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
Two questions that we encounter frequently as destination wedding photographers in Belize – 1. Why do people have destination weddings? and 2. Why do people come to Belize for destination weddings? Even if those questions have never occurred to you before, we bet they are now stuck in your mind. Thank goodness Conch Creative is here to answer those very important questions.
People have destination weddings for all sorts of reasons, but in our experience, the most common is so that they and their loved ones can truly relax and let their hair down..or in this case, maybe relaxing a little bit too much, while the bride watches one of her bridesmaids having her hair put up. Sorry to be confusing. But the point is that destination wedding couples do not want the stress and drama that can come with a traditional wedding at home.
Now for question number 2. Why Belize? Well first of all, you can’t get Belizean Belikin beer anywhere else. Even if you could, we believe that it couldn’t possibly taste the same drunk anywhere but Belize.
While we wouldn’t want to be accused of misleading anyone, we are also of the understanding (as reported to us by our couples) that cake also tastes better in Belize. Yes, we realise this may be quite unbelievable, but apparently it’s true.
Truly though, what other things make Belize such a perfect place for a destination wedding? What many people don’t know is that Belize, unlike many other destinations, has kept all of its beaches public. So, you have access to miles and miles of beautiful, natural and untouched Caribbean coastline.
People in Belize are friendly and welcoming to visitors. You can find yourself a sunny spot and just relax and no one will bother you – except that pesky photographer, who keeps following you everywhere.
Conch Creative would like to thank the magic of Belize for making this wedding super special.
This beautiful and fun wedding in Placencia was organised by Lee Nyhus of Placencia Weddings and hosted by Coco Plum Villas
PSA- If you want a stressful wedding and no fun at all, do not come to Belize
When we take candid photos of our couples, enjoying the breathtaking scenery of Belize, we often wonder to ourselves ‘what are they talking about?’ In this case we think we can guess because it certainly was an eventful day for them and for us and it all started in a the tiny little Catholic church in San Pedro Town, the only town on our beautiful island of Ambergris Caye.
This was a first for us. We’ve done hundreds of weddings in Belize, but because most destination weddings are on the beach, we had never had the experience of a church wedding. So we were intrigued and excited. We also learned a lot about traditions. For example, we had no idea that the priest would require private time with the bride and groom before the ceremony to counsel them. I don’t think they had any idea either, but rules are rules and if you want to get married in the church, you have to follow them.
This is what every couple dreams of doing on the evening of their destination wedding in Belize. What a day! What a party! What a location! And to think it all started that morning in a little chapel of love.
This wonderful wedding that started in the Church but ended on the beach was organised by the gorgeous X’ Tan Ha Resort
There are some places in the world that are simply unique. They have a sort of magic and mystery to them, where sometimes, time seems to stand still and for that moment, everything is simply perfect. Belize is one of those places and that’s why it is so popular as a place for small intimate destination weddings. Join us as we share some of that magic with you.
And floating rings…….Whoa! Wait a minute! Floating rings? Is this real magic or is it Photoshop? It’s neither. This certainly was created with some good old fashioned trickery but we can assure you that the rings were most definitely in the sea and those are real fish and they were all really there together. No Photoshop or any sort of digital photographic manipulation required. But like all good magicians, our secrets must remain secret.
This magical wedding was hosted upon a beautiful private island at Cayo Espanto
Every couple does it differently and this is one of the things that makes our work as wedding photographers in Belize so interesting and fun. Some couples come to Belize to elope, to get away from it all and enjoy a small and intimate wedding on the beach. Other couples plan a big party and think out all the details. This wedding was thoroughly planned, with much excitement, good taste and love and we are so pleased that we are able to share it with you.
…and even the Thank You card for afterwards. Everything was meticulously organised. Now some of you may think this would all be a lot of work, but what we’ve found is that the brides who plan and organise in advance, particularly if they have guests, have the most stress free wedding. This is because once it’s done, they don’t have to think about another thing. They can just go with the flow on the day and enjoy the party. Let us show you exactly how that went.
