyn Weddings

As an NYC Wedding Photographer, I spend quite a bit of time photographing in one of my favorite boroughs of New York, Brooklyn. Why is Brooklyn one of my absolute favorite boroughs in NYC?  Besides the fact that I live in Brooklyn and have spent the past seven years here, I thrive on the rich culture that flows from neighborhood to neighborhood….I love shooting Brooklyn Weddings as a Brooklyn Wedding Photographer!!!

With so much diversity, there is something to new to learn and experience every day.  From the vast number of delicious restaurants (and as you may know, I love food!), to the influx of street art, all the way to the alluring scenic aesthetic including the surrounding waterfront…Brooklyn is heaven on earth for the urban city lovers.

With so many reasons to explore, live, and spend time in Brooklyn…why not get married in Brooklyn as well?  If you live in NYC and are looking for the perfect borough to have a wedding, Brooklyn Weddings are the way to go.  And when you need to hire your Brooklyn Wedding Photographer, remember that I have shot a countless amount of Brooklyn Weddings at nearly all the popular venues.

 

Neighborhoods/Venues

There are a vast number of incredible neighborhoods within Brooklyn, each sporting their own characteristics, and vibe.  As a Brooklyn Wedding Photographer, I have explored each and every neighborhood in search of the best places to shoot (sometimes I feel like Indiana Jones when exploring).  I love discovering new backdrops, murals, and scenery to incorporate into my Brooklyn Wedding Photography.  Not only do I use these locations for Brooklyn Wedding Photography, but I also use them when I embark on a Brooklyn Engagement Shoot.

With so many luxurious and elegant Brooklyn Wedding Venues, you will have an abundant amount of options to choose from during your Brooklyn Wedding Planning venture.

Let’s delve into the beauty of each neighborhood, why they are special, and what venues are located within each:

Williamsburg

I tend to be heavily biased when it comes to Williamsburg because this incredible neighborhood is my home!  I have walked nearly every street in Williamsburg and have explored everything it has to offer.  From the phenomenal restaurants to the hipster social circles, to the antique flea markets, all the way to the vibrant street art…there is so much Williamsburg has to offer.

Williamsburg offers one of my favorite Brooklyn Wedding Venues, The William Vale.  This boutique hotel is known for its extravagant architectural design, a vast number of event spaces within, incredible sweeping views of Manhattan, and its 60-ft. swimming pool.  We strongly recommend checking out The William Vale and their portfolio of Brooklyn Weddings.  As a Brooklyn Wedding Photographer, this has been a favorite venue of mine at which to shoot!

Looking for another hotel in Williamsburg to celebrate your NYC Wedding?

The Wythe Hotel might be the venue for you.  This 116-year-old building was converted into an eclectic boutique hotel.  With incredible views of the Manhattan skyline, this hotel has infused the local Brooklyn culture into their aesthetic.  Check out The Wythe Hotel to generalize your own opinion.

If you’re looking for a not-so-NYC wedding venue, then the Brooklyn Winery might be the spot for you.  This intimate, woodsy, and rustic NYC Wedding Venue in Williamsburg is perfect for a small gathering.  What’s better than a venue in the middle of a real winery?  Your guests will be able to enjoy this romantic and sophisticated space while sipping on wine made on premise.

But the Williamsburg Wedding Venue list is not over yet.  Make sure to check out the industrial, chic, and luxurious MyMoon Venue.  With 25 ft. high ceilings that reach a glass cupola, your guests will enjoy natural sunlight piercing into your rustic wedding.  MyMoon can host 166 people for a seated dinner service.  It’s the perfect spot for a smaller group.

Greenpoint

For the longest time, Greenpoint has been called the new Williamsburg.  As a Polish-American neighborhood (as can be seen in the businesses and VERY TASTY polish restaurants), the neighborhood also is known as a hipster neighborhood.  You can pretty much walk anywhere in this neighborhood, which means you will be assimilated into the beautiful social life that Greenpoint offers.  As a Brooklyn Wedding Photographer, I have quite a few favorite (and some secret…shhh) spots to photograph.

DUMBO

For you new Brooklyn folk, DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.  As an industrial and artistic hub, DUMBO brings forth a multitude of businesses and pricey high-rise apartments.  If you decide to walk the Brooklyn Bridge, this will be the first part of Brooklyn you see when you depart on the Brooklyn side.

With high ceilings, towering wooden doors, and original brick interior, the 26 Bridge wedding venue will have you in awe.  This once industrial metal factory seats about 250 people, which is the perfect size for a large group.  While 26 Bridge is technically in Vinegar Hill, it sits on the edge of DUMBO.  Don’t let this Brooklyn Wedding Venue slip away when you begin your Brooklyn Wedding Planning venture.

If 26 Bridge is not the venue for you, then check out the beautiful DUMBO loft.  Located in the heart of DUMBO, this industrial venue is packed full of wooden pillars, original brick walls, and rustic forest-esque flooring.  This Brooklyn Wedding Venue has been highly rated by The Knot, The Wedding Wire, New York Weddings, and Ruffled (to name a few).

Park Slope

As one of the most high-end and desirable neighborhoods in New York City, it’s hard not to fall in love with Park Slope.  This Brooklyn Neighborhood is most famous for its turn-of-the-19th-century landmarked brownstone buildings.  Are you a nature lover?  Prospect Park is walking distance from Park Slope.  This is the ideal place to spend a day relaxing during the summer.

