Wedding Planning: Sandpearl Resort

Back in February, Dave and I made a trip to Florida to check out places for our wedding. We had about 6-7 spots picked out in a few different areas around the Tampa and Naples areas but after visiting the very first place in Clearwater, we were immediately sold!


The Sandpearl Resort! We fell in love with this resort from the moment we walked in, but continued to love it even more as we toured the property and spoke with the staff. Everyone was so friendly and accommodating!

Here’s a mini-tour of the resort:


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Store and Coffee Shop



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Beachside Bar and Grille



Private Guest Suite & Gulf Lawn





On Thursday afternoon, we got up to our suite and were greeted with a delicious tray of fruit, cheese, and crackers, alongside a bottle of champagne.

champagne and snacks

After checking out the room and having a glass of champagne, we headed downstairs to meet briefly with our wedding coordinator who showed us around the hotel a bit.

dave and i sandpearl caretta on the gulf

Following the tour, she set up dinner reservations for us at the main restaurant, Caretta on the Gulf, where the chef had prepared a few appetizers and finger foods for us to try.

pretzel rolls

Homemade pretzel buns (our favorite!) served with butter lightly dusted with rose salt on one end and herbs on the other.


They brought out several plates of these appetizers: from left to right, bacon wrapped scallop, mini crab cake, sesame chicken on a stick, and pulled pork & spinach empanada.


Plus a delicious bottle of pinot noir to wash it all down…

sunset dinner

And a sunset to top it off! πŸ™‚


Dave and I met with the wedding coordinator on Friday morning to take care of our contract and deposit. We also met the chef who gave us a tour of the entire kitchen for Caretta on the Gulf. Let me just tell you, I was in awe! The kitchen was absolutely HUGE and he let us each snag a hot pretzel bun right out of the oven to enjoy as we walked around. Yum-my!

Since the restaurant has its own butcher shop, pastry department, sushi chef, etc. and prepares everything from scratch, the chef informed us we can customize our menu any way we like. You can only imagine the ideas that began swirling in both of our heads! Hors d’oeuvres, entrees, desserts, late night snacks… oh geez, we’re excited! πŸ˜‰

dave and me beach

But what I’m even more excited about is the fact that we are both on the same page and are 110% confident the Sandpearl Resort is the perfect place for our dream wedding! I can hardly wait an entire year!! πŸ™‚


7 thoughts on “Wedding Planning: Sandpearl Resort

  1. Kendra @ sunshine and shoes April 24, 2013 at 9:46 am Reply

    Oh my gosh!! I love the Sandpearl resort and I know you are going to have the most amazing wedding there! My best friend had a destination wedding there that I was a bridesmaid in. So I didn’t do any part of the “planning” process to know how they are with that, but from a guest perspective—it was wonderful! From being greeted with champagne to the beautiful pool, beach and rooms, I loved the sand pearl! The wedding coordinator was awesome as she guided us through the rehearsal and wedding day! Good luck with everything-regardless, it will be the best day of your life! πŸ™‚

    • lrsaar April 24, 2013 at 9:54 am Reply

      Thank you so much for your feedback! I love hearing great things, makes me feel even better πŸ™‚ Any chance you remember the name of your friend’s wedding coordinator?

      • Kendra @ sunshine and shoes April 24, 2013 at 10:26 pm

        oh and I forgot they had hired a “glow in the dark beach volleyball” company! it was so much fun! They provided everything (nets/balls/ropes and glow in the dark body paint!!!!)
        I highly recommend it!!!!!

      • lrsaar April 25, 2013 at 9:59 am

        That’s awesome! We have a few volleyball players in the family so they’ll love that!

  2. Kendra @ sunshine and shoes April 24, 2013 at 6:53 pm Reply

    I didn’t, but I asked her…it was Chloe! Enjoy all the planning-it’s so fun and goes by too fast!

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