Vince & Azhar’s Marrakech Destination Wedding

From our first conversation with Azhar, we felt a connection and were excited to capture her special day! One of the things we love about shooting destination weddings is meeting people from all over the world. Azhar’s husband Vince is originally from Angola but grew up in Portugal and Azhar is from Somalia but was raised in the Netherlands. They both now live in the UK and met while working there. We love the mix of cultures that their wedding brought! 

Their wedding in Marrakech, Morocco was the second part of their wedding celebrations. It was held at Palais Lona, a beautiful villa on the outskirts of Marrakech and friends and family traveled down from all over Europe to celebrate with them. 

Azhar and her female family members got ready together at the villa. It was such a fun and festive feel having everyone all together and there was lots of laughter. Soukaina did the hair and makeup for Azhar and some of her family members. 

Meanwhile, Vince got ready at a different spot at the villa. He was joined by some of Azhar’s male family members. We love that Vince and Azhar opted to have a first look before making their entrance. This is such a special and intimate time that the couple can share together. Following their first look, they made their entrance with their bridal party and the Dakka Marrakechia (a traditional Moroccan band). The evening began with dancing and it carried on into the night. 

Dinner was buffet style and featured some of Morocco’s most popular dishes like tajine and pastilla. Later on in the evening, Vince and Azhar surprised the guests with a firebreather. Following this, they did their cake cutting and ring exchange. 

After their first dance, Azhar’s niece performed two songs for them, which was a really special moment. And then it was more dancing – including some traditional Somalian songs!

It was such a fun evening and we loved getting to know Azhar and Vince. They compliment each other so well and we felt so honored to get to capture their destination wedding.

Check out some of our favorite moments from their day. 

Shane & Kathryn’s Destination Wedding at Yogi Surfer

We had so much fun photographing Shane and Kathryn’s relaxed destination wedding in Morocco! Both met in LA, where they currently live and share a love of surfing and traveling. For two surf lovers, what could be more perfect than getting married in the surf capital of Morocco at a venue called Yogi Surfer?!

Kathryn and Shane had traveled to Morocco separately before and it seemed like the perfect sunny location for a destination wedding. They invited some of their closest friends and it made for a very intimate celebration. Annabelle from Comme Une Histoire was their wedding planner and this always helps the wedding day to run smoothly when you’ve got an experienced planner in charge!

Both Shane and Kathryn got ready at Yogi Surfer. When their guests arrived they were greeted by a traditional Marrakechi band. A close friend of the couple officiated the ceremony, which was held in the atrium of Yogi Surfer. We love how personal the ceremony was, which included Shane and Kathryn sharing their story and what they love and respect about the other person.

Following the ceremony was cocktail hour on the roof, with a view of the sun setting over the ocean. Dinner was catered by Yogi Surfer and included some Moroccan classics like tajine and couscous.

After dinner Shane and Kathryn had their first dance, which they had choreographed and we were super impressed! Then the dance floor opened up to everyone else!

Later on they did a cake cutting down in the atrium and the ‌celebrations‌ and dancing continued.

We love how well the day reflected Shane and Kathryn and the relaxed, celebratory vibe of the day!