Courtney and Matthew just wanted to get away from it all. So, they invited only their closest family members to their intimate destination beach wedding at Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island. Intimate beach weddings and beach elopements are growing in popularity and allow couples to focus on what’s most important – each other! Sanibel Island wedding photographer Joe Cappasso blew us away with these dramatic portraits of Courtney and Matthew on their wedding day.
There’s something so timeless about a seaside beach wedding. Walking along boardwalks, past hills of sea grass and beneath towering Australian Pines only to emerge on a sandy plain overlooking endless ocean; time seems to actually stand still. Jenny and Oscar’s destination wedding on Sanibel Island really embodies the timeless quality of the historic yet modern Casa Ybel Resort. These breathtaking images by Sanibel Island Wedding Photographer Set Free Photography capture the simple elegance of this island ceremony and make you wish you were there.
Michigan couple, Catherine and Jeffrey, knew they found the perfect tropical wedding venue for their destination beach wedding when they selected Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island. The white sand beach and the aquamarine waters of the Gulf of Mexico were the perfect setting for their tropical color palette of turquoise, coral and plum. Check out these amazing photos from Sanibel Island Wedding Photographer New Ground Photography of Catherine & Jeffrey’s destination beach wedding at Casa Ybel Resort.
Beach weddings aren’t always about sand and shells. Sarah & Jason proved this to be true with their rustic themed destination wedding at Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island, FL. They used elements such as burlap and lace, mason jars and twine, even slices of tree stumps to deck out their tented beachfront wedding reception. Dr. Dan Lamey performed a beautiful ceremony and Damian of MVD Films captured it in this wedding video trailer.
Star Wars fans, Ashley & Eric, put a DIY twist on their Sanibel Island destination wedding at Casa Ybel Resort. Soft pinks and aquas juxtaposed with metallic rose and yellow gold kick this brunch wedding up a notch. The Star Wars references are subtle and include a framed Han Solo and Princess Leia print next to rock candy escort cards and handmade Han & Leia cake toppers. For a little throw back fun, Ashley & Eric built their own photo booth and hunted down some Polaroid cameras so guests could leave them photo wishes in their guestbook. Hunter Ryan Photo managed to capture the magic of a morning wedding on Sanibel Island in the photos below.
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!
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.