This fabulous wedding was hosted by the beautiful Ramon’s Village Resort
If you know Conch Creative, you know that we specialise in beautiful, barefoot, beach weddings in Belize. We work with a lot of amazing couples and in the most fabulous locations, but every so often a couple comes along who are just so sweet with the way they express their love for each other and their sheer delight about their wedding that we end up saying ‘Awwww. Aren’t they adorable?’ when we look through their photos. This is one of those couples.
While the groom was being well looked after by his groomsmen…
..the bride, surrounded by sentimental and fabulous items, was being similarly well attended to
…as did the groom.
Everything came together as planned and you could see the bride’s absolute delight as her loving family guided her down a sandy, palm lined aisle towards her future.Wow! Does their future look bright! We’re guessing it will be full of love, kisses, cuddles, adoration, fun and cake. Never forget the cake. Let’s follow them for a while in only the way photographers can (otherwise you’d be stalkers) and find out.Looks like we were on the money with love.Certainly is plenty of kissing going on too.Oooh. There you go! We weren’t wrong about the cuddles either.OK. We admit it. We didn’t predict the workers on bicycles, so let’s get back to the love and adoration bit.There’s certainly some love happening here.You can’t hide that adoration from us either.Just in time for the requisite artistic pose before…...the fun starts for the groom……and the bride.But finally, not metaphorically at all, the icing on the cake.
This super fun and love filled wedding was hosted by the beautiful Coco Beach Resort
…working on this. A handmade creation, but ‘what is it?’ we hear you say.
There’s no doubt that the beautifying worked its magic.
Ta Da! After months of painstaking work by the groom, hand making every piece of this creation, we hereby award him with the official Conch Creative ‘The Groom Takes the Cake Award’. Oh what a grand cake stand it was.
This beautiful wedding was held at the gorgeous Casa Redonda, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
If you enjoyed this blog, we cordially invite you to have your cake and eat it too by checking out our Facebook page, which you can find simply by clicking here,
People who get married in Belize are often of an adventurous spirit. They want to do something amazing, beautiful and exotic. While we love our conventional couples, we truly love working with those who do something different and personal. This couple did just that. They completely personalised their Belize wedding experience by doing it a little bit local, bringing a bit of their own style with them and then just throwing caution to the wind and being themselves. Sand ceremonies are something that allows the couple to take home a bit of Belize with them and allow all of their loved ones to participate.
Combining some tropical, exotic flowers with glamorous silverware can truly turn an event into something unique.
Oh my! That’s right. It’s time to throw off the formalities and get a bit sexy – because now it’s the honeymoon.
We see no complaints from this one.
OK we did have to include just one last completely gratuitous photo of this quite stunning bride in her bikini. We wish this extremely happy couple all the very best for the future. They were so very much in love.
This beautiful wedding was hosted by the gorgeous Las Terrazas Resort.
The couple went on to have their honeymoon and honeymoon shoot at the fabulous Victoria House.
If you enjoyed these wedding and honeymoon photos, you might just fancy our Facebook Page, which you can find right here. We share all sorts of sneak previews, recent shoots and photos of Belize . We also encourage much mirth and a little bit of naughty behaviour. So, please join us.
We do have some amazing cakes here in Belize, but this one was made even more special by one incredibly creative bride, who hand made these seashells, all of which were deliciously edible. It appears that her adorable bridesmaid and ring bearer were jumping for joy at the thought of their upcoming sugar high.
They were captivated by the beautiful and romantic beach ceremony.
Of course we don’t blog every single Belize wedding that we photograph. If only we had the time, but sometimes we do a very small intimate session with a couple and feel compelled to share some of our favourite images. So, in this blog, you’ll be getting a bit extra on top. Luckily for this very pretty bride, we have our own ‘props’ department. This bouquet came from flowers from our very own garden. We must say that she was a very pretty bride.
Thank you so much for reading our blog. Now all you have to do is go to our Facebook page and ‘like’ it. That way you’ll get to see previews and sneak peeks from all of our shoots – not just the weddings. You can also tell us what you think and tell us bad jokes. Conch Creative Facebook Page
The first wedding on this page was hosted by the beautiful Captain Morgan’s Retreat.
The second wedding was held at The Villas at Banyan Bay, who kindly allowed the couple to use their gorgeous dock for the ceremony even though they weren’t guests at the resort, which in our opinion rocks!
