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Traditions and Tropical Memories – Belize Weddings

Beach-Wedding-Belize-PhotographerWe remember, many years ago, living in London and seeing billboards for Caribbean destinations wondering if we’d ever be able to have a holiday in such a beautiful place and now, now we live and work here. Not only that but we get to share that with people who have traveled from all over the world to fulfill that very dream. Some come to elope. Some come to party. Quite a few bring their wedding traditions with them. The only difference is that they get to enjoy those traditions in beautiful Belize

Belize-Wedding-Photography---San-PedroGetting ready. That age old bridal ritual, supported by her best friends, to prepare her for her future.

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The rings. Perhaps not quite conventionally presented, but this is the Caribbean and so, traditions come with a twist.

Belize-Wedding-photography---Conch-CreativeOnce the rings are in place, symbolising a lifelong commitment…

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It’s time for group photos. Wait a minute. This isn’t a traditional group photo! As anyone who has been to Belize can tell you – everyone is very friendly – including the cats and dogs. You’ll likely have one or the other turn up at some point to congratulate you. That’s a tradition here.

Wedding-Belize-Photographer---La-TerrazasWe can’t, of course, forget about that first dance. A favourite tradition for the evening.

Belize-Wedding-PhotogrerBut it’s the memories that make the day so special.

Belize-Wedding---Photography-in-BelizeAnd what better memories can you ask for than an azure blue sky…

Belize-Wedding-Photography…a warm, beautiful sea…

Wedding-Photographer-Belize…sunshine and tropical greenery everywhere you turn. Come to Belize, enjoy your own traditions and create new ones that you’ll never forget.

This beautiful wedding was organised and hosted by the fabulous Las Terrazas Resort

20 Photos That Gave Us That Happy Feeling in 2015 – Belize Weddings (and other cute pictures)

We’ve never done this before, but 2015 was such an amazing year for us here in Belize that we wanted to thank our clients and everyone who has supported us and enjoyed our work by sharing our favourite photos of 2015. Yes, we know, this blog is a wedding photography blog, but we also enjoy other types of photography. We chose the photos in this collection because they brought back great memories and made us smile. We’d like to share those memories and hopefully some smiles with you too. So, sit down, relax and enjoy.

We can’t help but start with this one. This would typically be a photographer’s worst nightmare, but this couple were so much fun and we had so many laughs with them during their shoot that this was sort of the icing on the cake (apologies for the really poor metaphor under the circumstances).

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Dog photobombing was obviously trending this year and we don’t mind one bit. We are dog lovers and most of our couples seem to be too!

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Dogs weren’t the only photobombers this year though from the animal world. While we were working on a commercial shoot for a resort here, this little guy popped in to say hello.

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This couple almost got bombed quite literally by the closest thing we have in Belize to an Air Force.

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Speaking of bombing, it wasn’t all being done by animals either. This has got to be one of our favourite memories from the year when this fabulous lady decided that ‘when I’m 64’, I’m going to get photographed jumping into the Caribbean Sea butt naked – and so she did! An inspiration to us all.

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This photo won us a Fearless Award, but really the award should have gone to this brilliant couple for being the best Trash the Dress good sports ever. We remember this shoot vividly, especially the smell of the mud, which we must admit, did not smell of roses. At. All. So much fun and so dirty. We’ll never, ever forget this shoot!

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Fortunately, for this next couple, their Fearless Award winning Trash the Dress photo wasn’t quite so mucky, but we do remember that they weren’t feeling too hot the morning after some very, very hard celebrating. Didn’t stop them looking fabulous though and again, such good sports for going for it even though they would have much rather have been in bed.

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Of course the bridesmaids don’t have any obligation at all to be sober or to participate fully in producing award winning shots – which is why they are so much fun to photograph.

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The next one is from of one of those weddings that we’ll always remember because even now, we get a bit teared up remembering it. It was one of our most popular blogs ever.  A wedding for three, when this little girl participated in such a special day. A beautiful family and such a heartwarming memorable experience for us.

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Of course, if we are going to start talking about little girls, how could we forget this one? It’s hard to imagine getting much cuter.

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We were even lucky enough to photograph one little girl before she was ever born. Her mother was incredibly athletic and quite fearless, so with some imagination and creativity on our part and a lot of bendiness on her part, we created a maternity image that was totally unique.

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We didn’t just get babies before they were born, we got weddings before they were engaged. We’ve worked with a number of grooms on proposals and they are always so much fun. Trying to plot and plan while hoping that she’s going to say ‘yes’ is about as nerve wracking for us as it is for the groom. This one was just perfect and we were absolutely thrilled for the happy couple.

