Sarah Pearl and Michael looked to vintage styling, wow-factor woodlands and some foxy Vivienne Westwood shoes for their big day
As director of styling company Pearl & Godiva (pearlandgodiva.com) Sarah Pearl spends her days dreaming up beautiful décor for inspiring events, so her wedding was never going to be an exception to that rule. “We wanted a celebration that was infused with our spirit and those of everyone around us,” she says.
Photography: Christina Brosnan (brosnanphotographic.com)
When it came to their big day, the couple chose Glengarriff Lodge (glengarriff-lodge.com) on an island in County Cork, surrounded by acres of woodland, seascapes and mountains. “We married quietly at a register office then rented the lodge for two weeks,” says Sarah Pearl. “We wanted an intimate affair so we only invited our closest friends and family, around 30 in all.”
“Our photos were by Christina Brosnan (brosnanphotographic.com),” explains Sarah Pearl. “We’ve worked together on many weddings and she knew what we wanted. It’s a whole lot easier to create a gorgeous wedding against a gorgeous backdrop. Great light. Lush greenery. Charming interiors.”
“A lot of our styling was inspired by our children,” says Sarah Pearl. “They loved my Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon shoes (viviennewestwood.co.uk) with big red hearts on the front which prompted them to come up with our heart theme.”
Sarah Pearl channelled a quirky laid-back style on the day in a light and simple tulle and cotton dress from Anthropologie (anthropologie.eu)
As an eco-friendly alternative to fresh flowers, Sarah Pearl chose a pretty cotton bouquet by Autumn & Grace Bridal that she sourced on Etsy (etsy.com)
“We wanted a day filled with lots of little messages,” says Sarah Pearl, “and this included the rings. We found the perfect ones through TwinklingElegance also on Etsy (etsy.com). One was engraved with the words ‘with my whole life’ and the other with the sentiment ‘with my whole heart’."
The sweet nothings began with the message in a bottle from Luxely (etsy.com) that Sarah Pearl gave to Michael as an intimate wedding-morning gift.
“We both fell in love 14 years ago – instantaneously. We lost touch as I went away to boarding school but were reunited nine years later,” says Sarah Pearl. “Our vintage wedding style was all about handmade accents, personal touches and showing our guests who we really are.”
“Our tables were inspired by the individuality of bygone eras, with our own props (pearlandgodiva.com) vintage books, cakestands…
…and vintage tea cups for afternoon tea.”
The red velvet design came from Cake-a-licious (cake-a-licious.ie). “It was the one thing Michael insisted on – lots of cake,” laughs Sarah Pearl. “That cake was only meant for 30 people!”
The couple scoured the internet to inject vintage fun and their personality into the day. They found the pretty recycled origami paper flowers that decorated the cake stands from PoshMishMosh (etsy.com)...
...and the 'just married' cake banner came from Etsy supplier atcompanyb.
The vintage case included a stitched heart pillow from Stitched with love UK (etsy.com)
Customised teaspoons from Pretty Paris (etsy.com) made super-pretty favours.
"A vintage DIY day doesn’t mean sacrificing elegance or etiquette or beauty, the beauty is, it’s yours, it won’t be mass produced and it will be ours forever!”