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How to Keep Cool and Still Have a Hot Wedding – Belize Wedding Photography

Destination Wedding Photographer in Belize - Photography BelizePeople come to beautiful Belize to get married because it’s sunny. It’s warm.  And of course it’s just gorgeous.  But hot and sunny weddings aren’t always what Mother Nature plans and if you follow our little blog here about weddings in Belize, you’ll know that we encourage all of our couples to get in the water, take a little dip and cool off in the hot Caribbean sun.  This wedding is a perfect example of how to be super hot, keep cool and have the best time of your life

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A popular option for keeping cool in Belize is the famous local beer, Belikin.  It’s also great for those pre wedding nerves…

Wedding Belize Photographer…but too many can lead to an urgent need to cool down even more.   You have been warned and don’t think we don’t encourage this sort of behaviour – because we do.

Wedding photographer Belize - Coco BeachThe wedding started perfectly with hot young women staying cool in the air conditioning but getting hot by jumping on the bed but staying cool by not getting dressed and well…..we could go on..but you get the hot/cool references we think

Destination Wedding Photographer in Belize - Photography BelizeBring on the hot young men stepping outside onto their balcony to look cool, while the young women below just keep looking hot, except they are not dressed, so they are sort of cool…

Wedding in Belize - Destination wedding photographyThis couple brought along some super cool gifts for their guests because, of course, wait for it…..it’s hot (and sunny) in Belize.

Belize Wedding PhotographerAnd it was…right until they were about to say their vows.  At this point, any plan B goes by the wayside.  The good news is that in Belize it is believed that if it rains on your wedding day, it is a blessing.  Good thing really….

Destination Wedding Photographer in Belize - Photography Belize…because in Belize, Mother Nature never does anything by halves. When she wants to bless your wedding, you know it’s going to get really blessed.

Belize Wedding PhotographerThe wonderful thing about this very hot couple getting cooled down by the rain….they didn’t miss a beat.

Belize WeddingNothing could stop these two. It was all about the moment, their love, being with their friends and family….and so why not make the best of it.

Belize Wedding Photographer - 2Everyone at the wedding was super cool and just went with the flow.

Destination Belize Wedding - Belize PhotographerThe beautiful bride’s cool blue eyes never stopped sparkling.

Destination Wedding Photographer in Belize - Photography BelizeThe cool colour combination ensured that the bridesmaids popped against the moody sky.

Belize PhotographerMeanwhile, the guys snuck off, we’re guessing that the bar wasn’t far from here, they were feeling hot and needed a cool refreshing beer.

Destination Belize Wedding PhotographyBefore the drinking could commence though, it was time for guests to participate in another cool idea from the wedding couple.

Wedding Photographer Belize - Wedding PhotographyOne must never forget that the sun is never far away in Belize.

Belize Wedding PhotographerCreating beautiful shadows.

Wedding Photographer BelizeAnd incredible colours in the sky when it sets.

Belize Wedding Photographer - conch creativeWow!  What a cool indoor venue.  Not many people know about some of the gorgeous locations Belize has for the hottest weddings.

Destination Wedding Photographer in Belize - Photography BelizeTime to reconnect for some quiet time before things really do hot up.

Wedding Photography in BelizeBecause it looks like this super cool wedding crew know how to keep hot even when things get cooler in sunny and sometimes rainy Belize.

Belize Wedding PhotographerWe so enjoyed taking part in this really cool wedding with this really hot couple. We hope you enjoyed it too!

This wedding was hosted and planned by the hot, beautiful and very cool Coco Beach Resort


Fifty Shades of Pink – Belize Wedding

Destination Wedding Photographer in Belize - Photography BelizeWe think there is nothing sexier than the sky, reflecting over the Caribbean Sea, just before sunset in Belize.  You would’t need whips or chains to get this couple to spend time together.  So let’s start this love story, which includes nothing but a little bit of light veil bondage, from the beginning.

Belize Wedding Photographer - conch creativeThe beautiful bride arrives in her sparkling limousine down the tree lined avenue.  She trembles slightly as she anticipates the moment when she will set eyes on her handsome groom.

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She exits the shiny limousine with thoughts of love and passion running wildly through her mind.

Wedding Photography in BelizeShe sees her groom and immediately presses herself against him.

Belize Wedding PhotographerHe teasingly toys with her veil.

Belize Wedding Photographer(here comes the promised veil bondage)

He wraps the veil around them, binding them together as he nuzzles her neck.

Destination Wedding Photographer in Belize - Photography BelizeAnd then a cute dog appears.  Hey, c’mon.  You all know us well enough to know that we couldn’t continue the steamy story and keep a straight face.  The dog is cute though.

Belize PhotographerThey were such a gorgeous couple and really didn’t even need a bit of veil bondage to make them seem sexy.

Destination Wedding Photographer in Belize - Photography BelizeWe were sad to see them go when the day ended and they drove off into the distance on the …ok we admit it..it’s not a limousine it’s a golf cart – but this is Belize and here, one man or woman’s golf cart is definitely as good as a limousine. Why?

Destination Wedding Photographer in Belize - Photography BelizeBecause this!  Fifty shades of pink is simply priceless.

This lovely wedding was held on the beach in the beautiful Boca del Rio area of Ambergris Caye

and was organised by the couples’ good friend Libby Vidrine


Til Death Do Us Part – Cowgirl Glam in the Tropics – Belize Wedding – Trash the Dress

Trash the Dress Belize Wedding PhotographerPublic Health Warning! – This is a Trash the Dress blog like no other we have done.  We highly suggest that you make sure you’re snug in your saddle and ready for a romantic, playful, naughty and wild ride.   And now we shall begin.

