Yassine & Kira’s Wedding in Agadir

Photography of traditional Moroccan wedding

We first met Yassine and Kira over a year ago when they stopped by our studio to discuss photography for their wedding. What first struck us about them was their warmth and their massive grins as they shared how they met through a language school where Kira was taking Arabic classes and Yassine was teaching at.

Because Kira is from the US and Yassine is from Agadir, much of their relationship has been long distance. But Kira has managed longer stays in Morocco and the couple will be living in the US together. Having done long distance in our own relationship, we can certainly relate to their story! When we met them they were already legally married but had not yet held their wedding celebration. 

Fast forward a year later, and it was the day of their wedding celebration in Agadir. The wedding was held at Salle des Afrah Souss. Kira and Yassine put so much work into all of the details of their wedding and in making it a fun celebration for all of their local and foreign guests. Kira had many friends and family who traveled out from the US, Germany, France, Greece, and Egypt to celebrate with the couple. 

Ossama Berrada did Kira’s hair and makeup at his salon in Agadir. She looked absolutely stunning! As Kira finished getting ready, Yassine greeted guests as they arrived at the venue. 

This was a wedding with lots of dancing – which we loved! Then again, how could guests NOT dance given that the evening was filled with a great variety of music and a number of live bands. Our personal favorite was a Gnawa fusion group led by Mehdi Qamoum. It was the first time we heard this band (or any band like them) and they brought incredible energy to the room! Yassine and Kira surprised their guests with a famous Amazigh band, Oudaden. This was a huge hit for the guests! During this time Kira wore her traditional Amazigh outfit and Yassine’s mother and sisters changed into Amazigh outfits as well. They also had Simohamed Bourwayhe for the Issawa music. 

Kira wore three traditional Moroccan takchitas, the traditional Amazigh outfit (one of my personal favorites!), and a gorgeous white wedding gown. Her negafa was Kramissa, who always does such a stunning job with brides while being so kind and professional. The negafa is with the bride so much on her wedding day that it’s really important to choose one who you feel comfortable with. 

Following a traditional Moroccan dinner, there was a time for speeches. Kira’s father, Yassine’s best friend, Kira’s best friend, and Kira and Yassine all gave speeches. This was one of our favorite moments during the wedding as each speech was so meaningful and all testified to the love that Kira and Yassine share for one another as well as just the caliber of people that they are. 

Towards the end of the evening, Kira entered in her white gown escorted by her father to the same song that her mother walked down the aisle to 38 years earlier. Yassine and Kira’s first dance was sung by Kira’s god brother. Talk about two emotional moments back to back! After the cake cutting, there was more dancing to some of Kira’s favorite songs! 

It was a beautiful evening and it was such a privilege for us to capture!

Emile & Emilie’s Beach Wedding at Paradis Plage

Beautiful beach wedding photography at Paradis Plage in Agadir

Emile and Emilie couldn’t have picked a more beautiful day for their beach wedding. It was a cloudless May day with just enough of a breeze to keep the heat down. Because their wedding took place during the month of Ramadan (the Islamic holiday where Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset) the beach was uncommonly empty. They held the wedding at Paradis Plage, which is just outside of Agadir along the beautiful coastline.

Both from France, Emile and Emilie met through work in Paris a few years ago. They decided to have a destination wedding in Morocco and many friends and family were able to fly down to join them. It was an intimate group and there was so much excitement for these two.

We loved getting to know Emile and Emilie and found them to be such a fun and down to earth couple. Despite the fact that they said they didn’t like to be in front of a camera, they were complete naturals and we loved just capturing them interacting with each other.

On the day of their wedding, Emilie’s sister did her makeup and Pauline from Brooklyn Mama’s did her hair. Meanwhile, Emile got ready with his cousin.

Paradis Plage organized all of the details for the wedding and the day ran so smoothly. Enough cannot be said for the merits of having a great wedding planner to coordinate all of the details! It really takes the stress off of the bride and groom when everything is well organized and there’s a wedding planner to handle all of the details.

The ceremony took place right in front of the ocean and was just breathtaking. Two good friends officiated the wedding ceremony. Both parents shared during the ceremony along with Emile’s brothers. Emile and Emilie each wrote something to share as well. It was a very meaningful ceremony and there were definitely a few teary eyes.

