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Fabulous Oceanfront Venues for an Unforgettable South Florida Wedding

Posted on March 11, 2013

(Below) Wedding party in action. This beach action shot was taken on the beach at The Palms Hotel, Miami. The open beach is a great place for this type of wedding photograph because there are fewer distractions in both the foreground and background. However, the sky and sand make for a beautiful wedding scenic.

Everyone knows that the great state of Florida has hundreds of miles of pristine beaches, perfect for that destination wedding. Not only that, but what some do not realize is that the various parts of the state have beaches that are very, very different in appearance and atmosphere. Whether you are looking to have a destination wedding on the West Coast or East Coast areas of Florida there are a great number of incredible oceanfront venues to choose from that will allow you to plan a wedding with stunning views and beaches for your out of town guests to enjoy as well.

The photo below, shows the amazing view looking down Fort Lauderdale beach. Taken from the roof top courtyard at the Pelican Beach Resort. Looking down at the coastline always makes a great destination wedding picture.

Florida also offers a host of barrier islands or keys that offer some terrific venue options as well. All these beautiful locations are perfect for creating amazing photographs. On the West Coast, there is Marco Island home of the magnificent Marco Island Marriott. A large resort hotel, the Marco Island Marriott has something for everyone and is a desirable location for destination weddings as well as a choice of locals as well. The Marco Island Marriott offers a wide, white sand beach and calm gulf waters both of which are quite a contrast to the beaches on the island of Palm Beach on the opposite coast. The waters on the East Coast in general are more lively, with many sightings of cruise ships in the distance and a popular spot with tourists all up and down the coast from Jacksonville down to Miami.

(Above) Another photograph with the bride & groom kissing in the ocean. The Pelican Beach Resort makes for a fabulous background.

Some other great spots for destination beachfront wedding venues would be the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne in Miami that is actually on the island of Key Biscayne. While somewhat isolated from the heart of Miami, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne offers a spectacular and quiet beach along with superb grounds and an all around ultra classy atmosphere. Located on the mainland on Miami Beach there are a host of wonderful venues to choose from as well. As a South Florida wedding photographers, I often work at these venues and enjoy all that they have to offer as far as amazing scenery for picture taking as well as some interesting architectural features each venue has to offer.

Miami Beach weddings can be affairs to remember for sure. Some great oceanfront venues to be sure to check out are The Palms Hotel & Spa, The Ritz-Carlton South Beach, The Fountainbleau, The Loews Hotel, W Hotel-South Beach and The National Hotel. Up the coast a bit, another great area for South Florida beachfront weddings is the area between Hallandale Beach and Fort Lauderdale. This highly popular strip of South Florida real estate is home to a huge number of high end oceanfront venues such as the Westin Diplomat Hotel, The Harbor Beach Marriott, The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach, The B Ocean Hotel, and the The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale just to name a few. When you drive up just a little further, there is the Delray Beach Marriott and the Seagate right in the heart of Delray Beach where there are many great restaurants and shops to explore. Once you venture just a bit north, you’ve got several magnificent venues for a truly spectacular Palm Beach wedding. They are The Breakers, The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach and The Four Seasons Palm Beach. The Breakers, of course is a large and opulent hotel on a gorgeous strip of Palm Beach.

(Above) Many South Florida venues offer ballrooms with views of the ocean & beach. When choosing one of these ballrooms the fantastic view also doubles as the room decor . It may take less flowers and room decor to create a beautiful wedding reception when the room itself offers such a wonderful view.

(Above) Often an attractive couple mixed with a palm tree and a great sky is all it takes to make a stand-out photograph. This couple decided on an early morning wedding which provided great soft lighting for the photo above. This shot was taken along a peaceful stretch of beach in Fort Lauderdale.

There is simply no place like it anywhere. The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach and the Four Seasons Palm Beach are also beautiful and extremely classy venues offering the best beach views and the 5 star service their guests expect.

Whether you are looking for a more quiet laid back atmosphere for your wedding and the soft sands of the West Coast or the lively atmosphere of the East Coast and whether a destination wedding or not, you can plan a fabulous South Florida wedding at a beachfront venue that suits your taste and budget. As a South Florida wedding photographer, I assist couples quite frequently when they are looking for the perfect South Florida wedding venue.

(above) This couple had their destination wedding at the Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach. Since the weather in South Florida is always wonderful a beach engagement shoot is always a grate idea. Visiting South Florida to plan your destination wedding is a great reason to get away from the cold weather of the northeast and enjoy a warmer climate.

Jeff Kolodny Photography, Inc. (561) 965-9582

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