A Moroccan Wedding in Fez

The first Saturday after the festive Eid al-Adha holiday is one of the most popular times for Moroccan weddings. Every wedding reception hall in Fez was in full swing, but none more than the wedding of Abdoulhadi Bouzidi-Idrissi and Yousra Elalaoui Hachimi.

The Bouzidi-Idrissi family are an important and much loved family in Fez and the wedding was the one to be at on Saturday. The guest list included not only the extended families, but also members of the French, English, American, Australian and New Zealand expat communities.

From around five in the afternoon until the early hours of the morning the wedding developed into a joyful and spirited party!

The View from Fez was honoured to be invited and, in coming days, will post a full photographic essay on our Photo Journal. In the meantime, here is a taste of a memorable wedding.

The family and bride and groom assemble outside the venue, in preparation for the grand entry
The bride, Yousra Elalaoui Hachimi, is carried in on a wedding throne
The musicians marched in and the music soon had everyone dancing

The dancing began in an enthusiastic manner and eventually became frenetic!
As the tempo of the music increased, the dancers became a blur or light and colour!
With each change of wedding dress for the bride,
 there was a change of wedding chair to match
Then came the ritual henna

Yousra shows off the completed beautiful henna design
After lots of sitting and being carried around it was a change to a red dress and then
Yousra and Abdoulhadi enjoyed the chance to dance
The most traditional of the bride's dresses is known as the "Fassia" - the dress from Fez.

Every moment was a "photo opportunity" - even signing the wedding documents
Another change - this time to a beautiful blue dress

The cutting of the wedding cake was followed by a touching "feeding" moment!
The wedding dinner was served at about 11.30 pm and was a traditional feast and much enjoyed

See anther Moroccan wedding with fabulous costume changes! Moroccan Wedding #1

Photographs: Suzanna Clarke and Sandy McCutcheon


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Sarah said...

Oh my goodness, what a royal wedding! Is is traditional to change so many outfits in all Moroccan weddings?

Sandy McCutcheon said...

Hi Sarah,
Yes, it certainly is. Check out our earlier wedding story and see the number of dresses, including a Western white wedding dress as well

The link is: http://viewfromfez.blogspot.com/2009/05/moroccan-wedding-photo-essay.html

Nixon said...

OMG It is really a Royal wedding. All pics are beautiful !!!

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