Destination Wedding – Casa Ybel Resort, Sanibel Island, Florida { Linda + Kim }

Written by Frank Simonetti and re-posted from the blog of Frank Simonetti Photography.

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bride and groom kiss on the beachKim and Linda dreamed of a destination wedding on a tropical island.  Their research brought them to Sanibel Island. They chose me as their Sanibel wedding photographer. Kim and Linda arrived from Sweden with their two sons for a sunset wedding at the Casa Ybel Resort. We met early for family photographs and special images that Linda hoped for on this sunny afternoon. We walked around the beautifully landscaped Casa Ybel Resort for over an hour before the beach wedding ceremony. The flowers were created by Floral Artistry of Sanibel Island. The beautiful bouquet looked just perfect for this lovely bride. It was soon time to meet the minister, so the boys and I waited at the pool bar that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. The bartender was Kasey and he served ice cold refreshments while we waited.

We were all introduced to the wedding officiant, Carl Perstad who was assisted by his wife Susanne. They live in Cape Coral and perform weddings in the Fort Myers area. They are originally from Sweden and performed the ceremony in their native language. It was joyful vows with smiles and happy faces. I did not understand the ceremony words spoken in the Swedish language. However, when I saw Kim and Linda kiss, I knew they were officially declared husband and wife and I photographed their first kiss. Susanne then prepared a champagne toast for the newlyweds while they were hugging their sons. The marriage license was signed while everyone enjoyed champagne and soft drinks.

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Carl and Susanne then gave goodbye hugs and congratulations to the wedding party. I looked at the sun and knew how much time until sunset. I created Sanibel wedding photography for over twenty years on this beautiful island. We captured the family walking down the beach and the boys enjoyed looking for seashells. Sunset was gaining color so our last picture was Linda’s request for an image of her jumping in the air.

Shown here are my favorite images that we created. The wedding family walked to the Thistle Lodge for their celebration dinner.

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Sanibel Island Beach Wedding Video – Casa Ybel Resort { Chelsea + Austin }

Remember Chelsea & Austin’s Boho Beach Wedding that Borrowed & Blue published over the summer?  We’ve been holding on to the wedding video and waiting for the right moment to share it.  With the freezing temperatures in the north, we thought this would be a great time to bring you some sunshine from this beach wedding at Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island.

Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | 239-472-0693 |
Videography: Blue Moon Video | (239) 466-8010 |
Florist: Signature Florals | 239-437-2860 |
Officiant: Kelly Koerpel | 239-826-6542

Casa Ybel Resort Reviews – 5 Stars on The Knot

posted 12/17/2015

Casa Ybel is amazing!!! If you are looking for a venue on Sanibel start and end here! Tori and her team are exceptional and take care of every detail you can imagine. The entire staff at Cada Ybel is so friendly and helpful, Jeremy and Woody ran our reception and they were awesome. Everything went off without a hitch! We had a small wedding, 18 guests and they all raved about the location, wedding and food. This is the best wedding food you will ever have! We chose filet mignon and chicken entrees and it was the best filet I have ever had. The view, history of the venue, the team and the list of recommended vendors are all exceptional. I am so thankful we chose to have our wedding at Casa Ybel, it was worth every penny. Thank you again for everything!

Sanibel Wedding – Casa Ybel Resort

Written by Nick Adams and re-posted from the blog of Nick Adams Photography.

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Timothy and Kelly had an intimate Sanibel wedding Ceremony at Casa Ybel resort. This is their second marriage, so they wanted to keep the focus on the two of them and their 5 children and very special guests. By all accounts the wedding was a big hit! We received this awesome message shortly after the wedding:

“I just wanted to leave you a quick message letting you know how wonderful and thorough Nick was for our wedding shoot!  Not only did Tim and I love him, we got many compliments from the rest or our guests regarding his wonderful work!  Thank you for all of  your work, suggestions and great communication!  I would definitely recommend this business to all!

Wow what a compliment! thanks guys

Intimate Weddings

Timothy and kelly chose to go for a small wedding and Intimate weddings are becoming more and more popular.  I think many of our couples are looking to take the stress out of a huge wedding.  Intimate weddings are a great way to go for destination Brides.  In the right situation, they check all the boxes: small, convenient, intimate and quite importantly, very cost effective:) You will often find that vendors and resorts will have special packaging and pricing for intimate weddings. There is normally a limit to how many people constitute the making of an intimate package. This number varies from vendor to vendor. For us it is twelve people but we are somewhat flexible depending on the day of the wedding. Vendors will also provide packages for intimate weddings. We can offer additional services like video, profesional audio and we also have an officiant on staff! Other vendors/resorts may bundle in things like bouquets or seating or maybe a bottle of champers or two. It’s worth checking.


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Bride and Groom under a Banyan tree

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The ever popular Gazebo at Casa Ybel Resort

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The sandy walk:)

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Beach wedding at it’s finest!

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The Vows

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Blending families symbolically with Sand

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The isle on the island

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By the sea oats

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The Groomsmen

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Back of the dress

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A walk in paradise

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PUBLISHED: Rachel and Nicholas: Romantic Florida Beach Wedding

Well, folks, another beautiful wedding from Casa Ybel Resort has been published!  Rachel & Nicholas’s wedding, photographed by Impressions Photography has been picked up by!

Copied directly from the Big Day blog

Rachel and Nicholas: Romantic Florida Beach Wedding

Impressions Photography London
Photographer:  Impressions Photography

Rachel and Nicholas exchanged vows in a beautiful beach ceremony at the Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island. Their intimate ceremony included a shell ceremony where their guests had the opportunity to make a personal wish for the couple as they cast their shells into the Gulf of Mexico. After the ceremony the couple went inside the historic Thistle Lodge at Casa Ybel where they enjoyed the culinary delights of the award winning restaurant. The party continued into the evening with dancing and good times. The day was definitely one that their guests will never forget.

Photographer:  Impressions Photography//Reception Venue: Casa Ybel Resort//Floral Designer: Floral Artistry//Cake Designer: Mason’s Bakery//

Destination Beach Wedding – Sanibel Island, Florida { Laura + Jim }

Destination Beach Wedding - Sanibel Island, Florida The waters of the Gulf of Mexico were especially aquamarine on the day of Laura and Jim’s destination beach wedding on Sanibel Island.  Tonya Malay Photography, really captured the essence of this island wedding in these bright beautiful images.


Wedding Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | 239-472-0693 |
Photography: Tonya Malay Photography | 239-498-1685 |
Florist: Floral Artistry | 239-472-3040 |
Music: Steve Farst | 239-645-0651 |

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Casa Ybel Resort Reviews – 5 Stars on The Knot

posted 12/09/2015

Casa Ybel was the perfect venue for our destination wedding on 11/6/15. My husband and I had vacationed here several years ago and as soon as I stepped foot on the property I told him “Someday, this is where I want to get married at”! Casa Ybel and Tori’s team not only met my expectations they exceeded them! With Tori I knew everything was in good hands. She was always quick to reply to any emails or returns phone calls. She helped make sure that every detail was taken care of, especially items I never would have thought about! On our wedding day everything went just as planned. I have heard horror stories about weddings just going horribly wrong, but not mine! I can honestly look back and not think of one detail that went wrong. Everything was exactly how we planned it! We couldn’t have pulled it off without Tori and the awesome staff at Casa Ybel. This bride not only had her perfect wedding…she was stress free as well. We defiantly had the “A” team and I would highly recommend them for your wedding no matter how big or small. You will not be disappointed!