I come to her , where I belong

If your first dance was by Van Morrison and one of the most featured songs in movies then you are that #goals kinda couple.Seriously.

Dana and Mounir got married at L’Andana estate in Castiglione della Pescaia, a small coastal town in Tuscany. The setting was perfect for the intimate wedding they wanted.

Her look, classic. She could only imagine walking down the aisle in a timeless dress, luckily she found just the one by Oscar de la Renta. We love how simple and soft Dana styled her hair, romantically perfect loose curls adorned by a custom Belles By Raquel hair vine made from delicate flowers embellishments.

The couple’s favorite moments included a song performance by all the wedding guests! Yes this actually happened. The groom’s sisters Tamara and Rania re-wrote the lyrics to “Stand By Me” and handed them out to all the guests who gathered in a circle around the couple and sang the entire song. Everyone really got into it – parents and friends alike – and the couple couldn’t stop smiling.

Another wedding fave came right after the father-daughter dance, the sky parted and a thunderstorm ensued. They moved the wedding right under the venue’s gazebo and continued the party over there. However, the groom and bride’s father had organized a surprise fireworks display so they all gathered under umbrellas and watched as the sky was lit to the music of The Chainsmokers & Coldplay.

It was pure magic.

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To Love Somebody

Rana’s romance with Roy is a modern day rom-com and their wedding day was alternative city glam day of fun and dance surrounded by the people that matter the most.

Rana wore a custom Melia hair vine designed using floral blossoms, soft pearls and pastel crystals to match her romantic dress; a soft cascading tulle & lace dress. We love how it was styled along her half down up do and simple autumn make up.

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xoxo Raquel

Baby, it was always you

Basel and Zeena knew each other “since forever “. But on one summer night in Lebanon and one single rose later, the two became inseparable.

When i asked Zeena about her wedding theme, she just smiled and said “Fun” and it was exactly that ! Their first dance was like something from the movies,  the dance floor was full all night long and everyone had a great time especially the newly weds!

6 months before her wedding day, the bride contacted me about making a custom headpiece, she was hesitant at first to work with me because my designs were more floral and boho while she was looking for a statement piece to match her pretty ball gown. I thank Zeena everyday for pushing me out of my comfort zone. Together, we created one of the most beautiful pieces ever and on that special day, i had a very happy bride

“I really think the headpiece made such a big statement on the overall look, i’m so glad i made it with you” …. Zeena, i feel the same way

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She’s Got That Vibe

Real bride Rawan wore a pearl hair vine with flower details across her natural long locks, i loved how she stayed true to her style, she looked just as pretty and laid back as she did the first time i met her.

Here are a few pictures from  her wedding day in Dubai

xo 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

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

Wedding Photography {The Shoes}

It’s not a secret, we all know that a beautiful pair of wedding shoes are our true sole mates!

Whether you choose romantic, trendy, bold color or classic pair of shoes just make sure your photographer captures them on the day, don’t shy away from getting creative and plan to have some props to help

Photos Via Joe Chedrawi

Do you need help with inspiration or have any questions? Drop as an email to raquel@bellesbyraquel.com

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