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Fun for all – the fabulous Photo Wall

Posted on March 19, 2013

Why not make your wedding the talk of the town? Adding our photo wall to your wedding reception is a great way to get your guests involved with an interactive, fun element that they can all enjoy. We provide some costume elements for guests to use while posing in front of the photo wall. Items such as silly hats, colorful feather boas, glasses and all kinds of wigs make for some totally fun and wacky photos.

You literally never know what to expect when guests pose in front of the wall – and that’s part of the fun for sure! The real fun is when we process the pictures and then, if you wish, post them on Facebook for you to share with your friends and guests from the wedding. At the wedding itself, the photo wall is pretty much self- sufficient. Guests put on whatever costume elements they want, and then strike a pose in front of the wall. One guest must push the fire button that activates the countdown to the camera firing. Once the camera flashes, the photo has been taken.

We have a really classy looking background that works for any wedding theme or event. These photos are great to print later and send to guests who posed at the wedding. They will be delighted and definitely get a chuckle when they see the pics! If you want more instantaneous pictures, we do offer printing on the spot at the wedding. The photos are great quality and can be printed as 4x6 or 5x7 photographs and even customized and placed into custom folders as wedding favors. Either the photos can be imprinted in photoshop or the folders can be ordered with your names and wedding date imprinted on them. This is a totally unique and fun wedding favor – not the usual stuff that is given away at weddings as favors. Guests will leave with an amusing memento of their time at your wedding.

The photo wall literally can transform into any theme you wish – we can use other costume props that you supply plus add some more of our own. It is such a great way of having an interactive element at your wedding – guests who don’t even know each other will group together to take a funny picture in front of the photo wall. As a South Florida wedding photographer, I see all kinds of gimmicks at weddings. This is much more than just that. The high quality photos that are produced here are usable by the bride and groom, can be easily shared online or printed as gifts for guests. It is a practical and fun addition to any wedding reception or party alike.

We have some great promotions in terms of adding the photo wall to your wedding, so please feel free to give us a call and ask any questions you may have. We look forward to incorporating our photo wall into many clients’ upcoming wedding packages and witnessing the enjoyment they and their guests will have from its presence.

Jeff Kolodny Photography, Inc.

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Fabulous Oceanfront Venues for an Unforgettable South Florida Wedding

Posted on March 11, 2013

(Below) Wedding party in action. This beach action shot was taken on the beach at The Palms Hotel, Miami. The open beach is a great place for this type of wedding photograph because there are fewer distractions in both the foreground and background. However, the sky and sand make for a beautiful wedding scenic.

Everyone knows that the great state of Florida has hundreds of miles of pristine beaches, perfect for that destination wedding. Not only that, but what some do not realize is that the various parts of the state have beaches that are very, very different in appearance and atmosphere. Whether you are looking to have a destination wedding on the West Coast or East Coast areas of Florida there are a great number of incredible oceanfront venues to choose from that will allow you to plan a wedding with stunning views and beaches for your out of town guests to enjoy as well.

The photo below, shows the amazing view looking down Fort Lauderdale beach. Taken from the roof top courtyard at the Pelican Beach Resort. Looking down at the coastline always makes a great destination wedding picture.

Florida also offers a host of barrier islands or keys that offer some terrific venue options as well. All these beautiful locations are perfect for creating amazing photographs. On the West Coast, there is Marco Island home of the magnificent Marco Island Marriott. A large resort hotel, the Marco Island Marriott has something for everyone and is a desirable location for destination weddings as well as a choice of locals as well. The Marco Island Marriott offers a wide, white sand beach and calm gulf waters both of which are quite a contrast to the beaches on the island of Palm Beach on the opposite coast. The waters on the East Coast in general are more lively, with many sightings of cruise ships in the distance and a popular spot with tourists all up and down the coast from Jacksonville down to Miami.

(Above) Another photograph with the bride & groom kissing in the ocean. The Pelican Beach Resort makes for a fabulous background.

