Libby and Weldon, both native Texans, met in 2007 while both were living in New York. After dating for two and a half years and relocating to Fort Worth, Libby asked, "So are we getting married or what?" It was out of character for Weldon to pop the question then and there, so he waited, planned the moment, and made his move in July 2009 bearing a placeholder ring of cubic zirconia ("The best 69 bucks I ever spent," says Weldon, who co-owns LetsRun.com, a site for marathon enthusiasts). The date was set for New Year's Eve -- just five months away -- in Morocco. "We were already planning a Christmas vacation there, so I thought, 'Why not?'" says Libby.
Libby opted to forgo getting married in a classic white wedding dress. She did, however, slip into a Marisa gown (and a pair of sneakers!) for a preceremony photo session that took place in locations all over the city. "I loved touring Marrakech," says Weldon. "Running around the desert taking pictures is one of my favorite memories of the trip."
Libby's mother, Karen Pettit, brought a little bit of Texas to the desert: "My parents thought it would only be fitting that we were married on Texas soil. They went to each of our childhood homes and shoveled out some dirt from the front yards," says Libby. "Then they carted it all the way to Morocco and sprinkled it around us during the ceremony. It was a really special moment."
Guests (and camels) watch as Libby, in a green Carolina Herrera dress, and Weldon, in a custom suit from the Squire Shop in Forth Worth, Texas, exchange vows pool-side at the Jnane Tamsna resort just outside of Marrakech; colorful Moroccan rugs served as the aisle. "Our ceremony was intimate, beautiful, and spiritual. I'll never forget it," says Weldon.
Location, Catering, and Flowers: Jnane Tamsna, La Palmeraie, Marrakech
Stationery: Byrd & Bleecker; printed by Boxcar Press
Calligraphy: Crystal Kluge
Rentals: Smile Booth (photo booth)
Wedding Photography: Jesse and Whitney Chamberlin of Our Labor of Love
Dresses: Marisa (white gown); Carolina Herrera (green); Lela Rose for Payless
Menswear: The Squire Shop
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