Jasmine and Andy

In April, I had the opportunity to work with a sister of a past bride, Jasmine and her now husband, Andy.  What a gorgeous and fun couple!  We had lots of fun in the planning stages

After we all did much venue searching, they chose the Boca Resort for their wedding.  Decor was by Boca By Design, Mike Sipe Entertainment, Domino Arts Photography.

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Jasmin and Seth


Jasmin and Seth contacted me via Arthur at B Ocean, who had recommended Your Special Day by Joni to plan their wedding in just a few months. …. Jasmin came to the US to see Seth and they decided they could not bear living oceans apart.  Separation  was not an option for them, especially because they lived together in London for many years.

They did not know anyone here and they left their wedding in our hands to manage and to show them how their wedding would be a dream,  even though they had given us very little time.. less than two months.

Guests traveled from all over the world to share their wedding day and it was a fantastic wedding!   It was obvious they were loved by many, including me and their team of fabulous vendors….

Panache Style florals, Music by Jazz Events, Jim McClung Officiant, Domino Arts Photography


Cassidy and Evan Benvenuto Restaurant Boynton Beach

This wonderful, fun couple is from California and wanted a French Country Wedding in Florida, where Cassidy’s family lives.  Cassidy knew exactly what she wanted and it was so much fun working with her and her beautiful Mom, Paulette.  Loved every minute of the planning. 

Dalsimer did the gorgeous flowers. Benvenuto was absolutely amazing…it was like we had the entire house to ourselves that night and Marija and staff did an incredible job.  Video by MXI was fantastic,  and Euphoria rocked the night away. 

Cassidy is a beautiful woman, and looks great even without makeup (trust me, I have seen her that way), but on the day of the wedding, her makeup was done by Jill Oscar and Joanie Faktor did her hair.  Gorgeous.

Evan is handsome and so sweet.  They are a great couple and I am sure they will have a fantastic life together. 

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Coty and Ron

Special thanks to Jeff Kolodny Photography for this post.  Jeff is awesome!!!!!

Coty and Ron were fabulous to work with.  Ron is a Captain on a beautiful, luxury yacht, and Coty,  in addition to supervising all the staff, is in charge of all the details for a very high end clientele.  Naturally, their expectations with regard to service and food was high.  They spend about half the year in Europe and half the year in the Caribbean, so most of our planning was done long distance.  Coty had to let go and let me handle her details and vendors and I was determined not to disappoint her. 

With regards to the venue, The Westin Diplomat exceeded their expectations and they loved everything about their wedding. Special thanks to the Diplomat’s Catering Manager, Loma Frazier-Grant for her hard work on this event.  It was flawless.

The theme for the wedding was “travel” and it was was incorporated in the antique keys that resembled old hotel keys with tags – they were hung from a wooden board that were used as escort cards;  table names of places they traveled; old suitcases.  This touch of old, combined with a very modern vibe made for an unusual and beautiful wedding.  We added special touches like ” do not disturb” signs in the welcome bags to go along with the travel theme.

Guests came from all over the world to witness this wedding and the love in the room was heartwarming.  Their officiate was a good friend who flew in from Europe and was the perfect addition to this wedding.

It takes a great team to make a great wedding and personal thanks from me to all my vendor friends who helped make this wadding a great success….

Jeff Kolodny Photography  www.jeffkolodnyphotography.com  did an incredible job (as always).  The music by Chenzo Balsamo and his singer, Misty rocked the night away  www.chenzobalsamo.com.    Florals by Dalsimer http://dalsimer.com/were amazing….(thank you Lane and David), Makeup by Miriam Behar, http://www.makeupartistmiriam.com/, Franklin  of Franklin Sings for the ceremony music. 


Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa Weddings

May 1, 2012

As a South Florida wedding photographer, working at the historic Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa is always a treat. I say historic, as there has been a Diplomat Hotel of sorts on this property since 1958 – many luminaries used to grace its rooms and still do today. Stars from Liza Minnelli to Bob Hope have performed here over the years and presidents have made appearances as well. It is a one of a kind South Florida location that not only holds appeal to celebrities, but also to many couples both near and far – to host their South Florida weddings – in many cases they are actually South Florida destination weddings.

I remember clearly the day in 1998 when the original Diplomat Hotel was imploded – it was quite a scene. Remembering what the original building was like beforehand just created anxiousness waiting to see what unbelievable structure would be built to replace this historic South Florida landmark hotel.

