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!

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.

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. 

Sean & Sarah’s Wedding at Tikida Golf Palace

Wedding dress photo at Agadir Wedding

In October, we had the pleasure of doing the wedding photography and video for a wedding at Tikida Golf Palace in Agadir.

The Tikida Golf Palace in Agadir is a beautiful wedding venue and a photographer’s dream when it comes to photography locations.

The bride and groom, Sean and Sarah traveled from their home in London to have their wedding celebration in Agadir. Sean spent much of his life in Hong Kong, but has lived all over the world. Sarah is from Morocco, but grew up in France, which is where she and Sean met a few years ago. With so many places they’ve called home, they had friends and family travel in from all over to celebrate with them! A week before their wedding in Agadir, they held a small ceremony in London where they were officially married.

Pauline at Brooklyn Mama’s did Sarah’s hair and makeup and she looked stunning! We loved Sean’s expression when he first saw Sarah in her wedding gown! Before the wedding started, we were able to do private photoshoot with Sarah and Sean, followed by some family photos. We love when clients plan for these photos before their wedding so we can get some beautiful photos before it gets dark.

The wedding started with a cocktail hour around the pool. It was a great opportunity for guests to mingle and enjoy the beautiful evening. After the sunset, Sarah changed into a traditional takchita and she and Sean made their entrances in an amaria and mida.

Sarah then changed into another takchita for the meal, which included tajine and seafood pastilla. Following the meal there was dancing on Tikida’s outdoor terrace. There was a mix of traditional Moroccan music and popular international songs.

We love how Sarah and Sean created a wedding that included many of the Moroccan traditions but also mixed with some western style traditions. The wedding felt relaxed and intimate, guests from outside of Morocco were able to enjoy and experience many Moroccan wedding traditions. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Sean and Sarah and capturing their Agadir wedding!

Venue & Wedding Planner: Tikida Golf Palace
Hair & Makeup: Brooklyn Mamas
Nagaf: Rachid

*Names have been changed to protect our clients privacy.

 

Abdullah & Fatima’s Traditional Berber Wedding

Photography of traditional Berber wedding in Morocco

We recently had the privilege of photographing our first Berber wedding in a village near Taliouine.

We were excited when the bride, Fatima, contacted us a few months ago about photographing her traditional Berber wedding. Because the wedding had some female only customs and traditions, she requested a professional female photographer. We love that our team includes a professional female photographer and hope to add more females to our photography team in the future!

Both of Fatima and her husband, Abdullah’s, families are from this village, though the bride grew up in the Netherlands and the groom grew up in Marrakech. Because their fathers are from the same village, they have grown up knowing each other.

We love Fatima’s passion for the traditions of her village and her desire to help preserve those traditions. More and more, Moroccans are opting for more modern weddings and these special Berber traditions are being lost.

The wedding actually took place over five days and we drove up from Agadir to photograph the final day of the wedding. Upon arrival, we received the warmest welcome and spent some time visiting with Fatima and her family at the family home.

With the whole extended family gathered together, it was a great opportunity to take some family portraits and some candid shots.

As the time neared for the wedding festivities to begin again, the men left for the home of Abdullah’s family and the women stayed and changed into traditional Amazigh outfits.

Later on Fatima made her entrance at the home of the groom’s family and the entire village came out to celebrate. We love that weddings in this village are celebrated by all.

For the next few hours Fatima and her female relatives and friends celebrated with many Berber traditions, each one held special significance and have been passed through many generations. Some of the customs are only specific to this village.

A few of the customs observed:

  • At the beginning of the wedding week, a special potpourri is made for the bride.
  • The bride wears around her neck a small pouch of salt and amulet to ward away evil spirits.
  • One of the rituals involves the special braiding of the bride’s hair.
  • In the Chleuh/amazigh tradition the bride is covered so her beauty won’t go ‘away’.
  • The bride is dressed by her female relatives
  • An unmarried boy (relative) cuts a piece of hair that symbolize cutting a ‘tawenza’, an old tradition where only married women wear a tawenza (bangs).
  • In addition to these customs there is also dancing, singing, and of course, lots of delicious food – including tafarnout!

