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Pink & Gold Miami Modern Jewish Wedding

Posted on January 29, 2018

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Pink & Gold Miami Modern Jewish Wedding

Pink & Gold Miami Modern Jewish Wedding

Erica and Yaron’s love story began at a Shabbat dinner in Fort Lauderdale, Florida one April evening. Yaron introduced himself, they quickly hit it off, and the rest is history. Fast forward through their adorable aquarium proposal (read the full story below!) and the couple found themselves planning their dream Jewish wedding in Miami.

They selected the city’s zoological theme park, Jungle Island, as their venue for a celebration that perfectly suited their style. “Jungle Island was a perfect match for our priorities, but more importantly, my mother is from Miami Beach and having the ceremony there was such a special connection,” Erica said.

Their December wedding day featured sunny skies at a lovely 86 degrees, setting the perfect scene for their outdoor ceremony. Erica and Yaron exchanged vows beneath a peony and hydrangea-covered chuppah that’s guaranteed to make any floral-lover’s jaw drop.

They kept the party going with a ballroom reception that tied in their pink and gold color palette through every last detail. To cap off the evening, guests enjoyed desserts from an epic cupcake tower and lifted Erica and Yaron up for the hora on the dance floor.

More proposal details from the bride:

In executing the proposal, Yaron and a group of mutual friends planned a trip to Tampa, Florida under the guise of a friend winning a free hotel stay. Once in Tampa, the friends decided to visit the local aquarium where they offer a backstage penguin experience because I absolutely love penguins.

During the experience, the penguin caretaker brought out one of the penguin’s favorite toys -a “peekaboo box” – to show me. In taking the top of the box off, I discovered it contained an even smaller penguin holding an engagement ring, and when I looked up Yaron was down on one knee asking me to marry him!

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Amazing Ideas You Should Consider for Your Palm Beach Wedding

Posted on September 13, 2017

Feel free to use these ideas!
The Colony Hotel is an amazing wedding venue. Dress by Bacio Bacio. Photos by Jeff Kolodny Photography.
We are in constant awe of the insanely talented wedding vendors in Palm Beach! They create some gorgeous events and this article showcases some of the best vendors in town.
Recently, we attended a great event for wedding vendors called "Trends at Tea" at The Colony Hotel. This event showcased the latest trends for your Palm Beach wedding and we couldn’t wait to share them with you!
Check out these great details from the event – and definitely contact these locally-owned vendors if you like these ideas too!

Unique Invitation Suite
A fun invitation suite along with save the date cards is bound to impress your guests. Design by Chirp Paperie.
Photos by Jeff Kolodny Photography.

Did you know you can mail a coconut???
Well, you can and this hand-painted Save the Date and coordinating invitation suite from Chirp Paperie is just amazing.
She even included directions on how to open the coconut and straw to drink the water!

An awesome Grand Entrance that your guests will love.

This grand entrance was a beautiful way to welcome guests. Designed by J Morgan Flowers. Photo by Jeff Kolodny Photography.

We loved this grand entrance of large candles lining the pathway to the reception entrance. It was a stunning addition to The Colony Hotel gateway!

Metallics…Metallics Everywhere!

Metallics are super on trend right now! Work it in where you can. Floral by J Morgan Flowers. Photo by Jeff Kolodny Photography.

Metallics are all the rage lately and everyone is loving it. Metallic colors go so well with different colors, especially the Pantone Color of the Year Greenery. You’ll find it’s super easy to incorporate your favorite metallic colors into your event.

Feature Local Flowers
These flowers by J Morgan Flowers showcase our awesome local flowers. Photo by Jeff Kolodny Photography.

We love the flowers from J Morgan Flowers. Not only are they beautiful, but they can be found locally! Check out the palm fronds in this stunning bridal bouquet.

Eye-Popping Place Setting
Carry your metallic theme through to your beautiful place setting. Rentals by Atlas Party Rentals. Photo by Jeff Kolodny Photography.

We are suckers for a gorgeous place setting and this beauty plays up the metallic trend that’s going on. How can you not love that rose gold flatware? It’s available to rent from Atlas Party Rentals.

Gorgeous Bridal Dress and Accessories
Definitely consider shopping local at Bacio Bacio for your dress and accessories. Bouquet by J Morgan Flowers. Photo by Jeff Kolodny Photography.

We definitely encourage you to shop local, so we were excited to see the bride in a gorgeous gown and stunning accessories provided by local shop Bacio Bacio!

The bride was dolled up by Team Beauti and Jen Bah Hair and Make-Up

Use a Custom Snapchat Filter
We love Snapchat and having our own filter made it even more awesome!
Filter by Chirp Paperie. Dress by Bacio Bacio. Floral by J Morgan Flowers. Photos by Jeff Kolodny Photography.
If you love Snapchat, then you have a get a custom geofilter designed for your wedding!
Talk to your wedding invitation designer about making one that coordinates with your printed goods and then upload it to Snapchat for approval.
So fun!

