When it comes to bridal shoots that push the limits of perfection, Pearl & Godiva are our go-to girls. They can translate seemingly ordinary inspiration – in this case, the monarch butterfly – and design an editorial that makes our jaws drop. Of course, bringing on a wildly talented photographer like Paula O’Hara doesn’t hurt one bit, and the resulting shots are nothing short of stunning.


From Pearl and GodivaThis editorial shoot and its very color palette was inspired by the colors of a monarch butterfly and also moths, that really was our basis for building this beautiful story. The fact that the roads where near enough to impassable and snow storms on the day of the shoot didn’t stop us from telling this sumptuous story. Our creativity for this design was built on looking for the unexpected, stepping outside our own experience and walking around this beautiful house and it’s breath taking grounds. Before we start transforming a space, we view it from every angle, gouge out every obliquity of the building itself, and sense its opportunity. We stand and close our eyes and see the evolution.

We create depth and layers, interest points, consider possible floor and wall treatment, and slowly build up a foundation. We keep an eye on the way the natural light falls into the room, or where the walls could do with an interest point. We keep a notebook where we jot down a list of things and notes on what we experience. We always start with a natural color palette, and slowly build color up thereafter. Fabrics are rich with possibilities, we play with scale, different heights and shapes. Then we forage and scout, find and keep and in the end curate it all for our clients. Beauty really can be found in the simplest of things…

Photography: Paula O'Hara Photography | Florals: Best of Buds Wedding Flowers | Wedding Gown: Jenny Packham | Cake: Gift Cakes | Stationery: Pretty as a Picture | Hair: Joanne Kelly | Grooms Attire: Reiss | Venue: Carton House | Butterfly Ring: Pearls Polkadots | Make up Artist: Kate Rose Crean | Models:: Li-ann & Adam | Production, Art Direction & Styling: Pearl & Godiva