>> REAL WEDDING << MOROCCAN DELIGHT - A FUSION OF THE EXOTIC & COLOURFUL - CLARE & RICHARD

I'm delighted to share with you loveliess this gorgeous Moroccan wedding. Thank you to Clare and Richard (and Liz) for sharing their big day with us!

Here's a few words from the bride before we get to those jaw dropping pics.....

“It was an absolutely amazing weekend, everything we’d hoped for and more. Watching all the plans we had made with Rosena and Fred take shape really added to the anticipation. They, together with the Dar Ayniwen team, ensured every detail was perfectly taken care of, leaving us to make the most of our time with our family and friends. We were genuinely relaxed and had so much fun! Marrakech fully played its part too, winning over our guests in the same way it had done us several years before. We’ve joked we’ll have to return every year on our anniversary – and I’m sure there’ll be some that now attempt to join us!”


English couple Clare Blacker and Richard Clarke, met at work and bonded over their love of travel and adventure. A conventional English wedding was not for them and they chose Marrakech as their destination after having fallen in love with the exoticism of the city during their travels.

Clare chose a Dress by Suzanne Neville and Richard a Ted Baker suit with a turquoise tie and pink boutonnière in keeping with the décor theme of the day and some smart Tiffany’s cufflinks, a wedding day gift from his bride.



Clare chose a fuchsia pink theme with turquoise, teal and gold accents for the ceremony and reception, reflecting the pink bougainvillea, which added such wonderful vibrancy to the villa’s gardens.





Clare also introduced Dar Ayniwen’s exotic birdcages by featuring birds and birdcages on the invitations and welcome packs. A theme that was featured throughout the décor with gilt birdcages decorating the cocktail, hanging from trees and adorning the table.






Guests followed a path of fuchsia rose petals through the park, past the birdcages to a fountain patio for mint tea on arrival before being seated in the stunning garden pavilion for the ceremony. Fuchsia curtains billowed in the afternoon breeze between the pavilion columns, Moroccan lanterns and rose petals lined the aisle and 2 stunning bouquets of fuchsia Atlas roses framed the couple as they exchanged their vows.


  


Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed champagne and canapés in the olive grove at sunset on Moroccan rugs, poofs and cushions. Before being seated for dinner, guests were surprised by a performance of local ‘Gnawa’ musicians and acrobats, which finished with most of the guests dressed in the Gnawa costumes and hats and joining in the singing!





Clare and Richard wished to create a relaxed dining experience with a Mezze of salads, served on tall cake stands as a starter, for all the guests to share and experience the spices and flavours of Morocco followed by a BBQ served with cous cous and traditional baked potatoes and salads. Supper was rounded off with a French Strawberry Fraisier dessert that was accompanied by fire-eaters performing an atmospheric flame throwing and fireworks display.

After dinner, guests were invited to the poolside Club for the ‘cutting’ of a tower of strawberry, Raspberry and vanilla macaroons and the ‘first dance’.







Dancing continued into the early hours and revellers were sustained with a late night Sharwarma bar and many cooled off by paddling or dipping in the pool!



CREDITS


Wedding Planner, Catering & Flowers: Rosena & Fred Charmoy of Boutique Souk // Photographer: Andreas Holm // Venue: Dar Ayniwen // Dress: Suzanne Neville // Groom’s suit: Ted Baker // Brides jewellery: Wow Tiaras 

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