Captiva Island Photography

Captiva Island Photographer

Off the southwest coast of Fort Myers, Captiva Island provides an enchanting rendezvous for families arriving from different parts of the world. Just under a one hour drive from the international airport in Fort Myers, the beautiful barrier island is perfect for weddings of any size. Some of the weddings I have photographed on Captiva Island are intimate weddings with just a bride and groom. This usually involves only and hour or so of my time, then the bride and groom will choose a restaurant for an intimate celebration dinner. Other weddings I’ve photographed seat over 200, with chairs for guests on the beach. The picture of the young girl holding seashells was recently taken on Captiva Island where I made these natural light portraits of her family.

beautiful sunset for a walk on beach by bride and groom

      family walks in water during photo session

family has fun on the lawn during photo session at South Seas Island Resort

Captiva Island weddingbride and groom at their intimate wedding

happy wedding couple jump over water at sunset

Captiva Island is north of Sanibel Island and it’s narrow-you can walk from the bay side to the gulf side in just a few minutes. The gulf side faces a perfect west, making it ideal for sunset weddings.

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couple kiss in wedding photo with limo waiting
close photo of bride holding her bouquet photo of bride with bouquet at her Captiva Island beach wedding couple kiss at tween waters inn wedding on Captiva Island
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Captiva Wedding Venues

The Captiva Island Yacht Club is located on Captiva Drive, nestled between waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the back bay. Wedding receptions at this lovely destination have a fun feature. When it’s time for sunset, you can walk a short 500 feet out the front door to the beach!

The Bali Hi Estate is a majestic beach home and spacious guest house with every amenity you can think of and direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. You can roll out of bed and have your wedding and reception right on the property. Here is a lovely home called ‘Almost Heaven’ on the bay side which provided some beautiful portrait lighting for this bride’s destination wedding.

 If you need a wedding officiate, Patricia Slater of Weddings by the Sea has been performing intimate wedding ceremonies and vow renewals on Captiva Island for over 25 years.

bride and groom smile for picture after wedding bride and groom kiss at entrance to chapel groom waits for the bride at chapel by the sea on Captiva Island

Chapel by the Sea Weddings on Captiva

The Chapel by the Sea is a one-hundred-year-old cottage/chapel which is a charming place for an island wedding ceremony. The chapel is available for destination weddings on Captiva Island from November through April each year. They put on a lovely display of lights if you visit for a tropical Christmas wedding.

mom and dad play with children during family photo session family vacation photo on Captiva Island

Family Photography

Captiva Island is also the perfect location for family photography sessions year round. Children delight in being able to walk from coast to coast and the gulf beaches face due west for perfect sunset photos.

During a beach photo session, the whole family will enjoy collecting the beautiful shells strewn along the sand, alongside warm, calm blue waters. And if the herons, egrets, pelicans and other wildlife you can find on land aren’t enough for you, you can take to the water to spot dolphins and manatees in their native environment. I photographed a three generation family reunion on Captiva for the New Years Holiday, the beautiful colors of the ocean and sky made a great backdrop!

family reunion photo on captiva island wedding cake photocaptiva island photography of bride and flowers on beach Captiva wedding bride is photo-bombed on captiva groom walks with bride to beach ceremony

wedding photos at chapel by the sea on captiva island

Captiva Island photography of a bride and groom walking on the beach

bride and groom at their Captiva Island destination weddingwedding at chapel by the sea on captiva island

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