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Lisa & Drew’s Magical Miami Wedding

Posted on January 15, 2014

What a fabulous affair this was! I had the recent pleasure of photographing Lisa Thomson and Drew Rosenhaus’s wedding, starting first at the fabulous Fontainebleau Miami Beach, then moving on to the wonderfully unique Miami venue of Jungle Island for the ceremony and reception. Carrie Zack Events provided expert management and coordination for this exclusive Miami wedding.

Lisa, a successful real estate agent, was an absolutely stunning bride and her choice of sparkly Christian Louboutin shoes and a super sexy Pnina Tornai gown were just perfect on her! She and her glamorous group of girls prepared for the wedding at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, where we photographed their “getting ready” process and then proceeded to take some photos in and around the lobby area of the hotel.

The historic Fontainebleau has been around since 1954 and has undergone several transformations since its early years. Known as a destination for celebrities and the elite of society, the hotel boasts 12 restaurants, a 20-acre oceanfront location, expansive pool area (prominently featured in the film “Goldfinger”), nightclubs, a 40,000 square foot Lapis spa, and state-of-the-art conference and event facilities. Aside from all these incredible features, the hotel offers fabulous backdrops for creating amazing photos. I had a great time photographing Lisa, her bridal party and family against all the amazing spaces the Fontainebleau Miami beach has to offer. Truly a piece of Miami Beach history, the Fontainebleau remains one of the most iconic places in the area and as a South Florida wedding photographer, offers an incomparable location for creating unique wedding photographs.

Drew Rosenhaus, a prominent sports agent – well known to any major sports fan – was the groom to be and we were to meet up with him and his groomsmen and family over at Jungle Island. One unusual aspect about Jungle Island is that the venue can host a large party (this one was about 300 people) and the place is totally private. It is closed to the public when events such as this are happening, so there is complete privacy for the bride, groom and their guests. Aside from their famous parrots, Jungle Island is home to many other different types of animals such as lemurs and alligators – some of which are brought out to mingle with guests during the cocktail hour. Not your average wedding feature!

The wedding of Lisa Thomson and Drew Rosenhaus definitely had a sports element incorporated into it. How could it not? The cocktail area outside of the main ballroom was decorated with pink sports lockers, and a football field table that was later decorated with sports cupcakes. This was a super festive party that included a photo booth, a Japanese candy art maker, and an unbelievable dessert spread with a never-ending candy bar, champagne infused cake balls, cookies, and a fabulous s’mores station. The selection was truly mindboggling. The party itself featured a Hora Loca hour that got people to interact with the dancers and stilt walkers and a sumptuous buffet dinner was provided for guests all evening.

As a South Florida wedding photographer, I was honored to be a party of Lisa and Drew’s special day and had a great time in the process! Many thanks to them for their graciousness and enthusiasm on their wedding day.

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I absolutely LOVE my album!

Posted on December 6, 2013

Hi Jeff,

I hope you and your family had a nice Thanksgiving. I have to tell you I absolutely LOVE my album! It is sooo nice and will forever be so special to Ryan and I. I couldn't wait to show him and our families. It was a nice surprise to bring over for the holidays for them to see. Thank you again for capturing the most important day of our lives. We will forever cherish these memories with such a beautiful book. I cannot thank you enough. Thank you again for everything. Have a nice holiday and I will talk to you soon.


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Vanita & Bryan’s South Florida Destination Wedding at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa

Posted on October 8, 2013

I recently had the pleasure of photographing Vanita and Bryan’s very colorful and festive destination wedding at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa. Here’s their wonderful story!

Vanita and Bryan met at the Eve of the Eve holiday party at Union Station in downtown Chicago on December 30, 2011. In Bryan’s words: “Vanita was walking back from the ladies’ room with some friends as I was on my way to the men’s room. She was absolutely gorgeous. I gathered up the courage to approach her and was able to convince me to give me her number. The next day we met for coffee. The day after we went to the Bulls game and the day after that I had orchids delivered to her. Later that same week, I took her out to dinner, asked her to be my girlfriend and she said yes!”

Vanita’s story: “On December 30, 2012, we decided to go back to the Eve of the Eve. While at the party, it was announced from the stage that Bryan and I were the winners of a raffle prize. Completely surprised, I ran up to the microphone with Bryan. Once on stage, he explained that a week before, he had flown to Florida to ask my father’s permission to marry me. He then got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife and I said yes!”

