Beautiful South Florida wedding pictures.
Wedding picture taken at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, FL

Beautiful South Florida wedding pictures.

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I love photographing South Florida weddings!

After fifteen years of living and playing in South Florida I must say I’ve had the pleasure of taking wedding pictures at some really amazing location  This article includes beautiful South Florida wedding pictures  If you are recently engaged and looking for a wedding location, you may find the information in this blog post helpful.

Just over 16 years ago I made the move from Los Angeles to South Florida.  I never planned on relocating here.  It just sort of happened.  While I was in LA I shot a really wide range of different types of photos.  I was a photographer for the LA City Fire Department, I shot Fashion, News, Food and products.  My clients ranged from the LA Times to Warner Brothers, to Sebastian Hair products and Redkin.  I also shot for Disney and OPI and many other luxury brands.  One client I worked for was Playboy Entertainment.  In addition to shooting for Playboy my wife worked as their marketing director.  During the years working for Playboy they sent me and my wife to Jamaica to work on promotions and photo shoots.  Playboy had a relationship with some of the resorts in Jamaica so we found ourselves shooting there several times each year.   On the way to Jamaica we had to spend time in the Miami Playboy office.  You see the Miami office is the gateway to the South American market so their marketing strategy was important.   I never knew much about South Florida other then I enjoyed visiting here.  I loved to SCUBA dive in the warm water here and the dive sites were awesome.  I dove in LA at places like Anacapa Island, and Catalina Island. Diving off the coast of LA is rough, the water is cold cold cold, visibility not so great.  However, I enjoyed swimming with the sea lions and seals.  The kelp forests of Catalina Island are beautiful.  However, even wearing a 7 mil wetsuit it was still cold and I was not certified for a drysuit.  The 7 mil wetsuit was so buoyant that I had to pack 50 lbs of lead just to get under the water.  Diving in Miami or the Caribbean Islands? No wetsuit, a 12 lb weight belt and you are exploring the reef in no time.

We had some much fun in Miami that for our honeymoon we decided to do a combo trip.  A 3 day cruise on the Majesty of the seas, a few days in Grand Cayman, and a few days at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach.  While at the Fontainebleau I decided to stop into the sales and catering office just to say hi.  I met a lovely lady (Maria Cavanaugh) who looked at my website and said, why don’t you move here?  At the time we were getting frustrated with living in LA for several reasons.  One one hand we loved living in LA but in the other hand, there are lot’s of reasons to consider a move.  One day during our trip we decided to look at houses.  Coming from Los Angeles we were amazed when we considered what we got for our money here.  We lived in an eleven hundred foot earthquake ravaged townhouse in Encino CA.  Between the high cost of living and the fact that our families lived on the East Coast I decided to rent an apartment in Fort Lauderdale and see what happens.  It didn’t take long for me to start booking jobs so we made the decision to make the move permanent.   Since moving to South Florida I have shot hundreds of wedding all around the South Florida area.  If you are looking for a wedding photographer in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Boca Raton, or Palm Beach, Give me a call.  I’m familiar with all these areas and have worked at almost every hotel and wedding venue in South Florida.  Below are some recent photos which is have taken over the past few months.  Included here are pictures from some of my favorite venues which include, The Ocean Reef Club, Parkland Country Club, The Polo Club of Boca Raton,  Broken Sound Country Club, and The Opal Grand Resort.

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Amanda and Zac were so nice to photograph. Amanda is one of those brides who really really cares about the photography. She hired a great wedding planner. www.julietyoungproductions.com Juliet, worked with me to create the perfect timeline. You may ask, What is a perfect timeline? A perfect timeline allows enough time for the bride to get her hair and make-up done without rushing, and still leaves plenty of time for the bride and groom’s first look and for the wedding pictures.

Their wedding took place at Parkland Country club, in South Florida. Parkland Country Club has one of the most beautiful front entrances with waterfalls, fountains and even a small lake. The club house is a short ride down the road. However, Parkland Country Club always has golf carts standing by to shuttle the photographer and the bride and groom to their photography location.

After the first look we took the golf cart to the lake and fountains for a 45 minute photoshoot. When we finished taking pictures we rode the carts back leaving plenty of time for family and bridal party pictures.

As you could imagine, the flowers were beautiful and the ceremony was not only beautiful but also emotional. As a wedding photographer, I couldn’t have asked for a better day, or a nice couple. There is no question the Parkland Country club is a great place to get some really beautiful South Florida wedding pictures!  If you check out my new website or my instagram feed you will find more photos from Amanda’s beautiful wedding.

