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Posted on May 14, 2018


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Pictures from our most recent weddings

Posted on April 12, 2019

Over the past few months I have photographed many weddings. In addition, I also have a new website and blog. Most of my latest photos are now being posted on my new website. If you are interested in clicking over, here is the link: www.kolodnyphoto.com
If you are happy to stick here, below are some wedding photos for you to check out.

BELOW:
Amanda and Zac were so nice to photograph. Amanda is one of those brides who really really cares about the photography. She hired a great wedding planner. www.julietyoungproductions.com Juliet, worked with me to create the perfect timeline. You may ask, What is a perfect timeline? A perfect timeline allows enough time for the bride to get her hair and make-up done without rushing, and still leaves plenty of time for the bride and groom's first look and for the wedding pictures.

Their wedding took place at Parkland Country club, in South Florida. Parkland Country Club has one of the most beautiful front entrances with waterfalls, fountains and even a small lake. The club house is a short ride down the road. However, Parkland Country Club always has golf carts standing by to shuttle the photographer and the bride and groom to their photography location.

After the first look we took the golf cart to the lake and fountains for a 45 minute photoshoot. When we finished taking pictures we rode the carts back leaving plenty of time for family and bridal party pictures.

As you could imagine, the flowers were beautiful and the ceremony was not only beautiful but also emotional. As a wedding photographer, I couldn't have asked for a better day, or a nice couple. If you check out my new website or my instagram feed you will find more photos from Amanda's beautiful wedding.


Ella and her Girls,
The second I walked into The Polo Club I knew this was going to be a great wedding. I always show up early and check out the ballroom. The first thing I saw was the amazing flowers and a completely draped ballroom. Now don't get me wrong. The Polo Club in Boca Raton is a beautiful wedding venue that really doesn't need draping. However, in this case the bride has decided on a color theme and a design, draping the ballroom allowed for her to include the walls into her vision. After chatting with the event planner, www.yourspecialdaybyjoni.com I went to see the bride and her girls in the getting ready room. (Bridal Room)
The bride and bridesmaids were fun, active and willing to do whatever it took to help me get the perfect shot. So, I had this idea. We stacked up the girls and made this photograph.


The photo below was taken during the wedding portrait session. Ella and Nick's ceremony took place in 1/2 of the Polo Club's huge ballroom. The wall were draped in white which made using bounce flash a no brainer. So I placed the bride and her bridesmaids closer to the white wall which allowed me the photograph them with this beautiful soft light. First I posed the girls in a more traditional standing position. Then after I got my shot, I decided to have one of the bridesmaids stand back to back with another girl. The all thought it was odd that I did this. After, I gave the girls the "Trust Me" I had them do a group hug which forced the bridesmaids together. Awkward for the back to back girls. The idea was the the awkward stance would create a situation where one girl had to fall on to the next girl. This created a fun spontaneous look. I thing this works! Ella still has the option of using the more traditional pose in her wedding album is this shot doesn't work for her. (Sorry I didn't not include the groom Nick in this post, However, you can see more of Ella and Nick in my new website.


OK - a little side note. I just spent one hour writing content for this post. I was finished and ready to post. Then after hitting the post to blog button, the website has an error and I lost everything I wrote. I wrote something about how nice it was having beautiful weather at all 3 of these weddings. I spoke about how it never rained at my weddings in Southern California, Blah Blah Blah, and how delightful the South Florida sun is on a great wedding day. This is the reason I started a new GoodGallery website and WordPress Blog. However, this old blog has so much good content that it does come up on search engines. I also have beautiful weddings posted on here. I'll keep updating it, but it's really my new blog and website that is going to see more action.
Anyway, enough complaining about this blog. It was great while it lasted.
BELOW: Lindsay and Seth has a fantastic wedding at Broken Sound Country Club in Boca Raton.
I'm always excited when I get a call or e-mail about a Broken Sound Country Club Wedding.
The photo below was taken during the First look. The First look is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony for the purpose of getting all the posed pictures out of the way so that the bride and groom can enjoy their wedding cocktail hour and wedding reception without having to go back and do more photos. There is many more reasons for doing the first look in addition to not having to so posed photo, but that is for another post.


