January 27, 2011


In September last year we were thrilled to be flown over to Morocco to cover the incredible wedding for Suzy Pickthall & Ian Wheal. The idea of a sunset ceremony at a boutique hotel underneath the Atlas Mountains in Marrakech sounded like a photographers dream come true & the landscape delivered everything we imagined on the day. Bride to Be Mag (Aust) have just featured our work over 4 pages in their Your Day Annual on sale
The incredible Atlas Mountains were an incredible backdrop.
Boutique Hotel Tigmi was the couples chosen venue in Marrakech. Serendity stepped in on a steam train pub crawl through the Worchestershire in Central England when a friend mentioned his family owned a hotel in Morocco. The couple were keen to shown their Australian family & friends an experience of a lifetime in a magical location.
The natural colour palette of the building and fixtures were perfect for the couples additional jewel coloured theme. Splashes of colour on cushions & scarves were added, perfect for the Northern African light.
It was hard not to photograph all the interiors and traditional artefacts at Tigmi, the hotel had surprises hiding behind every corner for us!
The ceremony took place in one wing of the hotel and the poolside candlelit dinner in another giving guests maximum exposure to the location. The wedding doubled as a 3 day getaway for most of the couples guests with "relaxed and romantic" becoming the buzz words of the trip.
Colourful fans were perfect for beating the summer heat, Moroccan designed table seating plans were hung from the roof top down one of the building columns with the pink & purple ribbons mirrored in the bridesmaid dresses. Multi coloured sparkling butterflies were attached to the place cards by Not on the High Street
Natural flower arrangements of pink and purple cockscomb, white chrysanthus and Moroccan daisies along with euculyptus leaves in jam jars decorated the banquet tables.
Over 100 metres of floating pink fabric hand dyed by the Bride's Mum & Sister were added to the ceremony & reception areas and swayed in the light breeze throughout the evening.
The hotel wing used for the ceremony wing. Simple flowers were used as the altar backdrop.
Suzy's maid of honour Tessera and bridesmaid Davina wore one-shouldered purple dresses from London's Monsoon.
Travelling to the flower market two days before the wedding was enough planning time for Suzy to choose a bouquet of fuschia roses surrounded by euculyptus leaves put together by school friend Vicky.
The brides gown was by Jane Bourvis. The modern corset featured ivory antique beaded lace from France dating back to around 1900.
Tiffany Chairs were assembled in the ceremony wing poolside.
Pale pink & white rose petals were on hand to celebrate the couples i-do
Congrats by family & friends were enjoyed over canapes and cocktails.
Suzy's other two bridesmaids Kate & Arabella wore strapless raspberry coloured chiffon dresses found in Sydney. Floaty maxi-dresses were perfect for a relaxed and glamourous setting like Morocco.
We were spoilt for choice for photographic backgrounds to use on the day
A stroll around Tigmi for thirty minutes for our photo shoot. The couple chose not to venture off site to allow for maximum time spent with family & friends on the day.
On the way to the rooftop in the ceremony wing of the hotel.
The highest point usually provides the best light, wow what a sunset!!
Suzy & Ian were so natural in front of the camera & so head over heels in love...we were not in the least surprised to hear they are now expecting their first baby this year!!
A perfect prop for a moment of heat relief on the rooftop.
Strings of mini lanterns provided ambient light around the pool. A pre bridal dance rehearsal in one of the hidden corridors enroute to the dinner table.
Candles are lit and it is time for a Moroccan feast with all the guests
An evening of cute moments & lots of laughter in Marrakech
The cake cutting and moonlight in Morocco was an incredible experience we will never forget.
We all thought it was fate that SugarLove was already assigned to cover a wedding in Florence, Italy just 5 days after Suzy & Ian's wedding so we were thrilled to be booked to cover their day as well. After all Morocco is not too far from Tuscany right?
It was impossible to travel to such an incredible location and not cover their day on video as well. Suzy & Ian said "without a doubt our favourite wedding present" when they received the surprise gift in the post with their wedding photographs. Here is a sample of our work below which you can see online at our White Designs site as well. To Suzy & Ian - thank you for such an incredible opportunity to cover your day in Marrakech. It was the stuff dreams are made of and the memories will last a lifetime. We look forward to seeing you & meeting baby in Sydney next year, Leigh & Bradley x


  1. I can't get over those bridesmaid dresses! <3 <3

  2. WOW. Simply stunning.

  3. Very Nice! Did you do your site design yourself?


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