Sanibel Island Casa Ybel Wedding

Sanibel Island, Florida


Photographer’s Note:

Chris and Melissa were a joy to work with on their Sanibel Island Casa Ybel Wedding. Chris and Melissa flew down from Kansas for their destination wedding in Sanibel and were blessed with gorgeous weather (meaning NO rain!). We even had the honor of enjoying a beautiful sunset with rays of light beaming out through the sky. It was absolutely breathtaking and I couldn’t of wished for a better sunset that evening for my bride and groom. During the ceremony, I got to meet one of the most adorable black labradors that any pet lover would appreciate. This dog was probably the size of a St. Bernard and there were a couple of times I had to stop myself during reception from just snuggling up next to him on the floor in the corner. haha. The dog was a service dog or specifically an “eye seeing dog” for the bride’s step-mother and is why he was present during the day. As for the reception, I had an absolute blast! The DJ from the Clint Wiley Band played some great music that ignited a fire under ever single person sitting in that room. The dance floor was packed, the music was thumping, and everyone was enjoying themselves to the fullest.

Thank you to Melissa and Chris for allowing me to document such a fun and heart filled day and I just wanted to make a side note to Chris regarding the game between both of our football teams (Oakland Raiders versus Pittsburgh Steelers), your team may have gotten us this year…but as soon as we get our offense back on track, we will be gunning for you guys next year. I promise! haha. Best of luck to the both of you in whatever you have planned for your future together, I am sure it will be filled with laughter and bucket loads of kisses. ūüôā


Maria Angela

Interview with the Bride:

Maria: How did you both meet?

Melissa: We met through a mutual friend that had a class with Chris at Mizzou.  My friend wanted to introduce us several times since we were often at the same place, but it never worked out.   We finally met in April 2006 at a popular bar on Columbia, MO and had an instant connection.  We dated long distance for the first two years of our relationship, and then Chris moved to Kansas City, MO.


Maria: How did Chris propose to you?

Melissa:¬†For our 6 Year Anniversary¬†this year,¬†Chris planned a surprise¬†massage for me at our hotel.¬†Afterwards¬†I went upstairs to our room where I found rose petals from the door to the bed, where he spelled out “Will You Marry Me?”¬†He popped the question on bended knee, and of course,¬†I said yes!¬†Later that evening Chris surprised me with a boat cruise to watch the fireworks over the lake. It was a weekend we will never forget!


Maria: Was there any details that were DIY (Do it yourself)?

Melissa: A few of the projects I made for the wedding were the place cards from glitter card stock that I bought at a craft store.  And I made the card box, by looking up ideas from Pinterest and Etsy.


Maria: What was the biggest obstacle while planning your wedding?

Melissa: I would say that the biggest obstacle for planning the wedding was living in another state.  If I wanted to see something one more time at Casa Ybel, I couldn’t just drive over there.  The staff at Casa Ybel was amazing, and they helped with a lot of the questions that I had.


Maria: What was your best memory from your wedding day? And Why?

Melissa:¬†Everything was perfect, and I couldn’t have asked for a better day.¬† But the memory that stuck out to me the most was when we did our entrance for the reception.¬† I just remember being introduced as Mr.¬† & Mrs. and we came in doing our Thizzle dance with everyone cheering us on.

Chris: Just seeing the culmination of all Melissa’s hard work and everything working out the way it was supposed to.  I’ll always remember the first time I saw Melissa on that bridge.  She looked amazing.  Overall, the day was perfect, and I’m happy that Melissa got to see her vision.


Maria: Why did you choose Casa Ybel as your venue?

Melissa: We wanted to do a destination wedding, but wanted some place that family and friends could easily still come.  I really wanted to have beach wedding on an island, but I still wanted to have a small reception for guests to have dinner and dance. A few months after we got engaged we flew down to visit Casa Ybel and fell in love with the location and the staff.  The ocean view from the Thistle Lodge where we would be having our reception, was breathtaking.


Maria: Any tips or advice for other brides/grooms planning their wedding?

Melissa: I think that the best advice that I could give to anyone that is planning their wedding is to do little projects little by little, and to start early.  I think that over preparing for things is what helped me the most.  I never really got too stressed out with the wedding planning process because I would work on various things throughout our engagement.  So when it was time for us to leave for Florida, I had everything organized and packed.  And if possible, try not to stressed out over the little details and enjoy your day.

 Chris:  Allow the bride to handle all of the planning and remember that this day is for her, not you.


Vendor Information

Cake: Mason’s Bakery

Florist: Signature Florals

Hair: Jamie Lyn Cintron

Makeup: Jamie Lyn Cintron

Dress Store: Bridal Extraordinaire

Dress Designer: Saison Blanche

Shoes: Antonio Melani

Men’s Attire: Banana Republic

DJ or Band: Stereophonic DJ’s

Favors: Garrett’s Popcorn

Centerpieces: Signature Florals

Shuttle Transportation: Sanibel Taxi


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