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9 Time Wedding Wire Award Winner & 3 Time Editors Choice Award Winner

Posted on January 10, 2017


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A few favorite photos from 2016

Posted on December 25, 2016

Its that time of year again  time to look back at some of our favorite photos from 2016. As a South Florida wedding photographer, I enjoy shooting events at all different types of venues and working with all kinds of people. Every couple has a unique personality and I always try to capture that special essence when I photograph them. In addition to photographing wedding and events I also spent some time traveling and taking some scenic photos as well.

Below: the 3 photos below were taken at Stephanie and Geoffrey's wedding. This beautiful wedding took place at the Harbor Beach Marriott. The Harbor Beach Marriott is located on Fort Lauderdale beach and is the perfect place for a dream wedding. The Harbor Beach Marriott is also one of my favorite places to shoot!!


Working at a variety of locations allows me the opportunity to get my creative juices flowing and when returning to a place Ive worked at many times, I always try to discover a fresh perspective and find new places to shoot. If you are planning a South Florida wedding, youll find a plethora of locations to choose from throughout the area. From Palm Beach to Miami and points in between, there are an enormous number of great hotels, country clubs and other interesting locations to check out. There are various tropical gardens and private homes, mansions and even restaurants to look at. Also, there is the option of getting married on a yacht  this is South Florida, so why not? The other popular options in this part of South Florida are temples. Many clients have both their ceremony and reception at a local temple. In this case, the preference is to begin photographic coverage at another location beforehand such as a hotel where there are nice grounds to shoot.


This collection of photos includes pictures that are not only from weddings, but also from engagement shoot sessions, mitzvahs and some travel photos. Travel photos are always fun to take. I love to see new places and trying my best to create photos that provide a creative perspective on the subject. Then I use Photoshop to enhance the photos and bring out the best aspects of the shot. I hope you will enjoy this snapshot of my favorite picks from 2016!!


Below: These vintage styled photos were taken in Orlando Florida. They were shot using an infrared process. Infrared photography is usually done out doors but the soft look of infrared helped to create the romantic look of these two photos.


Below: One of my favorite photos from Whistler Blackcomb in BC Canada.


Below: This was shot during Paige's Bat Mitzvah at Stonebridge Country Club, Boca Raton.


Below another photo taken at the Harbor Beach Marriott during Sandi & Jamie's wedding.



Below: This photo taken at Emily and Dave's wedding is a reminder of one of my favorite casual weddings. The wedding took place at the Coconut Palm Inn, Key Largo FL.


Brooke and Jaron at the Coral Gables Country Club.


Below from Deanna & Mark's Wedding. I just love this shot of Deanna doing her first dance with her father. The chemistry between this lovely bride and her father was amazing. Joni Scalzo from Your Special Day by Joni put together an amazing wedding.


Below: Kristen and Jet taken at Boca Resort.


The two photos below were taken at the Ocean Reef Club. The Ocean reef club is another one of my all time favorite places. Ashley & Mike were so much fun to photograph. Thanks Ashley for stepping into the brush and letting me take the black & white infrared photo below.



This is one of my favorite photos from Venice Italy. I had to lay down on the ground to get this shot.


Below: Old farmhouse in Tuscany


Entrance to first Olympic stadium, Olympia


Below: Beach while sea kayaking, Dubrovnik


Below: Jen and Joe share a kiss during their wedding at The Addison, Boca Raton.


I had a blast shooting Dara & David's engagement shoot and I'm looking forward to photographing their wedding in May at PGA.


Sarah & Andrew taken a the Harbor Beach Marriott.


Below: One of my most unique photo shoots and a very interesting person. At 100 years old Jacque Fresco has a unique way of viewing the world and mankind. Many of his unique view points and thoughts regarding science and civilization were viewed by many as at a fiction. However today much of his views are actually quickly becoming reality. These two photos below were taken during a photo/video shoot for a new documentary now in production.


Check out the The Venus Project to learn more about Jacque Fresco.


This is just a small sampling of some of my favorite photos from 2016. I have many other photos from weddings, events and travel that are equally as beautiful and unique from my 2016 archive. Many more have been posted on my Facebook page. Feel free to friend me on Facebook to see more of my photos. We are looking forward to having an amazing 2017 and wish all of our clients and viewers Happy Holidays and a 2017 full of success and happiness.

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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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