No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.

Oscar Wilde

Makeup and wardrobe we love is the hot topic for today, with the added bonus of us exploring extraordinary hair too. So let's get cracking and discuss these art forms!

The thing we love about art is that it knows no boundaries and is nonjudgmental. It exists to enrich our knowledge and understanding of perception, giving way to individual appreciation and taste. After all, what may be beautiful to one may be ugly to another; it is an exciting concept. One thing we hope we all share is the appreciation of art and its creation of origin.

Some art is permanent and other types are more temporary in nature. As event professionals we are experienced in creating one-off experiences that may last a day or more, but ultimately we know that our guests have to go home at some point. We rely on photography and video to savour those moments for our artistic achievements though and these time capsules remain as a glance back in time, but sometimes we do wish that there would be a physical reminder of the event which lasts.

One canvas that is even more temporary is the body itself, which is continuously changing from one moment to the next. We are all living examples of art that contribute to a greater population of diversity, with the added benefit of our own angels of beauty that exist to pamper, protect and care for our physical wellbeing. Hairdressers, makeup artists and fashion designers are life’s creature comforts that help improve our lives through the application of their own artistic talents. Today we celebrate these wonderfully creative geniuses by displaying some truly original and fiercely creative and cultural expressions. These are the things we love. 

Creative Hair:

Being able to express oneself through makeup is one of life's greatest joys. There are so many creative techniques to explore and tools available that it is impossible not to find inspiration. From theatrical expressions to simple flourishes, here are some of our favourites.

Creative Makeup:

When it comes to wardrobe the choices are endless and we could choose thousands of examples throughout history. Here are some iconic looks that make us smile from eleganza to classic cuts and more bold statements that literally make your eyes pop out of your head.

Creative Wardrobe:

Of course, being immersive design specialists, The Events Mill incorporates all three disciplines into our work. We have all departments - hair, makeup and wardrobe - within our production departments and our technicians continuously create looks for our team of talented performers. Our production design extends to full prosthetic sculpting and makeup as well as wig creation and costumier design. We work with the very best artists in the industry and we have an award-winning studio based in London but we work worldwide.

Makeup and Wardrobe We Love
Photography: ©JohnNassari | ©CivilisedMess | ©TheEventsMill

If you are considering planning an immersive experience and have a theme idea and need some help in executing your plans then we can help. You can find our more about our creative process here and discover more about our immersive experiences here. We can guide you through the whole process in a creative consultancy by calling 0203 723 0195 or feel free to email us at info@theeventsmill.com

Image credits:

Balmain – Riders on the Storm | Creative Hair for New Look | Dade Freeman | Avant Garde Hair | Hair with Print | Hair with Oranges | Woven Hair | Shades of Ethiopia | Makeup by Sona | Army Man with Makeup | Green Turban | High Fashion Makeup | Boy George | Makeup By Alex Box | Rami Kadi Dress | Christophe Josse Dress | Paper Dress | Beth Ditto Clothing | Grace Jones | David Bowie

Curious about what goes into an immersive experience design? Discover more here. 

Art galleries in London ideal for a wedding reception? Yes! We hear you, and we dream the same dreams and have you covered, hence why we have written this post just for you.

Continue reading if you have you ever considered hosting your wedding breakfast and reception at one of London’s beautiful art galleries. We really are spoilt for choice with a whole range of permanent and temporary collections, from medieval to post-modern and from cubism to impressionism – there really is something to satisfy any sophisticated bride or groom in the search for their perfect wedding venue.

Most of the galleries in London offer intimate spaces for entertaining where it is possible to combine tours of the artwork during the reception, followed by a seated meal under some of the world’s most spectacular masterpieces. From Cranach’s Adam and Eve at The Courtauld Gallery to Leonardo Di Vinci’s Madonna on the Rocks at the National Gallery, it is no wonder that this option for a wedding reception has always been (and will always be) a popular choice.

Are you considering Mayfair as a destination for a party? We have you covered! Read more here. 

Art galleries in London ideal for a wedding reception

Here are some recommendations out of multiple options for you to choose from. Our wedding planning team are on hand to help guide you through the process of choosing the perfect venue for your ceremony and reception, but for now, happy browsing!

Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel Gallery, situated in the vibrant area of Aldgate, East London is the perfect venue choice for brides and grooms looking for larger gallery spaces. Known for its critically acclaimed temporary art exhibitions, Whitechapel Gallery is the cool kid on the block. With clean lines and bright gallery spaces this venue is a fantastic choice for both larger dinners and lively parties.

Capacity: The Whitechapel gallery can host a gathering of 10 guests or a reception of 250 people.

Art galleries in London ideal for a wedding reception
Whitechapel Gallery, Gallery 2. Photography by Faruk Pinjo, 2019.

National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery contains some of the most prominent faces that have ever lived in British History. From a world-class collection of Tudor portraits to the celebrated celebrity culture of today, the National Portrait Gallery is one of those spaces that is guaranteed to have instant appeal for any visitor. The entertaining spaces within the gallery are effortlessly beautiful, complemented with exquisite mosaic floors and decorative features. This is one of the most interesting and important galleries in the UK.

Capacity: The National Portrait Gallery can host parties between 80 and 400 people.

Dinner in Tudor Gallery National Portrait Gallery
Photography: ©NationalPortraitGallery

Serpentine Gallery

Perhaps you might prefer the surroundings of Royal Hyde Park as a backdrop for your wedding celebration? The Serpentine Gallery is an incredibly important collection of contemporary exhibitions and a representation of all that is celebrated in modern art culture. Depending on the time of year that you are considering for your wedding there are reception and dining spaces available in the main galleries, or perhaps the world famous Serpentine Pavilion is more appropriate as the trendiest option for summer celebrations.

North Gallery Serpentine Gallery
Photography: ©SerpentineGallery

Tate Britain

Tate Britain can be found on Millbank near the bustling area of Pimlico. This gallery is known for its collection of British art from the 16th Century to the present day. Artists such a Turner, Reynolds and Bridget Riley adorn the walls at Tate Britain where the artwork becomes part of the celebration itself. With an abundance of spaces available Tate Britain is a sophisticated and popular choice to celebrate your special day.

Capacity: Tate Britain can host up to 300 people for receptions.

via Tate https://www.tate.org.uk/

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery is one of the hidden gems on London’s art scene situated in Dulwich Village, South East London. This venue is one of the most popular amongst brides due to its beauty, privacy and elegant art collection. Be inspired by the many portraits on offer within the gallery’s collection, complemented by exquisite gardens that are ideal for a spring or summer wedding party.

Capacity: Up to 120 guests for a wedding reception.

Wedding Couple at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Photography: ©DulwichPictureGallery

Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection is home to London’s most beautiful collection of interiors, armour and 18th Century French and Dutch masterpieces. This is a bright, colourful gallery with spaces that appeal to those that have an appreciation for luxurious beauty and artistic finesse. Perfect for intimate wedding breakfast or standing receptions, The Wallace Collection will literally take your guest’s breath away.

Capacity: Up to 140 guests for dinner & dancing.

via Wallace Collection https://www.wallacecollection.org/

Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi Gallery is famous for its collection of contemporary installations and thought-provoking work. Situated in the beautiful area of Chelsea, the venue itself has a fantastic balance of intimacy with bold contemporary design qualities. This a venue where it is possible to stage the most refined, luxurious wedding breakfast in one space and then an entirely different contemporary design in another.

Capacity: Dinner and dance for up to 600 people.

Saatchi Gallery
Photography: ©SaatchiGallery

National Gallery

One of the most visited galleries in the world, London’s National Gallery is a real haven of spectacular treasures. The collection is vast and houses some of the most important pieces of art in existence, representing most of the Master painters throughout history and the present day. The National Gallery is a must see and boasts numerous spaces for entertaining – this is a guaranteed favourite for any bride or groom that is in love with the arts.

Capacity: It can host events and drinks receptions for up to 500 people.

Central Hall National Gallery
Photography: ©NationalGallery

The Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Gallery, situated on the Stand at Somerset House, is considered one of the most intimate spaces for art in the world. With a collection of some of the world’s most famous paintings and a sublime collection of impressionist works, this remarkable gallery is the ideal venue to host small sophisticated luxury wedding breakfasts. It really is utterly sublime and it has just had a complete transformation renovation.

Capacity: It can host events and drinks receptions for up to 200 people.

