Philipp & Ines’ Moroccan Wedding in Rabat

Philipp and Ines’ wedding was one that we had been looking forward to for a long time, after meeting them more than a year before for their engagement photoshoot in Essaouira. Ines is originally from Rabat and Philipp is from Germany. They met while studying in the US and have been together for over nine years! 

They held two weddings in Morocco. A traditional Moroccan wedding in Rabat and a more intimate western style wedding in Essaouira. We were privileged to photograph and film both.

Their wedding in Rabat was held at the Hotel Rabat. Many of their friends and family members traveled in from abroad for the wedding and it was fun seeing so many different cultures celebrate together. 

Ines had her hair and makeup done at Looking New Salon. Both Philipp and Ines got ready at the venue with their close friends. Ines wore three takchitas and a white wedding gown. Each takchita was handmade for her and it would be impossible to choose a favorite! Afrah Riad catered the food for the evening which included many popular Moroccan dishes and Le Trefle made their wedding cake. 

Their Moroccan wedding celebration included many of the traditional Moroccan wedding traditions like presentations on the Amaria and Doura. There was lots of dancing throughout the evening and we loved the mix of music from the live band, Zouhair Adha, playing Moroccan classics to a mix of international favorites later on in the evening. Following their cake cutting, they had a choreographed first dance and then had a dance with their parents. 

It was such a fun evening of celebrating and we loved seeing all of their international guests experiencing a traditional Moroccan wedding! 

 

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. 

Chris & Cassie’s Marrakech Elopement

Chris & Cassie's beautiful destination wedding photography at Marrakech riad

Marrakech is such a perfect location for a destination elopement. Chris and Cassie thought so too and held their elopement at a private riad in the Marrakech medina.

A few years ago Chris and Cassie met online, and soon discovered they were actually living in the same town in Florida and in fact, even shared mutual friends! As we met online ourselves, we always love hearing these stories! After getting engaged they decided to forego doing a big wedding and to have a private, intimate ceremony instead.

They wanted to go to an exotic place and Cassie thought, why not Marrakech, Morocco! After some research they decided to hold their own private ceremony in a private riad. They choose dar zennou as it had the perfect atmosphere and ascetics for their day. Riads are seriously so much fun to take photos in as each one is so unique and there are always a myriad of creative possibilities. So if you tell us you’re getting married (or even just getting ready) in a riad, we will be excited! Ok, we’re going to be excited regardless, but riads are a special treat.

Chris and Cassie both got ready in separate rooms of the riad. This meant we could do a buildup to their first look as they didn’t see each other until then. As Chris got ready he Facetimed with his dad and his best man, getting some last minute advice and well wishes. Technology is awesome!

When possible, we think first looks are incredibly special. It’s wonderful to have that quiet moment together before the wedding begins and to just take in that you’re getting married to this amazing person. I (Marisa) am always so grateful that we did a first look for our wedding and those photos are some of my favorite from our wedding day.

As they were eloping, Chris and Cassie hired a local expatriate officiant, Peter, to perform their ceremony. If you’re looking for an officiant, we would highly recommend Peter! It was a very meaningful ceremony and included the lighting of the unity candle to symbolize two becoming one.

After their ceremony we did a few photos in their riad and on the rooftop of their medina; which even had a view of the famous Jmaa Ifna mosque in the background. It had rained off and on a bit during the day, but held off when we went out into the medina to take some more photos. We love all the unique side streets, alleys, and doors in the Marrakech medina – so many fun photo possibilities! Also, locals and tourists always love seeing a bride and groom on their wedding day!

If you want that exotic feel in your photos, getting photos within the Marrakech medina will definitely give that quintessential Moroccan feel.

We had such a fun time with Chris and Cassie and wish them all happiness in their life together!

Riad: Dar Zennou

Kevin & Kamille’s Destination Wedding in Marrakech

Beautiful Destination Wedding photography in marrakech.

Destination Wedding in Marrakech – Love has a way of bringing people together from all over the world. Nine years ago, Kevin was living in the US and Kamille was in the Philippines. They struck up a friendship over the internet and gradually that friendship developed into something more. Fast forward to a few years later when they both moved to Japan for work and finally put an end to their long distance relationship.

Their wedding took place on March 2nd, which was also their one year anniversary of their civil anniversary and nine year anniversary of when they first started dating! Marrakech is a beautiful location for a destination wedding and Kamille’s parents were able to travel in from the Philippines to celebrate with them.

