Is it time to think about traveling again? Let’s dare to get on a plane with your fiancé to flee to the other side of the world – that sounds like a possibility in a distant dream. But even if global travel is not just around the corner, adventure elopements and weddings are somewhere in our future. So how about we manifest just a little magical travel mood and dive headfirst into Ellie + Justin’s (pre-pandemic) wedding in Morocco? LET’S GO.
Justin and I are not a traditional couple. We have creative jobs (I’m a hairdresser and he’s a photographer), we live in a van and we’re always on the go. We are not tied to anything and of course we love to travel. When we were planning our wedding, we wanted it to be a unique experience for our guests and us. Traveling to Morocco with our immediate families seemed like the perfect adventure.
And who should join the trip other than the famous photographer Jordan Voth? Let’s take a look at how it all went.
Bride meets dress
Ellie wore a fringed dress on rue de Seine, so perfect for a Moroccan setting. But it is certainly what she was originally looking for:
To be honest, I never believed in “the one” when it came to finding a dress. I went to four different stores and probably tried on more than 20 dresses in total. I thought I wanted something more sophisticated and simple, so I initially ignored this dress because it was heavily designed and covered in tassels.
It turned out that this dress was the whole time!
I went back to the first store on a whim as my fancy look wasn’t working. As soon as I tried it on, I knew it was. I experienced that moment – when you tear it up to think about your life with your partner – and I felt like a beautiful bride.
Married in Morocco
With the family in tow, Ellie + Justin made their vows on the roof of the riad where they all lived – a decision that was only made on the morning of! But how perfect is that ?!
Newlyweds in town
An intimate destination wedding or kidnapping gives you the freedom to focus heavily on one area: photography! And these two made the most of it with some epic wedding portraits in Marrakech.
Work that edge !!
Choosing a target photographer
Planning your wedding can be stressful and of course time consuming. For us, photography was the most important part. Choosing Jordan as our photographer was the best decision we could ever make. To say he did an incredible job wouldn’t say enough. We are so grateful for the experience and we will never forget our time in Morocco.
Ellie aka Bride aka MUSE.
You are perfect!
Into the desert
Our reception was in a large tent in the middle of the desert. It was absolutely beautiful and filled with colorful pillows, ornate lamps, soft, intimate lighting, and amazing Moroccan food. In the middle of our meal, traditional Moroccan artists entertained us with music and dancing. You went around a cap with a tassel and you should swing your head around to make the tassel move like a helicopter. It was a lot harder than it looked! My mother was chosen and absolutely destroyed! She had made the whole tent laugh.
The day after we all rode camels through the desert in our wedding attire (which got some looks), we got some really incredible pictures with the Moroccan sunset in the background! Something we will never forget!
Is it a wedding in Morocco when camels and desert landscapes don’t show up?
Planning a wedding in Morocco
If you’re planning a wedding in another country, research the culture and transportation, and make a list of your “must-see” must-sees. I would also have expectations of guests, especially if they are not used to traveling. At the end of the day, after everything is planned, you just have to be flexible and realize that some things just don’t go as planned. Luggage is lost, things are more expensive than you thought, it can be inconvenient and challenging. However, the “worst” parts can still bring back the best memories.
We’re so ready for destination weddings to return again. In the meantime, if you are in Morocco and not ready to head out, you can bring Marrakech to you. Many thanks to Ellie + Justin for the nice day!
Photography: Jordan Voth // Name of the venue: Marrakech, Morocco // Wedding dress: Rue de Seine