So we were booked in to be cycling the coast-to-coast on May Bank Holiday weekend, but when you get an enquiry that says would you like to shoot my wedding in Marrakesh, then well Bridlington gets kicked into the side lines ;) And that’s how it happened, next thing we knew we were jetting off for our Beldi Country Club wedding photography adventure. Conincindentally we had been in Marrakesh last winter, as was the case with our other destination wedding this year in Florence – this winter we went to Wales & London, so maybe next years destinations will be closer to home!!
Anyway to African shores we were headed. Amanda and Milo had a the logistical nightmare of planning a wedding in Morocco from their home in Hong Kong, flying back to their London home en route to gather supplies. With the team at Beldi and Amanda’s planning skills it was all destined to be a fantastic day in the Moroccan sun.
Beldi Country Club wedding
Beldi Country Club had so much going on, a photographers dream – we could have spent days here with so many little amazing rustic nooks and crannies all with that Moroccan twist running through. But this was a wedding day and time is like gold dust! Early afternoon began with plenty of chilled out time, well not sure Amanda was that chilled out with last minute bits and pieces to finalise! Meanwhile Milo and the boys had a perfectly splendid meal at the nearby French restaurant La Paillote, a fab garden restaurant with a definite African interior.
A Moroccan wedding greeting party
There was no doubt that guests had arrived in Morocco with a cacophony of traditional Berber music from the band and a friendly camel just hanging out. Passing through the lush gardens, numerous amazing textured doors accompanied by the songs of some of the loudest frogs we’ve ever heard! In the gardens the very British crowd gathered under the shade of the line trees before making their way into the tropical greenhouse. A slightly surreal ceremony with English hymns in a very Moroccan garden, but a family affair as Milo’s brother (a pastor in Hammersmith, London) conducted their blessing and Hester (Milo’s sister) superbly quoted Shakespeare.
Orangery wedding reception
Through a sea of rose petals on to the Orangery, yet another amazing space at Beldi – drinks flowed, the camel weed, bands played and all topped off by dad’s speech. A crazy whistle stop tour around Beldi Country Club with Milo & Amanda capturing their upbeat character alongside the definite Moroccan vibe. In the blink of an eye the sun was setting, the fire eaters were twirling their fiery sticks and the stage was set for a crazy Moroccan style wedding arrival. More noise and crazy dancing both in and out of the palanquin or amariya, an appetite built up, so tagine time! Hundreds of Moroccan lanterns, and Indian styled bunting added to the night time ambience of this stunning setting for the evening to turn into night. Partying late into the night, an amazing live band and so much energy made it a party to remember in the patina-ed atmospheric walls of Beldi’s Moorish courtyard.
Huge Congrats to Amanda & Milo on a day to remember and have such great partying friends :)
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Venue: Beldi Country Club
Pre-meal: La Pailotte