Paula and Dane Danced the Night Away on Clearwater Beach

Paula and Dane’s Clearwater Beach wedding was packed with personal touches, love, and LOTS of dancing. 


Bride and groom on the Event Lawn at the Opal Sands Resort

I’d Rather Be Blue

The day started with a little bubbly and hair and makeup services for the bridal party. The guys and Dane had a little lunch and a few toasts, dressed, and took photos.



Meanwhile, Paula got dressed, and her wedding party got to see her before heading off for some personal time with her groom-to-be.


Bridal party seeing the bride for the first time


Touch But Don’t Look

In a twist on tradition, Paula and Dane spent a little time together before their wedding ceremony.

However, with a well-choreographed plan, they could touch each other. But not see each other. They prayed together before going their separate ways to freshen up before their wedding ceremony.


Bride and groom touching but not looking at each other


Overlooking The Gulf of Mexico And Clearwater Beach

The resort’s Event Lawn was set with white garden chairs. The aisle was lined with swags of greenery with floral accents and handcrafted wooden signs with quotes from 1 Corinthians.


Wedding aisle with white garden chairs and bible verses from 1 Corinthians


At the end of the aisle, a wooden ceremony structure was draped in blue and white fabric and decorated with beautiful flowers.

Dane, dressed in his dress blue uniform, barely held back tears as he saw his beautiful bride for the first time.



The two exchanged vows and rings, surrounded by family and friends with the glistening Gulf of Mexico as their backdrop.



Sushi, Light Bites, and Family Photos

As the newlyweds took time for some wedding party and family photos, their guests enjoyed a delicious Sushi Station and passed Hors d ‘Oeuvres.


Sushi Station at an Opal Sands Resort wedding


The selections included Beef Tenderloin Crostini with Boursin Cheese and Red Onion Marmalade, Fried Truffle Mac and Cheese Bites, and Coconut Shrimp with Rum Honey Sauce. 


Inside The Sea Salon Ballroom

Inside the Sea Salon Ballroom, overlooking Clearwater Beach, everything was in place for an incredible reception.  Tables were draped with crisp white linen and surrounded by silver chivari chairs. The tabletop design included wooden charger plates layered with dusty blue napkins in a love knot.


Wedding reception in the Sea Salon Ballroom of the Opal Sands Resort


We designed each table with floating candles, driftwood, succulents and shells, sand dollars, or starfish corresponding to the guests’ table assignments and seating chart.


Wedding reception decor with a beach vibe


The couple’s sweetheart table was framed with tropical greenery and fresh flowers, with collections of candles dotting the table.


Sweetheart table at an Opal Sands Resort wedding


The cake table held a three-tiered white wedding cake brushed with the colors of the ocean and resting on a whitewashed wooden cake riser.


Three tiered white wedding cake brushed with ocean blue


Dance, Dance, Dance

Dance was the word of the night. Following introductions, the newlyweds made their grand entrance and took to the dance floor for their first dance, followed by parent dances and a blessing by the groom’s father.


Dinner included a salad station including Baby Spinach with Oven Roasted Beets, Goat Cheese, Walnuts, and Citrus Vinaigrette, Heirloom Tomato & Mozzarella Caprese Salad with Basil Balsamic Glaze, and Petite Wedges of Iceberg Lettuce, Bleu Cheese, Bacon, Tomato, Red Onion, with Buttermilk Ranch. 

Main courses include Braised Short Ribs with Pearl Onions, Spinach, and Fontina Stuffed Chicken Breast with Supreme Sauce and Pan Roasted Grouper with Roasted Tomatoes and Capers with Roasted Yellow Pepper Coulis. Toasts

After the cake-cutting, it was time to dance the night away!


Everybody Salsa!

What better way to open the dance floor than with salsa dancers?



For those of you watching closely, yes, that is our bride Paula. And yes, that is her third dress! This bride came ready to party, and we don’t think she and Dane left the dance floor once all night!


PRO TIP: If you want a packed dance floor, you, as the newlyweds, need to lead by example. If the couple disappears, even for a short time, the dance floor can empty very quickly.


Congratulations, Paula and Dane! We wish you a lifetime of happiness and are glad to have been part of your special moments!


Bride and groom at sunset on Clearwater Beach outside the Opal Sands Resort


Clearwater Beach Wedding Vendors

Wedding Venue: Opal Sands Resort

Clearwater Beach Wedding Planner: Special Moments Event Planning

Beauty: Jasmine Anastasia Beauty

Photography: Cara DeHart Lewis Photography

Floral: Simply Chic Events

DJ: Grant Hemond and Associates

Rentals / Draping: Gabro Event Services

Wedding Cake: Chantilly Cakes

Signage and Centerpieces: Special Moments Event Planning

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