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Posted on May 14, 2018


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Pictures from our most recent weddings

Posted on April 12, 2019

Over the past few months I have photographed many weddings. In addition, I also have a new website and blog. Most of my latest photos are now being posted on my new website. If you are interested in clicking over, here is the link: www.kolodnyphoto.com
If you are happy to stick here, below are some wedding photos for you to check out.

BELOW:
Amanda and Zac were so nice to photograph. Amanda is one of those brides who really really cares about the photography. She hired a great wedding planner. www.julietyoungproductions.com Juliet, worked with me to create the perfect timeline. You may ask, What is a perfect timeline? A perfect timeline allows enough time for the bride to get her hair and make-up done without rushing, and still leaves plenty of time for the bride and groom's first look and for the wedding pictures.

Their wedding took place at Parkland Country club, in South Florida. Parkland Country Club has one of the most beautiful front entrances with waterfalls, fountains and even a small lake. The club house is a short ride down the road. However, Parkland Country Club always has golf carts standing by to shuttle the photographer and the bride and groom to their photography location.

After the first look we took the golf cart to the lake and fountains for a 45 minute photoshoot. When we finished taking pictures we rode the carts back leaving plenty of time for family and bridal party pictures.

As you could imagine, the flowers were beautiful and the ceremony was not only beautiful but also emotional. As a wedding photographer, I couldn't have asked for a better day, or a nice couple. If you check out my new website or my instagram feed you will find more photos from Amanda's beautiful wedding.


Ella and her Girls,
The second I walked into The Polo Club I knew this was going to be a great wedding. I always show up early and check out the ballroom. The first thing I saw was the amazing flowers and a completely draped ballroom. Now don't get me wrong. The Polo Club in Boca Raton is a beautiful wedding venue that really doesn't need draping. However, in this case the bride has decided on a color theme and a design, draping the ballroom allowed for her to include the walls into her vision. After chatting with the event planner, www.yourspecialdaybyjoni.com I went to see the bride and her girls in the getting ready room. (Bridal Room)
The bride and bridesmaids were fun, active and willing to do whatever it took to help me get the perfect shot. So, I had this idea. We stacked up the girls and made this photograph.


The photo below was taken during the wedding portrait session. Ella and Nick's ceremony took place in 1/2 of the Polo Club's huge ballroom. The wall were draped in white which made using bounce flash a no brainer. So I placed the bride and her bridesmaids closer to the white wall which allowed me the photograph them with this beautiful soft light. First I posed the girls in a more traditional standing position. Then after I got my shot, I decided to have one of the bridesmaids stand back to back with another girl. The all thought it was odd that I did this. After, I gave the girls the "Trust Me" I had them do a group hug which forced the bridesmaids together. Awkward for the back to back girls. The idea was the the awkward stance would create a situation where one girl had to fall on to the next girl. This created a fun spontaneous look. I thing this works! Ella still has the option of using the more traditional pose in her wedding album is this shot doesn't work for her. (Sorry I didn't not include the groom Nick in this post, However, you can see more of Ella and Nick in my new website.


OK - a little side note. I just spent one hour writing content for this post. I was finished and ready to post. Then after hitting the post to blog button, the website has an error and I lost everything I wrote. I wrote something about how nice it was having beautiful weather at all 3 of these weddings. I spoke about how it never rained at my weddings in Southern California, Blah Blah Blah, and how delightful the South Florida sun is on a great wedding day. This is the reason I started a new GoodGallery website and WordPress Blog. However, this old blog has so much good content that it does come up on search engines. I also have beautiful weddings posted on here. I'll keep updating it, but it's really my new blog and website that is going to see more action.
Anyway, enough complaining about this blog. It was great while it lasted.
BELOW: Lindsay and Seth has a fantastic wedding at Broken Sound Country Club in Boca Raton.
I'm always excited when I get a call or e-mail about a Broken Sound Country Club Wedding.
The photo below was taken during the First look. The First look is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony for the purpose of getting all the posed pictures out of the way so that the bride and groom can enjoy their wedding cocktail hour and wedding reception without having to go back and do more photos. There is many more reasons for doing the first look in addition to not having to so posed photo, but that is for another post.


