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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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Nicole & Federico’s Miami Wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

Posted on June 21, 2015

Nicole and Federico met on July 29, 2013. It was love at first sight! August 17th was their first date and they were inseparable from that point forward. They became engaged on July 17, 2014 at the Grace Bay Club in Turks and Caicos. Very romantic!

The couple chose Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne for their wedding simply because of their incomparable service and elegance. They knew that our big day would go off without a glitch! As they said, it was simply perfect. Not to mention, the scenery is stunning.

As a South Florida wedding photographer, I have to say that the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne remains one of my absolute favorite wedding spots. There is simply no place like it. Located on Key Biscayne off of Miami, just the location itself exudes a feeling of being in a remote tropical place. You really feel transported while there. The hotel’s unparalleled beauty and grandeur cannot be matched anywhere in South Florida. From the inside grandiose lobby all the way to the outside gazebo area and pristine beach, the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is tropical elegance to the max. Whether you are planning a smaller wedding or larger affair, the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is the perfect venue to impress and wow your guests and is sure to create a most magnificent backdrop for your Miami wedding celebration.

Nicole and Federico’s wedding, while not large in size, was super elegant in every way. Susan Wesselhoft from Grande Affaires created all the décor and transformed the wedding into something really special. The bride had two dresses – both were Allure purchased from Molly Bride in Jupiter, FL. Her shoes were Jimmy Choo and her jewelry was Swarovski. Hair and makeup were done by Marz Makeup. Federico and the guys wore tuxedos by Cardita Formal ware of Stuart, FL. Entertainment was provided by Junior’s Entertainment of Miami, FL. Finally; Anna Caterbone of the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne beautifully coordinated everything for the bride and groom to insure that the wedding went off without a hitch.

Many thanks to Nicole and Federico for having me photograph their very special Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne wedding! I very much enjoyed working them both and their enthusiasm was very much appreciated! It always make my job more fun when I have a couple who is excited about helping to create great pictures on their wedding day.

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Emily & Andy’s Boca Raton Resort Wedding

Posted on June 14, 2015

This fabulous couple said that Boca Raton Resort was the one and only venue they looked at when deciding where to get married! Having recently moved to Boca, the Boca Raton Resort made a definite impression on them right away. In Emily’s words, “The moment we went in and met Jillian (Stevens) we knew this was our place. We had our ceremony and reception in the Cathedral Room and nothing could have ever compared. It was the perfect place for our guests because it had activities for the children, beaches, and all types of rooms, suites, and condos for bigger families. There is nowhere else we would want to go. We also could do everything on property. We didn't have to use transportation to get from place to place - we held everything on site, the guests loved that!”

Working with Joni Scalzo, owner of Your Special Day by Joni the couple achieved their goal of having a truly gorgeous South Florida wedding. Although there was no specific theme, Emily and Andy wanted to have a simple, yet classic affair. She wanted fun colors such as blues, purples and pinks. She said the navy contrast with the blush turned out even more beautifully than she had ever expected. Brett Woods of Boca by Design was the florist for the event and made Emily’s dream wedding come to life.

As a South Florida wedding photographer, I always ask my clients about how they met and what was special about their first days together. Emily had lots to say: “Andy and I met in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I was in college attending the University of Arkansas and he was working. I went to Arkansas for school from Indiana without knowing a single person. I met Andy my junior year of college. Needless to say, I finished out college dating Andy. After college, I decided to pick up and follow my dream and move closer to my family in Boca Raton. I moved and waited for Andy to follow. We spent many months apart working and establishing what we wanted to do with our future. It was the weekend of St. Patty’s Day 2014 and Andy was coming for a visit to check out Boca to see where he was coming to move - he had never been to Boca. I was going to go pick him up after work and go to a cocktail party at a friend’s house. However, my sister decided to pick me up instead and Andy called and said his flight was delayed and so I thought nothing of it. The cocktail party was on the beach. I got to the beach and I see Andy standing there in a circle of roses and candles down on one knee asking to marry me...I was in total shock. I had no idea he was there or that he was even going to purpose for that matter!

