Six months ago today, I took the plunge and organised my first Photo Shoot at the beautiful light and airy Holland Park Orangery in London. The inspiration for this shoot came from my Caribbean heritage and my own love for glasshouses; the perfect way to get my tropical fix - even in the midst of winter!
The idea of creating a tropical destination wedding for a city-dwelling couple; bringing the warmth and scents of lush tropical plants to the city, whatever the weather, was the main appeal. Indeed, Orangery and Glasshouses are super trendy venues for weddings right now because they are often a far more accessible option for couples, where finances or aged family members make it difficult to have that destination wedding! Today, I wanted to share the images from the Holland Park Orangery Wedding photo shoot with you.
London’s Holland Park Orangery is a stunning Victorian building, originally built to protect citrus trees from the winter weather, which made the perfect backdrop for this photo shoot. The traditional, tall arched windows on three sides of the building and the mirrored back wall create a beautiful bright and airy space, which works well for both contemporary and traditionally styled weddings. Set amongst the lovely walled gardens of Holland Park, complete with sub-tropical plants, the venue provided great photo opportunities outside too (even if it was November)!
The Palm + Gold theme of this shoot offers a ‘Plantation Chic’ style concept, which takes the tropical theme trend in an entirely different direction; featuring muted tones, beautiful tropical foliage, bare wood, white and touches of antique gold. The theme was born out of my contemporary Coco Palm Invitation Suite, which features faded palm fronds and contemporary gold geometric details.
Armed with a dream team of superbly talented vendors and featuring creative styling by Always Andri Wedding Design and beautiful images from Amanda Karen Photography, all the gorgeous details just unfolded from there. The bare, dark wood tables with white metal chairs, apothecary bottles and glass curiosities with copious amounts of tropical foliage and touches of antique gold, set within the stunning backdrop of the Holland Park Orangery, reflects the concept perfectly.
The reception stationery elements of the shoot coordinate with my Coco Palm Staitonery suite and included Table Number, Menu, Place cards, Escort Card Seating Plan and signs.
Coco Palm frond Table Number set into a book frame antique gold picture frame and diamond shaped, Palm Frond Place card set into a beautiful air plant
Coco Palm Menu set into an antique gold book picture frame
Coco Palm Seating Plan with Escort Cards pegged onto gold thread and set inside a simple white picture frame
Coco Palm Ceremony Program Fan
Cassandra King Flowers and Styling's distinctive foliage set ups and beautiful table arrangements include both real and artificial foliage and plants.
A stunning cake table design by Hayley Elizabeth Cake Design, incorporating a three tiered cake with an arrangement of smaller cakes; decorated with tropical leaf sugar work and touches of gold, on crisp white icing.
Beautiful wedding dresses by Truvelle from Heart Aflutter Bridal exude a timeless and simple elegance and make the perfect for choice for wedding at home or overseas. Hair and makeup by Sylwia Makeup.
The Modern Palm + Gold Wedding Inspiration has been featured on Bloved Blog
Photography: Amanda Karen Photography / Co-planning, Coordination + Styling: Always Andri Wedding Design / Shoot assistant: Events by Keenda / Venue: Holland Park Orangery / Concept, co-planner: Flamboyant Invites / Stationery: Flamboyant Invites / Hair and makeup: Sylwia Makeup / Florist: Cassandra King Flowers and Styling / Wedding Cakes: Hayley Elizabeth Cake Design / Rental / furniture: Classic Crockery / Vintage brass cutlery: Hélène Millot / Wedding Dress: Heart Aflutter Bridal Boutique / Cotton runner and napkins: https://www.katecullen.co.uk / Bridal Shoes: Love Art Wear Art Model: Cleo Simone