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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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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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