I come to her , where I belong

If your first dance was by Van Morrison and one of the most featured songs in movies then you are that #goals kinda couple.Seriously.

Dana and Mounir got married at L’Andana estate in Castiglione della Pescaia, a small coastal town in Tuscany. The setting was perfect for the intimate wedding they wanted.

Her look, classic. She could only imagine walking down the aisle in a timeless dress, luckily she found just the one by Oscar de la Renta. We love how simple and soft Dana styled her hair, romantically perfect loose curls adorned by a custom Belles By Raquel hair vine made from delicate flowers embellishments.

The couple’s favorite moments included a song performance by all the wedding guests! Yes this actually happened. The groom’s sisters Tamara and Rania re-wrote the lyrics to “Stand By Me” and handed them out to all the guests who gathered in a circle around the couple and sang the entire song. Everyone really got into it – parents and friends alike – and the couple couldn’t stop smiling.

Another wedding fave came right after the father-daughter dance, the sky parted and a thunderstorm ensued. They moved the wedding right under the venue’s gazebo and continued the party over there. However, the groom and bride’s father had organized a surprise fireworks display so they all gathered under umbrellas and watched as the sky was lit to the music of The Chainsmokers & Coldplay.

It was pure magic.

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Bridal Dreams Are Made Of These

When Haya MBC magazine, Stuart Robertson, Esposa ,Tina Patni and Belles By Raquel came together, ethereal magic was made and it took my breath away!

Our spring and summer 2017 floral headpieces were chosen to be featured and styled across this gorgeous photo shoot. The cherry blossom inspired designs matched perfectly wit the stunning designs by Lazaro, Monique Lhuillier and Isabel Sanchis.

Here are my favorite picks from this collaboration

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xoxo Raquel

 

 

And They Call It Poppi Love

Poppi,Italy. The epitome of Tuscan romance.

Rasha and Amer gathered their families and close friends in an intimate ceremony filled with happy tears, dancing and lots of smiles. I was honored to be part of their 3 day elopement and wish them nothing but health, happiness and years of Poppi love

Rasha, in a gorgeous blush gown styles her hair in a custom tiara inspired by the Russian Ballet, as a dancer herself , i had to bring in something personal into the design. Here are some of my favorite images from the wedding, captured by Nicola Tonolini

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

Belles By Raquel x Ricci Capricci

I am so happy and blessed to have the talented team at Ricci Capricci salon chose our new Fairy Fierce collection as the exclusive hair jewelry line for their new bridal 2017 look book! Love the way they used the pieces so effortlessly yet so beautifully across many different hair styles from modern retro to ultra glam.

Hope you enjoy the images as much as I did. All credits mentioned below

Hair and Makeup ,Tarek at Ricci Capricci Salon Dubai

Stylist , Joyce Amil

Photography, Altamash Urooj

Gowns, Hayley Paige and Theia Couture exclusively in Dubai at The Bridal Showroom

xoxo Raquel

Fairy Fierce 2017 {Behind The Scenes}

It was no surprise that for this collection, a FIERCE team had to be brought together!

With Louise Monique‘s magical hands taking care of hair and makeup, the pixie vintage queen Paula Scalco behind the camera and our muse Rose Emma adorning our 7 new bridal accessories, it was a match made in fairy land.

Here are some snippets from the behind the scenes of the Fairy Fierce 2017 photo-shoot

Shop the collection online

xoxo Raquel

Thinking Out Loud {Love Love Love}

Are you planning a wedding photo shoot? Bridal shower? Jetting off to your honeymoon or just in love? Think it out loud with our new celebrations collection of tiara headbands…

xoxo Raquel

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

Naeem Khan {Fall 2016}

Oh Naeem! You left me breathless over the entire collection. Was it the embroidered organza cape, the floral sheer sleeves or the OTT pearl embellishments? Maybe it was the fringe skirt and the tiered sparkled number? Take a look at the runway gallery via The Lane then swoon ❤

Regal Bun and Braid

Channeling your inner princess?

Inspired by the chic and regal Kate Middleton chignons, we styled this low bun side braid up-do with our rhinestone and pearl hair vines ❤

Email us your inquiry and order to raquel@bellesbyraquel.com