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In some cases, we’re there for a long time.  One of our most unforgettable couples came back a few years after we photographed their wedding so that we could photograph their simply adorable little boy. It’s very special for photographers when they can document lives over the years.

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Ultimately, it all returns to what we do best and that’s to get love to come through a photo. That’s why wedding photography works so well for us.

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When you know the smiles are real, that’s what makes all the difference and makes us remember the moment we took that particular photo.

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People’s personalities are what we remember most of all.  You simply never forget moments like this.

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When people get into our island vibe and want to have fun, anything is possible.

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Wedding photography is a collaborative experience. While we create memories for our couples through photography, they too, create memories for us with their most intimate and joyful moments.

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Maybe sometimes a little bit more intimate than we anticipated.

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And for that we send you all much love and happiness in 2016.

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Special thanks to all the businesses, resorts and individuals who invited Conch Creative into their lives, hearts and properties to make memories in 2015!  Wish wish you all the most wonderful New Year!

All You Need is Love – But a Gorgeous Dress Helps Too – Belize Weddings

Belize Destination Wedding There was a famous bunch of guys who sang a popular song. It was called ‘All You Need Is Love’. Now if they had mentioned a fabulous dress, as well, the song would have been absolutely perfect for destination weddings in Belize.

Belize-Wedding-BeachWe agree that it’s all about love,

Belize-Beach-Wedding-Photographerlove,

Wedding-Photography-in-Belizelove.

Destination-Wedding-Photographer-BelizeBut c’mon, a fabulous dress helps, along with…

Destination-Wedding-Belize-Photography…some serious ‘bling’,

Belize-Wedding-Photographer-Conch-Creativebrilliant bridesmaids and…

Wedding-in-Belize-Photographya bunch of adorable groom’s guys too.

Belize-Wedding-PhotographyA dramatic veil,

Wedding-in-Belize-Photographera few stolen kisses…

Wedding-photographer-Belize…and picture perfect scenery could only be topped by one thing.

Belize-Wedding-PhotographerA party on the Caribbean Sea with the people you love.

This gorgeous wedding was organised and hosted by the beautiful Coco Beach Resort

Princess in Paradise – Belize Destination Wedding

Destination Belize Wedding PhotographyBeing a princess is all about the attitude. A destination wedding in Belize is not something you see in most fairy princess stories and that’s why our brides like to create their own stories. Sometimes that means that princesses have to wear sunglasses.

Wedding BelizeOf course the first thing a princess must do is adjust her crown.

Wedding-in-Belize-PhotographerTa Da! Once the crown was in place and she’d had a bit of Belize’s special magic princess potion (ingredients normally include pineapple and rum), she appeared in her full princess regalia.

Wedding-Photographer-BelizeHer handsome prince could not resist her princessy powers and arrived to claim her as his own.

Destination-Wedding-Photography-BelizeThey held hands, and shared sweet nothings as they walked down the beach. It didn’t appear he was going to turn into a frog anytime soon.

Belize-Wedding-Photographer-in-BelizeShe took him closer to the water, just to test that theory.

Belize-Wedding-PhotographyAnd when it seemed absolutely certain that he wasn’t going to hop off into the distance, they sat down – we think, to discuss their palace.

Wedding-Photographer-in-BelizeThey even found a local tower to celebrate in true royal style.

Destination-Belize-Wedding-PhotographyBut finally, it doesn’t matter whether you are royalty or not, beautiful and magical Belize will always be where princesses find true paradise.

This paradise princess wedding was hosted by the beautiful Athens Gate Resort

A Wedding For Three! – Belize Destination Wedding

Destination-Belize-Wedding-Photographer---BelizeLike so many stories of destination weddings in Belize that we share with you, this one is a love story. Of course there is a bride and a groom, both very much in love. But sometimes a wedding isn’t just about two people. Sometimes there’s a little bit extra love and in this case, the bride was not just marrying one person but two.

Belize-Destination-Wedding-PhotographyThis is the third, and so very important person, in this love story and she was so much a part of the ceremony it even brought a tear to the eye of this tough old wedding photographer.

Wedding-Photographer-in-BelizeShe was involved with every aspect of the preparations. It was such an exciting and emotional day for her.

Wedding-Photography-in-Belize-Whenever it got a little bit too crazy, she could sneak outside and observe the goings on.

Belize-Wedding---Destination-PhotographerShe was so loved and so included. Just the way it should be when a wedding is truly the bonding of a family unit.

