Jeff Kolodny Photography Blog Jeff Kolodny Photography Blog en-us Andrea & Jesse’s Magnificent Miami Wedding Wed, 04 May 2016 20:31:00 GMT
Earlier this year I had the extreme pleasure of photographing Andrea and Jesse's Miami wedding. Andrea is the third sister in the family whose wedding I photographed. Working with her family is always a wonderful experience! She and Jesse in particular were a great couple to photograph – their enthusiasm and cooperation really comes through in the pictures. I hope you will enjoy the post below including photos that capture their special day, their captivating video highlight and also their own personal – and very romantic - story.

FROM THE BRIDE: It all began sophomore year 2007 at the University of Florida Sig Ep fraternity house party. We were inseparable all night and not too long after we started dating. During undergrad, we were fortunate enough to study abroad together for a semester in Madrid, Spain for 6 months. During that time we travelled to over 10 countries together including Paris, France for Valentine's Day, Dublin, Ireland for St. Patrick's Day, and Milan, Italy for Easter just to name a few of the highlights. We both have a love for travel and that experience was an unforgettable lifetime experience that we were able to share together. We then both graduated from UF with Finance degrees in 2010. I went on to pursue my Masters in Accounting in Miami and Jesse took a year off of school to study for the LSAT. He got accepted to Stetson University Law School in St. Petersburg, FL. We did long distance for a year which made us realize we couldn't be a part from each other. I moved up to St. Pete the next year leaving family and friends behind, but it was the best decision I made. We were not in a rush to get married as I wanted him to take his time and finish school. He didn't waste much time though once he graduated. A week later after graduation we got engaged in Atlantis on Paradise Island, Bahamas on May 24, 2014. Atlantis has always been a favorite destination of ours and now it will be a special place to us forever. We have been together for almost 8 years now and I can't wait to spend forever with my best friend and love of my life.

Once they were engaged, the next step was to select where and when they would be married. Andrea describes their search below for the perfect South Florida wedding venue and how they eventually selected the Westin Colonnade and Plymouth Congregational Church in Miami. In addition to these 2 key venues, everyone prepared for wedding at the incomparable Biltmore Hotel which offered the opportunity for them to shoot some really fabulous photos at that iconic location. Between the Westin Colonnade, the Biltmore Hotel and Plymouth Congregational Church, Andrea and Jesse had 3 superb South Florida wedding venues lined up for their special day. Each location offers its own special brand of uniqueness and each has a special Miami flair. As a South Florida wedding photographer, working in 3 such gorgeous locations was definitely a treat.

FROM THE BRIDE: How I picked my venue: We are both from the South Florida area so we were looking anywhere between West Palm Beach and Miami. We found our Reception Venue first and then the Church. We were living in St. Pete at the time we were searching for venues so we had to schedule all of our appointments on the weekends. We scheduled 4 appointments back to back in Miami. One of our appointments ran over time so we thought we were going to have to cancel the appointment to the Westin Colonnade but we were able to stop in for 15 minutes just to take a peak. Boy, we were so glad we stopped in because we were in awe when we saw the Grand Rotunda Ballroom. We fell in love at first glance and could picture our wedding there immediately. The ballroom was two stories high with a fountain in the middle. There wasn't anything about it that we didn't like so there was no question that this was it. We were then on the hunt to find a church near the venue and immediately fell in love with Plymouth Congregation Church as it resembled a castle and had an old medieval vintage type feel to it. Everything just felt so magical at both of our venues and I was able to envision a fairytale wedding that I had always dreamed of.

Many thanks to Andrea and Jesse and both of their families for having us be a part of their very special and most incredible day.

Vendors: Getting Ready/First Look: Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, FL; Church: Plymouth Congregational Church, Coconut Grove, FL; Reception Venue: Westin Colonnade, Coral Gables, FL; Band: Euphoria; Florist: J. Adan Events; Photographer/Videographer: Jeff Kolodny; PhotoMingle: Boca Photo Experience; Specialty Linen: Over the Top; Antique Bentley Car Service: Padrino's; Trolly: Unique Transportation; Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero from Bellissima Bride; Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy; Groom/Groomsmen Attire: JoS. A. Bank; Invitations: Samantha Jade Designs; Wedding Planner: Weddings By Bailey

Elana & Dave’s Engagement Shoot Sun, 24 Apr 2016 01:44:00 GMT
I recently had the pleasure of shooting Elana and Dave's engagement photos in the Boynton Beach/Delray Beach area. We had a great time roaming around finding different neat and interesting areas to shoot at.

