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!
If it wasn’t for the gorgeous bride, the florals from this intimate beach wedding might have been the show stopper of the day. With bright blue skies and a few clouds drifting in the background, the floral arch at their beach ceremony framed the happy couple as they said their I Do’s. Bright tropical colors accentuated the arch, Ally’s bouquet and the hand painted wedding cake. Casa Ybel’s patio venue was the perfect location for the intimate wedding reception. It was a stunning sunset on the beach that somehow perfectly matched the couple’s wedding color scheme.
Raquel and Greg were such a fun couple to work with, their love and excitement on wedding day obviously shines here. Lush greenery accents could be found everywhere; the arch on the beach, the sweetheart table, and Raquel’s stunning flower crown. Casa Ybel’s white sandy beach hosted the intimate ceremony and guests were wined and dined on Thistle Lodge’s patio. The grounds through out Casa Ybel offered some amazing spots for Raquel and Greg’s first look photos and the Gulf of Mexico proved a stunning backdrop for sunset beach photos.
Hues of peach and gold accents gave a romantic touch to Kirsten and Ian’s wedding day. Libby’s Flowers brought in fresh greenery to accent the soft elegance in the rose bouquets and centerpieces. The Groom’s bowtie, Mom’s elegant dress, the welcome bags, all boasted shades of pink. Last but certainly not least was one last touch of “peach”, the signature drink. A peach mojito made to order for guests at the reception fit right into the theme.
VENDORS Wedding Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | 239-472-0693 | casaybelweddings.com Officiant: Rev Russ Winn | Florist: Libby’s Flowers | 239-278-1500 | libbysflowershop.com Wedding Cake: Lady Cakes | 239-549-2253 | iloveladycakes.com Photography: Set Free Photography | 239-209-4461 | setfreephotography.com Music: Wiley Entertainment | 239-989-6999 | wileyentertainment.com Hair & Make Up: Duality Artistry |801-557-0054 |dualityartistry.com
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.
Brittany and Michael said I Do on the sandy beaches of Casa Ybel’s property just steps from where their tented reception was held. While the bride and groom took photos on the beach, guests were treated to gourmet passed appetizers and specialty crafted cocktails. Dinner and dancing lasted well into the evening with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico from their seats and even the dance floor.
Laura and her family have been visiting the shores of Sanibel Island and staying at Casa Ybel Resort for years. It seemed only natural that Laura & Dan fly all the way from Australia (where they live), guests-in-tow, to this magical little island when they decided to tie the knot. They skipped the beach for the ceremony and had a lawn wedding overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. We love their sense of humor – from the Australian-American translation guide to their pink flamingos that seemed to show up whenever you least expected. This is a family that knows how to laugh. We were honored that they chose Casa Ybel Resort for their destination wedding and we look forward to seeing them year after year.
Also, check out the sunset view from the Waterfront Room!