Archive: March 2013

Alina & Rafael’s Palm Beach Engagement Shoot

Posted on March 20, 2013

I recently had the pleasure of photographing Alina and Rafael’s engagement shoot in downtown Palm Beach. What a truly magnificent location for an engagement shoot. A hot spot all its own, Palm Beach, Florida is unlike any other area in the state. Playground of the ultra rich and famous, Palm Beach is beautiful and lush with a pristine coastline and world famous Worth Ave which is great for photography and for all of your high-end shopping needs.

Beach lovers will enjoy the wide and inviting beach located just off Ocean ave.

For Alina and Rafael’s Palm Beach engagement shoot, we began on Worth Ave. and worked our way in and out of the alleyways, taking advantage of all the natural beauty, architecture and unique features we encountered along the way. Eventually making our way down to the beach, we had a great time shooting photos along the way – there was literally an endless selection of backgrounds to shoot against. As a South Florida wedding photographer, I recognize an amazing location when I see one – and Palm Beach never disappoints. Whether photographing a Palm Beach wedding or engagement shoot, the immaculate and lush setting of Palm Beach makes for some incredible photos.

Now, for some information about our attractive bride and groom – this is paraphrased from Alina’s own words.

Their journey began not to long ago when Alina and Rafael finally locked eyes on January 1, 2012, just a few hours after the New Year arrived. They spent every weekend together building on their magical chemistry. Their passion for one another developed into a daily eternal bond, as their love for each other only grew stronger and more stable with each moment that passed. They did their fair share of traveling throughout the year together, but one vacation came to be as unforgettable as any couple can dream up. Alina and Rafael became engaged on 12/24/12 in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. Even though their real journey together is only beginning, Alina and Rafael feel extremely blessed and fortunate to have found themselves to be married this fall. They are looking forward to sharing our wedding day with the ones they love and cherish the most, their closest friends and family on October 19, 2013.

Often brides and grooms will choose Palm Beach as their destination wedding location. Wedding guests can choose from a very nice selection of hotels all local to the Palm Beach area. The Breakers, Palm Beach and the Four Seasons, Palm Beach are just two fantastic hotels local hotels. If your guest are ok taking a short drive south the Ritz-Carlton, Palm beach is another very popular hotel with an amazing beach for your wedding guests to enjoy.

The couple enlisted Joni Scalzo of Your Special Day by Joni to help coordinate their big day. With Joni at the helm, Alina and Rafael’s wedding is sure to be a magnificent event!

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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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Lauren & Allen’s South Florida Wedding at The Epic Hotel

Posted on March 16, 2013

Lauren and Allen met at the University of Florida in July, 2006. Lauren’s brother, Brett and Allen were best friends and fraternity brothers at Tau Epsilon Phi, but the couple had never met before. That summer, Lauren attended UF’s summer B program and stayed in her brother’s apartment while he interned in New York City. Brett’s two friends, “Heff” (groom) and Comiter were his roommates, but became Lauren’s roommates that summer. The rest is history.

Allen proposed to Lauren in September, 2011 in New York City while they were visiting for the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

I was thrilled when Lauren’s parents first contacted me about their wedding earlier last year. The couple had chosen The Epic Hotel for their Miami wedding because they just loved the floor to ceiling windows in the incredible ballroom the hotel offered. Already familiar with The Epic Hotel, I knew that there were many beautiful spots to create amazing pictures.

Lauren looked absolutely gorgeous for her South Florida wedding. Wearing a gown by Priscilla of Boston and shoes by Adrienne Vittadini, Lauren simply glowed all evening. As Lauren described it, their unforgettable wedding night was filled with amazing energy, love, the greatest friends and family and very funny heartfelt speeches. It was sheer bliss.

As a South Florida wedding photographer, I truly appreciate it when a bride and groom are enthusiastic about taking photos – and Lauren and Allen were magnificent. We had a good amount of time to roam around the hotel and capture some of the fabulous shots you’ll see here. As I was shooting, I tried to feature Lauren and Allen around the unique features of The Epic Hotel, as they clearly selected this hotel for all of its unique attributes.

Whether you are planning a South Florida wedding or more specifically a Miami wedding, you must check out The Epic Hotel. The hotel is owned by Kimpton, a well known hotel brand that specialized in cool boutique hotels. This particular location, The Epic Hotel is located in central Miami and is not far from the Port of Miami, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, The Miami Convention Center and many more points of interest.

Many thanks to Lauren and Allen and their families as well as Lourdes Ramos at The Epic Hotel for a fabulous wedding and truly EPIC event!

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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Taylor and Jon Paul’s Engagement Shoot at the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens

Posted on March 5, 2013

I had the pleasure of photographing Taylor and Jon Paul’s engagement session at the magnificent Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach. This location is truly one of the most unique and a great setting for a South Florida engagement shoot. Since 1977, the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture. There are six diverse gardens that represent different historical periods and styles of Japanese gardens

I am really looking forward to photographing Taylor and Jon Paul’s wedding next year at BallanIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens. It’s always a great idea to do an engagement shoot with your photographer so that you get a feel for working together. It is especially helpful if the couple is a bit nervous about having their photos taken. As a South Florida wedding photographer, I find that the engagement shoot experience is one that allows couples to loosen up and get used to the entire picture taking process.

We always recommend that our brides to be have their hair and make-up done for their engagement shoots. Some brides schedule their hair and make-up trial on the day of their engagement shoot - which is a great idea. Also, it is a good idea to bring along a hair clip or barrette in case of windy situations, especially on the beach. Long hair and wind just don’t make for good pictures, so it’s best to be prepared.

As a South Florida wedding photographer, I always want my brides and grooms to feel comfortable and at ease while shooting. Most couples do opt to do an engagement shoot and then at the wedding, they pretty much know what to expect when we are photographing them. They are more at ease with the process and are enthusiastic; as they know they end result will be amazing photos! Whether in Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, or Miami – South Florida engagement shoots are definitely worth doing.

Thanks so much to Taylor and Jon Paul for a great time at their engagement shoot. They were great sports and I know that their wedding pictures will be absolutely incredible.

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