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Oh goodness gracious me this wedding is epic.
I knew from the moment I saw it I had to share it with you.
Meet gorgeous Kristina of Caribbean heritage, and her handsome groom Tony, of Greek Cypriot – British heritage who tied the knot on the 8th October 2016 at the beautiful Le Palais Paysan , Marrakech.
They chose an utterly delicious destination wedding in Morocco to treat their loved ones to a trip of a lifetime to celebrate with them, until the early hours.
The backdrop was a stunning boutique hotel, where they relaxed by the pool before enjoying a heartfelt ceremony and glamorous reception adorned with copper details.
With an exotic, luxurious vibe, Kristina and Tony brought their whole families together on their big day by including their son in the ceremony too. Just perfectly captured by Anesta Broad, the family’s favourite photographer.
Over to recent newlywed Kristina for more details!
Tony proposed on New Year’s Eve/Day. It was one of those years when it was bad news after bad news. We were at my friend’s house seeing the New Year in when he told me he had a surprise for me when we get home! I won’t lie. After he said that, it did cross my mind that he was going to propose. However, after sending him casual texts of engagement rings for the past 5 years………..but yet no proposal I thought “don’t get yourself excited!!” When we got home I got tucked up in bed as I totally forgot about the surprise. He came upstairs with a box of cupcakes (I have my own little cake company so I love cake). I had one too many wines at this point. I was crying at the fact I had cake to eat before I noticed the ring and the message on the cupcakes as he was on one knee!
It was getting to the point in our relationship when everyone would say HE MUST be proposing soon but on this occasion Tony really did catch me off guard. We’re not a romantic couple and after having our son, the date nights came to an almighty stop so to think about it, if he had whisked me off somewhere or told me to get dressed for dinner, I would have known straight away as I do all the planning for us. Yes I still had my night’s makeup on, we were in our bedroom and my pyjamas didn’t match, but it was perfect for us. Tony had designed the most perfect ring…….. 5 years of harassment didn’t go to waste!
I knew as soon as we decided to have our wedding abroad I wanted have our wedding in Morocco. Marrakech has always been somewhere I had a bit of an obsession with but for some reason we never got round to going. I loved that such an exotic country was only 4 hours away on a plane. We’re not beach lovers and I am not overly girlie, so Marrakech seemed perfect, a vibrant city that can give you both cosmopolitan nights, buckets of culture and amazing hotels.
At the beginning, after buying thousands of wedding magazines I had my heart set on a winter warehouse wedding. Tony had his heart set on a wedding aboard. I had looked at a few London venues, but I wasn’t keen on the timings and set structure of a wedding in London.
I knew I was never going to be one of those brides that would get joy out of making endless lists and meetings. I hated that some venues wanted us to leave by 11pm, and that we had to ensure everything was clean and tidy before the end of the night. Every time I read the small print of hire venues I would find myself getting stressed.
All I wanted was for our wedding to represent us.
It had to be a laid-back affair and pretty free flowing. I wanted it to feel like a really good family party instead of formal event especially with our son only being 4 years old. I knew if it felt too formal, it wouldn’t work for our son and it was important to us that he enjoyed the day as much as us. It was only until I went to my friend’s wedding the year before in Majorca I was sold on the aboard wedding. What would be better than being by the pool and not having to get ready for your wedding until the afternoon…….. (Nu Bride: SOLD!)
I left Tony to get on with finding his suit, I assisted him on his search one day……..after that trip I decided I was better off letting him get on with it on his own or the wedding would not be going ahead! He finally decided on an Ecru coloured suit from River Island, which the best man also wore. With all our toes and fingers crossed, we searched and found the same colour suit for our little boy to wear too.
I bought my wedding dress from Morgan Davies. I booked my 1st appointment there before we booked the venue it was “a no pressure just for fun visit” for me, my mum and sister.
The sales assistant pulled out this two piece gown made by Tarik Ediz for me, after telling me that my style is a little different and she thought it would be perfect. (It was only when I started planning my wedding I realised my dress sense was not very girly, with my friends, wedding planner and fiancé suddenly describing me as ‘not traditional ‘or not wedding-ish.) (Nu Bride: Define wedding-ish!)
If I do say so myself the dress is absolutely stunning and lucky for me the sample fit like a glove so I could really tell what it was going to look like. However, I didn’t want to commit to a dress so early. I didn’t even know if I had found a venue yet. At first my mum wasn’t keen (she wanted her baby in a ‘proper’ wedding dress) and I put up a good fight visiting more bridal shops but when I started choosing colours of my wedding to match the grey top of the dress, it was given, I had already found my dress!
I am forever cold. A jacket or blazer is must for any outfit I wear.
I decided on a leather jacket for the wedding. I had actually looked around for a little while trying to find someone to paint it. Then it popped into my head that Wolf and Rosie who created my hand painted stationery could paint it for me. I sent her email asking if she would be up for painting it for me and luckily for me, she was on board. Finally, someone who agreed that my vision of a hand painted “Wifey” jacket was a good idea!
