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

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

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

It’s a Ribbon Affair

They come in many colors and textures, relatively inexpensive and very available, it’s no wonder ribbons have become so popular in wedding decor. From lace, satin and grosgrain to ombre, pastel and metallic hues here are our favorite ribbon wedding ideas.

PS: My wedding bouquet was an all ribbon DIY gift from my mom scroll below to see more ❤

Photos Via Pinterest

My Wedding Bouquet

Raquel xoxo

 

Bridal Maven {Paul Nasr}

“Imagination is the beginning of creation” something Paul Nasr strongly believes in. His weddings are truly beautiful creations of elegance and creativity. With almost 20 years of experience, the team at Paul Nasr have become masters of designing spectaculars with seamless coordination making them one of the most reputable agencies in the region.

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We caught up with Paul to get to know him and his work better

Q:What is your wedding philosophy?

It is through my passion that I design weddings, customizing every event with our bride’s needs and wishes at heart. We transform spaces from visions to reality

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

I reflect my style and personal taste in every wedding I plan, it is what my clients are interested in and seeking. We work great together because we appreciate the same visions.

Q:Do you remember the details of the first wedding you planned?

I do remember the details of the first wedding, it was my first chance to truly reveal a unique style of work and planning , introducing a completely different concept therefore I wouldn’t change a thing about it. It was a perfect wedding then and now.

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

My inspiration comes from my everyday life. My imagination is inspired by nature, architectural designs and travels.

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

Because I do not have a specific style for weddings; I start with what the bride is imagining and hoping for then we add a Paul Nasr twist here and there

Q:Please list these factors in order of importance when planning a wedding and why; Budget/Creativity/Execution

In the field of wedding planning, the budget and execution are very much correlated, while creativity is a factor that plays out on its own. We plan every wedding with the budget given to us at hand, however i would place a lot of weight on creativity

Q: If you can plan any celebrity’s wedding whose would it be and why?

I would love to be given the chance to plan singer Adele’s wedding. I admire how she rose to fame at such a young age because of her great talent, I enjoy her charismatic presence and refreshingly elegant style

Q:If you can be a member of a popular music band,it would be . . .

Guns N’ Roses so that I get to play with the legendary Slash! His performances take you on a trip out of this world, i just love his passion and appreciation for music

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

 

 

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

 

Language of Love in Flowers

With Valentines around the corner we thought it would be nice to celebrate the two things we can’t imagine the world without; Love and Flowers

Flowers have a language of their own, an expression of feelings with every movement and just like us they are fragile beings, grow, bloom and wither with time.

Floriography has amazed cultures for centuries, around the world and across different religions. In particular during the Victorian England where flowers were used to send love messages through small “talking bouquets” without having to stay the words which were at the time frowned upon . . .

Here are our 6 favorite flowers and their love designation

For the Love of Lace, Romona Keveza

Romona Keveza, a name you hear often in the bridal world of dresses. Her signature Legends collections inspired by fashion icons such as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn are designed to hero delicate lace fabrics in gorgeous cuts and fits. The dresses have timeless beauty making her latest Spring 2016 collection perfect for the chic, feminine and elegant bride. There is no wonder why the designer has captured the hearts of brides across the globe and the likes of Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz to name a few ❤

 

Photos Via Romona Keveza

 

 

Diamond Dust Winter 14/15 Collection

It’s the morning after the first snow, branches are hugged with fresh Diamond Dust that sparkle gently under the winter sun…

Our 4th collection of bridal hair jewelry comprises of 8 white and gold toned handmade accessories with snowflake , rhinestones, pearls and satin details