MARRAKECH – MOROCCO

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A visit to Marrakech was a great shock to me. This city taught me color.

– Yves Saint Laurent

We knew we wanted it to be us two; to be the most vulnerable, to be completely with each other, in a place full of culture and color. We wanted to be surrounded by nature and our affinity to the desert drew us to Morocco.
As a bride, I didn’t want to have to worry about how I was going to look on my wedding day. I didn’t want to stress over every strand of hair, fuss with touching up my lipstick. My main focus was to be in the moment, to start the first day of my life with the love of my life. So, I was my own MUA, took a stab at curling my hair, and tried on my wedding dress 3 hours before our wedding. Stirling and I agreed that this modern day elopement, booked 1.5 month in advance was going to be our greatest adventure. Days leading up, we ran out of money, got lost, rode camels, slept in the Sahara, and woke up to watch the sunrise over the desert.
Last minute, my aunt from Paris offered to officiate and my mom and sister decided to fly out. For good luck, she hand carried lily of the valleys from her Parisian home to keep in my room, and my mom donned me a “something borrowed”- the first piece of jewelry that my dad bought for her. The spontaneity and the improvisations, the group effort, and great direction from our photographer, somehow turned into the most beautiful and emotional chaos of a wedding we could ever dream of. We got to marry on May the 4th, I walked down the aisle to “Across the Stars”- John Williams (for the Star Wars fan in both of us), and we professed our love for each other in the Agafay Desert of Morocco as the sun set with our most favorite film scores playing in the background. So many times, we looked up at the sky, basking in the moment.
“My memory isn’t my strongest suit; I can’t promise you that I will remember every detail from this day… 5, 10, 100 years from now. But I can promise that I’ll remember this feeling; I will remember your eyes, because when I look into your eyes, your soul smiles at mine, such a special feeling I know is only saved for me.” – a portion Stella’s wedding vows
We decided get ready in two different Riads, I was at the Riad Be Marrakech with my family. This is place is so unique, covered by colorful Moroccan tiles and artistry. It was perfect for my first look and for the photographer used this place as a canvas for our photographs. The details in this place are extraordinary, so vibrant that they pop out at you.
My wedding dress was a fundamental part of the story. At first, I thought I wanted something boho. I soon realized that I didn’t want to pick a dress based on a trend but I wanted to pick a dress that is timeless and one that I will never be tired to look at. With the help of my photographer, we found this stunning wedding designer from Tel Aviv, Zahavit Tshuba. Each one of their pieces is so elegant and sophisticated that I could’t choose only one. So I picked two dresses, one more elegant for the first part of the day and then another more flow for the ceremony.
The ceremony at La Pause, a stunning desert oasis one hour outside the city. The ceremony setup was made by layers of red and pink organza fabric and a handmade rug, bought in the local markets for the ceremony and to be passed down to our kids in the future.
The camels were the surprise guest we needed to end our intimate wedding day.
Definitely a place that I can recommend if you are planning a destination elopement escape, intimate and colorful to the fullest.
The stationery was entirely handmade and written in Italy. The bouquet was as simple arrangement of local pink roses arranged in varying heights.
Oh yeah and forgot to mention about buying the rug there so we could stand on it and pass it down to our kids 🙂

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Creative Team
Photography, Styling, and Planning – Lilly Red Creative
Getting Ready Venue – Be Marrakech
Ceremony & Reception Venue – La Pause
Floral Design – Le Kiosque à Fleurs à Marrakech

Stationery – The Marthy’s Vintage Garden
Wedding Dress – Zahavit Tshuba