Baby, it was always you

Basel and Zeena knew each other “since forever “. But on one summer night in Lebanon and one single rose later, the two became inseparable.

When i asked Zeena about her wedding theme, she just smiled and said “Fun” and it was exactly that ! Their first dance was like something from the movies,  the dance floor was full all night long and everyone had a great time especially the newly weds!

6 months before her wedding day, the bride contacted me about making a custom headpiece, she was hesitant at first to work with me because my designs were more floral and boho while she was looking for a statement piece to match her pretty ball gown. I thank Zeena everyday for pushing me out of my comfort zone. Together, we created one of the most beautiful pieces ever and on that special day, i had a very happy bride

“I really think the headpiece made such a big statement on the overall look, i’m so glad i made it with you” …. Zeena, i feel the same way

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Wedding Photography {The Dress}

Like all the special moments on your wedding day, you definitely want your photographer to capture these 6 must-have wedding dress photos. There is a certain charm in the wait right before seeing your partner that is like no other so plan and pose away!

1.Mirror Mirror

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2.View from the Back

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3.Full Frontal

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4.Zip me Up

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5.Walking on Sunshine

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6.I get by with a little help…

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Photos Via Joe Chedrawi

Do you need help with inspiration or have any questions? Drop as an email to raquel@bellesbyraquel.com

Bridal Maven {Joe Chedrawi}

They say life is like a camera, you focus on what’s important and capture the good times. Great photographers do just that and i’m very happy that Joe Chedrawi will be contributing on a regular basis with the weddings he’s covered from Beirut to NYC.

But first let’s get to know Joe

Q: When and why did you decide to take wedding photography as your profession? 

I used to work as a financial consultant but never really enjoyed it, constantly envying people whose work allows them to stay outdoors and simply doing what they love, so i took the first step into making photography my profession. Today i am grateful I do what i do, turning happy moments in people’s lives into long life memories.

Q:What is your wedding photography philosophy?

Feel with the couple, their happiness, their reservations; create a bond with them so they allow me to capture these special emotions and represent it in a picture or a film

Q:How do you approach a camera shy couple?

Most of my clients are camera shy so by today i have learnt to take my time and help make them feel comfortable around me. When the couple realizes that camera shy does not translate to un-photogenic pictures, we get to a stage where they are no longer sensitive to the presence of a stranger taking photos of their intimate moments

Q:What is your favorite wedding destination? Any wish lists?

I am lucky that I’ve been to my favorites to date; Paris, New York, Tuscany and Santorini. In the future maybe a wedding in India, Russia or Cuba?

Q:If you are to work with one camera for the next 10 years which would it be?

No doubt a Leica M! These cameras are made to be simple, the ease and simplification of technicalities allows photographers to concentrate on their subject rather than the instrument at hand.

xoxo Raquel