Harbor Beach Marriott Wedding Photography
Harbor Beach Marriott Wedding Pictures taken by Jeff Kolodny.

Harbor Beach Marriott Wedding Photography

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Harbor Beach Marriott Wedding Photography

If you are looking for a fantastic place in South Florida to say “I Do” then the Harbor Beach Marriott in Fort Lauderdale is a excellent choice.  Located on one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in Broward County, this venue has benefits that many other hotels in the area don’t offer.  For one, this hotel sits on the beach, most other Fort Lauderdale hotels are across the street from the beach.  This means that the beach at the Marriott is free from the outside guests and is private.  The hotel staff works hard to see to it that the sand is always beautiful and free of unwanted debris. This makes wedding photography an easy and enjoyable experience for any photographer.  Because your photographer (in this case myself.) doesn’t have to deal with hordes of beach goers or other unwanted items on the beach.  Sure there are hotel guests on the beach,  but nothing like the amount of guests you would find on a typical Broward County Public Beach.   As for Harbor Beach Marriott wedding photography, this place is my favorite.  There are endless photo opportunities around the resort.  The picturesque ocean view, the rock waterfalls including a small cave, are more than enough to keep a wedding photographer like myself very busy.

The beach at the Harbor Beach Marriott is perfect for wedding pictures.
ABOVE:  I shot this bride and groom photo on the beach at the Harbor Beach Marriott.  Since it was a little windy on the wedding day, I was able to get the brides veil blowing which created some drama.

 

Above and Below, you can’t take wedding pictures at the Harbor Beach Marriott without taking some photos on their beach.  Especially in the evening during with photographers call the golden hour.  Because the main hotel is so tall, the building will cast a shadow over the beach, this creates a natural soft box lighting situation.  Between the ocean the great sand and a pink evening sky it’s easy to get pretty pictures.

 

I had a great time shooting this fun bridal party photo on the Harbor Beach Marriott beach.
ABOVE;  This wedding party was both fun and crazy so making this picture was easy. Check out how pristine the beach looks.

 

I love working here because the beautiful beach means I don’t need to shoot around random sunbathers. I also don’t have to deal with seaweed at  the waterline.  The only thing I need to focus on is getting beautiful expressions and great creative shots. In addition the hotel has many different places to get those unique wonderful images as well.  Some of my favorite places to shoot at the Harbor Beach Marriott are the Ocean View Terrace,  The Spa, and around the pool with the hotels beautiful waterfall and rock formations.  Check out this wedding photo that was taken in the hotel spa’s lobby.                    Bride and Groom at the Harbor Beach Marriott’s Spa.

Groomsmen getting crazy at the Harbor Beach Marriott.
ABOVE: This fun photo of the groomsman clowning around was taken on the wooden walk way that leads from the Ocean Terrace to the beach.
The Marriott Harbor beach is a wedding photographers dream location. I shot this creative photo just outside the hotel's Ocean Ballroom
I shot this creative bride and groom photo in the foyer of the Ocean Ballroom.  If you hunt around the Harbor Beach Marriott you will find lots and lots of places for creative wedding pictures.

 

As a professional photographer, I believe that good lighting is very important to getting memorable wedding photos.  While I have the sophisticated equipment and skills to handle any lighting situation, it’s to the photographers advantage to use the best lighting available.  In this regard the Marriott Harbor Beach doesn’t disappoint.  In the afternoon the west setting sun casts a wide shadow over the Oceanview Terrace. This creates soft beautiful lighting which makes creating awesome portraits and action shots a no brainer.  This lighting is perfect for a bride and groom’s “First Look” in addition,  it also blankets an evening wedding ceremony in luminous soft lighting.  However, the soft shadow stops at a certain point and blends into a sunny beautiful ocean backdrop.  As the sun sets,  the shadow travels cross the terrace and onto the sand and finally to the ocean.  This traveling shadow allows me to get a wide range of different looking photos.

