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Moroccan Wedding by White Tea + Hey Day Photography

I’ve always had a crazy obsession with Moroccan rugs. They’re a whole other level of gorgeous and to see them used as an aisle runner; let’s just say I kind of went blogger crazy for a moment. And we haven’t even touched the surface of this destination wedding. To get married in Marrakech is a complete dream. It’s exotic and romantic all balled up into one beautiful spot. And with an affair planned from soup to nuts by Boutique Souk, that beautiful spot became a fantasy destination wedding with White Tea + Hey Day Photography there to capture every lively moment. See the full day as well as some awesome day after shots around Marrakech right here.

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From the Bride… A wedding is really the most expensive “party” you will ever throw, so we knew from the start that we wanted to have one that reflected our own style and would hopefully stand out and be memorable for us and all our guests! So, although we enjoy traditional weddings – we really wanted something a bit more bespoke that would incorporate our personalities and love of travel. We’ve traveled to Marrakech in the past and loved the fact that we could be somewhere so unbelievably exotic in such a short space of time. We wanted a really laid-back wedding where we could have drinks on the rooftop one minute and be dancing by the pool the next. Although Marrakech isn’t the most obvious destination for many when planning a wedding, it’s actually a fantastic option. The weather is wonderful and the riads and villas are so romantic – with the help of a good planner they can be transformed into really beautiful venues.  After meeting our wedding planners — Rosena and Fred from Boutique Souk — we knew straight away that it would actually be possible to get married in a location like Marrakech because they knew it like the back of their hands, and we were able to put our trust in them completely.

Our initial inspiration for the wedding was to have a very intimate relaxed affair with just our close  family and friends. Something with a sophisticated vibe that incorporated the exoticism of Morocco from the lanterns and carpets with purples, blues and pinks. Darren also wanted to include some Irish elements into the wedding, so our rings and the pocket watch that I gave Darren have Irish engravings. We also used names of Irish horses for the table plan, and I got some old-school bottles of Guinness from the Guinness storehouse in Dublin and had our names and date of the wedding put on them as a surprise for Darren on the day. There were so many highlights throughout the day — from me and the bridesmaids having our hair and makeup done at La Mamounia, to seeing my Dad’s face when he came in to collect me, and simply strolling around the garden just as the sun was setting and seeing all the lanterns and open fires light up. We also had a traditional Gnawa band come up to the roof top terrace during the reception as the sun was going down to sing and play the drums.

It was very important to us to be able to provide a fun, relaxed weekend for people where everything was provided to ensure some of our less-traveled guests felt comfortable and not overwhelmed. Rosena and Fred really understood this and helped us to coordinate the whole weekend. From transfers to welcome drinks to restaurant recommendations, our guests didn’t have to worry about a thing. We felt like we were on a movie set floating from one scene to the next — it was beautifully romantic! Our photographers, White Tea and Hey Day Photo, also suggested having a photo shoot the next day in the centre of Marrakech, which really gives a lasting memory of our Moroccan experience. It was great to get dressed up in our wedding outfits again before taking to the streets for our shoot. We had great fun — the Moroccan people were lovely, all shouting, “Bon mariage!” as we walked by.

Wedding Photography: White Tea + Hey Day Photography / Wedding Venue: Kasbah Villa in Marrakech, Morocco / Floral Design, Event Design + Planning: Boutique Souk / Bridal Bouquet: La Mamounia / Wedding Cinematography: Jose Hernandez Videography / Wedding Invitations: Daintree Paper / Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones  “Juno” via Anabel Rose Bridal / Hairpiece: Emmy McCormick via Anabel Rose Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Pink by Paradox / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Shirt: Dalvey / Groom’s Tie: Paul Smith / Groomsmen Suits: Topman

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Palm Springs Wedding by Amy Kaneko Events

If ever there was a wedding featured on Style Me Pretty that I so wished I could have attended…it would be this one. A Moroccan inspired celebration rich in food, family, wine and most of all, some of the most beautiful texture and style I think I’ve ever seen in a wedding celebration. Designed by Amy Kaneko with awe inspiring photography by Joy Marie, this wedding will make you fall in love over and over and over again. Click here to see so much more!

















