Through The Eye of the Photographer

by McNab Editorial Team

Shooting a Destination Wedding in Belize

When you think about it, a destination wedding is a brilliant idea; a two-for-one special. You get to combine your nuptials with your honeymoon and better yet, your pictures will be exotic lifelong memories of your time of love. They say that ‘beauty is in the eyes of the beholder’ but furthermore, it is in the lens of the camera holder.

For a wedding photographer, the goal is to capture people having a good time while showcasing a sense of where they are. Many couples that come to Belize to marry, have done so because they saw Leonardo Melendez images online. You can’t blame them. You can get great images anywhere in Belize as long as everybody is having a good time. There are, however, a few places that can make things grand and make you feel, quite literally, on top of the world.

The following locations add special magic and inspiration to your big day:


When you think of waterfall weddings in Belize, You’re specifically thinking of Big Rock and Butterfly Falls. It’s a hike to get there but once you’re there you’re treated to openness and light that is made for storytelling. Storytelling is a huge part of what we do. It’s not just about the classic straight portraits, it’s important to have good documentation of how the day unfolded. It adds so much to the end product.


The interesting thing about the sandbar, West of Ambergris Caye, is that it feels like you’re in the middle of the sea. While that can be a daunting feeling to some, mostly it’s awe-inspiring to walk on the sandbank and look out into the watery turquoise vastness.

Mayan Sites

There’s always a sense of greater purpose when you’re standing on a temple saying your vows to each other. After the ceremony, you get to explore the temple while your photographer captures artistic masterpieces along the way. My favorite temple to shoot is Xunantunich. Getting to the top is unlike any other experience in Belize. You get to feel what it was like to be a Mayan ruler, overlooking the jungle canopy that stretches for miles.

Original Article By: Leonardo Melendez – Leonardo Melendez Photography

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