Casa Ybel Resort

Sanibel Island, Florida

Tying the knot, Sanibel style

This junonia was "planted" on the beach by Michael Grey to propose to his fiancee Julia Dressler. The couple was married in April at Casa Ybel Resort surrounded by friends and family.

As reported in the Sanibel Captiva Islander Newspaper on May 6, 2011

On Jan. 15, 2010, The Sanibel-Captiva Islander contained a charming article about a young man from Pennsylvania who proposed marriage to his sweetheart by ‘planting’ a junonia on the beach with his “will you marry me?” message printed inside the shell.

On April 9, Julia Dressler and Michael Grey made good on the promises from 15 months ago and tied the knot in style at Sanibel’s iconic Casa Ybel Resort.

The bride was escorted to the 4 o’clock beach ceremony site by her parents, Suzanne and Barry Dressler of Jeffersonville, Pa., and Sanibel. Awaiting them were 75 guests who had assembled from as far away as Washington State and as near as Sanibel. As the bride approached, a spontaneous cheer went up from the guests, surprising all.

Awaiting them was the groom, accompanied by his best man, Josh Weigner of Boston, and Julia’s Matron of Honor and cousin, Erin Intessimoni of Waterford, N.J.

Sanibel resident and owner of Weddings by the Sea, Patricia Slater, conducted the ceremony uniting the couple. The very personal insights of Slater’s service included the couple’s love of the island and of finding that special junonia discovered on the beach at Sanibel Moorings, where the bride’s parents have owned their home-away-from-home since 1985.

The Matron of Honor proclaimed a reading from Sacred Scripture, the First Letter of John, in which God is acknowledged at the source of love. Mrs. Intessimoni also offered a Nuptial Blessing, on behalf of all those present, near the conclusion of the ceremony.

The couple’s vows amused the gathering with their whimsical yet deeply-heart-felt commitment.

The bride, a die-hard fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, promised that the groom would always be her MVP, that she would share their road trip of life together through many championship seasons.

The groom, a collector of antique Jeeps, promised a life of love and excitement that would be as much fun as driving a rugged trail Jeep with no windshield, no doors or top! The couple obviously knows the value of a sense of humor within married life.

Bride Julia Dressler and groom Mike Grey are flanked by their best man Josh Weigner of Boston and matron of honor Erin Intessimoni of Waterford, N.J

Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail party on the Great Lawn with butlers serving the couple’s signature drink, Sanibel Sunset, immediately upon arriving off the hot, sunny beach. Hors d’oeuvres were enjoyed, and tropical music by Clint Wiley delighted the guests until dinner was served under a magnificent tent. Chef John Wolff, of Thistle Lodge, served a delicious plated dinner featuring a duet of Filet Mignon with a red wine demi glaze and Florida Grouper with a key lime-infused butter sauce.

The stunningly beautiful wedding cake, created by Mason’s Bakery, was a three-square-tiered tower of citrus fillings of key lime, lemon, and orange amid white cake topped by butter cream icing and white chocolate seas shells.

The tables were adorned with aqua table linens, orange napkins, sand dollar place cards, and gorgeous tropical bromeliad centerpieces created by Sanibel resident and horticultural expert, Judy Hicks.

The bride and groom and all the wedding-goers danced the night away to the energetic music of Clint Wiley’s None Other, six-piece rock band of state-wide renown. It was a gorgeous, starry night with Gulf breezes cooling the dancers. The band ended the festivities with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” which brought down the house.

All of the images and memories of the day’s events were captured by highly respected Sanibel photographer, Nick Adams. It was a perfect day comprised of dozens of details all expertly overseen by Casa Ybel’s Wedding Coordinator, Jennifer Dube.
After a “Morning after Mimosa Party” at the Dresslers’ home on Sunday morning and spending a relaxing day with friends and family, the couple departed on Monday for the docks at Fort Lauderdale. Awaiting the newlyweds was an 11-night cruise on Celebrity’s Equinox balcony state room and concierge class service to the countries of Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, and Grand Cayman Islands. While there was no television reception of Phillies games, the couple did experience two shore excursions of Jeep-adventuring through the rain forests in Central America!

On April 22, the couple flew north to take up residence in their new home in Skippack, Pennsylvania. But their hearts belong to Sanibel and it won’t be long until they return to the place they love best.