Lindsay and Seth had a jewish wedding ceremony which meant that the ceremony didn't take place until after sundown. Sundown Jewish wedding ceremony's are kind of unique because it's daylight when the ceremony starts and dark by the time the ceremony is over. Wedding guest are treated to seeing the wedding canopy go from being lit by evening sun to being lit by beautiful colored uplighting or spotlighting.
You can see more of Lindsay and Seth's pictures on m new website. You can also read about their wedding here:
https://modernweddings.com/2019/04/lindsay-seths-florida-jewish-wedding/?fbclid=IwAR3q6BSvwGjjDNTFt-Y_ihNuF5eJoy-104UAaIcgsptPVkG9ChCpHVTDkiI


In addition to getting some great wedding pictures and working at Broken Sound Country Club, I'm thrilled that I also received this five star review from Lindsay and Seth!!!!

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Boca Raton Resort and Club an Awesome place for a South Florida Wedding.

Posted on June 13, 2018

BELOW: This photo was taken on the croquet course at Boca Raton Resort and Club. This part of the property is located on a lawn furthest from the water. It is much less windy at this location. However with a few light tugs of the veil it flew up to help create this beautiful veil flying photo.


As an experienced wedding photographer, I have had the opportunity to shoot a wide variety of people at venues all over Florida and the Caribbean. South Florida offers some amazing wedding venues. It doesn’t matter if you are in Palm Beach, Broward or Dade counties, if it’s in South Florida I’m sure there is an awesome wedding venue close by. Having all these great locations gives me the ability to not only experiment with my art but also push the envelope of creativity as well. Some of my favorite wedding venues are: The Breakers, The Eau Palm Beach, Vizcaya in Miami, and The Harbor Beach Marriott in Fort Lauderdale. There are also a ton of Country Clubs and Golf Clubs as well.

BELOW: One of the things I love most about Boca Resort is the huge property with many buildings. Every structure at Boca Raton Resort and Club is unique and has an interesting design. Normally clients ask for photos in the most popular locations. The Grand Staircase, The Fountain in the front of the hotel and the Yacht Club are all beautiful locations. However, with a little bit of exploring you can find hidden gems of architecture that are unique.
This location is at the back of the special event conference building. Most wedding couples never visit this part of the venue. However, if time allows there are several beautiful structures that make great backgrounds.


Recently I had a super crazy wedding weekend. My Friday evening started with a luxury event in Miami, Saturday I was in Broward County covering another commercial event and on Sunday I was at one of my favorite locations in Palm Beach County at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. I have been working at Boca Resort for years and know virtually every inch of the property.
Boca Resort offers a multitude of amenities including 11 award-winning restaurants, a luxurious spa experience, access to fun activities like boating, surfing, and golfing, not to mention Boca by Design, the resort’s wedding and design team.

BELOW: Another fantastic place for photos at Boca Raton Resort and Club is located along side of the Mizner Center. This part of the resort has humongous ballrooms inside. If you walk from the Mizner Center to the main hotel you would most likely walk down this hall. What is most unique about this location is the ceiling made of wood. The hotel pink color is really apparent in this part of the hotel.




BELOW: This very tall wedding cake was created by the pastry chef at Boca Resort and the floral decor was provided by Boca by Design, which is Boca Resort's in house florist and design company.


However, the real draw of this South Florida luxury hotel is the hotel itself. Sitting right along the Atlantic coast it’s nestled right in the heart of South Florida’s Mediterranean inspired historic village. The main hotel sits on a golf course and a separate hotel sits right on the beach. With its elegant features and unique look, you can truly have an international experience without the international travel at this luxury Waldorf Astoria Resort. The architecture is simply stunning. The rounded archways are the perfect place to steal a kiss with your new spouse. The beautiful columns are ideal for framing your bridal party as they stand by you on your big day and the gorgeous tile work provides a nice pop of color to any image.

BELOW: Jessica and Steven taking a walk through Boca Raton Resort and Clubs Lobby.


Speaking of color, the Boca Raton Resort & Club is famous for its pink hues, providing the perfect contrast to any wedding photo. Towering over 20 stories high it’s the perfect place to get ready for the big day

BELOW: At the end of a wedding ceremony all the ring bearers and the flower girl walked back down the aisle together. This gave me the perfect opportunity to gather them all together for this, Hands Up! photo.


