Chelsea and Joey’s Opal Sands Wedding

Chelsea and Joey’s Opal Sands Wedding was absolutely a family affair. One that our Special Moments Event Planning team won’t soon forget.

You might remember hearing about Chelsea and Joey in our blog post “Sealed With A Kiss on Boca Ciega Bay.” That blog was about the wedding of Chelsea’s brother Brent and his bride Emily! Yes, two family weddings in a year.

You see, we started planning with Chelsea and Joey a long time ago. But their wedding was postponed due to Covid restrictions – moving it to one year from the initial wedding day Brent and Emily’s wedding happened first. Still with us?


The Big Day Is Finally Here

With the big day finally here, Chelsea spent the morning celebrating with her bridal party. The ladies kicked back, enjoyed some champagne, and had some fun before getting dressed.

bride and burials party popping some champagne on her bed at the Opal Sands Resort

lace aplique wedding gown hanging against green lass on the balcony of the Opal Sands Resort with the Gulf of Mexico in the background

mother of the bride helping her daughter with wedding jewelry



A Special Moment with Dad

After she finished dressing, Chelsea took a few minutes for the first look with her dad.

father of the bride seeing his daughter for the first time

father looking at his daughter for the first time on her wedding day

bride tearing up after seeing her dad for the first time on her wedding day


The Bride and Bridal Party Portraits

After spending a few special moments with her dad, Chelsea and her bridal party headed off for some photos together around the resort.

Chelsea looked spectacular in her lace embellished wedding gown with a sweetheart neckline. Her fabulous cascading bridal bouquet in soft tones with touches of greenery was the perfect accessory.

bride wearing a lace appliqué wedding gown with sweetheart neckline carrying a blush and white cascading bouquet

lush blush and white cascading bridal bouquet

bride with her bridal party at the Opal Sands Resort on Clearwater beach


Let’s Not Forget Joey!

Joey spent the morning with the guys, relaxing and having their accessories photographed before getting dressed. The groom got a little help with his tie, from his dad, before putting on his jacket and heading off with the guys for some photos.

flatly photo of grooms accessories on his wedding day

father of the groom helping his son with his tie

groom in a blue suit fixing his watch

groom and groomsmen in blue suits



A Gulf View Wedding Ceremony

After completing the morning photos, Joey and his guys made their way to the terrace for the outdoor wedding ceremony. With everyone in place and plenty of petals scattered, Chelsea was escorted down the aisle by her father.

groom watching as his bride walks down the aisle at the Opal Sand Resort

adorable flower girl sprinting petals down the aisle at the Opal Sands Resort

father of the bride escorting his daughter down the aisle at the Opal Sands Resort


With the Gulf of Mexico shimmering in the background, the couple exchanged their wedding vows. At the end of the ceremony, the newlyweds sealed their vows with a kiss before the traditional breaking of the glass.

overhead view of a wedding ceremony on the Gulf Lawn at the Opal Sands Resort

bride and groom exchanging wedding vows on the Gulf Lawn of the Opal Sands Resort

groom stomping on a glass at the end of his wedding ceremony

excited bride and groom after their Opal Sands Resort Gulfside wedding ceremony


While wedding guests enjoyed a cocktail on the terrace, the newlyweds snuck off for a few photos before the reception.

newlyweds posing for photos after their wedding ceremony

bride and groom posing for photos on the jetty on Clearwater beach

black and white photo of bride and groom leaning on glass doors


Dinner and Dancing at the Opal Sands

Inside, the ballroom was draped with soft white fabric. Tables were layered with crisp white linen and accented with sea glass charger plates. Tablescapes included modern eclectic arrangements of white and pastel pink floral arrangements on glass columns and floating candles in glass cylinders.

ballroom of the Opal Sands Resort set for wedding reception

tall pink and white centerpieces resting on glass pillars

sweetheart table flanked by floral pieces repurposed from the ceremony

sea glass charge plate with custom menu card and a pink rose

After introductions, Chelsea and Joey took to the dance floor for their first dance to ‘Speechless” by Dan and Shay. The evening continued with fabulous food, a few sweet toasts, and lots of dancing.

bride and groom during their first dance to "Speechless" by Dan and Shay

Congratulations, Chelsea and Joey. We wish you a sweet life together, surrounded by family and friends.

four tiered white buttercream wedding cake with pink flowers and' R' monogram cake topper


The Clearwater Beach Wedding Team

Clearwater Beach Wedding Planner: Special Moments Event Planning

Clearwater Beach Wedding Venue: Opal Sands Resort

Hair and Makeup: Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Floral Design: Iza’s Flowers Inc

Wedding Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies – Tampa

Photography: Lifelong Photography Studio

Videography: Hearts Video

DJ: Grant Hemond and Associates

Rentals / Draping: Gabro Event Services

Wedding Cake: The Artistic Whisk


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