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.
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.