THE KNOT REVEALS HALL OF FAME: THE BEST OF THE BEST IN WEDDING INDUSTRY
— First-Ever Wedding Industry Hall of Fame Pronounces Preeminent Vendors Across the U.S. –
NEW YORK (October 1, 2013) – Whether they’re trying to find the wedding dress salon with the best service in Philadelphia, the most creative wedding photographers in Los Angeles, New York’s top cake bakers or Miami’s hottest reception sites, engaged couples across the country want the inside scoop from real brides. The Knot Wedding Network (NYSE: XOXO), which is composed of the top two wedding websites, TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com, today announces the first-of-its-kind wedding industry Hall of Fame for the all-time best wedding vendors across the United States.
Comprised of winners of the annual Best of Weddings, a by-brides-for-brides guide to the top wedding vendors in 80-plus cities across the U.S., the Hall of Fame inducts wedding vendors who have won four or more Best of Weddings awards. This honorable list of 331 inductees includes less than 2 percent of wedding professionals.
Casa Ybel Resort is thrilled to have been named as a Hall of Fame honoree. “We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on The Knot Wedding Network; it means so much to us and our business to have received such tremendous feedback over four years. We are dedicated to providing excellent service to all of our clients and look forward to helping future brides plan their perfect day.”
“For the past seven years, our reviews have been the definitive resource for our brides, providing them with unparalleled vendor recommendations directly from the tried-and-true experiences of fellow brides,” said Carley Roney, cofounder of TheKnot.com. “We’re beyond thrilled to induct our first-ever Hall of Fame, crowning the best of the best across the country, based on more than 725,000 reviews from real brides.”
About XO Group Inc.
XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), is a global media and technology leader devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between, providing young women with the trusted information, products and advice they need to guide them through the most transformative events of their lives. Our family of premium brands began with the #1 wedding brand, The Knot, and has grown to include WeddingChannel.com, The Nest, The Bump, TheBlush.com and Ijie.com. XO Group is recognized by the industry for being innovative in all media – from the web to social media and mobile, magazines and books, and video – and our groundbreaking social platforms have ignited passionate communities across the world. XO Group has leveraged its customer loyalty into successful businesses in online sponsorship and advertising, registry services, ecommerce and publishing. The company is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange (XOXO) and is headquartered in New York City. Follow XO Group on Twitter @xogroupinc.
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We believe that where ever you are, whether or not you are ready, true love will find you. So it was with Jonathan and Karen. One evening, before they knew each other they both happened to be attending an event at their church. As soon as Jonathan saw Karen he knew he wanted to get to know her. He told a friend he would like to date ‘that girl’, but his friend said he thought she was already dating someone and so the matter was dropped.
A few months later Karen’s relationship ended. Jonathan had not forgotten her and saw his chance. He asked her out on a date, but Karen wasn’t ready. Jonathan knew Karen was special and would check in from time to time. Eventually Jonathan decided to take a step back to give Karen some space. Believe it or not, Karen missed Jonathan and realized there was more to him than she originally thought. Karen told her friends to tell Jonathan’s friends if he asked her out again she would agree. This was just what Jonathan was waiting for, they arranged a date and well… they’ve been together ever since.
They both love the beach and decided Casa Ybel Resort was the perfect setting for their destination wedding. Family and friends joined them in the sunshine to pray with them and attest to their covenant of marriage. Nautilus Photopraphy photographed them during and after the ceremony as they walked and talked on the beach.
The DJ announced the new couple as they danced to Train’s Marry Me. Later Karen danced with her dad and her sister said a few words as they cut their beautiful cake. The food was blessed and everyone enjoyed a sumptuous Brunch Buffet at the resort’s Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant. This wonderful couple enjoyed their special day with family and friends outdoors on the Flagstone Veranda to the tune of steel drums in the background. We are all honored to be a part of this celebration.
Naples, FL (June 5, 2013) — Lubner Group (www.LubnerGroup.com), the hospitality division of Clive Daniel Home, http://www.CliveDanielHome.com, the Naples, Florida fine furnishings retailer, has recently completed a “makeover” of the Thistle Lodge flagstone veranda at the iconic Casa Ybel Resort CasaYbelResort on Sanibel Island, Florida.
Commented General Manager, Frolian Ramirez, Jr., “We asked Lubner Group to revitalize the space with an updated and relaxing look that would be appealing for social gatherings. They did such a great job that the outside deck has now become a popular gathering spot for resort guests, with many taking photos of the area. They are delighted with the transformation of the area since it provides an intimate, and cozy atmosphere ideal for private and group gatherings.”
According to Nancy Woodhouse, IDS, of Lubner Group and interior designer for the project, “We reinvented the space and made it more inviting by installing comfy seating with cushions in hues of vibrant, happy and eye-popping citrus colors, giving it a welcoming ‘wow’ factor. This helped to transform the area into a highly popular place to gather for cocktails overlooking the resort’s beautiful grounds.”
In 2012, Lubner Group also completed the resort’s front desk reception area as well as the total renovation of the 40 individually owned one-bedroom beachfront condominiums at the resort. There are also 74-two-bedroom timeshare villas on the 23-acre Gulf-front property, a massive pool area, six tennis courts and legendary Thistle Lodge restaurant. The condominiums are managed by Casa Hospitality Services, a division of Casa Ybel Resort Partnership. The fixed-week timeshare units are managed by Hilton Grand Vacations, under the leadership of Chris Cain.
The Lubner Group is internationally respected for its hospitality and commercial design work, providing purchasing and design services for commercial and shared-use properties plus developers of high-rise condominiums and single-family communities in North America and abroad. Daniel Lubner can be reached at 239-292-3717.
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Casa Ybel Resort is pleased to announce they have been selected winner in The Knot Best of Weddings 2012 for Knot Florida Magazine and theknot.com. This is the second year Casa Ybel Resort has been voted one of the top Wedding Venues for the west coast of Florida.
We would like to thank our wonderful brides and grooms for nominating us for this distinction and we would also like to send a special thank you to our colleagues and service providers for the accomplishment. We look forward to another year of making Sanibel wedding dreams come true.
The Team at Casa Ybel Resort
Casa Ybel Resort, a 23-acre full service resort off the coast of Southwest Florida’s Sanibel Island has promoted Lea O’Brien and Sean Ramsey to Event Coordinator and Restaurant Manager for its Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant.
Since 2006, Lea O’Brien has co-supervised the Food & Beverage operations at Coconuts Poolside Bar and Grill and has been front and center to Casa Ybel Resort’s many annual visitors. Lea’s guest service ability and attention to detail make her an excellent candidate for the Event Coordinator position. She will work closely with Casa Ybel’s clients and staff to coordinate every aspect of an event to make sure it runs smoothly and successfully.