Cheryl and Sobhi’s Moroccan Destination Wedding
Kasbah Angour, Moroccan Atlas Mountains
Destination weddings are an absolute favourite of mine. They add another layer to the occasion – experiencing a new land, cultures and customs. Cheryl and Sobhi chose Morocco because of the central locality for family and friends to travel. I was so lucky to go back to a country I so admire. And what a breathtaking land to photograph!
The two met at University when Cheryl joined a recreational soccer team that Sobhi was coaching. They bonded over soccer (among other things) and decided one day that they were simply going to get married. It was refreshing to hear this – romance is wonderful, but sometimes just deciding to be with each other is the best feeling. They are so laid back by nature, so it did not surprise me that their wedding was very loose, relaxed and vibrant.
The couple chose an old berber castle called Kasbah Angour. Secluded high in the mountains, the views were simply amazing. Cheryl and her ladies prepped in one of the castle rooms, painting nails, doing their makeup and sipping champagne. The feeling of the day was more like everyone was on vacation and the special plan was getting married! The group was quite intimate and everyone made me feel very at home, as if I were part of the family. I was so surprised and grateful to receive a small, brightly coloured Moroccan clutch as a wedding gift!
The ceremony was simple and emotionally charged. The weather almost turned, but they lucked out and the result was dramatic black clouds spiked with golden rays of sun. Just stunning! Both girls and guys were dressed vibrantly to enhance the natural beauty of Morocco. And as the sun set over the Atlas mountains, Sobhi received his first kiss from his bride – taking his breath away.
Traditional Arabic music was performed by Sobhi’s family after the ceremony which primed the party for dancing later on. The wedding dinner was held outside to enjoy the gorgeous weather while a number of heartfelt speeches were given. At the beginning of the party a traditional Berber band serenaded the group and after dinner the pop music fired up and so did the dancing!