Belize-Wedding-PhotographerWhile she watched the ceremony with such intensity, she unconsciously touched the beautiful necklace she had just been gifted.

Belize-Wedding-Photographer-conch-creativeShe didn’t remain seated for long because she was an integral part of this joining.

Ambergris-Caye-Wedding-PhotographerOK, well maybe some bits were just for the grown ups, but she didn’t seem to mind one bit.

Belize-Destination-WeddingThis was a much more fun way for her to celebrate.

Wedding-Photography-BelizeThere were so many wonderful and special moments.

Photographer-in-Belize-Beach-Destination-WeddingThe family that celebrates together certainly stays together we think.

Belize-Wedding-Photographer---Belize-WeddingIt was nearly time for the party to start.

Belize-Beach-Wedding-PhotographerEven though everyone was having way too much fun already.

Beach-Wedding-Photography-We transported the happy couple away for a little romance on their own – Belize style!

Wedding-Photography-San-Pedro-BelizeStill managing to have way too much fun…

Belize-Wedding-Photographer---Las-Terrazas…they finally found a spot to share some tender moments together.

Belize-Wedding-PhotographyThe sun set quickly.

Wedding-Photographer-in-Belize---Las-TerrazasBefore they knew it, it was time to return to reality…

Belize-Destination-Wedding-Photographers…if you can call a setting like this ‘reality’.

San-Pedro-Belize-Wedding-PhotographerAs the night drew to close, it ended like it all began – as a wedding for three.

Wedding-in-Belize---Belizean-PhotographerAnd that is truly something worth getting excited about!

This absolutely love filled and beautiful wedding for three was organised and hosted by the fabulous Las Terrazas Resort

La Isla L’Amour Part 2 – Belize Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photography BelizeWarning – This blog contains images that may make you wishful, envious, joyful and really, really, really want to get married in Belize. This is probably as perfect as it gets.

Belize Wedding PhotographyThat last, final touch up, when your heart is beating like crazy and you’re worried you might cry.  Taking deep breaths and keeping it together.  You don’t want to ruin your makeup.

Wedding in Belize - PhotographerThose last minute thoughts.  Wondering how you got so lucky and how you could be so nervous.

Destination Belize Wedding PhotographyStanding on the Caribbean beach, staring at the turquoise waters and being grateful that you are so lucky to be in such a beautiful place with the one you love most in the world.  Waiting.

Destination Wewdding Photographer in BelizeIt’s time.  Small, intimate, perfect.  You speak the words that mean forever.

Belize WeddingThose words are sealed in writing confirming your commitment.

Belize Wedding Photography - Conch CreativeSuddenly you realise that the nerves have washed away and you’re filled with happiness.

Mata Chica Wedding Photography BelizeFirst things first – capture the memory of the people who helped you to have such a special occasion.

Mata Chica Belize WeddingThen make a toast to each other and to your future together.

Belize Wedding PhotographerDance like no one is watching – though someone is.

Belize Wedding Photographer - Belize Wedding PhotographyTake some time to reconnect and decompress after all the excitement by standing on the end of a dock surrounded by endless blue, moody clouds above and the waves crashing over the reef in the distance.

Belize Wedding Photographer Conch CreativeYou never seem to tire of gazing into each other’s eyes and you hold hands as you walk slowly down the beach back to the comfort of your resort.

Belize Wedding phtographer Ambergris Caye - Mata Chica WeddingBy the time you return, the sun is setting and it’s time for a quick refreshment to take back to your room.

Belize Wedding Mata Chica PhotographyThis is where your day ends and your wedding night begins.  We think it’s time for the photographer to go home.

This perfect wedding was organised and hosted by the gorgeous Matachica resort.

La Isla L’Amour Part 1 – Belize Wedding Photography

Belize Wedding Photographer -San Pedro - Ambergris CayeHow many ways can I say I love you?  Love sounds good in French & Spanish, so why not mix it up.  Love is love and it’s pretty amazing to be able to share our love of Belize with two people who are so in love with each other.  So, join us on this tour of l’amour on La Isla Bonita and let us help to define our idea of La Isla L’Amour.

Wedding Photography in BelizeSharing island delicacies (Belikin Beer) on a hammock on the beach while gazing into each other’s eyes.  That’s La Isla L’Amour.

Destination Wedding in Belize - Photographer Belize WeddingsShopping at the craft stands in downtown San Pedro and having to make tough decisions.  That’s La Isla L’Amour.

Trash the Dress in Belize - Wedding PhotographyContemplating sneaking away on a boat called Cecilia.  That’s La Isla L’Amour.