Want to get married by the beach. This photo was taken on the hotels Ocean Terrace.
ABOVE: I love this wedding ceremony decor on the Ocean View Terrace of the Marriott Harbor Beach.
The groom waiting for his future bride to walk down the aisle at the Harbor Beach Marriott.
ABOVE: Groom waiting for his bride to walk down the aisle to start the ceremony.  Shot on the Ocean Terrace at the Harbor Beach Marriott.
This bride and groom photo was captured the hotel walkway that leads from the main lobby to the Ocean Terrace.
Another wedding picture location.  This hallway leads from the lobby to the Ocean View Terrace.  This area doesn’t get used for wedding photography too often.  However, I love how the light streams down from above, so I had to take a picture.

A very short walk around the corner and you come to the Hotel’s Pool.  Along the pool are beautiful rock formations accented by a waterfall.  Here the shadow which was cast from the hotel stops, this leaves the pool side of the hotel in the open sun. By photographing the bride and groom facing east, and shooting from their faces from the west I’m treating to the most amazing backlit situation.  The effect of the bride and groom’s hair backlit against the rocks and waterfall makes for another set of picturesque images.  Working as a wedding photographer in South Florida I find that the Harbor Beach Marriott is one of the best places for upscale wedding photography.    Between the beautiful beach, rock formations, the attractive lobby there is no limit to the wonderful pictures a photographer can create at this venue. 

The scenery around the Harbor Beach Marriott is perfect for a wide range of wedding pictures.
ABOVE: This is the rock lined waterfall the is located by the Harbor Beach Marriott’s swimming pool.  In my book it’s a must visit place for wedding pictures.
This wedding photo was taken in the hotels Ocean Ballroom. I shot this at the beginning of a Jewish wedding. Before a Jewish bride and groom proceed under the huppah to get married the bride circles the groom 7 times.
During a Jewish Wedding ceremony the bride circles the groom.  This photo was taken in the Ocean Ballroom at the Harbor Beach Marriott.

If you have enough time to venture further around the hotel there are many more equally beautiful Kodak photo spots to explore.  The Spa lobby is amazing, the lobby has several great photo spots as well.  Also the indoor hallway next to the Ocean Ballroom is unique and always has great natural light.

Bride and Grooms first dance photo captured in the Ocean Ballroom at the Harbor Beach Marriott.
ABOVE: I love shooting through things!  This photo of the “First Dance” was shot through the ballroom decor in the Ocean Ballroom at the Harbor Beach Marriott.
The lobby of the Harbor Beach Marriott offers many get places to take wedding pictures.
This bride and groom kissing photo was shot in the hotel lobby.  During my last wedding this part was being renovated, I have no idea what this part of the lobby will look like once it’s finished but trust me, it will be beautiful.

While shooting pictures at the Marriott is a great experience, the hotel staff is always warm and friendly. It’s a pleasure working with the hotels certified wedding and event planners, mostly because they are actual event professionals, who know how to handle highend weddings and events.  They never miss a beat, way before the wedding day arrives I’m in touch with the assigned Harbor Beach Marriott’s event planner to discuss the wedding day timeline.   Days before the event I receive a detailed wedding timeline that is not only well thought out, but is also flexible and adjustable just incase of any last minute changes are needed.  In addition to a beautiful beach, the Marriott Harbor Beach has a collection of tiki huts, hammocks like this one here:  Bride and Groom at the Harbor Beach Marriott

During your wedding guest are often treated to a view of cruise ships leaving Port Everglades.
The Harbor Beach Marriott is located in Fort Lauderdale down the beach from the Cruise Terminal.  The cruise port doesn’t affect the hotel but you do get the admire the incredible cruise ships as they sail of of the port.

During my past 15 years in South Florida I have photographed many weddings and corporate events at the Harbor Beach Marriott.  I have watched the hotel go through several renovations and upgrades, each time the hotel emerges more beautiful and additional photography locations appear.