The morning was spent at riad getting ready. Getting ready photos are always a favorite as there is so much anticipation and emotion as couples get ready.

Kevin and Kamille were married at Eglise Des Martyrs De Marrakech. It was an incredibly meaningful ceremony. Kevin’s first look at Kamille as she walked down the aisle was just perfect and we loved how Kevin and Kamille took some time during the ceremony to say a few words of their own to each other. During the ceremony the priest serenaded the bride and groom with a love song, which was a first and such a special touch to the ceremony. 

Following the ceremony, we took the newlyweds to the beautiful Agafay desert. Kamille had shared how they wanted photos in a wilderness sort of location as a symbolic reminder that all they need in life is each other. It was a perfect evening, and the snow capped Atlas Mountains were even visible in the background!

We had so much fun with Kevin and Kamille and love how well they compliment each other. It was an incredibly special and intimate day and we wish them all happiness in their future together – and hope that they come back to Morocco again soon!

Contact us to book your 2019 wedding!

 

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. 

Why You Should Hire a Husband and Wife Photography Team

Engagement Photoshoot in Essouaria Morocco, Essaouira photographer

Trying to find the best photographer for your wedding in Morocco?

The truth is, you should be looking for the best wedding photographers. Plural.

Why?

Because a husband and wife photography team is perfect for capturing all of the best moments of your wedding and creating a relaxed and comfortable environment!

We know this, not just because we are a husband and wife photography team in Morocco, but because we had a husband and wife photograph our own wedding. If you were to come into our home you would see close to a dozen of our wedding photos. We love the photos from our wedding day and are so grateful for the husband and wife photography team that captured our special day. Watching them work together on our wedding day to give us amazing wedding photos, inspired us as a newly married couple to do the same for our clients.

As you look for a professional photographer for your wedding in Morocco, what about hiring a husband and wife photography team?

Here are some of the benefits of hiring a husband and wife photography team:

We know how to work as a team; we do it together everyday!

We celebrated our wedding only a few years ago, so we understand the stress of planning a wedding and all that goes into it. We also know the importance of capturing all of the special moments from the day. We are very passionate about providing the best photography for your Moroccan wedding!

A professional female photographer often notices things that a professional male photographer doesn’t, and vice versa. We bring two unique perspectives to each wedding, so you have beautiful and creative photos!

Sometimes it’s just more comfortable to have a woman present to get some shots. If you’re looking for a professional female photographer in Morocco, contact us!

We love connecting as a couple with other couples. This interaction always helps to break the ice and to relax everyone. It’s also easy for us to demonstrate how we’d like a couple to interact together.

If you’re getting married in Morocco and looking for a professional photographer or looking for a female photographer for your wedding in Morocco, contact us! 

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Mujeer & Sana Wedding in Marrakech

Beautiful Moroccan Wedding Photography in Marrakech

We looked forward to photographing and videoing Mujeer and Sana’s Marrakech wedding for a long time! And it exceeded expectations.

Sana and Mujeer are an incredibly sweet, sincere and warm couple. They met while working in Dubai and for Mujeer, it was love at first sight. After some pursuit by Mujeer, Sana also fell in love. Despite their different backgrounds, Sana is Moroccan and Mujeer is Indian, these two are such a perfect fit and the deep love and respect that they have for each other is so evident.

The entire wedding day Mujeer was just beaming whenever he looked at his bride and Sana absolutely glowed.

Wedding days usually have one or two surprises. This sunny Marrakech Saturday turned into a cold and rainy day a few hours before the wedding. However, they say that rain is lucky for a wedding day! And the rain certainly didn’t put a damper on the celebrations.

Mujeer and Sana’s wedding was held at the Four Seasons Resort in Marrakech. Guests traveled in from India, Dubai, Europe and the US to celebrate with Mujeer and Sana, along with family and friends from all over Morocco.

The Four Seasons Resort has some beautiful locations for photos, even when it’s raining. Before the guests arrived, we did a private session with Mujeer and Sana. Sana wore a beautiful traditional Indian gown and later a kaftan for these photos.

For their wedding, they chose many of the Moroccan traditions like the amaria, presentation of gifts from the groom, the negafas and of course, dresses from different regions of Morocco. They had a live band and later on a DJ. There was traditional Moroccan music, Indian music, and international favorites. Guests burned off all of the delicious food with lots of dancing.

The celebration ended close to dawn with the cutting of the cake. It was an honor to capture Sana and Mujeers special and we wish them all happiness in their life together!