Liz and Leo’s Opal Sands wedding on Clearwater Beach was one for the books. This Jewish wedding had all of the common traditional features of a Jewish wedding, include a ketubah (marriage contract) which is signed by two witnesses, a wedding canopy (or chuppah), a ring owned by the groom that is given to the bride under the canopy, and the breaking of the glass. Following the ceremony, tradition dictates that couples spend approximately 18 minutes in yichud (or seclusion). This wedding custom allows the newly married couple to reflect privately on their new relationship and allows them precious time alone to bond and rejoice, as well as enjoy their first meal together as husband and wife. The bride and groom chose to see each other before the ceremony as well as complete their family formals prior, because it is tradition that weddings are forbidden on the Jewish Sabbath, which lasts from sundown Friday night to nightfall on Saturday night. We were so fortunate that the Clearwater Beach skies provided an absolutely gorgeous backdrop over the Gulf Of Mexico for sunset portraits as well as for the ceremony. Their wedding reception kicked off with the most dynamic and fun-filled Argentinian hora that lasted for almost 20 minutes, with a packed dance floor, the bride and groom and their families being lifted in a chair and carried around the room, and energy packed dancing like I have never seen! It was quite evident how much this couple has impacted the lives of those who love them and how happy everyone was to celebrate in their joy! Congratulation Liz and Leo! xo
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Special thank you to Liz and Leo’s talented wedding team: Clearwater Beach Wedding Venue: Opal Sands Resort; Clearwater Beach Wedding Planner: Winsor Event Studio; Clearwater Beach Wedding Caterer: Opal Sands Resort; Clearwater Beach Florist: FH Weddings & Events; Clearwater Beach Hair and Makeup Artist: Femme Akoi; Clearwater Beach Wedding Videographer: VH Video; Clearwater Beach Wedding Band: DeLeon; Clearwater Beach Wedding Gown Boutique: The White Magnolia; Clearwater Beach Tuxedos: Bespoke; Clearwater Beach Wedding Invitations: Oh My! Designs by Steph; Clearwater Beach Wedding Cake and Sweets: Corey’s Bakery; Clearwater Beach Bridesmaids Gowns: The White Closet; Clearwater Beach Wedding Photographer: Andi Diamond Photography