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! 

Reda & Jackie Engagement Photoshoot in Marrakech

Engagement photoshoot in Marrakech medina by Paragon Expressions

Can you visit Marrakech as an engaged couple and NOT do a photoshoot? Should you even? We don’t think so! We were thrilled to take engagement photos of Reda and Jackie during their trip to Morocco. While it was Jackie’s first time in Morocco, Reda’s family is originally from Morocco and he still has extended family here. In Casablanca, his family held a traditional engagement party for the couple before they traveled to Marrakech.

Reda and Jackie both live in Boston and met there through an online dating website and quickly hit it off. Reda proposed to Jackie on a gondola in Italy – major points there, Reda! They are planning their wedding for 2020.

We started the photo shoot in the Bahia Palace. Reda and Jackie both wore traditional Moroccan wedding attire and drew the admiring eye of many of tourists. Bahia Palace has the intricate traditional architecture and tiles and makes for a beautiful backdrop.

From there we went back to their Riad to get some more intimate shots. If you stay in the Marrakech medina, it’s a must that you stay in a traditional Riad!

After they changed outfits, we headed back into the crowded medina. We love the juxtaposition of quiet, tender moments between Reda and Jackie, and the bustle of the medina. We ended the photo shoot at Jemaa el-Fnaa.

We had a lot of fun with these two and wish them all the best in their upcoming marriage! 

 

Williams Family Photoshoot in Marrakech

A photoshoot in Morocco is a great way to celebrate a milestone birthday! Just ask Erica.

Erica celebrated her 30th birthday in February and to commemorate the beginning of her thirties, she, her mom, and her brother took an international trip together traveling through Europe and down to Morocco. We met up with Erica and her family during their time in Marrakech.

We love when clients come to a photoshoot with a specific vision and theme in mind. Erica’s theme was regal and classy set against the Moroccan architecture of the Rodamon Riad.

Erica and her family were a lot of fun and there was much teasing and some stories passed around. We love seeing a family that has remained so close and would spend a few weeks traveling together.

Family photoshoots on a special vacation are the perfect way to remember a trip. Planning a family vacation to Morocco? Contact us to photograph your Moroccan holiday.

 

Kai & Alice’s Destination Photoshoot in Marrakech

Engagement photography at Marrakech palmeraie

There was so much to love about Kai and Alice’s destination photoshoot in Marrakech! For one, it combined two of our favorite Marrakech trademarks—the Palmeraie and the medina. Secondly, their photoshoot felt like time with friends. Thirdly, well, just look at the photos! This adventurous couple is up for anything – including an early morning photoshoot with some feisty camels.

These two met in university and after five years of dating, they will be tying the knot in February. They will also have celebrations in their hometowns in China. After hearing from friends about the magic of Morocco, they decided to take a break from wedding planning and holiday in Morocco.

We loved Alice’s idea to juxtapose their wedding-themed outfits with the desert like vibe of the Marrakech Palmerie. We were even more thrilled that Alice brought along a veil to complete the look.

The Palmerie in the early morning is positively magical. Kai and Alice are completely smitten and needed no encouragement from us to cuddle. As the sun began to rise, we added a camel to complete the desert look. As we were about to leave the shoot we discovered that Alice’s ring had fallen off her finger at one point during the shoot. This led to a beautiful, spontaneous moment. After a few minutes of searching, Richard found the ring and secretly gave it to Kai. Kai then surprised Alice by proposing to her all over again. You just can’t plan these intimate moments! 

Alice and Kai made an outfit change into traditional Moroccan attire and we headed into the medina. Alice had henna done the day before to complete the look. Even in Marrakech, Sunday mornings are pretty lazy and we loved having the tiny empty streets to ourselves. The Marrakech medina is full of unique spots for photos, from intricate doors to colorful rugs to quintessential Moroccan red walls.

We wish these two all the best for their upcoming wedding in New York!

Heading to Marrakech on holiday? Contact us to photograph your time in the red city!

 

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