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Bianca & Izhak's beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale Wedding

Posted on November 10, 2016

As a South Florida wedding photographer, I love to learn as much as I can about my clients backgrounds and details about their wedding and why they planned they way they did. Many thanks to Bianca and Izhak for providing me with these great details about themselves and their unbelievable South Florida Jewish wedding!



Bianca & Izhak had their first date on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach in 2012, both dog lovers. One day Izhak told Bianca that it was important that his dog like her dog, because he is very grumpy. During their second snorkeling date all of their belongings were stolen! PHONES, KEYS, WALLET, EVERYTHING!!! . So they spent the rest of the date getting locksmiths to let them into their respective apartments and cancelling all credit cards. Luckily their belongings were eventually found and returned. It was from that day on they realized that in such high stress situation neither them would have tolerated 99% of other people. Since they knew how to deal with the situation and still get along, they figured it must be love. They both had their guards up and that day brought them even closer together.


Izhak proposed on Valentines Day of 2015. It was just one week after they had returned from a vacation in Israel, where Bianca met all of Izhak's family for the first time. They took their boat to small island off the shore of downtown Miami and he popped the question! Later she found out that Izhak had spoken to her father, who told him 'welcome to the family'.




Very few of their family and friends actually reside in Miami. Biancas extended family is all in Brazil and Izhak's family is all in Israel. The both decided on a Destination wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale. They set their wedding date over a year in advance to give their guests a chance to make travel arrangements and plan their trip to South Florida


They chose the Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale because of the location and the resort itself. With so many people coming from abroad, they wanted to give them a hotel that offered everything, including restaurants, spa, beach, pool etc, but one that also was located in an area with a lot of activities. The service quality was also very important to them. The Ritz helped them welcome each guest with welcome bags that they had printed and stuffed with snacks, water, and of course a schedule of the festivities.



The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale was the central location for all of the destination wedding activities. Thursday they had a joint bachelor-bachelorette party, where all of their siblings, cousins, and closest friends could kick off the wedding weekend and start getting to know each other. Biancas brother organized a party bus that was so much fun. Imagine a bus full of people from ages 21 to 35 from all over the world that had come just to celebrate their South Florida destination wedding.


Friday they had a shabbat dinner for close friends and family. Izhak's extended family that could not come from Israel sent a really sweet and happy lip-synched video. Biancas dad sang and played Over the Rainbow' on his guitar while a slideshow of pictures of the two of them played in the background. It was a very special and memorable night for everyone. Izhak and Bianca parted ways on Friday night, and would only see each other the next day at the first look!




Fast forward...After the first look and taking pictures around the hotel,
they stepped out of the ballrooms into the corridor which is lined by windows overlooking the Atlantic ocean. THERE WAS AN ACTUAL RAINBOW arched across the whole ocean. They were able to take pictures outside on the balcony literally, under the rainbow... just like the song Biancas dad had sang the night before in the shabbat dinner. It felt like the day had been truly blessed.


They had a somewhat traditional Jewish ceremony with the Rabbi singing and praying in Hebrew and English so their traditions could be understood and shared with all our guests. They also provided kippahs with their names and a program with a brief explanation of the meaning behind elements of the ceremony. The ceremony began and they stood in the chuppah with our nuclear families.



The chuppah was one of the most important elements of the wedding ceremony and the reception. They wanted a chuppah that matched the feeling and decoration of the reception, but that was also mobile so it could be placed in the ballroom after the ceremony. The chuppah was placed in the back of the ballroom, and the beautiful wedding cake was placed underneath. All South Florida Jewish weddings include a chuppah, but Bianca and Izhaks was truly magnificent.


The wedding colors were white, gold, with touches of lavender. Cocktail hour started at 7 and was located in the beautiful corridor outside of the ballrooms with floor to ceiling windows, overlooking the ocean (one of the main reasons They chose the Ritz Carlton over other options in Miami beach). They had an open bar but also served a signature cocktail to introduce the wedding colors which was a blueberry infused prosecco drink.



They entered the ballroom to 'Love Generation' by Bob Sinclair, and all of the wedding guests were surrounding the dance floor. The DJ played the first dance song 'Never my Love' by the Association. They had tried to choreograph something simple, but decided to just slow dance, because it felt more natural. In the middle of the dance, everyone joined in to the slow dance. After that, the DJ kicked off the party with 'Kuduro'.



They really spread the dinner courses out to insure that their guests would stay until the end of the evening. While guests had their salads and entrees they had the father of the bride toast, in which Biancas dad welcomed our loved ones from all over the world: US, Brazil, Israel, Turkey, Colombia, and Mexico. He spoke in English, Portuguese, and actually prepared a small paragraph in Hebrew that surprised everyone.