Lindsay and Seth had a jewish wedding ceremony which meant that the ceremony didn't take place until after sundown. Sundown Jewish wedding ceremony's are kind of unique because it's daylight when the ceremony starts and dark by the time the ceremony is over. Wedding guest are treated to seeing the wedding canopy go from being lit by evening sun to being lit by beautiful colored uplighting or spotlighting.
You can see more of Lindsay and Seth's pictures on m new website. You can also read about their wedding here:
https://modernweddings.com/2019/04/lindsay-seths-florida-jewish-wedding/?fbclid=IwAR3q6BSvwGjjDNTFt-Y_ihNuF5eJoy-104UAaIcgsptPVkG9ChCpHVTDkiI


In addition to getting some great wedding pictures and working at Broken Sound Country Club, I'm thrilled that I also received this five star review from Lindsay and Seth!!!!

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WHY A GREAT WEDDING NEEDS A GREAT WEDDING TIMELINE

Posted on April 2, 2018

BELOW: Section of a wedding planners timeline. Wedding Planner Anje Soirees


When all the wedding fanfare is over, you’re back from your honeymoon, the wedding dress and tuxedo have been hang neatly in a corner, the gifts are unpacked and the thank you messages have been sent what is left? What is left to remind you of one of the most important day of your life? Apart from the memories in your heart, the pictures in your hand will do a pretty good job of reminding you. Pictures are very important since they immortalize those memories for a long time.


ABOVE: Bride getting ready, Make up artist is applying the bride make-up. It's important that the hair and make-up people start early enough to that everyone being photographed is "Photo Ready" when the photographer arrives.
BELOW: Groom getting ready, Normally the photographer will photograph both the bride getting ready and the groom getting ready. Depending on the timeline this could take an hour or more.


Everyone loves a good photo, but good pictures don’t just happen. Imagine having an amazing Florida destination wedding but having no pictures to show for it because there wasn’t enough time to take those amazing pictures. Good pictures require both patience and precision from the photographer. That is where the importance of having a timeline comes in; a photographer needs ample to set up and composite a perfect photograph without feeling constantly pressed for time.


ABOVE: Photo of the Groom seeing his bride for the first time. After both the bride and groom are finished getting ready it's usually time for the First Look.

After spending many years working as a Florida photographer I have learnt that setting a realistic timeline means that you will provide the photographer with enough time to take pictures of the wedding party and important members of the family. A good timeline usually begins with the hair and makeup people knowing exactly when the photographer will begin taking the photographs. We all know that makeup is a delicate art and no one wants it to end up being a mad dash against time. It is therefore essential to set aside enough time for hair and make-up so that by the time the photographer is set up, everyone is ready to have their pictures taken.

BELOW: Bride and her bridesmaids. The wedding timeline must allow enough time for the photographer to photograph not only the bride and Groom with family members but also enough time to do some fun photos with the wedding party.


As a Florida Photographer, here’s a brief overview of my process:
I usually spend about 1 hour shooting the bride and groom together. I will also spend about 1 hour taking the family photos. Sometimes if there is a large amount of family members I’ll allow more time photographing family. This means I need about 2 to 3 hours photographing the wedding party and important family members. That is why a good timeline is very important to me, because it means everybody knows where they need to be and what time they need to be there.

BELOW: Family Portraits are a huge part of wedding photography. The family photo below was taken before the bride and groom's ceremony.


