Catching up with Kim & Arthur – One Year On
It’s been a year – almost to the day – since one of our favourite BBR couples, Kim and Arthur, chose to tie the knot with a lavish celebration for friends and family in Morocco. On the eve of their anniversary, we thought we would catch up with Kim to find out her main memories from the wedding and see how married life is treating her …
Although it seems like only yesterday, it’s been a year since your wedding in Morocco – talk us through your main memories
The buzz really started when guests started to fly in on the Thursday for our White Party to be held later that evening. The setting couldn’t be more idyllic as the sunset over the desert casting a romantic red glow over our chosen venue, the Beldi Country Club. As the rose flowed, guests could enjoy their first taste of the traditional Moroccan culture that would be a leitmotif throughout proceedings – from the décor (the event had camels at the entrance) to the entertainment with flame throwers, folk dancers and fortune tellers performing. It was a great way to start things off and for guests to get to know each other.
As the day of the wedding dawned, one of the most important moments for me was taking some time to get ready with my mother and sisters at La Mamounia – we had so many guests and the three days were so busy that these precious moments of ‘just us’ was something that I’ll remember and cherish forever. As any bride will tell you, walking into the church is totally nerve-wracking but seeing Arthur waiting for me at the altar was magical and I was touched to see how emotional he was (although, typical man, he was doing his best not to show it!). Elements of the day do go by in a blur, but there are certain points that I remember so precisely – not least having so many photos taken that my cheeks burned by the end of the day! I also launched my bouquet from the roof which was great fun and allowed all the guests to be involved. Our arrival to dinner was also fairly unforgettable as Arthur and I were carried atop two palanquins – which certainly caught everyone’s attention!
Arthur had proposed to me the year before in the gardens of La Mamounia, so it was a very special place for us as a couple. As we spent more time in Morocco, we realised that Marrakech is such a romantic city – from the mysterious souks, stunning gardens and monuments, temples, palmeraie and snow-capped Atlas Mountains on the horizons, complemented by the city’s rich aromas of spice and scented roses. We also wanted somewhere with warm weather in May that wasn’t too far to travel from London and Paris, from where the majority of our guests were coming. It seemed like the perfect place for people to discover themselves – and what better occasion to do it!
You chose to celebrate your wedding across a number of days. Why? How did that enhance the experience?
As our guests were travelling some distance to celebrate with us, we wanted to offer them the full Moroccan experience so that they could treat it as a short holiday. We were also keen for our guests to get to know each other before the wedding itself, so that it would be more relaxed on the day, hence our White Party the night before. It seems that copious amounts of rose and dancing til 1am is a pretty good way to break the ice!
Is there anything you would change?
As with any wedding or large event there were one or two details that didn’t quite go to plan – not that our guests were any the wiser – but looking back, we really wouldn’t change anything. It was such a glorious few days – and we are still getting compliments a year on!
What advice would you give to any other couples looking to plan a destination wedding?
Hire Bruce! But really, having a good wedding planner is essential. Hosting a destination wedding puts so much more pressure and responsibility on the bride & groom and therefore you have far less time and energy to dedicate to the organisation – you will be lost without having someone in charge to ensure that everything runs smoothly, not least when it comes to the last minute requests and enquiries from guests. Bruce was an absolute dream to work with and he was key to making the wedding such a huge success.
And finally, how is married life?
Married life is bliss – it suddenly hit me, in the wake of the wedding, just how significant it is that Arthur and I were creating a new family together with so many exciting new chapters and life-changing experiences to look forward to. Firstly, of course, our honeymoon – which was an unforgettable trip culminating in our arrival in French Polynesia where we snorkelled with sharks, sting rays and manta rays in jaw dropping scenery and skydived from 10,000ft. But nothing beats the ongoing ‘high’ of marriage – corny as it may sound, we both feel incredibly blessed to have found one another and for that we are eternally grateful. Here’s to many more years to come!