PUBLISHED: Laura + Brian’s Destination Wedding on Sanibel Island

We are thrilled to find out that So This is Love blog published Laura & Brian’s wedding at Casa Ybel Resort!  Here’s a little preview and a link to see the full article.

From So This is Love:

A tropical themed destination wedding on Sanibel Island at Casa Ybel Resort!

Pineapples, Palm Trees and Twinkle Lights under the Florida Sky! Our bride and groom jet off from New York to hold their beachy-meets-tropical wedding on Sanibel Island.

Tropical Themed Wedding Invitations

Tropical Floral Silk Robe

Wedding Arbor for Beach Wedding

To see the whole blog post and check out all the fantastic wedding photos, visit So This is Love.

Boho Tropical Beach Wedding – Styled Shoot at Sanibel Island’s Casa Ybel Resort


You’ve been waiting for it, we know.  We teased you back in March with the behind the scenes video of the boho tropical beach wedding styled shoot Courtney Gabelbauer of Fabulously Chic Weddings put together for Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island.  Now, we give you the breathtaking images that Kaity Brawley skillfully captured.  Try not to faint when you see the sophisticated twist Kaleidoscope Floral put on “tropical boho” – tiny pineapples? what?! Drop us a line – tell us what you think!


Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | 239-472-0693 |
Wedding Planner/Stylist: Fabulously Chic Weddings | 239-565-0415 |
Photography: Kaity Brawley |
Florist: Kaleidoscope Floral | 239-777-6139 |
Wedding Cake: Lady Cakes Bakery | 239-549-2253 |
Videography: I Heart Film | 239-641-3456 |
Hair & Make Up: Glambox Artistry |
Wedding Dress: Pure Bridal Boutique | 239-482-4500 |
Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux |
Lounge Furniture Rentals: The Reserve Vintage Rentals | 941-840-1824 |
Cross Back Chairs & Lime Washed Chiavari Chair Rentals: Niche Event Rentals | 239-352-9000 |
Calligraphy & Invitations: Script Me Pretty |
Flatware Rentals: Elleson Events | 941-202-2343 |

Boho Tropical Beach Wedding – A Styled Shoot on Sanibel Island

Courtney Gabelbauer of Fab Chic Weddings never ceases to amaze us with her sophisticated stylings.  She dreamed up this incredible photo shoot with a boho tropical vibe and invited some of Southwest Florida’s best wedding vendors to be a part of it.  Our friends at iHeartFilm captured the behind-the-scenes footage that we are so excited to share with you!  The images from the shoot itself are already circling on social media platforms #casaybelweddings.  Keep checking back to see the entire gallery soon!



Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | 239-472-0693 |
Wedding Planner: Fabulously Chic Weddings | 239-565-0415 |
Videographer: iHeart Films | 239-641-3456 |
Florals: Kaleidoscope Floral | 239-777-6139 |
Photographer: Kaity Brawley |
Wedding Cake: Lady Cakes | 239-549-2253 |
Calligraphy: Script Me Pretty | 239-340-3446 |
Hair & Make Up: Glambox Artistry |
Lounge Furniture: The Reserve Vintage Rentals | 941-840-1824 |
Rental Chairs: Niche Event Rental | 239-352-9000 |
Wedding Dress: Pure Bridal Boutique | 239-826-1639 |
Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | 310-586-3402 |

Ocean Front Wedding Reception & Sanibel Island Tented Wedding { Becky + Matt }

Casa Ybel Wedding Set Free Photography BM-1582

When Becky and Matt told us that they hired Kelly McWilliams to plan their Sanibel Island beach wedding, we knew that it would be elegant and sophisticated – because that’s what Kelly does.  From the romantic florals on the beach, to the cozy lounge furniture on the tented lawn, this wedding was luxurious down to the last detail.

UPDATE: This wedding has been published on Borrowed & Blue.


