I still remember vividly getting the email from Pearl & Godiva about the opportunity to collaborate with them and Rylee Hitchner on this shoot. Needless to say, I spent no time considering it and jumped at the chance!
The experience did not disappoint at all. The whole team had such an amazing time working together on the day, and we shot from the rising sun in the morning until we reluctantly packed up as the moon appeared over our heads in the evening.
Pearl & Godiva tell the story for this shoot more eloquently than I…
“We created a shoot about simplicity, probity and calm, the girl unveiling her natural, relaxed, and unpretentious beauty to a condition of holiness. Her hermitage is deep in the mountains, a life lived true and a celebration of nature – the girl is a living sermon. The book she clutches surely contain the words of wisdom and no doubt the honeysuckle wine is a labour of love. Wildflowers and grasses enliven the brown tones of the stoney hills – the girl with the brown hair is a lapidarian – envisioning her life inscribed in these monuments of mountain and stone.
Sometimes she listens to the silence, she gazes at the falling light on the hills, or a patch of heathered weeds – for her sources of unimaginable happiness. She has no longings to be other than where she is. It is a gift that comes from discovering the joy of connecting with her soul’s purpose. This girl radiates outer simplicity but fulfilling inner plenitude, her life radiates both purity and joy.
She, seduced by the golden light, follows the wind through the fields of barley and wheat, ready to be harvested. She lives imposed in a colour palette of ivory, milk, sage, muted butter, mottled through and through with flowering cosmos and sprigs of blackberries. These tones set off the few treasures that she owns, give depth, and personality. One day she knows the wool she spun or vessel she painstakingly carved will be heirlooms of their own, but for now remain simply true and handmade charms.
This shoot is a unique way of looking at minimalist purity, simple but with an undeniable and enviable balance of charm and warmth.”
Creative Direction, Production & Design: Pearl & Godiva – pearlandgodiva.com/
Photographer: Rylee Hitchner – ryleehitchnerphotography.com/
Cinematographer: Story of Eve – storyofeve.com/
MUA: Sarah Keary from Dylan Bradshaw – dylanbradshaw.com/
Hair: Michelle O’Halloran – mohhairstyling.com/
Florals: Hanako Floral Studio – hanako.ie/
Stationery: Pearl & Godiva – pearlandgodiva.com/
Props sourced by: Pearl & Godiva – pearlandgodiva.com/
Food Styling: Jetti Virdi – woodandchocolate.blogspot.ie/
The Gowns: – Maria Lluisa Rabell marialluisarabell.com/
Bespoke Headpiece & Shoes: Opal & Owl – facebook.com/OpalandOwl?ref=stream
Jewellery: Boho & Plume – etsy.com/shop/BohoAndPlume
A special thank you to Slea Head Farm Guesthouse – sleaheadfarm.com/
Song: ‘Last Goodbye’ by Kerry Muzzey – Licensed via The Music Bed themusicbed.com
Andrew and Rebecca’s wedding was always going to be special. With the exception of Andrew’s brother George who flew in from Boston, all 82 guests arrived from Canada to spend the week in the stunning setting of Luttrellstown Castle, Dublin with Andrew and Rebecca.
Morning preparations, ceremony and reception all took place on the castle grounds, which gave everyone plenty of time to relax and just enjoy the big day. I was fortunate enough to capture their rehearsal dinner (coming soon) a few evenings before, and the holiday atmosphere was infectious. Not to mention, Rebecca and Andrew literally treated their guests like royalty throughout the week. Food, cocktails and music all set against an amazing backdrop. I had to ask myself a few times – why do I never get invited to weddings like this!
Thanks Andrew and Rebecca for choosing Story of Eve, and to all of your friends and family for their hospitality over the two days.
Cinematography: Story of Eve
Photographer: Paula O’Hara Photography
Florists: Michael Costello
Hair: Susan Peggs from Powder Room (Dublin)
Make-up: Lisa McLoughlin
Cake: Creative Cakes (Dublin)
Dresses: Dessy Group (bridesmaids) Custom Design from McCaffrey Haute Couture. (Ottawa, Canada)
Groomswear: Robert Simmons (Fredericton NB).
Candy Bar: The Sweet Treat Company
Ring Bearer Pillow: My mother (made with Irish linen, and lace from her wedding gown).
Wedding Favours: Laduree Macaroons
Music: Licensed through www.themusicbed.com
Photo: Still taken from short film
Danielle and Peter thought nothing of gathering up their bridal party, jumping in their vintage cars and heading to the top of a mountain for some epic shots. I can only imagine that the bumpy, winding road up the mountain must have been painful enough for those who had enjoyed some champagne on the journey over to Carlingford!
Danielle and Peter certainly don’t mind traveling though, as they literally brought a bus-load of guests from Luton to Ireland to enjoy their wedding celebrations in The Four Seasons Hotel in Carlingford.
Having such a large bridal party made for some great craic during the morning preps and throughout the day, and we really enjoyed spending time in Danielle and Peter’s company.
Paula O’Hara Photography was back with me on this one and you can see the rest of the photographs, as well as more of Danielle and Peter’s story over on her site.
Cinematography: Story of Eve
Photography: Paula O’Hara Photography
Florists: Tony Hearty
Stationery: Kathryn Deely (UK)
Hair and make-up: Charlene Woods (Hair) Make up (Stacey Kilpatrick)
Cars: Star car hire
Cake: Peter’s (Groom) mum made the cake
Dresses: Justin Alexander (my dress) Madame Bridal in New York (Bridesmaids) John Lewis (Flower Girls)
Church Singer: Catherine Grimley
Kathryn and Conleth were married on a warm, sunny day back in July. Family is the most important thing to both of them, and no-one more important than their little baby girl, Cónagh, who upstaged her Mum and Dad throughout the day!
Maybe it was the warm sun shining on the Galgorm with everyone sitting outside chatting and spending time with loved ones, but the day had a truly happy, relaxed and emotional feel.
We really enjoyed spending the day with Kathryn and Conleth and were delighted to be able to capture their celebration.
…and there’s some skinny-dipping for good measure!
Photographer: Ewan Harkness, Galgorm Castle
Florists: All Seasons, Dunmurry