As the women celebrated first at the bride’s home and then in a room at groom’s family home, other wedding guests and the male relatives, including the groom, enjoyed a meal together followed by special entertainment from an Amazigh band and dancers.

It was a rich celebration and it was an honor to capture such an event.

*To protect our clients privacy and the privacy of those in attendance, we are only posting select photos where faces are not visible

 

Mehdi & Narjiss’ Drib Sdak

Drib Sdak photography in Agadir

After doing an engagement photoshoot with Mehdi and Narjiss, we were even more excited to photograph their Drib Sdak a few days later.

Their Drib Sdak took place at the home of Narjiss’ parents in Agadir. Mehdi’s family traveled down from Casablanca and other family members came in from France and Tunisia.

Narjiss had her hair and makeup done by Pauline at Brooklyn Mama’s and then headed back to her parents house to finish getting ready. Mehdi got ready with his family and then they all arrived at Narjiss’ parents home. As is customary, Mehdi’s family accompanied him to the house with gifts and singing and Narjiss’ family was outside to welcome and greet them.

Inside Narjiss waited, in a beautiful, traditional Amazigh attire. The look on Narjiss and Mehdi’s faces when they first saw each other was priceless. As is tradition in Morocco, dates and milk were passed around, which are said to bring good luck and fertility.

The first part of the Sdak was held outside in the beautiful garden. Halfway through the ceremony, where the official marriage contract is signed with the Adoul (Moroccan notary) and witnesses, we were surprised by a quick rain shower. Everyone rushed indoors and the ceremony continued uninterrupted there. They say rain is good luck on a wedding day!

After the ceremony, there was tea, sweets, and dancing. Everyone was excited to celebrate!

Narjiss and Mehdi then went and changed into different outfits for the second half of the evening. Narjiss wore a beautiful kaftan and Mehdi a suit.

And then it was time for more dancing – because really, is it a celebration without dancing?!

Later on, everyone went back outside for family portraits and Mehdi and Narjiss exchanged wedding rings.

We loved the intimate feel of this Drib Sdak and being able to capture the joy and excitement of Mehdi and Narjiss’ marriage! There were so many special moments during this night and we were honored to capture them. 

 

Xavier & Diana’s Wedding at Surf Maroc’s Amouage

Destination wedding at Surf Maroc's Amouage by Paragon Expressions

Morocco is a great place for a destination wedding and there are so many beautiful places to have it.

When Xavier and Diana happened upon Surf Maroc’s boutique oceanfront hotel, Amouge, they knew it was the perfect location for their intimate, destination wedding.

Xavier and Diana met five years ago through work and a few years later Xavier proposed to Diana on a seaplane! They live in France and run their own media business together. For their wedding celebration, they invited 40 of their closest friends and family.

Amouge by Surf Maroc has a beautiful backdrop for intimate ceremonies and as photographers, we were thrilled with the beautiful soft lighting in the space. One of Xavier and Diana’s close friends MC’d the ceremony and different family members, friends, Xavier’s son Sasha, and the couple share throughout the ceremony and then exchanged rings.

There was lots of laughter and a few happy tears, and it was evident how excited everyone was for Xavier and Diana.

Following the ceremony there were cocktails out on the beach as the sun set. Xavier and Diana’s wedding reflected their own laidback nature and desire for a relaxed, joyful atmosphere. After the cocktails, guests gathered on the terrace for dinner, which consisted of traditional Moroccan favorites – tajine, couscous, and Moroccan salad, all catered by Surf Maroc.

The rest of the evening consisted of a slideshow presentation and video, the cake cutting, toasts, and the evening ended with dancing under the moonlight.