Great Room Courtauld Gallery
Photography: ©HuftonCrow

Discover our destinations portal here full of other wonderful places to get married or if you'd love to chat through your plans over a glass of fizz then simply give us a call on 0203 723 0195 or email info@theeventsmill.com

What do we mean when we discuss east meets west design fusion? There is something so romantic about the mixture of cultures, traditions, styles and customs that give birth to wonderful design opportunities. One philosophy dubbed ‘East Meets West’ we’ve been asked to produce many times (in many different ways) is the idea of bringing together eastern and western design, marking the moment two cultures come together in harmony, a juxtaposition one might feel entirely incongruous at first, but one which works so beautifully when seen together in reality.

Chinoiserie Wallpaper
Photography via: http://www.lpmbohemia.com/themed-interiors-linings/linings/

Today we are going to focus on a design style which beautifully celebrates the coming together of eastern culture meeting west – chinoiserie. Chinoiserie - a decorative style in Western art, furniture, and architecture, characterised by the use of Chinese motifs and techniques.

First appearing in the 17th century, chinoiserie is a European interpretation or imitation of Chinese and East Asian artistic traditions that is especially associated with decorative arts, theatre and performance. This period of design history is famous for its rebellion against Renaissance illusionism, moving towards more authentic, asymmetric decorations, sparking the east meets west design fusion.

Here was an opportunity for a new trend towards freedom in expression, both whimsical and hedonistic, sparking much debate and divided opinion. A bridge between two decorative styles and a substantial link between the east and west cultures, thus creating a new east meets west design philosophy.

east meets west design fusion
Photography: ©PieterEstersohn via https://www.townandcountrymag.com/style/collectibles/g922/collected-book/?slide=2

Fortunately this decorative period has sustained popularity ensuring that there is a wide range of wonderful items available in the market to choose from when creating interior design and when producing luxury wedding design or party planning. Indeed there are plenty of opportunities to choose the perfect pieces to complement a wedding with an east meets west design fusion theme.

Chinoiserie can be seen as in influence in many housewares and home interiors throughout Europe and North America - it is still as popular in modern day interior design and stately homes. With an abundance of colourful decorative pieces, scenes depicting Chinese landscapes and ornate gold finishes, these designs ooze simple elegance and sophistication. If you still wish to keep a fresh appearance to your wedding or party design then adding small amounts of French Porcelain, such as the famous Medici Porcelain, can really enhance the overall feel of the room, whilst not overwhelming the design.

Medici Porcelain Gourd
By World Imaging - Own work, photographed at Le Louvre, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10529642

Incorporate a chinoiserie east meets west design fusion for your wedding or luxury party by doing the following:

Introduce a screen printed drape system but incorporate a strong Chinoiserie east meets west design aesthetic to frame the room. This would be a bold statement and exquisite backdrop.

Peacock Wallpaper degournay
'St Laurent' in standard design colours on Edo Turquoise painted Xuan paper. Photography by Miguel Flores Vianna. https://degournay

Add subtle French porcelain to your dining tables for an immediate east meets west design detail. These sophisticated vases are elegant, chic and utterly beautiful.

French Porcelain
Photography: via Pinterest

Introduce nature and subtle floral across the room and within the set design. We would recommend the use of cherry blossom and other soft pinks, golds and pastel shades. Think a mix of traditional with a contemporary lift.

Contemporary Hallway with Pink Suspended Lamp
Photography: via Pinterest

If you are hosting a drinks reception out on the lawn, create decorative pagodas that can be used as bars or food service areas bringing a beautiful east meets west design fusion. Or perhaps use a pagoda design as a central feature in your drape system to bring the whole Chinoiserie design to life, as seen below.

PAGODA AT BAD MERGENTHEIM
Photography: via https://architecturalwatercolors.com/gallery/

Take all of these elements, place them perfectly together, add a little design magic by the design team at The Events Mill, and you could have the luxury wedding or party design of your dreams. This is what bringing all of the above together could look like:

©TheEventsMill

If you would like to find out more about our wedding design services click here. If you're planning a party and need some design inspiration and would like to chat through your plans then you can get in touch by email at info@theeventsmill.com or by calling 02037230195

‘Watching Christopher work is such a delight. His true creativity never ceases to amaze me. There is truly no-one in Europe who can do what he does when it comes to experiential event design. More than that though is his attention to detail when it comes to logistical planning. It doesn’t matter if it is a wedding or any other type of event, his clients know everything will run smoothly’


Isabel Smith, Isabel Smith Wedding Design

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