Be Really Nice!

A long time ago, a local Tampa wedding colleague was giving a seminar on how to succeed in the wedding industry. It was filled with practical details counting down from ten to one. When he got to Number One, the screen simply read ¨Be Really Nice!¨

Our Special Moments Event Planning team is blessed to work with LOTS of Really Nice couples – but sometimes, like Betting and Nick, they go the extra mile… but more on that later!


Bettina and Nick

Bettina and Nick chose not to see each other before the wedding, which happens occasionally. They spent the day apart, which is why we are sharing separate photos of them!


Beautiful bride at the Sandpearl Resort

Handsome groom taking photos at the Sandpearl Resort


Bettina with her wedding party, having some fun, getting hair and makeup done, having all of the wedding details photographed, and getting ready.


Bride and bridal party at the Sandpearl Resort on Clearwater Beach

wedding details


Nick was off with the guys arriving at the resort and taking some photos with the guys and then his family.


Handsome groom looking cool


Another Kind of First Look

After getting ready, Bettina had a first look with her father. It was beautiful and touching, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.


bride's first look with her father at the Sandpearl Resort

bride's first look with her father at the Sandpearl Resort

bride's first look with her father at the Sandpearl Resort

bride's first look with her father at the Sandpearl Resort


She followed this up with some photos with her wedding party before getting tucked away until the wedding ceremony.


Bride with the bridal party at the Sandpearl Resort


Nice Day For A Beach Wedding

Out on Clearwater Beach, everything was set for Bettina and Nick’s beach wedding ceremony. White garden chairs filled with beach, decorated with bouquets of flowers which led to a striking white arbor filled with tropical flowers.

Beach wedding ceremony at the Sandpearl Resort

Wedding arch with tropical flowers


There was even an appearance by the Flower Dude as the ceremony got underway.


The flower dude!


With everyone in place, Nick was all smiles until his beautiful bride-to-be made her way around the corner, escorted by her father.

Groom crying when he sees his bride

Bride walking down the aisle with her father at her Sandpearl Resort wedding


The couple exchanged wedding vows in a simple, elegant beach wedding surrounded by family and friends.


Beach wedding ceremony at the Sandpearl Resort

Sealing their vows with a kiss

Happy Bride and Groom on Clearwater Beach


More Than Just Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres

The couple took a little time for some fun photos before joining the cocktail reception.

bride and groom ducking under an arch made by their wedding party


The beach lawn was filled with delicious food, including passed hors d’ oeuvres and cocktail stations.


Passed Hors d’ oeuvres

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Diver Scallops Wrapped in Bacon

Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce

Short Rib Empanadas with Raspberry Chipotle BBQ 

Cocktail Stations

Artisan Cheese Display with Imported and Domestic Cheeses,

Fruit Garnish, Georgian Honey Comb Preserves, with Artisan Breads and Crackers

Bruschetta Display with Tomato Basil Bruschetta,

Chef Selected Hummus, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Grilled Pita, and Assorted Sliced Breads 


Even with all of the incredible food, the hit of cocktail hour was PUPPIES! Yes, our friends at Fairy Tail Pet Care and the Humane Society mingled with guests introducing them to puppies that were available for adoption!


Bride and groom holding a puppy that was up for adoption during their cocktail hour


Dinner On The Gulf

Following cocktails and puppies (yes, we LOVE saying that!), guests made their way across the Gulf Lawn for dinner overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Tables were draped in white linen and filled with lush tropical flowers.


Beach wedding reception at the sand pearl resort


The newlyweds took to the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife, followed by several touching toasts and a blessing.


Bride and groom's first dance after their Sandpearl Resort wedding ceremony

Wedding toast on the gulf lawn at the Sandpearl Resort


The station-style reception offered something for everyone!


Salad Station 
Classic Caesar with Croutons, Roasted Tomato, Reggiano Tuile, and Parmesan dressing

Cucumber Wrapped Baby Greens with Bacon, Goat Cheese, Tomato, and White Balsamic Vinaigrette 

Pasta Station

Four Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Penne Chicken Carbonara 

Carved Tenderloin Station
Carved Beef Served with Béarnaise Sauce, Whipped Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus, and Parker House Rolls 


Carving station at the Sandpearl Resort


Jumbo Lump Crab Station
Crab Cakes Served with Romesco Sauce, Fennel Slaw, and Old Bay Aioli 


Crab cake station at the Sand Pearl Resort

Sunset, Wedding Cake, and Dancing Under The Stars

During dinner, the newlyweds snuck off for some incredible sunset photos before cutting their wedding cake (how cute is the cake topper?)

Sunset wedding photos on Clearwater Beach

Bride and groom cutting their wedding cake

fun wedding cake topper


Following their parent dances, the couple and their guests filled the dance floor and danced the night away under the stars on Clearwater Beach.


Newlywed couple on Clearwater Beach at sunset


Congratulations, Bettina and Nick! 


It’s Nice To Be Nice!

Not only are Bettina and Nick really nice people. But the idea of inviting their wedding guests to adopt puppies for the local Humane Society is super sweet and easy to do.

Additionally, we worked with them, so that following brunch, the morning after the wedding, all of the flowers were donated to Random Acts of Flowers. Be sure to check out their website to see what amazing work this local Tampa Bay organization does!


Clearwater Beach Wedding Vendors

Clearwater Beach Wedding Planner: Special Moments Event Planning

Wedding Venue: Sandpearl Resort

Hair and Makeup: Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Floral: The Brides Bouquet

Photography: Lifelong Photography Studio

Videography: Hearts Video

Ceremony Musicians: Dillingham String Quartet

DJ: Grant Hemond and Associates

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