A Heartfelt Morocco Elopement at Riad 42

A little over a month ago we flew to Africa for a dreamy Morocco elopement with Amy and Luc. None of us had ever been but we were quickly taken by surprise at how beautiful all the architecture was and how delicious the food was. We explored all over the city and did day trips out of Marrakech to see the stone desert. Amy and Luc also spent time doing a cooking class which they highly recommend!

Words from the Couple

The most important thing for me was making sure our wedding was about Luc and I and our relationship, that our day was about spending time together and celebrating the past 10 years of our relationship. We love our friends and family more than anything but both of us got nervous at the thought of being the center of attention so to speak and I knew I would never be able to relax while hosting a celebration. After getting engaged we tossed around ideas – a courthouse wedding, an elopement, a small celebration with friends and family – but never finalized anything. Having one, than two, children and the exhaustion and busyness that comes with parenthood kept making planning an elopement more difficult. We trusted that when the timing felt right we would make it happen. It wasn’t until I saw her post on Instagram that I knew that was for us. Within 2 days, we had our Morocco elopement planned! The vision that Jess had blew me away and all we had to do was say yes. It was the best decision we ever made and the most wonderful wedding imaginable.

Embracing a Day That is Truly About Us

From the start we knew the path we were on was going to be different than any wedding we had been a part of. The fact that we were travelling solo without our kids automatically gave us a more laid back vibe. I  think is shows in our pictures too. For the most part the vibe was dictated by the location we were in. Truly peaceful riads with trees and water features, rolling desert hills, busy markets, but since it was just us, we could just be in the moment wherever we happened to be.  Since we were getting married somewhere we had never been and had no “connection” to per se, we wanted to make sure we felt relaxed and like ourselves. We didn’t want to look back at the photos in 10 years and feel like we looked like strangers. This was helped by the elopement itself and just having it be the two of us. There was no need to “perform” for anyone. At the wedding’s heart, it was just Luc and I enjoying a day together. Albeit in an exotic location and in slightly fancier clothes!

Advice for the Newly Engaged

Be open to anything. Don’t feel confined by what you think people expect, or what people say might be traditional. If you want to leave the family behind to travel across the world, see new things, eat new food, and oh ya, marry the person you love most, then go for it. You don’t need a church, a three course meal and DJ. The world is out there and you can eat whenever you want! I know it is so hard to block out all the noise that surrounds you after you get engaged, with everyone having an opinion about what your wedding should be, but ignore it as best as you can. Although Luc and I are blessed to have family and friends who were fully supportive of our decision – the most common response when we announced the news was “That sounds exactly like you guys!” – I still had to block out my own thoughts about what I thought we “should” do, what was “expected” of us.

