Last month I was lucky (no pun intended) enough to attend the incredible launch party for the highly anticipated Lucky Pineapple, a GIANT GOLDEN PINEAPPLE that doubles as a delicious and stylish cocktail bar for your wedding or event.
I’ve been avidly following founder Hayley’s tropical adventure from concept all the way through to launch party day and MY GOD did she deliver?! The spectacular event was a surprise for the eyes everywhere you looked with so many of the industry’s most exciting vendors showcasing their talents to create what could easily be described as THE ULTIMATE wedding reception!!!
It was awesome to see so many of our Book Of Love directory babes involved - prop house extraordinaires Vowed & Amazed, event planning and style queen of the day Pink Palms, photographer or all things tropical Parrot And Pineapple and videography dynamo Electric Blue… not to mention the hero of the day, Lucky Pineapple themselves!…. finally!… in all her golden flesh! We are so honoured to have Hayley and her dreamy bar on board as official sponsors of THE UN-WEDDING SHOW later this year because nothing says ‘party’ like a GIANT GOLDEN PINEAPPLE, right?!
I went along with my sister Aisling who helps me behind the scenes with our directory and the shows. We had a blast meeting so many Instagram faces IRL… the adorable Katie Matthews who is the only celebrant in our Book Of Love and the most hilarious person on the planet. Also, the lovely Erin from Way Out Wedding who is our sister from another mister and fellow #mumboss who we are so proud to have on board again as sponsor for THE UN-WEDDING SHOWS!
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Hayley and the team for putting on an epic event and bringing so many fantastic humans together! Here’s what Hayley had to say about the evening:
The launch party of giant golden pineapple mobile bar was never going to be a low key affair! To celebrate the Lucky Pineapple bar finally ready to rock at parties and pop ups this summer and beyond, some of the best suppliers in the bizz came together to host an early summer soiree and styled shoot to provide event planners and super cool couples a bucket load of inspo and, of course, a good old knees up for the guests in attendance!
‘Tropical maximalism’ was the decor and styling brief for the event, with a relaxed yet super luxe vibe to be created across all the party features. More was definitely more and Ashleigh from Pink Palms Styling nailed the brief, creating mood boards for not one, but THREE styled areas inspired by the hero of Tropical Maximalist design, House of Hackney. Each styled area needed to be Instagrammable, functional, and showcase all of the amazing suppliers and contributors to the max! Assisted by Rebecca from The Wedding Spark, the stylists pulled together a stellar line up of florists and prop houses to decorate each area and set the mood.
Wilderness Prop Hire, a new business from the owners of Locke & Busby and Lex Fleming Photography, provided trinkets galore, as well as an amazing boho illuminated back drop - perfect for pictures. The Collect Collective showcased their collection of furniture and trinkets including Persian rugs and an amazing double peacock chair that wowed guests.
Boutique Blooms provided a floral display of pink and plume, that complimented the pieces perfectly. Illuminated signs were provided by the best of the best, Vowed & Amazed. The showstopper gold glitter letters spelling LUCKY were a fitting centrepiece for the event, again providing endless photo opportunities and Instgrammable moments. Vowed & Amazed also created a new custom piece for the event, a fluorescent pink hoop light decorated with tropical palm leaves and foliage. Pops & Twine provided big beautiful bunches of balloons in gold and pink tones, a perfect addition to the proceedings.
The Venue The Geffrye Museum building was the grandiose back drop for the Lucky Launch, with it’s luscious green lawns a secluded oasis in the middle of London’s busy Shoreditch. The Geffrye host weddings and corporate functions on the lawns throughout the year, offering an array of incredible packages and hands on support to all clients.
Delicious wood fired pizza from Dough & Deer was served in a converted land rover defender that doubles as a pizza oven! An epic grazing FEAST from food artist Berry & Brie…. metres of savoury and sweet treats were piled high and complimented with gorgeously moody florals from Catherine Short Floral Design.
The Humble Crumble bar is the sweet treat option you never knew you NEEDED at your next event until NOW. Guests tucked in to pots of crumble and custard topped with boozy sauces - this was a party after all! Malarkey Cakes showcased her epic cake masterpieces, designed to fit the styling brief of the event perfectly with luxurious gorgeous palm prints and a display table decked out to match gorgeously.
The Lucky Pineapple provided a menu of beer, fizz and cocktails to suit all kinds of tipple tastes. Most popular on the night were the Pina Colada Slushies, served with super kitsch gold straws and umbrellas, the Pineapple Bellinis and the Paloma cocktail with tequila, grapefruit soda and salt.
Lights & Sounds A/V company Sonny Evans Events took care of all sound and lighting needs for the event, offering an amazing end-to-end service, on hand all day to support the power set up of all suppliers, set up lighting and music, and then quickly pack down at the end of the night. SE Events provided garlands of festoon lighting to drape across big trees to create atmospheric lighting that twinkled as the sun went down. A DJ booth was erected to host acts throughout the evening, with full tech support provided to ensure all went smoothly.
Scott Simpson kick started the music line up, bringing the topical holiday vibes with his latin and funk set as guests arrived. Sonny Evans himself also offered an amazing Disco set as part of his A/V services and his tunes got guests in the party mood.
A welcome booklet was given out to guests as they arrived. The booklet contained a short interview with each of the suppliers so guests knew what what what as they partied the night away, as well has a keepsake to use for their own future event planning needs! Anessa Diane created custom acrylic signs, which were displayed in each styled are to list all supplier involved. These were an amazing way to share information with guests, without compromising on style.
The Gingerbread Maid launched her new custom lucky fortune cookies, which are now available to order for wedding favours and gifts! Special Lucky Pineapple cookies were made and distributed to guests during speeches. At the end of the speeches all guests were asked to open their fortune cookies to read the custom messages put in by Lucky Pineapple and Gingerbread Maid. One lucky person received a golden ticket inside their cookie, winning a Lucky Pineapple cocktail glass to take home!
A Beautiful Weirdo set up an eco glitter station, treating guests faces to a sparkle explosion. PROP LTD provided the party essential photo and gifbooth! Endless fun was had as guests posed with props and then were given print outs to take home, complete with the Lucky Pineapple logo!
Parrot & Pineapple photography captured photos of the event in her classic fun and colourful style that fitted the brief perfectly. Working alongside her was Electric Blue Photography & Videography, capturing the events on video for an after movie in her super cool and creative style.
All credits: Event Producer: Hayley Simpson
Stylist: Pink Palms
Assistant Stylist: The Wedding Spark
Photographer: Parrot And Pineapple
Videographer: Electric Blue
Venue: Geffrye Museum
Bar: Lucky Pineapple
Cake: Malarkey Cakes
Sound & Lighting: Sonny Evans
Illuminated Signs: Vowed & Amazed
Grazing: Berry & Brie
Photo Booth: Prop Ltd
Acrylic Signs: Annessa Diane
Eco Glitter Bar: A Beautiful Weirdo
Custom Lucky Fortune Cookies: Maid Of Gingerbread
Balloons: Pops & Twine
Crumble Bar: Humble Crumble
Land Rover Pizza Van: Dough & Deer
The Lucky Pineapple is available to hire for your wedding or event and you can claim a FREE GIFT when you do so via THE UN-WEDDING. See the full listing here but remember this is the only bar of its kind in the whole wide world so, if you want it, BOOK EARLY to avoid disappointment!
If you want to see Lucky Pineapple in all its golden glory then she will be serving up delicious cocktails and pineapple bellinis to all of our V.I.B’s at THE UN-WEDDING SHOW London + Birmingham as one of our official sponsors! Tickets are on sale now!