Beach Baby: Lauren and Billy’s Opal Sands Wedding

Our Special Moments Event Planning team was thrilled to be part of Lauren and Billy’s Opal Sands Wedding. This couple is just too cute for words.


Let’s Get Started

Lauren started her day with hair and makeup and some time with her Maid of Honor. Meanwhile, Billy chilled with his Best Man and some close friends.


Opal Sands bride having her hair and makeup done.


It was a very relaxed afternoon while everyone got ready, and the photographers captured the couple’s wedding accessories and details of the day.



The Way You Look Tonight

The bride and groom-to-be choose not to see each other before their wedding ceremony. But Lauren took some time for a first look with her father and a little private time with her family.


Opal Sands bride having a private moment with her father


The ‘Way You Look Tonight’ by Frank Sinatra was chosen by Lauren and her dad for their Father-Daughter Dance.


With This Ring

Outside on the resort’s event lawn, everything was in place for the couple’s waterfront wedding ceremony.

White garden chairs led to a ceremony structure draped in white fabric and accented with white floral swags.

As Lauren, escorted by her father, walked across the lawn, Billy could barely hold back tears.



With their Best Man and Maid of Honor by their side, the couple exchanged wedding vows and rings with the Gulf of Mexico behind them. 


Sealing their vows with a kiss, the couple made their way up the aisle through a shower of bubbles, stopping long enough for a kiss.



Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres and Fresh Seafood

Guests enjoyed the tropical sounds of steel drums during cocktail hour.

Light refreshments included A Chilled Seafood Raw Bat as well as passed Hors d’oeuvres that included Applewood Bacon Wrapped Scallops, Coconut Shrimp with Rum Honey Sauce, Fried Truffle Mac and Cheese Bites, Mini Greek Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce, and Chicken Potstickers.


Sunset on The Gulf of Mexico 

While guests enjoyed cocktail hour, the newlyweds headed for the beach for a photo session just as the sun was beginning to set.



The Sea Salon

Inside the resort’s Sea Salon Ballroom, tables were set with white linens and gold charger plates. Each place setting included a custom menu card and a napkin tied in a beautiful rose. The center of each table held floating candles in glass vessels surrounded by gold vases of flowers and votive candles.



Following introductions, the couple took to the dance floor for their first dance to Scotty McCreery’s ‘This Is It.’


Newlywed couple's first dance at the Opal Sands Resort


Their first dance was followed by their parent dances, a blessing, and a delicious multi-course dinner. Toasts by their Honor Attendants took place between courses, and the newlyweds cut their delightful wedding cake at the end of dinner.


Four-tiered white wedding cake.


For their wedding cake flavors, Lauren and Billy chose Cinnamon Roll for the ruffled tiers and White Almond Raspberry for the smooth buttercream tiers.


Once the dance floor opened, there was no stopping this couple, who danced all night long.


Bride and groom on a packed dance floor


Congratulations, Lauren and Billy! We’re so happy to be part of some of your special moments.


Clearwater Beach Wedding Vendors

Clearwater Beach Wedding Coordinators: Special Moments Event Planning

Wedding Venue: Opal Sands Resort

Hair and Makeup: Adore Bridal Hair and Makeup

Wedding Photography: Limelight Photography

Floral Design: Artistry Design Group

Steel Drum Duo: Caladesi Steel Band

DJ: Grant Hemond and Associates

Rentals: Outside The Box Event Rentals

Wedding Cake: A Piece of Cake and Desserts

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