Some other great spots for destination beachfront wedding venues would be the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne in Miami that is actually on the island of Key Biscayne. While somewhat isolated from the heart of Miami, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne offers a spectacular and quiet beach along with superb grounds and an all around ultra classy atmosphere. Located on the mainland on Miami Beach there are a host of wonderful venues to choose from as well. As a South Florida wedding photographers, I often work at these venues and enjoy all that they have to offer as far as amazing scenery for picture taking as well as some interesting architectural features each venue has to offer.

Miami Beach weddings can be affairs to remember for sure. Some great oceanfront venues to be sure to check out are The Palms Hotel & Spa, The Ritz-Carlton South Beach, The Fountainbleau, The Loews Hotel, W Hotel-South Beach and The National Hotel. Up the coast a bit, another great area for South Florida beachfront weddings is the area between Hallandale Beach and Fort Lauderdale. This highly popular strip of South Florida real estate is home to a huge number of high end oceanfront venues such as the Westin Diplomat Hotel, The Harbor Beach Marriott, The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach, The B Ocean Hotel, and the The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale just to name a few. When you drive up just a little further, there is the Delray Beach Marriott and the Seagate right in the heart of Delray Beach where there are many great restaurants and shops to explore. Once you venture just a bit north, you’ve got several magnificent venues for a truly spectacular Palm Beach wedding. They are The Breakers, The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach and The Four Seasons Palm Beach. The Breakers, of course is a large and opulent hotel on a gorgeous strip of Palm Beach.

(Above) Many South Florida venues offer ballrooms with views of the ocean & beach. When choosing one of these ballrooms the fantastic view also doubles as the room decor . It may take less flowers and room decor to create a beautiful wedding reception when the room itself offers such a wonderful view.

(Above) Often an attractive couple mixed with a palm tree and a great sky is all it takes to make a stand-out photograph. This couple decided on an early morning wedding which provided great soft lighting for the photo above. This shot was taken along a peaceful stretch of beach in Fort Lauderdale.

There is simply no place like it anywhere. The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach and the Four Seasons Palm Beach are also beautiful and extremely classy venues offering the best beach views and the 5 star service their guests expect.

Whether you are looking for a more quiet laid back atmosphere for your wedding and the soft sands of the West Coast or the lively atmosphere of the East Coast and whether a destination wedding or not, you can plan a fabulous South Florida wedding at a beachfront venue that suits your taste and budget. As a South Florida wedding photographer, I assist couples quite frequently when they are looking for the perfect South Florida wedding venue.

(above) This couple had their destination wedding at the Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach. Since the weather in South Florida is always wonderful a beach engagement shoot is always a grate idea. Visiting South Florida to plan your destination wedding is a great reason to get away from the cold weather of the northeast and enjoy a warmer climate.

Jeff Kolodny Photography, Inc. (561) 965-9582

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Posted on December 10, 2012

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Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa Weddings

Posted on May 1, 2012

As a South Florida wedding photographer, working at the historic Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa is always a treat. I say historic, as there has been a Diplomat Hotel of sorts on this property since 1958 – many luminaries used to grace its rooms and still do today. Stars from Liza Minnelli to Bob Hope have performed here over the years and presidents have made appearances as well. It is a one of a kind South Florida location that not only holds appeal to celebrities, but also to many couples both near and far – to host their South Florida weddings – in many cases they are actually South Florida destination weddings.

I remember clearly the day in 1998 when the original Diplomat Hotel was imploded – it was quite a scene. Remembering what the original building was like beforehand just created anxiousness waiting to see what unbelievable structure would be built to replace this historic South Florida landmark hotel.

