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Sarah and Andrew met, officially, on October 27, 2007, as seniors in high school. It was at a Halloween party that this guy dressed as the Phantom of the Opera approached Sarah. Though they had seen each other in the hallways around school, the guy hadnt gathered the courage to talk to Sarah until that night. With the encouragement of his friends, Andrew introduced himself to Sarah, and well, the rest is history. Photographing Sarah and Andrew’s Harbor Beach Marriott wedding was a fantastic experience that resulted in some of the most amazing pictures ever!  I wish I could post more pictures from this wedding but I think hundreds of pictures are too many for a blog post.

Bride getting ready for to start her wedding day.
This makeup photo was taken in the bridal suite at the Harbor Beach Marriott. The makeup artist’s circular makeup light provided nice soft even lighting for this shot.

Face 2 Face Studios did Sarah’s hair style and make-up. 

Make-up and hair styling in progress.
I had a great time being creative during taking this Harbor Beach Marriott wedding photo. The makeup artist was not only great to work with she also helped me get some very creative photos.

After going to their high school prom together, then to the University of Miami and later moving to Philadelphia, Andrew made it officialwhen he surprised Sarah by bringing her back to the UM campus, getting down on one knee and asking her to marry him! Up until May 29th, 2016, that was the happiest day of Sarahs life! Their wedding this past May was a long time coming and absolute perfection. Sarah has said that she could not be more excited to be married to her best friend and to such an incredible human being. Sarah and Andrews South Florida wedding was just the beginning of what Sarah is sure will be an endless love story.

Brides shoes taken during the getting ready photography session.
As a wedding photographer I make sure I photograph all of the brides details. This includes her shoes. I usually start the wedding day photography several hours before the ceremony. During the getting ready pictures I photograph all the brides details including her shoes.

Sarah’s Manolo Blahnik wedding shoes (above). Her gown was by Morilee from J. Del Olmo Bridal Gallery (below). Bridesmaids dresses were by Donna Morgan.

Creative bridal portrait taken at the Marriott Harbor Beach.
Creating beautiful bridal portraits is what I love most. For this shot I arranged the bridal gown and the bridesmaids dresses to create a unique background. The lighting from the Harbor Beach Marriott’s balcony window provided soft directional lighting for this wedding portrait.

Sarah and Andrew chose the Harbor Beach Marriott as their venue for the entire wedding weekend. She had her eyes on the resort for many years, as she used to go to the beach there as a kid, attended a sorority formal while in college, and watched her cousin get married at HBM ten years ago. It didnt take much to convince Andrew that it was the perfect spot for their wedding; he was certain from the second they stepped inside the hotel together! From the location to the atmosphere, you just cant beat it. It was very important to them that their guests were able to be somewhere for the weekend where they could relax and enjoy the beautiful South Florida weather and beaches, and the Harbor Beach Marriott had it all!

Creative South Florida wedding photography
Always thinking creatively I’m on the lookout for a unique photo opportunity. In the bridal suite was a glass coffee table. By moving the table I was able to get a very nice double reflection which added interest to this photo sequence. The groom wrote a pre-wedding ceremony love letter to Sarah. Capturing these images with some extra creativity will help to make the wedding album more artistic.

First look with that gorgeous view in the background!

First Look wedding pictures at the Harbor Beach Marriott.
What a fantastic ocean view background for the First Look! The Harbor Beach Marriott has one of the best ocean views in Fort Lauderdale Beach!

As a South Florida wedding photographer, I shoot many weddings all around the area. The Harbor Beach Marriott in Fort Lauderdale is one of my favorite locations. It is selected by both locals as well as out-of-towners to host their weddings due to its ideal beachfront location and proximity to all that lively Fort Lauderdale has to offer. The hotel itself has a superb catering staff that will attend to wedding clientsand guests every need. The food and ambiance are fabulous as well.

It's a huge plus for a wedding photographer when you get to photograph such lovely flowers!
Panache Style did an amazing job with all the flowers!
Creative Kites at Harbor Beach Marriott gives the venue some extra pizzazz.
The kites being flown from the beach added a level of interest to this picture. Since the hotel sits directly on the beach they get to fly these awesome kites.

(Below) Sarah looks awesome in her gown by Morilee from J. Del Olmo Bridal Gallery.

The hotel waterfall provided another great place to wedding pictures.
This waterfall is located by the main pool. There are so many fantastic places to take bride and groom pictures around the Marriott. As a South Florida wedding photographer, I’m always looking to create as many different photos as possible. This weather fall gave me the opportunity to crank out a few more creative images.
Bridesmaids photo taken at the Marriott Harbor Beach.
This photo of Sarah and her girls clowning around was taken during the posed wedding session. First I shoot the normal posed pictures, then after those are done, it’s playtime in front of the camera.
This huppah was set up on the hotels Ocean Ballroom. The ballroom has such an amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean.
Did you know that I got to shoot the first wedding in the hotels new Ocean Ballroom? This ballroom has an great ocean view. It’s one of the most beautiful wedding ballrooms in Fort Lauderdale.
Jewish wedding ceremony in the Ocean Ballroom
By choosing to have the ceremony in the Ocean Ballroom the bride and groom along with the guests didn’t have to worry about windblown hair.

