December 11, 2019
first look for bride and groom

Westwind Inn Sanibel

Andrea and Tim marry at their Westwind Inn Wedding!

This was a fun wedding with this couple from Virginia Beach. Tim was in his U.S. Navy uniform when he married Andrea on the beach their Westwind Inn Wedding on Sanibel Island. Their friends and family joined them on a beautiful afternoon with plenty of sunshine! The couple had a ‘first look’ where Tim had his back turned as Andrea arrived to be seen for the first time that day in her wedding gown. Well, words are not necessary, just look at the fun photographs of this first look! I had already made some photos of the bride and her family, so after the first look, I photographed Tim and his family in the Butterfly Garden at Westwind Inn. As the guests made their way to the secluded beach at Westwind Inn, I continued photographs of this energetic couple in the garden. The garden has delicate flowering shrubs and it truly is a butterfly garden just off West Gulf Drive. The wedding official was Patricia Slater of Weddings by the Sea. After the ceremony, some guests stayed on the beach for picking favorite shells to take home with them. The wedding reception was in a spacious tent overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. So at sunset, the guests would just look up from their dinners to see the great colors on this evening. The bride and groom danced their first dance and the dance floor was then available for all guests to enjoy. The wedding cake was cut and served by the Westwind Inn Staff for dinner later in the evening.  Shown here are some of my favorite images we captured…

 

first look for bride and groom first look for bride and groom

 

 

bride and girls laugh before wedding

groom's family photo at beach wedding

westwind inn wedding

bride and groom kiss in butterfly garden at westwind inn

bride and groom walk in butterfly garden at westwind inn

bride walks to ceremony on beach

wedding ceremony in silhouette at westwind inn beach

bride and groom walk along beach

westwind inn wedding

Westwind Inn Resort

This is a fun resort on Sanibel Island.  The beach is just steps away and the property has a spacious swimming pool with a beach bar overlooking the pool and sundeck. At the Westwind Inn Resort there is a restaurant that is well known by the islanders, The Normandie. This beach side restaurant is under the direction of Laurent Bosc. The Normandie restaurant recently added a new Chef, Anthony Pagano. Guests and visitors can enjoy delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner. After dinner a quick walk to the beach will give diners a chance to pick some shells that are lying untouched on this secluded beach area of Sanibel Island.

bridal rings and sea shells

bride has fun on sanibel beach

groom lifts bride on beach

bride and groom dance

wedding tent at westwind inn

bride and groom dance at westwind inn tent wedding

bride and groom pose at sunset