Saxon and John’s Clearwater Beach Wedding

Saxon and John’s beautiful Clearwater Beach wedding at the Opal Sands Resort was amazing. And it perfectly reflected the two of them as a couple.



For the ladies, the day began with hair and makeup services. This was followed by photographs of the bride’s wedding items and time to get dressed for group photos.


Bride's wedding accessories

Bride and her bridesmaids on Clearwater Beach


Then Saxon took a few minutes for a first look with her dad before heading off to see her groom-to-be!


Bride-to-be having a special moment with her father

Saxon and John’s First Look

We love first looks and how beautifully the couple’s emotions are captured. And this one was no different.

Groom waiting anxiously as his bride-to-be walks up behind him

Bride-to-be walking up behind her groom for their first look

Groom turning to see his bride for their first time

Bride and groom's first look


After a few group photos, it was time to tuck away while guests arrived for the ceremony. It was also time to relax and have a little touchup.


Gride and groom taking photos with their wedding party after their first look


Here Comes The Bride!

With everyone in place, the bride-to-be made her way down the aisle to the sounds of Pachelbel’s Canon in D.


Bride's entrance to Pachelbel's Canon in D escorted by her parents


With the shimmering Gulf of Mexico as their backdrop, the couple exchanged wedding vows and rings in a touching ceremony, surrounded by loved ones.


Waterfront wedding ceremony with the Gulf of Mexico and Clearwater Beach as the backdrop

Opal Sands wedding ceremony overlooking Clearwater Beach


Sealing their vows with a kiss, the newlyweds made a grand exit to the theme from Rocky!


Bride and groom's exit their Clearwater Beach wedding to the theme from Rocky


Sunset and Seafood

Following the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds headed to the beach for incredible sunset photos and some time alone.


Bride and groom taking sunset photos on Clearwater Beach

Bride and groom enjoying sunset photos on Clearwater Beach as the bride flexes!

On the resort’s boardwalk, guests enjoyed the cocktail hour with a chilled Raw Bar that included Jumbo Gulf Shrimp, Oysters, Cocktail Crab Claws, and Fresh Local Fish Ceviche.  


Seafood Raw Bat during Cocktail hour at the Opal Sands Resort

Display of local fish ceviche during an Opal Sands Resort wedding


The cocktail hour also offered guests hand-passed hors d’oeuvres, including Applewood Bacon, Wrapped Diver Scallops, Chicken Pot Sticker with Ponzu Sauce, Fried Truffle Mac and Cheese Bruschetta with Sweet Tomato Jam, and Mini Greek Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce.


Dinner, Dancing, and Italian Cookies!

Inside the ballroom, all of the details were in place. Touching photos and remembrances filled the couple’s memorial table.

The guest’s tables were draped in white linen and accented with beautiful floral arrangements, floating candles, and linen runners. Rose gold chairs completed the look. And who doesn’t love a sachet filled with traditional Jordan Almonds?

Rose gold and white wedding reception

Rose gold and white wedding decor at an Opal Sands wedding

Jordan Almonds as a wedding favor


Guests arrived to a delicious salad of Baby Spinach, Pear, Blueberries, Walnut, Blue Cheese, and Pomegranate Dressing.

Following introductions, the newlyweds took to the dance floor for their first dance to Perfect by Ed Sheeran. 


Bride and groom's first dance to Perfect by Ed Sheeran at the Opal Sands on Clearwater Beach


Guests enjoyed an evening filled with touching toasts, a scrumptious multi-course dinner, and LOTS of dancing!

Toward the end of the evening, the couple cut their amazing three-tiered wedding cake. The cake contained layers of Red Velvet Cake and Chocolate Chocolate Cake, each with a different finish. We especially loved the rose gold ombre decor on the bottom layer – and the cake topper was too, too cute!




As if the cake wasn’t impressive enough, guests were treated to a yummy Dessert Bar filled with sweet treats and homemade cookies!


Delicious dessert bar with sweet treats and homemade Italian cookies


Congratulations, Saxon and John! We wish you a sweet life filled with special moments!


Bride and groom cutting their wedding cake at the Opal Sands Resort


Clearwater Beach Wedding Team

Clearwater Beach Wedding Planner: Special Moments Event Planning

Wedding Venue: Opal Sands Resort

Wedding Photography: Lifelong Photography Studios

Video: CreatedFour

Floral: 2 Birds Events

DJ / Photo Booth: Grant Hemond and Associates

Draping/ Rentals: Gabro Event Services

Wedding Cake: The Artistic Whisk

Wedding Rings: Gold & Diamond Source 

Bridal Gown: Paváne Couture Bridal 

Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse 

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