a Moroccan Romance editorial in the Atlas mountains | uk wedding blog

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Good afternoon all! I hope your 4 day week is going well so far, I always think they seem longer than normal weeks? At least we can break up the days with pretty wedding inspiration. Today we are in the Atlas mountains for some Arabian nights inspiration from a talented team of wedding suppliers in Marrakech. I love the use of citrus, warm terracotta tones mixed with fresh greens. I hope you enjoy!
words & photography | Virginie Faucher

I’ve been thinking for a little while with my talented friend from Ma Colline wedding planner to set up a styled shoot in the Atlas mountains of Morocco. The scenery is just breathtaking, and it shows quite a different aspect of the moroccan atmosphere that people usually know.  It was shot only 40 min from the city of Marrakech and the idea was to get inspired by this beautiful environment to create a boho, rustic wedding atmosphere, away from the usual images that come to mind when you think ‘weddings in Morocco’: Arabian nights, blue skies, desert and palm trees (not that I don’t like these!) , and away from the hustle and bustle of the city Marrakech.
It was shot in the Kasbah Bab Ourika, a boutique hotel, built on a hilltop, at the apex of the Ourika Valley, looking down to the river, green fields and groves of olives, oranges and lemons and up to the dazzling mountain peaks. It’s a perfect eco-friendly place constructed mainly from pisé (rammed earth), which often hosts weddings. All the vegetables they serve come from their big organic vegetable garden. 
We had this idea of a very “green” table, with traditional handmade pottery from Morocco (the green plates), wild flowers, wooden table and chairs, touch of orange & yellow tones on the table…
We’ve worked on 3 different hairstyles for the bride, offering a very bohemian gypsy kind of style, yet elegant.

Hope this shoot could be inspirational for couples wanting to have a very relaxed wedding among nature, with spectacular landscapes.
Planning a wedding there is possible almost anytime of the year, and Marrakech is a quite an easy destination to elope as it’s only 3 hours from many cities in Europe. I would advise April to November, summer months are cooler up there than in Marrakech where the heat is quite overwhelming. The venue can host about 70 guests.
Suppliers involved:
Wedding planner: Ma Colline
Venue: Kasbah Bab Ourika
Hair & make-up artist: Sophie Lienard
Bride’s outfits and accessories: Kaftan Queen
Bride’s bouquet: Yassab Floral Design
Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss
Groom’s shoes: Carlos Santos
Ring: Delphine Pariente
Stationery: Crème de papier
Calligraphy: Nice Plume
Cakes:  Amandine Marrakech

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