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! 

 

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.

 

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.

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