From this incredible proposal, their magnificent wedding was planned at the magnificent Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa. For a large Indian wedding such as Bryan and Vanita’s, the sprawling Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa was a perfect location. With its spectacular views of the Atlantic ocean and its many ballrooms to choose from, the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa is an excellent choice for a South Florida destination wedding. Vanita and Bryan’s wedding took full advantage of all this venue had to offer, with their ceremony taking place outside overlooking the ocean. What a terrific experience for their guests as well! The inside rooms offered more than adequate space to host their large wedding event.

While photographing Vanita & Bryan around the Diplomat Hotel, I couldn't help but notice the awesome blue neon walls inside the gym. I couldn't resist this opportunity, and in no time we were taking pictures in the gym. Vanita's red Indian wedding sari was the perfect contrasting color against the gym's super cool walls.

Here are some details about Vanita and Bryan’s elaborate wedding fashions. Vanita and Bryan both had custom wedding ceremony outfits purchase at Saahil Boutique in Chicago. Vanita’s custom wedding reception outfit was from Studio Elite in Chicago and Bryan’s was from Brioni. The bride’s jewelry came from Devam in Boca Raton, Florida. Hair and make-up was created by Marz of Miami and Vanita’s hair clip was from Jill Zaleski Designs in Chattanooga, TN. The bride’s shoes were by Stuart Weitzman and the couples’ rings were from Trabert and Hoefer in Chicago.

The Diplomat Hotel has an expansive lobby that is the perfect location for family bridal portraits. The hotel features glass walls and a very large skylight on the atrium ceiling. With all this soft natural light streaming in, the hotel lobby is a great spot to create portraits that feature flattering lighting.

BELOW: This beautiful photo of Vanita was taken by our staff photographer "Liz". You can see more of her photography by looking under the gallery menu at the top of our website.

Outdoor oceanfront weddings with the Atlantic ocean in the background is one of the most requested spots brides and grooms look for when having a South Florida destination wedding. The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa delivers this and more - it is the perfect place to say "I do" with a perfect oceanfront location.

A wedding photographer photographing an Indian ceremony needs to be ready for anything. With so many interesting and unique traditions happening during the ceremony, there is no shortage of photo opportunities.

There are many small details and emotional moments to capture during a traditional Indian wedding ceremony. As a South Florida wedding photographer, I love to shoot such weddings, as they are rich with colorful traditions and make for absolutely incredible photos!

Vanita poses before the Indian wedding mandap set against a gorgeous Atlantic ocean backdrop. She is displaying the intricate henna work applied to her hands the day before.

The Westin Diplomat's ballroom was amazingly decorated for this event. The large ballroom used for this wedding was transformed from a blank slate into a dreamy reception room.

Ballroom decor looks even better when set against a spectacular ocean view!

Indian weddings often feature bright and festive colors. Vanita and Bryan selected different shads of pinks, reds and white for their flowers. Purple and yellow uplighting accented the room.

The night was non-stop fun and included traditional Indian dancing (see the 3 girls in the photo below.)

Yummy appetizers served to the lucky wedding guests.

A lavish dinner of steak and prawns followed. Better leave room for dessert!

The guests had a great time!

Vanita and her sorority sisters take a photo break. Weddings are always a great opportunity to see friends whom you might not have seen in a while. What a great reunion this was!

Vanita is a little embarrassed by something Bryan said during their speeches.

Toasts to the newly married couple!

Another lovely couple - Brittany and Allen. I photographed their wedding last year at the Ocean Reef Club and they sent Vanita and Bryan to us. Here Allen attempts to adjust the elephant's trunk to no avail.

The cake cutting!

We would like to extend our thanks to Vanita and Bryan for having us be a part of their special day. It was a great experience for our team and we congratulate the bride and groom to the fullest!

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Jenna & Brad’s Spectacular Four Seasons Palm Beach Wedding

Posted on September 11, 2013

What a gorgeous wedding this was! A beautiful bride, handsome groom, amazing flowers and one of the most luxurious venues in town – the Four Seasons Palm Beach! Everything came together beautifully at Jenna and Brad’s recent Palm Beach wedding. The incredible catering team at the Four Seasons Palm Beach played a great part in the success of this wedding as well.

Jenna & Brad's Wedding Day from Jeff Kolodny on Vimeo.