Maya Papovic, Conch Creative photographer, is a member of the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers. http://www.ispwp.com/
Weddings in Belize come in all shapes and sizes. Some are on Maya ruins, some in the jungle and many on the beaches. This wedding was held on Caye Caulker, the smaller, but beautiful sister island to Ambergris Caye.
The location was spectacular.
Stay tuned for part 2 of this fabulous wedding adventure in Belize.
This beautiful Caye Caulker wedding was hosted by Seaside Cabanas.
If you enjoyed this blog, please do check out our Facebook page, where you’ll get sneak peeks of all our work.
There has long been a myth that Madonna was inspired to write the song ‘La Isla Bonita’ following a visit to our beautiful Caribbean jewel, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Given that Madonna didn’t write the song at all, doesn’t dampen the popularity of this story – and why not? If Madonna had come to Belize there’s no doubt she would have been inspired to write a fun and memorable love song.
Everywhere you look, it is like a perfect picture. So it is hardly surprising that even if Madonna didn’t come to Belize, many celebrities have. Some have become part of the landscape of Belize like Francis Ford Coppola, who owns two stunning resorts and Leonardo di Caprio who owns a whole island!
Belize has its whimsical and fun side too. That’s probably why one of the first reality TV game shows was filmed in San Pedro. You may remember it – Tempation Island. If not, you’ll most certainly know about a very popular reality TV game show, The Bachelor, which filmed one of it’s most popular episodes here on Ambergris Caye. So, popular in fact that Ellen Degeneres produced her own comedy skit on the episode, which is so funny we have to give you the link here.
Of course, as wedding photographers, we treat all of our couples like celebrities.
Get married in Belize.
You’ll feel like a superstar!
This wedding was organised and hosted by the beautiful La Perla Del Caribe
There is just something about Belize. It is hard to put a finger on it, but there is always love in the air. Couples come to Belize and fall in love with each other all over again while also falling in love with this beautiful country.
With miles of stunning tropical coastline, Ambergris Caye, Belize is becoming one of those places that those ‘in the know’ are choosing for their destination wedding.
Belize definitely has that something special going on because you can combine the traditional….
You can enjoy quiet beaches and romantic sea scapes…
If you’re thinking of getting married in Belize, you might wish to read a new article that we have written, which has been published on AmbergrisCaye.com . It will answer a lot of the questions you’ll have about getting married on Ambergris Caye.
This wedding was organised by ‘I DO’ Belize Weddings and was hosted by the beautiful Capt Morgan’s Retreat
If you enjoy our blog, you might want to check out our Facebook page . This is where you can get a sneak peek from our shoots, ask us questions, give us feedback or tell us rude jokes (we like rude jokes).
Conch Creative, as wedding photographers in Belize, feel obliged to finally offer up a blog wholly dedicated to a wedding in Belize. We could think of no better event than Mary & Gabe’s wedding at Coco Beach Resort in San Pedro, organised by ‘I DO’ Belize Weddings.
So please join us as we take you through their fabulous and romantic day in paradise with a documentary photographic journey. Here are some of our favourite images from the day.
Every wedding has rings – and some have a little more bling than others. These rings were photographed on amethyst and quartz crystal with the stunning backdrop of the Caribbean Sea. If you can see that line of foam in the distance, that is the Mesoamerican Reef – the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, stretching over 724 kilometeres (450 miles) along the coast of Central America. The fact that you can see the reef from the shoreline of Ambergris Caye and reach it by boat in less than 10 minutes, is one of the many things that makes our island jewel a unique Caribbean wedding destination.
Before any ceremony, there is a great deal of anticipation. Something exciting is going to happen; something big and something that will leave everyone with lasting memories. For children, this is an extra special time, filled with magic and mystery. This is a picture of three of the children attending this family event, watching as the preparations on the beach below carry on in a flurry of activity.
As the vows are read meaningfully and lovingly, it all gets too much and the tears flow.
…even the very youngest guests join in.
Weddings in Belize are truly unique, special and wonderfully romantic experiences – whether you are eloping and having an intimate ceremony for two on an isolated beach, or having a big family wedding at one of our fabulous resorts – there aren’t many places in the world that will leave you with the sort of memories that beautiful, friendly, laid back and unspoiled Belize can.
