I have the most gorgeous New York wedding for you today, but not New York...
We are back today with the most stunning real wedding, courtesy of Danielle Victoria Photography. Tatum and Youssef decided on a destination wedding in the center of Morocco. This magical Wedding in Marrakech is a real beauty. Set against the gardens of the La Mamounia Hotel, it is a day full of elegance and beauty as well as a great mix of Moroccan glam and traditional Moroccan entertainment. I just love Tatum’s Laure de Sagazan gown, the Coast separates that the bridesmaids are wearing and Youssef’s very dashing style. A truly wonderful wedding that I know you will love.
Tatum and Youssef were married on the 16 July 2016 at La Mamounia Hotel Gardens, Marrakech, Morocco. ‘We wanted to get married somewhere hot and sunny – and that it definitely was!! The hotel itself held special memories for the bride’s father, who had stayed there with his family 30 years ago. We had 130 guests and the wedding took 6 months to plan’.
How they met
We met working together in a bank and have been together for 2 years.
How did you allocate your budget?
We splurged on dress / suit and entertainment, and saved by opting out of extras we felt were unnecessary (like designer shoes…although I was tempted).
Why did you choose your photographer?
Our amazing photographer Danni was recommended to us by good friends, and after looking through her portfolio we knew she was perfect – we particularly loved her candid shots and informal approach to capturing the moment
My dress was from Laure de Sagazan (bought at The Mews Bridal, Notting Hill) and shoes from No.1 by Jenny Packham. I wore vintage earrings lent by Mother of the Bride, headpiece from Ritva Westenius, rings by Reema Pachachi at Kuka-Me.
Theme or Colour Scheme
Our wedding had a relaxed but elegant garden party vibe but no colour scheme.
Whatever we could get on that were a) available in Marrakech and b) could withstand the 40 degree heat!
The gardens were so beautiful we didn’t need much, and went for simple floral decorations
Traditional Moroccan food – pigeon pastilla to start, veal, and then a refreshing berry soup
Two flavours – lemon, ginger and date, plus a rich chocolate cake
We had a live traditional Andalusian band, DJ, Egyptian dancers and drummers (Zaffa)
We got our stationery from Vistaprint – highly recommend!
Personal Touches and Special Moments
Everything sped past in a magical blur, but a couple of highlights were our first dances – we secretly choreographed a dance to Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud and then half an hour later surprised everyone again with Egyptian zaffa dancers and drummers, which everyone seemed to love!
Advice for other couples
Write your vows and speeches well in advance of the day so you aren’t stressing about them in the week leading up to it – just get them done!! Then just relax and go with the flow, enjoy and savour every moment – it doesn’t matter if things go wrong!
How nervous I felt the whole day (the ceremony didn’t start until 6) and then how instantly relaxed and happy I felt as soon as I started walking down the aisle and saw Youssef
“I specialise in natural, relaxed wedding photography. I like to capture the essence of your day allowing your wedding to unfold naturally: capturing true and honest moments where you and your guests laugh themselves silly; cry when overcome with emotion; smile until their faces ache, and dance like no one is watching! I am based in Staffordshire, in the West Midlands. However, I can travel across the UK or the world to wherever your big day takes us”.