Then they had the father daughter dance to 'I Hope You Dance' by Leanne Womack. When Bianca was in high school her dad gave her a little book with the lyrics to the song. She was very shy then and he wanted her to really get out there and enjoy life. This was her little way of telling him she had finally taken his advice. Izhak's mother is very shy but they wanted to honor her as well so she danced with her son to 'Wind Beneath my Wings' by Bette Midler. After those slow dances the rest of the night was all about dancing. They still had about 20 people around 4am when they finally had to turn off the music! This was truly a South Florida Jewish wedding to remember! As a Fort Lauderdale wedding photographer, I can truly say that I enjoyed photographing Bianca and Izhaks wedding immensely!





Wedding Planner: Joni Scalzo- Your Special Day by Joni
Hair & Make Up: Jenna Marie- Kiss this Makeup
Photographer & Videographer: Jeff Kolodny Photography
Flowers, Chuppah, Decoration, Lighting: Lane from Dalsimer Bridal
Venue: Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale
Event Coordinator from the Ritz: Beth McCullar
Catering: Ritz Carlton
Cake: Sweeter Days (Key Lime with Coconut & Nutella Chocolate were served to the guests and we cut a dulce de leche cake)
Brazilian Sweets: Vanessa's Fine Pastries
DJ: Serge Ramirez and Live Musician components
String Trio for Ceremony provided by Serge
Photo Booth: Kiki Booth
Invitations: Jaffa Printing
Dress: Bijou Bridal, Miracle Mile Coral Gables
Groom's suit: Calvin Klien
Bride's Engagement Ring: Blue Nile
Bride's Earrings: Coliseu (Brazilian Jewelry designer)


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Sarah & Andrew's Destination Wedding at the Harbor Beach Marriott

Posted on October 28, 2016


Sarah and Andrew met, officially, on October 27, 2007, as seniors in high school. It was at a Halloween party that this guy dressed as the Phantom of the Opera approached Sarah. Though they had seen each other in the hallways around school, the guy hadnt gathered the courage to talk to Sarah until that night. With the encouragement of his friends, Andrew introduced himself to Sarah, and well, the rest is history.


Face 2 Face Studios did Sarah's hair style and make-up.


After going to their high school prom together, then to the University of Miami and later moving to Philadelphia, Andrew made it official when he surprised Sarah by bringing her back to the UM campus, getting down on one knee and asking her to marry him! Up until May 29th, 2016, that was the happiest day of Sarahs life! Their wedding this past May was a long time coming and absolute perfection. Sarah has said that she could not be more excited to be married to her best friend and to such an incredible human being. Sarah and Andrews South Florida wedding was just the beginning of what Sarah is sure will be an endless love story.


Sarah's Manolo Blahnik wedding shoes (above). Her gown was by Morilee from J. Del Olmo Bridal Gallery (below). Bridesmaids dresses were by Donna Morgan.



Sarah and Andrew chose the Harbor Beach Marriott as their venue for the entire wedding weekend. She had her eyes on the resort for many years, as she used to go to the beach there as a kid, attended a sorority formal while in college, and watched her cousin get married at HBM ten years ago. It didnt take much to convince Andrew that it was the perfect spot for their wedding; he was certain from the second they stepped inside the hotel together! From the location to the atmosphere, you just cant beat it. It was very important to them that their guests were able to be somewhere for the weekend where they could relax and enjoy the beautiful South Florida weather and beaches, and the Harbor Beach Marriott had it all!


First look with that gorgeous view in the background!



As a South Florida wedding photographer, I shoot many weddings all around the area. The Harbor Beach Marriott in Fort Lauderdale is one of my favorite locations. It is selected by both locals as well as out-of-towners to host their weddings due to its ideal beachfront location and proximity to all that lively Fort Lauderdale has to offer. The hotel itself has a superb catering staff that will attend to wedding clients and guests every need. The food and ambiance are fabulous as well.


(Below) Sarah looks awesome in her gown by Morilee from J. Del Olmo Bridal Gallery





Panache Style did a magnificent job with the decor.


Just gorgeous!




Cake by We Take the Cake.


In Sarah and Andrews case, theirs was a South Florida destination wedding, as they now both live in Philadelphia. They couldnt have selected a better spot for their out of town guests to enjoy while in sunny South Florida! We enjoyed photographing their wedding very much and thank them for allowing us to be a part of their big day.

Music and lighting was by Rock with U-The Patrick Lentz Band.


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Planning Your Dream Destination Wedding with Ease:

Posted on September 15, 2016


5 Tips from a Destination Wedding Photographer (The photo above was taken in Jamaica. The photo below was taken in Punta Cana, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Your wedding day should be one of the happiest and most memorable day of a your life. It requires careful planning and execution to ensure the event is a huge success. After the euphoria from the engagement has waned, the newly engaged couple is now ready to plan their dream wedding. Most couples are dreaming to say I do in an exotic destination away from home surrounded by their closest family and friends.


Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular these days as their advantage over traditional weddings is becoming more apparent. Having a destination wedding allows the opportunity for couples to have a unique wedding that is suited to their taste and budget in a place far away from home that is much more exotic. Nothing beats a celebration of love, friendship and family through marriage in the stunning beaches of the Caribbean or in a quaint village in Tuscany!


South Florida is one of the top destinations for weddings. Its warm weather and picturesque views draw thousands of weddings every year. A lot of couples who want to get married in winter time choose South Florida because of its warm and inviting weather all year round.


Jeff Kolodny, a top South Florida wedding photographer, has been successful in covering weddings in this popular wedding destination. Aside from South Florida, he has also covered numerous weddings in Mexico, California, the south of France and such Caribbean islands as Curacao, Dominican Republic, the Ocean Club in the Bahamas and Jamaica. He is willing to fly anywhere a destination wedding make take him.


Being a wedding photographer for a number of years and covering many destination weddings, Jeff has some tips on how you can make your dream wedding come true without breaking your budget. Couples planning to have a destination wedding doesnt need to worry because it doesnt need to be extremely expensive. The couple just has to carefully choose where their money will go.


1. Have a small guest list. Having your wedding away from home is the perfect reason to make it small and intimate inviting only your family and closest friends. Since attendees might be need to take a leave from work or spend for plane fare, it is best to only invite those who will truly make your wedding special. Also, fewer guests means you can spend your budget elsewhere such as getting the best menu and a great photographer. Good food will always leave a lasting memory to your guests and a great photographer is essential to capture every smile, every romantic look, every heart-warming moment during your wedding.


2. Have a weekday wedding. Having your wedding on a weekday means you will be able to get more flexibility from your vendors as far as price. Maybe they can give you a better package because your wedding is on an off day. For example, your photographer will be able to give you a better price since he doesnt have to give up his weekend weddings. Resorts and Hotels might also be less busy during a weekday.


3. Get help from the resort or hotel. A lot of resorts in the top wedding destinations usually have an on-site event coordinator that can help you with the planning and execution of your wedding. They can also refer you to outstanding vendors they have worked with in the past. This will save you time and money going through potential vendors.


4. Save on décor. Having a destination wedding will let you enjoy the blue sky, bright sunshine and often a striking view whether you choose a beach, a cliff or a mountain side. No need to rent intricate lighting or have an elaborate background, use natures beauty as décor for free!

5. Have your wedding and honeymoon in one place. Having your wedding at your dream destination means you can also have your honeymoon there! No need to have a separate budget for your honeymoon. Maybe the hotel or resort can even give you a better deal since you are also holding your wedding there. Plus, since your family are friends are also already in the location and they already took the weekend off, they might as well enjoy a mini break themselves. Just request the resort or hotel to book you in a room away from your guests to ensure your privacy.


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Andrea & Jesse’'s Magnificent Miami Wedding

Posted on May 4, 2016


Earlier this year I had the extreme pleasure of photographing Andrea and Jesse’s Miami wedding. Andrea is the third sister in the family whose wedding I photographed. Working with her family is always a wonderful experience! She and Jesse in particular were a great couple to photograph – their enthusiasm and cooperation really comes through in the pictures. I hope you will enjoy the post below including photos that capture their special day, their captivating video highlight and also their own personal – and very romantic - story.




FROM THE BRIDE: It all began sophomore year 2007 at the University of Florida Sig Ep fraternity house party. We were inseparable all night and not too long after we started dating. During undergrad, we were fortunate enough to study abroad together for a semester in Madrid, Spain for 6 months. During that time we travelled to over 10 countries together including Paris, France for Valentine’s Day, Dublin, Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day, and Milan, Italy for Easter just to name a few of the highlights. We both have a love for travel and that experience was an unforgettable lifetime experience that we were able to share together. We then both graduated from UF with Finance degrees in 2010. I went on to pursue my Masters in Accounting in Miami and Jesse took a year off of school to study for the LSAT. He got accepted to Stetson University Law School in St. Petersburg, FL. We did long distance for a year which made us realize we couldn’t be a part from each other. I moved up to St. Pete the next year leaving family and friends behind, but it was the best decision I made. We were not in a rush to get married as I wanted him to take his time and finish school. He didn’t waste much time though once he graduated. A week later after graduation we got engaged in Atlantis on Paradise Island, Bahamas on May 24, 2014. Atlantis has always been a favorite destination of ours and now it will be a special place to us forever. We have been together for almost 8 years now and I can’t wait to spend forever with my best friend and love of my life.