Wedding Belize - Photographer Those of you familiar with Conch Creative’s wedding photography know that we specialise in Trash the Dress sessions. This is our chance to work with couples, collaborate and create beautiful pieces that they will treasure for years to come.  This cowgirl themed Trash the Dress started like most others.  Beautiful romantic poses in a tropical setting.

Trash the dress Belize Wedding Photographer - Conch CreativeA little bit of playful fun…

Wedding Photography Belize - Trash the Dress…and of course some sexy romping.

Wedding Photographer BelizeWe should have realised that something was up when we saw our cowgirl’s garter.  But nothing could have prepared us for the story we are about to share with you.

Trash The Dress Wedding Photography BelizeAfter sending the groom off to get some drinks, while we did some beautiful bridal portraits, our cowgirl bride told us in no uncertain terms that it was time for a little refreshment break.

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Always obliging we found a shady spot at the end of a dock.   Our cowgirl had brought along her own bottle and, politely, offered to share.  We explained that it’s important for photographers to stay in focus but that we’d hang around and take a few more photos while she waited for her groom.

Belize Wedding Photography - Belize Wedding Photographer Trash the DressFifteen minutes later, we knew that something memorable was about to happen and we weren’t about to stop shooting (by shooting we mean with a camera!) until the rodeo was over.

Belize Wedding Photographer - Belize Beach WeddingsThe groom returned with a couple of bottles of Belikin Beer and for a moment, we were lulled into a false sense of security, thinking everything had returned to normal.  How could we predict the drama that was to unfold?

Belize Wedding PhotographyAs the groom swept her up in his arms for a kiss, she was already plotting.

Belize Wedding Photographer - Trash the Dress in BelizeWe heard her whisper in his ear (she did whisper loudly) , ‘Now that we’re legal, you’re mine cowboy and don’t you forget it!’ and then she started marching him up the beach.

Trash the dress wedding photographer Belize weddingWe were stunned when she stopped suddenly and said ‘Turn around big boy and strip!’.  Conch Creative have never done a nude cowboy shoot before, but we were game for anything at this stage and of course we must admit that we cheered him on as he started to unbutton his shirt.

But like all good Westerns the stories lead you down long and twisty canyon trails and you never know what’s around the next turn.  Suddenly our groom got a bit feisty.

Trash the Dress - Photographer in BelizeBefore you could say ‘ride ’em cowboy’.  He’d taken the situation in hand and the tables had turned.

Wedding Photographer - Trash the Dress BelizeIt was all we could do not to cover our eyes and blush when the scene in front of us took on a life of its very own.

Trash the Dress Wedding Photographer in BelizeOur final observation is that the old cowboy saying ‘He’s all hat and no cattle.’ Certainly did not apply in this instance.

This will go down in history as one hell of a ‘rootin’ tootin’ Trash the Dress experience for Conch Creative.


Down & Dirty in Belize – Trash the Dress Wedding Photography

Trash the Dress in Belize - Wedding PhotographyThis year Conch Creative had some challenges with the weather.  In fact, all of Belize had some challenges with the weather.  It rained hard and long and everything got extremely wet and mucky.   So, we couldn’t have been more delighted when the bride and groom wanted to trash their dress in the most fun, playful and positively down and dirty manner possible.

Trash the Dress in Belize PhotographyIt all started so innocently, just a little pat on the bum for the bride.

Trash the Dress in Belize - Wedding PhotographyThe groom got pretty cheeky…

Trash the Dress in Belize Photography…but the bride got even cheekier.

Trash the Dress in Belize - Wedding PhotographyPayback time!

Trash the Dress in Belize - Wedding PhotographyUntil the roles reversed!

Trash the Dress in Belize - Wedding PhotographyThe bride looked so lonely in her puddle of mud.

Trash the Dress in Belize - Wedding PhotographyThat didn’t last for long.

Belize Destination Wedding PhotographerWhen we told them it was time to finish, the bride found another puddle to play in.

Belize Wedding - Trash the DressLuckily the beach was close to hand for a little bit of cleaning up.

Trash the Dress in Belize - Wedding PhotographyEven though they were getting clean…

Belize Wedding Photography - destination Wedding - Trash the Dress…they were still a little bit dirty.

Wedding Photography in BelizeAnd with one subtle gesture, the groom let the photographers know that it was time to give them a bit of privacy.

This Trash the Dress session was one of our favourites ever.  We’d like to thank the couple for being such great sports. We had so much fun and will never forget our dirtiest Trash the Dress ever!


10 Steps to Having a Fearless and Fabulous Beach Wedding – Belize Weddings

Wedding Photography in Belize - Detination Belize Wedding PhotographerThere must be something about Conch Creative that attracts the most fearless and fabulous weddings and we’re certainly not complaining.   So, what makes a wedding both fearless and fabulous?

San Pedro Wedding Photographer1. Have a great hair dresser, with great hair spray.  Barefoot beach weddings are undoubtedly wonderful things but the salt air, humidity and wind can be the ruination of even the most fabulous hair style.

San Pedro Belize Wedding Photographer2.  Think about details. Details can make or break fabulous events and photographs.

Wedding in Belize -  Belize Destination Wedding Photography by Conch Creative3. Share the excitement.  Whether you are having a family wedding, or a secret elopement, make sure there is someone you can share your excitement with.   Kiss your Mum or call your BFF, either way, sharing is caring.

Wedding in Belize Destination Belize Wedding Photography4. Keep some mystery to the day.  Even if you’ve lived together for 10 years before getting married, this day is ‘special’ and surprises make it even more magical.

