BellesByRaquel {Spring/Summer 2017}

It was time.

The day came when our love would fade to remain a small flower bud.

Let it bloom, for his love was her favorite feeling. Ever.

100% handmade and available by order only at raquel@bellesbyraquel.com

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

Make It Your Own {Fairy Fierce} Bespoke

Want to add a bit of sparkle? Incorporate your wedding color into your accessory? Add a little Boho twist to the classic piece?

Contact us now to see how you can bespoke the Fairy Fierce collection and make it your own

WhatsApp 00971558825750

Email raquel@bellesbyraquel.com

xoxo Raquel

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

Wedding Photography {The First Dance}

Ladies and gentlemen,  let’s give them a hand as they take their first dance as Mr & Mrs ❤

The moment every bride and groom have been preparing for, the moment when all eyes are on them as they dance to their favorite song, our advice? Just enjoy the moment, look into each other’s eyes and try your best not to trip! A good photographer will capture the stolen kisses, the shy grins and the eye lock, so just dance away …

Photos Via Joe Chedrawi

xoxo Raquel

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

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