Caroline and Blake’s Beautiful Wedding.

Caroline and Blake’s Beautiful Wedding.

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Last Saturday I had the privilege of photographing at two South Florida venues for weddings!

  St Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church & Trump National Golf Club Jupiter.    I enjoyed every minute I spent photographing this wonderful wedding. When I moved to South Florida just over 16 years ago I never realized just how many South Florida venues there were for weddings.  When I arrived here, I rented an apartment in Fort Lauderdale.   The meant the most of my networking and marketing efforts were geared to the Broward County and Miami area.  This meant that many of the hotels, country clubs, historic museums and garden locations were limited to Dade and Broward County.  Places such as The Fontainebleau, the Sundy House, and the Eden Roc were my stomping ground.  As time flew by and I photographed more and more South Florida weddings, I found myself working at more and more unique luxury South Florida venues.  Names such as the Polo Club, The Breakers, The Harbor Beach Marriott kept being mentioned time and time again. It took a long time but eventually I found myself working at all these amazing South Florida venues for weddings.   Now over 16 years later, and after over 600 weddings, there are still venues I have not worked at.  In addition to working at various luxury wedding venues, I have found that many of these venues have changes ownership and with that the hotel name.  One notable case was the Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach making the change to the Eau Palm Beach.  While the new hotel no longer has the Ritz name this hotel is still one of the most luxurious wedding venues in South Florida.  As a matter of fact, most people find this beach wedding venue even more upscale and romantic than before the change of name and management.  Another luxury wedding venue that changed names is the transformation of the Delray Beach Marriott to the Opal Grand Resort, I recently visited this hotel and was amazed at the upscale change.  The old Delray Beach Marriott was always a nice South Florida wedding venue, however, as the Opal Grand,  It’s one of the most beautiful luxury venues in the area.  Some of the most beautiful places for weddings are less popular.  Some of these are what I refer to as hidden wedding venue gems.  Many are part of home community’s and some are located inside golf clubs.  These are less popular for several reasons.  One reason is that they are private.  This means that only members, or friends of members are allowed to tie the know behind the gates.  One example is a Key Largo wedding venue named The Ocean Reef Club.  I have photographed a few luxury weddings at this unique wedding venue.  You can see the pictures from the Ocean Reef Club here & here.   The pictures in this post were taken at three beautiful locations.  First we started pictures at the brides home, then the wedding ceremony took place at  St Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church and after the ceremony the party started at Trump National in Jupiter. 

 

Bride and her girls getting ready for the wedding at the brides house.
Caroline got ready for her wedding day at her family home in Boca Raton. Taking pictures at a family members house adds an extra touch of sentimental value. Notice the grammar school picture on the wall behind Caroline. Now she is a Bride!
Bride looking in the one of the family home mirrors, with the bride's mother looking from the staircase.
Mirrors are always a great way to take creative pictures. In this case the layout of the brides home was perfect for this looking in the mirror picture.
Black and white pictures of the bride and her girls laughing and posing for the camera.
In my wedding photography I like to mix up both color and black and white pictures. I feel that black and white imagery works well for candid getting ready pictures. When I shoot I use a camera raw mode, this allows me the produce wedding pictures in both color and black and white.
Bride looking at her flowers and bride's parents posing for the camera.
I started the wedding photography with this picture of Caroline standing on her staircase. At a wedding, we always make sure to include all the family members throughout the coverage. This means parents, siblings and the other people who are present. My goal is to make sure everyone at the wedding is accounted for in pictures.
Out of the many South Florida venues for weddings, the brides home is sometimes the best. Mom helping bride.
Out of all the South Florida venues for weddings, sometimes the family home is the best choice. After all the brides home embodies much the family history. This is the place in which many of the most memorable events have taken place. Furthermore, its the place that the bride and her family are most familiar with. If something such as an extra hairdryer is needed everyone knows where to find one fast. No need to call the front desk for an extra.

ABOVE: Caroline’s bridal gown was purchased at Boca Raton Bridal.   If you are reading this and are a recently engaged bride, I highly recommend visiting their showroom.  The staff at Boca Raton Bridal is friendly and the have the largest selection of high-end bridal gowns in South Florida. 

Groom and his best man photo at the church before the ceremony. Here the best man helps the groom with his jacket.
While the bride and her girls started at her home, the groom and his guys started their wedding photography pictures at the church. This wedding took place at three different South Florida wedding venues, the brides house, the church and Trump Jupiter all made great locations for this wedding.
At the church the grooms mother helps her son get ready before the ceremony.
At the church I was able to photograph Blake with his mother helping him with his tie as he got ready for the ceremony. At a South Florida wedding, the groom is often seen by the arriving wedding guests. However, the bride remains hidden until she is appears walking down the aisle.
Pictures taken at the start of the wedding ceremony, including, bride's walk down the aisle, groom watching.
By positioning myself at the end of the aisle, I was able to photograph the bride’s walk down the aisle, the groom watching her appear in her gown for the first time, and the brides father giving her away at the church.
During the wedding ceremony the minister gave some marriage advise to the bride and groom.
During the wedding ceremony the minister gave some helpful marriage advise to the newlyweds.
Wedding ring exchange picture taken during the ceremony.
Photographing a church wedding ceremony requires a lot of running around. In a Catholic ceremony different events take place all over the church. There are readings which happen at a special podium, followed by the wedding vows in the center of the sanctuary. Then the minister spoke to the bride and groom at a chair to the right of the church. At one point the bride brings flowers to Mary at the far left front of the church. There is also live music taking place during the singing. For a photographer, all these parts of the ceremony must be captured. This means moving around the church in a way that is not distracting to the visitors, yet still getting to the photo location at the correct angle, quickly.

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