Belize is an extraordinary place. People who visit often return year after year because they sense how special it is. We just adore working all over the country and Placencia, where this fun and, love filled beach wedding took place, is one of our favourite locations. Combine that with a couple that just ‘gets’ Belize and you have a destination wedding at its very best.
As with all of our blogs, we like to start at the beginning so that we can share the story with you. Most couples anticipate that their ceremony photos will be their favourites, but when they look back, often, it’s the candid, intimate moments with family and friends before the ceremony that bring back the emotions of the day.
And, while many couples, come to Belize to elope, for others, the day is all about sharing such an incredible location with the people they love.
And what a location to share!
Check out these little cuties paving the way for the bride and delivering the all so important rings!
A barefoot wedding at a beach bar may not seem conventional to many, but when you have a gorgeous dress, a perfect bouquet and one of your favourite people there to walk you down the aisle, it feels just as traditional as it would anywhere else…except warmer and sandier.
This is where it gets real!
We were enamoured with everything about this wedding. The joy was palpable not to mention the colourful Caribbean scenery.
Yay! They are legal. Now it’s time for them to go out and have some fun getting their photos taken in places which will always remind them of this special day.
There was just this important moment to be captured for eternity. We’re not sure who caught which one or if anyone caught anything because, everyone was heading to the bar to wait for the couple’s return.
It’s a beach. It’s in the Caribbean. There’s a lot of captains and a lot of bars
In fact, we always encourage our couples to take a break in between photos.
Especially when it’s somewhere they already have so many friends and wonderful memories.
Never mind that a little bit of rum can make them feel like they are flying.
As the sun goes down, we like to get a bit adventurous with them and find magical little spots.
We take our time and allow our couple to relax before they return to party. This, they tell us, is one of their favourite parts of the day and we must admit, it makes us feel so happy to be part of that.
And so the evening begins.
Congratulations to such a delightful couple, who shared there love of Belize and each other with us and, now, with you.
It’s time that we introduce you to the stars of our latest Belize wedding photography blog. They were as wonderful to work with as they are to enjoy looking at in photos, so we felt that we should share the love.
If you’ve read our blog before, you’ll know that when we are lucky enough to work with a bride that is this photogenic and naturally beautiful, we tend to focus on her. The groom is only a guy in a suit after all. Who wants to see lots of photos of him?
In front of their friends and family, under a heavenly blue sky dotted with cotton fluff clouds and just the hint of white caps breaking over the barrier reef in the distance, Belize gifted them with a perfect wedding.
When a bride makes the effort to wear a veil like this, it always has to have at least a starring role in one image. We love veils and are always thrilled when a bride has one, especially as phenomenal as this one was.
But just in case you hadn’t had enough of this groom and his entourage, we will leave you with this.
All we can say is that when grooms and their groomsmen show this much respect for the occasion by putting as much effort into looking good as the bride and her bridesmaids do, they deserve a little bit of recognition.
This stylish and very cool wedding was hosted and organised by Coco Beach Resort.
Don’t tell us you haven’t heard about ‘THE’ wedding between a beautiful young woman and a handsome British man in uniform. Of course you have and we are beyond thrilled to tell you that it was in Belize. Not only that, but you are one of the very lucky people, who will be able to get an insider’s perspective on this fabulous event through the eyes of Conch Creative.
That hat and gloves! And sandals. What? Oh! Wait a minute. This wedding will be on the beach. Just a teaser for some cuteness to come. The groom did not wear sandals. God forbid! But, look out for the ring bearer.
Of course, for a ceremony of this magnitude, special arrangements have to made to ensure that there is nothing unsightly to spoil the beauty of this special day. Thank goodness for these hard working Belizeans who cleared the influx of sea grass from the beach. Gotta love them!
Mums are so important at weddings. They do things like this mother of the bride is doing here – ensuring that absent loved ones still get to participate in some of the festivities. Meet the bride’s dog.
A blessing by both parents, while making sure that the surprise isn’t spoiled.
This gorgeous wedding was organised and hosted by Xanadu Island Resort
Weddings are always full of love and emotion, but some weddings are just ‘extra’. They are the ones that, as wedding photographers, give us leaky eyes when we remember them. They don’t really ‘throw shade’ on the other weddings, but in this case, they did throw shades! You’ll understand when you read this blog and see the photos, just what we mean.
