London destination photographer – Morocco Marrakech travel destination photography
Terrifyingly beautiful. That is how I would describe Marrakech in just two words.
Visiting Morocco has always been a dream of mine & at 1am one night my intuition led me to booking a trip there. Just 23 hours later, after photographing an East London wedding, my son Danny & I were packed & en route to North Africa. We stayed at the utterly incredible Dar Ayniwen – with it’s jewel-coloured windows, ornate carvings, lush sprawling gardens & impeccable service, every one of Dar Ayniwen’s 5 stars is well & truly earned. I would stay here again in a heartbeat & would love the opportunity to photograph a wedding at this beautiful venue. The fourth photograph down shows the living room of our Colonnade suite & my bedroom doors opened to a cactus forest, where I would sit in the morning sunshine with my eyes closed listening to the birds singing & feeling the warm Saharan winds blowing on my skin. If it sounds blissful, that doesn’t even begin to come close to the magic the place feels.
In contrast to our luxurious Moroccan haven, the city of Marrakech. As noted, ‘terrifyingly beautiful’ feels a perfect way to describe it. I felt constantly humbled & in awe of just how wonder-full & interesting every inch of the city is, & have never felt so vulnerable walking around a place & yet so lit up with appreciation at the beautiful architecture & culture. Somehow the craziness of Marrakech works, with the people & animals & bright colours & smells & hypnotic sounds & glittering lights all weaving an incredible dance.
Here is the magic of Marrakech, as seen through my eyes… Nx
A few things learned during our Marrakech adventure that I felt I should share – do not follow little Moroccan men called Ahmed into the Medina, especially when the streets get narrower & darker; keep your thigh tattoos covered, at all times; definitely try some Moroccan mint tea, it’s wonderful; food at El Marakchi & Le Salama is incredible (especially monkfish tagine); do not let your 14-yr-old barter in the Souks; have a drink on the terrace of Cafe Glacier at sunset for amazing views of the Place El Fna.
If you are planning your wedding in Marrakech, or anywhere for that matter, I would love to document it for you. Please do get in touch here.