Jeff Kolodny Photography Blog http://www.jeffkolodnyphotography.com/ Jeff Kolodny Photography Blog en-us Taylor & JP’s South Florida wedding at BallenIsles Country Club http://www.jeffkolodnyphotography.com/index.cfm?postID=329 http://www.jeffkolodnyphotography.com/index.cfm?postID=329 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:45:00 GMT
Taylor and JP came to us a long time ago! They were so enthusiastic about their upcoming wedding and no detail was overlooked. After looking around at several hotels in the Palm Beach Gardens area, they eventually found BallenIsles Country Club and instantly knew it was what they were looking for. They loved the views of the golf course and the venue itself seemed to have character that they didn't find in any regular hotel ballroom.



From the beginning, Taylor knew she wanted a "fairytale wedding." To achieve her desired ambiance for the wedding, she hired Benny of Daniel Events. Taylor's dream came true as Benny draped the entire room from floor to ceiling and totally transformed the space. Another special touch was the use of a white vinyl dance floor with monogram gobo lighting. Taylor's dream wedding included lots of crystals, candle lighting plush centerpieces which exuded a traditional elegance. The couple also had a gorgeous monogrammed ice sculpture for the shrimp cocktail display during their cocktail hour.


Although they had a formal South Florida wedding, Taylor and JP are pretty laid back, so they wanted to add personal touches that reflected their personalities. These touches included a basket of various sized flip flops for the ladies to change into for dancing – "a special treat for their dancing feet." Also, there were monogrammed koozies at all the bars for guests who were drinking beer to use and keep as a souvenir. Lastly, they had wayfarer sunglasses that ended up being a huge hit on the dance floor! Taylor is a big believer in that all the little details come together to make one great party! To this point, she had her heart set on certain Swarovski table numbers that were very hard to find. She drove all the way to Miami during the week of the wedding to pick them up because she knew this was exactly what she wanted and nothing would look better! As a South Florida wedding photographer, I can appreciate all these little details as well – they make for great photos!


Taylor's gown was by Allure, specifically for their couture line. Her shoes were J. Crew and her jewelry and head piece were all Swarovski crystal by Twinkle Twinkle Bridal.










Deciding whether to hire a band or a DJ was a bit of a struggle at first. Taylor wanted a DJ and JP wanted a band. They found the best compromise in hiring Mike Sipe's DJ Live experience. This included a DJ to play the songs the way they were recorded and also a sax player and percussionist that could play along with any and every song they chose. Taylor and JP were thrilled with the result – they had the energy of a band but the versatility of a DJ. It was a perfect mix for them.



The couple met back in 2007 in Daytona. JP was 25 and just starting out in Chiropractic school. Taylor was just 18 and had just graduated from high school. They met by chance in her apartment complex parking lot and he asked Taylor out on a date to meet him later that week at a Daytona Cubs baseball game. That was their first date and the rest was history! They dated for 5 years before JP proposed to Taylor on a trip to Chicago for St. Patrick's Day.


Everything has worked out wonderfully for this couple. They now work together at their own wellness clinic in Port St. Lucie. JP is the chiropractor and clinic director and Taylor is his office manager. They never thought they'd be working together, but as Taylor explained, it just makes them stronger and no one will work harder for their company than they will.




As if their South Florida wedding wasn't enough excitement, JP surprised Taylor with the location of their honeymoon. All along he had not secretive about all the hard work he was putting into planning the honeymoon but wouldn't tell her where it was. The morning of the wedding, Taylor and her bridesmaids were getting ready when they were visited by one of the groomsmen who brought in a laptop with a small, wrapped gift box. He told Taylor to watch the video and open the gift when she was told to. Taylor pressed play and up popped JP with a pre-recorded message. He told her how much he loved her and couldn't wait to see her later. He said he was going to give her a few hints as to where they were going on their honeymoon before he FINALLY gave the location away. The camera cut to various clips of him rock climbing, surfing, hiking, and biking. Taylor explained that this was done all with very low budget visual effects to make it look like he was somewhere tropical! It was a such a funny video and the final hint was in the box that she could now open. Inside, was a Tahitian black pearl and the rarest in the world. Then he said they were going to Bora Bora! Taylor was beyond excited. She was shaking, laughing and crying all at once.


These two had such a sweet story leading up to their magnificent South Florida wedding that I thought I would share it here. Taylor was kind enough to provide me with all this wonderful information about herself and JP. As a South Florida wedding photographer, I always love hearing special details about the couples whose weddings I photograph.


Among the vendors that contributed to their wedding day success were of course the already mentioned, Daniel Events and Mike Sipe Entertainment. Also part of the day were Molly's Trolley's, Vivid Hair Design & Spa, Katie B. with MAC Palm Beach Gardens and of course their gorgeous Palm Beach Gardens wedding venue, BallenIsles Country Club.


Congratulations Taylor and JP – we were honored to be a part of your very special South Florida wedding.

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Alissa & Mark’s Four Seasons Palm Beach Destination Wedding http://www.jeffkolodnyphotography.com/index.cfm?postID=328 http://www.jeffkolodnyphotography.com/index.cfm?postID=328 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:45:00 GMT

Alissa and Mark live in New York City but chose the fabulous Four Seasons Palm Beach for their South Florida destination wedding. According to Alissa, they selected the Four Seasons Palm Beach because it was a "small intimate venue that provided an unobstructed view of the ocean without being on the sand for the ceremony." While not tiny at all, the Four Seasons Palm Beach does provide an intimate feel to it somehow. It is not as gargantuan as other hotels in the area, yet it's large enough to host a nice size wedding such as Alissa and Mark's of about 150 people, as well as easily host events that are larger and of course, much smaller. Either way, guests can enjoy the five-star amenities the Four Seasons Palm Beach has to offer, not to mention the incomparable cuisine and the expertise of a top notch event planning staff.