This ‘extra’ wedding where shades were thrown was organised and hosted by Coco Beach Resort
We’re not sure how many there are. We’re not sure anyone really knows, but there are possibly hundreds of small ‘islands’ off the coast of Belize. The thing is that they are not islands, in the true sense. They are ‘cayes’. Cayes are formed on the top of reefs and are pretty much held together by the forests of the sea, mangroves.
In this photo, not only are you able to see how mangroves grow and help to create cayes, but you can also see how love seems to sprout on the cayes in Belize. And just in case you didn’t know how to pronounce ‘cayes’, it rhymes with Belize. Perfect!
When you get married in the tropics, you tend to avoid dressing until the very last moment. This works well with the laid back way of life on the cayes and contributes to a stress free and relaxed wedding. Everyone has time to finish off those last minute details without feeling rushed. Small things like ummm..writing your vows.
The dress is the last item of clothing donned before a Belize wedding and most brides don’t put it on until 15 minutes before the ceremony.
When there is so little time to get worried, it keeps the nerves at bay .
Destination beach weddings are stunning in their simplicity, allowing Mother Nature to provide the decorations and ambience.
(Had to find an excuse to include this photo of the youngest guest at this wedding)
All guests, young and old, love a beach wedding.
Even when certain things take a little longer than expected. Ahem…
After the wedding is the time for the photographer and the couple to explore the caye together. Couples tell us this is one of the things they enjoy most on their wedding day as it gives them the chance to reconnect and have a breather before joining their guests again.
This is St. George’s Caye. It has a fascinating history and although there are conflicts over the facts, its place in Belizean history is celebrated annually on ‘The Battle of St. George’s Caye Day’, every 10th of September. This celebration commemorates a battle, which was fought and won in the waters surrounding the caye, that drove the Spanish from the shores of Belize in 1798.
Very few people live on St. George’s Caye full time, which means it is extremely peaceful and rustic.
You can visit the docks on the island and wander around without seeing a soul.
There are many old docks to check out and the natural beauty is serene and stunning.
Unlike some other cayes, the mangroves that provide a nursery for so much sea life are relatively untouched. There is a local saying that ‘fish grow on trees in Belize’ (which also rhymes with cayes!).
The best part is that once you find a dock you like, there’s no one and nothing to stop you from jumping right into the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.
That’s the way to start a lifetime together with a splash!
This beautiful wedding was hosted and organised by St. George’s Caye Resort
Before we share this simply adorable wedding on the adorable island of Caye Caulker, in the adorable country of Belize, we thought we should explain what a Belikin is. Quite simply, Belikin is the beer of Belize. The fact that it rhymes with pelican means that you’ll see both in this blog.The dress. It’s almost like it decided to visit Belize on its own and hang out on the beach. As dresses don’t drink and we couldn’t risk getting bird poop on it for the sake of a photo, we’re sorry to disappoint you with no birds or beers quite yet. Be patient. We’ll get to them soon enough.
But first let’s take a quick look at the bride, getting ready for her big day. She’s very beautiful, even without a beer in her hand.And here’s the groom. Ties are tricky. They are even trickier after a few beers. It’s probably wrong of us to suggest that the groom had beers before getting ready. He might have had rum. Thank goodness there are older and more experienced hands close by to help. The dress made it safely from the beach and onto the bride. That smile says it all and there isn’t even a pelican in the room.
Let’s take a break from the beer and pelican references and just enjoy a little overdose of cute for a moment.There they are! Oh wait a minute. Those can’t be the groomsmen. Were they even invited?Not even an ‘I do’ could be shared without a pelican making sure he got into the photo.
