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Nicole & Zach’s Miami Florida Destination Wedding

Posted on July 16, 2013

This lovely couple was actually referred to us from another Cleveland client whose wedding we had photographed a few years back here in South Florida. Both Midwesterners, Nicole hails from Cleveland and Zach is from Chicago. They met in Chicago at a bar and one of their first dates was to watch an Ohio State football game – Nicole is a huge fan.

Many brides and grooms like to do a "first look" and Nicole and Zach were no different. Their special moment unfolded on the patio overlooking the gazebo at The Palms Hotel & Spa. This emotional exchange almost always elicits a tear or two from bride and groom alike.

The reason they chose to have a South Florida destination wedding was that Nicole grew up coming down to South Florida to visit her grandparents. Each year she and her family would travel to Miami from Boca Raton every time. This is not uncommon among our clients – many have traveled to Florida to visit grandparents and other relatives and then when it comes time to plan a wedding, the lure of South Florida wins out as the location. For Nicole and Zach who love to travel, The Palms Resort & Spa was very resort-like and just exuded a feeling of “Old Miami.” They absolutely loved the lawn and event space and especially the old boutique feeling of the hotel. The Palms Resort & Spa was just the right size for their destination wedding, as Nicole explained - they felt as if everyone staying there was “just for us.”

Nicole and Zach’s wedding was very elegant and festive. Jessica Masi was their
“day of” wedding planner and she did a wonderful time insuring that everything was on track for the event. Higher Ground provided the musical entertainment for the evening and kept the guests on their feet! Petal Productions created the gorgeous floral arrangements and décor, while Edda’s Cakes provided the beautiful wedding cake. Lutz Karpf designed Nicole’s hair and make-up, while her dress was by Lazaro and shoe by Manolo Blahnik. Zach was equally decked out in designer duds - a Versace suit and Ferragamo shoes.

I did my best to photograph Nicole and Zach at as many different locations around the hotel as possible. The photos below were taken on the front patio of The Palms Hotel & Spa. There are so many fabulous locations both inside and outside The Palms that it is hard to get to them all, but I certainly try to visit as many as possible within the time allotted for picture-taking.

The Palms Resort & Spa is a fabulous location for a wedding – situated on a pristine stretch of Miami Beach, the hotel offers a top location and a boutique feel, as it is not as large as some of its local counterparts such as the Fountainbleau Hotel, Loews Hotel or even a Hyatt or Marriott. Couples planning a Miami destination wedding will appreciate the more intimate feel – it’s perfect for couples who want their guests to feel comfortable and practically recognize everyone they see at the hotel. The ocean and proximity to the rest of Miami is unbeatable. As a South Florida wedding photographer, I always enjoy photographing weddings at The Palms Resort & Spa – aside from its obvious attributes, the Catering staff is tops and a pleasure to work with every time.

Nicole and Zach had a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony, complete with the drinking of the wine and the breaking of the glass. Theirs was a destination Miami Jewish wedding and their guests enjoyed every moment!

Bride and groom share a kiss and make their way back up the aisle as Mr. & Mrs.!

Mr. and Mrs. Pinkert strike a pose on beautiful Miami Beach.

Making the most of the beautiful grounds The Palms Hotel & Spa has to offer! Many brides and grooms search for a hotel with a gazebo - and this one has one of the nicest in South Florida. It is a most popular site for ceremonies and photos at nearly every wedding I photograph here.

Nicole and Zach's special cocktail, based on the groom's last name, "Pinkert."

Petal Productions' gorgeous bouquets and the yummy wedding cake!

Dreamy decor created by Petal Productions. The ballroom was totally transformed for Nicole and Zach's reception.

Nicole and Zach danced the night away along with their guests to the incredible sounds of "Higher Ground."

What a fabulous night! Bride and groom share a toast and a kiss!!

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Jillian & David’s Destination Wedding at the Four Seasons Palm Beach

Posted on June 25, 2013

When I asked Jillian why she and David selected the Four Seasons Palm Beach for their destination wedding, she explained that her sister had married there 6 years ago and had a fabulous experience. Her parents live locally and they knew they were going to have a South Florida wedding – and they definitely wanted a hotel as over half of their wedding guests were out-of-towners. While Jillian and David did visit several Palm Beach venues, they knew right away that the Four Seasons was the right choice for them. As Jillian explained, the Four Seasons Palm Beach is beautiful, modern yet classic with fantastic service and amazing food. She felt they couldn’t go wrong - and they didn’t!

