Monica, In Love

Monica and Kristjan’s dreams came true on the 31st of August 2018 when they said I do in front of their closest family and friends in Puglia, Italy . To the bride, that day was everything and it was perfect. It was a warm summer day in the old port town of Monopoli where they said their vows at the church of St Francesco d’Assisi. The party then continued at Il Melogranos secret garden with a cocktail hour under a field of 100 year old olive trees. Dinner, speeches, first dances and fairy lights took over the night till   sunrise. The day brought all the elements of things that make both me and Kristjan happiest; love, family, friends, sea, sun, music, food and wine.

Monica chose a flower hair crown from our summer 2018 collection, customized to match her floral lace dress. She wore it across her braided up do, it was just a perfect accessory to her bridal look.

“the headpiece was made to perfection. The element of surprise when opening the box to find a gorgeous piece of jewelry that spoke everything about the theme. It represented beauty, elegance yet extravagance complementing my dress and the olive leaves surrounding us. It was made for me! Raquel’s taste and attention to details made it the perfect custom made jewelry”

I wish Monica, my cousin, all the love in her new journey with Kris

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xoxo Raquel

 

Natalie, In Love

2018 was a good good year! I met so many awesome brides and i want to thank them all for choosing to wear one of my designs on the most important day of their life. For the brides i never got to meet, i thank you too. A 2018 favorite look is just impossible to say, when every piece i make has just as much love and passion put into it as the other, how can i chose? But i can say that 2018 had one major professional and personal highlight, the wedding of Natalie and Michel. She is one of my closest friends and i was one of her bridesmaids, i was also pregnant but i danced all night in heels, i guess i was high on the love and energy that day.

Natalie for those who know her well, would describe her as half princess half unicorn. She lives for the magic of love with a colorful and sassy edge. So when she asked me to make her a princess crown fit for a unicorn bride, my heart dropped because it was unlike my character and unique to my designs. But how could i not grant her one wish from me?

Here are a few pictures from Natalie’s big day! Wearing a custom Belles By Raquel crown

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This is me!

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Trying my best not to trip 🙂

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happy new year! xoxo

 

Christelle, In Love

“Love is a breeze, when it’s true”

When this Bride approached me with her wedding style vision, she described it as a mix of my two personal favorite styles  – chic and charming. With her full confidence in our designs we created a custom version of the {MELIA} headpiece from our Spring/Summer 2017 collection. This original Belles By Raquel concept is made of 100’s of floral charms, beads and pearls. Hand wired individually to have a natural finish form , this lovely style can be worn as a headband, a crown, a back crown or a semi-halo. It is also the perfect match for a veil. We loved how Christelle styled it with her long locks and beautiful lace ESPOSA dress and we’ve got the pretty photos to share with you right here.

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xo Raquel

You, Me and Italy

Congratulations to the gorgeous Anri who wed her beau in a picturesque Italian wedding. The bride wore a beautiful organza dress with gemstone embroidery gathered at the waist with a tulle skirt by Pronovias.

Her hair styled in an elegant low bun was adorned with a pearl hair vine from our Golden Serai collection.

xo Raquel

Fairy Fierce {New Collection}

Her soul is ruled by a blossoming dance, a young heart beating for an ancient love, she walks in graceful confidence and humility, for it is her that makes the world more beautiful.

She is Fairy Fierce, which one are you?

For inquiries contact me on

raquel@bellesbyraquel.com

WhatsApp +971 55 8825750

Photography by Paula Scalco / Hair Makeup by Louise Monique

Low Ponytail Trend {Bridal Hair}

We went to the runways of high fashion to get some inspiration from the new “less is more” low ponytail trend. Gathered at the neck, you can go for the sleek, flat and flawless with a side of french twists and statement bows or wear it unpolished and ethereal with a messy braid.

Keeping it sophisticated and chic, here is a round up of my favorite looks you can wear on your wedding day ❤

BONUS: Scroll down to find how to get this straight off the runway look …

xoxo Raquel

Get an instant ponytail with hairstylist to stars Daniel and Luke Hershesons, just clip it on like Victoria Beckham does . Shop it here

Photos via Pinterest and Vogue

Rosa Clara {Bridal Collection 2017}

One thing is for sure, this collection’s Rosa Clara bride will be elegantly timeless. There will be no what-if, no  should’ve because these dresses are beautiful yesterday, today and forever.

I love the fluid contours, the grace kelly look from the front with the metallic chantilly surprises on the back. The bows that look like open tulips and petals along with the pearl accessories puts Rosa Clara in my top collections from this year’s bridal week.

Here are my picks

xoxo Raquel

Photos Via Brides Magazines

 

Marchesa Bridal {Spring Summer 2017}

If you’re on Instagram then one of Marchesa‘s beautiful dresses from their spring/summer 2017 collection showcased at New York bridal fashion week last month is appearing on your daily feed. Why? Just browse the gallery and you will be enchanted and in love.

As a bride looking for a dress, this Marchesa collection really has it all. Sleek silhouettes in peek a boo blush and nude tones, layers of ruffles over silk organza, satin ribbons and 3D roses for the perfect ethereal style, rosy ombre with waist contouring chantilly lace bodices and the ever loved off the shoulder, peplums, plunging necklines and detachable skirts ❤

Photos Via Getty

xoxo Raquel

She’s a little bit of Heaven

A little sneak peek at our real bride’s engagement and bridal hair pieces ❤

From our much loved Lou Fleur collection, we made her a floral headband in cream tones and a pearl hair vine to adorn her hair on the big day

For Inquiries

raquel@bellesbyraquel.com