Casa Ybel Resort, Sanibel Island Florida Destination Wedding Susan + Ferdinand

Casa Ybel Resort, Sanibel Island Florida Destination Wedding Susan + Ferdinand

As posted by Jillian Tree Photography

This wedding at Casa Ybel Resort has become one of my favorites. I absolutely love it when brides hire me for 8+ hours on their wedding day. It really gives me the chance to capture all the details without being rushed, bringing out even more creativity; I get to know the bridesmaids & become friends with them, helping them to be more relaxed in front of my camera; same with the bride & groom…though Susan & Ferdinand nailed it ALL DAY! Also having an INCREDIBLE sunset on the West Coast of Florida in beautiful Sanibel Island, makes it all the better! And some gorgeous bouquets too! And palm trees to hang the wedding dress on…

Susan & Ferdinand, their bridal party as well as 90% of their guests flew out from Germany for this Florida destination wedding. I love how Ferdinand’s cuff links were American flags!

Get ready for some gorgeousness…










One of my favorite photographs from the day…









And the most adorable First Look with her Father…











Some more of my favorites, these bridesmaids photos! <3





Delivered to the ceremony via golf-cart thanks to Lea from Casa Ybel Resort!











I love the look Ferdinand is giving her here…so full of LOVE!





Susan had a bunch of requested pictures with her bridesmaids & her groom, this was one of them..







These guys were being goofy, cooling off from the hot Florida sun..





Another of my favorites….



Thanks to Briz & Lady for the music, these two were SO good!



Time for portraits til sunset…











And another favorite…





The most gorgeous sunset….seriously!!





We had such a blast giggling together…that Susan’s floral crown fell down! Which only made for more giggles :)





Some of the details of the outside patio of Casa Ybel..



Susan’s dad spontaneously joined Briz & Lady for some songs, which was ridiculously awesome!!



The standing ovation for him!



I had to explain to them about the feeding each other cake thing…and what the crowd really wants to happen. I’d say they caught on pretty quickly! ;)



Their First Dance… <3



Congratulations, Susan & Ferdinand. It was truly a pleasure to capture your wedding day, I loved every second of it! You two are seriously one of the sweetest couples I know. Thanks to the bridesmaids (Jenni, Jule, Nina, Tanya) who were so helpful & caring, & became my friends <3


Makeup: A Victorian Bride Hair & Makeup.

Florist: Signature Florals.

Cake: Mason’s Bakery.

Venue: Casa Ybel Resort.

Music: Briz & Lady.

Thanks to my second shooter Nikki! My new photo at the very top of my blog was taken by her at this wedding :)

Katherine and Carl’s Destination Wedding at Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island

By Frank Simonetti

Katherine and Carl had their destination wedding at the Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island. The weather was great with a strong breeze to cool the warm June sun. Family and friends gathered for the late afternoon wedding performed by Dr. Dan Lamey. The ceremony was on the lawn directly behind the Thistle Lodge Restaurant. The children had a great time and it was a photographers’ delight to capture them ‘on film’ . Will is the brides’ son and Sarah and Lauren are her nieces. Of course, the girls were very photogenic and with their wedding bouquets. So, Will had a fall while we were taking photos before the ceremony, someone had a colorful children’s band-aid for the invisible cut….oh another photo op as the bride kisses to make it better!. Meanwhile, the groom and guests were arriving to the ceremony site on the lawn directly behind the Thistle Lodge. The staff at Thistle Lodge had cold Lemonade and Tea for the guests as they gathered and waited for the bridal procession to begin. Then Nicholas the ring bearer strutted down to the ceremony with absolute confidence, another photo op! After the ceremony, the Lieutenant Commander quickly picked up his bride as they walked down the aisle. We then made a group photograph of everyone. The guests walked to the Thistle Lodge Patio for cocktails while we photographed the two families on a beautifully landscaped area at the Casa Ybel Resort. The wedding reception was upstairs in the Waterfront Dining room of the Thistle Lodge. After the dinner, we went for beach photos at sunset and tried to release some lanterns into the Gulf of Mexico….the wind did not cooperate but again….it was a great photo opportunity! Thistle Lodge is the restaurant located in the Casa Ybel Resort. Wedding music and dancing was provided by Steve Farst. Shown here are some of my favorite photographs we created.

Destination Beach Weddings at Casa Ybel Resort

It is amazing to be able to come to work everyday and feel like you are headed for a tropical getaway.  Sanibel Island truly is a balmy, breezy, beach paradise.  As if that isn’t enough, I then get to work with some amazing couples to help create and evolve their wedding dreams.  2012 Fall/Winter season here at Casa Ybel was quite busy.Here are some highlights from the last few months.

Beautiful and Delicious

How Fun!!
Unbeatable Sunsets
I would like to give a special thank you to the staff here at Casa Ybel and all of our preferred vendors that helped make our 2012 Wedding season such a tremendous success!!

