Casa Ybel Resort

Our wedding on this last Saturday in August brought us to Sanibel Island at the Casa Ybel Resort. This was a destination wedding for Allison and Christopher, our couple from Vermont.  It turned out to be a lovely day and luckily enough, rain free.  Allison chose the Seaside Strings Violin and Cello Duo for her wedding ceremony music so I am joined by my colleague, Diane Coffman.

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I loved the colors that she chose for this beach wedding and the white flower arrangements made by Libby’s Flowers were gorgeous with the teal.  The starfish hung onto the aisle chairs were a nice touch too. Thankfully, they were able to find the owner of the boat in the distance. He moved it so they would have a clean view for the pictures.

We were due to start playing at 4:45  but the guests did not begin to come to the beach until 5:10. It was a hot day, in the upper 80’s, but with the nice breeze it did not feel too uncomfortable to us.  Allison chose all popular songs for us to play for the prelude. These included” Bittersweet Symphony”, “Halo”, and “Titanium”. With a signal from Leah, the coordinator at the resort, we began to play” Paradise”  for the Entrance of the Groom and Officiate, the Seating of the Mothers, the 5 Bridesmaids and Ring Bearer. As we began to play Pachelbel’s Canon in D, Allison’s baby daughter was carried out and then Allison made her way down the aisle.  Allison’s Mom later told me it was her dream to walk out on her wedding day to  that music since she was a little girl. It was our honor to help make that dream come true!

The ceremony was led by Jack, a family friend. He kindly gave us a nod to start the music, “Only Time”,  when Allison and Christopher presented their baby with a special necklace. After the introduction of  the newlyweds, we played “Marry Me”  as the wedding party exited. We concluded our portion of the proceedings with” Just the Way You Are Amazing” as pictures were being taken.

The guests greeted us so warmly afterwards and I did get to sneak in during pictures and congratulate Allison. We enjoyed playing the music she selected and wish the couple all the best! It was a very special day!


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