Belize Wedding Photographer - Belize Wedding Photography - Award Winning Photographer in Belize5. Bring a pair of heels for fun.  It may be a barefoot wedding, but there are so many other things that a girl can do with a nice pair of heels.  These heels and this photo even won an international photography award from Fearless Photographers.

Wedding Photographer - Belize Wedding6.  Kiss.  Kiss a lot.  Kissing is healthy, good, clean fun and should be encouraged at all times.

Belize Wedding Photographer - Conch Creative7. Enjoy the natural environment and beauty.  If you come all the way to Belize for your wedding, make sure to take time to look around you.

Beliz Wedding - Belize Wedding Photographer8. Bring sunglasses.   You’re in the tropics.  You’ll need them.

Belize Wedding Photographer9. Smile.  There is nothing more fabulous than smiling.

Belize Wedding - Trash the Dress Wedding Photographer10.  Let your hair down, don’t be precious about your dress and get wet!

This about sums it up folks.  If you’re going to come to Belize to get married, be Fearless and be Fabulous and definitely, definitely, get wet!

Destination Wedding Belize PhotographerBecause if you don’t get wet, you’ll never get photos like this…

Trash the Dress in Belize - Wedding photography…this….

Trash The Dress Wedding Photography in Belize…or this and when you look back through your photos in 20 years, think about the ones that will still take your breath away.

This gorgeous wedding was hosted by stunning Belizean Cove Estates

The Trash the Dress shoot was at the beautiful Victoria House

If you’d like to find out more about being a Fearless and Fabulous Couple, come see us on Facebook.  Just click here.


Weddings in Belize are Hot Hot Hot! – Belize Weddings

Fire Dancing Bride BelizeWhen we say weddings in Belize can get hot – we’re not exaggerating.  Everything about this particular wedding was hot.

Vera Wang Dress - Belize Wedding - Ambergris Caye   The dress was blazing hot and by the fabulous Vera Wang.

Ambergris Caye Belize WeddingThe shoes were sizzling.

Ambergris Caye WeddingAnd the bride and groom were smokin’.

Belize Wedding Ambergris CayeWelcome to weddings in the tropics where it all gets a bit steamy, blazing and well..downright decalescent (ok we admit to consulting a thesaurus on this one, but it is a real word and it sounds good!)

Belize WeddingNow lets get back to indulging in that dress just a little bit more.  Getting into it is a must and this always involves help from some friends.

Ambergris Caye WeddingThen we do the requisite gorgeous pose on the beach, shoes gracefully discarded in favour of the barefoot bride, toes in the sand, footloose and fancy free sensation.

Ambergris Caye WeddingAnd then the groom passes the some fire to the bride…..No No NO!!! Wait a minute..that can’t be right.

Ambergris Caye WeddingBack to reality.  The bride poses elegantly on the wooden dock, wood glistening from the recent tropical rain storm.Ambergris Caye Wedding

And then she starts spinning fire……Wait wait wait…noooooooooooo….brides do NOT do that in Vera Wang dresses!

Belize Wedding photographyLet’s have a short break for some cake. Things are getting a bit too wild out there.

Ambergris Caye WeddingThe wedding chariot awaits.  Ok, now we know that if you haven’t been to the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye in Belize before, this might be all a bit ‘Alice in Wonderland’ for you, but seriously…weddings in Belize are just unique, wonderful, laid back and of course……………..

Fire spinning Bride - Belizeso VERY hot!

This fiery wedding was organised by “I DO’ Belize Weddings at the beautiful Casa Redonda

If this blog made you feel a bit hot under the collar, you might just want to join us for some more feverish fun on Facebook.  Just click here and you’ll find us.  We’d love to you to start some torrid topics and some piping parley with a bit of sultry speech.

Thank you so much for reading our blog!


Coco Loco – Belize Weddings

Belize Wedding PhotographerBelize weddings are known for lots of things.  Beautiful resorts, beaches, palm trees and fun fun fun.  As wedding photographers in Belize, Conch Creative prides itself on working with the couples who not only want an amazing photo experience and stunning images, but whose first and absolute priority is to have a great time and as much fun as possible.  So, please join us on this wedding photography journey to see exactly how much fun it is possible to have at a wedding in Belize and how easy it is to go ‘coco loco’.

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One guaranteed way to have fun in Belize is to get to know the locals.  Belizeans love to celebrate and they always get excited when they see other people having fun on the beach. One of our lovely friends (she knows who she is) happened to be heading home after a hard day’s work at a well known local dive shop.  She stopped to congratulate the couple and before we knew it, they were on her motorbike.

Wedding Ambergris CayeRemember how much fun it was to make shadows on the walls when you were a kid.  Well, guess what…you can do that when you are a grown up too!

Wedding Ambergris CayeWe mustn’t forget the ‘OMG We just did it!’ moment.

Ambergris Caye PhotographerGetting mucky in the sand and seaweed is great fun.  Nothing like sandy feet to remind you that you just got hitched in the Caribbean.

Ambergris Caye WeddingOk.  Maybe running hand in hand along the beach and splashing in the turquoise sea would also remind you that you just got married in Belize.

Ambergris Caye WeddingJust because you’re married, doesn’t mean you have to behave like a grown up.

San Pedro PhotographerClimbing on large machinery.  Seriously, what is more fun than that?

Ambergris Caye WeddingThe great thing about growing up is that you can have grown up fun too!

Ambergris Caye PhotographerSo for goodness’ sake, it’s a beach wedding.  Have fun kissing under the swaying palms.

