Octavia, 28, married Frederick, 30, at Beldi Country Club in Marrakech, Morocco, on 22nd September, 2018. She says:
We wanted to do something different and have always loved the colour, culture and relaxed surroundings of Marrakech. We visted Beldi Country Club a few times on holiday before we were engaged and it has always taken our breath away. Nothing can really compare to the fields upon fields of multicoloured roses and the authentic Moroccan architecture. As soon as I found out that you could get married at Beldi, there really was no other option! And, because all our guests could stay at the venue, we were able to arrange something else for them to experience on the Friday night at nearby Riad El Fenn; the perfect introduction to the vibrant city. We hosted the welcome party on the rooftop at sunset. Guests drank fresh strawberry, basil and vodka, and mint, cucumber and gin cocktails, as well as Mojitos and lots of delicious canapés (the tempura prawns were my highlight!). El Fenn provided everything.
We wanted the day's flowers to be as authentic as possible, so naturally we used roses from the country club’s grounds. Their gardener cut them fresh that very morning. We used the white variety with green olive leaves in all the arrangements, including our floral archway, the bridal party bouquets and table decorations, as we wanted them to stand out among the bright colours and blooms around the hotel. I'm so pleased we chose that palette as it was perfect with the oranges, pinks and every other shade that makes Beldi beautiful.
We loved including lots of other Moroccan touches. Traditional musicians, organised by the hotel, played as guests enjoyed the drinks reception after the ceremony. Colourful tassles sourced from Marrakech markets were used as a table plan and doubled up as favours. We ate authentic Moroccan dishes (cooked by the country club's kitchen) at the wedding breakfast.
The dress I wore to Friday evening's drinks was a beautifully embellished, soft-peach gown by Temperley London. I couldn't believe my luck when I found it at the Brides sample sale – it was the only one in my size! On the day itself, I chose an Eliza Jane Howell beaded design, which looked beautiful with the chapel-length veil I wore. The dress was surprisingly light-as-air, considering all the intricate beading, and my veil was steamed by Bridal Rogue Gallery (who made it bespoke) over and over again to create a very floaty silhouette.