This spectacular wedding featured several shades of metallic silver in the bridesmaid/mother of bride dresses to silver linens as well as champagne menu cards, programs and other details. The bride also wanted a really organic look. This was achieved through the use of branches in the chuppah, to the birch, driftwood and succulents as the centerpieces. All of these ideas were brilliantly brought to life and executed to perfection through the artistic talents of Xquisite Events. The party was rocking all night thanks to the musical talents of Heatwave. Jillian was beaming on her wedding day in a magnificent Vera Wang gown with a belt by Sareh Nouri and finished with sparkling Jimmy Choo shoes.

Jillian and David met 3-1/2 years ago at their mutual friend’s apartment in New York. David had recently been accepted to Michigan Business School and on the night they first met, he was ready to celebrate and grab some drinks with friends. Jillian had been babysitting that night and not in the mood to go out. Her friend convinced her it was a good idea and out she went! Finally, at the end of the part at their friend’s apartment, David and Jillian caught each other’s eyes and started talking. The conversation continued at a bar in Manhattan called Irving Mill and they ended up dancing the night away and as Jillian said, the rest is history!

Photos taken in the "Living Room" at the Four Seasons Palm Beach.

The guys!

Jillian was extremely involved in all aspects of her wedding plans. As an event planner in New York for a non-profit organization called the Foundation for Jewish Camp, she has more knowledge than most when it comes to planning large and fabulous events. As Jillian and David live in Jersey City, NJ and most of their friends live in New York, this truly was a destination wedding for their friends.

The bridal party poses for a photo by the chuppah.

Elegant ceremony set-up by Xquisite Events.

Let's get married!

Spectacular wedding decor created to perfection by Xquisite Events. Looks pretty cool from overhead too!

First dance as husband and wife.

Now it's time to have FUN!

Jillian and David pose with one of South Florida's premier bands, Heatwave.

There was no shortage of sweets at this Palm Beach wedding! In addition to the wedding cake, there was a yummy dessert and a decadent candy table.

As a South Florida wedding photographer, I always love learning as much as possible about the brides and grooms whose weddings I photograph. Each has a unique story to tell and often much of their personality shows through in the look and feel of their special day. Jillian and David were a wonderful couple to photograph and I hope that the photos posted here will help you get a good feel for the job and excitement of their incredible destination wedding at the Four Seasons Palm Beach.

And now the finale - a true Kolodny special - the groom pushes his bride on a luggage cart!

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Your work is AMAZING!!!

Posted on June 5, 2013

Megan & David’s South Florida Wedding at Broken Sound Country Club

Several days ago we received another wonderful thank you from a mother of one of our brides.

Hi Robin and Jeff,
Hope all is well with you two. I just received Megan and David's pictures!!! I want to tell you they are BEAUTIFUL!! Jeff as you may remember I was an event planner for twenty seven years. I have worked with many photographers in my time. You were so WONDERFUL to work with !! Your work is AMAZING!!!!
Take care.
xoxo Adrienne

After a nice note like this we felt that we just had to share a few images. This awesome wedding took place a Broken Sound Country Club in Boca Raton FL.

If you are planning a South Florida wedding, Broken Sound Country Club is definitely a location you should check out. Set in the heart of posh Boca Raton, Broken Sound Country Club is a lush housing development with a newly renovated clubhouse that is absolutely perfect for hosting an extravagant Boca Raton wedding.

Megan and David had such a wedding recently and I was thrilled to be there to photograph the event. They were great to work with and we spent a good amount of time capturing the photos shown here. Not only is the interior of Broken Sound Country Club beautifully renovated and great for photos, but the grounds are pristine, with greenery galore and a magnificent fountain area at the entrance that is always one of my favorite places to shoot.

Boca Raton offers so much as well for out of town guests. First, they can get a gorgeous room at the one and only Boca Raton Resort or Boca Beach Club – two of the most luxurious hotels in town. Guests can also shop as much as they desire, either in the Boca Town Center Mall, where high-end shops and department stores abound or they can stroll through Mizner Park where smaller shops and eateries are situated in a quaint setting. If guests have come from colder climates and crave a bit of Florida sun, the beaches in town are among the best in the county, with South Beach Park and Spanish River Park among the most popular and beautiful spots.