Not quite convinced yet? Let me paint you a picture.
It’s your big day, you step off the balcony and toast with your friends as anticipation for the ceremony builds. You say “I do” in the courtyard surrounded by your friends and family, the warm South Florida air, and the lush greenery. You eat dinner in the most elegant setting you can imagine. You experience your first dance with your loved one in a large ballroom with high ceilings and crystal chandeliers


BELOW: In addition to weddings Boca Raton Resort and Club also does a huge amount of corporate and special events. Imagine having your corporate event on a beautiful beach in sunny warm South Florida while most the rest of the country is in a deep freeze. This ice sculpture was created by the event design team at Boca Resort.


Then, as the night draws to a close, you sneak down to the beach kick off your shoes and spend some one-on-one time with your new spouse before the night comes to an end. If that doesn’t quite match your dreams of a Florida destination wedding, the Boca Raton Resort & Club has a ton of options that fit any bride whether you’re looking for something more adventurous, say on a yacht at the marina, or more traditional in their immaculate “Cathedral Room”. No matter what your style, this luxury resort is sure to wow your guests and make your Boca Resort Wedding one to remember.

BELOW: I received a call from Bill Summerlin, The Special Events Designer/ Social manager /Boca Raton Resort ,Waldorf Astoria, Boca By Design at Boca By Design. He told me that a guy was going to propose to his girlfriend just before they have dinner at the resort. I arrived early and acted like I was photographing boats or birds or something with a long telephoto lens. When the marriage proposal happened I was able to photograph the entire thing.
Afterwards I took the couple around for a short engagement photo-shoot.


As one of their preferred photographers, I know first-hand that saying your vows in front of this towering pink hotel is truly a unique experience and will provide you with gorgeous photos that will last a lifetime.

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Saying I Do at the EAU

Posted on May 9, 2018

BELOW: Jeffrey and Gabrielle standing at the beach stair case. Located right on the beach, it's so easy for the photographer to take the bride and groom our side for a short toe's in the sand photo shoot.


When it comes to Florida weddings there’s an exhausting list of to-dos a couple must check off in preparation for the big day. Arguably, one of the most important steps is choosing a venue. How do you even begin planning a wedding if you don’t know where the event will take place? The venue sets the tone for almost every aspect of that magical evening. It dictates your theme, color choices, party activities, guest list, travel expenses, and so much more. After all, you can’t have a beach wedding in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. When it comes to choosing a venue, there is one feature that is consistently overlooked; the venue is the backdrop for every photo you’ll frame and hang in your home together.

BELOW: Facing west, the setting South Florida sun lit up the Eau Hotel's pool water sprayers helping to create this dramatic photograph.


As an experienced South Florida photographer, I have worked several venues across the state and the EAU Palm Beach, formerly the Ritz Carlton Palm Beach, is simply stunning. Nestled against the Atlantic Ocean it’s the perfect wedding venue for locals and out of towners hoping for an elegant night along the beach. The EAU Palm Beach offers over two dozen back drops for saying, “I do!” Hosting a long guest list? The Grand Ballroom at the EAU Palm Beach offers at amazing backdrop of six, yes six, Austrian crystal chandeliers that give your portraits that extra sparkle. Hoping to say your vows with the waves crashing in the background? They have a beautiful courtyard that offers a beach front escape for you and your guests to pose in front of.

BELOW: One of my favorite shots at the Eau. The open area located between 2 ballrooms was the perfect place for this staged ring bearer photo.


Maybe you’re looking for something more intimate and romantic to solidify your future together. The EAU Palm Beach’s Spa Garden offers a wall of twinkling lights and waterfalls that is sure to wow your guests both at the wedding and for years to come. The EAU offers a variety of event spaces for every bride. This Forbes Five Star hotel and spa is sure to impress your guests and provide them with the vacation of a life time. There is no doubt that your wedding will be the talk of the century.

BELOW: Flying groomsmen. Josh (The Groom) and his best man do the high jump on the lawn behind the hotel.


The EAU offers catering, flowers, music, officiants, luxe accommodations, and a gorgeous suite for the newlyweds to end the night. With spaces for your rehearsal dinner, reception, and brunch the next morning this venue is the perfect choice to experience your happily ever after.

BELOW: Ballroom table decor in the main ballroom.


Photography is a very important aspect of a wedding, arguably the second most important next to the venue. Choosing a photographer can be difficult, after all, you want the photos of you and your loved ones to be memorable and timeless. As a photographer it is our job but also our passion to capture these once-in-a-lifetime moments for our clients. I started my business in 1993 but I have been a photographer for well over thirty years. My experience has taken me all over the world from Hollywood to France to the Caribbean Islands and the EAU is one of the best wedding venues money can buy. Back in 2011 I helped Chris and Jenny start their lives together at The EAU Palm Beach Resort and was able to witness first hand the magic the venue bestows upon it’s guest.


