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Ocean Reef Club - A top notch destination wedding resort

Posted on May 15, 2007

In late April, we were fortunate to photograph a really cool destination wedding at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida. For those of you not from the state, Key Largo is the first key off the mainland – it is really convenient to get there and you suddenly feel as if you are in a totally different place than just the state of Florida. The luxurious Ocean Reef Club sits at the northernmost point of the key, affording it a quiet place away from the rest of Key Largo’s busy tourist areas. A unique and secluded resort, Ocean Reef Club is accessible by land, sea and even air, with a small airport only a few miles away.

Needless to say, this is the perfect place for couples planning a destination wedding. The privacy and beauty of the grounds, infinity edge pools, and ocean views make it a great place to relax before and after the big day! Ocean Reef Club is its own little town – there is a small fishing village with shops and bars, numerous restaurants and even its own little church where many destination wedding ceremonies are held (including the one from the wedding below). Most guests and residents get around using golf carts, as nothing is too far away and cars are barely necessary once you are on the property.

Pamela and Andrew’s wedding celebration began on a Friday evening with a festive beach party at the edge of the resort’s manmade lagoon. Guests enjoyed a buffet dinner and cooked smores by the fire as darkness fell. The beach party was a terrific hit with guests receiving lush Ocean Reef Club beach towels as they left at the end of the evening.

The next morning, I began by photographing the bride and groom on their morning run. Later that afternoon, I captured all of the moments of preparation for what was to be a destination wedding to remember! My wife, Robin, photographed much of the cocktail hour and snapped some detail shots in the ballroom as I finished all of the family portraits with the bride and groom. There is a large fish tank that is in the wall separating the ballroom from the lobby bar where the cocktail hour had taken place. In the dimly lit room with almost nothing but candles provided the light, the fish tank suddenly sparkled blue and provided additional light and splendor to the room.

The bride and groom arrived and the party began! Guests danced all night and ate the magnificent food that abounded. We were able to sneak a few really neat shots throughout the evening as we led Pamela and Andrew to several close locations right outside the ballroom that were too good to pass up. Check out some of the images below.

Andrew practicing his part of the bride and groom's first dance.

The bride's mom shows off the room decor and Ocean Reef Club's fish tank - doesn't everything blend well with her colorful dress?

Of course we couldn't leave without taking a nice long swim in the really unique infinity edge pool!

All the above wedding photos were taken on site at the Ocean Reef Club by South Florida wedding photographer Jeff Kolodny. If you are planning a South Florida Wedding check out our wedding photography at

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