Archive: November 2016

Bianca & Izhak's beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale Wedding

Posted on November 10, 2016

As a South Florida wedding photographer, I love to learn as much as I can about my clients backgrounds and details about their wedding and why they planned they way they did. Many thanks to Bianca and Izhak for providing me with these great details about themselves and their unbelievable South Florida Jewish wedding!



Bianca & Izhak had their first date on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach in 2012, both dog lovers. One day Izhak told Bianca that it was important that his dog like her dog, because he is very grumpy. During their second snorkeling date all of their belongings were stolen! PHONES, KEYS, WALLET, EVERYTHING!!! . So they spent the rest of the date getting locksmiths to let them into their respective apartments and cancelling all credit cards. Luckily their belongings were eventually found and returned. It was from that day on they realized that in such high stress situation neither them would have tolerated 99% of other people. Since they knew how to deal with the situation and still get along, they figured it must be love. They both had their guards up and that day brought them even closer together.


Izhak proposed on Valentines Day of 2015. It was just one week after they had returned from a vacation in Israel, where Bianca met all of Izhak's family for the first time. They took their boat to small island off the shore of downtown Miami and he popped the question! Later she found out that Izhak had spoken to her father, who told him 'welcome to the family'.




Very few of their family and friends actually reside in Miami. Biancas extended family is all in Brazil and Izhak's family is all in Israel. The both decided on a Destination wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale. They set their wedding date over a year in advance to give their guests a chance to make travel arrangements and plan their trip to South Florida


They chose the Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale because of the location and the resort itself. With so many people coming from abroad, they wanted to give them a hotel that offered everything, including restaurants, spa, beach, pool etc, but one that also was located in an area with a lot of activities. The service quality was also very important to them. The Ritz helped them welcome each guest with welcome bags that they had printed and stuffed with snacks, water, and of course a schedule of the festivities.



The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale was the central location for all of the destination wedding activities. Thursday they had a joint bachelor-bachelorette party, where all of their siblings, cousins, and closest friends could kick off the wedding weekend and start getting to know each other. Biancas brother organized a party bus that was so much fun. Imagine a bus full of people from ages 21 to 35 from all over the world that had come just to celebrate their South Florida destination wedding.


Friday they had a shabbat dinner for close friends and family. Izhak's extended family that could not come from Israel sent a really sweet and happy lip-synched video. Biancas dad sang and played Over the Rainbow' on his guitar while a slideshow of pictures of the two of them played in the background. It was a very special and memorable night for everyone. Izhak and Bianca parted ways on Friday night, and would only see each other the next day at the first look!




Fast forward...After the first look and taking pictures around the hotel,
they stepped out of the ballrooms into the corridor which is lined by windows overlooking the Atlantic ocean. THERE WAS AN ACTUAL RAINBOW arched across the whole ocean. They were able to take pictures outside on the balcony literally, under the rainbow... just like the song Biancas dad had sang the night before in the shabbat dinner. It felt like the day had been truly blessed.


They had a somewhat traditional Jewish ceremony with the Rabbi singing and praying in Hebrew and English so their traditions could be understood and shared with all our guests. They also provided kippahs with their names and a program with a brief explanation of the meaning behind elements of the ceremony. The ceremony began and they stood in the chuppah with our nuclear families.



The chuppah was one of the most important elements of the wedding ceremony and the reception. They wanted a chuppah that matched the feeling and decoration of the reception, but that was also mobile so it could be placed in the ballroom after the ceremony. The chuppah was placed in the back of the ballroom, and the beautiful wedding cake was placed underneath. All South Florida Jewish weddings include a chuppah, but Bianca and Izhaks was truly magnificent.


The wedding colors were white, gold, with touches of lavender. Cocktail hour started at 7 and was located in the beautiful corridor outside of the ballrooms with floor to ceiling windows, overlooking the ocean (one of the main reasons They chose the Ritz Carlton over other options in Miami beach). They had an open bar but also served a signature cocktail to introduce the wedding colors which was a blueberry infused prosecco drink.



They entered the ballroom to 'Love Generation' by Bob Sinclair, and all of the wedding guests were surrounding the dance floor. The DJ played the first dance song 'Never my Love' by the Association. They had tried to choreograph something simple, but decided to just slow dance, because it felt more natural. In the middle of the dance, everyone joined in to the slow dance. After that, the DJ kicked off the party with 'Kuduro'.



