Tom & Lucy’s Destination Wedding at Villa Taj, Marrakech

Tom and Lucy’s destination wedding in Marrakech was definitely a wedding for the books!  Both from the UK, Tom and Lucy met six years ago while living in London. Having vacationed in Morocco on numerous occasions they decided to have their destination wedding in Marrakech.

The day before their wedding we did a romantic photoshoot with them in the Agafay desert. It’s such an incredible and unique location, and we even found some camels to complete the desert photoshoot. It was also clear enough to see the Atlas mountains in the distance. 

Their wedding was held the next day at Villa Taj. This venue specializes in weddings and events, and the day was incredibly well organized. Both Tom and Lucy got ready at Villa Taj along with their bridal party. Lucy had her hair done by the talented Sophie from Coifchezvous. Their wedding party was a lot of fun and we love all of the candid getting ready shots. Be sure to scroll through and check out Lucy’s amazing heels – definitely the most amazing bridal heels we’ve seen! 

As guests arrived at the wedding they were greeted by a traditional Berber band. The wedding ceremony was held outside under a canopy of olive trees. It was magical! A good friend of the bride and groom’s officiated the wedding and we love how personal and meaningful the ceremony was. 

Following the ceremony, was cocktail hour up on the roof. This time also included a performance of acrobatics from the Berber band and they even got the bride and groom involved (see photos below). 

Dinner was held at one long elegant table by the pool and included some Moroccan classics in the menu. Speeches took place during the meal and we loved hearing the stories and anecdotes about Tom and Lucy. There were lots of laughs and a few tears. Everything that a good speech should produce. 

After dinner, Tom and Lucy did their cake cutting and then had their first dance, which they’d choreographed! Following that, the dance floor opened up and we discovered it was a crowd that was not afraid to let loose on the dance floor! 

It was one of those weddings where we just couldn’t stop smiling and just enjoying the day right alongside everyone. We loved getting to know Tom and Lucy and felt honored to capture their special day. 

Victor & Karen’s Wedding at Lodge K in Marrakech

We had such a great time photographing Victor and Karen’s wedding in Marrakech! Victor is from France, but spent a number of his growing up years in Marrakech and his parents still live there, and Karen is from Hong Kong. Victor met Karen while he was living in Sydney, Australia. Karen was there on a business trip and the couple spent eight months dating long distance before Victor moved to Hong Kong. 

Earlier in the year they had their wedding in Hong Kong, but planned for a more intimate celebration in Marrakech for Victor’s family and friends living in France and Marrakech. 

The day before their wedding, we did a romantic photoshoot with them at the Marrakech Palmeraie and Palais Namaskar. We love doing romantic photoshoots before the wedding as it’s a special time for the couple to have together before their big day and it also helps them to get comfortable in front of a camera. And it’s a fun opportunity for us to get to know the couple better!

The Marrakech Palmeraie is always a beautiful spot to take photos and really get that Marrakech desert vibe. Palais Namaskar’s gorgeous garden areas and unique architecture make it one of our favorite hotels to photograph at. For this part of the photoshoot Karen changed into her wedding gown.

Their wedding was held at Lodge K and both Victor and Karen got ready there. We love how every wedding is so unique and for Victor and Karen’s entrance to their wedding celebration, they both rode in on camels in traditional Moroccan wedding attire! 

During cocktail hour they changed back into their suit and white wedding gown. It was a relaxed, intimate evening among their friends and family. Lodge K organized everything from the decor to the catering and it was all to such a high level of excellence.

Dinner was buffet style and each table had a different theme from Italian to Lebanese. Following the meal there was lots of dancing, including a choreographed dance between Karen and her father and between Karen and Victor. 

It was such a fun evening and we loved getting to know Victor and Karen! 

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. 

Mouhssine & Nzingha’s Destination Wedding in Marrakech Morocco at Palais Namaskar

Destination wedding photography at Palais Namaskar Marrakech

Mouhssine and Nzingha’s destionation wedding is one that we will never forget. Their incredible day took place at Palais Namaskar in Marrakech. Raquel from Dreams Above and Beyond was their wedding planner and there was care given to every single detail of the day. While the wedding itself was incredibly stunning (I mean, have you seen photos of Palais Namaskar?!), what remains imprinted on our minds are countless of moments of joy from this day. This is a couple that everyone was just so thrilled to celebrate with! 

Mouhssine and Nzingha met several years ago through mutual friends when Nzingha was traveling through Morocco. Mouhssine was living in Morocco and Nzingha in LA but despite the cultural differences and even the language barrier, they just felt a connection. Of course, long-distance relationships are never easy (we know this from our own experience all too well!), but as I’m sure Nzingha and Mouhssine would testify – any love worth having isn’t easily gained! Their wedding was a day they had been working towards for so long and it felt like even more of a privilege to be the ones capturing it. 

The day began with Nzingha getting ready at Palais Namaskar in the company of her bridesmaids. Over at another location at Palais Namaskar, Mouhssine got ready with Nzingha’s brothers and the other groomsmen. 

They had friends and family travel in from as close by as Marrakech to as far away as LA! As guests arrived at the venue they were greeted by a Marrakechi band and light refreshments. 

The ceremony took place outside right beside Palais Namaskar’s picturesque waterways. Mouhssine and Nzingha’s bridal parties consisted of family members and close friends and it was the most fun wedding party entrance we’ve seen as they each grooved their way down the aisle in their own unique style! We loved it! Nzingha was escorted down by her brother to the song “Adore”. 

Another brother officiated the ceremony which included one of her bridesmaids singing “Overyjoyed”, a reading from I Corinthians 13, and their wedding vows. Following the ceremony was a souk inspired cocktail hour which included snake charmers, a camel, fresh-squeezed Moroccan style orange juice, and other drinks and refreshments. This really gave all of the non-Moroccan guests a feel for what the Marrakech souk is like (albeit minus the motorbikes!).

Nzingha and Mouhssine made their entrance with Nzingha on the amaria. It was the beginning of what would be an evening full of lots of dancing! Palais Namaskar really pulls all of the stops in making an incredible atmosphere. The dinner took place outside by the pool with countless lanterns, flowers, and hues of purples and pinks. Between entrees of Morocco’s most classic and delicious dishes (pastilla, tagine, couscous…my mouth is watering just remembering!) there was dancing, speeches, and a special entrance from Nzingha and Mouhssine on the doura. 

But believe it or not, the party was just beginning! Mouhssine and Nzingha had choreographed their first dance and it was such a special moment. 

You will want to scroll through to see their incredible cake that came out following their dance. As guests enjoyed some dancing and slices of cake, two fire breathers performed from the top of one of the buildings overlooking the reception.

After the cake came a special surprise for their guests. Mouhssine and Nzingha had flown in the Hot 8 Brass Band from New Orleans! Their performance is to date one of our favorite wedding moments. The guests went wild and it was an incredible concert by the band and dancing by the guests. Can the Hot 8 Brass Band just come to every wedding?! 

Mouhssine and Nzingha’s wedding was unforgettable and definitely one for the books! This couple has an amazing story – and it’s still only just beginning! We wish them the best in their life together! 

See some of our favorite moments from their wedding here. 

Vendors

Wedding Planner: Raquel Niddam – Dreams Above & Beyond

Venue / Catering / Flowers / Decor: Palais Namaskar

Negafa: Bendidane

DJ / Band: DJ Spicy (DJ) and Hot 8 Brass Band

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.