The magnificent - absolutely jaw-dropping décor for this event was created by Daniel Events. They did not hold back, creating an outdoor ceremony site to die for and a ballroom that had a WOW factor for sure – amazing everyone who entered the room. The magic of the evening was brought to life also by Steve Chase of Chase Music and his lively band that kept guests on their feet all night long.

As a South Florida wedding photographer, I just love photographing Palm Beach weddings. Jenna and Brad’s decision to have a Four Seasons Palm Beach wedding was definitely a great choice. This 5-star beachfront luxury venue offers everyone one would want their guests to enjoy when coming to town to experience a Palm Beach wedding. The hotel offers a sparking outdoor pool, pristine stretch of beach, tennis, a spa, water sports, personal training, yoga and Pilates sessions. There is also a lovely restaurant, Graze, to dine at as well as The Atlantic Bar and Grill. The hotel even offers a Friday night clam bake! The sophisticated décor is clean and crisp, the hotel exudes an overall aura of elegance and modernity. The Four Seasons Palm Beach is a perfect location for an upscale high-end Pam Beach wedding that leaves guests simply in awe.

As beautiful as the hotel is now, it is actually undergoing a major renovation very soon – just to keep everything looking sharp and new for incoming guests and wedding clients. This busy Palm Beach wedding venue seems to have become very popular with both Floridians as well as those planning a South Florida destination wedding. We seem to receive calls from both – the out of town clients are thrilled to be able to offer their cold weather friends and family a nice warm place to come to celebrate! The Four Seasons Palm Beach does not disappoint – between the warm Florida ocean just outside its doors to its elegant heated pool, there are several fabulous spots for northerners to work on their tans!

I hope you enjoy this glimpse of Jenna and Brad’s awesome Four Seasons Palm Beach wedding! Many thanks to Jenna, Brad and their families for having me capture their special day.

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A fabulous South Florida photo shoot at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

Posted on August 22, 2013

Recently I had the great opportunity to participate in a photo shoot along with the talents of Jacqueline Goldman of J. Morgan Flowers and also featuring the magnificent gowns from Boca Raton Bridal. The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort provided the perfect backdrop for the shoot, with its unparalleled beauty. Its interior shimmers with beauty and its outside areas are just as impressive. The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort is located on a pristine stretch of beach in Bal Harbour, just across the street from the fabulous Bal Harbour Shops and just minutes from the energy of Miami’s South Beach

Also on the shoot was the superb South Florida make-up and hair artist, Tatjana Terzic. She is one of our favorite hair and make-up artists by far – every bride becomes absolutely ravishing once Tatjana does her magic! She did an amazing job on our model, Erica Schellenger for the shoot. Many thanks to Tatjana for her tremendous contributions at the St. Regis Bal Harbour photo shoot.

Jacqueline Goldman and wedding planner Aviva Samuels of Kiss the Planner did most of the planning for the shoot, coordinating all the details with Victoria Chase of the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort as well as other contributing vendors. We called upon Tatjana for her talents and Jan Cochran of Boca Raton Bridal to assist in finding the perfect model and the latest in wedding gown fashions. Jan brought along absolutely incredible designer gowns, including one by Kenneth Pool, another by Elizabeth Fillmore and also one by Lazaro. Everybody truly came through with flying colors and the shoot went off without a hitch.

Several rooms in the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort were completely transformed by Jacqueline, who really has taken her company, J. Morgan Flowers to new heights. Her keen design sense and eye for something very different really came through at this shoot. You will see from these photos just how creative she is – using mirrors and lounge furniture to enhance a room’s overall look. Her floral designs were simply breathtaking and vastly unique in their appearance.

As a South Florida wedding photographer, taking part in these types of photo shoots is a real treat. I have plenty of time to work with the models and make sure that everything looks great. Photo shoots that are done outside of an actual wedding afford a photographer the benefit of time, whereas at a wedding there are so many details and people that need to be photographed that often time runs short. It was an absolute pleasure to participate in this photo shoot with such amazing South Florida vendors and professionals as Jacqueline Goldman of J. Morgan Flowers, Jan Cochran of Boca Raton Bridal, Aviva Samuels of Kiss the Planner, make-up and hair artist Tatjana Terzic, and Victoria Chase of the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. Many thanks to all of them for their enormous contributions to the success of this photo shoot. Let’s do it again soon!

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