Nada, I Do

When i met Nada i thought to myself, what a sweet heart! working with her on a headpiece for her engagement was just lovely. Wearing an orange retro inspired dress with a statement side bow by Bambah, we had room to add colored stones into the headpiece and the overall look was beautifully coordinated.

Surrounded by her nearest and dearest, the early summer day affair was so fresh and so full of love! Won’t you agree?

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xoxo Raquel

 

Iman in Love

Iman and Mohamad got married on 20 January, 2018 at the Waldorf Astoria The Palm Dubai. A fairy tale of their own, two lovely humans who are very much in love. You can see and sense the love surrounding them in the eyes of their friends, families and loved ones. Vive L’Amour!

Iman was dressed in Youssef Kamoun, her hair was styled by Roger Daniel and adorned with a custom Belles By Raquel headpiece designed to match her couture gown. The most beautiful moments were captured by Morgan Lynn Razi , a collection of Instagram worthy pictures to last them a life time.

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xoxo Raquel

Into Her Secret Garden

Iman and Mohamad celebrated their engagement in an intimate secret garden themed night filled with rustic inspired flowers and wreaths.

Iman complimented the night perfectly and beautifully with a blush cream colored gown and adorned her hair with a custom headband that had gold and pearl details.

Congratulations!

 

xo Raquel

Bridal Maven {Design By Louma}

Because an invite is the first experience guests have with your wedding and personal style then it’s no surprise why bringing on the experts is a major plus! We interview dubai-based Louma behind Design by Louma about her services, brides and internationally featured work

Q: Describe the exact moment when you said to yourself “I want to design celebrations stationery”

It was January 2013 while i was expecting my first baby, I took my love for print and combined it with my experience in design to set up Design by Louma. I wanted to give Arab brides more, I thought I would inject a little spark in the wedding stationery industry with my own take by combining modern designs with beautiful craftsmanship, my work would be inspired by 8 years in the design & advertising industry

Q: What is your design philosophy?

I am passionate about bringing a fresh approach to the traditional and treat the invitation as a piece of design rather than a piece of protocol that needs to follow specific colors, calligraphy font & format.

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

Most of the time it does! I work with a team of designers, calligraphers and illustrators and all the work  is art directed and supervised by myself. I like to see each wedding invitation as a personal expression of my own taste, designs that are appreciated and loved by my clients

Q: Do you remember the details of the first wedding invite you designed? Given the chance, would you change anything about it?

The very first invitation I designed was for my sister’s wedding back in 2009. It was a destination wedding in both Colombia & Lebanon. The idea was a traveling pocket with the invitation in the shape of an airline ticket along with a dual passport design about the couple.I wouldn’t change a thing, the concept was unique and a proud highlight in my career

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

Fashion magazines, florist shops, industrial food packaging and textile making like wall paper design, furniture fabric design…. Recently I go to wedding cakes for inspiration as they ooze of opulent details.

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

First of all I would try to understand why I was approached, she must have seen something in my portfolio that tickled her heart. I consult her on the latest trends and present our recommendations, an expert service that not just executional so in most cases a mutual ground is reached and we take it from there. We also enjoy working with creative brides! They are often the ones setting new trends

Q: What is the main difference between designing in Arabic versus English?

To start off, the format is “right to left” for reading and unfolding of the invitation. English typefaces are widely available and in different styles, as for Arabic typefaces there is little variety compared to English but that also offers a creative challenge to our calligraphy team, for example creating custom bride & groom’s names in Arabic

Q: If you can design an event invite/stationary for one major celebrity event which one and why?

Definitely a celebrity who has a fun personality like Eva Longoria who recently got engaged in the Dubai desert, and although Lebanese film director Nadine Labaki is already married, maybe I’ll get the chance to design the invitation to her 10 year vow renewal?

Q: If you can use only one color to design a weddin invite which would it be?

White only, with subtle effects such as blind embossing & spot UV varnish, you can come up with a timeless piece of invitation with white.

Contact: louma@designbylouma.com or +971555523801 for questions & inquiries

 

Uptown Bride; Inbal Dror 2016

With their latest collection inspired by the city of Manhattan, Inbal Dror creates a stunning 32 piece line that mixes glamour with modern day style. We love the range of tones she brings to the gorgeous fabrics and beading, from classic white and ivory to blush and champagne nuances ❤

 

Photos Via Inbal Dror

 

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

Real Belle Bride {Lama}

“Today TWO families become ONE , pick a seat not a side”

We are so proud and happy to have had our first military wedding bride ❤ The small details at this wedding are too sweet, especially the saber arch also known as the arch of the swords, a military wedding tradition to salute the newly weds

Beautiful Lama wear a pearl hair vine with earth toned rhinestones to adorn her half up do

 

 

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

Echeveria, Botanical Beauty from the Desert

Named after a Mexican botanist, Echeverias are quickly gaining a fan base with many brides choosing this attractive plant with leaf rosettes to be at the heart of their wedding theme. Its versatility comes from its range of colors, neatly ordered leaves and the frost-like edges making it a beautiful addition to a rustic wedding across four seasons.

Some images selected for your inspiration…

 Images Via  Bridal Musings • Refinery 29 • Tulle And Chantilly • Babble • GWS • Brides

Top Celebrity Brides of 2015

2015 was a big year for love and celebrity weddings 💍 We’ve been obsessing over the details of these A-list weddings from the venues, bouquets to the star studded guest list but most importantly their stunning dresses , here are our top 6 Brides 💕

#6 Victoria’s Secret model Arlenis Sosa in a lace illusion long sleeve sheath dress by Reem Acra is perfection and that slicked back hair with the trailing veil as she walked down the aisle was simply beautiful!

Photo Credit Jochy Fersobe

#5 Socialite Nicky Hilton aka Mrs Rothschild took our breath away instantly and this is why she is our celebrity bride number 5. Saying “I Do” at Kensignton Palace in a high neck long train Valentino dress with intricate lace details, her hair pulled back and styled with a head turning veil, love!

Photo Credit Mario Testino

#4 When you are model Hilary Rhoda, it’s almost impossible to get it wrong. She’s our number 4 for choosing a sleek Carolina Herrera column gown with an emerald green neckline that fitted her perfectly and of course the face of Chopard wore a stunning pair of 14.7 carat diamond earrings

Photo Credit Vogue.com

#3 Twilight star bride Nikki Reed who married Vampire Diaries hero chose a beaded ivory Claire Pettitbone dress with an illusion neckline and bare back, we love the lace edge tulle skirt and side swept hair

Photo Credit Glass Jar

#2 Why should a bride look timelessly beautiful? Actress Allison Williams is the perfect answer 💕 She managed to tick all our boxes and lands in at number 2 in a satin sheen, sheer neckline with hand embroidered lace overlay number by Oscar de la Renta. Need we say more?

Photo Credit Christian Oth

#1 Topping our chart and rightfully so is style icon Whitney Port, she makes modern and super stylish look so elegant that we can’t stop looking at her wedding photos 💕 Whitney stepped out in an edgy waterfall hemline dress adorned with pearls by the talented Beirut based designer, Ashi Studio we also dig the unexpected pulled back low ponytail bun with a small green fern!

Photo Credit Hannah Costello