If you would like to get married with an ocean view then the Harbor Beach Marriott is a great wedding venue to consider.
ABOVE:  I shot this bride and groom kissing photo on the Ocean Terrace.  There is almost never water on this deck.  However, on the morning of the wedding day it rained and rained creating this pool of water.  I thought this temporary water would make an interesting foreground.

 

The Harbor Beach Marriott in Broward County offers a beautiful huge ballroom with an amazing Ocean view.
I love how you could see the ocean from the Ocean Ballroom.

Below is a link to Sarah and Andrew’s wedding.  They had a very nice wedding with a reception in the Ocean Ballroom.  This is just one of many weddings I have photographed here.   LINK:  Harbor Beach Marriott Wedding (Sarah and Andrew)

This bridal portrait was taken just outside the venues Ocean Ballroom.
ABOVE:  I shot this on the terrace just out side of the Ocean Ballroom.  There are not too many hotels in Fort Lauderdale that give you this perfect view of the beach and the ocean.
If you are looking for a wedding venue in Broward County that has it all, then visit the Marriott Harbor Beach. Great Landscaping, and Ocean View and a private beach are all at your beckon call when you tie the knot at the Harbor Beach Marriott.
Looking back toward the hotel, the landscaping around the hotel is exquisite which makes taking beautiful wedding pictures easy.

If you are searching for an amazing wedding location in Broward County and have the beach and ocean on mind then the Harbor Beach Marriott should be on you list of possible wedding venues.   Here is the link to the hotel website:  Harbor Beach Marriott Website

MORE FROM THE HARBOR BEACH MARRIOTT. 

I was recently at a client meeting at the Harbor Beach Marriott, since I was so early I figured I would walk around and shoot some pictures and video.  Anyone who is planning a wedding in Fort Lauderdale, should consider this hotel.   People often refer to this Fort Lauderdale wedding venue as the Harbor Beach Marriott, however the official name is actually Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa.  If you are planning a wedding, corporate event, Bat or Bar Mitzvah in Fort Lauderdale, this is a fantastic venue to consider.  One of their popular ballrooms is the Ocean Ballroom.  This is a huge ballroom with windows that look out at the Marriotts pristine beach and the Atlantic Ocean.  The ballroom was recently renovated with new carpet, new fixtures, and some other upscale appointments.  When I entered the venue during a wedding walk through, I had to shoot this video showing the size of the ballroom.   Normally, when I enter the Harbor Beach Marriott’s Ocean Ballroom it’s completely decorated with beautiful flowers, a stage with a band, & colorful decorative uplighting.  Other times when I enter the ballroom, the room is filled with high tech video screens, a stage in which a keynote speaker will deliver corporate event opening remarks.  I have also seen this room filled with booths for different corporate sales vendors.   This is one of the few times when I have seen the ballroom empty. Most if the time I’m at this hotel I’m creating Harbor Beach Marriott wedding photography, however, I have also shot a large amount of corporate events, special events and even Bat – Bar Mitzvahs at this venue.

Ocean Terrace at the Harbor Beach Marriott
The Ocean Terrace at the Harbor Beach Marriott has a huge wide open open space that is perfect for a wedding ceremony, outdoor reception, evening opening night party.  I have even shot wedding guest farewell breakfasts after the bride and grooms wedding day on this terrace.

This picture actually shows less than half of the Ocean Terrace.  Over the years working at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa I have photographed a wide range of events on this ocean view terrace.  The view from this terrace features a fantastic view of the most beautiful stretch of beach in Fort Lauderdale.  I’m serious when I say “Most beautiful stretch of beach.”  The Marriott absolutely makes sure the beach is clean, and perfectly maintained.  The beach is one of the widest beaches in all of South Florida.  You can’t see it in this picture but at the end of this terrace is a wooden walkway that is perfect for bride and groom pictures.  One of my favorite pictures taken on this walkway is here: Bike riding at the Harbor Beach Marriott.   Cool photo isn’t it.   Here is a “First Look” picture I orchestrated on the same wooden walkway.  Bride and Grooms First Look at the Marriott Harbor Beach.

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