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.
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.
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.
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!
Helena and Drew wanted to bring their wedding guests to a tropical setting for a spring time getaway. Sanibel Island’s Casa Ybel Resort was the perfect location for their destination wedding. With sand between their toes and sunshine on their faces, these two exchanged marriage vows on the beach at Casa Ybel as their guests looked on with cold beverages in hand. Desiring to experience the full beauty of an outdoor beach wedding, Helena and Drew continued the event under a tent on Casa Ybel’s ocean front back lawn where guests danced the night away and enjoyed the coastal breeze from the Gulf of Mexico.