Casa Ybel Wedding – Julianna + Phil

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Casa Ybel Wedding – Julianna + Phil

Julianna and Phil truly had the perfect destination wedding.  Right down to the ” I do ” decals on the back of her purple Kate Spade shoes, which is something I just loved, to the gorgeous weather at Casa Ybel on Sanibel Island.  On Friday, October 26th, 2012 our bride and groom came from Pennsylvania to get married at Casa Ybel Resort on Boardwalk beach.  We are very excited about their movie trailer, it is certain to be amazing, just like Julianna and Phil.  We wish you guys all the best and thank you for letting us be there for your special day. xo

We enjoyed working along:

Casa Ybel Resort – Venue, Lea O’Brien
Weddings By Socialites – Wedding Planner
Ashley Brockinton Photography – Photography 
Hope Artistry – make up and hair 
Signature Florals – florals
Mason’s Bakery – cake
Sterophonic DJ’s – entertainment 
Officiant – Pastor Tom Funk 

Jennifer & Nick’s Casa Ybel Resort Sanibel Island Wedding by Luminaire Foto

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Spending time on Sanibel Island, whether for a photo shoot or to bike around the lighthouse and grab ice cream at Pinocchio’s, is one of our favorite ways to spend a day.  It’s such a laid-back and naturally beautiful place where modern development hasn’t managed to take over.  We photographed Jen and Nick’s sunny wedding at Casa Ybel Resort.  The whole group was a pleasure to work with and we wish the newlyweds all the best.  Congrats Jen and Nick!

Heritage and Spirituality Frame Sanibel Island Beach Wedding at Casa Ybel Resort

As posted by Jennifer Angeloro Photography

Sherece & Joseph had a beautiful wedding day at Casa Ybel.  We were excited to capture their special Sanibel Island Wedding Photography.  Please enjoy a sneak peek of some of their wedding photos.  More will be following soon. 
A special thanks to everyone at Casa Ybel, Libby’s Flowers, Mason’s Bakery, D-One Entertainment, Billo Harper, Danny Morgan, and Dani Johnson from a Special Gathering for helping us create such a beautiful day!

Casa Ybel Destination Weddings

Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island, FL is extremely fortunate to have the ability to host many weddings and other events each year at our beautiful resort!  Twenty-three acres of beachfront  property and pristinely landscaped lawn areas, allow us the opportunity to hold multiple functions in one weekend while still keeping each event private and special.
Anna-Marie and Tim’s big day began with a breathtaking ceremony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, followed by the cocktail reception on our covered patio, and dinner reception in our
amazing Waterfront Dining Room.   

 The Couple took part in our quaint sand ceremony to mark the unity
of their two lives coming together to form one. 
 The Tables were covered with white linens with stunning centerpieces by one of our preferred florist on our vendor lists “Floral Artistry”.


The guests lounged in the cocktail area nibbling on butler passed hors d’ Oeuvres while enjoying the tropical sounds of Danny Morgan and his band with both acoustic guitar and steels drums. as our newlyweds snuck off to the beach for photos. 
Anna-Marie’s father was very touching with his speech to his daughter and new son-in-law.  He had the entire room in tears as he remembered each and every milestone event of her childhood. 

Our bride and groom had and opportunity for some quiet time together and the pleasure of enjoying our amazing sunsets on our sandy beaches. 
These amazing photos were provide from one of our preferred photographers, Audrey Snow,
with Audrey Snow Photography,
This was such a magical evening with picture perfect weather and surroundings. 
Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. McKernan!!! We wish you a life filled with happiness. 

Casa Ybel Resort Awarded 2012 Pick in The Knot Best of Weddings

Casa Ybel Resort is pleased to announce they have been selected winner in The Knot Best of Weddings 2012 for Knot Florida Magazine and This is the second year Casa Ybel Resort has been voted one of the top Wedding Venues for the west coast of Florida.

We would like to thank our wonderful brides and grooms for nominating us for this distinction and we would also like to send a special thank you to our colleagues and service providers for the accomplishment. We look forward to another year of making Sanibel wedding dreams come true.

Best regards,
The Team at Casa Ybel Resort

Intimate Beach Weddings at Casa Ybel Resort

A good portion of the weddings we have at Casa Ybel Resort are little, intimate, destination weddings, on our stunning white sand beach. As far as dream locations go for perfect seaside nuptials, Casa Ybel more than delivers, with powder sand, stunning views, seashells, breezes, wildlife, tropical landscaping, and impeccable service.

This last Fall/Winter season at Casa Ybel Resort was no exception, and was full of perfect intimate weddings, amazing details, stunning couples, and lots of smiling faces!

To celebrate, I thought I would feature four of my favorite Intimate weddings from this last season for you to enjoy!

I’d like to start with the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Schlater, who married at Casa Ybel Resort on October 9, 2010. Mr. and Mrs. Schlater celebrated with twenty guests, saying their I do’s on our private beach, followed by a celebratory plated dinner inside the Gazebo Room at Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant.

Nick Adams Photography captured the day, and was kind enough to share some amazing photos with us. Enjoy!
Elegant Details in the Reception Room, seashells, ivory ribbon, seashell place card holders, and individual menus for each guest
 Beautiful wedding cake from Masons Bakery
The bride and groom share a quick kiss before the ceremony

Gorgeous couple under our front gazebo

The bride with sand between her toes, making her way down the powdery aisle

Perfect beach ceremony, with the Gulf of Mexico as a natural backdrop
The unity sand ceremony

It’s Official!!