Ambergris Caye Wedding - Coco Beach ResortAnd then, strike a pose.

Ambergris Caye WeddingWhen it’s all over, simply have fun relaxing.

This beautiful wedding was hosted by Coco Beach Resort Resort.

If you had as much fun reading our blog as we had making it, you’ll absolutely love the previews, sneak peeks and cheeky comments on our Facebook page

We’d just like to thank Belize, yet again, for being so beautiful, so friendly and so much fun!


Guess What Cheril and Patrick did in Belize?

Wedding Ambergris CayeWe first heard from this wonderful couple when they told us of their plans to travel from a very cold place to Cancun, Mexico and then on to our beautiful island, Ambergris Caye, for their honeymoon.  They loved our work and decided to bring their wedding clothes with them to work with us on creating some very special memories.  For them and us!  And guess what? Their family and friends don’t know they are married yet…well they will now!

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What a beautiful bride Cheril made!

Ambergris Caye WeddingPatrick would agree it seems.

Ambergris Caye WeddingActually, as professional photographers, Conch Creative would like to thank Cheril and Patrick’s parents for producing such good looking kids.  Makes our job so much easier!

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Cheril and Patrick had asked for a San Pedro experience during their shoot. They wanted to see the town and be able to share their experience with loved ones.

Ambergris Caye WeddingSo what better place to start than on one of our local delivery trucks.  This is beer delivery, Belize style!

Ambergris Caye WeddingThen it was time to meet some of the friendly locals – like this potlicker.   In Belize, the local dogs are known as potlickers.   They love to have their pictures taken and are expert photo bombers.

Ambergris Caye WeddingWe then headed into town to celebrate on the busiest street  – official name, Barrier Reef Drive – known locally as Front Street.  People in San Pedro are super friendly and always excited about weddings, so they don’t mind if we stop a bit of traffic.

Wedding Ambergris CayeAfter all the jumping and leaping, it was time to find some shade, re group and plan the rest of the shoot.  What could be more fun than walking around San Pedro, meeting locals and taking pictures?????

ambergris caye weddingGetting wet!

Wedding Ambergris CayeAnd getting romantic!

Ambergris Caye weddingAt the end of the shoot, it is time to find a quiet, tranquil location and to reflect (quite literally in this case).

Congratulations Cheril & Patrick.  Stop sending pictures of snow and come back to Belize soon!


Paradise Continues – Belize Trash the Dress

Belize WeddingAs wedding photographers in Belize, we love helping our brides to Trash the Dress.  Up until recently, almost every ‘trashed’ dress has been able to be worn again.  This couple told us they really wanted to Trash the Dress and of course, we obliged.  Collaborating with couples on these shoots is not only great fun for all of us, but results in some memorable and very unique images.

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Trash The Dress Photography Experiences with Conch Creative can take place in a variety of extraordinary locations.  For example, there is a saying here that ‘In Belize our Fish Really Do Grow on Trees’ and that is because our beautiful island has fabulous mangroves, which serve as the nurseries for the beautiful fish that populate our Barrier Reef.  Not only are mangroves essential to our island environment but they provide naturally distinctive back drops.  Add a beautiful bride to the picture and the results can be magical.

Belize Trash the DressThe unbelievably clear Caribbean Sea water creates pools and dappled light around the mangroves as they grow, providing shade and a place to cool off.  A peaceful place to contemplate or…

Belize Wedding Photography…to share with the one you love.

Belize Trash the DressThat beautiful, cool water is often just too tantalising in the hot sun and is the perfect place to cool down….

Trash the DressThen again, cooling down may not be exactly what is on your mind.

Belize WeddingYou might just want to play in the sand,

Belize Weddingand share sandy, salty kisses.

Belize WeddingIf a frolic in the cool blue sea takes your fancy, go for it!

Ambergris Caye Trash the DressA Trash the Dress Photography Experience is a great way to enjoy each other, relax and turn the whole wedding photography concept into an adventure.

Belize WeddingWhen it is all over, you will have memories and images that you will treasure forever.

Conch Creative are incredibly proud to tell you that our wonderful photographer, Maya Papovic, has been made a member of the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP).  This is no mean feat as Maya’s work was judged by a panel of her peers before she was granted membership.

According to the ISPWP “The International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers is an organization of the best wedding photographers in the world. It was created by professional photographers to raise the standards of the wedding photography profession.”  To read more, please do check out their website ISPWP

Even though Maya is a fantastic wedding photographer, Conch Creative does not just shoot weddings.  If you’d like to see sneak peeks and samples of some of our other work, please check out our Facebook Page and let us know which images and styles you love.


Belize Weddings – Love Expressions

During Valentine’s week, love is in the air.  Please enjoy our tribute to love and romance.

There are many ways for couples to express their love.  As wedding photographers, we celebrate every expression of love, whether traditional or unique, simple or elaborate.  This couple loved each other so very much and we would like to share their love expressions with you.

These are Tiffany boxes.  Tiffany’s is a jewelry company that helped shape the culture of the USA.  Founded in 1837, Tiffany’s supplied the Union Army during the American Civil War, created the design that became the New York Yankee’s logo and helped to develop the Great Seal of the United States.  You cannot find a more traditional way to express love if you are from the United States than by exchanging Tiffany rings.

Just this first expression of love, Tiffany rings in Tiffany boxes, was so important to this couple that they waited until right before their ceremony to open the boxes together.  Their absolute delight was contagious.