Looking for an outdoor Brooklyn Wedding Venue surrounded with nature?  Look no further than the famous Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is sandwiched in the middle of Park Slope, Crown Heights, and Prospect Heights.  With an abundance of greenery, floral arrangements, and nature trails, you’ll have an endless amount of time to explore.  When it comes to Brooklyn Weddings, this is the prime location for outdoor luxury.  As a Brooklyn Wedding Photographer, I go to this venue for both weddings and when I embark on a Brooklyn Engagement Shoot.

Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights is popular for its easy commute into Manhattan but is also a marvel in terms of the beauty within the neighborhood.  The tree-lined streets are especially beautiful when the leaves change colors in the fall.  You can enjoy that spectacle while sipping a delicious tea at one of the many small cafes.  Oh, and it’s an easy walk to the Brooklyn Bridge…another exciting summer activity.

Downtown Brooklyn

Downtown Brooklyn is considered to be the civic and commercial hub of Brooklyn, but in recent years is becoming a residential neighborhood with its own personality.  With an easy walk to Barclay’s Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, you will have endless opportunities to see exciting performances by your favorite artists.

Fort Greene

Fort Greene shares very similar characteristics to Downtown Brooklyn due to their neighboring locations.  It also borders the Brooklyn Navy Yard to the North and Atlantic Avenue to the South.  The Southern area within Fort Greene is best known for its Leafy Cobblestone streets, which brings forth a unique aesthetic to the neighborhood.

Clinton Hill

Looking for a place filled with culture, but without the partying?  Than Clinton Hill is the place for you.  As a more centralized neighborhood in Brooklyn, Clinton Hill offers a more laidback atmosphere.  The diverse socio-economic status of this neighborhood can be seen in the surrounding architecture.  You’ll find a range of brownstones homes, old mansions, wood frame houses, and new high-rise apartment buildings.

Bay Ridge

Bordered by the Belt Parkway on the west and the Gowanus Expressway on the east, the Verrazano Bridge is located at the Southern Tip.  This small town is known to be a popular Italian and Irish neighborhood, which means fantastic pubs and pizza (two of my favorite things!)

If you love the Bay Ridge neighborhood and are looking for a Brooklyn Wedding Venue, then check out The Bay Ridge Manor.  As a Brooklyn Wedding Photographer, this is definitely one of my favorite places to shoot!  With so many rustic, and industrial venues throughout Brooklyn; this venue provides a more traditional banquet style space.  This large space can accommodate up to 250 guests which are perfect for large groups.  Nothing beats dancing the night away underneath The Bay Ridge Manor grand chandelier within their main ballroom.  The Bay Ridge Manor is the perfect venue for Brooklyn Weddings.

Boerum Hill

This quaint neighborhood has an easy 15-minute commute into Manhattan but is famous for its decadent and historical 19th century townhomes.  With only 18,000 residents, you’ll find plenty of peace and quiet while walking on the cobblestone roads.

Home to one of the more popular Brooklyn Wedding Venues, The Green Building.  When it comes to Brooklyn Weddings, The Green Building is the place to be.  If you’re looking for a rustic, historical, and chic wedding within an old-school warehouse…then you’ve come to the right place.  Also a side note, The Green Building is technically located in the Gowanus neighborhood, which borders the Boerum Hill neighborhood.  As a Brooklyn Wedding Photographer, I love shooting at this venue.

Also located in Boerum Hill is the chic, intimate, and modern NYC Wedding Venue…501 Union.  With a lounge, courtyard, and reception hall, your guests will get a taste of both an indoor and outdoor vibe.  501 Union typically has a 160-person cap for seated dinners and dancing (the typical wedding).  501 Union is an incredible space for Brooklyn Weddings.

Red Hook

Known for its waterfront location and views of the New York Bay, Red Hook will give its visitors that New England vibe.  Its residents are your creative souls with a few industrialists.  With its exquisite food and endless shopping, you will never go bored in Red Hook.

One of the most notorious Brooklyn Wedding Venues in Red Hook goes by the name of The Liberty Warehouse.  This waterfront venue has sweeping views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.  Its interior setting gives off a rustic and modern aesthetic with brown wooden pillars throughout the chic warehouse.  As a Brooklyn Wedding Photographer, I love capturing the indoor and outdoor backdrops.  The Liberty Warehouse is a favorite venue of mine for Brooklyn Weddings.

 

Brooklyn Engagement Shoot

Has your man finally proposed?  Are you looking to hire a Brooklyn Wedding Photographer for your Brooklyn Engagement Shoot?  Well if that’s that case, let Susan Shek Photography be of assistance to you.  As a Brooklyn Wedding Photographer, I have ventured all throughout Brooklyn looking for the best of the best locations to hold a Brooklyn Engagement Shoot.  From shooting at The YES sign to photographing on the Brooklyn Bridge to using various murals and street art as backdrops, to venturing into the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, all the way to utilizing the East River as a natural aesthetic – I have been everywhere.  When it’s time to book your Brooklyn Engagement Shoot, consider Susan Shek Photography for your once-in-a-lifetime day.