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Why Consider and Engagement shoot? Featuring Jen and Ryan's Engagement Photo Shoot.

Posted on September 21, 2016


In those first few weeks after your engagement, life becomes a whirlwind of activity. Usually, booking a session for your engagement photos isnt the first item on your wedding to do list. After meeting with family, choosing a date and a location, the next step is choosing a photographer. Depending on your budget, you might think you and your partner can forgo an engagement session all together. Or even if it is in your budget, you might consider the session to be a waste of money.


I could write a book on all the reasons why you need to plan an engagement session. If you and your partner have never worked with a professional photographer, this is your opportunity for a trial run. Figure out your favorite pose and smile. For some people, posing in front of the camera can cause some jitters. Can you imagine those jitters showing up in your wedding photos? Any session with a photographer should come with ease. Also, many brides book trial runs for their hair stylists and makeup artists. With just one photography session, you can knock out several items on your wedding to do list. Once you complete your engagement session, you can use the photos for Save the Dates, decor or even for decoration in your wedding.


I recently photographed Ryan and Jens beautiful and exotic engagement session. The couple selected the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens as a backdrop for their photos. Since the Bride wanted a unique location for their session, the beautiful grounds was an excellent choice. While the couple doesnt currently reside in the state, they decided on a Florida Destination Wedding. The Sunshine State holds a special place in their hearts. Both have family in the state, and they visit annually.


With Jen living in Chicago and Ryan in Maryland, the two carried a long distance relationship for quite some time. After monthly visits and constant chatting, the pair knew that they had something special. This March, Jen flew to Maryland for a visit with Ryan. While on a date at their favorite wine and beer bar, Ryan arranged for a pair of glasses to be brought out to the table. Etched in one was, got down on one knee with the date. The other, will you marry me? Not only did Ryan pull off the proposal, but he had planned for Jens family to fly in to celebrate for the rest of the weekend. And the rest was a beautiful, romantic history.


Ryan and Jen will say I do iat the Delray Beach Marriott in April, 2017.

Written by, Shelby Chiasson for Jeff Kolodny Photography.

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Planning Your Dream Destination Wedding with Ease:

Posted on September 15, 2016


5 Tips from a Destination Wedding Photographer (The photo above was taken in Jamaica. The photo below was taken in Punta Cana, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Your wedding day should be one of the happiest and most memorable day of a your life. It requires careful planning and execution to ensure the event is a huge success. After the euphoria from the engagement has waned, the newly engaged couple is now ready to plan their dream wedding. Most couples are dreaming to say I do in an exotic destination away from home surrounded by their closest family and friends.


Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular these days as their advantage over traditional weddings is becoming more apparent. Having a destination wedding allows the opportunity for couples to have a unique wedding that is suited to their taste and budget in a place far away from home that is much more exotic. Nothing beats a celebration of love, friendship and family through marriage in the stunning beaches of the Caribbean or in a quaint village in Tuscany!


South Florida is one of the top destinations for weddings. Its warm weather and picturesque views draw thousands of weddings every year. A lot of couples who want to get married in winter time choose South Florida because of its warm and inviting weather all year round.


Jeff Kolodny, a top South Florida wedding photographer, has been successful in covering weddings in this popular wedding destination. Aside from South Florida, he has also covered numerous weddings in Mexico, California, the south of France and such Caribbean islands as Curacao, Dominican Republic, the Ocean Club in the Bahamas and Jamaica. He is willing to fly anywhere a destination wedding make take him.


Being a wedding photographer for a number of years and covering many destination weddings, Jeff has some tips on how you can make your dream wedding come true without breaking your budget. Couples planning to have a destination wedding doesnt need to worry because it doesnt need to be extremely expensive. The couple just has to carefully choose where their money will go.


1. Have a small guest list. Having your wedding away from home is the perfect reason to make it small and intimate inviting only your family and closest friends. Since attendees might be need to take a leave from work or spend for plane fare, it is best to only invite those who will truly make your wedding special. Also, fewer guests means you can spend your budget elsewhere such as getting the best menu and a great photographer. Good food will always leave a lasting memory to your guests and a great photographer is essential to capture every smile, every romantic look, every heart-warming moment during your wedding.


2. Have a weekday wedding. Having your wedding on a weekday means you will be able to get more flexibility from your vendors as far as price. Maybe they can give you a better package because your wedding is on an off day. For example, your photographer will be able to give you a better price since he doesnt have to give up his weekend weddings. Resorts and Hotels might also be less busy during a weekday.


3. Get help from the resort or hotel. A lot of resorts in the top wedding destinations usually have an on-site event coordinator that can help you with the planning and execution of your wedding. They can also refer you to outstanding vendors they have worked with in the past. This will save you time and money going through potential vendors.