Every detail had been carefully considered by this beautiful bride.  We know a couple will be wonderful to work with when they spend so much time communicating to us in the months before their wedding.  These gorgeous barefoot sandals matched her nails exquisitely and were the perfect accessory for a tropical beach wedding in Belize.

Our bride, being a dancer, was able to celebrate their union gloriously in the Caribbean Sea.

Her groom couldn’t resist the chivalrous expression of sweeping her off her feet and he sealed it with a kiss.

So many wonderful details made this couples wedding in Belize special.  Their initials and wedding dates had been embroidered into the dress.  Small things can sometimes create the evoke the greatest of emotions.

Sometimes, we focus on the bride, allowing her to express herself in her own beautiful, feminine and unique way.

Through our special Trash the Dress experiences, the bride can participate in an expressive art piece.  In Belize, this usually results in serene images that reflect the natural beauty of the tropical setting.

Men, on the other hand love to be a hero – and who doesn’t love a hero?

Sometimes, masculine expressions are so tremendously sweet in their simplicity.

The meeting of two kindred souls among millions still has got to be one of the most powerful connections humans can experience.  The celebration of marriage is the ultimate expression of that love.  Two, uniting to become one.

This amazing love expression and wedding experience was organised by ‘I DO’ Belize Weddings.

The ceremony was held at the beautiful Portofino Resort.

If you’d like to see previews of our work and interact with us, we invite you check out our Facebook page

For more of our work you can certainly check out our website.  We’d love to hear what you think!


Belize Weddings – Tabitha Does Toledo – A Truly Maya 2012 Wedding Experience

Who is Tabitha and where is Toledo and what on earth did Tabitha ‘do’ in Toledo?  Please let me introduce you to Tabitha. Tabitha is the dress and this is her 12th wedding.  Yes, you did read that correctly – her 12th wedding.  OK, this isn’t actually the wedding.  This is one of the many, quite spectacular images from the Trash the Dress session held after the wedding.  So, let’s start from the beginning shall we.

As photographers in Belize, we regularly get requests to do something for nothing.  Oddly enough it seems that many people believe that photographers don’t actually need to earn a living.  But when we received Alex’s email telling us about his amazing adventure with Lisa and their goal to get married 30 times, all over the world, experiencing different cultures and generally having a blast, it just caught our eye.  If anyone knows Conch Creative, they know that we love romance and what could be more romantic than wanting to get married 30 times.  So, we just had to say yes.  Sounds easy enough, but then there was the crux.  They were getting married in the Toledo District at the very south of Belize.  Alex didn’t hesitate a moment and said ‘We’ll be there with Peggy to pick you up’.  Peggy?  Now this marriage thing is getting  a bit complicated. First, Tabitha and now – Peggy?  We can now introduce you to Peggy, the 25 year old camper van they picked up in Canada and drove through the USA and Mexico to arrive in Belize.   Apparently, they had already done 11 weddings previously including an Vampire themed wedding in New Orleans and a drive through in Las Vegas.  I think you can see how we couldn’t resist being part of this amazing adventure.

So after a 200 mile road trip in Peggy to get to Toledo for the wedding, it was time to pretty up Lisa in Mopan Maya style. In the 1600’s the Mopan were converted to Catholicism but that doesn’t mean that many of their traditions do not remain.  The clothing, earrings and decoration all have significance and Lisa was dressed traditionally by a beautiful Maya woman, who loaned her hand made wedding clothes and did her hair.When she was ready, it was time to present herself to the world, looking fabulous and happy, having enjoyed such special treatment by her generous Maya hosts, Luciana and Reyes, who helped to plan everything.  They are part of the Toledo Ecotourism Association and are just the nicest people ever.
While Alex, scrubs up nicely, he didn’t quite jive with the Maya tradition the way that Lisa did, but never mind.  Getting married next to a waterfall, at a Maya village, in 2012 is quite enough excitement for one day.

Part of the Maya marriage tradition involves being wrapped in a red ribbon.

We’re not sure that this is the purpose for which the red ribbon is intended, but hey, when in doubt, improvise.

After the nuptials, it was time to party – Mopan Maya style.  Get your dancing shoes on and boogie on down to the sound of the traditional marimba.  Or just make out in the corner.  Whichever you prefer.

Before it all ends, there is always time for a romantic moment.  When four of you (Tabitha, Peggy, Lisa & Alex) travel so far to marry next to a waterfall in a tropical rain forest among the Maya people, you really must take time to appreciate it.  Although it seems like Lisa and Alex felt that Peggy and Tabitha needed a break, because they had a big day coming up.

 When Peggy arrived at this location for the Trash the Dress shoot, she must have thought this was the end of the road for her as it appeared to be a car graveyard.  Who would have thought that it would be the perfect place to showcase the beautiful Tabitha in all her glory.  Of course Lisa helped.

Luckily for Peggy, this wasn’t her last stop.  She was just being cared for in the car hospital while Tabitha came out to play in the car graveyard.  It turns out that they don’t just send cars here to die.  Boats find their way to this resting ground also.

We had to remind Lisa that this was not in fact a resting ground for tired brides.  Yes, we know that 12 weddings is quite remarkable but buck up girl – you’ve got another 18 to go before your finished.

While Alex held Peggy’s hand (ok, she doesn’t have hands, she has tires, but it adds to the drama), Lisa and Tabitha explore a new and fabulous land of junk and glory.

As the dark clouds rolled in, the four of them (Peggy, Tabitha, Alex & Lisa) knew that it was time to hit the road and prepare for wherever their next adventure would take them.  They are nearly half way to their 30th wedding and there truly cannot have been a more epic, romantic and wonderful wedding adventure.  We’re so glad that they came to Belize for a truly authentic Maya 2012 wedding experience and we’re ever so grateful that they loved our work enough to include us in the fairy tale.  Bon Voyage Alex, Lisa, Peggy and Tabitha.