Thistle Lodge Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet

Join us at the Historic Thistle Lodge at Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island for Mother’s Day Brunch! Beachfront dining and a special menu of exquisitely prepared food is guaranteed to make your holiday one you will always remember.

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May 8 , 2011 from 11a – 3p
• Adults $54.95 – includes a champagne cocktail
• Children 10 years and under – $19.95
•Children under 5 years of age – No Charge
Click the image to view our Special Holiday Menu.

Featuring Live Entertainment

The Thistle Lodge will offer it’s regular menu for beach front dining from 5:30p-9p

Call 239.472.9200 and Make Your Reservations Today!
Thistle Lodge Beachfront Dining at Casa Ybel Resort
2255 West Gulf Drive • Sanibel Island

Valentine’s Day 2011

Casa Ybel’s historic Thistle Lodge on Sanibel Island is accepting reservations for Valentine’s Day 2011.

February 14th, 2011
Featuring live entertainment from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Dinner includes Soup or Salad and Dessert.
Please call 239.472.9200 to make your reservations.

You can view small sample of the special menu by clicking the image to the right.
View the full menu online at

Thistle Lodge Beachfront Dining
at Casa Ybel Resort
2255 West Gulf Drive ~ Sanibel Island



Casa Ybel Resort Awarded 2011 Pick in The Knot Best of Weddings

Casa Ybel Resort is pleased to announce they have been selected winner in The Knot Best of Weddings 2011 for Knot Florida Magazine and  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.

Best regards,

The Team at Casa Ybel Resort

Celebrate the Holidays at Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant Sanibel Island

Make your reservations today to dine Christmas and New Years at award winning Thistle Lodge at Casa Ybel Resort.

Thistle Lodge Christmas & New Years Menus

Thistle Lodge Christmas & New Years Menus. Please click the image to view a legible copy.

Our famous Christmas Day Buffet will be served from 12p – 7:30p, and with foods that range from traditional to local favorites there is sure to be something for everyone.

Welcome 2011 In Style at Thistle Lodge

Join us as we ring in the New Year in elegant style! Dine on a mouth-watering array of delicious foods, including herb-crusted rack of lamb, lump crabmeat stuffed sole or grilled filet mignon and lobster tail.

Famed New York singer and musician, Robert Mosci, will be providing entertainment throughout the evening. Mosci, who regularly performs at New York City’s famed Water Club has wowed audiences since he was a teen, mastering a full range of musical instruments and then adding vocals to complete the package.

Reservations are requested for both events
Please call 239.472.9200 or visit

Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant
Casa Ybel Resort
2255 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island

Bring Your Love of Fine Food and Family and Celebrate Thanksgiving Beachfront at Thistle Lodge Restaurant on Sanibel Island

Bring your love of fine food and family to Casa Ybel Resort.  Now is the time to plan for your Thanksgiving Feast – This year make it Gulf Front on Sanibel Island! 

Casa Ybel Resort  and historic Thistle Lodge on Sanibel Island is offering their traditional and popular Thanksgiving buffet! This event is open to the public.

Beachfront dining and a special menu of exquisitely prepared food is guaranteed to make this holiday one you and your family will always remember.

Click the image at right to view our Special Holiday Menu.

Call 239.472.9200 and Make Your Reservations Today!

Thistle Lodge Beachfront Dining
Casa Ybel Resort
2255 West Gulf Drive • Sanibel Island

Mosci Brings Manhattan to Sanibel – One Night Only!

mosci_bwWith his flair for the pop standards, New York singer and musician, Robert Mosci, will be in town to heat up the house at The Thistle Lodge on Wednesday, November 3rd from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm


Mosci was the resident musician at New York’s Top of the Tower located on the east side in the Beekman Towers Hotel and is now the featured performer at the NYC’s famed Water Club. He is noted not only his vocals but for his command of the piano as well.


Listen to his smooth and mellow voice and his interpretations of some old favorites. Mosci’s voice has been described in much the same way that music aficionado’s described Sinatra’s voice. In fact, his latest CD entitled, Frankly Speaking is a tribute to Sinatra and has been receiving notable radio recognition.


For reservations call 239-472-9200 or visit
Thistle Lodge 2255 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL 33957