Wedding dress hanging on wooden door in beautiful minimalist riad at Riad 42 in Marrakech
Riad 42 in Marrakech
Riad 42 in Marrakech
Riad 42 in Marrakech
Minimalist interior at Riad 42 in Marrakech
Minimalist interior at Riad 42 in Marrakech
Wedding dress hanging on wooden door in Riad 42
Clean minimalist bedroom at Riad 42 in Marrakech
Clean minimalist bedroom at Riad 42 in Marrakech
Wedding vow books on coffee table for Morocco elopement at Riad 42
Hand written vow books
Bride and wedding dress hanging on door in Riad 42 for Morocco elopement
Bride holding dress, about to get ready for Morocco elopement
Bride in floral coverup reading vows before ceremony
Bride getting ready in bathroom at Riad 42 for intimate Morocco elopement
Bride and groom getting ready together in riad bedroom at Riad 42
Groom doing up dress of bride
Groom doing up dress of bride
Bride sitting on bed in minimalist bedroom at Riad 42
Bride and groom having a moment together sitting on bed before their elopement
Bride and groom having a moment together sitting on bed before their elopement
Bride and groom exchanging vows at Morocco elopement at Riad 42
Bride and groom exchanging vows at Morocco elopement at Riad 42
Bride smiling at groom as he exchanges his vows
Emotional groom wiping away tears as he says his vows in Morocco elopement
bride holing onto grooms hands as he finishes his vows during their Morocco elopement
Emotional bride and groom wiping away tears after reciting vows
First kiss at Riad 42
Morocco elopement at Riad 42
couple walking up stairs, Morocco elopement
Morocco elopement portraits at Riad 42
Morocco elopement portraits at Riad 42
Morocco elopement portraits at Riad 42
Morocco elopement portraits at Riad 42
bride in stairway in Moroccan riad
bride lying with head in groom's lap at beautiful minimalist Morocco riad
Bride standing in detailed archway at Moroccan riad 42
Morocco elopement portraits at Riad 42
Streets of Marrakech in the medina
Bride and groom walking in the medina in Marrakech for their Morocco elopement
Bride and groom walking in the medina in Marrakech for their Morocco elopement
Bride and groom walking in the medina in Marrakech for their Morocco elopement
Bride and groom standing in light in the alleyways of the medina in Marrakech
Bride and groom walking in the medina in Marrakech for their Morocco elopement
Bride and groom walking in the medina in Marrakech for their Morocco elopement
Bride and groom walking in the medina in Marrakech for their Morocco elopement
bride and groom standing in front of detailed doorway in Marrakech medina for elopement
Bride standing in front of berber rug hanging in the medina in Marrakech
Bride and groom walking in the medina in Marrakech for their Morocco elopement
Wedding portraits at Le Riad Yasmine
Wedding portraits at Le Riad Yasmine
Wedding portraits at Le Riad Yasmine
bride twirling dress in beautiful courtyard of Le Riad Yasmine
Bride and groom hugging in beautiful courtyard of Le Riad Yasmine wedding portraits
Wedding portraits at Le Riad Yasmine
Dreamy wanderlust wedding portraits at Le Riad Yasmine
Dreamy wanderlust wedding portraits at Le Riad Yasmine
Dreamy wanderlust wedding portraits at Le Riad Yasmine
bride lying on grooms lap at Le Riad Yasmine
Dreamy wanderlust wedding portraits at Le Riad Yasmine
Dreamy wanderlust wedding portraits at Le Riad Yasmine
Dreamy wanderlust wedding portraits at Le Riad Yasmine
Dreamy wanderlust elopement at Le Riad Yasmine
Dreamy wanderlust elopement at Le Riad Yasmine
Elopement at Scarabeo Camp in Morocco
Bride and groom wedding portraits at Scarabeo Camp in Morocco
Bride and groom wedding portraits at Scarabeo Camp in Morocco
Bride and groom wedding portraits at Scarabeo Camp in Morocco
Bride and groom wedding portraits at Scarabeo Camp in Morocco
Bride and groom wedding portraits at Scarabeo Camp in Morocco
Bride and groom wedding portraits at Scarabeo Camp in Morocco
Bride and groom wedding portraits at Scarabeo Camp in Morocco
Bride and groom wedding portraits at Scarabeo Camp in Morocco
Scarabeo Camp in Morocco
Couple kissing after eloping in Morocco at Scarabeo Camp
Dreamy wanderlust elopement at Scarabeo Camp in Morocco
Bride at Scarabeo Camp
Dreamy wanderlust elopement at Scarabeo Camp
Rooftop sunset wedding portraits at Riad 42 in Marrakech
Dreamy rooftop sunset wedding portraits at Riad 42 in Marrakech
Rooftop sunset wedding portraits at Riad 42 in Marrakech
Groom carrying bride on rooftop at sunset at Riad 42
Rooftop sunset wedding portraits at Riad 42 in Marrakech
Rooftop sunset wedding portraits at Riad 42 in Marrakech
Rooftop sunset wedding portraits at Riad 42 in Marrakech

Vendors

Dress: Designer was Mikaella from Six Pence Bridal  
Suit: “Ted Baker – Endurance” from Nordstom
Shoes: Billabong Flip Flops or bare feet :)
Earrings: VintageGlory22 from Kala House of Colour   
Vow Books: LoveStruckLettering on Etsy
Ceremony Location: Riad42
Portrait Locations: Le Riad Yasmine & Scarabeo Camp

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anni : 14:10 June 19, 2019 Reply
Wow what an incredible way to elope! Riad 42 looks amazing, I almost stayed there when we went to Morocco in March. Such a fun idea!!
    daringwanderer : 15:40 July 23, 2019 Reply
    Thanks Anni! If you're ever back, Yassine at Riad 42 will treat you like gold. He's amazing and loved on our little Atli. I would definitely stay there again!
Phy : 14:13 June 19, 2019 Reply
woooowwwwww talk about BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Brianna Ellis : 14:38 June 19, 2019 Reply
Oh wow! What a dream! Morocco is such a beautiful and unique place to elope and you captured their day so incredibly. It's so hard to pick a favorite, because they are all SO GOOD!
    daringwanderer : 15:39 July 23, 2019 Reply
    Thank you Brianna! I can't pick a favourite either!
Erica Fuchs : 14:59 June 19, 2019 Reply
Could you ask for a better location? Beautiful couple and work.
    daringwanderer : 15:38 July 23, 2019 Reply
    Morocco is incredible!
Jennifer Mattera : 17:51 June 19, 2019 Reply
Wow these are so amazing!! What an adventure going to Morocco! Your work is so beautiful!
    daringwanderer : 15:38 July 23, 2019 Reply
    Thanks Jennifer! We really enjoyed our experience in Morocco!
Traci : 23:09 June 19, 2019 Reply
OKAY WOW! This place is stunning! I love the story the images tell of this couple and this place
    daringwanderer : 15:38 July 23, 2019 Reply
    Thank you so much!
Kelsey Rae : 12:40 June 21, 2019 Reply
WOWWWW this is unreal & so beautiful. Your work has this soft yet dramatic feel and I'm obsesded
    daringwanderer : 15:39 July 23, 2019 Reply
    Thanks Kelsey <3

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