Un and Steven eloped on December 10th, with a ceremony and reception at Freemans Restaurant.
Un is the director of development for a beauty association, and Steven owns his own landscape architecture studio. The two of them met on Tinder and had their first date the day after Thanksgiving in 2014. It was actually Steven’s very first Tinder date, and he came all the way to Brooklyn Heights from his home in Harlem—which Un thought was incredibly sweet of him. After their first date, they built up a good friendship but didn’t really date, simply getting to know one another and texting on occasion. But when that started to shift to texting every day, they decided to meet up again and finally realized that their friendship had grown into something more.
Then, last July, they had just moved into their first apartment together when Steven suggested that they take their dog, Ella, to Brooklyn Bridge Park for their early morning walk that weekend. They walked in St. Ann’s Warehouse and sat down for a bit, and as they talked, Steven started to choke up. Un didn’t realize what was happening until he pulled out a ring!
On the day of their elopement, I met up with Un and Steve in Brooklyn Bridge Park for some photos before the ceremony. Both of them had told me that they felt they were not photogenic, but nothing could be further from the truth for these two. Their excitement and pure joy bled through in every single photo I captured of them, especially in the park where they got engaged. I think it definitely helped that they were in a place that had such a special meaning to them.
After that, we migrated to Freemans Restaurant to meet up with their families. They held a simple ceremony and then sat down for an intimate celebratory dinner in one of the private dining rooms.
Steven & Un, thank you for asking me to be your wedding photographer for your elopement. I know that your future kids will look back on these photos and know how much you love each other—it was obvious for me to see, too.