Today’s wedding makes it incredibly easy to see why my newly formed goal is to organise a trip to Marrakech. The whole place just appears to be a little slice of colourful, architectural, flowertastic heaven. Destination wedding planners Boutique Souk, who were behind the magic of today’s feature, might argue it takes a bit more than a beautiful place to have a beautiful wedding, but I have to say, Morocco looks like a very fabulous place to start.
Today’s bride and groom, Rawan and Arian, both live and work in Dubai but chose Marrakech for their destination wedding for the city’s charm, architecture, atmosphere and unusual venues. Both wanted an alternative and beautiful garden setting for their celebration and with the help of wedding planners Boutique Souk, they foundan elegant Riad in the Palmeraie. Amaze.
Like a true destination wedding, the couple treated their guests to a 3 day affair starting off with a welcome cocktail party on day 1, a full on ceremony and reception on day 2 and a relaxed, countryside BBQ the morning after in a beautiful rose garden. As you do. I know I’ve found a good wedding for OMG when I totally wish I could have attended. This is one of those weddings.
On the day of the wedding, the Persian ceremony ‘Aghd’ was celebrated just before sunset in the courtyard of the venue, with an elaborate table decorated with the all the sweets, fruits and incenses designed to bring luck and happiness to the wedding couple. The ceremony table and area were filled with white atlas roses and olive branches. Guests were then escorted for a champagne reception at sunset under the majestic palm trees of the garden, entertained by Moroccan musicians and acrobats. Rawan wore a beautiful dress from monique Lhuillier while Arian was dressed in a very chic Armani suit,
150 guests were seated for dinner on a mix of long rectangular and round tables by the poolside for authentic Moroccan flavours. Tables were laden with hundreds of candles and centre tables of Atlas Roses in a vibrant mix of Fuchsia, Red and Apricot.
Throughout dinner, Clarita de Quiroz, the couple’s favourite musician who flew in from Dubai, played a selection of modern and soft music to set the mood for the evening, while family and friends shared their thoughts and memories of the couple with warm speeches.
Rosena from Boutique Souk said: “Rawan and Arian mixed traditional Moroccan features such as mixed atlas roses with contemporary lounge and bar furnishings to create a modern Moroccan wedding. They chose three very distinct venues and settings to showcase the diversity and beauty of Marrakech for their guests who had travelled from the Middle East, Europe, US and Australia to celebrate their wedding.”
Rawan added “Living 3,000 miles away, Rosena and Fred helped make the process of planning a wedding so easy! We visited Marrakech three times – the first to choose our venues, the second for the decorations and food tasting and our final visit was really for the wedding itself. It was such a memorable experience for all of us, and turned out to be exactly how we imagined our wedding to be. I would do it all over again!”