If you are planning a wedding in South Florida, may I suggest you visit Parkland Country Club. As a wedding photographer, I love working at venues that offer a wide range of picture taking opportunities. As you will be able to tell looking at these pictures, this place is a picture taking heaven.
Working as a South Florida wedding photographer, I have taken photos at almost every venue in the area. Often when someone thinks of a wedding venue in Florida they usually envision a beach location with an ocean view. While I shoot plenty of South Florida beach weddings, I also photograph lots of off the beach weddings. Of course beach weddings are awesome, however there is also something to be said about weddings that take place at country clubs, garden locations, and museums. Being away from the shore line means that brides no longer need to worry about blowing hair, wind blown veils, sand in shoes, or sticking to toes. In addition, many country clubs offer a wide range of lakes & ponds as well as waterfalls and flowing fountains. All these unique backgrounds offer a large range of interesting and pretty backdrops. In my over 16 years as a South Florida wedding photographer, I can tell you this: Parkland Country Club seems to have more places for pictures than most other wedding venues. With this said, don’t take my word for this statement, Look at the pictures! Also if you are a photographer or if you are just interested in photography, I’ve provided some information on how these wedding pictures were taken and the equipment used. Also, the pictures in this article are from the bride and grooms album layout. Their album is a 12×12 so each image is a double page 12×24 spread. To learn more about our wedding albums click this link: Wedding Albums & Design
BELOW: If you are planning a Parkland Country Club wedding, there are a few things you should remember. First, make sure you allow plenty of time for getting ready and the getting ready photography. There is a bridal room which is very nice, but not the largest. It’s certain adequate for up to 10 bridesmaids and it’s very comfortable for hanging out with your girls and taking pictures. Below are some of the getting ready photos. This couple had a very unique vinyl wrapped dance floor installed. If you are not familiar with vinyl dance floors, they are highly reflective and could be designed with custom printing. If you would like to learn more about these really awesome dance floors click here: Dream Dance Floors. I love these floors because I could take pictures with really unique double reflections. I have no idea the cost for these dance floors but I’m sure Dream Dance Floors would be happy to assist you.
Often I will receive calls from couples asking how much it costs to have a wedding at Parkland Country Club. Wedding packages at Parkland Country Club range from $125.00 per person to $160.00 per person. This is from 2021 wedding cost information. Having spoken to hundreds of brides I have been told that a Parkland Country Club wedding is one of the best values when it comes to wedding venues. As a photographer, who is on the preferred photographer list, I can say with first hand experience the grounds around the country club offer much nicer scenery than other South Florida wedding venues that cost much more. Honestly, the best way to find Parkland Country Club wedding prices is to arrange a meeting with the venues catering director. By having a face to face cost meeting you will be able to learn about pricing and any additional extras that are offered.
As you can see the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. It’s very important to allow enough time to take wedding pictures.
Pam and Ryan decided to have me stage a “First Look” before the wedding ceremony. By seeing each other early they had plenty of time to take pictures and enjoy the cocktail hour as well.
The bride and groom pictures in this article were taken all around Parkland Country Club. When we planned this wedding, lots of time was built into the timeline for bride and groom pictures.
One of the most important aspects of wedding photography is the timeline. The wedding day consists of many different parts. These parts include, Getting Ready, First Looks, Bride and Groom pictures, Wedding party pictures, Family pictures, ceremony, cocktail hour, Reception. By not having a proper well thought out timeline the photography process could fall apart. Having a great timeline is critical for successful wedding photography. Click the link to read an article I wrote on wedding photography timelines. Having a great wedding photography timeline is one of the most important aspects of great wedding photography. As a wedding photographer in South Florida, I have a saying about shooting weddings, there is the artistic side, or the creative photography side. As a photographer, I like to think that I get hired because of my creative and artistic work. However, there is the “Stay out of trouble side”. The stay out of trouble side, refers to not missing important pictures. At a wedding, clients expect pictures of, Bride with Mother, Bride with Father, Family with Grandmother or much more. If a wedding photographer misses these pictures, there is going to be a problem. When important posed pictures are missed, clients tend to become angry. Not missing these pictures is key to building a five star reputation. A wedding photography timeline must allow for family pictures and beautiful bride and groom pictures.
Why should you hire me as your wedding photographer?
As a South Florida photographer, Parkland Country Club is one of the first places I visited and photographed. To say that I know every inch of this property is an understatement. Over the past 15 years, I have shot engagement sessions, weddings, Bat and Bar Mitzvahs, Portrait shoots, and corporate events at this location. I have watched the staff change over at the club many times as well. Each new director of catering has a unique way of producing weddings and events. While many venues in the area, allow a photographer to simply show up with a camera, Parkland CC does not. You must have proper insurance, before they allow a wedding vendor onto the property. Because, I work at all the high end wedding venues I have insurance policies that cover several million dollars of coverage.
BELOW: Once the bride and groom pictures have been taken, I move on to the family pictures. In the pictures below you can see, just a small sample of the posed pictures I take at a wedding. Well before the wedding day, it’s a really good idea to ask the couple for a list of important family combinations that should be taken. From experience, I know about bride with mother, bride with father, bride and groom with brides side, grooms side and so on. Its the more unique pictures that should be included on the list. Combos such as 3 or 4th generation pictures, brides mother and mothers sister, best friend pictures, should be on the list. Also, if the parents are not divorced, or separated, this should be discussed before the wedding day.
Most of the wedding ceremonies I have photographed here take place in-front of the main clubhouse. They also take place in the late afternoon. This west facing location is perfect for easy lighting. With the sun behind to couple, the lighting on the bride and groom’s face is even and soft. This makes for the most flattering pictures.
BELOW: The ballroom at Parkland Country Club is not the largest. It also does not have a high ceiling. If that is on your wish list than you may be disappointed with the ballroom. However, as a photographer, I like this ballroom. Not having the highest ceiling means I can bound my flash off the ceiling or walls which created beautiful soft lighting. The size is perfect for a wedding with 125 or so guests. When decorated correctly this ballroom could look amazing. Check out this pictures below.
There is no question that Parkland Country Club is one of my favorite South Florida wedding venues. Check out some of my favorite pictures from this awesome venue here: Indian Wedding Picture Over the years I have shot several indian weddings at Parkland Country Club. This couple sent me the nicest thank you note and review. Check out their picture here: Amanda & Zach. Here is another from Amanda and Zach. Here is another Indian wedding picture taken at Parkland Country Club. Here’s another Indian wedding photo.