An Unplugged Wedding in Belize: Sharon & Matt

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Sharon and Matt’s small Belize wedding at Honey Camp Ranch cost them just $5000. They avoided the usual trappings of a traditional wedding, instead choosing to do things their way. That meant everything was either borrowed, donated or homemade. The bride wore a custom wedding dress, made for her by her mother, and no shoes! She made the stationery herself and the flowers and reception decorations were collected from the local area.

This was also a completely unplugged event. There was no electricity, and no cell phones or computers allowed! The couple wanted their wedding to be a refreshing escape from their excessively electronic lives in the US.

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“The inspiration for the wedding was love for the nature of Belize”, wrote the bride. “The most unusual thing about our wedding was that there was no electricity. The natural sounds of Honey Camp Ranch and the romantic light of gas lanterns in the evening made the lack of electricity a huge benefit and gave a better connection with the amazing natural environment of Belize – away and unplugged from the busy world. It was different from the norm because it was a destination wedding, was super low-key, and was in the jungle!”

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“The night before the rehearsal dinner we had a impromptu dinner feast at Honey Camp Ranch of lionfish and garlic shrimp. We ate by light of gas lanterns on the long mahogany handmade dining tables next to Honey Camp Lagoon. This was an unscheduled event and it had a really spontaneous fun feel to it. The next night, the rehearsal dinner was a six course meal of Belizean street food – Salbutes, Empanadas, Garnaches, Orange Walk Tacos, Ceviche, and flan for dessert. My husband and I were the only servers, bringing each course from the kitchen and sharing with our guests. They later told us how honoured they felt to be served by the bride and groom!”

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“Our wedding was natural, minimalistic, and delicious!”, she concluded. “We really were frugal in a simplistic and natural way. We went the DIY route every chance we could, and sourced all we could from the talents of the locals, our friends, and family. We spent two weeks before the wedding in the area and searched out all the local services we needed.”

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Supporting Cast

  • Photography: Efrain Gomez
  • Venue: Honey Camp Ranch
  • Bride's Dress & Headpiece: DIY
  • Hair: Kelly Wilde
  • Groom's Attire: The Guayabera Shirt Store
  • Cake: Locally Sourced
  • Flowers: DIY
  • Band: Roberto Palacio and friends

5 comments

  1. In 2002, I went to Belize on an Ecology trip for school….talk about an AMAZING setting!! That’s one place I’ve literally dreamed about going back to, and definitely makes a great place for a destination wedding!

    (And the back detail on that dress is just absolutely gorgeous!)

  2. Hi, this is the bride’s mom & dressmaker. Thanks for comments on the dress. For general information, it was hard to find real silk for the dress ( best for hot weather), and not a silk polyester blend. I finally found it at Vogue Fabric in Evanston Illinois.

  3. Terri

    We were thrilled to be invited to this beautiful wedding of our son and daughter-in law’s friends. It was the most unique setting and ceremony that I’ve attended, and a great time was had by all!

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