Panache Style did a magnificent job with the decor. 

Wedding flowers and decor photos taken inside the Ocean Ballroom at the Marriott in Fort Lauderdale.
I love it when I have plenty of beautiful wedding decor to photograph!
The Ocean Ballroom at the Harbor Beach Marriott is perfect for a luxury Florida wedding.
Look at these amazing flowers!
Pictures taken inside the Ocean Ballroom at the Marriott in Fort Lauderdale.
Before the party go started I spend some time taking bride and groom pictures in the hotel’s Ocean Ballroom.

Music and lighting was by Rock with U-The Patrick Lentz Band

Wedding cake made by We take the Cake
I usually don’t have wedding cake at any of the South Florida weddings I photograph. However, when “We take the Cake makes ti Cake”, It’s impossible to resist.

Cake by We Take the Cake.

We take the Cake makes the most beautiful and delicious cakes in South Florida.
Trust me when I say, this wedding cake tasted as good as it looks! For the best cake maker in South Florida, check out We take the Cake!

In Sarah and Andrews case, theirs was a South Florida destination wedding, as they now both live in Philadelphia. They couldnt have selected a better spot for their out of town guests to enjoy while in sunny South Florida! We enjoyed photographing their wedding very much and thank them for allowing us to be a part of their big day. 

Bride and Groom's First Dance in the Harbor Beach Marriott's Ocean Ballroom.
One of my favorite wedding events is the “First Dance”. I always just love shooting different angles of the bride and groom while everyone is watching them enjoy their special moment together.

The Harbor Beach Marriott is by far one of my favorite wedding venues in Broward County.  I’m so thankful that I get to photograph many weddings at this wonderful venue.  Below are some more links to other weddings I have photographed at the Marriott.

Check out this beach wedding picture taken on the pristine sand of the Harbor Beach Marriott: Bide and Groom on the Marriott Harbor Beach

This is one of my all time favorite pictures taken on the Hotels Ocean Terrace.  Click this link to see a really fun wedding picture!  Fun on the Ocean Terrace!

I hope you enjoyed viewing Sarah and Andrew’s wedding pictures.  

Here’s some information about the Marriott Harbor Beach.  Actually I have heard this venue referred to as the Harbor Beach Marriott or the Marriott Harbor Beach, either was, everyone in Fort Lauderdale or Broward County knows of this very popular luxury wedding and event venue.

If you imagine your dream wedding being, a small 50 person wedding or a large 500 person wedding.  You and your close friends and family will have a great experience at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa.  This is the perfect place to create a wedding that conveys your personal style.  The elegant ballrooms combined with custom catering, and the best in personalized service, this luxury resort will make your wedding day a celebration to remember forever!  Located in on 16 acres of the most beautiful private beach in Fort Lauderdale, this majestic resort provides you and your guests with an unlimited amount of fun and relaxation in a tropical setting.

Bride and Groom at the Marriott Harbor Beach.
The waterfalls at the Marriott Harbor Beach are perfect for bride and groom photos. This couple had a very small wedding with only 20 wedding guests. Their ceremony was on the beach with toes in the sand. If you want to get married with clean feet the Ocean Terrace is the perfect place to tie the knot and still have an ocean view. However, if you want to get married on the beach that can be arranged as well.

If your heart is set in an outdoor or indoor event the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa can create the wedding or event of you imagined.  If you imagine having an intimate beach wedding ceremony or an extravagant ballroom event this venue can provide the event you have dreamed of.  Having an elopement just for two?  I have photographed many beach side intimate elopements against the Marriott’s fantastic ocean backdrop. Wedding ceremonies against the spectacular ocean view are my favorite pictures to take at this hotel!    The beach is the perfect place to have a bonfire and a great evening, by the way, they grill on the beach as well.   I have also photographed many wedding ceremonies in which the bride and groom have exchanged their vows on the outdoor terrace.  Photographing weddings and events at the Harbor Beach Marriott may also require your photographer to be on the look out for guests or attendees (if this is a corporate event) who have ventured out to the beautifully landscaped and alluring alcoves and fire pits,  As a photographer looking for guests who have left the party scene to find a quite place among the hotel fire pits I have to be careful with my approach.  The hotels beautiful seating combined with the warm fire pits can create a let’s get away from the party noise atmosphere or a let’s be alone romantic atmosphere that I would not want to intrude upon.  

Bonfires on the beach at the Harbor Beach Marriott
This photo was taken at a corporate event at the Harbor Beach Marriott. Can you imagine your wedding or special event guests enjoying the same fun type of beach party. Not too many wedding venues in Fort Lauderdale can offer an evening on the beach like this.

