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Ireland Inspiration Shoot

When St. Patrick’s day rolls around at SMP, we find ourselves scouring to find beautiful ways to inspire our readers. So when Amanda Wilcher  sent over this gorgeous Ireland shoot styled to perfection by Pearl & Godiva, we knew we had found our pot of gold in feature form. Stylish, sophisticated and overflowing with inspiration, this gallery is pinch-yourself-pretty. See it all here.

From  Amanda Wilcher Photography …Sometimes, the most perfect vision is the most simple. For this shoot, which took place on a day in early March, our vision was to come together to create images that were without complexity. Our story was told with a beautiful woman, natural flowing florals and the hint of a great love.

Creamy, pale and quietly sculptural in shape the girl danced in places of light, in the morning garden. The sun had bleached to the palest shades of nougat and apricot in the orangerie. We placed miniature still lives in a pride of place where they just caught the light and created arrangements of treasured finds, added twigs and flower stems and the whole thing just came to life. Claire Pettibone’s, covetable gowns flourished the garden scenes. Fragile, petal splashed gowns, of course.

Pale melancholic florals, and pure velvets was a beautiful morning glory. Organic elegance, and a understated vision gave this shoot an opulent innocence. A bejewelled and oxidised crown languished in the daylight to shine anew. This girl wasn’t nocturnal at all, she just came down to earth.

“I want to do with you what spring does with cherry trees” ~ Pablo Neruda

Photography: Amanda Wilcher Photography | Cinematography: Best Day Productions | Floral Design: The French Touch | Stationery: Lilly Loves | Suits: Reiss | Crown: Eleanor Brown | Earring & Ring: Evelyn Jewellery | Female Model: Distinct | Gowns: Maria Lluisa Rabell | Gowns: Claire Pettibone | Hair Styling: Michelle O' Halloran | MUA: Kathryn O' Neill | Male Model: Morgan The Agency | Production, Creative Direction and Styling: Pearl & Godiva | The Cake: The Cake Stand | Venue: Kilruddery House & Gardens

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Romantic Grey & Gold Wedding Inspiration

Most girls consider Paris the ultimate locale, but for me, it’s the countryside of Ireland. And while it may not have a twinkling tower or cafes on every corner, there’s a rugged, wildly romantic beauty that can’t be explained…unless of course you’re looking at the work of Pearl & Godiva + D’Arcy Benincosa. They captured the very essence of my Emerald Isle love affair, and it all continues right over here.


‘In you the rivers sing and my soul flees in them
as you desire, and you send it where you will
aim my road on your bow of hope
and in frenzy I will free my flock of arrows’ Pablo Neruda

When we first sketched the shoot’s inspirational material into existence, from fragments of history and a silhouette of a magnificent, awe inspiring and astounding powerful girl. I can’t help to think that we were heavily inspired by Jeanne D’Arc with her powerful visions, four centuries later still a legendary figure.

This what became of our vision – A renaissance of a divine inspiring beauty in the embodiment of a woman standing with interwoven arms – in her acquired sancity. Her style and soul was an antidote, it lifted, it inspired, it educated – she opened her heart to the lights of heaven. Her pilgrimage was her exquisite purity, and her clothing made from humble and raw materials, layers of slub muslin, with layers of tulle, nourished by the softest lace, dignified by jewels that surrounded her unpretentious soul. We wanted to tell you of blossoming and buds.

The honest simplicity of these ruins are redolent of prayer and clairvoyant intensity, she a poetic serenity – as she perches in amongst the ruins. If she leaves in her place remains another kind of beauty.

An old manuscript we found detailing the life of Jeanne D’Arc was a real treasure of a find and gave us a clear insight into an astounding courageous woman. Beauty is essential to her well being, and a fundamental component of our life. Our focus in this shoot was to create a quietly, confident beauty. We live in a world of opposites pulling at us at all times, but we wanted to show that beauty alone has no opposites. I don’t think one can tire of beauty, there truly can never be enough of it. There is nothing capricious about this girl and we love this shoot for the sensual quality and the emotions it elicits.

It is enough to breathe the perfection of our being and stand in awe before the miracle of life. To marvel at it, is simply enough.