Wedding Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | 239-472-0693 |
Wedding Planner: Kelly McWilliams | 239-540-9029 |
Photography: Set Free Photography | 239-209-4461 |
Florist: Libby’s Flower Shop | 239-278-1500 |
Hair & Make Up: Duality Artistry | 801-557-0054 |
Wedding Cake: Lady Cakes | 239-549-2253 |
Officiant: Rev. Dr. Jim Berger | 239-571-1769 |

Published! Front Cover of Times of the Islands Wedding Edition

Nick Adams Photography scored the front cover of Times of the Islands Wedding Edition with a photo from a Casa Ybel wedding!  We are so proud to share this story directly from Nick’s Blog:

Times of the Island magazine cover-Nick Adams Photography
Wedding Magazine Cover

I was delighted to find out that I was chosen for the Times of The Islands Wedding magazine cover.

Picky and Sarah were the Bride and Groom. They got married at the beautiful Casa Ybel Resort located here on Sanibel Island.

When I asked Pikey how they met and she shared: “We both work in the car business, Pikey’s family owns a dealership and my family owns a car auction. He had been coming to the auction for many years. He says I always looked at him, but in reality it was always him looking over at me, and he is such a wuss one time a co-worker of his asked me for my number for Pikey. I gave it to him and he called me and the rest is history.” A great and unique story. I also asked Sarah to share her wedding plans and what she thought would make their event unique, this is what she said, “We love Sanibel Island, so we wanted to be on the grass but right beside the water. We wanted the island theme for our close family and friends, it was beautiful, classy, but most of all fun.”  she added: Steve played beautiful music, (referring to Steve Farst, a phenomenal local musician) the food was delicious. Everyone there was beautiful.

I could not have done it without Sarah and Pikey. A terrific couple. Sarah had put a lot of planning into this wedding (along with the amazing, Tori Weatherford, of Casa Ybel Resort) and it showed.  They chose to have their ceremony on the Lawn, followed by a tented reception located right next to the ceremony site.

Casa Ybel Resort is one of the few places on the Islands that can accommodate a tented venue at a beach wedding. If you can time it right, with the weather, there is no better way to have a reception. Fall and spring are typically the best times, the temperature is normally in the 70’s with low humidity. The lawn area at Casa Ybel is made up of Bermuda grass, which is normally reserved for golf courses here in Florida. Not a big deal you think? Well… it kinda is. It takes a lot more effort to look after than the usual St Augustine variety. Bermuda grass is so soft, it is really fine, it feels great on your feet. St Augustine looks very nice but it has huge blades and is more like a thick mat of grass, not as soft. And as they say: ‘it’s all in the details’

You can see in the picture below that Sarah and Pikey opted to have the sides of the tent rolled up which is a great idea as it lets the breeze flow through. This particular tent is really well designed (this one is owned by the resort). Should the wind pick up or the temperature suddenly drop the sides of the tent can be dropped to the ground in a matter of minutes.

I digress!

Here are a list of all of the contributors that made this wedding magazine cover possible:

Wedding Planner: Tory Weatherford, Casa Ybel Resort

Hair and Makeup: Kay Casperson Lifestyle Spa and Boutique at The Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

Florals: Floral Artistry

DJ/Musician: Steve Farst

Video: The Nick Adams Photography Team

Officiant: Eddie Mosely

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PUBLISHED: Jamie & Nick’s Boho Glam Beach Wedding at Casa Ybel Resort

We knew that Jamie & Nick’s Sanibel Island wedding would be published before the festivities began.  Pairing the boho chic stylings of Elleson Events with the photographic talents of Hunter Ryan added up to a feast for the eyes.  Add in the old island charm and award winning cuisine of Sanibel’s Casa Ybel Resort, and you also get a literal feast.  We are so honored to have been a part of this spectacular Florida beach wedding and part of this published article from The Celebration Society.

