“Pseudo-eloping” (as I like to call it) was the best decision for us. When we started wedding planning, we realized we didn’t want the typical North American wedding. So we asked our parents if they wanted to watch us get married somewhere warm, on a beach, with no shoes on. After their initial disappointment, there was excitement all around when we chose Belize as our destination.
We had a few preparations to do a few months before the wedding:
- We ensured our amazing photographer wanted to run away with us
- I ordered my $15 dress from eBay
- I handmade my bouquet ($40, supplies from Michael’s, ideas from Pinterest)
- I booked an appointment at a hair salon on the island
- We found the only non-Catholic pastor on the island of Ambergris Caye
- We found a few rooms to rent in a complex right beside the ocean
- We booked flights
- We wrote our own vows
Our purpose was to have a relaxing, stress-free wedding full of love, laughter and sunshine. And that it was. It was so stress-free that we decided the day and time of our wedding only three days prior. 4.24.14 had a nice ring to it, despite my love of odd numbers 🙂
After deciding on a sunset wedding, the day unfolded peacefully. The moms and I had our hair done in the morning, Graham and I had our first look, then went into town to take a few pictures before returning and getting ready for the ceremony (going for a swim in Graham’s case). We had a Polish blessing from my parents and the night ended with a delicious seafood dinner at Blue Water Grill and beers by the sea.
I’ll let the pictures speak for the day.
One thing Graham and I really wanted to do was jump into the ocean in our wedding attire. So we did.
Our favourite moment of the day was definitely our time on the pier. I’ll never forget my heart beating so loudly as I tapped on Graham’s shoulder and the look on his face the first time he saw me. The tone of the day was really set when we read from the Bible, prayed together, and read a letter that my pastor wrote to us. It couldn’t have been any more perfect for us.
During our honeymoon (on the neighbouring, less populated island of Caye Caulker), Graham asked me if there was anything I would change about our wedding. The only thing I could think of was to have my hair stay in loose curls for the whole day. Buuuut, you can’t have a beach wedding without beach hair 😉
For a few more wedding photos, check out our fabulous photographer’s post about our day.