Marrakech Desert Wedding At La Pause, Morocco | Sofia & Alex
Sofia and Alex’s desert wedding in Marrakech was not your typical Morocco wedding. It was an eclectic mix of traditional Moroccan vibes and boho laid-back charm. Guests from all over the world traveled in to attend the party and ceremony.
The Friday before the wedding, Sofia and Alex hosted a welcome dinner at Hotel Fellah. And the next morning we all hopped on a bus and drove out to La Pause.
The service took place in the dramatic landscape overlooking the vast Moroccan wilderness. For as long as I can remember, I always dreamed of photographing a wedding in Morocco. So when Alex and Sofia booked me as their wedding photographer, I danced with joy. Although I had no real idea of how a wedding ceremony usually goes in Morocco, I was curious to find out. Imagine camels and deserts, a hot sun, and cold drinks. But nothing could prepare me for the beauty, and Morocco didn’t disappoint! It’s fair to say that I would love to go back for another wedding in Marrakech.
At the beginning of my visit, I had the opportunity to visit the old town. Spending a day in the Medina is something I highly recommend you to do. If you ever have the chance to go to Marrakech, don’t miss this charming place. But above all, I urge you to go out to the desert. Do some star gazing, ride a camel, and enjoy the silence between the mountains.
Enchanted vison embedded amongst dunes
La Pause, is a well-known wedding and event venue located about 30 km outside of Marrakech. The area seems to be inserted in the sand dunes. Camels and goats roamed towards the oasis below as we arrived. It was like straight out of an old saga. You know “A Thousand and One Nights.” I could see the Agafay hills from the highest point, and the sun was blazing down on my head. I discovered the lovely guesthouses and the pool that has to be a blessing on sweltering days. There are also beautiful recreation areas, and I felt like I was on the moon.
Wedding planning from overseas
The bride and groom planned their wedding in Morroco by themselves. They did an outstanding job! Imagine having such a large number of guests and several ceremonies. As well as many artists performing. A destination wedding in the desert is no simple project and to arrange a wedding in Marrakech isn’t easy. Organizing it from Europe and the US makes this event even more impressive. It was expertly put together by the lovely bride and groom.
The groom’s sister conducted the marriage ritual. The father of the bride and the father of the groom gave heartfelt speeches. Following the service, the guest went to the top of the powdery hills where local Moroccan musicians played. Everybody then wandered down to the oasis where dinner and new ceremonies took place. The arrival of the bride (in a Moroccan dress) and groom in thrones was a notable part of the festivities.
Weddings in Morocco is a huge thing. Often there are thousands of guests. Celebrations can go on for a week. The mix between Alex and Sofia’s cultures made this wedding a fantastic feast.