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Wedding picture taken at the Diplomat Hotel in Fort Lauderdale.

Elegant Wedding at the Diplomat Hotel

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Arielle & David’s lively Miami wedding has everything that a signature Jeff Kolodny Photography wedding is known for. This wedding at the Diplomat Hotel was Elegant and beautiful. Bright purple splashes of color pop against crystal details and dozens of glowing candles.  We love the classic white flower centerpieces as much as we love the custom note left at each table setting but it’s that five-tiered, gorgeous cake that we cannot stop talking about. We are simply in love!

Bride starting her day at the Diplomat Hotel
Wedding picture taken at the Diplomat Hotel in Fort Lauderdale.
Bride and her bridesmaids getting ready at the Diplomat Hotel.
Piled on the bed! This is the perfect setting to start a Diplomat Hotel wedding.
Bride and her mother getting ready to start the wedding day.
Mom and her daughter enjoying the wedding day moment.

Like many couples, Arielle and David loved the idea of a destination wedding — and so did their guests. “Im from Cleveland, Ohio, and didnt want to have a cold winter wedding, so I opted for a destination wedding in Florida!” said the bride. “With my husband being from New Jersey, we knew people had to travel anyway. The destination was BEAUTIFUL. Who can complain about warm, beautiful, sunny weather when its snowing up north? Some of our guests got stuck in Florida a few extra days due to a snow storm, but nobody was complaining.” The couple tied the knot at Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida on February 28, 2015, and couldn’t have been more delighted with the sun-drenched affair. “Everyone was happy to trek down south to stay at a hotel on the beach! It was also great to have all of our closest family & friends in one place for the entire weekend.” You can see all the highlights from the destination wedding below (and no plane ticket required!).

Wedding gown hanging on its special custom hanger.
Wedding details in the bridal suite.
Bride posing with her wedding gown at the Diplomat Hotel
Wedding details in the bridal suite.
First Look between the bride and her father.
The father daughter first look is always a fun moment.
Getting for the wedding details taken at the Diplomat Hotel.
Wedding Details
Bride posing with the custom wedding gown hanger.
Wedding picture taken at the Diplomat Hotel in Fort Lauderdale.
Each bridesmaid got a custom travel bag.
Each bridesmaid got a custom tote back from the bride.

David and Arielle started out as college acquaintances, and now they are Mr. & Mrs. The couple had a white with a dash of purple that turned out very clean, chic, and fresh. Arielle had the most fun on her wedding day especially in her wedding dress  she couldnt stop twirling! Share their joy by browsing through their wedding gallery down below. Congratulations to the happy couple!

During the first look the bride did a spin for the groom so he could see the entire gown.
Doing a spin gave the groom a view of the entire wedding gown in action.

Dave and I first met in college and never dated! We were just acquaintances, and we had two classes together which is funny because I never knew I was sitting across the room from my future husband 🙂 We ended up reconnecting in New York City when Dave came in from New Jersey to see some friends and a friend of mine suggested we meet up with them.

Fun bride and groom wedding portrait taken at the Diplomat Hotel.
This fun bride and groom photo was taken in the lobby of the Diplomat Hotel.

We have a good and healthy mix of similarities and differences and our differences each allow us to bring something different to the relationship that is what makes us so successful. Were both a bit clumsy, and we have lighthearted good senses of humor. We like to laugh and have fun. Im a little more outspoken than Dave, however, Dave can stay calm during the storm, so we even each other out.

Black and White bride and groom photo taken in the hotel glass walk through between the hotel and ballrooms
The walk way area between the Diplomat’s main hotel and the ballrooms.

Chic, white, very clean
I used to be a competitive figure skater and when I tried on my dress that was a ballgown; it brought me back to my competition days, and I knew it was perfect!! I couldnt stop twirling in the dress!!! For the men, my Dad and Daves dad both wanted to wear tuxedos., The dress code for the wedding was cocktail attire because I actually hate tuxedos (I call them penguin suits) but because my dad was so nice about paying for the wedding I decide to relax about the dress code and let all the groomsmen/bridal party wear tuxedos.

Bride and Groom kissing at the Diplomat Hotel
The bride and groom kissing photo was taken behind the main lobby in the pool area.
The wedding ceremony took place in one of the Diplomat's ballrooms.
The hotel ballroom provided the perfect place to this South Florida wedding ceremony.

We got engaged March 2014 and married end of February 2015. We didnt start planning until a few months after we got engaged so Id say overall planning was nine months, and it was plenty of time! It allowed us to get a great venue, hire an amazing wedding planner, and secure all of the best vendors  all of whom werent taken yet because we were still a while out from the wedding.

Place card seating table at the Diplomat Hotel ballroom entrance.
Wedding guests picked up their seating assignments at the beautiful decorated table .
Junior groomsmen walking down the aisle.
Holding banners the two junior ring boys kicked off the wedding ceremony.
beautiful flowers taken at a Diplomat Hotel wedding.
Dalsimer provides the most beautiful flowers for this South Florida wedding.

The best advice I received is to be decisive because there are a million options for each detail of the wedding, and you can spend a lifetime looking at them all so just know what you want and make decisions. I felt I did a really good job at that!

The ballroom at the Diplomat Hotel looked magnificent.
Check out this wedding reception ballroom shot.

From the photographer,  If you would like to see the Diplomat Hotel website click here.  The Diplomat Hotel

Tips would be to divide and conquer and dont feel bad making the groom get involved. I had my fiancee help with a lot of the aspects of the wedding and just being able to put trust in other people will take a lot of stress away from yourself. Pinterest is obviously a given and can help you find amazing ideas you didnt even know you wanted to have. I wasnt the type of girl who had my whole wedding planned out before I got engaged; I had never thought about how I wanted my wedding to look or feel, so Pinterest gave me a ton of inspiration.

