Intimate Opal Sands Wedding

A beautiful, intimate Opal Sands wedding for Varleda and David was the final result of their wedding planning. But, it was not exactly how things began.


That’s What Friends Are For

Varleda and David were actually referred to us by a work colleague whose wedding we created ten years ago. In return, they referred us to another colleague – Priscilla and her new husband, Josh!

We love how the circle of weddings and referrals from happy couples comes together.


Wedding Planning Version One and Two

Originally, Varleda and David came to Special Moments Event Planning to create a St Pete Beach wedding for nearly two hundred wedding guests. That was pre-COVID-19, and unfortunately, things changed, and the wedding was canceled.

Several months down the road, the couple reconnected with us and started plans for a much smaller, intimate family wedding at the Opal Sands Resort on Clearwater Beach. And the rest is history.


Our Bride and Groom

We love Varleda’s fresh but classic wedding look. She chose a wedding gown with a modern lace bodice, deep-v front, and open back. The form-fitting wedding gown flowed into a long sweeping organza train with more lace detailing.

She selected a cathedral-length veil with a beaded edge that complimented the pearls and white beading in her accessories for her accessories.

Her bridal bouquet has a lush collar of greenery and was filled with white garden roses, lisianthus, and ranunculus.


Clearwater Beach bride wearing a modern lace wedding gown carrying a white bridal bouquet

beach themed wedding invitations with brides accessories

bride standing at the door of her Opal Sands Resort suite overlooking Clearwater Beach


David spent the early afternoon with his groomsmen. For his look, David chose a Navy-blue three-piece suit with a classic bow tie and pocket square.

His white rose and ranunculus boutonniere were elements taken from Varleda’s bridal bouquet.


Groom getting dressed for his Opal Sand wedding ceremony


Opal Sand Wedding Ceremony

The Opal Sands outdoor event lawn has spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico and Clearwater beach. We love the overhead view of the ceremony space from the top floors of the hotel.


aerial view of the Opals Sands Event Lawn


Down below the ceremony space was set with a birch wood ceremony structure, accented with soft flowing white fabric and floral swags with textured greenery and white and delicate blush florals—a beautiful accent to the blues of the water and sky.


blush and white floral swags on a birch wood wedding structure


David waited anxiously as his bride, escorted by her brother, made her way down the aisle to “River Flows in You” by Yiruma. David could barely hold back his emotions.


anxious groom waiting for his bride at their Opal Sands wedding ceremony

Clearwater Beach bride holding back tears as she walks down the aisle to her groom

Groom bursts into tears as he sees his bride walking down the aisle during their Opal Sands outdoor wedding ceremony


It was a beautiful sunny day as the couple exchanged their wedding vows surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends. Following the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds headed off for some wedding party and family photos while guests enjoyed the cocktail reception on the outdoor event lawn.


bride and groom exchanging wedding vows during their outdoor wedding ceremony at the Opal Sand Resort

Clearwater Beach couple holding back tears as they exchange wedding vows at the Opal Sand Resort

Just Married, newlywed couple excited after their Opal Sands wedding ceremony


Inside the resort lobby’s holiday décor was the ideal color palette for the wedding’s color story and a wonderful backdrop for photos.


bride with her bridal party in the Opal Sands lobby during Christmas


The couple headed back outside for some incredible sunset portraits against the gulf sky.


bride and groom as the sunsets outside of the Opal Sands Resort

Shadowy photo of a bride and groom outside the Opal Sands Resort as the sun finishes setting and darkness falls


Sea Salons

The resort’s “Sea Salons” were the ideal location for the intimate, socially distant wedding reception. The floor-to-ceiling windows and private balcony have incredible gulf views and offered a private outdoor space.

Inside, the warm blue tones paired perfectly with the reception décor. Crisp white tablecloths, silver chivari chairs, and charger plated reflected the blue hues of the blue sating finish napkins, custom menu cards, and pale blue lighting.


silver and blue decor of an intimate wedding at the Opal Sands Resorts Sea Salons

wedding reception set with silver charger plates, ice blue napkins and blue toned menu cards


The couple’s sweetheart table incorporated unique textured linen with embroidery and sequin. It was dressed in floral swags repurposed from the ceremony structure.


sweetheart table draped with a sequin textured linen and decorated with blush and white flowers


The three-tiered wedding cake incorporated texture and color, with a blue top tier and some sugar starfish.


three-tiered blue and white wedding cake with starfish


The newlyweds popped in ahead of their wedding guests for a quick sneak peek and loved what they saw.


bride and groom getting a sneak peek at their wedding reception at the Opal Sands Resort in Clearwater Beach


The couple began the evening with their first dance, followed by our groom’s welcome and a spectacular five-course dinner,  and several toasts.


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


What The Couple Said

We genuinely appreciate the kind words from Varleda and David following their wedding weekend.

Thank you so much to you and your team for making our wedding day possible. Planning during a pandemic was really hard and stressful but your hard work and support Tammy made everything run so smoothly. I am still in awe beautiful everything turned out to be. I will never forget you and Jen for working so hard in executing the perfect wedding day. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts. Love, David and Leda



newlywed bride and groom looking over the Gulf of Mexico after their Opal Sands Resort wedding

The Wedding Team

Clearwater Wedding Planner: Special Moments Event Planning

Clearwater Beach Wedding Venue: Opal Sands Resort

Floral Design: Iza’s Flowers Inc.

Makeup: Tiffany Page

Wedding Officiant: A Florida Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Photographer: Cara DeHart Lewis Photography

Videography: Contessa Wedding Films

DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates

Rentals: Gabro Event Services

Linen: Over The Top Rental Linens

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