Belize Wedding PhotographerSnuggling up on a dock under a sign that says ‘spear fishing’.  That’s La Isla L’Amour.

Wedding Photography Belize -3Playing piggy back rides among the mangroves.  That’s La Isla L’Amour.

Trash the dress-san pedro photographerKissing each other inside the mouth of a giant jaguar mouth outside of a nightclub – that happens to be an ice cream stand during daylight hours.  That’s La Isla L’Amour.

Destination Wedding Photographer in Belize - Photography BelizeStanding on a bridge to watch the sailboats go by.  That’s La Isla L’Amour.

Belize Wedding PhotographerAs the day comes to an end, finding one of those secret spots at the back of town, where the sky turns lavender as it sets.  That most definitely is La Isla L’Amour.

This stunning photography experience around town is just Part 1. of another mind blowingly beautiful wedding in Belize.  Look out for Part 2. for some more romantic and breathtakingly beautiful scenery.

We’d like to thank Matachica resort for hosting this gorgeous bride & groom as well as organising their wedding.

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes Cuteness Overload in the Baby Carriage… – Belize Photography

043 copyIf you follow our blog, you’ll notice that this one is a little bit different.  We normally post weddings on this blog.  Now, it may surprise you that we don’t just photograph weddings.  We do commercial photography and have provided the images for many of the top resorts in Belize for their websites.  We do a little bit of ‘ooh la-la’ glamour photography, which you can find on our website, if you are so inclined.  We also do family photography.  We do tend to be a bit fussy about the families we work with as we’re not into the cookie cutter approach.  Our view is that if you all want to wear matching clothes and stand in a line with rictus grins, you probably are better off going to a shopping mall and standing in front of a backdrop that looks like you’ve been to the Caribbean – it’s much cheaper than the real trip too.  We prefer to work with families with two characteristics – 1. They have character and are fun (OK. Fair enough, that’s two) and 2. They appreciate the beauty of Belize, which is why they want to have memories of their time here recorded for posterity.

Well, this family fits both those criteria and even more – because they were one of the first wedding couples we photographed in Belize and they have come back year after year to allow us to photograph their growing family since.

129This couple loved Belize and had been visiting regularly for years – staying at the charming Sunbreeze Hotel, right in San Pedro Town.  They had been back so often, they had become like part of the family there and so there really was nowhere else they would have rather wed than right there on the beach with their loved ones- both from the USA and Belize – right there with them.

189And goodness, what a celebration it was!  So let’s fast forward a few years when they arrived with a surprise.

012RNot just any surprise either – one of the cutest little surprises you could imagine.  So, now we’ll just blow your cute gasket with some photos of their son on his first trip to their beloved Belize.

Portrait Photographer BelizeSeriously, we are on adorable overload right now.

026 copyOh and guess what little one, your Mommy & Daddy have been here before.

196What’s that old saying?  ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same.’

051RThe happiest little boy we could ever hope to meet.

Belize Beach Portrait PhotographyA typical beach boy.

Vacation Photography Belize - San PedroAnd so, so loved..

San Pedro Vacation Photographer…everywhere he went and by everyone he met.

Vacation Photography BelizeAnd so we fast forward yet another year.  Back on the same boat with all his fans.  We love working with clients, who come back to us time after time.

Portrait photography BelizeJust when we thought he couldn’t get any cuter, here he comes again and we suspect that someone sprayed him with cute gas because…

Belize Photoghrapher…this…

00035…and this…

00058…we think you’re getting the idea.

Photography in BelizeBest of all, like his parents, he’s a total beach bum and…

Belize Vacation Photographer…there is nothing he likes more than a good book on the shores of Ambergris Caye.  See you guys next year!

La Isla bon Epic – An epic Belize Wedding – Part 2.

Wedding Photograohy Belize by Conch CreativeIf you saw part 1 of this blog, then you’ll know how much fun we had with this couple all around San Pedro Town. It was one of most popular blogs ever.  We promised you a part 2 and here it is. This is the wedding – and of course, all beach weddings in Belize are pretty spectacular, so please join us while we share this couple’s special day in paradise.

Wedding Photography Belize - Destination BelizeWe’re sure you can guess from this photo that there are going to be a couple of cuties involved.

Belize Wedding Photography - Destination Belize wedding PhotographerHere’s one of them having some appetisers and building up her strength for the excitement ahead.

Wedding photography BelizeAnd here is the other one making sure she looks perfect.

Belize Wedding Photography - Xanadu ResortNow that the cuties are fed and polished, it’s time for the bride to start thinking about her own primping and prepping.