To further emphasize the importance of having a timeline I have brought in Amber from Oh My Occasions, a very experienced wedding planner, to give her thoughts on the subject of wedding timelines.
In a nutshell, a timeline allows then entire wedding team to be aware of important formalities throughout the day. I personally create 3 different timelines: for the wedding party (with abbreviated information not pertinent to them), for the vendors (with delivery, load in, and strike times) and for my planning team (with detailed information like song choices, processional order, etc.). While there is a rough template of how I create my timelines, I always connect with the photographer to get their ideal timing into my agenda. Everyone shoots differently, so one photographer may tell me they want 20 min for details and the other may want a full hour. That communication allows the timeline to flow smoothly without any rushing.
I tend to work from the middle of the timeline back and then forward. I input ceremony time (when the bride actually walks) first. Then I work backward to determine what time she needs to be ready, which will then determine when Hair and makeup arrives.

So there you have it, thoughts from both a South Florida wedding photographer and a wedding planner on the importance of having a realistic timeline for your wedding.

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Pink & Gold Miami Modern Jewish Wedding

Posted on January 29, 2018

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Pink & Gold Miami Modern Jewish Wedding


Pink & Gold Miami Modern Jewish Wedding

Erica and Yaron’s love story began at a Shabbat dinner in Fort Lauderdale, Florida one April evening. Yaron introduced himself, they quickly hit it off, and the rest is history. Fast forward through their adorable aquarium proposal (read the full story below!) and the couple found themselves planning their dream Jewish wedding in Miami.


They selected the city’s zoological theme park, Jungle Island, as their venue for a celebration that perfectly suited their style. “Jungle Island was a perfect match for our priorities, but more importantly, my mother is from Miami Beach and having the ceremony there was such a special connection,” Erica said.


Their December wedding day featured sunny skies at a lovely 86 degrees, setting the perfect scene for their outdoor ceremony. Erica and Yaron exchanged vows beneath a peony and hydrangea-covered chuppah that’s guaranteed to make any floral-lover’s jaw drop.


They kept the party going with a ballroom reception that tied in their pink and gold color palette through every last detail. To cap off the evening, guests enjoyed desserts from an epic cupcake tower and lifted Erica and Yaron up for the hora on the dance floor.



More proposal details from the bride:


In executing the proposal, Yaron and a group of mutual friends planned a trip to Tampa, Florida under the guise of a friend winning a free hotel stay. Once in Tampa, the friends decided to visit the local aquarium where they offer a backstage penguin experience because I absolutely love penguins.

During the experience, the penguin caretaker brought out one of the penguin’s favorite toys -a “peekaboo box” – to show me. In taking the top of the box off, I discovered it contained an even smaller penguin holding an engagement ring, and when I looked up Yaron was down on one knee asking me to marry him!

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Amazing Ideas You Should Consider for Your Palm Beach Wedding

Posted on September 13, 2017


Feel free to use these ideas!
The Colony Hotel is an amazing wedding venue. Dress by Bacio Bacio. Photos by Jeff Kolodny Photography.
We are in constant awe of the insanely talented wedding vendors in Palm Beach! They create some gorgeous events and this article showcases some of the best vendors in town.
Recently, we attended a great event for wedding vendors called "Trends at Tea" at The Colony Hotel. This event showcased the latest trends for your Palm Beach wedding and we couldn’t wait to share them with you!
Check out these great details from the event – and definitely contact these locally-owned vendors if you like these ideas too!



Unique Invitation Suite
A fun invitation suite along with save the date cards is bound to impress your guests. Design by Chirp Paperie.
Photos by Jeff Kolodny Photography.




Did you know you can mail a coconut???
Well, you can and this hand-painted Save the Date and coordinating invitation suite from Chirp Paperie is just amazing.
She even included directions on how to open the coconut and straw to drink the water!


An awesome Grand Entrance that your guests will love.


This grand entrance was a beautiful way to welcome guests. Designed by J Morgan Flowers. Photo by Jeff Kolodny Photography.

We loved this grand entrance of large candles lining the pathway to the reception entrance. It was a stunning addition to The Colony Hotel gateway!

Metallics…Metallics Everywhere!


Metallics are super on trend right now! Work it in where you can. Floral by J Morgan Flowers. Photo by Jeff Kolodny Photography.