Here is a unique Bride and Groom photo taken at Parkland Country Club.
One of the most beautiful wedding venues in Broward County is Parkland Country Club. When you drive in the front entrance the first thing you will notice is how beautiful this location is. The main drive is loaded with stone and rustic brick formations that is combined with running waterfalls and flowing fountains that look amazing.  Before you actually get to the the front gate you can turn right into the home center. This area features a brick walkway the stone steps that lead to a large pond. You can walk around the entire pond taking pictures the whole way. If you are looking for a great South Florida wedding venue or a fantastic place to take engagement pictures then this location is a must visit.  While it not the beach location that many couples in South Florida are seeking, it does provide a location that included picturesque water views.   Because I’m a photographer and a perfectionist when it comes to posing and lighting I love this place for the simple reason that you can venture around the pond getting beautiful shots at every angle. If the sun is in the west you can shoot from the east to the west and get a great golden hour sunset shot.  If it’s earlier in the day you can shoot from the north the the south and get nice soft lighting.  Shooting in the morning?  Shoot from the west to the east and get the pond combined with a sunrise.  I think a photographer designed this location.   Keep in mind, I’m just talking about the pond which is located before you even enter the country club.  Once you drive past the guard gate, you will be treated to a smorgasbord of visual scenery.  If you live in Broward County and are looking for a great place to take pictures this is the place to visit.

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Ella and her Girls,
The second I walked into The Polo Club I knew this was going to be a great wedding. I always show up early and check out the ballroom. The first thing I saw was the amazing flowers and a completely draped ballroom. Now don’t get me wrong. The Polo Club in Boca Raton is a beautiful wedding venue that really doesn’t need draping. However, in this case the bride has decided on a color theme and a design, draping the ballroom allowed for her to include the walls into her vision. After chatting with the event planner,  Joni – Your special day by Joni.I went to see the bride and her girls in the getting ready room. (Bridal Room)
The bride and bridesmaids were fun, active and willing to do whatever it took to help me get the perfect shot. So, I had this idea. We stacked up the girls and made this photograph.

Ella and her bridesmaids at the Polo Club of Boca Raton.
I’m always looking to create wedding photos that are unique. Sometimes this means unique in a fun way. I shot this during the getting ready photo session at Ella and Nick’s wedding which tool place at The Polo Club of Boca Raton. While I was in the bridal room I noticed the long mirror. I wanted to shoot the bride and her girls in a fun and creative way. So I constructed this photo. I say constructed because I had to literally construct this photo is pieces. First I posed Ella, (The Bride) with the mirror. Then I removed Ella and the mirror and posed the bridesmaids. The bottom girl was on her knees then the girl above her was on her knees but on a riser, the girl above her stood, and one above her was standing on a chair and the bridesmaids on top was the tallest and she stood on a chair. I stood on a chair to take the photo. Later I combined the two images using photo-shop.

 

The photo below was taken during the wedding portrait session. Ella and Nick’s ceremony took place in 1/2 of the Polo Club’s huge ballroom. The wall were draped in white which made using bounce flash a no brainer. So I placed the bride and her bridesmaids closer to the white wall which allowed me the photograph them with this beautiful soft light. First I posed the girls in a more traditional standing position. Then after I got my shot, I decided to have one of the bridesmaids stand back to back with another girl. The all thought it was odd that I did this. After, I gave the girls the “Trust Me” I had them do a group hug which forced the bridesmaids together. Awkward for the back to back girls. The idea was the the awkward stance would create a situation where one girl had to fall on to the next girl. This created a fun spontaneous look. I thing this works! Ella still has the option of using the more traditional pose in her wedding album is this shot doesn’t work for her

Bride and her girls at the Polo Club of Boca Raton.
I shot this bridesmaids fun picture during the family and bridal party photos. For the background I used the ceremony decor. When doing the posed wedding pictures, I first start by photographing the bride with each bridesmaid I photograph a standard nice looking pose then a shoot a fun silly pose. Once I have photographed the bride with each bridesmaid I then group all the girls together. First I take a traditional photo then I shoot the fun shots. In order to make the bride and bridesmaids photo more interesting I asked one of the girls to pose back to back with another girl. This creates a photo that is more awkward and fun. I like this shot because it’s not your normal photo.

 

BELOW: Lindsay and Seth has a fantastic wedding at Broken Sound Country Club in Boca Raton.
I’m always excited when I get a call or e-mail about a Broken Sound Country Club Wedding.
The photo below was taken during the First look. The First look is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony for the purpose of getting all the posed pictures out of the way so that the bride and groom can enjoy their wedding cocktail hour and wedding reception without having to go back and do more photos. There is many more reasons for doing the first look in addition to not having to so posed photo, but that is for another post.

Taken at Broken Sound Country Club, this photo was taken during the bride and grooms first look.
During the bride and grooms first look I often position the bride behind the groom so that the groom can turn around and see the bride in a special moment. Sometimes I’ll have the bride walk up to the groom and tap his shoulder before he turns around. I shot this bridal photo after I set up the bride and groom for the first look. First I focused on the groom and took that photo. After I photographed the groom in focus, I shifted the focus point to the bride. This wedding took place at Broken Sound Country Club which is one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Boca Raton.

