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Ethereal Seaside Ireland Inspiration Shoot

As a person that doesn’t like to be further than walking distance to the ocean at all times, this stunning seaside shoot beautifully styled by Pearl & Godiva and captured by Alexander James is basically my idea of perfection. Ethereal and elegant, every single detail sitting in this gallery makes my heart sing, and you can soak it all up here.

From Pearl & GodivaThis is one of my personal favourites and I am so excited to be able to share it with you. We do hope you love it as much as us. As this was such a divine project to work on.

Well I stood before the ocean in the middle of the night
And because I loved her so I asked her then if she would be my wife.
And then I closed my eyes and waited, and listened for an answer
Until she kissed my feet and whispered, ??I could not give you my hand sir.??
~ Declan O’Rourke – Marrying the Sea (Til Death Do Us Part)

The Sea is our mistress, living, breathing, an eminent omnipresent wonder, a mother, the bringer of life. For an island nation like ours, the Sea is as elemental as the air, inescapable in it’s power and beauty.

Softly tickling the stoney shore, creating music of tumbling periwinkles, caressing the long golden strands, her touch nurtures. Her fury is as beautiful as it is tempestuous, her strength barrages against soaring cliffs, carving out caves and sea stacks, even ancient forts that are folded into her embrace.

With its winds, whirlpools, rip tides, shell adorned rocks, and caves, we have found our muse. Working with Alexander James, we shot on a deserted beach in the wilds of West Cork as the clouds rolled in off the Atlantic. From time to time those clouds separated and our Lady of the Sea was bathed with golden light. It was like she applauded the story we were telling.

Photography: Alexander James | Gown: Dirty Fabulous | Stationery: Pretty as a Picture | Hair: Ikon Hair Studio | Florals: Hanako | Make Up Artist: Kathryn O'Neill | Printed Veil: Pearl & Godiva | Production, Art Direction & Styling: Pearl & Godiva | Props: Pearl & Godiva

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Flutterby Bridal Inspiration Shoot

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

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Malahide Castle Irish Inspiration Shoot

Ireland is the land of dreams to me. So when I came across this stunning Irish shoot captured by D’Arcy Benincosa and styled by Ciara O’Halloran of Style Serendipity I felt I needed to pinch myself. Because this, my lovelies, is so pretty you’ll think you are actually dreaming. Get lost in all the lovely right here.

From D’Arcy BenincosaNothing says Ireland like ancient castles and blushing brides. With the warmest summer here in eighteen years, our stylist found inspiration away from her usual leanings towards muted shades of green and grey and instead, transformed the garden grounds to showcase an affection for sun soaked forest green, offset with aubergine, pale citrus and coral. Malahide Castle has a kaleidoscope influences, owned by the same family for 800 years who filled the ornamental gardens with exotic plants and trees from the world over. With the dazzling sunshine, charming accessories from Avoca and a delicate mantilla lace veil, this classic Irish shoot has all of the Irish history, elegance and heritage you’d expect, but with a twist of Mediterranean magic!

Photography: D'Arcy Benincosa | Flowers: A New Leaf | Wedding Gown: Sarah Janks from The White Gallery Boutique | Cake: The Cake Cafe | Stationery: Pretty As A Picture | Hair & Makeup: April Benincosa of Vintage Rouge | Creative Direction, Production & Styling: Ciara O'Halloran of Style Serendipity | Tables, Chairs, Props & Accessories: Avoca Malahide | Veil: Couture Bridal Accessories