Jeff Kolodny Photography Blog http://www.jeffkolodnyphotography.com/ Jeff Kolodny Photography Blog en-us NICOLE & DANIEL Grand Pink Lustre http://www.jeffkolodnyphotography.com/index.cfm?postID=357 http://www.jeffkolodnyphotography.com/index.cfm?postID=357 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 http://www.jeffkolodnyphotography.com/index.cfm?postID=348 http://www.jeffkolodnyphotography.com/index.cfm?postID=348 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.


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Andrea & Jesse's Boynton Beach Engagement Shoot http://www.jeffkolodnyphotography.com/index.cfm?postID=347 http://www.jeffkolodnyphotography.com/index.cfm?postID=347 Fri, 17 Jul 2015 17:47:00 GMT I grabbed my camera and shot theses photos right around the corner from my house. Having some farmland and some really cool fountains close to home makes it east to grab a camera and make some fantastic photos.













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A Traditional Jewish Wedding at the B'Nai Israel in Boca Raton, Florida http://www.jeffkolodnyphotography.com/index.cfm?postID=346 http://www.jeffkolodnyphotography.com/index.cfm?postID=346 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 23:38:00 GMT
A Traditional Jewish Wedding at the B'Nai Israel in Boca Raton, Florida


From The Knot: Real Weddings


Alina 27, and Rafael,34 met on new year's day in 2012. "Our love for each other only grew stronger and more stable with each moment that passed," says Alina. They were engaged that December. The couple made each decision for the wedding together. "We were extremely involved with the wedding planning and no detail was left unturned," says Alina. Both the ceremony and reception at the B'Nai Israel in Boca Raton, Florida, were decorated with white decor and elaborate accents. White fabric draped along the ceremony aisle with floating white cymbidium orchids at the end of each row. Alina and Rafael's huppah was accented with white garden. After the ceremony, guest walked into the cocktail hour to the music of live violinists. The reception was set with grand tall white centerpieces, lucite chiavari chairs and silver linens bathed in pink light. Guests were then met with more music. "We had a 12 person band and a huge stage built out to accommodate everything," says Alina. The couple also did a choreographed first dance to "Wanted" by Hunter Hayes. Buses were available at the end of the night to take Alina and Rafael's guests to their hotels. "Since most of our guests traveled from either another state or another country we wanted to show them how thankful we were that they came to witness our wedding day," says Alina.



From The Big Fat Jewish Wedding
A PLACE FOR JEWISH BRIDES & GROOMS TO GET INSPIRED



Alina & Rafael's Decadent Russian Jewish Wedding {Boca Raton, FL}
This beautiful Russian Jewish wedding is a fairytale wedding come true.
From the Alina's cinderalla wedding ballgown, to the 7 tiered wedding cake, you are going to be swept away in joy and happiness with this happy couple.



Bride Alina and groom Rafael got married in Boca Raton, Florida, the heart of the sunshine state. Their wedding was blissful and full of tradition.


We're happy to share Alina's story with us about the wedding!
Tell us about the wedding
Our wedding was a traditional Russian-Jewish wedding. It was romantic and elegant and the night was a fairytail. We had our first look and photos at the Boca Resort; it was the most beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky.
That night we went to synagogue B'nai Israel in Boca Raton, FL. We had an hour and a half cocktail hour with six stations and 23 passed o'dourves, we had ice sculptors and drink flunes. Then, it was time for our ceremony. (We meet with our rabbi four times before our wedding so he can really get to know us and our story!)
Then it was time for the reception. We had a 12 minute horah which was ruff ha! We had a 12 person band with a DJ and the night was unbelievable! Guests could choose from five entrees for dinner, and the drinks were flowing all night long. The wedding cake was to die for, it was a surprise from my husband. I had shown him a picture of my dream cake, and he made it happen.



Could you tell us about any special wedding customs/clothing you had?
For our traditional conservative ceremony, my mom and I walked around my husband Rafael seven times before we started the ceremony. Also, the horah was 12 minutes long and was the first dance of the night kicking off the celebration.

After every toast we kissed for a couple of seconds. In Russian tradition, it is custom for everyone to say 'Gorca' which means 'bitter' after making a toast. Since you take a sip of alcohol, which is bitter, your kiss makes it sweet.



What was the inspiration for your wedding?
Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted a fairytale wedding, and thanks to our families we got that. The reception room had chandeliers and amazing uplighting. We had a live band, plus over the top food. It was an over all amazing experience!



What was the hardest part about wedding planning?
I had a wonderful wedding planner, Joni Scalzo from Your Special Day by Joni. She saved my life. I'm very organized and a perfectionist, which is a gift and a curse, but she always kept me calm. The hardest part for me because of my traits, was hoping that all the vendors remembered everything we discussed and all the details came together.



Did you any DIY?
Not a DIY bride, but to save some money my husband and I put together all the wedding programs all 150 plus and tied the ribbons for them.



What was your favorite part of the wedding?
My favorite part of the wedding was when I started walking down the aisle and I finally saw my future husband standing on the other side. It was a moment in time.



Eve of Milady White Tulle, Lace Ballgown

The bride chose an Eve of Milady ballgown with a lace bodice and tulle skirt from Boca Raton Bridal. "It was my princess dress," says Alina.



Black Tulle Skirt David's Bridal Bridesmaids Dresses

The bridesmaids wore black dresses from David's Bridal with a sweetheart neckline and elaborate black tulle ruffled detail on the skirt. Each held a bouquet of hot pink roses.



