Watervue at Brooks Street

WaterVue at Brooks Street Wedding | Venue Tour

Ever consider a WaterVue at Brooks Street wedding? If not, you should! We’ve done some of the leg work for you. Recently, we had a chance to stop by and take some video of the property and then worked a wedding there the following weekend. Enjoy our quick venue tour.

This Fort Walton Beach venue is one of our favorites. It is very versatile for ceremonies and receptions. You have indoor and outdoor options.

WaterVue at Brooks Street Wedding

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In a state where rain is always hit and miss, this is a stress-reliever in and of itself. You have an instant back-up plan! Additionally, the multiple spaces within the venue can give your event different looks between ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. We’ve done it just about every way imaginable including a recent trend of ceremony inside, cocktail hour outside (which we do a flip inside) and then reception back inside. The venue is rare in that it can feel full with 80 guests or you can expand it to accommodate up to 250-300 people.

The view of the gulf is unobstructed and crystal clear 90% of the time. Though they do have a preferred vendor list, you can bring in just about any vendor you want, which makes working with all budget sizes ideal. Indoor tables and chairs are available at the venue. They do require you to bring in a coordinator, which is a good idea anyway to ensure that things are running smoothly.

For a non-beachy wedding, a WaterVue at Brooks Street wedding is worth looking at. The owner, Mary, is one of those rare folks who treats you as family from the moment she meets you. She is very accommodating and looks to make your wedding day as stress-free and special as she can. From a vendor perspective, she sets us all up to make each event successful! You can’t put a price on that.

Fort Walton Beach Wedding Venue, WaterVue At Brooks Street | Keith & Jennifer

Wedding season is upon us again, and 2017 started off with a BANG for me (DJ Dan Davis) at WaterVue At Brooks St. for Keith & Jennifer Bivins’ wedding. Watervue is such a great Fort Walton Beach Wedding Venue. The weather was absolutely perfect. We had met the bride and groom at a wedding showcase of ours over a year ago at this very location. This venue is one of our favorites in the Fort Walton Beach area and I got a chance to work with an amazing group of vendors (some for the very first time).

Watervue At Brooks Street Wedding

 

Venue: WaterVue at Brooks Street, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Coordination: Jeanie Scott, Swiss Luxeries
Florals/Design: The Bloomgirl Destin
Headliner DJ/MC: DJ Dan Davis, B-Boy Productions
Photography: Alexandria White Photography
Caterer: Culinary Catering 365

I had a career first happen at Jennifer and Keith’s wedding. Keith’s mother, unfortunately, had passed away recently so instead of a traditional Mother and Son formality dance, Keith and his step-daughter, Lydia, shared a dance together to…. “Everything is AWESOME!” from The Lego Movie!” Their crowd had great energy, and it wasn’t long before we were dancing the night away!”

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Reception Formality Music

    • Grand Entrance (Wedding Party): “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
    • Grand Entrance (Bride/Groom): “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada
    • First Dance: “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker
    • Father/Daughter Dance: “Unforgettable,” by Nat & Natalie King Cole
    • Step-Father/Step-Daughter: “Everything is Awesome” by Teagan & Sara and The Lonely Island
    • Cake Cut: “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies
    • Bouquet Toss: “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies
    • Garter Removal: “You Can Leave Your Hat on” by Joe Cocker
    • Garter Toss: “Sexy And I Know It” by LMFAO

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Best Wedding Venues in Fort Walton Beach | 2015 Recommendations

In the final installment of our 2015 picks for top destination wedding venues in the Panhandle of Florida, we’re going to show you the Best Wedding Venues in Fort Walton Beach.  There has been a resurgence of weddings in this area over the past year thanks in part to some new development.  We’ve thoroughly enjoyed working these particular venues and think you be pleased to  have any of these are your wedding day venue!

Watervue at Brooks Street – Destin, FL
This is a recently renovated property under new ownership/management.  The venue is extremely spacious (over 5,000 square feet and a guest capacity of up to 300).  Mary is a delight to work with.  She is extremely personable and looks to make each event stand out.  With both indoor and outdoor options as well as the ability to bring in your own vendors, this is a venue that should definitely be considered.  They have a permanent dance floor installed as well as an elevated stage for the entertainment but what I think is their best feature is the wrap-around outside deck that circles around the ballroom with a waterfront view.  Plenty of on-site parking as well.

Watervue at Brooks Street Wedding DJ


Holiday Inn Resort – Fort Walton Beach, FL

This new property officially opened its doors in 2014.  Kevin (the venue manager) has some amazing group rate specials for wedding parties. While this is a smaller property, the open lobby floor plan, pool, and beach access makes it a perfect place to have your guests stay for your wedding celebration.  Their private beach access works well for ceremonies and they have a few indoor ballroom options for receptions.   What we like about this resort is that because of its size, they can’t have too many events happening at one time.  This means dedicated attention to you and your event.  In a day and age where venues want to flip ballrooms as many times as possible in a day, this resort has taken a quality over quantity approach which you will really appreciate!

Holiday Inn Fort Walton Beach Wedding DJ


Southern Bay Manor – Fort Walton Beach, FL

Tucked off of Highway 98 in downtown Fort Walton Beach, this venue is pretty amazing.  It’s located along the Santa Rosa Sound and the lush green lawns and beautiful trees give off a feeling of serenity.  Capacity is 500 people.  The set-up configurations are truly limited only to your imagination.  One of the best things about this venue is the fact that you can utilize the private boat/boat captain for some amazing sunset photos of the couple of honor.  Amber (the venue manager) has years of experience (though she looks like she’s 25!) so you’ll be well taken care of.  If you’re looking for a non-traditional wedding venue, check it out!

Southern Bay Manor Wedding DJ


Compass Rose – Valparaiso, FL

While not technically in Fort Walton, this is literally minutes away and we had to mention this venue!  They recently converted from a restaurant to strictly a private event venue. Not only is the food top-notch, but they have 3 spaces for you to have your function.  The have an outside patio that seats up to 100 people and is partially covered with a fantastic waterfront view of Tom’s Bayou.  Inside, you have two options.  If your guest count is 100 or less, we’d recommend the Banquet Room. It’s updated wood floors give it a real modern touch.  If you have between 100-150, then you’ll want to utilize the dining room.  It’s very spacious and has some window views out to the Bayou.  If you really want to get a feel for each room, go to their website and utilize the 360 degree view function of each space.

Compass Rose Weddings
Want more location ideas?  Check out our 2013 picks and Part 1 and Part 2 of our 2014 picks as well as Part 1 and Part 2 of our 2015 picks.