Anesta Broad has captured so many special moments for us since our son was born. It was only natural that we were going to ask her to capture our wedding too! Of course! And her righthand man of the day – Jay Anderson were both brilliant! I would most definitely recommend them.
Thankfully we had Boutique Souk help plan our wedding and it was the best choice we ever made!!
The ceremony was set in the Olive Gardens of Palais Paysan. We had a beautiful circular wreath that Boutique Souk designed. They sent me a photograph before the wedding, after seeing it and feeling that it would suit us. I fell in love with it straight away. It was a short but intimate ceremony and nothing to overly fussy. We had two readings one by Bob Marley (He’s not perfect) which I felt did not make love seem like it’s never hard. By the time Tony and I got married we had been together for nearly 10 years so I wanted everything to be stripped back to truth and I felt that reading does exactly that and another that Tony’s niece wrote for us and was a lovely and thoughtful gift.
There is so many to choose from, walking down the aisle was pretty surreal. I remember thinking I can’t actually believe I was at MY wedding. We only had 50 guest. They were the 50 people I love the most in the world. It was perfect knowing that I was there with people that actually wanted to be there and love me, Tony and Lennon just as much.
Or the moment we walked out for dinner, hearing my favourite song playing in the background and seeing our amazing table layout. It looked like something I put on my Pinterest board!
But my number one favorite moment was giving Lennon his wedding ring I was amazed by how much he understood what the day meant and how he still speaks about it now. When we brought our rings he was getting so excited so we decided to make him a little rose gold band to match Tony’s ring which we gave to him at the ceremony. Anesta caught a photo of him looking at his ring after we gave it to him and it makes me feel gooey every time I look at it!
Palais Paysan is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever been to. When Rosena and Fred (Boutique Souk) took us there to view it, it was a really cold and grey day but it still looked breathtaking.
None of our guests had even been to Morocco and with most of my family coming from the Caribbean it was a trip of a lifetime for them so I really didn’t want to overshadow the venue and it views with too much colour and flowers. I wanted to keep the detail as foliage, which would fit beautifully within the hotel décor and not distract from the natural beauty.
Palais Paysan has a farm at the bottom of the hotel that guest can go to, so I decided to play on that and have little model farm animals sprayed in copper for table places and to bring colour. All the other details such as candle holders etc were copper too. We chose to have copper leaf in our invitations. Rosie also hand painted a beautiful traditional Moroccan pattern on our invitations, which we had printed on edible paper and wrapped round our wedding cake to ensure everything tied in together
As we told Lennon it was his day as well, we let him choose our table names he choose his favourite toys and TV programmes. This was one of my favourite details to the wedding as all the guest knew straight away that he had named the tables for us.
As the majority of our guest hadn’t been to Morocco we wanted to add a bit of the culture into the day and opted for traditional drummers and fire breathers for our entertainment.
During the daytime there were lambs relaxing near the pool with us. They were moved in a pen right near where we had the ceremony. We hired the hotel exclusively for 3 days as it only has 16 rooms. After Lennon got ready into his wedding suit, he went outside to play with the guest. I heard someone say……..’Where’s Lennon?’ then I heard a reply of ‘Rolling around with a lambs’ It was so lovely seeing him completely free and enjoying himself!
Tony and I are completely different, he prefers band music where I prefer house so picking our first dance was so hard we ignored it right until the day before the wedding. We have a mutual agreement on Reggae music and one song we both like and reminds us of going on holiday with our friends is Boris Gardiner I want to wake up with you. It’s an old classic reggae sound that I will never get bored of listening too. And it made my Dad happy too!
Challenges and Triumphs
The whole wedding was triumph and luckily for us any challenges we had Boutique Souk took care of. I was none the wiser! The whole thing, from the time we booked the wedding until the end, ran smoothly!
Our biggest triumph is that our guests left Morocco having experienced an amazing time and got to see a beautiful country that they may not have gone to otherwise.
One Tip to Other Couples
Your wedding is YOUR wedding.
Make sure you plan your wedding for what you and your soon-to-be husband/wife would enjoy. Don’t plan it to please your mum, Nan or your random aunt you saw at Christmas 1998.
Yes it’s an important day in your life but you will go on to create hundreds more important days/memories in your marriage. Nothing is worth the stress!
Nu Bride: Best. advice. ever! Thank you Kristina and Tony for sharing your incredible day with us. Absolutely beautiful.
Venue: Le Palais Paysan Marrakech Morocco
Dress: Morgan Davis
Accessories / Jewellery: Afshan Shamas
Makeup: Brides own
Hair: Marian Filali
The Girls Bridesmaid Outfits: Made to order Laura Currey
Flower Girls outfit: Marks and Spencer
The Guys Groomsmen Suits: River Island
Flowers and Décor: Boutique Souk
Food: Boutique Souk
Stationery: Wolf and Rosie
The Entertainment: Boutique Souk