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A moroccan palace wedding and a desert dance party–we’re obsessed


We love a destination wedding that REALLY makes the most out of their destination, and that's exactly what this couple did with their 3-day weekend wedding in Marrakech. With a sunny palace ceremony, a colorful disco-themed reception, and a desert dance party, there wasn't a dull moment to be had. We also love how they fused their Indian traditions with the local culture to give their guests an authentic and immersive experience all in one. Keep scrolling to see more of these photos by Maria Rao Photography that simply glow in the Moroccan sun and to hear all about this fun-filled getaway.

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a three-day wedding getaway


In the heart of Marrakech, Zabeen and Shahir decided to celebrate their love in a special way: with a three-day festival that blends the magic of the desert with the beauty of a palace. The wedding took place in Ksar, a typical fortress in southern Morocco, symbolizing the importance of family and unity.





what they wore


For their sun-drenched palace ceremony, Zabeen and Shahir wore coordinating white ensembles with ornate embroidery. Playing off of the cool tones of the blue sky and reflecting pool, the bridal party wore mix-and-match flowing aqua dresses and Anarkali Sherwani. Then, they switched things up and brought the color for their desert dance party. The bride and groom wore rich Lapis blue garments with silver embroidery with peach and white accents. And while the bride and groom were undoubtedly the main characters, these guests seriously brought it when it came to the fashion.



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the desert said dance


Everyone was invited to a festival full of colors and energy, where they could enjoy every moment. With help from The Souk Department, the decoration was inspired by the bustling markets of Marrakech, with vibrant colors and local materials, bringing a bit of the couple's Indian culture to the party.



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a modern reception with pops of color


Crisp white tablecloths and scrolled white metal chairs were the perfect backdrop for the colorful reception. Printed napkins, custom menus, and stunning multicolored floral arrangements by Atelier Nude stretched the length of the large family-style tables. Tassled chandeliers and ample candlelight gave the entire room a warm glow.

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true love conquers all


Even with some unexpected events, like the bride's dress tearing, their love overcomes any obstacle. As the sun set, everyone gathered in the palace garden, where they shared special moments and celebrated love and unity. It was a party that will stay in everyone's memory forever, simply unforgettable.


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