Story taken directly from

Boho Glam Beach Wedding at Casa Ybel Resort in Sanibel, FL

The boho glam wedding of Jaime and Nick was an ocean-side Sanibel Island wedding absolutely bursting with sweetness and light. The excitement of the bride and groom were palpable as Jaime walked barefoot down the aisle with her father to the ukulele version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Her bouquet of cascading flowers and ribbons by Hollie Raulerson danced on the wind. She wore a timeless Nicole Miller gown with crystal-covered bodice and airy skirts that looked made for the beach. Swarovski beaded barefoot sandals made the bohemian look perfection. Bright blue sky and fluffy clouds overhead, the couple swore to love one another forever with heartfelt personalized vows beneath a windswept flower-draped arbor. A cocktail commenced in a whimsical setting of high-low tables and chairs draped in sequin linens of blush and lavender. Elleson Events took bohemian chic to a new level with a reception tent that boasted both round and farm-style tables covered in antique candlesticks, mismatched colored glasses, golden flatware and bursting, fragrant flower arrangements, all of it in exotic shades of purple, pink, cream, yellow and orange. Flower-draped swings invited guests to relax and smile. Sparkling chandeliers added a touch of glam. It was a delicious feast for the eyes. And speaking of feasting, guests enjoyed an incredible array of scrumptious butler-passed hors d’oeuvres before digging into an elegant meal planned by the groom and a wedding cake by Lady Cakes. DJ Ceron played all the right tunes to get guests of all ages onto the dance floor long after sunset. Hunter Ryan Photo captured every moment in their dreamy light-filled style.

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Illusion neckline detailed beading dress hanging from branch Mirtich_Scordos_Hunter_Ryan_Photo_sanibelislandcasaybelweddingphotographyhunterryanphoto7632

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Bride dress flowing as she taps her grooms shoulder for first look Mirtich_Scordos_Hunter_Ryan_Photo_sanibelislandcasaybelweddingphotographyhunterryanphoto5284

Back of dress makeup and hair details Mirtich_Scordos_Hunter_Ryan_Photo_sanibelislandcasaybelweddingphotographyhunterryanphoto9144

Beach ceremony brown chilvari chair greenery altar decor our-wedding-8191

Kiss the bride under greenery altar decor Mirtich_Scordos_Hunter_Ryan_Photo_sanibelislandcasaybelweddingphotographyhunterryanphoto5841

Walking down the aisle Mirtich_Scordos_Hunter_Ryan_Photo_sanibelislandcasaybelweddingphotographyhunterryanphoto5866

Palm tree rose gold glitter table runner victorian looking building in background Mirtich_Scordos_Hunter_Ryan_Photo_sanibelislandcasaybelweddingphotographyhunterryanphoto5628

Pouring champaign into pink glass tall candel rose gold sparkle table runner Mirtich_Scordos_Hunter_Ryan_Photo_sanibelislandcasaybelweddingphotographyhunterryanphoto6176

Gold silverware ruched white fabric peony and lisianthus centerpeice Mirtich_Scordos_Hunter_Ryan_Photo_sanibelislandcasaybelweddingphotographyhunterryanphoto6212

Gold tipped feather gold charger purple napkin table set up Mirtich_Scordos_Hunter_Ryan_Photo_sanibelislandcasaybelweddingphotographyhunterryanphoto5930

Flower girl headband tutu bride bent over Mirtich_Scordos_Hunter_Ryan_Photo_sanibelislandcasaybelweddingphotographyhunterryanphoto8640

Bride hair beach waves white headpeice feature as groom makes her laugh Mirtich_Scordos_Hunter_Ryan_Photo_sanibelislandcasaybelweddingphotographyhunterryanphoto9027

Tent overview chandelier wooden farm tables on grass Mirtich_Scordos_Hunter_Ryan_Photo_sanibelislandcasaybelweddingphotographyhunterryanphoto6205

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Tent under overview brown chilvari chairs white linens plum flower center pieces Mirtich_Scordos_Hunter_Ryan_Photo_sanibelislandcasaybelweddingphotographyhunterryanphoto6041

Rose gold glitter cake table linen floral banner over cake Mirtich_Scordos_Hunter_Ryan_Photo_sanibelislandcasaybelweddingphotographyhunterryanphoto8729

Cake naked mr mrs word gold cake topper Mirtich_Scordos_Hunter_Ryan_Photo_sanibelislandcasaybelweddingphotographyhunterryanphoto5974

First dance Mirtich_Scordos_Hunter_Ryan_Photo_sanibelislandcasaybelweddingphotographyhunterryanphoto6280

You can view the full gallery here.