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From Amy of Amy Kaneko EventsWhen Kristen and Adam began looking for a venue in Palm Springs, they immediately fell in love with the Korakia Pensione. Unlike most venues in Palm Springs, which have a minimalist mid-century aesthetic, the Korakia has an incredibly romantic and eclectic vibe inspired by Morocco and the Mediterranean. And its bungalows and guesthouses are filled with eclectic antiques, which the pair loved. Kristen and Adam booked all 28 rooms on property so their guests could enjoy the intimate grounds all to themselves over the weekend.

Kristen and Adam were married in an intimate stone courtyard in front of 64 of their closest friends and family. A Spanish guitar group played an instrumental version of “In My Life” by the Beatles as the bridal party walked down the aisle. The bride, who descended a sweeping stone staircase to the courtyard, walked down the aisle to “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. They stood in front of a grand, antique Moroccan double door, while guests sat in a mix of vintage folding chairs and long wooden benches. Drinks served in Moroccan tea glasses and colorful woven fans helped guests stay cool in the desert heat. A central stone fountain was simply filled with bougainvillea petals to echo the vines growing around the property. (The fuchsia bougainvillea looked so beautiful in the desert setting that it was used throughout the wedding.)

After the ceremony, the large wooden doors opened, and the bride and groom’s family led the way to the cocktail reception. The decor was kept understated to showcase the natural beauty of the property. Stone ledges were simply decorated with passion vine and gardenias, while an existing fountain was filled with lily pads made of gardenias and succulents. A Polaroid camera guestbook was a hit with the guests, who took snapshots of each other and inserted them next to their messages to the bride and groom. The Spanish guitar group continued playing during cocktail hour, but played more festive music, including their specialty: flamenco fusion. For dinner, guests crossed over to the Mediterranean side of the property, where they sat at 24-foot long tables draped in natural linens. An eclectic mix of rustic wooden and iron garden chairs lent a casual but elegant air. Heirloom LA served a delicious family-style feast, while The Velvet Garden provided a visual feast of stunning flowers. The deep jewel-toned centerpieces were a splash of color and lushness in the otherwise desert surroundings. They incorporated fresh fruit inspired by the Mediterranean, such as blood oranges and grapes, with succulents, exotic leaves and lush flowers. As the sun set, bistro lights strung above cast a warm glow on the tables, and the surrounding palm trees were dramatically lit. A lounge filled with vintage furniture, including rugs and pillows was tucked away in a grove of small trees near the dance floor so guests could sit comfortably on the ground.

Wedding Photography: Joy Marie Photography / Wedding Venue: Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs, California / Event Planning + Design: Amy Kaneko Events / Floral Design: The Velvet Garden / Cinematography: Thomas Hughes Films / Catering: Heirloom LA / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals + Found Vintage Rentals / Linens: La Tavola / Lighting: Images by Lighting / Music: Roger Espinoza / DJ: Ian of Red Shoe / Wedding Invitations + Programs: Tiny Pine Press / Calligraphy: Barbara Callow + Laura Mendoza / Day-of Paper + Signs: Amy Kaneko Events / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Hair: Metin Serdan / Makeup: Noseph Trinh

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Moroccan Wedding by SugarLove Weddings

After gawking over this wedding by SugarLove Weddings, Morocco is officially on my must travel there soon list. The passport is out people.  I mean just look at those vibrant colors, and out of a movie scenery. And when you add that stunning gown – well, I cannot be held accountable for my flight-booking actions. Until then, I say we take a beautiful (and a bit more budget friendly) vaca in the full gallery.

 

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From SugarLove Weddings…Suzy & Ian’s wedding took place in the most incredible part of Marrakech in Morocco. They chose a little boutique hotel called Tigmi which was positioned right underneath the Atlas Mountains. The couple met in Australia and then relocated to Suzy’s home town of London to live together before becoming engaged and planning their dream destination wedding. The colours & traditional entertainment were a key feature of the day. Most family & friends who travelled from all over the world to share in their day also enjoyed a wonderful Moroccan escape.

Photography: SugarLove Weddings / Invitations: CheerupCheerup / Grooms Suit: Emporio Armani / Brides Dress: Jane Bourvis / Ceremony & Reception: Tigmi