The new result was more than amazing. The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa is an ultra modern sleek oceanfront property with every amenity a guest would want. For Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa weddings, there are two incredibly high-end choice locations to choose from – the hotel or the country club. For this article, we will focus on weddings at the Diplomat Hotel location. The recent wedding of Coty and Ron is a perfect example of just how incredible a South Florida wedding can be at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa. Perfectly coordinated by Joni Scalzo of Your Special Day by Joni, this wedding captures the essence of a location truly magnificent to its area – a one of a kind spot for a South Florida weddings for sure. Joni tirelessly worked with this busy bride and groom to insure that every detail of their wedding was perfect and that they had no worries leading up to or on the wedding day. As a side note, Ron is the captain of an incredible yacht and Coty works with him – that is how they met. They travel the world in style all while working – they have amazingly interesting careers and being out of town so much meant that Joni was a key factor in managing all of the elements of their fabulous South Florida wedding.

Both the inside and the outside surrounding grounds of the hotel provide unlimited opportunities that as a South Florida wedding photographer, I can never pass up! I love the modern architecture, the incredible pool area, the ocean view and the truly unique feel the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa provides. Coty and Ron were great to work with and we enjoyed every moment we had to shoot around this modern, yet historic property. Although the Diplomat has been completely rebuilt and is in essence, a pretty new structure, I cannot help but think back to its rich history as I photograph South Florida weddings there. The place remains an extremely high-end venue for discerning brides and grooms who desire an unusually sleek and luxurious South Florida wedding. There is no question – a Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa wedding is a one of a kind opportunity that many brides and grooms see right away when they visit this location. Busy creating weddings for local couples as well as couples planning destination weddings, Joni Scalzo of Your Special Day by Joni is someone brides and grooms should consider speaking to when planning their weddings – at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa or elsewhere.


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Kirsten and Michael Westin Diplomat

Many thanks to Wes and Liz for the amazing photography for this wonderful wedding.  Here are so fabulous photos from their Weber Photogarphy blog…Joni
Kirsten and Mike are two of the most genuine and wonderful people we have ever been lucky enough to meet…and it is really a special day when we can take part in a wedding joining two such people.  Against the backdrop of the stunning grounds of the Westin Diplomat, surrounded by incredible family and friends, these two die hard Gator fans laughed and smiled, hugged and cried, and in general enjoyed every single second of their wedding day.
Ceremony venue: St David Catholic Church
Reception venue: Westin Diplomat
Wedding planning: Your Special Day by Joni
Bridal gown: Paloma Blanca
Bridal shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridal jewelry: Nadri
Groom / Groomsmen tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaid gowns: Amsale

It truly makes the day special when a bride includes heirlooms in her wedding day attire. Kirsten used her mom’s prom purse as well as her grandmother’s handkerchief…so beautiful.


Their first look:

The details were impeccable in shades of pacific blue, burnt orange, deep plum and light green.

The band was absolutely incredible!!

The speech by the three best men was absolutely hilarious! They took a unified approach for their speeches, delivering a single speech and taking turns word by word :)




Aileen and Brian

Love, love this couple. 

They are from Wisconson and contacted me about their wedding and I was thrilled to work with them.  The wedding turned out to be their dream wedding, and special thanks to my team who helped make all this happen.

Photography, Jeff Kolodny Photography,    Florals by Dynamic Destination,   DJ and lighting by Liquid DJs,  Catering by Eggwhites, Ceremony Music by Master Musicians, Officiant Jim McClung, Makeup by Miriam Behar…thanks to all of you

Aileen and Brian brought in their videographer, One Fine Day Productions,  from Wisconson, and can’t wait to see their amazing work

Aileen and Brian’s destination wedding at Vizcaya

January 30, 2012

Aileen and Brian live in Wisconsin, so what better location to have their winter destination wedding but at the incomparable Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami. As they are from out of state, the couple sought the assistance and expertise of Joni Scalzo of Your Special Day by Joni to help them coordinate and manage all aspects of their special day.

A Vizcaya wedding is truly magical. There is simply no other place like it anywhere. Its distinctly European feel is quite unique – this plus its amazing gardens is what draws couples to plan a Vizcaya wedding. The venue alone is so beautiful that there are literally endless places to photograph a bride and groom. We had a great time checking out some more popular spots as well as exploring some more unusual locations throughout Vizcaya. There is definitely no shortage of shooting locations at a Vizcaya wedding!

Here are just a few samples of the photos we took that day. I was thrilled to be a part of Aileen and Brian’s incredible Vizcaya wedding and would like to thank them as well as Joni for making it all possible.