They arrived from Canada with their three children for their intimate wedding at Casa Ybel Resort. I arrived a few hours before sunset on this warm day in May. We started with the ‘first look’ where Art was outside on the sidewalk with his back turned. Anne then walked up to him and tapped him on the shoulder. Art saw Ann for the first time in her wedding gown. We quickly took photographs on the Casa Ybel Resort property before the typical afternoon rains rolled through. The children, Scott, Carrie and Olivia enjoyed the photo session and created their own fun and joyful ideas for some of the photographs
Soon the rain began so we all went inside and waited for the thunderstorm to pass. The ceremony started on the lanai of the nicely appointed Casa Ybel condominium unit that overlooks the ocean. Rev Dr. Rankin McGougan was the ceremony official. A sand ceremony was completed with the children participating. Just around the time Art and Anne were pronounced husband and wife, the rains stopped and beautiful light came through the rains clouds. We hurried to the beach to catch the special light minutes before sunset.
Intimate wedding at Casa Ybel
For over twenty years I have photographed intimate weddings at Casa Ybel Resort. The property has beautiful lush, green landscaping that makes a great backdrop for wedding photography. When it rains at Casa Ybel Resort, the light becomes very special. The saturation of the mature landscaping is rich and the bright sun of a usual day does not affect people’s eyes, nor create harsh shadows. So this was one of those days to create using this special light. After the ceremony we first took pictures on the green lawn of the Casa Ybel Resort then continued on to the beach. The beach was deserted after the thunderstorm. The sand was fresh from the ocean waves without any footprints. We had the seashore all to ourselves as we continued photography of this intimate wedding at Casa Ybel. Sunset happened beautifully with the clouds in the south reflecting great colors from the west. Anne and Art and the children then walked to the Thistle Lodge restaurant where they enjoyed a celebration dinner. Shown here are some of my favorite images we captured at this intimate wedding at Casa Ybel Resort. Read more about author/photographer.
One totally amazing backdrop at the Casa Ybel Resort, a sweet and adorable couple who just can’t stop smiling, pretty natural blooms, a stunningly unique dress, and the most spectacular fiery sunset to end the night – that is just a tiny glimpse into what made Chelsea & Austin’s seaside soirée so fabulous. We are forever grateful to Studio 280 Photography for these perfect images that really put the icing on the cake of this lovely day.
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This recent Florida wedding took place on the beautiful Sanibel Island off the coast of Ft. Myers. The couple enjoyed a perfect mid December day with temperatures in the low 70s without a cloud in the sky. I convinced them to do a first look and do most of their family and friends photos before the ceremony which was close to sunset. They agreed and we took full advantage of the resort before it got dark. Congratulations to you both on your Florida destination wedding!
When you plan a destination wedding, it can be a little scary to trust vendors you’ve never met to pull off all of the intricate details you’ve planned for your elegant beach wedding. One of the things Casa Ybel Resort brags about most when it comes to weddings is our attention to those details. Brittany & Ken planned their elegant beach wedding from Pennsylvania and put a lot of trust in our Event Manager to make it happen. From high end linens to a beautiful 4-post bamboo & chiffon arch, this Sanibel Island wedding was practically dripping with wedding eye-candy! i Heart Film masterfully captured video of this wonderful couple and their perfect beach wedding.
Having an intimate beach wedding doesn’t mean it has to be casual. Heather and Jeff’s small ceremony was followed by an elegant wedding dinner in the Waterfront Room at Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island. Weddings with a short guest list leave room in the budget for spectacular flowers and Badgley Mischka shoes! Hunter Ryan Photo captured the romance of this small elegant beach wedding and the results are dreamy garden like images that make you rethink how a Florida wedding should look.
Laura and David had their intimate wedding on Sanibel Island June 23 at a secluded beach. They were joined by their parents for this intimate destination wedding. After the ceremony they returned to the Thistle Lodge on Sanibel for a celebration dinner. Thistle Lodge is an award winning restaurant that has been on Sanibel Island for many years. Thistle Lodge is a part of the Casa Ybel Resort. This is a great venue for a destination wedding. In my twenty years as a Sanibel photographer, I have photographed many weddings here. Some of the beach weddings are intimate with just a bride and groom and maybe some friends. The Thistle Lodge Restaurant can accomodate weddings of over one hundred guests. With a wedding ceremony on the beach, guests will just walk less than a minute to be in the restaurant. Thistle Lodge has amazing landscaping and unique, colorful Florida plants and trees. The wedding guests can stay at the resort interval time share units. The wedding photography can start with pictures on the green lawn then a quick walk to the beach for the ceremony. After the ceremony we take some family photographs. While we do this, the guests will usually walk the beach looking for seashells. As the whole world knows, Sanibel Island is famous for shelling!
Patricia Slater, a Sanibel and Fort Myers area wedding officiant for over 30 years, performed the sunset ceremony. Patricia, a Sanibel Island resident, provided the flowers for this destination wedding. Patricia has been performing intimate wedding ceremonies on Sanibel Island and the Fort Myers area for over 30 years. Her services include providing the marriage license, working with the bride for salon appointments, choosing the wedding flowers, recommending and reserving hotel rooms, wedding celebration dinner reservations and any other wedding details that can use the experience, knowledge and 42 years as a Sanibel Island resident.
Wedding couples flock from all over the country to Casa Ybel Resort to celebrate their love. One of the gems is our Back Lawn overlooking the sea. Tent weddings on this Gulf view lawn are the epitome of timeless elegance. Chicago couple, Shannon and Andrew, combined white and ivory with touches of silver and seafoam for a color palette that was simply stunning. Florida wedding planner, Courtney Gabelbauer of Fab Chic Weddings, pulled this breathtaking oceanfront event together with finesse. The floral chandeliers and white dance floor took this tented beach wedding over the top.