Category: Weddings     PAGE 1 OF 21   MORE >

Brett & Troy’s South Florida Engagement Shoot

Posted on May 21, 2015


South Florida engagement shoots are always a pleasure for me to shoot – especially when shooting at a place I haven’t been to before. At Brett and Troy’s suggestion, we planned their engagement shoot at Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale. What a gem! This park offered so many great places to take amazing photos that it was absolutely wonderful to work there. Not to mention, I had attractive and enthusiastic subjects as well!


As a South Florida wedding photographer, I am often called upon to shoot in new and unusual spots. This always is something to look forward to. I just never know what I will find that will inspire me in a new setting. As far as photographing South Florida engagement shoots, Birch State Park was truly one of the more interesting new places I’ve visited. Not only did it offer fabulous and lush greenery, but also a lake where the bride and groom could take out a canoe. This allowed for some really fun photos.


I hope you will enjoy this glimpse at Brett and Troy’s recent South Florida engagement shoot. I am also looking forward to photographing their South Florida wedding later this year at Temple Kol-Ami Emanuel in Plantation. They have been a pleasure to work with so far and I know that their enthusiasm and excitement will continue right through their wedding day and beyond! Working with couples who are really interested in working with me to get great, spontaneous and fun photos is ideal and I always try my best to insure that the picture taking process is enjoyable and not an arduous task.


Here is the sweet story of Brett and Troy’s romance!
Brett and Troy met four years ago through a mutual friend while they were both in relationships. When Troy found out Brett was single, he strategically contacted a mutual friend to "set them up". They are getting married at Temple Kol-Ami Emanuel in Plantation on December 12th. Brett was named there and her father is extremely involved in the Temple. Troy proposed to her only 10 months after dating her because she was exactly what he was looking for throughout his entire life. They both feel they are living a modern day fairy tale and when Troy proposed, he asked her if she would like to live happily ever after together.



0 Responses to This Post   |   Add a Comment   |   Link to This Post   |   Share:  Email - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest

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!


1 Response to This Post   |   Add a Comment   |   Link to This Post   |   Share:  Email - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest

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 www.trappfamily.com in Stowe, Vermont. Elisa was raised in Chile and her stepfather is the owner of a magnificent ski resort in Portillo www.skiportillo.com. 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.



10 Responses to This Post   |   Add a Comment   |   Link to This Post   |   Share:  Email - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest

Karina and Joseph’s South Florida Fair Engagement Shoot

Posted on March 8, 2015


I had a blast photographing Karina and Joseph’s recent engagement shoot at the fabulous South Florida Fair. This annual event boasts tons of terrific rides, all kinds of fabulous food, and and incredible array of colorful backdrops. Karina and Joseph dressed perfectly for a shoot here, in retro attire that blended in perfectly with the surroundings.


As a South Florida wedding photographer, I always look forward to the opportunity to photograph engagement shoots in different places. The South Florida Fair was definitely a unique location for such a shoot. It’s held annually in the month of January and is a very popular attraction for both locals as well as tourists to the area. You can get a good glimpse from these photos at the many attractions and areas the fair has to offer. One really interesting spot is “Yesteryear” – this is a permanent display of old Florida homes and items of the past. It is very authentic and a great place for vintage looking photos.


South Florida engagement shoots are very popular both with couples getting married here as well as visiting couples who are getting married elsewhere in the country. There is something divine about coming to this tropical place for romantic photos to be taken. Many couples opt to have their engagement photos taken at the beach, while others prefer to go to a park or other unique location. Downtown Cityplace and Delray Beach are two popular spots for photos as well as the Morikami Japanese Gardens


I was glad to finally have the opportunity to do an engagement shoot at the South Florida Fair as I knew that it had more to offer in terms of backgrounds than most other places. Karina and Joseph just blended in perfectly in their cool retro outfits and really got into the spirit of things. Their enthusiasm and fun loving nature really comes through in these pictures.


If you are looking for a South Florida photographer to capture your engagement shoots and aren’t sure where might be a good place, definitely speak with him or her and express your preferences in terms of the type of setting – whether urban, beach, park or other. I always do my best to make proper location suggestions to my couples so that their engagement photos achieve exactly the look and feel they are looking for. A really great photographer should be able to make any location work well, but for sure some places are better than others.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse of Karina and Joseph’s fun and retro engagement shoot at the fabulous South Florida Fair!


0 Responses to This Post   |   Add a Comment   |   Link to This Post   |   Share:  Email - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest

Justine & Jeremy – Tropical Elegance at The Breakers, Palm Beach.