The tables at this wedding were decorated with beautiful candles.
The candles on the ballroom tables looked amazing and gave the entire room a wonderful glow.

For decor, I wanted a clean, chic look with a lot of whites and a splash of purple. When I thought about the decor, I thought about The Delano hotel. The biggest thing for me was the band because they dictate the entire party. If you have good music, you have an amazing party, so I was extremely picky about the band and made sure that they played all top hits and no mo-town. I cant even tell you how many people came up to me after to tell me they LOVED our band.

There wasnt exactly a wedding theme but I wanted a chic clean look with a lot of white and a splash of purple. When I thought about the decor I thought about The Delano hotel in Miami.
Dave and I first met in college and never dated. We were just acquaintances and we had two classes together which is funny because I never knew I was sitting across the room from my future husband. We ended up reconnecting in New York City when Dave came in from New Jersey to see some friends and a friend of mine suggested we meet up with them.
Dave proposed at a restaurant in NYC called Philip Marie. They provide a unique private dining experience in their basement. We ate in the small but romantic wine cellar that only seats two and has a lot of history (theres a big hole thats visibly patched up in the wall blocking a tunnel that was once used to smuggle in alcohol during the prohibition).

Ballroom tables with mirrored tops at the Diplomat Hotel.
The mirrored table tops added an element of pizzazz to the Diplomat Hotel ballroom. The also added a very nice double reflection on each table.

” I didnt have a specified budget however I was very concerned about making things as affordable as possible and avoiding any unnecessary costs.
” I saved a ton of money on my dress because I picked the sample dress from the sale rack. It was an amazing dress, and it fit me perfectly and I didnt believe in spending a lot of money on a dress you only wear once and most likely ends up with drinks spilled on it by the end of the wedding. I also bought the cheapest veil I could find! We didnt do programs at the ceremony because Ive been to a ton of weddings, and all Ive ever seen are those strewn all over the floor after the ceremony ends. People dont take them, and they end up just being a waste of money and paper. Also, Instead of doing a menu at guests seats since they already chose their meal before the wedding, we did a thank you note on one side and the other we told what we love about one another. It was a beautiful touch that the guests loved.
The biggest expense was the food, decor and the band, but those are very important aspects. I wanted to drape because I feel like it makes the entire room look fabulous, I wanted a white dance floor because it fit in with my chic theme, and I wouldnt take no for an answer on a Photo booth because they are so fun, and I wanted to have the memories.

Long tables at the Diplomat wedding reception.
Some of the tables were long and beautiful others were round. This unique table arraignment made the Diplomat Hotel ballroom more interesting.

” We invited 375 guests, and we had 250. It was a destination wedding, and we knew a lot of people wouldnt be able to make it but that our closest family and friends would be there 100% that they were!
Having a destination wedding helped narrowing down the list and I did this on purpose. I knew if I had the wedding where I grew up the guest list would get so out of control but if I did a destination wedding it would require people to travel, and only the people who truly care about us would make the trip that is what happened!

Wedding ballroom decor included branches and flowers for a unique visual experience.
The combination for branches and flowers combined with the different table shapes made the ballroom at the Diplomat Hotel created a unique vision effect.

” Dave and I love music cant say that enough!!!
” For the ceremony, we used Processional  Lumineers Ho Hey, Mumford & Sons I Will Wait
” Brides Entrance  Lumineers Stubborn
” Love Recessional Mumford & Sons I Will Wait & The Beatles All You Need Is Love

Place table cards with writing at the Diplomat Hotel.
Each place table had cards with bride and grooms thank you note to the wedding guests.

ENJOY IT!!!! It flies by youll blink, and its gone. If you dont enjoy it, youll regret it.

Wedding cake with flowers at inside the Diplomat Hotel Ballroom
Love this wedding cake. The combination of a beautiful cake and the flowers made this ballroom special.

My favorite part of the day was the reception and Dave and I being surrounded by all of our closest and beloved family & friends. Its rare for us to have everyone in one place (my family is from Cleveland, his is from New Jersey, and we both live in NYC) so to have people from all aspects of our lives and different time periods in our lives all come together was just amazing.

Ceremony highlight was my cute nephews walking down the aisle each holding a sign. Ari, who is 6 turning seven next month, carried a sign that said here comes the bride and Noah who just turned 5 carried a sign that said dont worry ladies were still singlethis was a huge hit they got a standing ovation lot of laughs, and everyone just loved it.

Custom made numbers on each ballroom table.
Each table had these custom-made numbers.

The ketubah signing because we had all of our closest family and the bridal party there.

Wedding guest having a great time in the photo booth.
The photo booth provided an element of fun and excitement!

The Modern Jewish Wedding Details
We decided to get married in Florida for a destination wedding because who wants to go to Cleveland in the middle of Winter? haha! We both love Florida and the warm weather & I couldnt imagine a single place in Cleveland where I would want to get married. I also figured people wouldnt complain leaving the cold weather behind for some much needed sunshine. Everyone was happy to trek down south to stay at a hotel on the beach! It also made a lot of sense to have everyone stay at the same venue as all the weekend events so there was no need to rent a car. It was great to have all of our closest family & friends in one place for the entire weekend. After the brunch on Sunday following the wedding we ended up having an impromptu pool party

Bride and her mother having good time at the wedding reception
wedding reception party fun.

If you want to see another fantastic Diplomat Hotel wedding check out this one.  A beautiful Diplomat Hotel Wedding