As a South Florida wedding photographer, I always look forward to shoots that take me to a variety of different locations. The great thing about shooting in this area, is that there really is a wide variety of backgrounds that allow for fabulous shots. Elana and Dave were terrific to worth with, and had some fun ideas of their own that we worked together to execute – including the sort of cartoony shot with the balloons.

I'm really looking forward to Elana and Dave's upcoming wedding at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton. They selected this location because Elana's parents live there and they loved it from the moment they saw it. Their wedding colors will be hunter green and gold, Elana's favorites. Weddings at Woodfield Country Club are always a pleasure to photograph. It is one of South Florida's most beautiful country clubs and definitely a gem in Boca Raton. There are many Boca Raton weddings, but Woodfield Country Club stands out as one the premiere venues in South Florida.

It is a really great idea to do an engagement shoot when you hire a South Florida wedding photographer. What better way to get used to working together? You'll be spending a lot of time with your wedding photographer on your big day, so you want to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Doing a South Florida engagement shoot is definitely a great way to get a feel for taking photos with a professional photographer who is providing some direction.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse of Elana and Dave's South Florida engagement shoot!

NICOLE & DANIEL Grand Pink Lustre Wed, 09 Dec 2015 14:52:00 GMT
LOVESNicole & Daniel's big day was nothing short of luxurious. The stunning venue, gorgeous couple, and beautiful details all combined to create a wedding day that was stunningly grand and utterly breathtaking. Nicole & Daniel's outdoor ceremony embraced Miami's gorgeous coastal views, and we love that they took advantage of city's beautiful views. With the ocean ahead and large pink and ivory florals surrounding them, the pair said their vows to one another in a lovely, romantic ceremony. Before moving to celebrate with friends and family, the pair took a moment to capture some beautiful images with Jeff Kolodny Photography on the gorgeous staircase at the Four Seasons Palm Beach. While it's impossible to ignore the beauty of the ceremony, the reception space truly shined. Gold, pink, and ivory dominated the space which was lavishly decorated and lit. The towering, round centerpieces of pink and white roses and white hydrangeas added drama to the space, and we adore the golden linens and china. Nicole & Daniel's Miami wedding was truly spectacular, and we're so happy that we get to showcase such a lovely affair.

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Gabri & Jeffrey's Destination Wedding at the Eau Palm Beach Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:09:00 GMT
We recently photographed Gabri and Jeffrey's gorgeous wedding at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. This amazing couple lives in New York City and I asked them to tell me their story so that I couldshare it here.

Jeffrey is looking sharp!

Jeffrey and Gabri met in a serendipitous way in December of 2011 in the lobby of their Boston apartment building; later that day Jeffrey left a package for Gabri with a dog treat, his card, and a note saying "I was getting my dog treats and thought of you and Scarlet -Jeffrey" The two went on a date where they both ordered the same dish and had a wonderful time; from then on the two knew they had found something special.

Gabri and Jeffrey chose to have their wedding in Palm Beach, Florida because their grandparents live close by and otherwise would not have been able to attend their wedding. The two are very close with their grandparents and made their attendance and comfort a priority. They also loved the beautiful beach scenery.

Bling is always a good thing!

Gabri's very unique wedding gown was designed by Vera Wang accented by Jimmy Choo shoes.Jeffrey's tuxedo was by Ermengildo Zegna. Bridesmaids wore Amsale, Joanna August and Dessy.Team Beauti created the hair and make-up styles for the bride while her wedding band was fromGreenwich Jeweler and the groom's ring was by Tiffany.

Mike Sipe Entertainment kept the guests on their feet all night and Xquisite Events and FrostHandled all the flowers and décor for the affair. Cheryl Clisby & Co. were the event planners for the Wedding.

This South Florida Palm Beach wedding was also a destination wedding, as the bride and groom dolive in New York. Many couples from up North choose to have a Florida destination wedding, as either their parents or grandparents live here. It just makes sense. Also, it allows their guestsfrom out of town to come here to Florida and make somewhat of a vacation around thewedding. It works out well for everyone involved! Plus our year-round good weather is definitelya strong incentive as well. South Florida weddings are very popular among not only locals butalso many, many out of towners. Our clients often do not live here – in fact we have clients fromas far away as overseas! South Florida destination weddings hold much appeal especially for people who live in colder climates as well.

This wedding featured some really pretty details - a la Xquisite Events.

Just breathtaking!

Let's get this party started!

Mouthwatering cuisine by the Eau Resort Palm Beach Resort & Spa.

Yummy for sure...

We hope you've enjoyed this glimpse of Gabri and Jeffrey's wedding! We want to thank both ofthem and their families for including us on this very special day in their lives.