This wedding was made possible by the wonderful people at the Toledo Ecotourism Association.

If you’d like to follow Alex and Lisa (and Peggy and Tabitha) on their further adventures, tune in to 2people1life

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Belize Weddings – Be Inspired by Paradise – Trash the Dress

Belize weddings are the epitome of  paradise.  Not only is Belize one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world, but it has that something special, a certain ‘ je ne sais quoi’.  Couples who  celebrate their nuptials in Belize are looking for something unique.

Known for its eclectic and interesting choice of properties and locations, Ambergris Caye, off the coast of Belize, is a spectacular location for a destination wedding.  An authentic fantasy island.

The coast of Ambergris Caye is lined with docks covered with traditional thatched palapas, providing a rustic tropical setting.

Originally covered with coconut plantations, Ambergris Caye’s beaches are dotted with mature palm trees, which give it that tropical paradise vibe.

For so many couples, the Trash the Dress experience has become part of the wedding ritual.  It is fabulously romantic and can result in true art pieces that will be treasured forever.

Colours, textures, locations and water conspire to create individual and daring images during Belize trash the dress sessions.

Paradise inspires passion.

Paradise inspires drama.

Most of all paradise inspires love.

Conch Creative invites you to Ambergris Caye to experience all of the passion, drama and love that can be found in paradise.

This incredible wedding photography experience was organised by ‘I DO’ Belize Weddings and hosted at the beautiful Casa Tortuga.

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A Gal & a Guitar – Gettin’ Hitched in Belize

Wedding BelizeConch Creative loves destination weddings in Belize.  People who choose to marry in Belize tend to be people who like to step outside of ‘the box’ and like to do things just a little bit differently – and definitely their own way.  This makes every wedding unique and often very entertaining for us.  We’re going to share one of our recent favourites with you so that you can experience a true intimate and fun, barefoot wedding in Belize.

Wedding Ambergris CayeAs we’re sure you’ve figured – both the ‘gal’ and the guitar feature heavily in this blog.  Before the ceremony, our lovely and very romantic groom serenaded his bride to be.  It was beyond sweet and you could tell how much she adored him.

Wedding San Pedro BelizeMany couples choose Belize because they don’t want all of the fuss and stress associated with a traditional wedding.  This is a perfect example of how simplicity can be so special.  Marrying in a heart made from flowers and conch shells on a tranquil beach, overlooking the Caribbean Sea is perfectly divine.

Beach wedding BelizeHaving your new husband and the man you love sing romantic love songs to you in the heart of flowers, overlooking the Caribbean Sea as you delicately drink wine is beyond divine – it’s sublime.

Wedding Ambergris CayeWhoops…scratch the bit about ‘delicately drinking wine’…..woohoo – now things are going to get lively it seems.  Let’s see how this blog turns out, shall we?

Beach Wedding BelizeWe thought it was time for a quiet walk down the beach.  Honestly, how many places are there in the world where you can have beaches like this virtually all to yourselves?

Ambergris Caye PhotographyTime to catch a quick breath before the fun begins.

Trash the Dress Photography BelizeDid we mention it was hot that day?

Ambergris Caye Photography..and it seemed to just get a bit warmer by the minute.

wedding BelizeYou really have to wonder just how much fun two adults can have with a bit of water…

Belize photographer..it seems that the possibilities of having fun in water, following a wedding, fully clothed are quite limitless.  There’s no point in coming to Belize to have a fabulous wedding on a stunning beach in a tropical setting and not making the absolute most of it.  As well as producing beautiful photographs, Conch Creative aims to help all of our wedding couples have fun.

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There comes a time (usually sunset), when wedding photographers quietly fade into the darkness and leave the couple to enjoy their time together.  We have no doubt that the assistance of Conch Creative was not required for the continuing fun.

We hope you enjoyed our most recent blog as much as we enjoyed making it.  Of course, you can always join in the fun by becoming part of our Conch Creative community on Facebook.  It’s easy – just click this Link.

If you’re wondering where that fantastic wedding was held, well as always we’re proud to have worked with the quite fantabulous Coco Beach Resort.

We’ll be blogging again soon and would love to hear from you.  Would you rather see brides or bikinis?


Why Would You Want to Do That? – Trash the Dress

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‘Why would you want to do that?’, we often hear when we tell people that our couple have booked us for a Trash the Dress session.  We try to explain that it really is not about trashing anything, but actually about creating something beautiful.  Trash the Dress has become an art form – and yes, some brides really do go for it and trash their dress completely.  Why not?  Very few brides in this day in age plan to wrap their dress in mothballs hoping that a future daughter might choose to wear it again.  But good photographs are definitely something that will be saved for future generations.

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Trash the Dress sessions allow us, as a creative team, to add an element of fantasy.  We love to take our subjects out of context and find beauty in the most unusual places.

Belize Wedding PhotographerTrash the Dress sessions can be incredibly fun and romantic for the bride and groom.  Where else are they going to find a team like Conch Creative encouraging them to express their naughty side and to play in the water in their wedding gear?Belize Wedding

When we start a Trash the Dress session we usually spend some time with the bride, working on portraits.  The groom will stand and watch and we can always see the pride growing in his eyes.  That’s when we know it’s a good time to invite the groom to join in.

Belize Trash the DressHow could a groom not be filled with pride and love when he gets to see his new bride looking like an angel during a photo shoot at sunrise on the Caribbean Sea?

