When this spectacularly colourful and exotic wedding arrived in my inbox my heart fluttered. I am thrilled to be sharing it with you today courtesy of the fabulous Boutique Souk.

Stephanie a fashion journalist and stylist from London and Anand also from London have recently moved to Hong Kong and have a large network of International friends. They chose Marrakesh for their wedding destination its warm climate and exotic surroundings and because they wanted their wedding to reflect their passion for travel. Stephanie had her heart set on a weekend of outdoor dining on balmy evenings and day times by the pool with all the family. They wanted two distinct weddings reflecting their English and Indian heritage with a religious traditional Indian wedding on the Friday evening and a classic white wedding on the Saturday.

Moroccan Wedding

Moroccan Wedding

Boutique Souk’s decorated Dar Sabra for the ceremony and dinner. A traditional ‘Mandap’ was erected for the ceremony, draped in fuchsia pink fabrics with fuchsia and pale pink roses. Guests were seated on transparent napoleon chairs under swathes of pink tenting to protect them from the end of the day sun. Brightly coloured carved wooden fans were placed on the seats – a memento from the couple’s recent trip to Cambodia.

Moroccan Wedding

Moroccan Wedding

Following tradition, the groom and his family were warmly welcomed to Dar Sabra by the bride’s family and friends. Stephanie, embracing the Moroccan culture, made her entrance in a style typical of a Moroccan wedding; she was carried in on an Amari throne, heralded by trumpeters…

 

Stephanie was dressed in a white chiffon and sequin Sonas Couture sari, Jimmy Choo sandals and a stunning headpiece, from Rene Walrus, with her hair piled high under her veil. At Stephanie’s request, all guests were dressed in traditional Indian saris and kurtas.

 

The priest, who had been flown in from London, conducted the ceremony in both Sanskrit and English. The traditional fire ceremony took place with the sun setting in the background.

Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a drinks reception with traditional Moroccan canapés and local Moroccan wines. Meanwhile, Stephanie changed in to a crimson and peach bejewelled Sonas Couture sari.

 

 

A bollywood themed DJ set had everyone on the dance floor following dinner.

For the classic Saturday wedding ceremony Stephanie wore a bespoke fishtail lace and tulle dress from the White Leaf Boutique, sandals by Christian Louboutin and a simple princess cut diamond set, her hair swept back in to a classic chignon under her veil. Her three bridesmaids wore dip-dyed purple fringed flapper dresses.

Anand wore a traditional morning suit for the sunset poolside ceremony.


Boutique Souk’s production team and decorators had transformed the hotel for a second party. The ceremony was set up beside the hotel’s sunken pool area, with dinner arranged around the main pool, while a chill-out shisha lounge and ‘club’ dancing area were situated nearby.

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’.

Dancing continued into the early hours and revellers were sustained with a late night Sharwarma bar and many cooled off by paddling or dipping in the pool!

 

On Sunday morning Anand and Stephanie made a surprise camel trek/photo-shoot in the Palmeraie, still in their full wedding outfits to the amusement and delight of the local villagers!


“If I were Cinderella and Anand my Prince Charming, Rosena from Boutique Souk was certainly my fairy god mother, casting her magic wand many a time to fulfil all my dreams and desires. And our wedding weekend was just that – a fairytale. It was an incredibly emotional, beautiful and fun-filled occasion. We’ll all cherish the memories of our wedding weekend for ever.” – Stephanie

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 Marrakesh.

Venue: Dar Sabra | Photography: Joe Lasky

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