Following the ceremony was a relaxed cocktail hour and we were able to capture some beautiful sunset photos with the bride and groom. Then everyone moved to the tent where the reception took place. The reception was an absolute blast with great speeches, fun dancing, a hilarious video created by some of Emile and Emilie’s friends, and exquisite food catered by Paradis Plage. Emilie’s father even serenaded the group with an Italian ballad – it was an incredibly special moment.

One of our favorite moments from the wedding was the cake cutting. You’ll have to scroll down through the pictures to see why, but it was definitely our favorite cake cutting to date and these two know how to have a good time at their wedding!

It was one of those weddings that you just leave with massive grins and full hearts. It was also a wedding that we could not narrow down our favorite photos – just too many moments that we love!

Mehdi & Kenza’s Wedding

Wedding photography at villa in Agadir

We were super honored when Mehdi and Kenza contacted us about photographing their wedding. We first met these two at Crossfit Agadir and were thrilled when we heard they were getting married.

These two are such a great match for each other and we love they made their wedding day so uniquely theirs. The wedding was held at Kenza’s family’s home in Agadir. Between the inside of the home and their beautiful garden there was enough space for all of the guests while still keeping an intimate feel. It created a vibe that felt very personal and made it easy for guests to mingle with one another.

Kenza got ready at her home with other female family members. Pauline from Brooklyn Mama’s did her hair and makeup. We always love working with Pauline and watching how she highlights the bride’s best features. We will say it a million times – it is worth every cent to to hire a makeup artist who knows how to apply makeup for photography and how to expertly apply it to each client in a way that is flattering and natural. We’ve never had a client whose regretted hiring a talented makeup artist, but brides do regret when they hire makeup artist who doesn’t have the skills to apply makeup in a way that appears natural in photos and also highlights their best features.

As Kenza was getting ready, Mehdi got ready with some friends at one of his friends houses. Both Mehdi and Kenza were so calm and relaxed on their wedding day and we think this owes to careful planning and lots of help from family members. And probably also part of their personalities as well!

As the sun began to set guests began arriving at the wedding. There was a traditional band that welcomed the guests. Inside local band Naji Soul played a mix of jazz and contemporary music throughout the evening. There was also a DJ and the band played at different points during the wedding as well. We love this mix of music, as there was really something for each guest to enjoy.

It almost goes without saying that there was lots of dancing the whole evening! This started as soon as Mehdi made his entrance at the wedding. Later on, Kenza made her entrance in the Amaria. Mehdi and Kenza purposefully planned their evening so as to maximize time spent with guests and enjoying their wedding day. This meant that Kenza made just three dress changes, which is really an ideal number if you want to be sure to have time on the dance floor and with your guests.

Their guests were from all over and as many of them knew each other, it really added to the celebratory feel. In lieu of guests signing a guest book, they signed within in large frame. We love this idea (ok, we’re sort of bias since we did the same idea for our wedding) and it will be a beautiful memory to hang in their home!

They also made an entrance in the doura and for their final entrance Kenza wore a white takchita. Before cutting their wedding cake, they did an exchange of wedding rings, which is a really special touch to include.

All in all, it was a really fun night of celebrating the life that these two are beginning together as a married couple and we felt so honored to be able to capture it!

*As per client’s request we are only posting a select few photos which do not show faces.

Mhend & Maria’s Rabat Wedding

Beautiful Moroccan wedding photography in Rabat

Rabat Wedding Photography – We had such a great time photographing and filming Mhend and Maria’s wedding in Rabat at Dar Nzaha. When Mhend first called us we knew theirs was a wedding we wanted to capture. We loved their vision for their day and after Skyping with both of them just felt a connection with them as a couple.

While both Mhend and Maria are from Rabat, it wasn’t until they were living in Paris that they were connected through mutual friends. Mhend proposed to Maria during a trip to London and they held their civil ceremony in France.

On the day of their wedding, Maria had her hair and makeup done at Salon Zen before arriving at the venue to finish getting. Many of her friends from France rented traditional Moroccan kaftans for the wedding and they finished getting ready in Maria’s room. It was really fun atmosphere as Maria’s friends got ready with her – there was lots of laughter, chatting, last minute lipstick touches, and of course admiring one another’s kaftans and outfits.

