A Classic Beach Wedding at Casa Ybel Resort in Sanibel Island, Florida
Melissa Babins (28 and a teacher) and Evan Flechsig (27 and a programmer) had their wedding in the same place they got engaged: Sanibel Island, Florida. The place is special to them because they have often visited the island’s wildlife refuge together. Because Evan proposed to Melissa on the beach at sunset, it was only fitting that their ceremony also have beautiful water views. The couple was married on the waterfront lawn at the Casa Ybel Resort. To let the venue’s beautiful surroundings speak for itself, Melissa and Evan decorated the ceremony area simply with a draped white wedding arch covered in black, white and gold streamers. They hung sentimental photos from the chairs on the ceremony aisle. At the following reception indoors, Melissa and Evan decorated the dining tables with simple white floral centerpieces and floating candles in ornate silver holders. Instead of having a traditional guest book, the couple invited their guests to sign a dry-erase board and add word magnets to the board as a fun touch. See all the details, captured by Impressions Photography, below.
Sanibel Island is a quiet and romantic beach destination that is so attractive for weddings big and small. Toni and Michael brought their closest family and friends from Iowa to the historic Casa Ybel Resort for their intimate Sanibel beach wedding.
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.
From the photographer…
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!