Posted on November 10, 2014

This post has been partially modified from a post now appearing in BeachBride.com


Who would’ve known that tropical and elegance can be put together? Whenever brides and grooms decide on a beach wedding, there’s some sort of casualness and laid-back vibe present during the event, it’s almost always uncanny. I guess it’s because we associate beaches with relaxation and vacation. But for Justine & Jeremy, they were able to recreate the beach vibe but also, add some elegance to it. All thanks to their amazing reception set-up that looked so amazing with all the metallic details. The refined aura of silver plus the casual vibe of the sand equals to something unique and gorgeous. As a South Florida wedding photographer, I always love photographing elegant weddings at The Breakers. Creating Breakers wedding pictures is nothing short of a pleasure since the location has so many fabulous places to shoot.


I thought - what a great place to photograph the bride's shoes? Why not in the seafood bar? The Breakers has many, many locations that many photographers don't even think to utilize when taking wedding pictures. Justine and Jeremy's South Florida destination wedding at The Breakers was intimate, but afforded me many opportunities to create some incredible Breakers wedding photos.


Justine and Jeremy were an absolute pleasure to work with. As a South Florida wedding photographer, I often do not have the opportunity to meet my clients until their wedding day - and this was no different. We immediately connected and both Justine and Jeremy were enthusiastic participants as we roamed around The Breakers to create some amazing photos.


How did you meet?

The story for Jeremy and I began five years ago, as we met through mutual friends. It was love at first sight for us and after only after three months together, we knew that we were meant to be husband and wife. Our relationship works because we respect one another and the characteristics that one person lacks, the other makes up for. We are the epitome of a team.


One of our favorite moments from the wedding was the First Look. The love and emotions that we have and hold for one another could definitely be felt and seen by all. At this moment, we definitely felt like the most special couple in the world a couple that were having their dream wedding surrounded by friends and family and excited to spend the rest of our lives together. Another favorite moment of ours, was when the Priest, Father Leo began to cry because he could sense and feel the love that we have for one another.


How did he propose?

In the spring of 2013, Jeremy and I went for a walk on a trail that we often walked on near our house and one that we walked on during one of our first dates getting to know on another. We stopped on a bridge that overlooks a river and were talking and laughing when all of a sudden Jeremy got down on one knee and asked me to marry him… well you can tell now how that went!


Simply breathtaking. Leave it to the Design Studio at The Breakers to create decor of unimaginable beauty.


Tell us something about the wedding.

When deciding on a wedding destination, the ocean was our first choice. The beach has always been a special place for us, as it is always our “go to” vacation place. We visited many places, the Breakers being one of the venues that we looked at in Florida. After seeing the Breakers in Palm Beach, nothing else could compare and we found ourselves comparing everything to the Breakers. It was definitely our idea of a beautiful destination wedding. We knew that this would be the perfect place to host our friends and family from Michigan, as the service, the beauty and the amenities of the Breakers is unparalleled from the moment you pull into the drive.


Justine & Jeremy live in Michigan and decided to have a destination wedding. The ocean was their first choice. It has always been a special “go to” place for them. After visiting many venues, nothing else compared to The Breakers in Palm Beach! What a perfect place to host their friends and family from Michigan for a fabulous destination beach wedding!


So delicious. Just feast your eyes on the magnificent cuisine of The Breakers. The sundae at the bottom left is a most popular choice at Breakers weddings. Sascha LaGreca of The Breakers assisted the couple in making sure their special day was truly one to remember.


Congratulations to this gorgeous couple and many thanks for a memorable South Florida destination wedding at The Breakers!


Wedding Venue & Catering: The Breakers, Sascha LaGreca / Décor & Design: The Design Studio at The Breakers / Ceremony: Ocean Lawn / Receptions: Gulfstream Rooms / Dinner: Magnolia Room / Photography: Jeff Kolodny Photography / Entertainment: The Powerhouse Group / Dress: Alvina Valenta, Arena Bridal – MI / Rings: Bride’s Engagement and Wedding Band, Hearts On Fire, Tappers – MI / Grooms Ring Lucido Jewelry – MI / Shoes: Bagley Mischka / Hair & Makeup: Frank Cassini Salon – Palm Beach / Bridesmaid Dresses: Eliza J., Nordstrom / Groom’s and Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang

0 Responses to This Post   |   Add a Comment   |   Link to This Post   |   Share:  Email - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest

PAGE 1 OF 21 MORE >

Blog Archive Stats Syndication

2015  Jan  Feb  Mar  May
2014  Jan  Mar  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Nov
2013  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
2012  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
2011  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Sep  Oct  Nov
2010  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov
2009  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
2008  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec
2007  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec

Posts: 303
Comments: 691
Visits: 381,765
Page Views: 961,010

RSS 2.0 Feed


© 2015 Jeff Kolodny Photography, All rights reserved.   |   Blog by infinet design