This Jnane Tamsna wedding in Marrakech was just beautiful. With a lovely couple and stunning location, the photos are just gorgeous!
Our last wedding of 2019 was Bayo and Joi’s destination wedding in Marrakech right before Christmas. Both live in the US, though Bayo is originally from Nigeria. They met at work and after Bayo’s persistent pursuit, and time spent as friends, Bayo popped the question one day at church in front of the altar.
Their destination wedding was held at Jnane Tamsna in Marrakech. One thing about having a destination wedding in Morocco is that it’s possible to have an outdoor ceremony at almost anytime of the year! Bayo and Joi’s December wedding had beautiful blue skies and sunshine – perfect for their outdoor ceremony! Jnane Tamsna is an absolutely stunning location for a wedding and it was full of beautiful decor!
Both Joi and Bayo got ready at the venue with their bridesmaids and groomsmen and it was a fun, celebratory atmosphere. Shannteria Miller did the makeup for the bride and bridesmaids and Wunmi Awodipe of Fabulous Mane was the hairstylist. Joi and her bridesmaids wore matching traditional Moroccan kaftans as they were getting ready and As they were getting ready, guests arrived and some were treated with rides on camels to the entrance.
This was definitely an international wedding, with guests coming to celebrate from the US, Nigeria, Vienna and London. The ceremony was officiated by one of Bayo’s aunts. It was a beautiful ceremony with vows that Bayo and Joi had written themselves. Joi’s father passed away a few years ago and at the ceremony they had a special chair reserved in his memory. Joi also had a locket with his photo that she attached to her bouquet. These are such special ways to remember and honor a loved one during a wedding.
Following the ceremony, there were cocktails on the roof while Joi and Bayo had photos taken with family, bridal party, and guests, and of course camels!
Dinner was a gorgeous affair under a tent with a single long table lined with greens and candles. Throughout the meal, toasts were given and there were many laughs and a few tears.
Before the meal, traditional Moroccan musicians performed. It’s always fun to see guests engage with some Moroccan traditions. Bayo and Joi also embraced another Moroccan wedding tradition and made an entrance in the Amaria. Later on in the evening, firebreathers performed in front of the pool.
Bayo and Joi had their first dance and then dances with their parents. From there the dance floor was open and it was a PARTY!
See below for some of our favorite moments from the day.