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Amanda and Jordan’s South Florida Destination Wedding at the Diplomat Hotel

Posted on November 17, 2010

Amanda and Jordan at their "Trash the Dress" session the next morning...

What a wonderful event this was! I asked Amanda why she and Jordan selected the magnificent Diplomat Hotel for their wedding and they said that the place just made them feel happy when they walked in the door! They were drawn to the brightness of the hotel, the interesting architecture and the beautiful pool and beach areas that they knew their guests would enjoy. Also, they were impressed with the stellar staff at the Diplomat Hotel as well, which was a key factor in their decision to have their wedding there.

As a South Florida wedding photographer, I have photographed many Jewish weddings at the Diplomat Hotel and also the Diplomat Country Club. Both venues are prime locations for weddings here in South Florida due to their great location, fabulous grounds, top-notch food and of course, the attentive catering staff. Amanda and Jordan’s affair was a traditional Jewish wedding, with all of the festivities one would imagine – including the hora, blessing of the challah, or “motzi”, the bedecken, and of course, the breaking of the glass.

Most weddings I have photographed at the Diplomat have actually been destination weddings, with the bride and groom living out of state. Amanda and Jordan live in Washington D.C. for example, but having grown up in South Florida, this was a natural choice as a place for their destination wedding.
Jordan and Amanda have known each other since they were babies - just amazing. They were close as little ones, and then grew apart due to living in different neighborhoods and attending different schools. Their paths crossed again in college, as they both attended the University of Florida. Their renewed friendship soon turned to romance and the rest is history.

Amanda’s dress was from Priscilla of Boston, as were the bridesmaids dresses, mother of the bride’s dress and all accessories. For her shoes, Amanda selected a “fun and flirty” style as she put it. For the scheme of her wedding, Amanda didn’t want particular strong colors dominating either the ceremony or reception. The ceremony featured more muted colors and then there was more of a pop of color introduced in the reception décor. In addition, uplighting on the walls added to the atmosphere as well. As Amanda commented, the Diplomat Hotel is so beautiful that there wasn’t much needed to make it special. One additional theme was the bows and rosettes on Amanda’s dress, the bridesmaids and flower girls dresses and baskets as well as the cake.

All the music for this amazing wedding was provided by the wonderful Debbie Taylor and Standing Ovation

Cake by Rosie of Elegant Temptations. Look at the cake topper - it's a replica of the bride and groom!

Amanda and Jordan also wanted to do a “trash the dress” shoot on the morning following the wedding. We had an absolute blast shooting at the Diplomat Hotel! We utilized both the beach and fabulous pool areas for this shoot.

Many thanks to Amanda and Jordan for their enthusiasm and cooperation in getting such amazing photos!


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