Archive: July 2013

Nicole & Zach’s Miami Florida Destination Wedding

Posted on July 16, 2013

This lovely couple was actually referred to us from another Cleveland client whose wedding we had photographed a few years back here in South Florida. Both Midwesterners, Nicole hails from Cleveland and Zach is from Chicago. They met in Chicago at a bar and one of their first dates was to watch an Ohio State football game – Nicole is a huge fan.

Many brides and grooms like to do a "first look" and Nicole and Zach were no different. Their special moment unfolded on the patio overlooking the gazebo at The Palms Hotel & Spa. This emotional exchange almost always elicits a tear or two from bride and groom alike.

The reason they chose to have a South Florida destination wedding was that Nicole grew up coming down to South Florida to visit her grandparents. Each year she and her family would travel to Miami from Boca Raton every time. This is not uncommon among our clients – many have traveled to Florida to visit grandparents and other relatives and then when it comes time to plan a wedding, the lure of South Florida wins out as the location. For Nicole and Zach who love to travel, The Palms Resort & Spa was very resort-like and just exuded a feeling of “Old Miami.” They absolutely loved the lawn and event space and especially the old boutique feeling of the hotel. The Palms Resort & Spa was just the right size for their destination wedding, as Nicole explained - they felt as if everyone staying there was “just for us.”

Nicole and Zach’s wedding was very elegant and festive. Jessica Masi was their
“day of” wedding planner and she did a wonderful time insuring that everything was on track for the event. Higher Ground provided the musical entertainment for the evening and kept the guests on their feet! Petal Productions created the gorgeous floral arrangements and décor, while Edda’s Cakes provided the beautiful wedding cake. Lutz Karpf designed Nicole’s hair and make-up, while her dress was by Lazaro and shoe by Manolo Blahnik. Zach was equally decked out in designer duds - a Versace suit and Ferragamo shoes.

I did my best to photograph Nicole and Zach at as many different locations around the hotel as possible. The photos below were taken on the front patio of The Palms Hotel & Spa. There are so many fabulous locations both inside and outside The Palms that it is hard to get to them all, but I certainly try to visit as many as possible within the time allotted for picture-taking.

The Palms Resort & Spa is a fabulous location for a wedding – situated on a pristine stretch of Miami Beach, the hotel offers a top location and a boutique feel, as it is not as large as some of its local counterparts such as the Fountainbleau Hotel, Loews Hotel or even a Hyatt or Marriott. Couples planning a Miami destination wedding will appreciate the more intimate feel – it’s perfect for couples who want their guests to feel comfortable and practically recognize everyone they see at the hotel. The ocean and proximity to the rest of Miami is unbeatable. As a South Florida wedding photographer, I always enjoy photographing weddings at The Palms Resort & Spa – aside from its obvious attributes, the Catering staff is tops and a pleasure to work with every time.

Nicole and Zach had a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony, complete with the drinking of the wine and the breaking of the glass. Theirs was a destination Miami Jewish wedding and their guests enjoyed every moment!

Bride and groom share a kiss and make their way back up the aisle as Mr. & Mrs.!

Mr. and Mrs. Pinkert strike a pose on beautiful Miami Beach.

Making the most of the beautiful grounds The Palms Hotel & Spa has to offer! Many brides and grooms search for a hotel with a gazebo - and this one has one of the nicest in South Florida. It is a most popular site for ceremonies and photos at nearly every wedding I photograph here.

Nicole and Zach's special cocktail, based on the groom's last name, "Pinkert."

Petal Productions' gorgeous bouquets and the yummy wedding cake!

Dreamy decor created by Petal Productions. The ballroom was totally transformed for Nicole and Zach's reception.

Nicole and Zach danced the night away along with their guests to the incredible sounds of "Higher Ground."

What a fabulous night! Bride and groom share a toast and a kiss!!

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