Later in 2015, I captured stunning images of Jeffrey and Gabrielle as they celebrated their new marriage in this breathtaking event space which was a real treat considering the engagement shoot I did with them the year prior in the same location. As a photographer, when we experience venues like this one we are immediately drawn to their ability to turn a photo into a masterpiece.

BELOW: Jennifer can't believe how beautiful her wedding reception ballroom looks!


It’s truly amazing how what lies in the background can change the tone of what is displayed in the foreground. I can only hope to return to the EAU and photograph another happy couple hoping to start their lives together in the best way I know how, with a camera.

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WHY A GREAT WEDDING NEEDS A GREAT WEDDING TIMELINE

Posted on April 2, 2018

BELOW: Section of a wedding planners timeline. Wedding Planner Anje Soirees


When all the wedding fanfare is over, you’re back from your honeymoon, the wedding dress and tuxedo have been hang neatly in a corner, the gifts are unpacked and the thank you messages have been sent what is left? What is left to remind you of one of the most important day of your life? Apart from the memories in your heart, the pictures in your hand will do a pretty good job of reminding you. Pictures are very important since they immortalize those memories for a long time.


ABOVE: Bride getting ready, Make up artist is applying the bride make-up. It's important that the hair and make-up people start early enough to that everyone being photographed is "Photo Ready" when the photographer arrives.
BELOW: Groom getting ready, Normally the photographer will photograph both the bride getting ready and the groom getting ready. Depending on the timeline this could take an hour or more.


Everyone loves a good photo, but good pictures don’t just happen. Imagine having an amazing Florida destination wedding but having no pictures to show for it because there wasn’t enough time to take those amazing pictures. Good pictures require both patience and precision from the photographer. That is where the importance of having a timeline comes in; a photographer needs ample to set up and composite a perfect photograph without feeling constantly pressed for time.


ABOVE: Photo of the Groom seeing his bride for the first time. After both the bride and groom are finished getting ready it's usually time for the First Look.

After spending many years working as a Florida photographer I have learnt that setting a realistic timeline means that you will provide the photographer with enough time to take pictures of the wedding party and important members of the family. A good timeline usually begins with the hair and makeup people knowing exactly when the photographer will begin taking the photographs. We all know that makeup is a delicate art and no one wants it to end up being a mad dash against time. It is therefore essential to set aside enough time for hair and make-up so that by the time the photographer is set up, everyone is ready to have their pictures taken.

BELOW: Bride and her bridesmaids. The wedding timeline must allow enough time for the photographer to photograph not only the bride and Groom with family members but also enough time to do some fun photos with the wedding party.


As a Florida Photographer, here’s a brief overview of my process:
I usually spend about 1 hour shooting the bride and groom together. I will also spend about 1 hour taking the family photos. Sometimes if there is a large amount of family members I’ll allow more time photographing family. This means I need about 2 to 3 hours photographing the wedding party and important family members. That is why a good timeline is very important to me, because it means everybody knows where they need to be and what time they need to be there.

BELOW: Family Portraits are a huge part of wedding photography. The family photo below was taken before the bride and groom's ceremony.


To further emphasize the importance of having a timeline I have brought in Amber from Oh My Occasions, a very experienced wedding planner, to give her thoughts on the subject of wedding timelines.
In a nutshell, a timeline allows then entire wedding team to be aware of important formalities throughout the day. I personally create 3 different timelines: for the wedding party (with abbreviated information not pertinent to them), for the vendors (with delivery, load in, and strike times) and for my planning team (with detailed information like song choices, processional order, etc.). While there is a rough template of how I create my timelines, I always connect with the photographer to get their ideal timing into my agenda. Everyone shoots differently, so one photographer may tell me they want 20 min for details and the other may want a full hour. That communication allows the timeline to flow smoothly without any rushing.
I tend to work from the middle of the timeline back and then forward. I input ceremony time (when the bride actually walks) first. Then I work backward to determine what time she needs to be ready, which will then determine when Hair and makeup arrives.

So there you have it, thoughts from both a South Florida wedding photographer and a wedding planner on the importance of having a realistic timeline for your wedding.

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