Vancouver Wedding Photographer Tomasz Wagner

Morocco

The name and images associated with it aren’t as ubiquitous as other newly “discovered” places like Iceland or Turkey, so when an opportunity to photograph a destination wedding in Marrakesh was discussed, our minds stirred up vague ideas of Morocco: the climates we would need to adapt to, the foods we could expect to eat, the towns and villages we would travel through… the cats we would meet. For all our whirlwind travel we were only there for three weeks (one of our shortest trips yet), but it’s the kind of place you remember well.

Some fragments: With three flights behind us, we arrive in Northern Africa with our packs and patience intact. Amy’s mostly forgotten French helps us navigate the Casablanca transport system with the exception of finding out five minutes to departure that the train to Asilah had been rerouted. We run and throw ourselves into the carriage of the correct train and suddenly our dehydration and sleeplessness simultaneously seize up our bodies and our eyes have difficulty keeping watch over the fading Moroccan countryside. Three hours later and by the light of Morocco’s monstrously large moon, we arrive safely in Asilah. And from then on, things become that much more loose and memorable:

Sipping mint tea while being told three separate stories of Moroccan men marrying foreign European women, having children, and parting ways; the blue medina of Chefchaouen / Chaouen; ever-changing travel plans during the lead up to the Muslim holiday Eid Mubarak has us thinking on our feet and with our Moroccan dirham; cramming ourselves into the back of a grande taxi while careening down back country roads and sharing chocolate wafers with our companions we make it to Fes by the skin of our teeth; Fes is other wordly and wandering it requires years; another entourage is gathered for our travels to Merzouga complete with roadside dance parties, Gnawa music, and the heartiest laughter; hello Ifrane, Midelt, Errachidia – we leave as quickly as we meet; this country changes colours; after a full day of travel, we arrive on the fringes of the desert in Merzouga; a camel trek towards our Berber campsite and chasing desert cats under a brilliant moon that outshone the stars; trekking up the highest sand dunes of Erg Chebbi in the middle of the day and wading down them in sand like rivulets; finding solitude in the dry, the dust, and the quiet of this section of the Sahara Desert; Marrakesh via the High Atlas mountains via Ouarzazate; a destination wedding; drinking in the salty air of Essaouira; an overheated, non-functioning bus on our way back to Casablanca; home, sweet home in Vancouver, via an uncommon and lovely meeting in Amsterdam.

Written by Amy & Tomasz

All photographs by Tomasz Wagner on a Contax G2 using the 21mm f2.8, 45mm f2, and 90mm f2.8
Developed and scanned by ABC Photo

Music — Join Me on My Avalanche by Explosions in the Sky

Casablanca Train Station
Morocco Countryside
Morocco Travel Guide
Morocco Travel Guide
Asilah Maroc
Life in Morocco
Portraits of Moroccan People
Asilah Guesthouse, Morocco Accommodations, Christina's House
Asilah Guesthouse, Morocco Accommodations, Christina's House
Asilah Streets
Travels in Asilah
Chefchaouen Cityscape, Chaouen
Chefchaouen Outskirts, Chaouen
Chefchaouen Life, Chaouen
Travels in Chefchaouen, Chaouen
Chefchaouen Landscape Photo, Chaouen
Chefchaouen Travel Blog, Chaouen
Humans of Chefchaouen, Chaouen
Blue City Chefchaouen, Chaouen
Blue City Chefchaouen, Chaouen
Chefchaouen Travel Guide, Chaouen
Bou Medersa Inania, Fes, Fez
Bou Medersa Inania, Fes, Fez
Bou Medersa Inania, Fes, Fez
Fes, Fez, Morocco Travel Guide
Shopping in Fes, Fez, Morocco Travel Guide
Traditional Weaving in Morocco, Fes, Fez, Shopping in Morocco
Bab Bou Jeloud, Fes, Gates of Fes, Fez
Fes Travel Blog
Food in Morocco
Travel Blog Morocco
Travels Around Morocco
Morocco Landscape
Adventure in Morocco
Morocco Countryside
Oasis in Morocco
Driving in Morocco
Driving in Morocco
Sahara Desert in Morocco
Sahara Desert, Merzouga, Erg Chebbi, Camel Treks
Sahara Desert, Merzouga, Erg Chebbi, Camel Treks
Sahara Desert, Merzouga, Erg Chebbi, Camel Treks
Sahara Desert, Merzouga, Erg Chebbi, Camel Treks
Ait Benhaddou, World Heritage Sites in Morocco, UNESCO, Kasbah, Must See Places
Ait Benhaddou, World Heritage Sites in Morocco, UNESCO, Kasbah, Must See Places
High Atlas Mountains, Morocco Landscape
Marrakesh, Marrakesh, Shopping in Morocco
Essaouira, Mogador, World Heritage Sites in Morocco, UNESCO
Essaouira, Mogador, World Heritage Sites in Morocco, UNESCO
Essaouira, Mogador, World Heritage Sites, UNESCO
Essaouira, Mogador, World Heritage Sites, UNESCO
Essaouira, Mogador, World Heritage Sites, UNESCO
Essaouira, Mogador, World Heritage Sites, UNESCO
Essaouira, Mogador, World Heritage Sites, UNESCO

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  1. Rose Dykstra: Ah, lovely! Looks like a really great trip! — Friday, December 27th, 2013
  2. kelsey from {psheart}: these are breathtaking. amazing work! — Friday, December 27th, 2013
  3. Kyle: So amazing. My eyes feel like they just got done feasting. Such great composition, story telling, color, and more. Thanks. — Monday, December 30th, 2013
  4. Sam Emilio: Phenomenal job dude, seriously! You definitely picked the right camera/film combo too, those colours are totally rad — Monday, December 30th, 2013
  5. JK Blackwell: Oh my goodness! I felt like I was there! — Sunday, January 5th, 2014
  6. Matt: Wow, really takes me back man. Love these. — Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
  7. Christina: Lovely pictures. Hope you enjoyed your stay in Christina's House. — Thursday, June 11th, 2015
  8. warren & carmen: Having visited Morocco in march this year, your images really made me smile inside. They have a beauty and soul that we love. I also blogged my visit (shot on fuji digital) and I recognise many of the same places especially in Essaouira. Your work is truly inspirational and as (trying to be) wedding and travel photographers gives the two of us something to aspire to. Thanks and best wishes W&C — Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

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