Once they were engaged, the next step was to select where and when they would be married. Andrea describes their search below for the perfect South Florida wedding venue and how they eventually selected the Westin Colonnade and Plymouth Congregational Church in Miami. In addition to these 2 key venues, everyone prepared for wedding at the incomparable Biltmore Hotel which offered the opportunity for them to shoot some really fabulous photos at that iconic location. Between the Westin Colonnade, the Biltmore Hotel and Plymouth Congregational Church, Andrea and Jesse had 3 superb South Florida wedding venues lined up for their special day. Each location offers its own special brand of uniqueness and each has a special Miami flair. As a South Florida wedding photographer, working in 3 such gorgeous locations was definitely a treat.










FROM THE BRIDE: How I picked my venue: We are both from the South Florida area so we were looking anywhere between West Palm Beach and Miami. We found our Reception Venue first and then the Church. We were living in St. Pete at the time we were searching for venues so we had to schedule all of our appointments on the weekends. We scheduled 4 appointments back to back in Miami. One of our appointments ran over time so we thought we were going to have to cancel the appointment to the Westin Colonnade but we were able to stop in for 15 minutes just to take a peak. Boy, we were so glad we stopped in because we were in awe when we saw the Grand Rotunda Ballroom. We fell in love at first glance and could picture our wedding there immediately. The ballroom was two stories high with a fountain in the middle. There wasn’t anything about it that we didn’t like so there was no question that this was it. We were then on the hunt to find a church near the venue and immediately fell in love with Plymouth Congregation Church as it resembled a castle and had an old medieval vintage type feel to it. Everything just felt so magical at both of our venues and I was able to envision a fairytale wedding that I had always dreamed of.






Many thanks to Andrea and Jesse and both of their families for having us be a part of their very special and most incredible day.


Vendors: Getting Ready/First Look: Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, FL; Church: Plymouth Congregational Church, Coconut Grove, FL; Reception Venue: Westin Colonnade, Coral Gables, FL; Band: Euphoria; Florist: J. Adan Events; Photographer/Videographer: Jeff Kolodny; PhotoMingle: Boca Photo Experience; Specialty Linen: Over the Top; Antique Bentley Car Service: Padrino’s; Trolly: Unique Transportation; Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero from Bellissima Bride; Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy; Groom/Groomsmen Attire: JoS. A. Bank; Invitations: Samantha Jade Designs; Wedding Planner: Weddings By Bailey


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Gabri & Jeffrey's Destination Wedding at the Eau Palm Beach

Posted on August 12, 2015


We recently photographed Gabri and Jeffrey’s gorgeous wedding at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. This amazing couple lives in New York City and I asked them to tell me their story so that I couldshare it here.


Jeffrey is looking sharp!




Jeffrey and Gabri met in a serendipitous way in December of 2011 in the lobby of their Boston apartment building; later that day Jeffrey left a package for Gabri with a dog treat, his card, and a note saying "I was getting my dog treats and thought of you and Scarlet -Jeffrey" The two went on a date where they both ordered the same dish and had a wonderful time; from then on the two knew they had found something special.


Gabri and Jeffrey chose to have their wedding in Palm Beach, Florida because their grandparents live close by and otherwise would not have been able to attend their wedding. The two are very close with their grandparents and made their attendance and comfort a priority. They also loved the beautiful beach scenery.


Bling is always a good thing!



Gabri’s very unique wedding gown was designed by Vera Wang accented by Jimmy Choo shoes.Jeffrey’s tuxedo was by Ermengildo Zegna. Bridesmaids wore Amsale, Joanna August and Dessy.Team Beauti created the hair and make-up styles for the bride while her wedding band was fromGreenwich Jeweler and the groom’s ring was by Tiffany.


Mike Sipe Entertainment kept the guests on their feet all night and Xquisite Events and FrostHandled all the flowers and décor for the affair. Cheryl Clisby & Co. were the event planners for the Wedding.



This South Florida Palm Beach wedding was also a destination wedding, as the bride and groom dolive in New York. Many couples from up North choose to have a Florida destination wedding, as either their parents or grandparents live here. It just makes sense. Also, it allows their guestsfrom out of town to come here to Florida and make somewhat of a vacation around thewedding. It works out well for everyone involved! Plus our year-round good weather is definitelya strong incentive as well. South Florida weddings are very popular among not only locals butalso many, many out of towners. Our clients often do not live here – in fact we have clients fromas far away as overseas! South Florida destination weddings hold much appeal especially for people who live in colder climates as well.




This wedding featured some really pretty details - a la Xquisite Events.


Just breathtaking!






Let's get this party started!


Mouthwatering cuisine by the Eau Resort Palm Beach Resort & Spa.



Yummy for sure...


We hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse of Gabri and Jeffrey’s wedding! We want to thank both ofthem and their families for including us on this very special day in their lives.


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