Custom Groomsmen Tuxedos and Hot Red Boutonnieres
The groomsmen wore custom tailored black tuxedos with black vests and bow ties from the Tux Shop in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.




B'Nai Israel Embracing Couple Shot
Rafael and Alina became engaged while on a walk with his family in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. After reading a poem he wrote for her, Rafael proposed with billboard that read "Alina will you marry me?" says Alina.



Simple White B'Nai Israel Ceremony Aisle Decor
Alina and Rafael decorated their aisle with cylinder vases of floating white cymbidium orchids, draped white fabric and a rose lighting design cascading onto the aisle runner.



What 3 words of advice do you have for future brides-to-be?
Smile! No matter what is happening there is always a camera or an eye on you.
Mazel tov Alina and Rafael!



From the Modern Jewish Weddiing
your guide as you head to the chuppah



In the case to be made for bling today's Modern Jewish Wedding is the evidence.
Alina looked like a princess on her wedding day. I mean just look at her blinged out shoes. She added a beaded headband, a beaded belt on her Cinderella ball gown and 3 beaded cake tiers as a part of her 7 layer cake.
Any wedding that uses the Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchard in uplighting for the room gets two thumbs up from us. How can you not fall in love with the lighting effect on the Princess gown during the Hora?
The Modern Jewish Wedding Details
Alina and Rafael were married at the Reform congregation B'nai Israel. They had a traditional Russian-Jewish wedding which included the Hakafah.
The couple had their first look and photos at the Boca Resort. Then they went to the synagogue where first there was 90 minutes of cocktails with six food stations and 23 passed appetizers. The pre-ceremony reception even included ice sculptures.
After the ceremony, it was time for a party that lasted long into the night.
Alina wrote, "We had a 12 minute hora which was ruff ha! We had a 12 person band with a DJ and the night was unbelievable! Guests could choose from five entrees for dinner, and the drinks were flowing all night long. The wedding cake was to die for, it was a surprise from my husband. I had shown him a picture of my dream cake, and he made it happen.
Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted a fairytale wedding, and thanks to our families we got that. The reception room had chandeliers and amazing uplighting. It was an over all amazing experience!
After every toast we kissed for a couple of seconds. In Russian tradition, it is custom for everyone to say 'Gorca' which means 'bitter' after making a toast. Since you take a sip of alcohol, which is bitter, your kiss makes it sweet.
My favorite part of the wedding was when I started walking down the aisle and I finally saw my future husband standing on the other side. It was a moment in time."
Her advice to all the Modern Jewish Brides reading this, "Smile! No matter what is happening there is always a camera or an eye on you."
Mazel Tov Alina & Rafael.



FROM BORROWED & BLUE -
Jeff Kolodny Photography brought us this stunning, Miami gem, and we couldn't be more thrilled! Alina and Rafael are a gorgeous pair and their special day matched them perfectly. With an elegant temple wedding in Boca Raton at Congregation B'Nai Israel and an entirely too-fun after party, this fall day is simply one for the books. From tears of joy to boisterous laughs, so many emotions are captured amongst these images, and we love getting to feel apart of them all. Alina and Rafael were the sweetest of couples, and we're so glad that their perfect, dream wedding came true!


The Couple

HIM
Rafael is very passionate about everything he puts his mind too and loves growing his businesses. He loves to unwind by playing basketball a couple times a week and hitting the gym and sauna on his free time. Seeing his friends and family is a big must and just unwinding with a movie on the couch with his wife is also nice and relaxing.

HER
I love to spend time with my family. Rafael and I see our parents probably once a month and enjoy every moment with them. I love to travel. We just got back from our 3 week European honeymoon and it was incredible. Spending time with my friends and catching up is always a good time.

TOGETHER
We are both Russian and Jewish and want the same things out of life. Ever since the first time we meet on New Years Eve 2011 we have been inseparable.



Our Love Story

Our journey began not to long ago when we finally locked eyes on January 1, 2012, just a few hours after the New Year arrived. We spend every weekend together building on our magical chemistry. Our passion for one another developed into a daily eternal bond. Our love for each other only grew stronger and more stable with each moment that passed. We did our fair share of traveling throughout the year together, but one vacation came to be as unforgettable as any couple can dream up. We got engaged on 12/24/12 in Mont-tremblant, Quebec. Even though our real journey together is only beginning we are extremely blessed and fortunate to have found ourselves to be married.


Words of Wisdom

Smile no matter what is happening around you on your special day, because there is always someone watching plus a camera crew and photographers!


What's Next

We recently got a new puppy, Teddy, a golden doodle and have our hands full with him. We are in the process of looking for home and expanding our family. In the mean time we plan to do some traveling and spending time with our friends and family.



Boca Raton, Florida Elaborate White Huppah Décor
The couple's huppah was decorated with ivory fabric, chandelier lighting and arrangements of white garden roses at each post.

Alina and Rafael's Kissing Recessional


Silver, White Reception Decor Under Pink Lighting
The couple decorated their reception with silver table linens, crystal chandeliers, lucite chiavari chairs, grand floral centerpieces and pink lighting.

Unique Crystal Rhinestone Embellished Tiered Wedding Cake
The couple's wedding cake was a surprise from Rafael. He had the seven-tier cake replicated by the VIP Caterers from a picture Alina gave him. "It was a real centerpiece of the night," says Alina.








Alina and Rafael's Reception Hora Dance

The couple was lifted up in the air by their family and friends for a traditional hora dance.







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