4. Save on décor. Having a destination wedding will let you enjoy the blue sky, bright sunshine and often a striking view whether you choose a beach, a cliff or a mountain side. No need to rent intricate lighting or have an elaborate background, use natures beauty as décor for free!

5. Have your wedding and honeymoon in one place. Having your wedding at your dream destination means you can also have your honeymoon there! No need to have a separate budget for your honeymoon. Maybe the hotel or resort can even give you a better deal since you are also holding your wedding there. Plus, since your family are friends are also already in the location and they already took the weekend off, they might as well enjoy a mini break themselves. Just request the resort or hotel to book you in a room away from your guests to ensure your privacy.


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Andrea & Jesse’'s Magnificent Miami Wedding

Posted on May 4, 2016


Earlier this year I had the extreme pleasure of photographing Andrea and Jesse’s Miami wedding. Andrea is the third sister in the family whose wedding I photographed. Working with her family is always a wonderful experience! She and Jesse in particular were a great couple to photograph – their enthusiasm and cooperation really comes through in the pictures. I hope you will enjoy the post below including photos that capture their special day, their captivating video highlight and also their own personal – and very romantic - story.




FROM THE BRIDE: It all began sophomore year 2007 at the University of Florida Sig Ep fraternity house party. We were inseparable all night and not too long after we started dating. During undergrad, we were fortunate enough to study abroad together for a semester in Madrid, Spain for 6 months. During that time we travelled to over 10 countries together including Paris, France for Valentine’s Day, Dublin, Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day, and Milan, Italy for Easter just to name a few of the highlights. We both have a love for travel and that experience was an unforgettable lifetime experience that we were able to share together. We then both graduated from UF with Finance degrees in 2010. I went on to pursue my Masters in Accounting in Miami and Jesse took a year off of school to study for the LSAT. He got accepted to Stetson University Law School in St. Petersburg, FL. We did long distance for a year which made us realize we couldn’t be a part from each other. I moved up to St. Pete the next year leaving family and friends behind, but it was the best decision I made. We were not in a rush to get married as I wanted him to take his time and finish school. He didn’t waste much time though once he graduated. A week later after graduation we got engaged in Atlantis on Paradise Island, Bahamas on May 24, 2014. Atlantis has always been a favorite destination of ours and now it will be a special place to us forever. We have been together for almost 8 years now and I can’t wait to spend forever with my best friend and love of my life.



Once they were engaged, the next step was to select where and when they would be married. Andrea describes their search below for the perfect South Florida wedding venue and how they eventually selected the Westin Colonnade and Plymouth Congregational Church in Miami. In addition to these 2 key venues, everyone prepared for wedding at the incomparable Biltmore Hotel which offered the opportunity for them to shoot some really fabulous photos at that iconic location. Between the Westin Colonnade, the Biltmore Hotel and Plymouth Congregational Church, Andrea and Jesse had 3 superb South Florida wedding venues lined up for their special day. Each location offers its own special brand of uniqueness and each has a special Miami flair. As a South Florida wedding photographer, working in 3 such gorgeous locations was definitely a treat.










FROM THE BRIDE: How I picked my venue: We are both from the South Florida area so we were looking anywhere between West Palm Beach and Miami. We found our Reception Venue first and then the Church. We were living in St. Pete at the time we were searching for venues so we had to schedule all of our appointments on the weekends. We scheduled 4 appointments back to back in Miami. One of our appointments ran over time so we thought we were going to have to cancel the appointment to the Westin Colonnade but we were able to stop in for 15 minutes just to take a peak. Boy, we were so glad we stopped in because we were in awe when we saw the Grand Rotunda Ballroom. We fell in love at first glance and could picture our wedding there immediately. The ballroom was two stories high with a fountain in the middle. There wasn’t anything about it that we didn’t like so there was no question that this was it. We were then on the hunt to find a church near the venue and immediately fell in love with Plymouth Congregation Church as it resembled a castle and had an old medieval vintage type feel to it. Everything just felt so magical at both of our venues and I was able to envision a fairytale wedding that I had always dreamed of.






Many thanks to Andrea and Jesse and both of their families for having us be a part of their very special and most incredible day.


