Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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!!