Courtney and Mike escaped the long winter in New York to the sunny, sandy shores of Sanibel Island, Florida for their destination wedding this April. With an intimate group of family and friends, they said vows on the beach at Casa Ybel Resort. The newlyweds enjoyed strolling the lush oceanfront lawns and a perfect sunset over the Gulf of Mexico on the most perfect day.
Don’t underestimate the awe-factor a classic gold and white wedding can produce. Lauren & Joe’s Sanibel Island wedding kicked off on the gorgeous Gulf view lawn at Casa Ybel Resort. Guests supped on island style fare from the award winning culinary team at Thistle Lodge as they dined and danced under a tent on the ocean front back lawn. The white roses on the gold trimmed tables were simply elegant.
The perfect island style wedding has champagne on the beach and a ukulele. Emily and David’s beach wedding at Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel island had both of those and an intimate group of family and friends to celebrate with.
A while back, we shared with you Laura and Brian’s beach wedding on Sanibel Island. We didn’t mention the epic welcome party they had the night before on our back lawn. Guests dined on heavy hors d’oeuvres and fun bites like crab cake sliders and flatbread pizzas all while watching the sunset on the Gulf of Mexico. A Caribbean band played island tunes and guests mingled among lounge furniture sets and cocktail tables. Laura and Brian even did a little pre-wedding photo shoot on the beach that evening. What a way to welcome everyone to a fun-filled wedding weekend!
Guests at Laura and Brian’s ceremony and following reception were treated to the complete wedding day celebration. After a champagne welcome and sweet ceremony on the beach, guests made their way to the tented back lawn. A variety of passed appetizers, hand crafted cocktails and tropical tunes from Wiley Entertainment were waiting to be enjoyed. After dinner and dancing the party moved into Thistle Lodge’s bar, snacks and drinks ready for guests to take a break from dancing the night away.
Guests were met with flutes of bubbling champagne on the beach, billowy white clouds scattered throughout the blue skies over the beach, and strains of ukulele music in the wind. All of these elements made for the perfect beach wedding for Emily and David. Their intimate ceremony on the beach was followed by a mouthwatering dinner on the patio at Thistle Lodge. Beautifully plated grilled filet mignon and butter poached lobster tails were followed by Lady Cakes delicious lemon buttercream filled cake.
These are some of our favorite photos, those last few moments of quiet before the whirlwind begins. The bride reflecting on the importance of this day, her husband to-be waiting for her, and all of the friends and family who have come to witness their declaration of love.
Dede and Charlie said their I Do’s a year ago on the lush green lawn at Casa Ybel and it’s one of those weddings we talk about still. The details were simple yet spectacular under the tent. Bouquets of white lilies were a stunning contrast against the bridesmaids navy dresses. Krista from Impressions Photography did an amazing job incorporating the landscape of Casa Ybel into the story of the couples wedding day, photos we’re still ooh-ing and ahh-ing over.