The new result was more than amazing. The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa is an ultra modern sleek oceanfront property with every amenity a guest would want. For Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa weddings, there are two incredibly high-end choice locations to choose from – the hotel or the country club. For this article, we will focus on weddings at the Diplomat Hotel location. The recent wedding of Coty and Ron is a perfect example of just how incredible a South Florida wedding can be at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa. Perfectly coordinated by Joni Scalzo of Your Special Day by Joni, this wedding captures the essence of a location truly magnificent to its area – a one of a kind spot for a South Florida weddings for sure. Joni tirelessly worked with this busy bride and groom to insure that every detail of their wedding was perfect and that they had no worries leading up to or on the wedding day. As a side note, Ron is the captain of an incredible yacht and Coty works with him – that is how they met. They travel the world in style all while working – they have amazingly interesting careers and being out of town so much meant that Joni was a key factor in managing all of the elements of their fabulous South Florida wedding.

Both the inside and the outside surrounding grounds of the hotel provide unlimited opportunities that as a South Florida wedding photographer, I can never pass up! I love the modern architecture, the incredible pool area, the ocean view and the truly unique feel the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa provides. Coty and Ron were great to work with and we enjoyed every moment we had to shoot around this modern, yet historic property. Although the Diplomat has been completely rebuilt and is in essence, a pretty new structure, I cannot help but think back to its rich history as I photograph South Florida weddings there. The place remains an extremely high-end venue for discerning brides and grooms who desire an unusually sleek and luxurious South Florida wedding. There is no question – a Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa wedding is a one of a kind opportunity that many brides and grooms see right away when they visit this location. Busy creating weddings for local couples as well as couples planning destination weddings, Joni Scalzo of Your Special Day by Joni is someone brides and grooms should consider speaking to when planning their weddings – at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa or elsewhere.

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Boca Raton Resort Wedding Photos

Posted on April 20, 2012

Tying the knot in Boca Raton, Florida is most romantic. A beach wedding in Boca Raton Florida is surely a dream of most couples today. Are you one of those? If you are, you should start searching for a professional and reliable Boca Raton Florida wedding photographer. Fortunately, there are many of those that you may end up having a difficult time choosing the best South Florida wedding photographer to hire.
Boca Raton Resort wedding photos could be real treasures that couples could keep for life. Not all are given the rare opportunity and privilege to marry in an exquisite and luxurious beach setting. Also known as "Boca Resort", the venue is not only extremely popular with locals, but Boca Resort weddings also hold quite an appeal to destination wedding couples as well.

Hiring the best wedding photographer would make the occasion more special. Create a shortlist of South Florida wedding photographers and interview each carefully. You could discover a lot about such professionals. Thus, you could make an intelligent and appropriate decision over which professional to hire to take your Boca Resort wedding photos.
Look at the experience level of each wedding photographer. It is important that the professional has specifically photographed Boca Raton Resort weddings. The resort is simply the most elegant venue for weddings and you surely would not want to miss each breathtaking scene with the spectacular background to be captured in photos. Thus, he should know the best angles and the best backgrounds to use in your wedding album.

The wedding photographer should capture every romantic moment in the elegant ballrooms as well as in the picturesque indoor and outdoor venues within the resort. A Boca Raton Resort wedding offers the most chic options for unforgettable ceremonies and receptions. Boca Raton wedding photographers should know how to capture the best images within the famous cathedral room, ballrooms, private beach, cloister garden, yacht club terrace, and the Boca Country Club.
The romantic setting that suits the wedding theme and mood should as well be captured. Likewise, the photographer should coordinate with the floral and décor arrangers, the caterers, and the cake providers so that these smaller details of the occasion would not be left out in your Boca Raton Resort wedding photos.

You should determine if the photographer is observing truth in advertising. It is ideal if the Boca Raton wedding photographer would be the one who would personally take the photographs and not assign his assistants, who might just be practicing/mastering the craft. Beware because many professional photographers do this scheme. They would advertise and market their personal services but on the occasion, they are not the ones covering the event.

Lastly, your chosen South Florida wedding photographer should provide the best offers in terms of costs, services, and packages. Everything should be written on paper. Expect the photographer to present you a contract before finalizing the deal. Read the agreement carefully and do not hesitate to ask questions should you have any. If you hire an experienced Boca Raton Resort wedding photographer, you will have a great opportunity to have amazing wedding photos from a one of a kind South Florida venue.

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