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