Written by Frank Simonetti and re-posted from the blog of Frank Simonetti Photography.
Laura and David had their intimate wedding on Sanibel Island June 23 at a secluded beach. They were joined by their parents for this intimate destination wedding. After the ceremony they returned to the Thistle Lodge on Sanibel for a celebration dinner. Thistle Lodge is an award winning restaurant that has been on Sanibel Island for many years. Thistle Lodge is a part of the Casa Ybel Resort. This is a great venue for a destination wedding. In my twenty years as a Sanibel photographer, I have photographed many weddings here. Some of the beach weddings are intimate with just a bride and groom and maybe some friends. The Thistle Lodge Restaurant can accomodate weddings of over one hundred guests. With a wedding ceremony on the beach, guests will just walk less than a minute to be in the restaurant. Thistle Lodge has amazing landscaping and unique, colorful Florida plants and trees. The wedding guests can stay at the resort interval time share units. The wedding photography can start with pictures on the green lawn then a quick walk to the beach for the ceremony. After the ceremony we take some family photographs. While we do this, the guests will usually walk the beach looking for seashells. As the whole world knows, Sanibel Island is famous for shelling!
Patricia Slater, a Sanibel and Fort Myers area wedding officiant for over 30 years, performed the sunset ceremony. Patricia, a Sanibel Island resident, provided the flowers for this destination wedding. Patricia has been performing intimate wedding ceremonies on Sanibel Island and the Fort Myers area for over 30 years. Her services include providing the marriage license, working with the bride for salon appointments, choosing the wedding flowers, recommending and reserving hotel rooms, wedding celebration dinner reservations and any other wedding details that can use the experience, knowledge and 42 years as a Sanibel Island resident.
Wedding Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | 239-472-0693 | www.casaybelresort.com
Photography: Frank Simonetti Photography | 239-565-4025 | www.fsimonetti.com
Wedding Planner & Officiant: Weddings by the Sea | 239-472-8712 | ww.sanibelcaptivaweddings.com