Monday, June 10, 2013

Katherine and Carl's Destination Wedding at Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island

By Frank Simonetti

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.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Destination Beach Weddings at Casa Ybel Resort

It is amazing to be able to come to work everyday and feel like you are headed for a tropical getaway.  Sanibel Island truly is a balmy, breezy, beach paradise.  As if that isn't enough, I then get to work with some amazing couples to help create and evolve their wedding dreams.  2012 Fall/Winter season here at Casa Ybel was quite busy.Here are some highlights from the last few months.

Beautiful and Delicious

How Fun!!
Unbeatable Sunsets
I would like to give a special thank you to the staff here at Casa Ybel and all of our preferred vendors that helped make our 2012 Wedding season such a tremendous success!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Casa Ybel Wedding - Julianna + Phil

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Casa Ybel Wedding - Julianna + Phil

Julianna and Phil truly had the perfect destination wedding.  Right down to the " I do " decals on the back of her purple Kate Spade shoes, which is something I just loved, to the gorgeous weather at Casa Ybel on Sanibel Island.  On Friday, October 26th, 2012 our bride and groom came from Pennsylvania to get married at Casa Ybel Resort on Boardwalk beach.  We are very excited about their movie trailer, it is certain to be amazing, just like Julianna and Phil.  We wish you guys all the best and thank you for letting us be there for your special day. xo

We enjoyed working along:

Casa Ybel Resort - Venue, Lea O'Brien
Weddings By Socialites - Wedding Planner
Ashley Brockinton Photography - Photography 
Hope Artistry - make up and hair 
Signature Florals - florals
Mason's Bakery - cake
Sterophonic DJ's - entertainment 
Officiant - Pastor Tom Funk 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Jennifer & Nick's Casa Ybel Resort Sanibel Island Wedding by Luminaire Foto

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Spending time on Sanibel Island, whether for a photo shoot or to bike around the lighthouse and grab ice cream at Pinocchio's, is one of our favorite ways to spend a day.  It's such a laid-back and naturally beautiful place where modern development hasn't managed to take over.  We photographed Jen and Nick's sunny wedding at Casa Ybel Resort.  The whole group was a pleasure to work with and we wish the newlyweds all the best.  Congrats Jen and Nick!