Meanwhile Mhend and some family members made sure the wedding hall was ready and all of the finishing touches were in place.

For their Moroccan wedding, friends and family traveled in from all to celebrate with them. The atmosphere at their wedding was so much fun from start to finish! They included many Moroccan traditions such as the Amaria and Doura and the presentation of gifts from the groom to the bride. I (Marisa) always wish we had included THAT Moroccan tradition in our wedding! 🙂 Also, getting to wear more than one gorgeous gown on your wedding day – how amazing is that?

The evening was filled with lots of dancing, laughter, and live music. It was one of those weddings where the dance floor was rarely empty and we learned that Mhend has some killer Michael Jackson dance moves!

There was a live orchestra and also traditional Andalusian music performed by some of Maria’s father’s family members. Towards the end of the evening Mhend’s cousin Amine performed. This was a huge hit and we love that Mhend and Maria made their final entrance as he was singing. There is nothing like live music to get everyone on the dance floor and his choice of contemporary hits brought out a lot of dance moves (including the aforementioned dance moves of Mhend)!

Throughout the evening guests were served hors d’oeuvres before a delicious traditional Moroccan meal.

We love the little touches that Mhend and Maria created for their wedding, including Moroccan handcrafted tiles that each guest received as a wedding favor and one of the cutest cake toppers we’ve seen!

Mhend and Maria are both incredibly sincere and warm and by the end of the evening we felt like we’d made new friends. We never get over feeling incredibly privileged to be entrusted with capturing a couples wedding day. It remains one of those weddings that we always comment to each other, “Wasn’t that a fun wedding to capture?”.

We wish Mhend and Maria all of the best in their life together!

Venue: Dar Nzaha
Music: Orchestre Youssef Chamseddine (band) & Ahmed Fakir (ghanarti singer) & Amine Blal
Nagafa: Tanguif lhamma
Makeup Artist / Salon: Salon Zen (Yassine)
Catering: Himmi Traiteur
Bakery: Himmi Traiteur

Chris & Cassie’s Marrakech Elopement

Chris & Cassie's beautiful destination wedding photography at Marrakech riad

Marrakech is such a perfect location for a destination elopement. Chris and Cassie thought so too and held their elopement at a private riad in the Marrakech medina.

A few years ago Chris and Cassie met online, and soon discovered they were actually living in the same town in Florida and in fact, even shared mutual friends! As we met online ourselves, we always love hearing these stories! After getting engaged they decided to forego doing a big wedding and to have a private, intimate ceremony instead.

They wanted to go to an exotic place and Cassie thought, why not Marrakech, Morocco! After some research they decided to hold their own private ceremony in a private riad. They choose dar zennou as it had the perfect atmosphere and ascetics for their day. Riads are seriously so much fun to take photos in as each one is so unique and there are always a myriad of creative possibilities. So if you tell us you’re getting married (or even just getting ready) in a riad, we will be excited! Ok, we’re going to be excited regardless, but riads are a special treat.

Chris and Cassie both got ready in separate rooms of the riad. This meant we could do a buildup to their first look as they didn’t see each other until then. As Chris got ready he Facetimed with his dad and his best man, getting some last minute advice and well wishes. Technology is awesome!

When possible, we think first looks are incredibly special. It’s wonderful to have that quiet moment together before the wedding begins and to just take in that you’re getting married to this amazing person. I (Marisa) am always so grateful that we did a first look for our wedding and those photos are some of my favorite from our wedding day.

As they were eloping, Chris and Cassie hired a local expatriate officiant, Peter, to perform their ceremony. If you’re looking for an officiant, we would highly recommend Peter! It was a very meaningful ceremony and included the lighting of the unity candle to symbolize two becoming one.

After their ceremony we did a few photos in their riad and on the rooftop of their medina; which even had a view of the famous Jmaa Ifna mosque in the background. It had rained off and on a bit during the day, but held off when we went out into the medina to take some more photos. We love all the unique side streets, alleys, and doors in the Marrakech medina – so many fun photo possibilities! Also, locals and tourists always love seeing a bride and groom on their wedding day!