Belize PhotographerConch Creative just never gets tired of the romance…

Belize Trash the Dressand heroes..did we happen to mention that we especially love romantic heroes?

Belize Wedding Trash the DressIf you’ve ever wondered why someone would want to ‘Trash the Dress’, now you know.  These beautiful images will bring back memories of a magical and enchanting wedding in Belize and they’ll never go out of style.

This wedding and Trash the Dress session was held at the gorgeous Las Terrazas Resort.


Cruisin’ for Some Fun in the Sun

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We are sort of unusual destination wedding photographers in that we are already at the destination.   Because we live and work here, we know how to get the best out of the weather, how to get our couples to look fabulous, even when it’s very hot, and  – we know all of the best locations.  But even more than that, we like to help our wonderful wedding couples to have an amazing experience.  For many of our lovely couples, they are already having a great time here diving, snorkeling, fishing and exploring Maya ruins, but there are some couples who are just passing through – for a fleeting visit – and for them, their wedding and photography experience make up the sum total of their time in Belize.  These are couples who stop to visit Belize, while traveling the Caribbean on  a cruise ship.   The couple above are one of those very special couples.

Belize Trash the DressWhen a bride to be gets in touch and tells us what her fantasy wedding pictures will look like, we do our best to oblige.   When we’re told ‘I want to make the most of the Caribbean and get wet!’, we make sure it happens.

Trash the Dress BelizeThe bride is always the brave one it seems.  She always gets in first and somehow always manages to look just beautiful in the process.

Belize Trash the DressBut eventually the groom may need some encouragement.  This seems to have done the trick.

Trash the Dress BelizeIt didn’t take long for the groom to turn the tables and with blue eyes like that, we can see why the lovely bride looks so happy.  Before they knew it, it was time to go and catch their ship – but now they have the most wonderful photographs to remind them of their romantic escape to a little island in Caribbean, known affectionately as ‘La Isla Bonita’.

Belize weddingJust in case you wondered – we do take pictures of gorgeous brides on dry land too!

Wedding BelizeIt doesn’t matter if you like to keep your toes dry – romance, love and lots of smiles are the order of the day when you get hitched in San Pedro.

Belize WeddingOh and did we mention fun???  With Conch Creative as your wedding photographers, your wedding photography experience will definitely be fun.

Belize FashionWhen our calendar is not full of exciting and fabulous weddings, we still manage to have plenty of fun ourselves.  We love working with talented people and love getting the opportunity to give them our own special ‘Conch Creative’ touch.

Raquel Badillo Fashion in BelizeOur amazing model was Miss San Pedro in 2009/2010 and it seems she just gets more beautiful.

Belize FashionA few days before the shoot, a friend had dropped off some hot chili peppers.  We find beauty in everything around us and we felt that it was about time that our chili peppers were given the glamorous boost they deserved.  Hot! Hot! Hot!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this installment of the Conch Creative Blog.  Don’t stop reading now though because we have to remind you about our entertaining and hugely silly photography competition on Facebook.  There is still time to make your own hilarious entry and of course to vote for your favourite.  To find out more – check out this Conch Creative Facebook Page Link  .  If you look on the left of the page, you’ll see a link to ‘photos’. Click there and then you’ll find the Copy Conchs 2011 – Photo Competition album.  Take the time – it will be worth it …actually it will only be worth it if you have a really good sense of humour.  If you’re boring – don’t bother.

As always we have to offer special thanks to the businesses and individuals who made this blog possible.

Firstly – thanks to ‘I DO’ Belize Weddings, the wonderful wedding coordinators for the cruise ship wedding.

Thanks to the beautiful Las Terrazas Resort for organising and hosting the drier, but still very beautiful, wedding.

And finally, thanks to you for reading our blog.  We hope you liked it. If you did, please do share it!


A Photographer’s Life in Belize

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As photographers in Belize we’re often asked what our job is like.  What do we do?  What is a normal working week?  Well, if you’ve ever been to Belize, you’ll realise that Belize has it’s own rhythm, it’s own style, it’s own innate beauty.  So, working as photographers in Belize is probably unlike being a photographer anywhere else in the world.

Belize is a place for contemplation.  The beautiful bride pictured above is about to marry the love of her life at Captain Morgan’s Retreat.

Belize Wedding Photography, Ambergris Caye Wedding, Wedding in San Pedro, Weddings BelizeBelize is definitely magical. It can also be wet.  Living on the Caribbean Sea means that we sometimes work on the water, in the water and even under the water.  This underwater shot was taken just off the dock at Ramon’s Village Resort.

Belize Wedding Photography, Ambergris Caye Wedding, Wedding in San Pedro, Weddings BelizeWithout a doubt, Belize is a place for tropical love.  This moment of joy happened at Cayo Espanto, the private island resort.

Belize PhotographyBelize is inspirational, so there is a flourishing artists’ community.  This is Paul, glass blower extraordinaire, from Artemis Glass in San Ignacio, Cayo.

Belize Photography - Cave in Belize - Actun ChapatBelize is mysterious.  Because Belize is the home of the ancient Maya people and they believed that caves were portals to the underworld, some of our photography is underground.  This was taken after a mile long hike through the Actun Chapat cave near San Jose Succotz.  The floor is littered with pottery.  This cave is on private property but tours can be arranged through Ken Dart of Belizean Sun Tours.

Belize Wedding Photography, Ambergris Caye Wedding, Wedding in San Pedro, Weddings BelizeBelize is luxurious.  If you want absolute luxury, resorts in Belize like Cayo Espanto can make you feel like a star. In fact, Cayo Espanto is a fabulous secret hideaway for many world famous stars.