They really spread the dinner courses out to insure that their guests would stay until the end of the evening. While guests had their salads and entrees they had the father of the bride toast, in which Biancas dad welcomed our loved ones from all over the world: US, Brazil, Israel, Turkey, Colombia, and Mexico. He spoke in English, Portuguese, and actually prepared a small paragraph in Hebrew that surprised everyone.


Then they had the father daughter dance to 'I Hope You Dance' by Leanne Womack. When Bianca was in high school her dad gave her a little book with the lyrics to the song. She was very shy then and he wanted her to really get out there and enjoy life. This was her little way of telling him she had finally taken his advice. Izhak's mother is very shy but they wanted to honor her as well so she danced with her son to 'Wind Beneath my Wings' by Bette Midler. After those slow dances the rest of the night was all about dancing. They still had about 20 people around 4am when they finally had to turn off the music! This was truly a South Florida Jewish wedding to remember! As a Fort Lauderdale wedding photographer, I can truly say that I enjoyed photographing Bianca and Izhaks wedding immensely!





Wedding Planner: Joni Scalzo- Your Special Day by Joni
Hair & Make Up: Jenna Marie- Kiss this Makeup
Photographer & Videographer: Jeff Kolodny Photography
Flowers, Chuppah, Decoration, Lighting: Lane from Dalsimer Bridal
Venue: Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale
Event Coordinator from the Ritz: Beth McCullar
Catering: Ritz Carlton
Cake: Sweeter Days (Key Lime with Coconut & Nutella Chocolate were served to the guests and we cut a dulce de leche cake)
Brazilian Sweets: Vanessa's Fine Pastries
DJ: Serge Ramirez and Live Musician components
String Trio for Ceremony provided by Serge
Photo Booth: Kiki Booth
Invitations: Jaffa Printing
Dress: Bijou Bridal, Miracle Mile Coral Gables
Groom's suit: Calvin Klien
Bride's Engagement Ring: Blue Nile
Bride's Earrings: Coliseu (Brazilian Jewelry designer)


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Caitlin & Ben's Wedding Video

Posted on November 3, 2016

It can be argued that photography is one of the most important costs of a wedding budget. For many brides, their wedding day becomes a blur. Investing in a great photographer is an obvious decision. But what about a videographer? Having a physical copy of a photo album is a great way to remember your wedding. But having the ability to actually relive those precious moments in real time is a treasure.


Ben and Caitlin mini highlight from Jeff Kolodny on Vimeo.


If you are picking out priorities for your wedding budget, you shouldnt immediately cut out hiring a videographer. You might think that you wont watch the video often and the price isnt worth it. Wouldnt you want to record one of the biggest moments of your life? If you had the opportunity to have those moments on video, you wouldnt exactly watch it just once at year. You also might think that you can rely on guests to record the ceremony and reception on their own. Once the drinks start flowing, youll wish you had hired a professional.

We recently photographed Caitlin and Bens South Florida wedding. But, the couple also asked us to record their special day. The ceremony and reception was held at the Hillsboro Club in Hillsboro Beach. Its a private club nestled into 15 acres of gorgeous beaches and surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. The venue gave us an opportunity to capture some beautiful moments, both in pictures and in video.

Caitlin and Ben choose a perfect wedding destination venue, and we couldnt have had a more beautiful location to photograph and video. The Hillsboro Club is recognized by their famous lighthouse, which made a gorgeous backdrop in the couples pictures and videos. These gorgeous views of the Atlantic makes the location a perfect destination venue for any South Florida destination wedding. The venue practically decorates itself, so brides dont have to worry about planning every little decor detail.

Check out provided Caitlin and Bens wedding video. As you can see, there are some beautiful and intimate moments captured on video that would be difficult to pull off with just photography. By adding in videography, you can see the stunning location, clear ocean waters, and a behind the scenes look at our photo session. Caitlin made a beautiful and photogenic bride, and thats especially clear in the wedding video. In addition to the breathtaking ceremony and reception, Caitlin and Bens guests got to enjoy all of the amenities of the Hillsboro Club. This includes onsite lodging, a spa and fitness center, private beaches, games, and a pool. Theres even a golf course to enjoy before and after the big day.

There are many details when it comes to planning your dream wedding. Many brides stress about finding the perfect photographer and videographer for their big day. You should not have to sacrifice items in your wedding budget to hire the best photographer and videographer. We can offer you both. You can have gorgeous wedding portraits hanging in your home. And, you can also have a high quality video to show off to your family and friends. Its your dream wedding. And you should have the ability to relieve every moment for years to come.

Written by Shelby Chiasson for Jeff Kolodny Photography & Video.

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