Vendors: Getting Ready/First Look: Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, FL; Church: Plymouth Congregational Church, Coconut Grove, FL; Reception Venue: Westin Colonnade, Coral Gables, FL; Band: Euphoria; Florist: J. Adan Events; Photographer/Videographer: Jeff Kolodny; PhotoMingle: Boca Photo Experience; Specialty Linen: Over the Top; Antique Bentley Car Service: Padrino’s; Trolly: Unique Transportation; Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero from Bellissima Bride; Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy; Groom/Groomsmen Attire: JoS. A. Bank; Invitations: Samantha Jade Designs; Wedding Planner: Weddings By Bailey


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Gabri & Jeffrey's Destination Wedding at the Eau Palm Beach

Posted on August 12, 2015


We recently photographed Gabri and Jeffrey’s gorgeous wedding at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. This amazing couple lives in New York City and I asked them to tell me their story so that I couldshare it here.


Jeffrey is looking sharp!




Jeffrey and Gabri met in a serendipitous way in December of 2011 in the lobby of their Boston apartment building; later that day Jeffrey left a package for Gabri with a dog treat, his card, and a note saying "I was getting my dog treats and thought of you and Scarlet -Jeffrey" The two went on a date where they both ordered the same dish and had a wonderful time; from then on the two knew they had found something special.


Gabri and Jeffrey chose to have their wedding in Palm Beach, Florida because their grandparents live close by and otherwise would not have been able to attend their wedding. The two are very close with their grandparents and made their attendance and comfort a priority. They also loved the beautiful beach scenery.


Bling is always a good thing!



Gabri’s very unique wedding gown was designed by Vera Wang accented by Jimmy Choo shoes.Jeffrey’s tuxedo was by Ermengildo Zegna. Bridesmaids wore Amsale, Joanna August and Dessy.Team Beauti created the hair and make-up styles for the bride while her wedding band was fromGreenwich Jeweler and the groom’s ring was by Tiffany.


Mike Sipe Entertainment kept the guests on their feet all night and Xquisite Events and FrostHandled all the flowers and décor for the affair. Cheryl Clisby & Co. were the event planners for the Wedding.



This South Florida Palm Beach wedding was also a destination wedding, as the bride and groom dolive in New York. Many couples from up North choose to have a Florida destination wedding, as either their parents or grandparents live here. It just makes sense. Also, it allows their guestsfrom out of town to come here to Florida and make somewhat of a vacation around thewedding. It works out well for everyone involved! Plus our year-round good weather is definitelya strong incentive as well. South Florida weddings are very popular among not only locals butalso many, many out of towners. Our clients often do not live here – in fact we have clients fromas far away as overseas! South Florida destination weddings hold much appeal especially for people who live in colder climates as well.




This wedding featured some really pretty details - a la Xquisite Events.


Just breathtaking!






Let's get this party started!


Mouthwatering cuisine by the Eau Resort Palm Beach Resort & Spa.



Yummy for sure...


We hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse of Gabri and Jeffrey’s wedding! We want to thank both ofthem and their families for including us on this very special day in their lives.


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Nicole & Federico’s Miami Wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

Posted on June 21, 2015

Nicole and Federico met on July 29, 2013. It was love at first sight! August 17th was their first date and they were inseparable from that point forward. They became engaged on July 17, 2014 at the Grace Bay Club in Turks and Caicos. Very romantic!


The couple chose Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne for their wedding simply because of their incomparable service and elegance. They knew that our big day would go off without a glitch! As they said, it was simply perfect. Not to mention, the scenery is stunning.




As a South Florida wedding photographer, I have to say that the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne remains one of my absolute favorite wedding spots. There is simply no place like it. Located on Key Biscayne off of Miami, just the location itself exudes a feeling of being in a remote tropical place. You really feel transported while there. The hotel’s unparalleled beauty and grandeur cannot be matched anywhere in South Florida. From the inside grandiose lobby all the way to the outside gazebo area and pristine beach, the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is tropical elegance to the max. Whether you are planning a smaller wedding or larger affair, the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is the perfect venue to impress and wow your guests and is sure to create a most magnificent backdrop for your Miami wedding celebration.






Nicole and Federico’s wedding, while not large in size, was super elegant in every way. Susan Wesselhoft from Grande Affaires created all the décor and transformed the wedding into something really special. The bride had two dresses – both were Allure purchased from Molly Bride in Jupiter, FL. Her shoes were Jimmy Choo and her jewelry was Swarovski. Hair and makeup were done by Marz Makeup. Federico and the guys wore tuxedos by Cardita Formal ware of Stuart, FL. Entertainment was provided by Junior’s Entertainment of Miami, FL. Finally; Anna Caterbone of the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne beautifully coordinated everything for the bride and groom to insure that the wedding went off without a hitch.


















Many thanks to Nicole and Federico for having me photograph their very special Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne wedding! I very much enjoyed working them both and their enthusiasm was very much appreciated! It always make my job more fun when I have a couple who is excited about helping to create great pictures on their wedding day.


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