Belize Wedding Photography, Ambergris Caye Wedding, Wedding in San Pedro, Weddings BelizeBelize is romantic.

Belize Wedding Photography, Ambergris Caye Wedding, Wedding in San Pedro, Weddings BelizeDid we mention that Belize is romantic?

Wedding photography Belize, Maya Ruins Belize, Mayan Ruins WeddingBelize has history – seriously ancient history with pyramids and ruins and everything.  The Maya knew how to build them to last, but you can’t climb them wearing high heels.

Belize Photography, Miligold MacawAbove all…Belize isn’t always what you think it will be.  This is Eddie, (AKA Handyman Eddie).  He’s come to our rescue on more than one occasion to save us from floods and fires.  Honestly – he really has.  Eddie is Belizean.  With him is Keppy, a macaw.  Belize is somewhat famous for its macaws. Keppy, though, is not Belizean.  Keppy is a Miligold Macaw.  Eddie rescued her from a very uncertain future.  Conch Creative does not support the keeping of wildlife as pets and would always prefer to see birds flying free, but Keppy was bred in captivity and would never survive in the wild.  She and Eddie have a very close relationship and we were thrilled to be able to capture this special moment between them.

So folks this is just a taster of what being a photographer in Belize is all about.  We hope you enjoyed sharing this blog with us.  We certainly enjoyed making it.  All of the photos in this blog were taken within the last two months.  Oh and in case you didn’t know  – this is us, Conch Creative, at work in Belize.  This photo was sneakily taken during a wedding shoot on Cayo Espanto by the lovely groom to be, Alan.  Thanks for sending it to us Alan!

Special thanks goes to Keli at I DO Belize Weddings, who organised and planned both of our featured weddings.

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Doing San Pedro – A Unique Trash the Dress Experience in Belize

Wedding photographers love the opportunity to do something different, something unique and something out of the ordinary.  Many would say that Conch Creative gets to do that every day as we are ‘in situ’ destination wedding photographers in Belize, one of the most beautiful countries in the world – and you certainly won’t hear us complaining.  But we must admit that our heart skips a beat and we get giddy with excitement when a bride contacts us and says she wants to do a Trash the Dress session.  We know that this is a bride we’re going to have fun with…but not all Trash the Dress sessions involve just trashing the dress.  Let us share a Trash the Dress experience with you – Conch Creative style.

Even before we met this couple, we knew they were special and wonderful.  Once we met them and their beautiful families, we were absolutely convinced.  This is Ryan with their gorgeous son, who was a handsome if somewhat reluctant ring bearer.  They are waiting for the ceremony to start.

Tropical Wedding in BelizeThe wedding, of course was beautiful. All weddings in San Pedro are beautiful – but this blog is not about the wedding, which was held at the gorgeous Xanadu Island Resort.   But we just couldn’t help but include a romantic photograph from after the ceremony, just to remind our readers how amazing Ambergris Caye truly is.  We don’t think there could be another image that could conjure up the fantasy of a ‘tropical wedding’ quite so well as this one does.

Golf Cart Wedding BelizeThe day after the wedding, Carrie & Ryan’s friends and family decorated a golf cart.  When Carrie booked her Trash the Dress, she said she wanted a flavour of San Pedro – she wanted images that were taken in and around town so that she’d have memories to treasure.  Of course, Conch Creative felt obliged to be the ultimate tour guides. So we all piled into the golf cart and headed into the wilds of San Pedro Town.

Trash the Dress Belize styleThey wanted to experience the wild and wonderful side of San Pedro, Belize and so a pit stop at the new Blackbeard’s Hideout seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

San Pedro WeddingsAnyone who has spent any time on Ambergris Caye will know that Maria’s fruit and vegetable stand is a landmark and Miss Maria is an icon with (we’re losing count now) well over 50 grandchildren.   She’s everyone’s grandma really and couldn’t wait to congratulate the bride and groom in her typically, warm and affectionate manner.

Trash the Dress - BelizeThen on to the next landmark.  Estel’s is famous for it’s seafront ambiance, colourful characters and delicious food.

belize trash the dressAlong the way Carrie & Ryan had to stop to see some local hand crafts made from gorgeous Belizean hardwoods.

Manatee cowboy groom in BelizeThen it was time for some fun and games in San Pedro’s Central Park.  Ryan sure got into the spirit of things with this Manatee (otherwise known as a Sea Cow).  Ride ’em cowboy!

Trash the Dress - Swinging in San PedroEver the gentleman, he made sure that the lovely Carrie got to enjoy the playground too.

Wedding - Belizean houseAfter finally getting Carrie & Ryan familiar with the ‘real’ San Pedro, it was time for them to get wet and so we headed for the sea…

Weddings BelizeThey tested the water and knew it was time.

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In minutes, Carrie was a Caribbean princess of the sea.  But it wasn’t long before….Trash the Dress Belize

Ryan had to join her and so he, being a total Prince Charming, made his way through the warm waters to join Carrie.

Trash the Dress BelizeShe was so beautiful and the moment was so perfect, he just couldn’t resist.Belize Wedding Ambergris Caye, San Pedro

And so ends our tale of a unique Trash the Dress experience with two very wonderful and beautiful people, who wanted the real San Pedro experience.  We know that their wedding images will give them joy and memories of beautiful Belize for many years to come.  Congratulations Carrie & Ryan and thank you for letting us share our gorgeous island with you.

Conch Creative would like to make it clear that no Manatees were hurt in the making of this blog.

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