Blush Beach Wedding – Sanibel Island, FL {Stacey + Matt }


Stacey and Matt’s tented wedding reception was almost as breathtaking as the bride herself.  The textured blush linens beneath crystal chandeliers set a soft romantic tone for this Sanibel Island beach wedding at Casa Ybel Resort.

Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | 239-472-0693 |
Photography: Barry Milligan
Florist: Floral Artistry | 239-472-3040 |

Intimate Beach Wedding, Sanibel Island { Anna + Amir }


Tented weddings are not the only gems Casa Ybel Resort offers.  An intimate wedding for your nearest and dearest on the white sand beach is just as spectacular.  See for yourself in these breathtaking images from Anna and Amir’s Sanibel Island wedding.


Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | 239-472-0693 |
Photography: Frank Simonetti | 239-565-4025|
Music: Vanderbilt Strings | 239-949-4314 |

PUBLISHED in BRIDES: Erica & Peter’s Ocean Inspired Sanibel Island Tent Wedding

Erica & Peter’s seaside tented wedding at Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island had “Published Wedding” written all over it. From the gorgeous tent on Casa Ybel’s Back Lawn to the natural ocean inspired decor, this beach wedding was unlike any we’ve ever seen. We are so honored to be mentioned in this article from

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This Couple Looked to the Sea for Inspiration for Their Sanibel Island Wedding

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What’s better than a mid-week lunch break with a friend? How about one that goes from lunch to an afternoon at a luxe New York City spa? The day before Halloween in 2013, Erica Kulka’s coworker talked her into stopping by Columbus Circle where she claimed she needed to pick up a document from her husband. “We were passing the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and decided to head up to the lobby to check out the view of Central Park,” says Erica. She spotted her boyfriend, Peter Salanki, sitting on a couch and, in her confusion, barely noticed when her coworker disappeared. “Peter and I headed up to the 35th floor, and he lead me toward the spa. I protested about having to head back to work, but he’d already cleared my afternoon with my boss,” Erica says. They spent the afternoon indulging in a luxurious bath, a couple’s body scrub, and a massage. Then, as they sat down for lunch, Peter opened his eyeglass case — and out came an engagement ring.

The couple took their time planning their wedding, choosing Casa Ybel Resort on Florida’s Sanibel Island for their April 16, 2016, wedding. “Peter’s best man’s family owns a house in Sanibel, and we’ve always loved visiting there. We fell in love with the white sand beaches and the tranquility!” says Erica. While planning from afar was a challenge, a fabulous team of vendors helped the couple create a colorful seascape, full of sea fans, driftwood, coral, and air plants. “We don’t love an over-abundance of flowers, so instead we focused on natural elements.” The result was perfect for the pair’s beachfront setting, and will have you wishing you were on a Florida beach! Take a peek at all the gorgeous details, captured by Anastasiia Photography.

When Erica and her mom stopped by the Elizabeth Fillmore trunk show at Gabriella New York, she was so excited to see that the designer herself was there. The silk crepe and lace long-sleeved wedding dress Erica chose was the first one she tried on. “I was the first bride the designer had seen in the dress,” says the bride. “My mom also got the first wedding gown she tried on, so I knew I’d found it!” We love how the design combines sheer French lace with architectural details — breezy enough for the beach, but covered enough for an early spring wedding.

Erica’s organic orange and pink bouquet was comprised of garden roses, ranunculus, king protea, and air plants.

Peter stood out in a custom blue tuxedo with a black lapels and a black bow tie. Erica paired her look with a soft updo and her mother’s pearl earrings. “My mother always said she’d wear them when her daughter got married. Turns out I wore them instead!”

Orange is the bride’s favorite color, and it fit beautifully into the couple’s wedding color scheme, including the bridesmaids’ dresses! They wore strapless dresses by Alfred Sung, and carried air plants instead of traditional bouquets.

As guests arrived at the ceremony, a basket of parasols was on-hand to shade them from the Florida sun. Along the aisle, glass bottles were filled with beach grass and surrounded with sea fans, coral, and air plants.

The arch, made of manzanita branches, was flanked with flowing grass and offered guests an incredible view of the ocean beyond. “When we were planning our ceremony, Peter told me he didn’t want to write personal vows, so we’d planned to only exchange the traditional ones,” says Erica. “But when we were at the altar, Peter started sharing his personal vows with me! I was in shock and started crying — and had to come up with my own vows on the spot!”

On the resort’s lawn, a mix of round and long tables were set beneath a tent draped in white fabric. Lucite chairs added an additional airy feel to the outdoor reception, with soft blue-gray napkins harkening back to the color of the sea.