If you want that exotic feel in your photos, getting photos within the Marrakech medina will definitely give that quintessential Moroccan feel.

We had such a fun time with Chris and Cassie and wish them all happiness in their life together!

Riad: Dar Zennou

Kevin & Kamille’s Destination Wedding in Marrakech

Beautiful Destination Wedding photography in marrakech.

Destination Wedding in Marrakech – Love has a way of bringing people together from all over the world. Nine years ago, Kevin was living in the US and Kamille was in the Philippines. They struck up a friendship over the internet and gradually that friendship developed into something more. Fast forward to a few years later when they both moved to Japan for work and finally put an end to their long distance relationship.

Their wedding took place on March 2nd, which was also their one year anniversary of their civil anniversary and nine year anniversary of when they first started dating! Marrakech is a beautiful location for a destination wedding and Kamille’s parents were able to travel in from the Philippines to celebrate with them.

The morning was spent at riad getting ready. Getting ready photos are always a favorite as there is so much anticipation and emotion as couples get ready.

Kevin and Kamille were married at Eglise Des Martyrs De Marrakech. It was an incredibly meaningful ceremony. Kevin’s first look at Kamille as she walked down the aisle was just perfect and we loved how Kevin and Kamille took some time during the ceremony to say a few words of their own to each other. During the ceremony the priest serenaded the bride and groom with a love song, which was a first and such a special touch to the ceremony. 

Following the ceremony, we took the newlyweds to the beautiful Agafay desert. Kamille had shared how they wanted photos in a wilderness sort of location as a symbolic reminder that all they need in life is each other. It was a perfect evening, and the snow capped Atlas Mountains were even visible in the background!

We had so much fun with Kevin and Kamille and love how well they compliment each other. It was an incredibly special and intimate day and we wish them all happiness in their future together – and hope that they come back to Morocco again soon!

Contact us to book your 2019 wedding!

 

Our Favorite Wedding Photos from 2018

Rabat wedding photography by Paragon Expressions

Photographing and filming weddings and newly married couples in Morocco is always an amazing experience. We can only look back on 2018 with an incredible amount of gratefulness that we get to do this for a job. It’s truly a privilege and an honor to photograph what is one of the most important days in someone’s life.

Each couple we photographed in 2018 was special and unique and it was so hard to narrow it down to our favorite photos of 2018! We are grateful for each couple that entrusted us to photograph their special wedding and we hope that these are photos they will be able to pass down to their grandchildren.

We are already excited for all of the weddings we’ll be photographing in 2019. Are you looking for a photographer to photograph your 2019 wedding in Morocco? Find out our availability for 2019 here. 

Habib & Maria’s Couple Photoshoot in Agadir

Beautiful wedding photography on Agadir's beach

Romantic photoshoots are quite possibly our favorite type of photoshoot. Capturing the love between two people is incredibly special and as a married couple ourselves, we’re passionate about helping others to preserve memories with their loved ones. Away from the bustle of a wedding, a romantic photoshoot is relaxed and intimate. Each one is unique to the couple that we are photographing and we love creating something new each time!

We met up with Habib and Maria while they were on their honeymoon in Agadir. They had escaped the winter cold of the United Kingdom and were enjoying Agadir’s sunny December days.

We took them to one of our favorite beach spots along Agadir’s coastline. It’s actually the same spot where we had our proposal more than three years ago!

Habib and Maria are the kind of couple that you become instant friends with and we’re hoping that they plan another trip back to Morocco soon! They met years ago at a wedding and had their civil ceremony this year on the 1st of December. They have been together ten years and have such a deep love for one another and also laugh a lot together!

They wore the same attire that they wore for their wedding and they looked amazing! Even in their formal attire, Habib and Maria were up for anything and one of our favorite shots of all time is one we got of them right by the coastline, with the waves crashing in the background and their reflection on the rocks. It was a perfect evening for an Agadir beach photoshoot.

Our time with them ended with one of the best sunsets we’ve seen in Agadir. It was such a joy capturing some post wedding photos for them and we hope that these photos help to preserve memories of their honeymoon in Agadir and of this season in their relationship.