Belize – the ultimate in destination wedding locations.
If you have enjoyed this wedding story and would like to keep up with the adventures of Conch Creative, please join our Facebook page – Conch Creative Facebook Page Link – we look forward to meeting you there!
At Conch Creative we love meeting couples from all over the world, who come to Ambergris Caye – our jewel in the Caribbean Sea – to pledge their love on tropical beaches. For many couples, this is a once in a lifetime event, for others – well – they might have practised once or twice previously.
One of our couples married, here in Belize, for the second time after being apart for over ten years. The romance of each and every ceremony is always unique and we just feel so honoured to be able to be part of such an important event in people’s lives.
That is why Conch Creative will be sharing some of our favourite moments from weddings with you on this blog, so that you get the chance to share in the magic that we are so lucky to experience as part of our work.
The 10th of October this year was a big day for weddings in San Pedro. We heard of at least 10 weddings that day. At Conch Creative, we have a strict policy of only shooting one wedding per day so that we can devote our attention to our couple, so we were delighted to be part of Peri and Bob’s wedding at Ramon’s Village.
Often we are the only guests at romantic and intimate ceremonies and so our duties can be varied. One of our jobs this time was to keep a very nervous and excited groom busy, while his beautiful bride prepared. We suggested this uniquely tropical way of announcing their special and memorable date.
We left Bob unattended briefly so that we could focus on Peri’s preparations and he managed a sneak peek. Luckily we were right there to catch him being a cheeky groom to be.
Peri & Bob had originally wanted to have sunset photographs, but we explained that the sun sets on the other side of the island. The only solution was to get a golf cart and take them for a spin to the other side before the sun set. The ever helpful crew at Ramon’s Village were kind enough to prepare a golf cart suitably for their journey.
….and off we went. Luckily there are two of us at Conch Creative so one could drive and the other could run behind to take pictures.
We couldn’t think of a more unusual setting for wedding photography. For those of you familiar with San Pedro, you will recognise this as the ‘croc pond’. This is an area where historically there had been illegal feeding of the endangered American Crocodile, but even now there are a lot of crocs just hangin’ around. While we were there, Peri and Bob were lucky enough to see two of these amazing animals. Now that really is a day to remember!
** To find out more about the endangered American Crocodile in Belize, please check out the ACES website
Photographing groups at weddings can be an art form in itself. First you have to catch them while they are still upright. It’s great if they are a little bit merry, but as the party progresses, things can get a bit messy. One of the lovely gentlemen in this shot fell out of the tree three times before giving up.
Of course Conch Creative is known for their fun and playful approach to wedding photography and understands that a wedding celebration should be a party! So, we encourage our groups to let their hair down and …well…climb all over each other.
…because we believe that is how you capture memories that you really will want to share with your family and friends and that will make you smile for years to come.
Sometimes even when we do slightly more traditional group shots, the architecture can be an inspiration.
Or sometimes the the beautiful scenery can create opportunities for unique and special group photographs.
Conch Creative believes that the couple should be the centre of attention on their special day, so we don’t always insist that groups look at the camera.
Ultimately, the most important thing is that everyone in the group looks relaxed and happy and Conch Creative will go to any lengths to make sure that happens!
Conch Creative loves cake and as wedding photographers we get to see some beautiful cakes. So much effort is put into making these cakes tropical, fabulous and delicious. Although we are usually pretty greedy when it comes to cake, we’ve decided to share some of our cakes with you.
These blue cupcakes were such an original and pretty treat for wedding guests.
A tropical cake in paradise.
This cute and romantic cake featured at one of the most colourful weddings Conch Creative has ever attended.
This beautiful cake was presented against such a gorgeous colour. It really made the cake even more spectacular.
You may notice droplets on the window in this picture. The lovely couple did not let the rain spoil their day and this cake decorated with fresh flowers and seashells kept everyone in the tropical wedding mood.
Conch Creative would like to thank the bakers and chefs who produced these edible pieces of art. If you see your cake here and would like us to mention your name, just get in touch and we’d be happy to let everyone know that you were the cake’s creator.