Intimate Family Wedding – Sanibel Island, FL { Amanda + David }


Amanda and David invited only their nearest and dearest loved ones to their intimate wedding on Sanibel Island.  Their vows included their children as did their sand ceremony where the blending of different colored sands represented their lives becoming forever entwined.


Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | 239-472-0693 |
Photographer: Frank Simonetti | 239-565-4025 |
Florist: Floral Artistry | 239-472-3040 |
Officiant: Weddings by the Sea | 239-823-3497 |
Cake: Lady Cakes | 239-549-2253 |
Hair & Make Up: Red Salon

Radiant Sunset Ceremony { Sara + Scott } Casa Ybel Resort – Sanibel Island


A blanket of shells cover the beach in front of Casa Ybel and the colors of sunset reflected in the gulf water and in the clouds. This is exactly what Sara and Scott imagined when they were planning their dream Florida wedding. A simple bouquet of greenery on the arch made for a perfect backdrop on the beach as the Bride and Groom said their I Do’s. Dinner on the patio at Thistle Lodge was intimate and romantic. Guests were treated to Grilled Mahi Mahi with fresh pineapple salsa and perfectly grilled Filet Mignon. Of course to top the evening off there was a stunning three-tiered cake for guests with a sweet tooth to enjoy.

Wedding Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | 239-472-0693 |
Officiant: Pat Slater | 239-472-8712 | 
Florist: Floral Artistry | 239-472-3040 |
Wedding Cake: Lady Cakes | 239-549-2253 |
Photography: Nick Adams Photography | 239-395-7671 |
Music: Steve Farst | 239-645-0651 |

Elegant Beachside Ceremony { Jessica + Alistair } Casa Ybel Resort – Sanibel Island


It was all about elegance at Jessica and Alistair’s ceremony and reception at Casa Ybel. Shades of pink and blush in the arrangements from Libby’s stood out against navy blue linens and sophisticated silver chargers under the tent. The party continued late into the night at Casa Ybel’s Thistle Lodge where guests were treated to late night flatbreads and sliders and flowing drinks.


Wedding Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | 239-472-0693 |
Photography: Sun Glow Photography | 863-510-8702
Videography: Lexoria Wedding Films | 877-354-1770
Officiant: Pat Slater | 239-472-8712 |
Florist: Libby’s Flowers | 239-278-1500 |
Wedding Cake: Lady Cakes | 239-549-2253 |
Music: Vanderbilt Strings | 239-949-4314 |
Hair & Make Up: Michelle Regis | 321-795-7474

Stunning under the Stars { Summer & Yi } Casa Ybel Resort – Sanibel Island


Summer and Yi wanted something a little different when they came to Casa Ybel to plan their perfect wedding day. The back lawn was the perfect location but they wanted an open feeling not covered by a tent. An inviting farm table, cafe lights strung between palms and succulent florals all made this intimate dinner a night to remember under the stars for the radiant bride and groom.


Wedding Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | 239-472-0693 |
Photography: Audrey Snow Photography | 239-334-7669 |
Officiant: Pat Slater | 239-472-8712 |
Florist: Elleson Events | 941-202-2343 |
Wedding Cake: Lady Cakes | 239-549-2253 |

Intimate Destination Wedding { Ami + Ben } Casa Ybel Resort – Sanibel Island

Wedding Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | 239-472-0693 |
Videographer: MVD Films | 239-273-2628 |
Officiant: Pat Slater | 239-472-8712 |

Two Chefs Wed at Casa Ybel Resort – Sanibel Island, FL { Dana + Chris }

wedding couple at Casa Ybel ResortWritten by Frank Simonetti and re-posted from the blog of Frank Simonetti Photography.
Wedding Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | 239-472-0693 |
Wedding Planner & Officiant: Weddings by the Sea | 239-472-8712 |
Florist: Floral Artistry | 239-472-3040 |
Photography: Frank Simonetti Photography | 239-565-4025 |

Chris and Dana arrived from New York for their wedding at the Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel. The Saturday afternoon ceremony was on the Lawn behind the Thistle Lodge Restaurant. Actually, I met Chris and Dana and family the evening before the wedding. We gathered at the lighthouse at the east of Sanibel Island for family photos. Dana and her parents along with her sisters and Chris walked along the beach for just under an hour for fun and casual photos. On the wedding day, I met Chris and his grandmother and uncle for a family photo. Then Dana arrived by the Casa Ybel wedding golf cart driven by Tori, the wedding director. Chris was waiting with his back turned so when Dana arrived they would have a first look. And a wonderful first look it was! Oh, their emotions photographed so well! We then took some wedding group photos with family. Patricia Slater was the ceremony official and planner for this Casa Ybel wedding. We actually started precisely on time with Dana’s dad escorting her across the beautiful lawn carrying a floral bouquet designed Floral Artistry of Sanibel.

Wedding Photography

For over twenty years I have photographed weddings at the Casa Ybel Resort. This day was wonderful with the direction of the autumn sun as it fell on the beautiful palms and Poinciana trees. Chris and Dana enjoyed the natural beauty of Sanibel Island. When they are home in New York, they enjoy camping, tennis and hiking. They met while working as chefs at a prominent country club in Troy New York. After the wedding ceremony, another 30 minutes of photos were taken. Chris and Dana then joined their family and friends for a cocktail hour in the Thistle Lodge. Just before dinner, I walked out to the beach again with the bride and groom for sunset photos. When they returned, their delicious dinner was served. The wedding guests were entertained by a three piece Danny Morgan Band that performed wonderfully for dancing and dinner music. The cake was cut and more dancing was enjoyed. While photographing this couple, I sensed their light hearted and joyful personalities, and I believe it shows in their photographs. They were a delight to photograph! Shown here are my favorite images we created at Chris and Dana’s Casa Ybel wedding.

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wedding guests take selfie photo

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bridal portrait on thistle lodge lawn

beautiful wedding flowers by floral artistry of sanibel island

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bridal party photo

family photo with bride and groom

wedding cake at the thistle lodge restaurant

bride and groom walk along the pool at Casa Ybel Resort

bride and groom sit at their table in Thistle Lodge

wedding couple on Sanibel beach

silhouette photo of bride and her gown at ocean

bride and groom at sunset on sanibel beach

bride and groom on the beach at sunset

Destination Wedding Venue – Casa Ybel Resort, Sanibel Island { Laura + David }

Written by Frank Simonetti and re-posted from the blog of Frank Simonetti Photography.

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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!

Sanibel Island Wedding Planner and Officiant

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 |
Photography: Frank Simonetti Photography | 239-565-4025 |
Wedding Planner & Officiant: Weddings by the Sea | 239-472-8712 |

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