A Wedding Full of Details

Our Special Moments Event Planning team recently provided Wedding Day Management for Haleigh and Connor’s beautiful Opal Sands Wedding. The day was full of beautiful and personal wedding details.

Opal Sands Resort on Clearwater Beach

Haleigh looked beautiful in her luxurious, form-fitting lace wedding gown. She chose a modern bridal bouquet filled with white orchids and greenery to compliment her look, accented with a special photo locket.

bride carrying a lush bouquet of greenery and white orchids

a locket with a loved on attached to a bride's bouquet

Connor looked very handsome, wearing a navy blue three-piece suit with a green necktie, orchid boutonniere, and patterned pocket square.

a groom wearing a blue three piece suit and green necktie with an orchid boutonniere


Three First Looks

The bride and bridal party spent the morning getting ready in the Opal Sands Presidential Suite. This fantastic suite offered a wonderful space to get ready and enjoy lunch together. The enormous private terrace overlooking Clearwater Beach was the ideal location for photos.

Haleigh had three first looks on the terrace. The first was with her bridal party, the second was with her father, and the final first look was with her groom-to-be!

bridal party having a first look with the bride

bride having a first look with her father

bride having a first look with her father

groommwaiting for his first look with his bride to be

couple having their first look on the Presidential Suite Terrace of the Opal Sands Resort on Clearwater Beach

bride and groom hugging after their first look at the Opal Sands Resort

bride and groom taking wedding portraits on the terrace of the Presidential Suite of the Opal Sand Resort


The Opal Sands Event Lawn

Below the Presidential Suite on the Opal Sands Event Lawn, all the details were in place for the couple’s beautiful wedding ceremony. White garden chairs, columns with an explosion of greenery, and a modern ceremony structure swagged with fabric and foliage were just the beginning.

beautiful wedding details at an Opal Sands wedding ceremony

As wedding guests arrived, they shared warm wishes in an adorable coffee table book. The couple chose one on beaches. This is one of our favorite tips, guests can write messages in the negative spaces, and it’s something the couple can display in their home.

coffee table guest book was one of many amazing wedding details at an Opal Sands Resort wedding

A beach themed wedding guest book was the perfect detail for a CLEARWATER BEACH wedding

The sound of steel drums filled the air, and an incredible sailboat floated by in the background.

steel drums were a detail that added to the beach vibe of a CLEARWATER BEACH wedding

a sailboat floating by the Opal Sands was the perfect detail for a Clearwater beach wedding


Falling In Love With You

With Connor, the wedding party, and guests in place, Haleigh, escorted by her father, made her entrance to the iconic “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” by Elvis Presley.

groom waiting for his brides arrival

bride walking down the aisle to Elvis Presley's I Can't Help Falling In Love With You

The couple exchanged wedding vows with a brilliant blue sky and the Gulf of Mexico behind them.

A beautiful CLEARWATER BEACH wedding

Bride and groom's first kiss after their Opal Sands Resort wedding


Fun Photos and Local Seafood

Following the wedding ceremony, wedding guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the Event Lawn. There was a table filled with fun photos of the couple {Go EAGLES!}. Guests were treated to displays of fresh local seafood, including Shrimp, Oysters, Crab Claws, Grouper Ceviche, and delicious passed bites.

personal photos of a couple make a wonderful wedding detail

fresh local seafood for a beach wedding is the perfect detail


The Golden Hour

During cocktail hour, the newlyweds spent time taking some incredible wedding portraits. The time just before sunset is known as ‘The Golden Hour’ because the lighting is perfect for beautiful wedding portraits.

bride and groom taking golden hour photos on CLEARWATER BEACH

Sunset wedding photos on Clearwater Beach


Details, Dinner, and Dancing

Inside the hotel’s Sea Salon, all the details were in place for an incredible evening. The room was filled with tables set with shimmering gold flatware, gold charger plates layered with monstera leaves, custom menu cards, and delicious chocolate wedding favors.

luxurious green and white wedding packed with incredible details

elegant wedding reception packed with beautiful details

custom wedding menu card is a beautiful personal wedding detail

chocolate wedding favors were a delicious wedding detail

Following introductions, the newlyweds took to the dance floor for their first dance to ‘Another’ by Adam Doleac.

bride and groom's first dance

Haleigh and Connor, seated at a table with family, moved for a welcome by the bride’s father and some toasts. Moving to an open space next to a floral arrangement was the ideal location for beautiful photos.

bride and groom standing together for their toasts

The evening continued with a spectacular multi-course dinner; the couple cut their white and gold wedding cake. After a night filled with dancing and time with family and friends, everyone was invited outside the hotel for a memorable grand exit.

detailed gold and white wedding cake for a Clearwater Beach weding

Little did Connor know, there was also a little surprise for him!

A grand exit surprise for the groom at an opal sands resort wedding

wedding guests with light sabers for a Grand Exit at the Opal Sands Resort

Storm Troopers and arch Vader for a surprise wedding Grand Exit at the Opal Sands Resort

Congratulations, Haleigh and Connor! May the Force Be With You!

bride and groom riding off after their wedding in a decorated golf cart


The Wedding Team

Clearwater Beach Wedding Planner: Special Moments Event Planning

Clearwater Beach Wedding Venue: Opal Sands Resort

Hair and Makeup: Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Wedding Photography: Limelight Photography

Floral Design: The Brides Bouquet

Ceremony and Cocktail Music: Caladesi Steel Drums

Rentals: Gabro Event Services

Band: Don Casino Agency

Wedding Cake: The Artistic Whisk

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