Inspired by the bride’s love of Moroccon and Arabian fairytales, Louise and Teo held their Arabian Nights fairytale wedding over three fabulous days in gorgeous Morocco. The first event (not pictured) was an intimate private party in a gorgeous palace on the outskirts of Tangier. Set overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, this exclusive event kicked off the celebrations.
Day 2: The Red Carpet Party
The second event for 350 guests, was held in Rabat, Morocco with decor inspired by the fairytale ‘One Thousand and One Nights’. Beautiful personalized books of the fairytale, gifted by the bride’s sister, were sent as invitations to guests.
In The Wedding Designer’s Words: The Wedding Concept & Location
When I first met the couple, they were both completely jet lagged, but the rapport was instant. Within 15 minutes, I concluded that a rainforest concept that I had been playing around with would be a great fit for the couple and one of their grand events. Additionally, I recognized that it would be a perfect match for a property just 50 meters away from the meeting, so we all walked there together. They immediately fell in love with the venue and concept.
Louisa wanted a wedding that was really magical. After we met and she saw the villa, she knew right then and there that she and Teo didn’t need to meet with any other planners. She was confident that I knew what she wanted.
In the Wedding Designer’s Words: The 1001 Nights Decor
Louisa’s roots are Moroccan and Spanish, and she loves fairy tales. She particularly loved the folktale ‘One thousand and One Nights’, the classic tale of Scheherazade and the 1,001 nights she spent telling her king irresistible stories. The red-carpet event on the second night was our perfect opportunity to celebrate this passion of hers, so the design elements all traced back to the tale.
What the Bride-To-Be Wore
Keeping in tune with the theme for the evening, Lousia looked glamorous in four different gowns throughout the evening, each unique and vibrant representing the much loved folklore.
Day 3: In The Wedding Designer’s Words: The Wedding Venue & Decor
The third party was a glorious celebration in Marrakech at a private villa never before used to host a wedding. The villa’s architecture included Roman, Egyptian, and Moroccan inspiration, and we wanted the guests to experience them all. We created four different scenes, approached from the longest possible route that we could design so guests had a chance to really experience all of the elements.
Instead of bringing in traditional event lighting, I brought in movie lighting, including six huge lights facing the front of the villa, to create the impression that guests were walking into a movie. We hid an impressive sound system in the bushes so guests could hear it but not see it. This created a seamless experience that kept the technical elements from breaking through the magic
18 chandeliers suspended from the trees along with candelabras scattered throughout the area introduced the Baroque area. Guests then arrived at the swimming pool and found, among other details, two elephants illuminated with thousands of candles, and the first appearance of diamonds as a design element in the centerpieces set on high-top tables with white linens.
10 meters away guests arrived at the dining area – a 17-meter expanse of rainforest; crystals dripping from every branch in the grove of olive trees.
In The Designer’s Words: The Wedding Challenges
Having the trust of our clients helped us overcome most of the event challenges, such as the difficulty envisioning the event when we first screened the site in winter. Our professional and experienced team anticipated every possible glitch and twist and set in motion the solutions as soon as possible. Ultimately, the event was exactly what the couple perceived – magical.