 

Lindsay and Seth had a jewish wedding ceremony which meant that the ceremony didn’t take place until after sundown. Sundown Jewish wedding ceremony’s are kind of unique because it’s daylight when the ceremony starts and dark by the time the ceremony is over. Wedding guest are treated to seeing the wedding canopy go from being lit by evening sun to being lit by beautiful colored uplighting or spotlighting.

If you would like to see more from this wedding and more beautiful South Florida wedding pictures, read the article in Modern Wedding. I had it published in Modern Wedding!  Here is the  Modern Wedding Article

Thank you note from a very happy South Florida Bride and groom.
I love receiving thank you notes from happy couples. This wedding took place at one of my favorite South Florida wedding locations. If you are looking for a great wedding venue in Boca Raton then I strongly suggest you visit Broken Sound Country Club.

 

BELOW, Just Married at the Polo Club of Boca Raton.

This wedding photo was taken during my last wedding before the Coronavirus hit.  I’m really glad this is one that did not reschedule.  It was really a fantastic wedding with awesome flowers and a great bride and groom.  After this wedding all my future weddings which booked before  August have selected new wedding dates.  Needless to say the Coronavirus has created a huge disruption the the wedding and event business.

Just married a Polo Club of Boca Raton wedding.
I’m really glad that I was able to get this South Florida wedding photo.  This shot was taken at my last wedding before the Coronavirus epidemic started.   By the next upcoming weekend many of my weddings have rescheduled to other wedding dates.  Now all my weddings up until October have been rescheduled.  Obviously this is a horrible situation for everyone in the wedding and event industry.  I’m sitting here writing this in shock because I know that life is going to be very different for many people in all different walks of life.  Yesterday I photographed the couple who planned their large wedding for last weekend.  Because of the Coronavirus their wedding had to be pushed back almost a year.  However, they still decided to married on their original wedding date.  However, instead of having their large 180 person South Florida Temple wedding, they decided married at their private home.  I’m thrilled that I was able to visit with them and take pictures.   I would like to take this opportunity to thank my couples who postponed their weddings and didn’t cancel entirely as a result of the Coronavirus.

 

BELOW: South Florida is home to a huge amount of beach wedding venues.  The entire coastline is lined with hotels, country Clubs, Beach Clubs, Swim Clubs and most hold weddings.  What I Love most about working here is that it’s so easy to take a wide range of beautiful South Florida wedding pictures the vary vastly from location to location.  This picture was taken at one of the more unique wedding venues located in Broward County.  The Hillsboro Club is located on a very nice stretch of beach and has a lighthouse at the end of the beach.  It’s one of the less popular South Florida wedding locations, most likely because it’s sort of tucked away in a less popular part of Broward County.  Even though it’s not as popular as some other venues, it’s still a great wedding venue and it’s worthy of a site visit if you are looking for a beach wedding location.  I would recommend couples build in some extra time for picture taking because there are many different places to shoot at the Hillsboro club.  Whenever I work at the Hillsboro club I made sure to get pictures of the lighthouse and plenty of pictures that shot the ocean view.

Bride and groom kiss at the Hillsboro Club in Browerd County

 

BELOW: Bride and Groom wedding photo taken at the New Opal Grand in Delray Beach, Florida.  

This picture and the included lovely thank you note was part of a make up photo shoot in which the bride and groom hired me to get some pictures that a different photographer (not me) missed during their wedding.  In addition to taking the pictures I also retouched the other photographers pictures and created a beautiful album.  By working with this couple to create a beautiful album they can relive the special moments that made their wedding such a special day.

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Wedding photo taken at the Opal Grand in Delray Beach, Florida
This photo was taken while shooting pictures for the couples wedding album. Let me explain, I received a call from the bride asking if I could meet her and her husband at the Opal Grand in Delray Beach to take some post wedding pictures. When she got married she hired a photographer other than myself. She was less than thrilled with the results. (Another story here.). Anyway, there were a bunch of photos that the other photographer missed or shot badly. She hired me to re-shoot these pictures. In addition the other photographer made some really stupid mistakes such as poor exposures, bad lighting and in some cases used the wrong F-Stop. In addition to re-taking the missing photos I also retouched out the other photographers mistakes. Then I combined her newly retouched pictures from the other photographer with my new pictures and made her an awesome wedding album.

If you would like to see some more of my favorite image check out these:  Old gas station wedding picture. This is one of the oldest pictures on my website.  I shot this wedding picture at an old movie set gas station in LA.  South Florida wedding photographer bridal shoot.  I took this image at the W Hotel in Miami. Delray Beach wedding picture. I love creating depth in a photo by shooting interesting colorful foregrounds. This photo was taken at the New Opal Grand hotel.

 

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