Timeless is spelled Danah

And then you come across one of the most beautiful brides and you have no words to express her timeless style.

I love the way she made an understated statement, a classic veil paired with our twin Titania crowns in silver with white rhinestone and pearl accents.

Here is Danah

xo 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

Bridal Maven {Joelle Hassoun Weddings}

If “Planning a wedding is like running a company then you’re the CEO of Love” Well we had the pleasure to interview love CEO, Joelle Hassoun, wedding planner pioneer since 1997. Read more about what inspires her and view a gallery of her reputable events from around the region

joelle hassounQ:Describe the exact moment when you said to yourself “I want to plan weddings”

I dipped my toes in the wedding planning business while still in college, at the time i dreamt of creating my own wedding concepts and adding personal touches here and there so as soon as i graduated i took it on to start my own planning and coordinating agency. I just couldn’t see myself doing anything else

Q:What is your wedding philosophy?

Make it REMARKABLE! I produce each wedding as if it was my own, the bride and I become one

Q:How often do you reflect your personal taste when designing a wedding?

After establishing the couple’s mood board, incorporating their style and wishes, I add my personal touch by injecting some trendy ideas making it a seamless concept from start to finish.

Q:Do you remember the details of the first wedding you planned? What would you change about it?

I can never forget any of the weddings I’ve planned especially the first one. And although i didn’t have the experience and knowledge of the industry back then, it remains a lovely memory which i want unchanged

Q:Where do you go for inspiration to bring something new to every wedding?

I am a huge fan of Preston Bailey,  he is an artist and his portfolio alone is inspirational, i visit his work looking for new trends and out of the box ideas. I also follow Grace Ormonde’s Wedding Style magazine and blog for more bridal inspiration

Q:How do you approach a bride who has a completely different style than yours?

Every bride visualizes and imagines the big day in her own unique way. Over the years, I learnt how to bring  my expertise and style together with their dream weddings

Q:Where is your dream location to plan a wedding? And if you can have the same breakfast everyday for the next 5 years, what would it be?

A Miami Beach wedding! Mmmm i’ll have to chose the Lebanese “Mankoushi”

Weddings via Joelle Hassoun

xoxo Raquel

 

 

Real Belle Bride {Rasha}

It was a family affair when Rasha wed her charming groom across the scenic views of Lake Muskoka. She wore an A-line lace dress and styled her long tousled hair with our pearl and rhinestone halo headpiece, simple, chic and beautiful.

 

Photo Credit Enspyre Photography