The Girl and Her Reflection from Pearl and Godiva

“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams…” 

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Serene, calm and still, the Moroccan desert glows. The vastness and pureness of the North African vista, stretching all the way to the foot of the Atlas Mountain, brings a quietness to your soul like no other place on earth. At a glance it is easy to see this barren land as void of life. Stark and fierce, the desert is lone and merciless.

Instead, looking deeper, you see it is a pulsing living thing, shaped by the winds and the cradle to beauty and infinite colour, texture, and plays of light. What once appeared as emptiness is instead gloriously revealed as a mecca of energy. The oasis, nestled within the folds of this endless landscape, gathers life, celebrating and embracing all into warm comfort and grace.

To look deeper is to really see, to reveal a world that was otherwise hidden. This is the cornerstone of our tutelage at the Style Pilgrimage, the newly launched Pearl & Godiva workshop series. Retraining your eyes to see in a pure and stainless way enables you to find endless inspiration in the apparent void. Through our workshop we find ways to refresh our thinking, our perceptions, and most of all, our creative minds. 

This belief was the inspiration for our shoot, with the endlessly talented Jen Huang, at our first workshop in the Moroccan desert. The Girl & Her Reflection – the duality of what is apparent and what is hidden, what is hidden below the surface, waiting to be discovered – is brought to life through this shoot. On the surface she is fierce, passionate and free. But equally she is delicate and gentle, a diety to be cherished and kept safe.

Workshop, Styling and Creative Direction : Pearl & Godiva  |  Photography : Jen Huang with Nevealbums  |  Make Up Artist : Lora Kelley  |  Hair stylist : Lora Kelley  |  Bespoke lace embroidered tulle gown : Created for Pearl & Godiva by Emily Riggs Bridal   |  Beaded gown : Jenny Packham from The Mews, Clifton  |  Earrings and Necklace : Kristin Hayes  |  Veils and turban : Enchanted Atelier by Liv Hart   |  Ring : Delphi Antiques  |  Pearl Earrings : Sourced by Pearl & Godiva  |  Fine art tarot paintings : Karina Puente |  Model (Maja) : Union Models 

Shot on location at La Pause, Morocco at “The Styling Pilgrimage”, a Pearl & Godiva Workshop.


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