Beach-Inspired Wedding in Sanibel Island, Florida, Low, Ocean-Inspired Centerpieces
Beach-Inspired Wedding in Sanibel Island, Florida, Beachy Tables
 Beach-Inspired Wedding in Sanibel Island, Florida, Coral Centerpieces

Beach-Inspired Wedding in Sanibel Island, Florida, Beach Centerpieces

Photo: Anastasiia Photography

Instead of lush blooms, the centerpieces combined small orange and peach arrangements with collections of coral and driftwood. An orange sea fan was placed at each guest’s seat. Air plants and sprinklings of sea glass gave a soft feel to the bare wood tables, while round tables were draped with white sequin linens for a hint of sparkle.

In keeping with their beachy theme, the couple skipped traditional place cards in favor of of something a little more whimsical but still entirely elegant. Each guest’s name was written in copper ink inside a mussel shell.

Other copper accents, like modern square vases and votive holders and calligraphy-style table numbers, added a touch of modern glam to the organic tablescapes.

Peter and Erica’s three-tiered wedding cake, decorated with rose gold chocolate sea shells and starfish, had layers of raspberry cake with chocolate filling and chocolate cake with mocha filling. Yum!

“We had so much fun taking lessons for our first dance to Frank Sinatra’s ‘Fly Me to the Moon,'” says Erica. “I’d recommend it for all engaged couples!” She also recommends trying not to stress in the days leading up to the wedding. “Everything has a way of coming together, even if it’s the night before!”

Venue & Catering: Casa Ybel Resort || Wedding Planner: Rosemarie Peluso || Bride’s Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore Bridal || Shoes: Nina Shoes || Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Michelle Regis || Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung || Groom’s Attire: Buy4Less Tuxedo || Officiant: Beautiful Florida Weddings || Florist: Isn’t She Lovely Florals || Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas || Paper Goods: Zazzle; Cultural Intrigue || Music: Vanderbilt Strings; DJ Jason & Associates || Cake: LadyCakes Bakery || Rentals: Niche Event Rentals || Photographer: Anastasiia Photography

Casa Ybel Resort Wedding Reviews – 5 Stars on The Knot

posted 10/23/2016

We can’t thank the entire staff at Casa ybel enough for helping us make our dream wedding a reality. It was more than we ever could’ve imagined. Tori was absolutely wonderful from the very first email. She made sure everything ran perfectly. I wasn’t stressed or worried, I knew she was taking care of every little detail. Planning a destination wedding from Minnesota wasn’t easy. It’s hard to hope everything turns out the way you want it by communicating via email & phone. But she made it happen. Jeremy was amazing the day of our wedding. He checked on us all the time & truly seemed to care about us. Every single staff we met went above our expectations & made our wedding perfect. Everyone was so nice, professional & helpful. All of our guests said it was the best wedding & I couldn’t agree more! Casa ybel is the perfect place for a destination/beach wedding. We can’t wait to come back every year on our anniversary! And we will without a doubt recommend Casa ybel for future events & vacations!

Casa Ybel Resort Reviews – 5 Stars on The Knot

posted 10/20/2016

There is no other place to have your wedding, based on our experience. Every detail was perfect and the answer to every request was always positive. Jessica, Tori, and the entire staff were delightful, and must have angel wings because they appeared at the perfect moments, arranging the events, directing vendors and supporting the guests and bridal party with ease and a smile. Last minute deliveries of packages were not a problem and the boxes were placed where we had only a few steps to access the contents – no lugging and dragging anything. If you are a prospective bride, groom, MOB or MOG, PLEASE do yourself a huge favor and go to Casa Ybel. One last thing, By Imagine Photography, RIG Entertainment, Vanderbilt Strings, Floral Artistry of Sanibel, Pastor Thomas Funk, Sarko Productions videography and Photo Magic Events – suggested vendors – complete the perfect team. These people know each other, work well together, love what they do and will make you feel as if they are your closest relatives in the way they care for your lovely bride and groom. PS this is not a paid review – I never do reviews, but this place, and this team, are spectacular.

Casa Ybel Resort Wedding Reviews – 5 Stars on The Knot

Reviewed on 10/14/2016 Kathy N

Jessica Pasek and Tori Weatherford listened to everything we thought was important and were happy to make everything work. They greeted us upon arrival (which as the mother of the bride who planned every detail I was so nervous about the details) and I felt like they hadRead More everything under control especially based on our prior conversations and meetings. The wait staff was awesome and I always had someone I could go to during the ceremony if I had any questions or requests. The table settings were beautiful, the buffet and bar set up was always attended and the cleanup was seamless. They made sure all details were worked out ahead of time and it is an absolutely beautiful venue. My daughter was married on the beach an the reception was indoors with an absolutely view of the palm trees, beach and resort pool.