Andy and I love our families and they are a HUGE part of our lives. That is what our wedding was mostly about. I had a Steelers garter that was a total surprise to Andy because he is the BIGGEST Steelers fan I have ever seen in my life. We even have a dog named Steeley. Andy wore the garter on his arm the whole night...we still have it he still loves it. We are just a silly couple that likes Angry Orchard and Rum and Coke from Arkansas living in Boca who loves to dance.”

Howie Mandel just happened to be staying at Boca Raton Resort and Club and was happy to mingle and pose with Emily and Andy!

This amazing ceremony decor was created for the bride and groom by Boca by Design.

Beautiful reception decor by Boca by Design made the Cathedral Room at Boca Raton Resort & Club look fantastic.

Emily and Andy had a truly festive Boca Raton Resort wedding. They hired the band Euphoria to keep the party rocking and rolling all night. Emily’s hairstyle was designed by Boca Raton Resort Salon while Matt Cramer did her make-up. All programs and invitations were crafted by Salutations of Boca Raton. Her dress and veil were from Angelus Bridal, while her party dress was purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue. Jewelry was by Swarovski and the groom’s suit was by Vera Wang Men’s Wearhouse.

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Alana & Roy’s Elegant Miami Wedding at the Coral Gables Country Club

Posted on May 7, 2015

This was an absolutely fabulous South Florida wedding in which we started taking photos at the incomparable Biltmore Hotel before traveling over to the Coral Gables Country Club where all the wedding festivities were held. Beginning at The Biltmore afforded us the opportunity to really take advantage of one of a great Miami venue – this hotel has tons of great areas to shoot, so more than worth the effort to add another location into the mix. Of course, the Coral Gables Country Club is in one of finest areas of Miami and it also offers wonderful spaces to create unique wedding photos. As a South Florida wedding photographer, I love to work in a variety of locations even if it takes more time and effort – I love being able to produce a vast selection of photos for my clients to enjoy after the wedding. Alana and Roy's South Florida traditional Jewish wedding was truly one to remember!

Joni Scalzo of Your Special Day by Joni did a terrific job of organizing and planning this large South Florida Jewish wedding. Also contributing to the beauty of the day was the fine work of Petal Productions and the masterful hair and make-up work done by Tatjana Terzic and her team. Both the band, Higher Ground as well as Vision DJs were on hand to keep the party pumped. Ana Paz created a wedding cake to die for and the bride couldn’t help but marvel at it’s beauty.

Alana and Roy met at work. They are both interpreters and were working at a video relay center. She invaded his cubicle and threw herself a dance party the second day they worked together! The rest is history! One of the more important things they share is his first and her second language, American Sign Language. Much of his family is Deaf and it works out that they can all easily communicate! They also share a passion for life, travel, and adventure!

They selected the Coral Gables Country Club because it had the perfect "feel" for their wedding: grand, elegant, and classy. They loved the chandeliers, wood floor, and overall grace of the property. In addition, the food was fantastic as were the staff! (From the start they were limited on venues due to the size of their party, but the Country Club was big enough to accommodate their party and more!)

They did not exactly choose a theme for the wedding per say, but they knew we wanted something elegant, sparkly, and with a hell of a dance party! The majority of the wedding party came in from out of town, and it was quite a diverse bunch! They had Marines, Israeli Dancers, Deaf folks, Jewish family, and a slew of others! Roy broke tradition and opted for a best woman, Kristen. The wedding also included Sign Language Interpreters and a special mix of flower arrangements to ensure clear sight lines for signed communication. Petal Productions masterfully created low arrangements for tables with Deaf guests and high arrangements for those with only hearing guests. The room had to be carefully arranged so the Deaf guests could see the interpreters from where they were sitting. This took some extra time and care.