The new Mr. and Mrs. Schlater between the sea oats

Gorgeous couple and a gorgeous Sanibel sunset

The gazebo room, set with a family style table and elegant decor
The next feature wedding is that of Mr. and Mrs. Halverson, married on November 7, 2010. This couple was great fun, providing lots of great details for their guests, including a late night “pizza bar” for the guests still dancing into the night.
This wedding was stunningly captured by Jason Angelini Photoraphy, who we cannot thank enough for sharing!
Back/night time view of Thistle Lodge, such a powerful image!

Groom, bride, and a perfect little DIY bouquet

Delicious pasta  and wedding dinner prepared by Thistle Lodge’s fabulous Chef’s, John Wolffe and Jamie Crisp

Bamboo and chiffon arch, complete with palm fronds, in the sand
Sweet little floral clusters on the ceremony chairs

Such a happy couple!

This is what makes Sanibel famous….our beaches look like this 365 days a year

 Quick kiss in the sea oats

Adorable ring shot with a real Sanibel shell
Our next feature is that of Mr. and Mrs. Chambers, a young, contemporary, and super stylish couple, who were married here December 11, 2010.
This wedding was captured by the ever talented Krista, owner of Impressions Photography in Fort Myers.

Stylish, and super gorgeous, our couple having fun during the photos in our lakeside gazebo

Bridal Portraits are amazing, especially when your subject is this stunning

Groom and best man pre-ceremony, on Casa Ybel’s gorgeous sand studded beach

Perfect day on the beach for the perfect intimate ceremony

Another unity sand ceremony, a staple of perfect beach weddings

Another beautiful shot in the gazebo

I adore dark sunsets, and this one suited our couple perfectly!

You can just feel the happiness from the photo

Her dress was amazing, and the little details were great for a beach wedding with style

The modern wedding bands were so visually impacting

Our final couple featured in this blog is Mr. and Mrs. Patterson, also married on December 11, 2011. Another example of a perfect intimate wedding, this couple opted for our landscaped lawn ceremony, and held the reception in our Waterfront Room, overlooking the Gulf waters and Casa Ybel grounds.
This wedding was shot by Tonya Malay Photgraphy, who captured such a timeless grace and elegance in this bride and wedding, it is unbelievably gorgeous. Her work is always fabulous, and she is amazing fun to work with.
Seriously, how gorgeous is this bride and picture?!

Complete and total elegance

Great touch on the ceremony site, Shepard’s hooks with Chinese lanterns lining the aisle

Beautiful lawn ceremony, with the Gulf waters in the background
This has got to be the cutest baby picture ever
The happy couple, officially Mr. and Mrs. Patterson!

Beautiful couple with a beautiful sunset on a perfect beach, what could be better?
Classic and timeless

This is the picture of perfect happy family

Love the leg kicked up to complete the effect!


It just keeps getting better
The benefit of a cold day in December? Getting adorable post-ceremony pictures like this…
and this…


They were so happy.

I loved the centerpieces, beautiful black lanterns with pillar candles, surrounded by candle filled mason jars.

The entire room was complete with black chair covers and napkins, to compliment the centerpieces and classic theme to this wedding.

The cake, from Masons Bakery, a simple three tier cake with black ribbon, surrounded by candles, and dark purple Calla Lilies.

Classic shot of our bride and groom on the Waterfront Room stairs at the Thistle Lodge.
As you can see, we had an incredible season, filled with smiles, laughter, tears of joy, and amazing times had by all! I just adore our intimate wedding clients, and cannot wait to see what this year brings us!
Thank you to all of the phenomenal vendors who helped us make these weddings perfect, to the clients who shared your most important days with us, and to the photographers who shared the incredible work you see above with us, for everyone to enjoy!!
Congratulations to each and every one of our amazing clients!!

Mother’s Day Brunch at Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant

Every Mother deserves to be spoiled every day. Even just a little bit. Unfortunately, with the normal hustle and bustle of life, not many Mom’s get to enjoy said daily spoiling!! As daughters and sons, it becomes our responsibility to make sure our Mother’s get at least ONE good day that is all about them. After all, they gave us life, we can at least give them a fabulous day off once a year!!
That is what Mother’s Day is all about; finally giving back to the woman who gives you everything. As a mother and a daughter, I cannot think of a better way to spend Mother’s Day than relaxing with my loved ones, eating amazing gourmet food-all while gazing out over the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and maybe even sipping on a Mimosa….or two.

Stunning View from the Tables at Thistle Lodge
Luckily, the Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant here at Casa Ybel Resort can provide just that! Our Chef’s work hard every year to create a phenomenal brunch buffet for mother’s and their families to enjoy. Let us do the work for you, and pamper your group with fabulous service, spectacular food, and unparalleled views and atmosphere that only Sanibel Island can provide. 
Reservation slots are filling fast, so call today to make yours, and give your mom the Mother’s Day she deserves!!

Simply call 1-800-276-4753 or 239-472-3145 to make your reservation today!