Destination Belize Wedding PhotographerFinish the hair.

Wedding Photographer Destination BelizeTie up that dress.

Wedding Photographer BelizeLet’s not forget the fellows. If the bride can make the effort, so should the groom and this one truly did – he looked so dapper.

Wedding Photographer in BelizeMore appetisers?

Wedding Photographer Belize - Xanadu Island ResortSeriously, could this wedding be any cuter, more colourful or prettier?

Wedding Photographer Belize - XanaduMaybe not, but it could get a lot more fun from the looks of it.

Belize Wedding - Wedding Photographer BelizeGirl bonding time is always important when your family and friends come all this way.

Wedding Belize PhotographyEspecially when the groom is happy to hold the bouquet.

Belize Wedding Photographer- Belize Wedding PhotograohyBut as always, there comes a time when we have to drag the happy couple away for some romantic photos.

Belize Wedding Photographer - Conch CreativeOh my! They are a great looking couple.

Destination Wedding Photography BelizeAnd they are perfectly matched.

Belize Beach Wedding photographerSo, when they had a quiet time together as the sun started to go down, we suddenly realised that they were very like their two little cuties because what they really wanted to do was get back for some very epic……

Wedding Belize Destination Wedding Photographer….appetisers!

This epic wedding was organised and hosted by Xanadu Island Resort.

La Isla Bon-epic! An Epic Belize Wedding – Part 1


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You are having a destination wedding.  You’ve picked the magical, tropical, paradise of Belize.  You are going to have your wedding on the famous island Ambergris Caye, more commonly known by the name of its only town, San Pedro – or even more famously known as ‘La Isla Bonita’ (oh yes, Madonna dreamt of us last night!).  You know you want the whole getting married on the beach experience, with the turquoise Caribbean Sea twinkling in the background and palm trees. But then you say to yourself ‘Wait a minute! I’m going all the way to this interesting and beautiful country and I’m just going to get photos on the beach.  That’s simply not good enough!  I want more!’  And more you shall get – because Conch Creative loves to show our couples the real Belize.   Oh yeah, we take photos too and here are some from one of our most epic wedding adventures.

Trash the Dress Belize Wedding PhotographerThere are a number of luxury vehicles available to transport our lucky couples around the island.

Destination Wedding Photographer BelizeGolf carts are the most common form of transportation.

Belize Wedding Photographer Trash the DressOnce you get into the quaint, colourful and quirky town of San Pedro, there are all sorts of fun things to do but first you want to make sure you look your very best.  So getting a pair of new shoes is a good place to start.

Trash the dress Belize - Wedding Photographer BelizeFollowed by a smart haircut – or polish, whichever the case may be.

Trash the dress - Belize Wedding PhotographerIf you’re lucky, some of the friendly islanders might even lend you a clean pair of underpants.

Belize Destination Wedding PhotographerAnd then it’s just a matter to find somewhere private to change into them.

Belize Wedding PhotographerOnce you’re all dressed and ready to go, it’s time to take a stroll to the park.

Wedding Photography Belize - 1Climb up high to take in the view. (just a note here – not many places in the world where the children’s public playground overlooks a barrier reef.  Just sayin!)

Belize Wedding - Photographer Weddings BelizeHang around and enjoy some fun activities.

Trash the DRess - Wedding Photography in BelizeFamiliarise yourselves with the local animal life.

Wedding Photography in BelizeOK. Maybe not THAT familiar!

Trash the Dress Wedding Photgraphy BelizeTake in some of the local art.

Belize Wedding Photography - Conch CreativeAnd contemplate its deeper meaning.

Belize Wedding Photography -Don’t forget about the unique architecture.  Seriously though, Belize is so much more than it’s beaches and jungle. It’s about the people and, of course, the Isla Bonita life.

When all is said and done you may just feel like this bride did –

“I can’t speak highly enough for the amazing experience you have given us.  From day 1, your email communications were prompt, detailed & polite.  The actual photography experience was a joy & you were both so carefree and easy to work with.  We will never forget the fun we had with you during our Isla Bonita experience.  To be honest, it was quite possibly one of our favorite moments while in Belize…. having no kids was a huge relief, but also laughing until we cried & having the opportunity to see the most interesting sites on the island was much appreciated.  I’ve been to Belize 100 times and have never experienced San Pedro in that way.  Im glad to hear you had fun too :)  I am speechless at how well the pictures have turned out & we will cherish these for the rest of our lives.  Words cannot describe how thankful we are. “

Look out for Part 2 of this blog featuring the actual gorgeous wedding at Xanadu Island Resort.

Coming soon.

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