There are many places to host a Boca Raton wedding, but Broken Sound Country Club stands apart as one of the most upscale country club spots in this area. Aside from the magnificent renovation, the food and service at Broken Sound Country Club is superb as well. Megan and David had a most elegant and festive wedding at Broken Sound Country Club. Upon receiving some photos that she had ordered, Megan’s mother took the time to send us this lovely note. We wanted to share it along with some photos from Megan and David’s fabulous South Florida wedding at Broken Sound Country Club.

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Jeff Kolodny Photography wins Wedding Wire Bride's Choice Awards

Posted on April 18, 2013

Boca Raton, Florida – January 14, 2013 – WeddingWire, the nation's leading online wedding marketplace, is thrilled to announce that Jeff Kolodny Photography has been selected as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® 2013 for Wedding Photography & Video in South Florida!

The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals including destination wedding photographers in the
WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.

Jeff Kolodny’s selection as a Bride’s Choice Award 2013 winner was selected based on the positive experiences expressed by past clients including Brides, Grooms & Others on WeddingWire, the world’s largest wedding review site with over one million reviews. While many industry awards are given by the host organization, the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Jeff Kolodny Photography.

The WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® 2013 are given to the top local wedding vendors including photographers & videographers in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on professional achievements from the previous year. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients. As a Bride’s Choice Awards winner, {Enter Your Business Name} is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

“Each year, WeddingWire looks forward to celebrating the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Now in its fifth year, the Bride’s Choice Awards® program continues to recognize the elite wedding professionals who exemplify a commitment to quality, service and professionalism. These businesses were chosen by our bridal community for their responsiveness and dedication to their clients over the past year. We are honored to recognize Jeff Kolodny Photography & Video for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry.”

Jeff Kolodny Photography & Video is thrilled to be one of the top wedding photographers in South Florida in the WeddingWire Network of sites, which include leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding,, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® for 2013.

For more information contact Jeff Kolodny Photography & Video at 561-965-9582

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Lauren & Allen’s South Florida Wedding at The Epic Hotel

Posted on March 16, 2013

Lauren and Allen met at the University of Florida in July, 2006. Lauren’s brother, Brett and Allen were best friends and fraternity brothers at Tau Epsilon Phi, but the couple had never met before. That summer, Lauren attended UF’s summer B program and stayed in her brother’s apartment while he interned in New York City. Brett’s two friends, “Heff” (groom) and Comiter were his roommates, but became Lauren’s roommates that summer. The rest is history.

Allen proposed to Lauren in September, 2011 in New York City while they were visiting for the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

I was thrilled when Lauren’s parents first contacted me about their wedding earlier last year. The couple had chosen The Epic Hotel for their Miami wedding because they just loved the floor to ceiling windows in the incredible ballroom the hotel offered. Already familiar with The Epic Hotel, I knew that there were many beautiful spots to create amazing pictures.

Lauren looked absolutely gorgeous for her South Florida wedding. Wearing a gown by Priscilla of Boston and shoes by Adrienne Vittadini, Lauren simply glowed all evening. As Lauren described it, their unforgettable wedding night was filled with amazing energy, love, the greatest friends and family and very funny heartfelt speeches. It was sheer bliss.

As a South Florida wedding photographer, I truly appreciate it when a bride and groom are enthusiastic about taking photos – and Lauren and Allen were magnificent. We had a good amount of time to roam around the hotel and capture some of the fabulous shots you’ll see here. As I was shooting, I tried to feature Lauren and Allen around the unique features of The Epic Hotel, as they clearly selected this hotel for all of its unique attributes.

Whether you are planning a South Florida wedding or more specifically a Miami wedding, you must check out The Epic Hotel. The hotel is owned by Kimpton, a well known hotel brand that specialized in cool boutique hotels. This particular location, The Epic Hotel is located in central Miami and is not far from the Port of Miami, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, The Miami Convention Center and many more points of interest.

Many thanks to Lauren and Allen and their families as well as Lourdes Ramos at The Epic Hotel for a fabulous wedding and truly EPIC event!

Jeff Kolodny Photography, Inc.

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