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!

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.