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Posted on May 14, 2018


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Neglecting Comfort for Fashion

Posted on May 22, 2018


Written by staff writer Kayla Blood with photography comments by Jeff Kolodny

BELOW: Shot at The Breakers, Palm Beach. The Breakers Sea Food Restaurant has this very cool bar with a fish tank as a bar table. Always looking for a creative shot I just had to place the brides high heel shoes on the bar.


The wedding industry is constantly changing. There’s always new and exciting trends brides are interested in implementing in their wedding—bird cage veils, two-piece wedding gowns, barn wedding venues.


There’s always something new happening in the world of weddings. While the veil and the gown are vital fashion pieces as a bride walks down the aisle, dances with her loved ones, and makes her dramatic exit, one could argue the most important piece is the shoes she has on her feet. In truth, shoes can make or break you.


Personally, I don’t think I have ever lasted an entire wedding with my high heels on as either a guest or bridesmaid. As a frequent flier at weddings, I am often on my feet for hours at a time and I ensure I am choosing shoes that are comfortable and won’t have me writhing in pain as the wedding proceeds.

BELOW: While shooting the Getting Ready portion of a wedding I noticed how these instant cameras matched the brides shoes. Actually there were not enough cameras to cover the background so I stacked the cameras in different sections behind the shoes and took a photo. When I was done I had several different photos with the cameras covering different background sections. During the edit / retouch session I stripped together the background photos making a complete photo.


Photo sessions at weddings can take hours which can be torturous on your feet when you are stuck in eight inch stilettos with no arch support. I know Jeff, as a Florida wedding photographer, has seen the same thing with the brides and bridesmaids he photographs. However, we both understand the appeal of fancy Jimmy Choo’s and they often make for great photos. Nice shoes can often be worn long after the wedding has ended so investing money in them isn’t unwarranted. High-end high heels make for awesome props and back drops, especially for showing off wedding and engagement rings.


Wedding sneakers are slowly rising in popularity. They are often customizable and come in various colors or covered in sparkles. Toms and converse are both frequently featured in wedding parties as the groomsmen and bridesmaids can all wear them.


If you’re getting married on the beaches of South Florida it’s not unorthodox to forgo shoes entirely for bare feet or opt for sandals with beaded embellishments. While sparkly converse, bare feet, or fancy flats may not be every bride’s choice in “I do” footwear there is always a solution to fit the needs of any bride. There’s no shame in having more than one pair of shoes. Buy the Jimmy Choo’s, wear them for the images that have your feet and legs displayed, and then have a second pair on hand for family portraits and dancing your butt off.

BELOW: Getting these high heel shoes to sit on top of the champagne glasses was challenge. The last thing I wanted to do was knock over the glasses filled with champagne. These glasses were sitting on a bar with a lit countertop. Drama is created in glassware whenever the light passes through a glass item. It's because of this light passing through the champagne glasses that this photo is so dramatic.


If two pairs of shoes feels like a hassle, there are companies and vendors that strive to offer both style and comfort

Angela Nuran, a former dancer, designed a variety of styles and colors of shoes that attempt to provide a new bride with comfortable shoes that look as good as they feel. Her shoes are highly recommended by both Jeff and her former customers. You can check out Angela Nuran's shoes here:
Nuran


Your wedding day is important in so many ways; it’s a celebration of love, the start to a new marriage, and a day to feel like royalty. It doesn’t matter if you’re getting married at the beach, in the mountains, in a church, or in a relative’s backyard your wedding day should make you feel special and you should enjoy it from head to toe.


BELOW: Not a shoe shot, but this brides shoes made a great background for her wedding rings. Often when shooting wedding rings on a busy background the ring will get lost against the background. Because if this I made it a point to keep the background out of focus.


Wedding shoes should be a fashionable accessory that support you every step down the aisle.

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Saying I Do at the EAU

Posted on May 9, 2018

BELOW: Jeffrey and Gabrielle standing at the beach stair case. Located right on the beach, it's so easy for the photographer to take the bride and groom our side for a short toe's in the sand photo shoot.


When it comes to Florida weddings there’s an exhausting list of to-dos a couple must check off in preparation for the big day. Arguably, one of the most important steps is choosing a venue. How do you even begin planning a wedding if you don’t know where the event will take place? The venue sets the tone for almost every aspect of that magical evening. It dictates your theme, color choices, party activities, guest list, travel expenses, and so much more. After all, you can’t have a beach wedding in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. When it comes to choosing a venue, there is one feature that is consistently overlooked; the venue is the backdrop for every photo you’ll frame and hang in your home together.

BELOW: Facing west, the setting South Florida sun lit up the Eau Hotel's pool water sprayers helping to create this dramatic photograph.


As an experienced South Florida photographer, I have worked several venues across the state and the EAU Palm Beach, formerly the Ritz Carlton Palm Beach, is simply stunning. Nestled against the Atlantic Ocean it’s the perfect wedding venue for locals and out of towners hoping for an elegant night along the beach. The EAU Palm Beach offers over two dozen back drops for saying, “I do!” Hosting a long guest list? The Grand Ballroom at the EAU Palm Beach offers at amazing backdrop of six, yes six, Austrian crystal chandeliers that give your portraits that extra sparkle. Hoping to say your vows with the waves crashing in the background? They have a beautiful courtyard that offers a beach front escape for you and your guests to pose in front of.

BELOW: One of my favorite shots at the Eau. The open area located between 2 ballrooms was the perfect place for this staged ring bearer photo.


Maybe you’re looking for something more intimate and romantic to solidify your future together. The EAU Palm Beach’s Spa Garden offers a wall of twinkling lights and waterfalls that is sure to wow your guests both at the wedding and for years to come. The EAU offers a variety of event spaces for every bride. This Forbes Five Star hotel and spa is sure to impress your guests and provide them with the vacation of a life time. There is no doubt that your wedding will be the talk of the century.

BELOW: Flying groomsmen. Josh (The Groom) and his best man do the high jump on the lawn behind the hotel.


The EAU offers catering, flowers, music, officiants, luxe accommodations, and a gorgeous suite for the newlyweds to end the night. With spaces for your rehearsal dinner, reception, and brunch the next morning this venue is the perfect choice to experience your happily ever after.

BELOW: Ballroom table decor in the main ballroom.


Photography is a very important aspect of a wedding, arguably the second most important next to the venue. Choosing a photographer can be difficult, after all, you want the photos of you and your loved ones to be memorable and timeless. As a photographer it is our job but also our passion to capture these once-in-a-lifetime moments for our clients. I started my business in 1993 but I have been a photographer for well over thirty years. My experience has taken me all over the world from Hollywood to France to the Caribbean Islands and the EAU is one of the best wedding venues money can buy. Back in 2011 I helped Chris and Jenny start their lives together at The EAU Palm Beach Resort and was able to witness first hand the magic the venue bestows upon it’s guest.


Later in 2015, I captured stunning images of Jeffrey and Gabrielle as they celebrated their new marriage in this breathtaking event space which was a real treat considering the engagement shoot I did with them the year prior in the same location. As a photographer, when we experience venues like this one we are immediately drawn to their ability to turn a photo into a masterpiece.

BELOW: Jennifer can't believe how beautiful her wedding reception ballroom looks!


It’s truly amazing how what lies in the background can change the tone of what is displayed in the foreground. I can only hope to return to the EAU and photograph another happy couple hoping to start their lives together in the best way I know how, with a camera.

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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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