Ami & Ben came from across the pond to tie the knot on Sanibel Island – talk about a destination wedding! We love when our friends in the U.K. come to Casa Ybel Resort to celebrate. Ami & Ben got married on the shell strewn beach with just their closest family and friends present.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.