Surf Maroc provided all of the catering and decorating for the event, and it was absolutely beautiful. If you’re looking for a turnkey wedding destination, check out Amouge.

Here are some of our favorite moments from Xavier and Diana’s special day…

 

Thierry & Hasnaa’s Agadir Wedding

Wedding photography of wedding in Agadir

After our time with Thierry and Hasnaa at their photoshoot, we were even more excited for their Agadir wedding!

Their wedding was held at Salle des Fetes Al Houda in Agadir. Hasnaa had her hair and makeup done by Ossama Berrada in his studio and Thierry got ready in the home of Hasnaa’s parents.

Hasnaa made her grand entrance to the wedding in a limousine and the wedding started with the traditional presentation of the bride on the amaria, followed by the presentation of the grooms gifts to the bride and the henna ceremony.

Hasnaa wore two other takchita’s and ended the evening in her white wedding gown. Thierry changed between traditional Moroccan attire and a suit. In the midst of all of the wedding activities, these two just beamed at each other the whole night.

Friends and family came for the wedding from all over Morocco and Belgium to celebrate with Thierry and Hasnaa. There was lots of dancing throughout the night, with a break for dinner, which included pastilla and roast chicken.

Throughout the evening, friends and family could take photos at a photobooth, with the option of printing the photos to take back with them.

One of the most special parts of the evening was when Thierry and Hasnaa made their final entrance for their first dance. Hasnaa’s sister is a singer and she sang a beautiful rendition of Ed Sheeran’s song “Perfect” while the couple shared their first dance.

After the first dance, a good friend of Hasnaa’s from Belguim shared a moving speech to the couple. It was the kind of moment where even the photographers are looking for tissues!

The evening ended after the cake cutting and the bouquet toss. It was a beautiful wedding and we wish Thierry and Hasnaa all happiness in their life together! 

 

Ehab and Israa – Destination Wedding Photoshoot in Agadir

Honeymoon photoshoot in Morocco

A dream destination wedding photoshoot in Agadir, Morocco. The salty air, the crashing waves, the golden light, there’s a reason that the beach at sunset is stereotyped as a romantic location. It just is romantic. In the face of the overwhelming expanse of wild sea and the stretched out sky, there is an intimacy. And when the sun sets and the sky transforms into a moving painting, it’s a beauty that’s meant to be enjoyed with someone else.

So we were excited when Ehab and Israa contacted us about an Agadir beach photoshoot!

Ehab and Israa traveled to Morocco on their honeymoon after their wedding in Northern Sudan. These two have known each other since childhood and we loved hearing their story.

For the photoshoot, Ehab wore a suit and Israa a gorgeous white wedding gown. We love how the elegance of their outfits contrasted with the rugged beach setting. Agadir’s coastline is one of our favorite spots and it’s perfect for a private photoshoot.

Here are some of our favorite photos from our time together.

Heading to Morocco for your vacation or honeymoon? Contact us for a photo shoot in Agadir!

Makeup and hair by Pauline from Brooklyn Mama’s 

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Jamal & Fatima’s Sdak & Photoshoot

Photography of Drib Sdak in Agadir

We had the privilege of taking some of the first shots of Fatima and Jamal, just hours after they signed their marriage contract and officially became husband and wife.

We did special photoshoot with them at the Jardin d’Olhao in Agadir, Morocco. A beautiful setting that is even more magical during golden hour (the last hour before sunset). Jamal and Fatima made our job easy, as they just exude that newlywed glow.

Following the photoshoot, was an intimate dinner celebration with their families. It was a great opportunity to capture some special family photos.

There were live musicians and a delicious traditional meal of pastilla and lamb and finished with wedding cake.

It was a joy being able to capture this special milestone in Jamal and Fatima’s relationship and we wish them all the best in this new season!

* We respect our clients privacy and wishes. Due to these concerns, you will not see the face of the groom.