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

Thierry & Hasnaa’s Agadir Wedding

Wedding photography of wedding in Agadir

After our time with Thierry and Hasnaa at their photoshoot, we were even more excited for their Agadir wedding!

Their wedding was held at Salle des Fetes Al Houda in Agadir. Hasnaa had her hair and makeup done by Ossama Berrada in his studio and Thierry got ready in the home of Hasnaa’s parents.

Hasnaa made her grand entrance to the wedding in a limousine and the wedding started with the traditional presentation of the bride on the amaria, followed by the presentation of the grooms gifts to the bride and the henna ceremony.

Hasnaa wore two other takchita’s and ended the evening in her white wedding gown. Thierry changed between traditional Moroccan attire and a suit. In the midst of all of the wedding activities, these two just beamed at each other the whole night.

Friends and family came for the wedding from all over Morocco and Belgium to celebrate with Thierry and Hasnaa. There was lots of dancing throughout the night, with a break for dinner, which included pastilla and roast chicken.

Throughout the evening, friends and family could take photos at a photobooth, with the option of printing the photos to take back with them.

One of the most special parts of the evening was when Thierry and Hasnaa made their final entrance for their first dance. Hasnaa’s sister is a singer and she sang a beautiful rendition of Ed Sheeran’s song “Perfect” while the couple shared their first dance.

After the first dance, a good friend of Hasnaa’s from Belguim shared a moving speech to the couple. It was the kind of moment where even the photographers are looking for tissues!

The evening ended after the cake cutting and the bouquet toss. It was a beautiful wedding and we wish Thierry and Hasnaa all happiness in their life together! 

 

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!

 

Mostapha and Nisirine Photoshoot in Agadir

Mostapha and Nisirine

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Mostapha and Nisirine are a newly married couple who came from Amsterdam for a holiday in Agadir, Morocco. We quickly connected with them and loved hearing the story of how they met and fell in love. One of our goals in doing couple photoshoots is to learn about our clients story, and to capture all the love and emotion in our photography. This couple had lots of that love and emotion for us to work with!

Initially set-up by a relative, they found themselves easily connecting over coffee. From there, their love continued to blossom and grow. They are a great match and have a natural chemistry.

Their photoshoot was shot at the Atlas hotel and along one of the many beaches in Agadir. We love the contrast between the two locations and the outfits they chose for each one. While clouds prevented us from getting any sunset shots, the lighting was perfect.

At their request, we have not posted any photos of their faces. But you can trust us when we say, they both glow with the love they have for one another![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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