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

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

Real Belle Bride {Dalia}

“And we finally reached the beginning” is how Dalia shared the first image from her island destination wedding . Cool, collected and colorful is how i would describe this artistic couple. Dalia wore a purple toned flower and pearl crown from our best selling Lou Fleur collection.

Our bridal flower crowns are available to shop here

Photography by Nadim Bou Habib

Event Planning by Dee Ideas

 

She Shines Under The Weakest Light

BellesByRaquel muse , Monica, models the pieces from the Golden Serai collection in this fun photo shoot full of dance and music. We went for a messy half up and half down braid styled with a lace short number and sheer veil, here are our favorite picks

Golden Serai

Inspired by the kind of love you read in romance novels, shines stronger in the night than the day. Golden Serai is a collection of 8 unique pieces handcrafted with utmost detail, our new luxe collection reflects serai inspired movement, a mix of semi precious stones, flowers and gold dipped autumn leaves , each piece shines even under the weakest light.

The collection includes hair jewelry headbands and hair vines, shoe clips and belts to adorn your wedding dresses.

Contact raquel@bellesbyraquel.com for more details

Real Belle Bride {Joana}

Joana came to us with a simple request, to add a little of sparkle to her tea length lace number for her winter nuptials in Germany, of course we said YES to her dress and created this unique belt made from semi precious rhinestones stitched on a large satin belt and the end look was stunning!

Email Raquel@bellesbyraquel.com for bespoke orders or consultation