This couple first met at a concert in New York City, but nothing transpired from that first meeting. Then, six months later they randomly ran into each other at a bar and learned that they were living within two blocks of each other. They became engaged two years later on the 17th hole at Fenway Golf Club in Westchester, New York.


Albert positioned himself to get the faces at the start of the ceremony. Liz positioned herself the get the beautiful back of the dress shot above.









As for their wedding details, Alissa and Mark had an elegant traditional Jewish wedding that included a ketubah that was custom designed by a designer in New York. The designs were from their first vacation together, where they got engaged and their initials. Alissa's unique gown was custom designed by Jennifer Dule of JR Dule Couture in Manhattan and her jewelry was by Penny Preville. Mark wore a supremely classy ensemble consisting of a Paul Stuart Phineas Cole tuxedo and velvet evening slippers. He also wore green Corgi socks. Mark's black onyx and mother of pearl Paul Stuart cufflink and stud set were given to him by Alissa as a wedding gift.




Many other vendors contributed to the success of this unforgettable South Florida wedding. The music for the evening was provided by Tropics Entertainment's band, Higher Ground – they did a great job at keeping the dance floor busy all night! The breathtaking floral arrangements were created by David Dalsimer of Dalsimer-Atlas. Hair and make-up services were provided by Salon 770. Rabbi Mark H. Kula officiated. Last but certainly not least, Crystal Prante of the Four Seasons Palm Beach oversaw the event for the hotel.





Many thanks to Alissa and Mark and their families for having us capture their special Palm Beach destination wedding in pictures and video!


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Andrea & Daniel’s South Florida Wedding at Boca Resort & The Addison http://www.jeffkolodnyphotography.com/index.cfm?postID=327 http://www.jeffkolodnyphotography.com/index.cfm?postID=327 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:49:00 GMT
Albert recently photographed Andrea and Daniel's gorgeous wedding at The Addison in Boca Raton. Starting at the magnificent Boca Raton Resort, Albert photographed the bride and groom and their families and wedding party before heading over to The Addison for their ceremony and reception.


Andrea and Daniel explained that they selected The Addison because they wanted a beautiful place with character and absolutely fell in love with the Mediterranean ambience of the venue. The Addison is renowned for its superb cuisine and attention to detail. Additionally, the two-story ballroom and courtyard has a rustic feel with traditional southern European architecture that exudes elegance. In order to tailor the dιcor to their personal tastes, Andrea and Daniel incorporated contemporary floral designs that blended seamlessly with the venue.





The couple met at a party during Andrea's second week at University. Daniel set his eyes on her and asked for her number. The next day, he sent a text message and they met up at the library. While studying at the library, they ate some sushi that was delivered to them by Andrea's best friend and they hit it off from there. It was love at second sight!















As for this South Florida wedding, Andrea's mother was the lead floral designer and created some breathtaking designs for the wedding and an absolutely spectacular bouquet for Andrea! The bride looked radiant in a Lazaro gown and Jimmy Choo shoes. Their guests were a diverse group, traveling from all over the world – from Los Angeles, New York, Mexico, Columbia, the UK and Russia. They very much enjoyed dancing to Latin music, especially Merengue. This was a South Florida wedding to remember and we hope you enjoy these fabulous photos courtesy of Albert. Many thanks to Andrea and Daniel as well for being so fabulous to work with!



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Gabrielle & Jeff’s Engagement Shoot at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa http://www.jeffkolodnyphotography.com/index.cfm?postID=326 http://www.jeffkolodnyphotography.com/index.cfm?postID=326 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:30:00 GMT
I recently enjoyed photographing Gabrielle and Jeff's engagement session at the magnificent Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. They decided on this location for their engagement photos, as they are getting married there next year and knew the place had everything they would want to use as perfect backdrops for their photos. It's the perfect choice for a South Florida destination wedding. Cheryl Clisby, wedding planner extraordinaire, will be planning and managing this fabulous South Florida wedding.



This gorgeous couple from New York City was an absolute pleasure to photograph. As a South Florida wedding photographer, it is always refreshing to work with couples from somewhere else that visit South Florida and are excited to be here and enjoy shooting in our tropical landscape. Of course, we made great use of the pristine South Florida beach right outside the hotel for some of their pictures.



In addition to roaming around the stunning interior of the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, we also made good use of the spa as well. The spa there is a great place for a South Florida wedding photographer to take amazing shots. I just love the swings over the pool of water – what a unique spot! There are just too many great places to shoot at this venue to mention. We did have some fun getting a bicycle out for some shots, strategically shooting with a Bentley in the background




As far as a wedding venue, the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is one of the classiest and most unique in all of South Florida. Formerly the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach, the new Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa has established itself also as a 5 star luxury resort, but not stodgy or "old-school." It has almost a more relaxed atmosphere to it, yet while maintaining an elegant ambiance with every amenity imaginable. The weddings we have photographed there since the Eau became the Eau have been nothing less than fabulous and we expect Gabrielle and Jeff's wedding to be exceptional as well! If their engagement shoot is any indication, I know I will LOVE working with Gabrielle and Jeff at their upcoming wedding – we are going to get some killer shots for sure. I am very much looking forward to photographing their South Florida destination wedding next spring at the one and only Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa!



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