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

 

 

So into them

A couple beautiful inside and out, a bride in full bloom. We are so into them!

In an intimate setting, gathered by 50 guests, Tala said I Do to her soulmate surrounded by wild flowers, wearing a floral Lazaro wedding dress , adorned by a Belles By Raquel flower crown …. And it was perfect

We made Tala a simple tiara and a  flower headpiece made of individually hand stitched velvet petals. The colors matching beautifully with her dress

Here are our favorite moments from Tala’s wedding day

 

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

Falling in Florence

Belles By Raquel bride Sarah married her beau in an uber romantic intimate wedding ❤

She styled her simple half up do with custom rhinestone twin combs, we love her modern yet chic bridal style. Don’t you?

See more of my brides #bellesbyraquelbride

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

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