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Real Life Weddings in Morocco

Exotic Morocco makes a fabulous wedding abroad choice. With plenty of romantic riads, secret gardens with tumbling waterfalls keeping courtyards cool, the sights and smells of the souk and some amazingly intricately carved buildings, Morocco brings a hint of the exotic to your wedding ceremony.

Morocco Wedding Couples
Alpa and Dipan / Niamh and Darren

Alpa and Dipan, Marrakech

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British Indian couple Alpa and Dipan from London chose Marrakech for their destination wedding with the help of wedding planners Boutique Souk. The couple chose an elegant tented estate in the Palmeraie of Marrakech with a beautiful park and gardens, and married on 16 March 2013 in front of 130 guests.

The couple celebrated with a traditional Hindu Ceremony on the morning of the wedding in the venue gardens, under a special constructed Mandap covered in Red Atlas Roses. The couple chose a Red and Gold colour theme for the ceremony and Alpa wore a striking red and cream bridal lengha outfit featuring a brocade top and skirt embellished with swarovski crystals, antique zardosi work and pretty motifs on the tissue net. Dipan wore a majestic red and cream sherwani with precious embellishments studded into the collars and the cuffs. The couple did a two week trip in Nov 2012 to India where they purchased all their colourful and elaborate wedding outfits. The couple flew the Hindu priest out from London to conduct the symbolic ceremony under the mandap. The ceremony lasted 90 minutes consisting of numerous prayers and rituals performed by Alpa, Dipan and their families. The priest chanted ‘mantras’ in Sanskrit creating a spiritual atmosphere, enabling the newlyweds to gain marital purity. The ceremony took place in the presence of a ‘havan’ (sacred fire) which symbolised not only the illumination of the mind, knowledge and happiness but was also a clean and pure witness to the ceremony as it progressed. Guests were treated to a garden party style lunch after the ceremony before the bride and groom departed by horse and carriage with the carriage breaking a coconut on the way – as part of the symbolic and emotional Vidaai ceremony where the bride’s family and friends say farewell to Alpa. Guests returned in the evening for a candlelit dinner in an Arabian tent. The Groom wore a black and gold indo western suit made from self woven textured fabric with a decorative collar and trendy laktan broach. The Bride wore an elegant gold strapless long dress made from lace and net embroidered with large swarovski crystals and intricate beadwork. Tables were decorated in a white, gold and yellow colour scheme, with Atlas roses and tables were named after the bride’s favourite ice cream flavours!

The Wedding Planners Rosena and Fred Charmoy of Boutique Souk, an Irish and French couple who met and married whilst planning other people’s weddings and events in the intoxicatingly, exotic Marrakech. Photographs by Bipin Dattani Photography

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Niamh and Darren: Marrakech

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Irish couple Niamh and Darren met at work and have been together 7 years. Darren fell in love with Niamh’s sense of adventure and was not surprised when she came up with the idea of marrying a long way from home in exotic Marrakech.

Their wedding took place in October 2011, and on the day before the ceremony the couple chose to welcome their friends and family and give them a real flavour of Marrakech by inviting them for an informal supper and drinks reception on the rooftop of a traditional riad in the heart of the medina, old city of Marrakech.

Niamh started her wedding day with a visit to the legendary La Mamounia hotel with her bridesmaids where they had their hair and make-up done in a private bridal suite by Parisian stylist Paul-Francois Matraja. She also collected her bridal bouquet which had been specially created by La Mamounia’s resident florist Catherine de Villier.

Darren enjoyed relaxed preparations with his groomsmen at the villa and was delighted to receive the special delivery gift from his bride – a silver pocket watch and personalised bottles of Guinness printed with the couple’s names and date of the wedding, specially commissioned from the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin by Niamh.

The bride chose a colour palette of mauve’s, lilacs and blues to accent her traditional white wedding. Niamh’s bouquet mixed blue hydrangea with a selection of wildflowers for a very natural and fresh look. Blue is an accent colour experiencing a fashionable revival, particularly for Irish brides, as blue was the original wedding colour in Ireland, as it is the colour associated with purity.

The bridesmaids wore elegant mauve maxi-dresses and carried bouquets of white roses with mauve accents and hints of blue hydrangea.

Wedding planners Boutique Souk carried the theme throughout the décor. Ceremony flowers, aisle end bouquets and centre table arrangements were all created with a mix of white Atlas roses with accents of blue hydrangea, mauve roses, wild flowers and fresh lavender. Table linens were in mauve and place cards were quirky Polaroid pictures of each guest.

Guests were seated for the ceremony in the garden under a sail which gave shade from the late afternoon African sunshine and watched the couple exchange vows. The ceremony included a candle lighting ritual. Niamh and Darren’s mothers both lit a candle at the beginning symbolising each of them as individuals and finally the couple jointly lit the centre candle, showing their union and life ahead together.

Following the ceremony, guests followed the couple through the olive grove to the riad rooftop for a drinks reception watching the sunset across the Marrakech palm grove. Guests were entertained by a troupe of local Gnawa musicians and acrobats with bride and groom joining in the dancing.

A traditional Moroccan supper was served, open air among the olive trees of the garden surrounded by hundreds of candles, open fires and Moroccan lanterns.

After dinner, guests were invited to the poolside club for the ‘cutting’ of the cake – a tower of macaroons in violets, blues and whites.

Dancing continued into the early hours with the party sustained by a late night BBQ and some great tunes, with the groom taking over from the DJ!

Niamh says "when we got engaged we had no fixed ideas about where we wanted to get married and although we enjoy traditional weddings – we really wanted something a bit more bespoke that would incorporate our personalities and love of travel… So, after a trip to Marrakech, we quickly decided that we loved how exotic and different it was and that this was possibly the place for us. All we needed now was somebody in the know that could translate our ideas and personalities into a reality" To see more photos, click on the photo above and scroll through the slide show.

The Wedding Planners Rosena and Fred Charmoy of Boutique Souk, an Irish and French couple who met and married whilst planning other people’s weddings and events in the intoxicatingly, exotic Marrakech.

Rosena said, “The wedding was very intimate and full of emotion and laughter. It was a real pleasure to work with an Irish couple and to meet Niamh and Darren’s family and friends. Niamh has great style and we loved the colour palette and looks we put together for her for the décor and she of course looked absolutely stunning on the day.”

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