Sofia and Alex’s desert wedding at La Pause and Hotel Fellah 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 ceremony. The service was held in the dramatic landscape overlooking the vast Moroccan wilderness.
I’ve always dreamed of photographing a wedding in Morocco. So naturally, I was thrilled when Ales and Sofia booked me as their wedding photographer. I had no real conception of how a marriage is performed in Morocco, but I was curious to find out. I imagined camels and desert. I envisioned hot sun and cold drinks. But nothing could prepare me for this wedding and Morocco certainly didn’t disappoint me. On the contrary! I would love to go back for another wedding in Marrakech.
I also had the opportunity to visit the old town. I spent a day in the Medina, and I can not recommend it enough. If you ever have the chance to go to Marrakech don’t miss that charming place. But above all, I urge you to go out in the desert. Do some star gazing, ride a camel and enjoy the silence between the mountains.
La Pause, is a well-known Morocco 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 recreations areas, and I felt like I was on the moon.
The bride and groom planned their wedding in Morroco by themselves. They did an outstanding job considering having such a large number of guests, several ceremonies, and extraordinary artists performing. A destination wedding in the desert is no simple project. To arrange a wedding in Marrakech isn’t easy. Organizing it from Europe and the US makes this event even more impressive. It was brilliantly put together by the lovely bride and groom.
The marriage ritual was conducted by the groom’s sister. 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, and refreshments were served. 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 being held up in a thrown by 4 men, was a significant part of the festivities.
Weddings in Morocco is a huge thing. Often there are thousands of guests. Celebrations can go on for a week. Keeping it more western but still blending in Moroccaheritagege made this wedding such a fantastic feast.
We want to thank our beautiful couple, as wells as all the extraordinary wedding professionals involved making this an occasion to remember.
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