SANIBEL ISLAND DESTINATION WEDDING | STACIA & JEFF | 03.11.16

Sanibel Island Destination Wedding

When Stacia and Jeff, professional wedding photographers in the Des Moines, Iowa area, asked us to photograph their Sanibel Island destination wedding in March, we didn’t hesitate. To capture this couple’s unique love story on Sanibel Island, Florida, with its drop-dead gorgeous tropical background was a perfect fit for the kind of wedding photography we love. The first two photos, below, not only showcase Stacia and Jeff and their love for each other, but also the miles of white sand beaches, palm trees, and beautiful blue water. Come with us on the photographic journey of their wedding day.

Wedding Day:

Bride and groom at sunset at a Sanibel Island destination weddingAbove, just after their ceremony on Sanibel Island, a short while before sunset.

Bride and groom walking on Sanibel Island beach

Above, at the north end of Sanibel Island with only the pass separating it from Captiva. Photographing wedding day details with palm trees and crushed shells, below. This Sanibel Island destination wedding day begins with a tropical feel!

Detail photos at Sanibel Inn, Sanibel Island, Florida

Stacia’s gorgeous wedding dress against the periwinkle blue backdrop, below. Stacia has hair and makeup done on the lanai at her suite.

Bride getting ready photo, wedding dress

Stacia is such a gorgeous bride. Below.

Bridal portraits at Sanibel Inn, Sanibel Island destination wedding

Below, basking quietly in luscious narrow slats of light.Bridal portrait in the shadows at the Sanibel Inn, Sanibel Island, Florida

Stacia, below, waits for Jeff and their wedding day first look on one of the boardwalks at Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island, Florida. We knew Stacia and Jeff’s first look would be beautiful, but it turned out to be so much more than we expected. The wedding day first look is when a couple arranges to see each other before the wedding ceremony. It is an especially poignant moment for the groom. This moment is all about the emotion as the groom sees his lovely bride for the first time. See the five panels below.

Bride on the boardwalk at Casa Ybel, Sanibel Island, Florida

Below: Alternating focus on Jeff watching a personal message on an iPad as Stacia watches. Jeff hadn’t yet turned to see Stacia for their first look at this point.Bride watching groom, Casa Ybel, Sanibel Island, FloridaBride and groom at Casa Ybel, Sanibel Island, Florida

Tears of happiness and joy for Jeff from the messages and gifts from Stacia. Bride watches groom, Casa Ybel, Sanibel Island, FloridaIt’s first look time! Stacia predicted tears from Jeff, and she was correct in her prediction.  Groom during wedding day first lookBride during first look at Casa Ybel, Sanibel Island, FloridaBride and groom during wedding day first look, Casa Ybel, Sanibel Island, Florida

In the seven panels, below, Stacia and Jeff adoring each other as they walk along the pristine white beach at Casa Ybel. Miles of soft, white, sand beach!

Bride and groom walking on Sanibel Island beachBride and groom on the beach at Sanibel Island, FloridaBride and groom kissing on Sanibel Island beach, FloridaBride and groom kissing on Sanibel Island beach, FloridaGroom kissing brides hand, Sanibel Island destination wedding photographyBride and groom dancing on the beach at Sanibel Island, FloridaCouple embracing on the beach, Sanibel Island, Florida

Bride and groom photos, Sanibel Island destination weddings

Stacia and Jeff both have children, so they were the bridal party. Below.

Destination wedding photography, bridal party

Bride during processional, wedding bouquet

Casa Ybel wedding, Sanibel Island beachBride and groom during wedding ceremony, Sanibel Island beach, FloridaWedding ceremony at Casa Ybel, Sanibel IslandBride and groom during wedding ceremony, Sanibel Island FloridaBride and groom during wedding ceremony, ring ceremonySanibel Island beach wedding ceremony

Bride and groom during first kiss, beach destination weddingBride and groom on Sanibel Island beach

Below, the delicious food during the reception at Casa Ybel.

Destination wedding food photos

Bride and groom during wedding reception, Casa Ybel, Sanibel Island, Florida

POST WEDDING SESSION:

The following day, March 12, 2016: we joined the newlyweds for a fun and relaxed photo session. We wanted to have things look as different from wedding day as we could. New locations, store fronts, and bold splashes of color on both Captiva Island and Sanibel Island, were planned.

Bride and groom in front of brightly colored buildingIconic storefronts are our favorites! How quaint and magical is this?Bride and groom at The Island Store, Captiva Island, FloridaBride and groom in front of palm trees, Captiva Island, FloridaPalm fronds make a great background for this image (above) taken on Captiva Island. Bride and groom in adirondack chairs, Captiva Island, FloridaBride and groom at sunset on Sanibel Island beach

Above two panels continue on Captiva.  Below returns to Sanibel Island.  Bride and groom at sunset on Sanibel Island beach,Bride and groom selfie

Above, wedding day selfie! Below, a tree-lined avenue on Captiva.Bride and groom walking down dirt road, Sanibel Island FloridaBride and groom on Sanibel Island Lighthouse Beach

The famous “From Here to Eternity” scene, imitated by Stacia and Jeff in the warm waters near Fisherman’s Pier on Sanibel Island.Bride and groom kissing on the beachBride and groom during post wedding shoot, Sanibel sunset

Above and below, our two closing post-wedding session photos. The clouds came in, as if on cue, for some added drama. We had a fantastic time with these two, and did we mention how much we love our jobs? And our clients!Bride and groom in the water during post wedding photos

Venue: Casa Ybel Resort
Photographers: Russell Caron Wedding Photography, photographs by Russell Caron and Liz Caron
Dress: Dornink
Florist: Signature Florals
Hair and Makeup: Blue Water Salon
Officiant: Rev Lincoln Weddings

We love comments!! Please leave a comment to let us know if you enjoyed Stacia and Jeff’s Sanibel Island destination wedding. Thank you!
Maine wedding photographers Russell and Liz Caron put the fun into wedding photography for Maine wedding couples. Feel the love as this dynamic pair effortlessly capture each of your cherished moments, producing natural poses and unparalleled art for your wedding day. Russell Caron Wedding Photography will photograph weddings at any destination you can think of, whether it’s a Sanibel Island destination wedding, a Caribbean resort wedding, or an Italian villa wedding! For more information, please contact us right away!

 

 

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2 comments on “SANIBEL ISLAND DESTINATION WEDDING | STACIA & JEFF | 03.11.16
  1. Sarah Turnbull says:

    Wow! Amazing portraits! Congratulations!!!

  2. Teresa LaVallee says:

    Beautiful, congratulations!

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