Don’t Let Pirates Steal Your Sunshine

For our Special Moments Event Planning team, a big part of wedding planning is making sure there is a great “Plan B.” The weather here along the Gulf Coast can be unpredictable, especially early evening about ceremony time.

Another big part of the planning is ensuring that your couple is okay with whatever spaces are available as a backup plan. Fortunately, the Opal Sands Resort has some beautiful spaces, and Miranda and Tom refused to let some rain ruin their wedding day.


bride and groom on clearwater Beach

The Morning of the Wedding

The morning of the wedding went according to plan. Each of the wedding parties chilled out. The ladies had their hair and makeup done in the bridal suite while the guys hung out and had lunch.

The wedding parties separately took some group photos inside the hotel – No peeking, Tom! Miranda looked beautiful in her soft flowing wedding gown with a sweetheart neckline and rhinestone straps. She carried an elegant bouquet with white calla lilies, a flower that would be carried through the rest of the wedding décor.

bride holding a bouquet of white call lilies


A Change in the Weather

Unfortunately, the skies around Clearwater Beach turned dark, and the weather report didn’t look promising for a beach wedding.

In no time at all, the wedding team moved chairs, décor, the sound system, and the violinist to an indoor location and were ready to redirect the wedding guests.

Plan B for a clearwater Beach wedding at the Opal Sands after a rainstorm


Here Comes The Bride

With wedding guests redirected and seated inside, and Tam and the wedding party in place. Miranda made her way down the aisle to the soft sounds of a solo violin. Her tears set off an emotional chain of events. Tom was overcome with emotion seeing his bride, and there was no dry eye anywhere.

Bride breaks into teas as she walks down the aisle

groom overwhelmed seeing his bride starting to cry

groom overtaken with emotion watching his bride walk down the aisle

The beautiful wedding ceremony continued with the couple surrounded by family and friends. The exchange of the couple’s wedding vows brought a few more tears. The wedding ceremony was one that even a little rain could not spoil.

bride and groom getting married inside the Opal Sands Resort

bride and groom exchanging rings during their wedding ceremony which was moved indoors because of rain

groom begins crying as his bride delivers her emotional wedding vows

Happy bride and groom toasting with champagne after their wedding ceremony

Lite Bites, Bourbon, and a Break in the Weather

Following the wedding ceremony, the couple took some family and wedding party photos indoors. At the same time, guests enjoyed some lite bites and cocktails. A Bourbon Bar and some custom drink koozies were a big hit with guests.

Newlyweds and their wedding party taking photos inside the Opal Sands Resort

custom Bourbon Bar for an Opal Sands Resort wedding

custom drink koozies

The weather broke just in time for the newlyweds to enjoy some time on the beak for some sunset photos!

bride and groom kissing at sunset as a sail boat floats by

bride and groom at sunset on Clearwater Beach

silhouette of a bride and groom at sunset on Clearwater Beach

Calla Lilies and Celebration

The details were in place for a beautiful wedding reception filled with calla lilies inside the ballroom. Tables were draped with crisp white linens and surrounded by white French country chairs. Tabletops were decorated with calla lilies in tall galls cylinders, floating candles, and candles in silver votives.

Opal Sands Resort ballroom set with white linen and calla lilies

centerpiece of white calla lilies and candles at the Opal Sands Resort


The newlyweds’ sweetheart table was layered with a textured silver overlay, flowers, and greenery. It was flanked by white columns and tall vases of calla lilies repurposed from the wedding ceremony.

sweetheart table with silver overlay and white calla lilies at the Opal Sands

Miranda and Tom opened their wedding reception with their first dance before enjoying an evening packed with fantastic food, dancing, and lots of fun with loved ones.

bride and groom's first dance during their Opal Sands wedding reception

The couple closed the evening by cutting their beautiful four-tiered wedding cake adorned with tiny sugar paste calla lilies and a custom cake topper.

four tiered white wedding cake with sugar calla lilies

Congratulations, Miranda and Tom! We’re so excited to see you enjoy so many special moments.


The Wedding Team

Clearwater Beach Wedding Planner: Special Moments Event Planning

Clearwater Beach Wedding Venue: Opal Sands Resort

Hair and Makeup: KyleLynn Weddings

Photography: Cara DeHart Lewis

Floral Décor: The Brides Bouquet

Violinist: SRQ Violinist

DJ: Boone’s Professional Events

Rentals / Draping: Gabro Event Services

Wedding Cake: A Piece of Cake and Desserts

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