Mhend & Maria’s Rabat Wedding

Beautiful Moroccan wedding photography in Rabat

Rabat Wedding Photography – We had such a great time photographing and filming Mhend and Maria’s wedding in Rabat at Dar Nzaha. When Mhend first called us we knew theirs was a wedding we wanted to capture. We loved their vision for their day and after Skyping with both of them just felt a connection with them as a couple.

While both Mhend and Maria are from Rabat, it wasn’t until they were living in Paris that they were connected through mutual friends. Mhend proposed to Maria during a trip to London and they held their civil ceremony in France.

On the day of their wedding, Maria had her hair and makeup done at Salon Zen before arriving at the venue to finish getting. Many of her friends from France rented traditional Moroccan kaftans for the wedding and they finished getting ready in Maria’s room. It was really fun atmosphere as Maria’s friends got ready with her – there was lots of laughter, chatting, last minute lipstick touches, and of course admiring one another’s kaftans and outfits.

Meanwhile Mhend and some family members made sure the wedding hall was ready and all of the finishing touches were in place.

For their Moroccan wedding, friends and family traveled in from all to celebrate with them. The atmosphere at their wedding was so much fun from start to finish! They included many Moroccan traditions such as the Amaria and Doura and the presentation of gifts from the groom to the bride. I (Marisa) always wish we had included THAT Moroccan tradition in our wedding! 🙂 Also, getting to wear more than one gorgeous gown on your wedding day – how amazing is that?

The evening was filled with lots of dancing, laughter, and live music. It was one of those weddings where the dance floor was rarely empty and we learned that Mhend has some killer Michael Jackson dance moves!

There was a live orchestra and also traditional Andalusian music performed by some of Maria’s father’s family members. Towards the end of the evening Mhend’s cousin Amine performed. This was a huge hit and we love that Mhend and Maria made their final entrance as he was singing. There is nothing like live music to get everyone on the dance floor and his choice of contemporary hits brought out a lot of dance moves (including the aforementioned dance moves of Mhend)!

Throughout the evening guests were served hors d’oeuvres before a delicious traditional Moroccan meal.

We love the little touches that Mhend and Maria created for their wedding, including Moroccan handcrafted tiles that each guest received as a wedding favor and one of the cutest cake toppers we’ve seen!

Mhend and Maria are both incredibly sincere and warm and by the end of the evening we felt like we’d made new friends. We never get over feeling incredibly privileged to be entrusted with capturing a couples wedding day. It remains one of those weddings that we always comment to each other, “Wasn’t that a fun wedding to capture?”.

We wish Mhend and Maria all of the best in their life together!

Venue: Dar Nzaha
Music: Orchestre Youssef Chamseddine (band) & Ahmed Fakir (ghanarti singer) & Amine Blal
Nagafa: Tanguif lhamma
Makeup Artist / Salon: Salon Zen (Yassine)
Catering: Himmi Traiteur
Bakery: Himmi Traiteur

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. 

Yassine & Yasmina’s Rabat Wedding

Wedding photography in Rabat at traditional Moroccan wedding

Yassine and Yasmina’s Rabat wedding took place in the beautiful garden of a villa. With lights and lanterns strung across, it was absolutely magical.

Yassine and Yasmina first met as children at Yasmina’s cousin’s house. Ten years ago, they reconnected at a wedding and the sparks flew between them. When they both moved abroad they kept in touch, and years later decided to get married.

Their wedding happened to fall on the same day as the World Cup final. In the hours leading up to the wedding, close friends and family could be found gathered around a TV and there was much celebrating over France’s victory.

The villa belonged to Yassines grandparents, who he was very close to, and the setting gave the wedding a more intimate feel and as guests arrived they were warmly greeted by Yassine and Yasmina’s family. Friends and family arrived from all over, including Canada and France. The wedding included many of the traditional Moroccan elements, with the traditional Amaria entrance, the Negafa and Yasmina wore three different takchitas. Yasmina’s Negafa was Mounia Benjelloun of Dar Benjelloun , and the dresses were a beautiful mix of modern and traditional. We would highly recommend Mounia Benjelloun as a Negafa and really enjoyed working with her. Guests needed no encouragement to dance and Othmane Mouline and his band made it impossible for them not to!

In lieu of a traditional sit-down meal, there was a variety of hors d’oeuvre like mini sliders and sushi. Later on there was a superb pasta bar and cheese table, all catered by Maison Dalis. This helped to create an atmosphere where guests mingled together and was perfect for an outdoor garden wedding.

One of our favorite things to capture during a wedding is the way that the bride and groom look at each other during the wedding, this wedding was no exception! Yassine was full of grins every time he saw Yasmina, and she absolutely glowed.

As the evening drew to a close, Yassine and Yasmina made their final entrance and did the cake cutting, followed by a bouquet toss.

Here are some of our favorite moments from their day…