The couple enlisted the help of Apex Interpreting (see below), as many of the guests were Deaf.

Show stopping decor by Petal Productions.

A big WOW for this magnificent Ana Paz cake.

Here is the complete list of vendors:
Photography & Video: Jeff Kolodny Photography, Inc.
Flowers: Petal Productions
Cake: Ana Paz
Dress: Patricia South Couture
Veil: Maritza
Rhinestone headband: Erica Koesler
Earrings: Erica Koesler
Shoes: Audrey Brooke (Royal Blue shoes for my Royal - Roy's full name is Royal).
Bridesmaids: Watters and Watters and Wtoo
Bridesmaids Jewelry: Etsy: CharmingEndeavours
Groomsmen: Tuxes from Patricia South
Linens: Over the Top
Band: Higher Ground
DJ: Vision DJs
Limo: FTL Limo
Wedding Planner: Joni Scalzo - Your Special Day by Joni
Hotel: Embassy Suites
2nd Hotel: The Biltmore
Venue: Coral Gables Country Club
Hair and Makeup: Tatjana Terzic and team - Looking Like a Star
Sign Language Interpreters: Apex Interpreting
Invitations: Etsy: Design Quintessentials
Rings: Littman Jewelers
The ceremony musicians! Elegant Musicians.
Rabbi Rothstein
And that my engagement ring is passed down from my great grandmother!

Miami ended up being the perfect place for a March 1st wedding. Most of Alana and Roy’s guests sought respite from a long, cold winter up north to join in this tropical celebration. Both bride and groom could not have been more thrilled with their amazing families and vendors for the perfect day and perfect South Florida Jewish wedding!

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Sam & Elisa’s Wedding at the Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont

Posted on March 18, 2015

This was another fabulous destination wedding for us! It was actually a destination wedding for many of the guests, as they were from all over the world – including Chile, Australia, California, New Zealand, and Minnesota – too many places to mention! It was the most interesting and diverse group of wedding guests we’ve ever encountered. As both the bride and groom grew up on the ski slopes, many of their friends and guests were avid skiers as well. That was something many people there had in common.

This was the wedding of Sam von Trapp and Elisa Sepulveda. Sam’s family owns and operates the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. Elisa was raised in Chile and her stepfather is the owner of a magnificent ski resort in Portillo This is actually where she met Sam, who was a ski instructor at the resort at the time. Sam and Elisa have known each other for 13 years believe it or not, which is one reason why their wedding day was so highly anticipated by family members and friends alike! Sam’s “singing” family and their history of leaving Austria back in the 1930’s was the inspiration for the Broadway show and later the 1965 film, The Sound of Music. Sam’s late grandmother, Maria, was the actual Maria that Julie Andrews portrayed in the film. His father, Johannes, was Maria and Captain von Trapp’s last child. Several other relatives, including Sam’s Aunt Maria and Aunt Rosmarie also attended the wedding. The von Trapp’s history is so unbelievably interesting. The Trapp Family lodge has a magnificent collection of photos and memorabilia of the family’s long history, plus in each room there is a book with more photos and information about the family. We didn’t have time to read the whole thing so I bought it at the gift shop to read later at home.

We really can’t say enough about both Elisa and Sam’s families. Everyone we met was gracious, friendly and most hospitable. They are all really great people in every sense.

We were also really impressed with the Trapp Family Lodge itself. We’ve been to Stowe many times, but had never stayed at the lodge. Everything there was impeccable – the staff was friendly and helpful, our room was comfy and large and the overall surroundings magnificent. Also, the cuisine at the lodge was to die for! Check out the "TASTY STUFF" section of this blog to see cuisine photos from the Trapp Lodge. We were given the opportunity to photograph (and taste) many of the meals that were served over the course of the weekend. As you’ll see from the photos in this post, the scenery around the lodge is just breathtaking. Also, we are usually in Vermont in the winter, so seeing the green rolling hills in the spring was really neat.