Metallics are all the rage lately and everyone is loving it. Metallic colors go so well with different colors, especially the Pantone Color of the Year Greenery. You’ll find it’s super easy to incorporate your favorite metallic colors into your event.


Feature Local Flowers
These flowers by J Morgan Flowers showcase our awesome local flowers. Photo by Jeff Kolodny Photography.


We love the flowers from J Morgan Flowers. Not only are they beautiful, but they can be found locally! Check out the palm fronds in this stunning bridal bouquet.


Eye-Popping Place Setting
Carry your metallic theme through to your beautiful place setting. Rentals by Atlas Party Rentals. Photo by Jeff Kolodny Photography.


We are suckers for a gorgeous place setting and this beauty plays up the metallic trend that’s going on. How can you not love that rose gold flatware? It’s available to rent from Atlas Party Rentals.


Gorgeous Bridal Dress and Accessories
Definitely consider shopping local at Bacio Bacio for your dress and accessories. Bouquet by J Morgan Flowers. Photo by Jeff Kolodny Photography.


We definitely encourage you to shop local, so we were excited to see the bride in a gorgeous gown and stunning accessories provided by local shop Bacio Bacio!

The bride was dolled up by Team Beauti and Jen Bah Hair and Make-Up


Use a Custom Snapchat Filter
We love Snapchat and having our own filter made it even more awesome!
Filter by Chirp Paperie. Dress by Bacio Bacio. Floral by J Morgan Flowers. Photos by Jeff Kolodny Photography.
If you love Snapchat, then you have a get a custom geofilter designed for your wedding!
Talk to your wedding invitation designer about making one that coordinates with your printed goods and then upload it to Snapchat for approval.
So fun!

Delicious Signature Drinks
We love delicious cocktails!
Showcase your favs with a signature drink. Photos by Jeff Kolodny Photography.


It’s always a crowd pleaser to have a signature drinks that represent you and your fiancé. Consider showcasing one of your fav local craft brews like Due South or something fun and fruity.

Scrumptious Dessert


This GORGEOUS cake is by the amazing Johnson Custom Cakes. Floral by J Morgan Flowers. Photos by Jeff Kolodny Photography.

Who doesn’t love dessert?!? This incredible masterpiece features the local, tropical theme and metallic fun. It was created by the talented Johnson Custom Cakes.

Gorgeous Ceremony set up.


We love this ceremony design and the arch looked amazing!
Rentals by Atlas Party Rentals. Swag by Swag Decor. Floral by J Morgan Flowers. Photos by Jeff Kolodny Photography.

It’s easy to want to spend all your décor budget in the reception, but save some for your ceremony. This gorgeous arch from Atlas Party Rentals with swag by Swag Decor and beautiful aisle flowers by J Morgan Flowers truly highlights the space.


Comfy Lounge Areas


Get your lounge on with this comfy set by AFR Furniture Rental. Swag by Swag Decor. Photo by Jeff Kolodny Photography.

Our jaws dropped when we saw the comfy and stylish lounge areas by AFR Furniture Rental and swag by Swag Decor.
Seriously, your guests will thank you for having a place to rest when they aren’t burning up the dance floor.

Beautiful Hand-lettered Signs


These stunning hand lettered signs by Ink Letter Love are perfect for any event. Photo by Jeff Kolodny Photography.
It’s always been our belief that you can never have too many signs, so why not make them beautiful!
These signs by Ink Letter Love are stunning and functional.

Pick an Awesome Wedding Planner


Hiring a wedding planner can help make your wedding vision a reality.
Planning by Golden Pineapple Events. Photo by Jeff Kolodny Photography.
You know who can make all of these ideas a reality? A wedding planner!
This photoshoot was pulled together by Allison from Golden Pineapple Events and she’s wonderful.

Hire an Amazing Photographer


Trust us – hire a great photographer. Photo by Jeff Kolodny Photography

All of the amazing images in this article were shot by Jeff Kolodny Photography.
If you want images like this from your wedding, make sure to hire a professional wedding photographer to capture them.
Trust us, you’ll be glad you did.

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