Destination Engagement Shoot With Ornate Architectural and Colorful Themes in Marrakesh Palace

From Maria, the Photographer:

“We’re in Marrakesh; we’re in love. Sofia and Andre, a delicate and posh couple from Hong Kong, chose the city of Marrakesh as their engagement destination. It is quite a trend now for couples to do destination engagements.  The charm of celebrating an engagement abroad comes from the thrill of creating fresh memories in a new place, experiencing different adventures and building new emotional images which in a whole metaphorically enhance the significance of a life-changing commitment.

Sofia and Andre’s engagement session at Riad Jardin Secret was exquisitely beautiful. Riad Jardin Secret is an intimate and sumptuous palace renovated accurately to the Morrocan’s ancient way of life by a Parisian creative duo. With meticulous attention to detail, they’ve preserved the Moroccan organic architectural elements and ornamentations putting together a magical and expressive ambiance. For the engagement session, Sofia chose a  minimal and cleverly detailed black dress which flattered her candid complexion and matched perfectly the Riad’s eclectic, exotic interiors and outdoor nooks. In a sleek minimal style, Andre wore a graphic relaxed fit shirt which worked in perfect harmony with Sofia’s look. In several details, their refined and tender bond surfaced lightly in the most elegant ways: the delicate eye-contact, the subtle touches, the sweet affection, all making us dream about this kind of precious intimacy. Maria’s way of capturing the uniquely warm Marrakesh light combined every single detail of this engagement into a flawless visual story for the couple and their families to cherish over time.”

Bride and Groom: Sofia and Andre | Photographer: Maria Rao Photography | Venue: Riad Jardin Secret


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