Founded by British duo, destination wedding planner Bruce Russell and destination wedding photographer Catherine Mead, the Destination Wedding Design Masterclass is an International educational experience for Planners, Designers, Florists and Stylists.  

Joined by hand picked leading industry experts from around the globe, the goal of this workshop is to create a bespoke learning and sharing environment for professionals who wish to expand their local business and work abroad. Places are limited to ensure we create the perfect environment for the attendees to learn and to network with speakers and fellow peers.

We are creating a truly luxury Moroccan experience, combined with a wealth of industry knowledge, in an intimate and hands on environment, for all attendees.  This masterclass is an investment in your business, and an opportunity to grow professionally.

Marrakech is one of the most popular destination wedding locations in the world.  Rich in history and culture, Marrakech is very special to both Bruce & Catherine.  With local experts, Bruce has established a presence in the region for International clients looking to host a celebration in Morocco.  While Catherine has had a long-standing love affair with Morocco since she was a teenager, having shot many weddings and assignments in Morocco - she even got married here in Marrakech in 2017!


Bruce Russell


Bruce Russell designs world-class weddings and events – from multi-day destination celebrations to more intimate occasions in some of the London’s most impressive locations and private homes. His innovative creativity, passion and flair, coupled with a keen eye for detail and bespoke touches, sees him curate unforgettable experiences which are enjoyed by an ever-expanding global portfolio of prestigious and discerning clients.

Bruce leads a team of specialists who bring their collective experience to bear in delivering outstanding occasions, from weddings and birthday parties, to private dinners and other events both in the UK and in some of the most sought after spots around the world. 

Having spent over fifteen years working in high-end hospitality around the world, including at The Plaza, New York and at London’s iconic Savoy Hotel, Bruce Russell has an enviable ‘little black book’ which includes the crème-de-la-crème from the worlds of gastronomy, entertainment, design, fashion and photography. His professionalism, strategic counsel and unparalleled access ensure that By Bruce Russell delivers six-star, unique experiences every time.

Bruce’s work has been featured in Condé Nast BRIDES Magazine, Tatler UK, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine, Mayfair Magazine, Country & Townhouse, to name a few.  He is also a regular speaker at industry conferences including DWP, and ENGAGE!  He also recently took on a TV role, as co-star in a new reality TV show for RTE Ireland, My Big Day: Home or Away.

Discussing his event planning prowess, Jade Beer – Editor of bridal ‘bible’ Condé Nast Brides Magazine says: ‘If you are looking for a top-class planner who will take all of the responsibility and none of the glory, Bruce is your man. I know from working with him on numerous big budget, important client events, that there is not one detail he doesn’t have his eyes all over. Frankly, you’re lucky if he has the time in his schedule to take you on!’


Catherine Mead


Catherine Mead is a renowned destination wedding and celebrity portrait photographer based in the U.K. Amongst the most highly sought after photographers, she regularly shoots across Asia, America, the Middle East and Europe.

Catherine has a degree in photography from the University of Westminster, London and from the age of 19, began a career as a photojournalist for the national press. As a staff photographer she was sent to cover news, sport, portraits & features assignments and her work was published daily in national and International press. She went freelance in 2008 and was soon commissioned to shoot her first wedding, which was to be published widely and establish her reputation within the wedding industry.

Catherine specialises in destination weddings, and has photographed weddings across the world, from intimate elopements in Bora Bora and the Cotswolds, to celebrities' weddings including Zoe Saldana’s secret wedding in Europe, to exclusive destination weddings in Marrakech, Thailand, Montenegro, Belize and beyond.

Her work has been featured by Martha Stewart Weddings, Conde Nast Traveller Magazine, Brides Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Elle Weddings Hong Kong, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine, the BBC, Grazia Magazine, The Times, The Telegraph, The Sydney Morning Herald, amongst many others.

Her suitcase is permanently packed, flying around the globe to celebrities’ homes in order to take their portraits for Madame Tussauds, whose sculptors then use Catherine’s real life portraits to sculpt from, and bring the celebrity figure to life!

In her spare time she enjoys teaching scuba diving, is a self confessed spin class addict and can usually be bribed with chocolate....