As a bride-to-be from Deland, Florida, Ashley’s greatest desire for her rehearsal dinner was to highlight the beauty of the Florida coastline for all of her fiancé’s family from the North. It all began by choosing the Chart House, a seafood restaurant at Daytona Beach, as the venue. The dinner was held right outside the restaurant by the glimmering Halifax River, the evening relaxed and perfect for the couple’s celebration. Details Flowers & Photography adorned every linen-covered table with pale arrangements, tall and short, of roses and hydrangeas, while Steel Daddy‘s tunes on the guitar and steel drum brought seaside magic to the air. The Chart House provided mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres of jumbo shrimp cocktail, seared peppered ahi tuna, and crunchy coconut shrimp before everyone enjoyed a tropical three-course meal, lots of laughter, and a limbo contest in the Florida sunset. The entire celebration was captured by Kristen Weaver Photography‘s Krista and Stacy, who share with us photos of and details about the gorgeous event below!
Tell us about your experience photographing the event.
We were extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to photograph such a stunning rehearsal dinner for Ashley and Justin! Located right along the Halifax River, The Chart House provided a beautiful outside area where guests engaged with each other over speciality beverages and appetizers. Tables were decorated with organic center pieces including chalkboard place cards and table numbers along with three course custom menus. Throughout the evening, an acoustic artist entertained guests by playing his guitar and steel drum that set a very relaxing, seaside tone. To finish off the night, guests were encouraged to join Ashley and Justin alongside a campfire to roast marshmallows and indulge in delicious s’mores!
Were there any unique details that you enjoyed working with?
I was very impressed by the floral arrangements used for Ashley and Justin’s dinner! The table numbers and place cards were also a great personable touch to their overall event.
What was one of your favorite moments to capture at the event?
Before dinner was served, I snuck Ashley and Justin aside for a few formals at sunset were absolutely gorgeous! We were able to capture the most beautiful lighting by the dock overlooking the Halifax River.
What takeaways, if any, did you have from the event?
Ashley and Justin’s rehearsal dinner was nothing less than perfect! Photographing their dinner was a great way to capture their guests individually with the bride and groom. It also gave me a great opportunity to get to know them even better!
Photography: Kristen Weaver Photography | Venue: The Chart House, Daytona Beach, FL | Floral: Details Flowers & Photography | Entertainment: Steel Daddy | Hair & Make-Up: Jillian Caro | Linen: La Tavola Linens | Transportation: Daytona Limousine Service | Stationary: The Green Kangaroo