For those of you out there looking for a way to make DIY look uber elegant, look no further than this gorgeous island affair by Wed Perfect at the beautiful Casa Ybel Resort. There is so much elegant inspiration to file away – for instance, I’m personally LOVING the message in a bottle programs. Genius. Or how about that in lieu of a guest book their guests left notes for them to read on their first anniversary? Adorable. I should also mention that the calligraphy by Xandra Zamora is making my heart quite happy on this Monday. Of course it doesn’t stop there – thanks to Denise Bovee Photography the gallery is full of fabulous images that are sure to make your heart happy too, so be sure to stop on by.

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From the Bride…We cut all 500 white roses & arranged them and tied each vase with a velvet ribbon in either silver, mauve, or sage. Each place setting was marked with a sprig of lavender and handwritten place cards made by the most amazing calligrapher ever – Xandra Zemora.

I wanted everything to be white with little accents of color here and there, and I wanted a wedding on the beach that I’d grown up playing on, but not a “beachy” wedding. I wanted everything to feel laid back yet elegant. I only had 2 beach references (besides the beach – obviously). The first was a single sea shell I used as a paper weight on my guest sign in table (I didn’t do a guest book – because, well I just don’t really “get” guest books). I had blank cards & envelopes and asked guest to write Rodney & I a note to read on our 1 year anniversary.  I also made our programs a message in a bottle. I collected vintage looking glass soda bottles & stuck a program in each tied with a ribbon and some feathers.  I bought white shawls in Chinatown in NYC  for guests to take as a gift as well as to stay warm if it got chilly.

One of my favorite details was the table cloth on the cake table that my mom made out of lace from her wedding. She also made table cloths to go over each of the other tables. They were very subtle and made out of cream netting draped over the white linen table cloths that were already there & added a subtle beautiful texture to the room that I really loved.  My mom also wrapped votives in lace & those were my other favorite decoration.

The whole day was amazing!  The bouquets were done by Floral Artistry of Sanibel & I added long silk ribbons to both of them to add a little pop of color. We had a friend DJ during the reception, but for the ceremony & cocktail hour, we hired Bambi Fisher through Florida Talent Consultants & she was lovely.

Wedding Planner: Jennifer Dube of Wed Perfect / Venue: Casa Ybel Resort / Calligraphy: Xandra Zamora / Floral Design: Floral Artistry / Ceremony Music: Bambi Fisher via Florida Talent Consultants / Wedding Cake: Masons Bakery / Wedding Photography: Denise Bovee Photography