And there you go. The Belikin makes an appearance. Every couple deserves some ice cold refreshment after a hot tropical wedding.After everyone went to get refreshments (probably Belikins), look who just had to hang around. Honestly!Lobster doesn’t rhyme with pelican or Belikin but it certainly tastes good. Where do lobsters come from? Well, in Belize, they come from lobster traps, which are hand made by lobster fisherfolk and piled up to create backdrops for wedding photography when lobster is out of season.It’s not just pelicans and lobster fisherfolk who live on Caye Caulker. The village is full of life, love and Belizean hospitality.There’s another pelican. You can’t blame him really. The scenery is stunning.The birds all decided to settle down for the evening, leaving our adorable newly married couple to enjoy the true beauty of a Belizean sunset.The sort of sunset that makes everyone smile.Once the sun goes down on La Isla Carinosa, another name for Caye Caulker, it’s definitely time for more beer, and some serious partying.Before the night was over, the guests celebrated by sending off Chinese lanterns into the night sky. These were environmentally friendly lanterns that biodegrade and cause no harm to any pelicans. They are very pretty indeed.There’s really nothing quite like a wedding in Belize. Whether you have pelicans or Belikins, you’ll know that the jewel that is Belize promises a unique, wonderous and very special experience.
There are many things that are so very special about the beautiful country, commonly referred to as ‘the jewel’. One of the things that people say most often after visiting is that they have never seen water as clear and dazzlingly turquoise as they have in Belize.
Other people discover Belize and become repeat visitors because of the fishing. Belize is one of the only places, maybe the only place, where it is absolutely possible to get what fisherman call the ‘Grand Slam’, which is so elusive, in one single day. Belize recognises this and protects its fishing grounds fiercely. It’s all catch and release.
It’s a new year and we have so many things to celebrate. We had to look up synonyms for the word ‘epic’ just to describe how unbelievable the last year has been for us as wedding photographers in Belize. Not only did we have the most fabulous, fun and fantastic weddings, but we hit over 100,000 views on this blog. The fact that people love our work and trust us to record some of the most important events in their lives is not something we take lightly. The fact that thousands of people love our work enough to read our blog is not something we take lightly either and so we are going to start off this year as we intend to go on. So, sit back and get ready for a blog that’s going to make you smile, blush, laugh and possibly become green with envy. Enjoy!
Father of the bride is the perfect chauffeur. We loved the little added touch of the curtain on the side of the golf cart (the preferred method of transportation on the island) so that the groom didn’t get a chance to see the bride before the wedding. As mentioned earlier, things are a little bit different in Belize.
And they did it! You see, having a wedding on the dreamy island of Ambergris Caye, just off the coast of Belize, means that no one has to sit around for 2 hours for a ceremony. It’s all about the glorious beauty of the Caribbean Sea, the experience, the friends and loved ones, the romance and of course, the party.
…there is always that beautiful scenery. But now, we’re going to change up the blog a little bit because this wedding, like all the weddings we work on, was unique. There is only so much of perfect, traditional, destination wedding portraits we think you need to see. Knowing that we love unconventional wedding photography, the bride brought a second dress so she could be just a little bit more daring and we feel obliged to warn you that she looks as gorgeous in the second dress as she did in the first.
But before we knew it, they started coming off again. I’m sure you can imagine that there were a load of women on the beach telling him to get dressed again immediately. Yes, you’d have to be imagining that because it’s the opposite of what was actually happening.
This most incredible wedding and celebration was organised by Dulce Belize Weddings and hosted at Rojo Beach Bar & Lounge
All scenery, sharks, Army guys and unending fun were provided by Belize
There’s no doubt that Belize is probably one of the most understandably desirable destination wedding locations in the world. This means that we get couples from across the globe traveling to this jewel of a country to celebrate one of the most special and important days of their lives. In this case, Belize wasn’t just a ‘destination’ for our groom – it was home. For the glamorous bride, all the way from Poland, it was the opportunity to learn more about her gorgeous groom and his heritage. As one of our favourite events this year, filled with love, laughter, spontaneity, beauty and joy, we thought it was a perfect wedding to share with you as we round off 2016.
This is when things start to get real. You’re wearing a robe with ‘Bride’ written across the back of it, your Mum looks like she might burst out crying, you have a veil on your head and there is a wedding dress on the back of the door.
Did we mention the perfect setting already? Well, it’s worthy of emphasising that point. The thing is, there are beautiful skies in many places and even beautiful beaches, but Belize is unique and with the help of this couple, who found love across nations, we’re going to show you why.
This gorgeous wedding was hosted and organised by Ramon’s Village Resort