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!

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!

 

Timothee & Sabile’s Henna Party

One of the wedding traditions in Morocco is a henna party before the wedding. Henna symbolizes good luck and we’ve hardly seen any Moroccan brides without henna on their wedding day.

Sabile and Timothee held a henna party the night before their wedding. Close friends and family joined them for the celebration which included the presentation of the couple on Amarias, traditional musicians and henna for all of the ladies present.

Following the henna ceremony, everyone enjoyed a meal together prepared by Sabile’s mother. With so many guests traveling in from out of country, it was a wonderful opportunity for the bride and groom to connect with their guests outside of the wedding day.

We love photographing henna parties and they give us a great opportunity to get to know the family before the wedding day.

Here are some of our favorite moments from their henna party.

 

Yassin and Sarah Wedding in Marrakech

Beuatiful garden wedding photography in marrakech

It was a night that they will be reliving, and we have been too. This beautiful wedding took place at the holiday home of the bride’s parents, on the outskirts of Marrakesh. The night before the wedding, we took some stunning engagement photos of the couple, Yassin and Sarah. As per their request, and to respect their privacy we will only show a few photos.

The wedding began just as the sun began to set. Arriving guests were welcomed by a traditional Moroccan band. From there they made their way to the large tent, walking through an elegant archway – one of our favorite decor elements. Although it’s hard to pick because of the amount of thought and detail to put into every aspect of the wedding. From the candle lit cactus garden to the many vases overflowing with gorgeous flower arrangements to the mesmerizing chandeliers, it was breathtaking.

Their wedding was a classy mix of traditional and modern, a wonderful reflection of the bride and groom. Sarah wore three different gowns; two traditional Kaftans and a stunning white and gold gown. She made her first two entrances on the Maria. Her final entrance, in her white gown, was very special as her father walked her in and presented her to Yassin. They cut their wedding cake together and then shared a first dance.

Have we mentioned all of the dancing yet? Guests, young and old, danced throughout the night. In fact, it was all we could do not to join in the dancing with the guests! A live band played Moroccan favorites and later a DJ, singer and saxophone player helped the festivities to continue into the early morning. 

A great touch to the wedding, was the arrival of mini burgers from the famous Blend gourmet burgers. These provided some fuel for guests to continue dancing until around four in the morning. We love when couples add unique touches like this to their wedding.

A warm and gracious couple, we were honored to photograph Yassin and Sarah’s special day and capture so many wonderful moments from their wedding.

* Don’t be surprised to only see a select amount of photos approved by Yassin and Sarah. We always respect our clients privacy and publish only photos approved.

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