Styling: Ester Hunter
Photography: Kat Antos-Lewis
MOOD A tropical paradise with a touch of city glamour.
PALETTE Lush greens, pops of pink and gold accents.
VENUE Pergola Olympia London – a rooftop oasis with stunning city views.
A botanical bolthole with amazing cityscape views calls for modern styling. Tucked away on the rooftop of the historic Olympia London exhibition centre, Pergola Olympia is beautifully presented with a tropical twist. “I was utterly inspired to use this amazing space as the backdrop for our shoot, encapsulating both a modern and tropical look, stirring feelings of escaping the city and discovering a secret paradise,” says stylist and cake maker Ester.
As the venue does a lot of the talking, there was only the need to enhance some of its beautiful features: “We used bright greens, golds and pinks to work with all the copper and wooden furniture in the space, with added gold accents to incorporate a bit of glamour,” Ester adds.
For the table floristry, a “cloud” was crafted, using fresh monstera leaves, beautiful big palms, aspidistra foliage, and lots of ferns. “We created an explosion of green against the dark woods and artistic wallpapers in the venue, while the garlands made from ruscus, eucalyptus, and tree ivy were used to decorate the drinks trolley.” And the pineapple vases were a fun, exotic addition.
“I wanted to incorporate the tropical theme right through to the cake and its platform,” says Ester, who created a palm-print design with exotic flower decoration. The objective was for all elements to sing together. The end result? A jaw-dropping hidden oasis in a contemporary city venue.
THE DREAM TEAM
Floral design irisandco.com
Photography & planning katantoslewisphotography.com
Cake, desserts & planning @sugarlily_cakery
Bouquet ties houseofmacrame.com
Macramé backdrop twome.co.uk
Dresses shikobabride.com, thecotswoldfrockshop.co.uk
Hair accessories & sandals theluckysixpence.co.uk
Groom’s outfit zebel.co.uk
Flower girl dress & hair accessory prettygorgeousweddings.co.uk
Hair & make-up rosieblush.com