Dreamy vibrant Moroccan styled wedding photoshoot in Sussex
On a very wet day at the end of February 2020, myself and some other amazing local South East wedding suppliers put our heads together and created a dreamy vibrant Moroccan styled wedding shoot! The photoshoot was (obviously) inspired by the stunning and bold colours of Morocco. Vibrancy not only of colour but of texture, sounds, smells and movement… a feast for all the senses! Bringing together amazing details including flowers suspended from the ceiling, intricate Moroccan props, stunning textures and vibrant colours, specially made bridal gowns, glitter galore, organic cake and mouth-watering food you can almost taste through the photos alone!
We wanted to create this photoshoot to inspire couples. Not just to go for Moroccan styling (though if you do, you’ll also want to redecorate your house afterwards!), but to go for it with whatever idea is brewing in their heads. Anything can become a stunning reality! “WOW factor” doesn’t need to cost crazy money or require plane tickets, we turned a brewery in Sussex into a Moroccan dream – whatever you have in your head is achievable so GO FOR IT! This photoshoot also proves that you don’t need a sunny or dry day to create something special (it was one of the wettest days of the year so far…).
Recreating this style
If these photos make you go “OH EM GEE I need to recreate this for my wedding”, then the wonderful props & styling expert, Emma from Styled by Sissy, gives this advice:
“Have a look at National Geographic, interiors magazines and Pinterest to find images of the Souks in Marrakech. We tried to emulate a busy, bustling, vibrant abundant souk, where the air is thick with the aroma of spices. We also took inspiration from Riads and hotels such as the stunning El Fenn in Marrakesh, the interiors there use blocks of jewel colours, silver, gold and aluminium and foliage to accent the colour. We didn’t want it to look too formal so used a mixture of very few new items and lots of vintage. The use of naturally dyed linens by Mia Sylvia helped to create that feeling of being in a Souk. Don’t be too matchy matchy, pick a few accent colours to highlight and have fun with it!“
Vibrant Moroccan styled wedding venue styling
We created a few different looks for maximum inspiration. The first was a relaxed lounge style, with Moroccan rugs, chaise lounge & peacock chair with bright accessories. We had Moroccan mint tea and incense sticks for full authenticity. The next look was a bohemian style feast. With a floor palette table and scatter cushions for seats. The beautiful abstract cake was made by Dina from Cakes and Leaves who only uses organic ingredients and colour dyes to make her work as environmentally friendly as possible. The mouth-watering dinner feast was provided by Becky from The Garden Chef. All of the food was inspired by Morocco and served in beautiful Moroccan dishes. The final look was a more “classic” tablescape. Adorned with coloured candles, intricate details, stunning textiles by Mia Sylvia and vibrant stationary made for the photoshoot by Emily from Letters from Emily. And of course, more stunning flowers!
The bride’s dresses were made especially for the shoot by Louise from Louise Rose Couture. The main gown was a beautiful floor-length dress with draped sleeves and completely covered in gold glitter (which was amaaaaaazing!!). Ritz and Sass made an incredible headpiece to complete the main bridal look. Dapper and Suave provided the grooms suits and unique accessories to add colour and fun to mix up a classic look. Samantha Melanie Hair & Make up created the brides looks, adding pops of colour to give a slight twist on a “classic” bridal look. The brilliant models, Samantha, Trudy & Olly looked breath-taking in their tailored looks.
I hope this leaves you feeling inspired and gets those creative juices flowing! (Juices is a horrible word isn’t it…!). If you want more information or inspiration then I would love to chat with you to bring your wedding to life and become more than you could ever dream! Then I would love to photograph it because it’s going to be EPIC.
So who are the amazing team?!
I couldn’t recommend any of these guys any higher, you won’t regret booking them to make your beautiful/mental/fun/weird wedding come to life:
Photography: Harriet Bird Photography Instagram: @harriet_bird_photography
Props & styling: Styled by Sissy Instagram: @styledbysissy
Flowers: Grove Flora Instagram: @grove.flora
Venue: Missing Link Brewery Instagram: @missinglinkbrewing
Videography: Musk Photography & Films Instagram: @muskphotographyandfilms
Bridal gowns: Louise Rose Couture Instagram: @louiserosecouture
Grooms accessories: Dapper & Suave Instagram: @dappersuave
Cake: Cakes & Leaves Instagram: @cakesandleaves
Food: The Garden Chef Instagram: @thegardenchef
Stationary: Letters from Emily Instagram: @lettersfromemily
Hair & Make up: Samantha Melanie MUA Instagram: samanthamelaniemua
Headdress: Ritz & Sass Instagram: @ritzandsass
Textiles: Mia Sylvia Instagram: @miasylviaa
Female models: Samantha: @samanthalorraine85, Trudy: @trudyw_curveymodel
Male model: Olly: @olly.gale