Delicious Signature Drinks
We love delicious cocktails!
Showcase your favs with a signature drink. Photos by Jeff Kolodny Photography.

It’s always a crowd pleaser to have a signature drinks that represent you and your fiancé. Consider showcasing one of your fav local craft brews like Due South or something fun and fruity.

Scrumptious Dessert

This GORGEOUS cake is by the amazing Johnson Custom Cakes. Floral by J Morgan Flowers. Photos by Jeff Kolodny Photography.

Who doesn’t love dessert?!? This incredible masterpiece features the local, tropical theme and metallic fun. It was created by the talented Johnson Custom Cakes.

Gorgeous Ceremony set up.

We love this ceremony design and the arch looked amazing!
Rentals by Atlas Party Rentals. Swag by Swag Decor. Floral by J Morgan Flowers. Photos by Jeff Kolodny Photography.

It’s easy to want to spend all your décor budget in the reception, but save some for your ceremony. This gorgeous arch from Atlas Party Rentals with swag by Swag Decor and beautiful aisle flowers by J Morgan Flowers truly highlights the space.

Comfy Lounge Areas

Get your lounge on with this comfy set by AFR Furniture Rental. Swag by Swag Decor. Photo by Jeff Kolodny Photography.

Our jaws dropped when we saw the comfy and stylish lounge areas by AFR Furniture Rental and swag by Swag Decor.
Seriously, your guests will thank you for having a place to rest when they aren’t burning up the dance floor.

Beautiful Hand-lettered Signs

These stunning hand lettered signs by Ink Letter Love are perfect for any event. Photo by Jeff Kolodny Photography.
It’s always been our belief that you can never have too many signs, so why not make them beautiful!
These signs by Ink Letter Love are stunning and functional.

Pick an Awesome Wedding Planner

Hiring a wedding planner can help make your wedding vision a reality.
Planning by Golden Pineapple Events. Photo by Jeff Kolodny Photography.
You know who can make all of these ideas a reality? A wedding planner!
This photoshoot was pulled together by Allison from Golden Pineapple Events and she’s wonderful.

Hire an Amazing Photographer

Trust us – hire a great photographer. Photo by Jeff Kolodny Photography

All of the amazing images in this article were shot by Jeff Kolodny Photography.
If you want images like this from your wedding, make sure to hire a professional wedding photographer to capture them.
Trust us, you’ll be glad you did.

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Choosing the right photographer.

Posted on September 9, 2017

(By staff writer Shannon Lochwood)

When planning their wedding, couples will make lots of tough decisions when choosing vendors. But out of the many professionals who will contribute their expertise to the main event, none is more important than your photographer. Years after you say “I do,” the cake will have been eaten, the flowers will be dried and pressed, but the images of that day will still exist—creating a permanent reminder of every dance, smile, kiss and tear.
Photography is an art form, and every photographer captures an image—sees an image—differently. Styles between photographers can vary greatly. While some prefer journalistic candid snapshots, others adore perfect poses. A picture, it is often noted, is worth a 1000 words. Your photographer is in charge of writing your wedding story in pictures, so choose wisely.
When choosing a photographer, there are many factors to consider—beyond just the style of images. If you and your beloved seem to be overwhelmed with choices, sit down together and discuss your expectations of your photographer on the big day. This is, after all, the individual who will be snapping away for the entire day, so a good working relationship is vital. Here are six tips for finding your picture-perfect photographer.

Establish your budget.
Like everything associated with your wedding, the two of you must establish how much you wish to spend on photography. This number should include your wedding album and other costs, as well as the fees for the photographer. Once you’ve established your budget, it’s easier to sit down with your vendor to go over how they can best meet your needs. Some photographers may be out of your price range, and it’s ideal to understand this up front.

Find your photography style.
Many couples love journalistic-style photography, which captures spontaneous moments during the day. But you’ll also want the typical formal shots from the wedding for framing. A reputable photographer should have a portfolio that you can review to get an idea of their style and art form. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about how they prefer to shoot images (digital or film). Also inquire about other ways they may capture images—some may use drones for cool overhead images.

Discuss image rights and usage.
A photographer owns the copyrights to his or her images. Many couples, however, love to post their images to social media or on their wedding website. While posting images is fine for snapshots taken by guests with personal cameras, professional shots are a different ballgame. Before you post any photos, inquire about how you may (or may not) display purchased images. Remember…purchasing an image does not equate to the ownership of that image. Always discuss the copyright!

Schedule a meet up.
Couples need to personally mesh with their photographer, and there needs to be a mutual respect between all parties. Trusting your photographer is important for him or her to capture the best memories of the day. Discuss any reservations or boundaries that you may have for photographs. For example, if it’s not ok for your photographer to capture ‘getting ready’ shots of the bride having make-up or hair done, then set that boundary.

Get details in writing!
Before you make any agreements or pay any up-front fees, get everything in writing. A reputable photographer should have no reservations writing up an established agreement or contract that includes costs and other details.