Sam and Elisa’s wedding weekend started off with a rehearsal dinner in the Mozart Room of the lodge on Thursday evening. It was a delicious meal, including soup, salad, a game course and an entrée. There were many entertaining and emotional speeches made during the dinner and the bride and groom were filled with emotion as their many guests and relatives shared story after amusing story for all to hear. A delectable dessert table was set up later in the downstairs lounge, where the guests were invited to a welcome reception and live music.

The next night, we were invited to the groom’s parents’ home for a cocktail party. Johannes and Lynne, Sam’s parents, were terrific hosts as they opened up their magnificent home to all wedding guests. It was a great time and we took the opportunity to photograph Sam and Elisa in a more casual atmosphere before their wedding day. We photographed the food served here as well and as many people as possible as they enjoyed the party in this beautiful, rustic home.

As Saturday approached, so did the rain clouds. By 2pm, however, the clouds began to lift and the sun finally came out. After several days of on and off rain – this was truly perfect timing! There was definitely a concern about rain, as this was pretty much planned as an outdoor wedding. The ceremony was at a chapel that was built by one of Sam’s late uncles (Werner von Trapp) over 50 years ago. To reach this chapel, one has to basically hike uphill through the woods to get there. It is certainly a pretty trek, though, and well worth it! The chapel is made of stone and so quaint – only about 4 people actually can fit inside, so the ceremony was conducted right in front with wedding guests and musicians standing all around in the woods.

From there, we hiked down the mountain with Sam and Elisa and took pictures along the way. There were just too many picturesque spots to stop at all of them! The cocktail hour was held outside amidst a forest of birch trees followed by a reception in a huge white tent. The meal at the reception consisted of a huge variety of passed hors d’oeuvres as well as sumptuous food stations that included a magnificent cheese table, sushi, raw bar, crudités, carving station, fruit and of course, dessert. A high-energy band rocked the tent until 1AM – the dance floor was constantly filled with energetic guests boogieing the night away!

Now this is something we have never seen at a wedding before – a lamb roast on a huge open fire pit! Elisa wanted the lamb to be ready to eat at 2AM, so it was set to roast for HOURS before! Also available to roast were marshmallows and all the makings for smores – so yummy! Guests wandered out of the tent periodically to check out what was happening at the fire pit – it was also the warmest spot around, as the Vermont evening air was quite chilly.

Sam and Elisa and all of their guests had an incredible time during this festive wedding weekend - and so did we!

The grounds of the Trapp lodge is home to a herd of unique Scottish Highland cattle. They are very friendly.

Rehearsal dinner set-up in the Mozart Room at the lodge.

Same and Elisa share a moment in the doorway of Sam's parents' (Johannes and Lynne) gorgeous wooden home.

The path on the way to the chapel was a steep climb through the woods...

Elisa with her bridesmaids and flower girls, nieces Annie and Stella (left to right).

Elisa is emotional as she speaks to her maternal grandmother via cell phone.

The girls have fun making the trek to the chapel.

Sam and his groomsmen pause for a photo on their way to the chapel.

Sam looks on as Elisa's father walks her up the (somewhat muddy) aisle to her.

Have you ever seen wedding guests situated like this? Unusual and beautiful!

Sam's two aunts - Rosmarie at left and Maria von Trapp at right. Maria is 94 years old and one of the original "children" portrayed in The Sound of Music.

Wedding reception set up in a beautiful huge tent. Look at those rustic flower arrangements - perfect for this wedding!

Same and Elisa enjoy a speech by Elisa's mother, Mary.

Ok - now this is something you don't see every day! There was a huge open fire that was used to roast a lamb as well as marshmallows and all the makings for smores. This fire burned way into the night - the lamb wasn't even eaten until 3AM! Guests gathered around the warmth of the fire for hours.

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