Belizean breezes made the vows sweeter for one Tulsa couple this summer. Surrounded by 28 friends and family members, Tulsans Beth Turner and Bryan Cantrell tied the knot on the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize May 29, 2009. The couple exchanged vows surrounded by their guests holding hands in a circle on the beach in front of their private villa, Villa Incommunicada.
The island created the perfect wedding-slash-vacation venue for the entire party. The wide array of activities left little for the wedding couple to plan. Guests enjoyed daytrips to the Mayan Ruins, scuba diving and snorkeling, even kite surfing. Meanwhile, others in the party enjoyed lounging in a hammock never venturing further than to refill their island drink.
The wedding itself came off without a hitch thanks to the well-researched hiring of a personal wedding planner. Any wedding tradition desired was easily imitated with a little island twist thrown in. For example, instead of the wedding march, the bride walked down an aisle lined with conch shells to the music of a steel drum player. And the groom’s nephews loved that it was appropriate attire to attend the wedding dressed in swim trunks instead of tuxes.
After the wedding party traveled back to the states, the newlyweds traveled to the other side of the island to enjoy a honeymoon in another private villa surrounded by a tropical bird paradise.
Turner and Cantrell reside in Tulsa, where Beth is employed as a strand coordinator for Webster Broadcast and Digital Media Magnet High School, and Bryan is owner of B.C. Graphic Design and art director for Newspapers.