Photography: D'Arcy Benincosa | Calligraphy: Kathryn Murray | Bespoke Headpieces: Opal & Owl | Floristry: Hanako | Irish Castle: Killenure Castle | Jewellery: Delphi Antiques | MUA & Hair Styling: Vintage Rouge | Production, Creative Direction & Styling: Pearl & Godiva | The Cake: The Cake Stand | The Gowns: Maria Luisa Rabell

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Enniskerry Ireland Wedding from Therese Aherne Weddings

A few years back, my sister spent an amazing semester studying abroad in Ireland.  Every week she would call me with awesome tales involving yummy fish and chips and frolicking around the breathtaking countryside with her flatmates.  I was just sort of jealous (ahem), and it was then and there that I made the decision that I would someday travel to Ireland to shamelessly recreate every experience my sister was having.  This wedding from Therese Aherne Weddings just reminded me of how much I want that to happen.  A masterpiece of nuptial bliss, it’s a stunning Irish backdrop + a beautiful couple + the wedding of my dreams.  See it all in the full gallery.


From the Bride… When people ask us how and when we first met, they are surprised when we tell them we met in 5th grade when we were 10-years-old. We shared a classroom in elementary school in Ontario, Canada. Unfortunately for all of you romantics, the story doesn’t actually start there. After going our separate ways for high school and University, it wasn’t until 2007 that our paths crossed again at the wedding of a mutual friend. At this point we discovered that we were both living and working in Europe. The relationship didn’t start there either. Another year went by as strangers. Thanks to Facebook, email and the matchmaking skills of our mutual friend, we finally arranged to have our first date in Budapest, Hungary in 2009. And this is when it all began. We courted in cities all over Europe and were engaged in Positano, Italy. It made sense for our wedding to take place in Europe.

Powerscourt House is one of the most breathtaking estates in Ireland. The formal gardens span more than 47 acres in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. From the moment I stepped foot inside Powerscourt House, I had goosebumps. We had invited guests from all parts of the world to help us celebrate our wedding and we knew this venue would blow them away. We wanted our wedding reception to be luxurious, but yet maintain a fun and warm atmosphere. Powerscourt House and Gardens had the charm and the romance we were looking for. Because the venue was picturesque, we required only simple decor to pull it all together. The florist, Little Daisy Flowers, helped me bring my vision to life. We used beautiful fresh flowers and simple candlelight to create the mood.

Most of our guests were traveling a great distance to celebrate with us, so we wanted to incorporate elements that would make them feel at home. We provided a wedding bus to transport them from their hotels to the church and reception. For all the children at the wedding, individually wrapped gifts with coloring books and candy were waiting for them at their table. My mother, sisters and I spent hours making strawberry jam to set on the tables as favors. We also set out baskets of slippers for the girls to change into when their feet got sore from dancing.

Kevin and I wanted the wedding day to reflect our own personalities and our relationship. We love traditional Irish music and that played throughout the ceremony and the wine reception. We had fallen in love over weekend dates in difference cities in Europe and so all the tables in the dining hall were named after countries we had visited. We created a picture table which displayed pictures of Kevin and I on our travels. It also displayed our grandparents on their wedding day for good luck. For the dinner music, we put together a playlist of our favorite songs. The first dance song mirrored our long distance relationship and all of the hurdles we had jumped to be together. Kevin is an avid golfer and we knew a mini golf set would act as the perfect kissing game. We also love ice cream and chose to serve that for dessert instead of traditional cake.

An Irish day wouldn’t have been complete without a bit of rain. The rains came, but we were prepared with umbrellas and rubber boots. The rain didn’t put a damper on the day and even made for some stunning photos. The feeling on the day was one of pure happiness. All of the months of planning had paid off. We got to relax and enjoy all the little moments. Looking around the ballroom at the guests that had traveled so far to be with us was the biggest reward of all.

Photography: Therese Aherne Weddings | Videography: Bride & Groom Films | Event Planning: Feast Catering & Events | Floral Design: Little Daisy Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Alison O'Loughlin Cakes | Invitations: Ink Pretty | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary's Church in Enniskerry | Reception Venue: Powerscourt House and Gardens | Shoes: Bella Belle Bridal Shoes | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Catering: Feast Catering & Events | Hair: Brown Sugar | Groom's Suit: Ermenegildo Zegna from Brown Thomas, Ireland | String Quartet: Dublin String Quartet | Bridal Boutique: White Boutique | Decor: Candlelight Weddings Ireland | Groomsmen Suits: Moore's Clothing | Ice cream: Featherbed Farm Luxury Ice cream | Makeup: Ellie Balfe | Mass Booklets: Blackrock Printers | Reception Band: Ultrasounds | Rubber Boots: Pennys | Traditional Irish Music: Dublin City Folk | Transportation: Absolute Limousines | Vintage Wedding Bus: Dualway | Wine: O'Briens

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