Emile & Emilie’s Beach Wedding at Paradis Plage

Beautiful beach wedding photography at Paradis Plage in Agadir

Emile and Emilie couldn’t have picked a more beautiful day for their beach wedding. It was a cloudless May day with just enough of a breeze to keep the heat down. Because their wedding took place during the month of Ramadan (the Islamic holiday where Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset) the beach was uncommonly empty. They held the wedding at Paradis Plage, which is just outside of Agadir along the beautiful coastline.

Both from France, Emile and Emilie met through work in Paris a few years ago. They decided to have a destination wedding in Morocco and many friends and family were able to fly down to join them. It was an intimate group and there was so much excitement for these two.

We loved getting to know Emile and Emilie and found them to be such a fun and down to earth couple. Despite the fact that they said they didn’t like to be in front of a camera, they were complete naturals and we loved just capturing them interacting with each other.

On the day of their wedding, Emilie’s sister did her makeup and Pauline from Brooklyn Mama’s did her hair. Meanwhile, Emile got ready with his cousin.

Paradis Plage organized all of the details for the wedding and the day ran so smoothly. Enough cannot be said for the merits of having a great wedding planner to coordinate all of the details! It really takes the stress off of the bride and groom when everything is well organized and there’s a wedding planner to handle all of the details.

The ceremony took place right in front of the ocean and was just breathtaking. Two good friends officiated the wedding ceremony. Both parents shared during the ceremony along with Emile’s brothers. Emile and Emilie each wrote something to share as well. It was a very meaningful ceremony and there were definitely a few teary eyes.

Following the ceremony was a relaxed cocktail hour and we were able to capture some beautiful sunset photos with the bride and groom. Then everyone moved to the tent where the reception took place. The reception was an absolute blast with great speeches, fun dancing, a hilarious video created by some of Emile and Emilie’s friends, and exquisite food catered by Paradis Plage. Emilie’s father even serenaded the group with an Italian ballad – it was an incredibly special moment.

One of our favorite moments from the wedding was the cake cutting. You’ll have to scroll down through the pictures to see why, but it was definitely our favorite cake cutting to date and these two know how to have a good time at their wedding!

It was one of those weddings that you just leave with massive grins and full hearts. It was also a wedding that we could not narrow down our favorite photos – just too many moments that we love!

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

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! 

 

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.

 

Jamal & Fatima’s Sdak & Photoshoot

Photography of Drib Sdak in Agadir

We had the privilege of taking some of the first shots of Fatima and Jamal, just hours after they signed their marriage contract and officially became husband and wife.

We did special photoshoot with them at the Jardin d’Olhao in Agadir, Morocco. A beautiful setting that is even more magical during golden hour (the last hour before sunset). Jamal and Fatima made our job easy, as they just exude that newlywed glow.

Following the photoshoot, was an intimate dinner celebration with their families. It was a great opportunity to capture some special family photos.

There were live musicians and a delicious traditional meal of pastilla and lamb and finished with wedding cake.

It was a joy being able to capture this special milestone in Jamal and Fatima’s relationship and we wish them all the best in this new season!

* We respect our clients privacy and wishes. Due to these concerns, you will not see the face of the groom.

 

Mohamed & Assia’s Garden Wedding in Agadir

Photography of traditional Moroccan wedding in Agadir

Since our first meeting with Assia, we had been looking forward to her wedding! Our excitement only increased after meeting her soon-to-be husband, Mohamed. These two are one of the most gracious, sweet couples you’ll meet and we have really enjoyed getting to know them. Mohamed and Assia met during one of Mohamed’s trips down to Agadir from France. It didn’t take long for them to know they had met “the one!”

Their wedding took place in outside of Agadir in the beautiful garden of a villa. Some of our favorite photos of Mohamed are the ones we got of him as he prepared to go see Assia – there is nothing like a grooms anticipation to see his bride!

Every wedding has its unique touches and “firsts”. Mohamed and his family decorated their cars and then went to Assia’s family’s home where they excitedly waited outside for Assia to make her entrance. Assia wore a gorgeous white wedding gown, which was a present from one of Mohamed’s sisters. This was one of our favorite moments, as Assia’s father presented her to Mohamed outside of her family home and the couple had their “first look”.

Mohamed and Assia planned their day so that we were able to get some private photos of the two of them before the wedding began, including some beautiful photos in an orchard. These are some of our favorite photos from the evening, and cannot recommend enough to our future bride and grooms to have some private photos of just the two of them before the wedding! 

The wedding celebration was beautiful, with lights strung throughout the garden as guests mingled and chatted around tables. There was dancing, heaping plates of pastilla and tajine and much celebrating.

Assia wore three kaftans, including the traditional Amazigh outfit, and a white wedding gown.

Family and friends celebrated with the happy couple until the early morning hours. We are so thrilled for Mohamed and Assia as they begin their new life together!

* As per our clients request, we are not publishing any photos of their faces.

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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