While some of your wedding or event guests are enjoying a quite away time from your event, a raging party just might be taking place in The Ocean Ballroom a short walk away  The Ocean Ballroom has high 80 foot floor-to-ceiling windows that provide an amazing ocean view.  

Fireworks at a South Florida event.
How about fireworks while you are enjoying a raging party on the beach? This is easy to achieve when you decide to have an event at the Harbor Beach Marriott.

When you add it all up, the pristine beach, the wide view from the Ocean Terrace, the beautiful large ballroom and those romantic fire pits, there is no question that you should consider having your Broward County wedding at the Marriott Harbor Beach.  If course I must add, I would love to photograph your wedding, elopement, or party at this awesome venue.

Ocean Ballroom at the Marriott Harbor Beach
Check out the Ocean Ballroom at the Harbor Beach Marriott.

When people hear Harbor Beach Marriott, or Marriott Harbor Beach, everyone knows which hotel is being referred to.  Actually the official name is, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa.   That a lot to say,  the Harbor Beach Marriott is much easier.   I recently visited the hotel during a week day while the Coronavirus was taking it’s toll on the entire wedding and event industry.  Actually, we are still living in the throes of this horrible pandemic.  I’m writing about the Coronavirus in past tense,  because my hope is that one day in the near future, this will be well behind us.   While I was visiting the Marriott it was very quite, and the Ocean Ballroom was in the final stages of a renovation.  The carpet was replaced.  The wall fixtures have been changed, and the ballroom and ballroom lobby now have an updated modern look.  That funky mirror as removed and replaces with a new more modern looking mirror.  However, if you want to see that old funky mirror, you can see it in this blog post which includes Harbor Beach Marriott wedding pictures. Click here: Pictures from the Marriott Harbor Beach.   There are so many interesting places to take pictures at the Marriott, it’s a wedding photographers, playground. Every time I work at this hotel I get new creative and unique pictures. Check out this link to another wedding which I recently had published in Tacari Weddings.  Seeing my weddings published in various magazines and online wedding websites always makes me happy.  This Jewish wedding ceremony took place on the Ocean Terrace after the sound set, check it out here:   Jessica and Scott’s wedding, published in Tacari Weddings.   Jessica and Scott were supposed to have their wedding at another location in South Florida,  However the wedding venue they chose was going through a major rebuild and they decided to change locations.  Personally I’m glad they choose the Harbor Beach Marriott.

Harbor Beach Marriott

ABOVE:  Check out this photo of the Lobby at Marriott Harbor Beach.  The warm elegant look of the lobby is the perfect place to take some posed wedding pictures.  The huge floor to ceiling window offers a fantastic view of the Ocean Terrace and the Atlantic Ocean.  As a South Florida wedding photographer who has shot a wide range of weddings & corporate events in this hotel I have taken many pictures inside this lobby.  Walking out the back door of this lobby takes you to the wide Ocean Terrace which is the perfect place to shoot posed family pictures, Bride and Groom First look pictures, bridal party pictures.  During corporate events I have photographed corporate event breakfasts, tons of cocktail hours, wedding receptions, corporate cocktail parties and other types of vents.  In addition to having breathtaking views, the Harbor Beach Marriott is home to several fine restaurants, all located on the hotel grounds.  Wedding guests and visitors can choose from Riva with features a wide range of cuisines ranging from burgers to an award – winning Sunday brunch.  If a more formal restaurant fits your fancy, you could visit 3030 Ocean Restaurant and Bar. This option features modern American seafood and is one of South Florida’s most highly regarded  dining options. While dining at 3030 you will be treated to wonderful views of the Ocean Terrace and the Ocean.  The cuisine at this restaurant was created by the famous chef Adrienne Grenier.  Everything you taste at 3030 will make your mouth water.  Even the bread is baked on-location every day.    In addition 3030 at the Harbor Beach Marriott offers a tasty “Raw Bar” which serves up fresh oysters, mussels, clams, shrimp, , lobster, and crab.    Another great dining choice is the Sea Level Restaurant and Ocean Bar.  If you want to dine under the stars or in the South Florida sunshine, this restaurant is located outdoors on the Ocean Terrace.  This restaurant offers a wide range of American style cuisines.

If you are a Bride, Groom, Mother of the Bride, Father of the Groom, you will find that the Harbor Beach Marriott offers a wide range of dining options and activities for you guests to enjoy.  In addition to taking a dip in the warm Atlantic Ocean this five star hotel and spa offers a very well equipped fitness studio, a huge tropical lagoon outdoor swimming pool.  Looking for more excitement?   How about, jet-skiing, kayaking, sailing, tennis, snorkeling, volleyball and much more.   Of course, there is also a spa complete with a wide range of services.  If your wedding guests want to be pampered the Spa offers, Massage, Body treatments,  A Hair salon, and complete bridal services.  As a matter of fact, I have started photographing many weddings inside the spa, which the bride is having her hair and make-up done.