Today we are delighted to feature Clare and Richard’s stunningly colourful Moroccan destination wedding, a real feast for the senses! Clare and Richard travelled from England to celebrate with family and friends, 52 in all, in the exquisite mature gardens and grounds of the home of a French art and antiques collector in the Palmeraie (palm grove) of Marrakech…

Clare and Richard, met at work and bonded over their love of travel and adventure, a conventional English wedding was not for them, and so they chose Marrakech as their destination, having fallen in love with the exoticism of the city during their travels.

Formerly the home of a French art and antiques collector, the luxury villa which they chose as their wedding venue hosts exquisite mature gardens and grounds and a warm, private home feeling. With 8 suites and rooms, all of their close family members were accommodated onsite and enjoyed the pool and gardens throughout the weekend.

The bridal suite with its antique décor, tiling, stained glass windows, art deco bathroom and terraces and balconies overlooking the gardens was the perfect setting for Clare’s preparations…

Guests followed a path of fuchsia rose petals through the park, past birdcages to a fountain patio for mint tea on arrival before being seated in the stunning garden pavilion for the ceremony. Fuchsia curtains billowed in the afternoon breeze between the pavilion columns, Moroccan lanterns and rose petals lined the aisle and 2 stunning bouquets of fuchsia Atlas roses framed the couple as they exchanged their vows…

Clare and Richard chose a fuchsia pink theme with turquoise, teal and gold accents for the ceremony and reception, reflecting the pink bougainvillea, which added such wonderful vibrancy to the villa’s gardens. Clare also introduced Dar Ayniwen’s exotic birdcages by featuring birds and birdcages on the invitations and welcome packs. A theme that was featured throughout the décor with gilt birdcages decorating the cocktail area, hanging from trees and adorning the table.

Before being seated for dinner, guests were surprised by a performance of local ‘Gnawa’ musicians and acrobats, which finished with most of the guests dressed in the Gnawa costumes and hats and joining in the singing!

Supper was rounded off with a French Strawberry Fraisier dessert that was accompanied by fire-eaters performing an atmospheric flame throwing and fireworks display.

After dinner, guests were invited to the poolside Club for the ‘cutting’ of a tower of strawberry, Raspberry and vanilla macaroons and the ‘first dance’.

It was an absolutely amazing weekend, everything we’d hoped for and more. Watching all the plans we had made with Rosena and Fred take shape really added to the anticipation. They, together with the Dar Ayniwen team, ensured every detail was perfectly taken care of, leaving us to make the most of our time with our family and friends. We were genuinely relaxed and had so much fun! Marrakech fully played its part too, winning over our guests in the same way it had done us several years before. We’ve joked we’ll have to return every year on our anniversary – and I’m sure there’ll be some that now attempt to join us!

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, “we loved working in this stunning venue and creating the bespoke décor for Clare and Richard. We especially loved the setting for the ceremony and the fuchsia colour looked stunning in the gardens. Clare’s attention to detail in her planning, the beautiful invitations and welcome packs she sent to her guests and her choice of music etc made for a very elegant event and all the guests seemed to thoroughly enjoy their weekend. It was very rewarding to see such a happy couple and their delighted family and friends dance the night away under the stars.

Wedding Planner: Boutique Souk | Photographer: Andreas Holm | Bridal Gown: Suzanne Neville | Bridal Jewellery: Wow Tiaras | Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker | Groom’s Cufflinks: Tiffany & Co.

4 Responses

  1. Mellissa @ de Lovely Affair

    What a gorgeous example of a destination wedding done right! I love Morocco and the wonderful wedding themes that can be pulled from that culture. I’ve featured a number of such posts over at de Lovely Affair and just can’t get enough of the color and luxe! I look forward to sharing this real wedding with my readers if that is okay with you.

    Editor of de Lovely Affair: Reimagining Weddings, Rediscovering Culture


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