Back up plans are important.
Life happens to the best of us. Be sure that your photographer offers a back-up plan if he or she falls ill, has a family emergency or any other personal conflicts that affect your wedding. Ideally, another photographer should be assigned to the event, but if your photog is a solo act…you may want to look at other options before signing on the line.

Of all the vendors the two of you will hire for your wedding day, the photographer is the most important. Images from your wedding day will be the visual story of the big day, and they will be passed down for generations. After years of marriage, you will look back on those images and reminisce at the joy, the laughter, and the tears. Be sure to find the right photographer to preserve these precious memories.

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9 Time Wedding Wire Award Winner & 3 Time Editors Choice Award Winner

Posted on January 10, 2017

Jeff Kolodny Photography, Inc. 2018 Couples Choice Award Winner

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A few favorite photos from 2016

Posted on December 25, 2016

Its that time of year again  time to look back at some of our favorite photos from 2016. As a South Florida wedding photographer, I enjoy shooting events at all different types of venues and working with all kinds of people. Every couple has a unique personality and I always try to capture that special essence when I photograph them. In addition to photographing wedding and events I also spent some time traveling and taking some scenic photos as well.

Below: the 3 photos below were taken at Stephanie and Geoffrey's wedding. This beautiful wedding took place at the Harbor Beach Marriott. The Harbor Beach Marriott is located on Fort Lauderdale beach and is the perfect place for a dream wedding. The Harbor Beach Marriott is also one of my favorite places to shoot!!

Working at a variety of locations allows me the opportunity to get my creative juices flowing and when returning to a place Ive worked at many times, I always try to discover a fresh perspective and find new places to shoot. If you are planning a South Florida wedding, youll find a plethora of locations to choose from throughout the area. From Palm Beach to Miami and points in between, there are an enormous number of great hotels, country clubs and other interesting locations to check out. There are various tropical gardens and private homes, mansions and even restaurants to look at. Also, there is the option of getting married on a yacht  this is South Florida, so why not? The other popular options in this part of South Florida are temples. Many clients have both their ceremony and reception at a local temple. In this case, the preference is to begin photographic coverage at another location beforehand such as a hotel where there are nice grounds to shoot.

This collection of photos includes pictures that are not only from weddings, but also from engagement shoot sessions, mitzvahs and some travel photos. Travel photos are always fun to take. I love to see new places and trying my best to create photos that provide a creative perspective on the subject. Then I use Photoshop to enhance the photos and bring out the best aspects of the shot. I hope you will enjoy this snapshot of my favorite picks from 2016!!

Below: These vintage styled photos were taken in Orlando Florida. They were shot using an infrared process. Infrared photography is usually done out doors but the soft look of infrared helped to create the romantic look of these two photos.

Below: One of my favorite photos from Whistler Blackcomb in BC Canada.

Below: This was shot during Paige's Bat Mitzvah at Stonebridge Country Club, Boca Raton.

Below another photo taken at the Harbor Beach Marriott during Sandi & Jamie's wedding.

Below: This photo taken at Emily and Dave's wedding is a reminder of one of my favorite casual weddings. The wedding took place at the Coconut Palm Inn, Key Largo FL.

Brooke and Jaron at the Coral Gables Country Club.

Below from Deanna & Mark's Wedding. I just love this shot of Deanna doing her first dance with her father. The chemistry between this lovely bride and her father was amazing. Joni Scalzo from Your Special Day by Joni put together an amazing wedding.

Below: Kristen and Jet taken at Boca Resort.

The two photos below were taken at the Ocean Reef Club. The Ocean reef club is another one of my all time favorite places. Ashley & Mike were so much fun to photograph. Thanks Ashley for stepping into the brush and letting me take the black & white infrared photo below.

This is one of my favorite photos from Venice Italy. I had to lay down on the ground to get this shot.

Below: Old farmhouse in Tuscany

Entrance to first Olympic stadium, Olympia

Below: Beach while sea kayaking, Dubrovnik

Below: Jen and Joe share a kiss during their wedding at The Addison, Boca Raton.

I had a blast shooting Dara & David's engagement shoot and I'm looking forward to photographing their wedding in May at PGA.

Sarah & Andrew taken a the Harbor Beach Marriott.

Below: One of my most unique photo shoots and a very interesting person. At 100 years old Jacque Fresco has a unique way of viewing the world and mankind. Many of his unique view points and thoughts regarding science and civilization were viewed by many as at a fiction. However today much of his views are actually quickly becoming reality. These two photos below were taken during a photo/video shoot for a new documentary now in production.

Check out the The Venus Project to learn more about Jacque Fresco.

This is just a small sampling of some of my favorite photos from 2016. I have many other photos from weddings, events and travel that are equally as beautiful and unique from my 2016 archive. Many more have been posted on my Facebook page. Feel free to friend me on Facebook to see more of my photos. We are looking forward to having an amazing 2017 and wish all of our clients and viewers Happy Holidays and a 2017 full of success and happiness.

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