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RA 250 years summer spectacle and Pleasure Gardens
An inevitable post dedicated to the magnificent Royal Academy of Arts. This year they celebrated their 250th summer exhibition with a larger than life show as well as a recreation of a ‘Georgian fantasy land’ pleasure garden. A playground of artistic showmanship.
Event Bureau attended this one night only sparkling event in full head gear and merriment. We were first met by a mesmerising courtyard full of sensory awakening features. A highlight had to be the misted magic from Loop.pH offering a welcome spritz of delicious mist on a rather hot evening!
We saw some work of old friends, Vowed and Amazed who had lit the scene with their light up letters (a favourite of ours from a wedding last summer), all accompanied by a series of wiggle worthy beats from a multitude of DJ’s spinning the night away. We feasted on some great pop up eateries, some since that we definitely locked down in our special black book of event suppliers.
Once in the exhibition itself, you’re transformed into a night out of the ordinary. Soaking up inspiration for colour combinations, typography, form and format, which had us all mentally translating into stationery, signage, bouquet colour palettes or just an installation of dreams.
Suddenly you are greeted by a back from the dead fully dressed Georgian character who has come to chat to you about the weather. You can’t then help but get fully immersed in the fabulous drag queen karaoke or get stuck into the wonderland life drawing or mass dance routines being taught in the hallway.
If the exhibitions themselves did not manage to make you fall in love with each piece, they would have certainly at least triggered a creative thought or two which is what it’s all about. A true source of inspiration in and out of this exhibition, showing that events really can transform the ordinary. Happy anniversary RA, until next year.
Sketch in Bloom
The Event Bureau team hadn't been this excited in a while about a London take over. In amongst the various London in Bloom festivals going on in May, Sketch decided to host one of the crown jewels.
From the entrance to the last cosy corner table upstairs, the view and smell.. was sensational! We were hit first by the breathtaking entrance transporting us to a magical and mysterious land full of colour and detail. This lead to a dose of the iconic Marjorelle gardens in Morocco with the intoxicating Yves Saint Laurent Blue.
Upstairs were some immersive features and show stopping installations. We were struck by the scale and imagination of it all. A huge congratulations goes to all these designers and grafters for achieving what really was the highlight of the season for us here at Event Bureau. Jam Jar, Flower Appreciation Society and Carly Rogers Flowers, you smacked it out of the park.
Royally nailed it.
This weekend Britain got wedding fever. Whether a royal fan or not, it's been hard to ignore the exciting build up to this huge spectacle of British showmanship.
Event Bureau dropped by to witness the sheer scale of organisation and graft first hand. We were bowled over by the atmosphere with campers setting up days before their promised glimpse, media storming the sleepy town with impressive set-ups, and one couldn't avoid walking into a live camera shot of reporters feeding back information worldwide.
We caught a glimpse of Philippa Craddock's team in the midst of what can only have been a mammoth install. We weren't disappointed by the beautiful wild and regal chapel displays towering over the glamour below. With a clever control of colour and texture, Philippa Craddock's design felt fitting to the historical venue. It was soft, complex and romantic whilst remaining true to modern floristry trends. Our hearts exploded on the knowledge that the bouquet flowers were hand picked from Kensington Palace.. I mean, England at it's finest.
All together: cake designers, photographers, caterers, gardeners, security, transport, printers, musicians, logistal masterminds and beyond showed the art of event planning in effortless form. Our hearts were beating fast for everyone watching and thinking about all these elements come together and we couldn't be prouder to share our industry with such creative and pristine craftsmen. Bubbles were flowing early for the Event Bureau Team, not only to celebrate this beautiful modern fairytale couple, but a CHEERS to a perfect example of the art of event planning. What achievements, what a day!
Focus : Peony
We're mid way through May and the wedding season is well and truly under way. We wanted to take a moment of appreciation for one of the most popular flowers of the season and the event business as a whole.
From our experience we all get over excited when we see their first sighting at the flower market, we enthusiastically drool over these explosions of colour and abundance of petals in open gardens and bouquets out and about. We giddily place these gems in arrangements and watch their colours turn from fuchsia to the palest of ivory, but where do they come from and what do they symbolise?
We love learning a few fun facts and did a spot of research, we weren't disappointed. These beautiful flowers mark 12th wedding anniversaries, and embody romance and prosperity. They are a good omen for a happy marriage too. No wonder they still remain one of the most popular choices to have on the day of all romantic days and what better excuse to make them a regular resident of any home or office bringing riches and honour, not to mention a true treat for the eyes.
Salone del Mobile, Milano 2018
The weather was perfect, the vibe was perfect, Milan was nothing short of an inspirational feast. Rossano Orlandi, Typecasting by Vitra, Dezeen x Mini Living; CLS Architecture + Arup; Fondazione Prada , The Diner, RAW, Superstudio; Nendo; Norwegian presence;. So much to see, such little time. Milan at it’s worst is consistently labeled as one of the key spots for style and innovation. Multiply that by one trillion and you have arrived at Milan design week. A hub of creativity and the most stylish looking humans effortlessly roaming those cobbled, tram loving streets.
When there is so much design inspiration to see and an imminent flight to catch, it is hard to decide what to end on. After much deliberation, we decided to join Hay Design as their guests at the stunning Palazzo Clerici. W H A T A S T U N N E R! Lured in to the Al fresco lunch spread in the sun drenched courtyard, we feasted on fresh produce and delicious wine whilst discussing our finds. All over a subtle soundtrack of sound installation by British Artist Trevor Jackson, courtesy of Sonos. Little did we know what awaited at the top of the stone steps of the grand staircase…. A series of rooms with the most beautiful traditionally decorative ceilings was home to Hays simple, modern catalogue of contemporary furniture and accessories. The perfect juxtaposition of the old and the new.
Thank you Hay. Thank you Milano!
Another inspiring visit to the NOW Gallery in North Greenwich – a staple eventBUREAU favourite. The current exhibition, ‘Harmonics in Space’ running until 29th April is that of Fred Butler, who has transformed the gallery into a harmonious Zen destination where the concept of light and colour is explored as an antidote to SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and the demands of urban living.
The installation consists of three lit polyhedral spheres, that you are encouraged to dip your heads into and embrace the healing light. Indeed, we embraced the healing light and also the opportunity to truly observe our thoughts; breathing; creativity and spatial awareness. How perfect would this be for a shared working space?
After the past weekends weather, the sight of frozen daffodils and tube delays on the commute this morning THIS was a well spent 30 minutes just being.
Most Curious Wedding Fair
Event Bureau recently braved the London snow and visited the Most Curious Wedding Fair. Each and every exhibitor certainly was 'marriage material'.
Everywhere we looked were the most beautiful displays by fellow contributors to the world of events. With a buzzing and creative atmosphere, we enjoyed immensely the celebration of alternative ideas, and came away with new industry friends. We are inspired and lucky to be part of such a thriving community of creatives and look forward to joining in the fun next time!
Welcome to the Event Bureau Journal. Here we will share our inspiration, news and all that is between.
For our first post we would like to introduce our team. Vanessa, Alice and Fiona. Between us we have experience in graphic design, 3D and CAD, floristry, calligraphy, photography, interior and exhibition design, as well as illustration and styling.
Event Bureau was born after hosting a succession of our own events and realising there lacked a trustworthy, accessible and approachable design firm that was willing to help with as little, or as many, aspects of our celebrations as we needed. We seized our moment to offer a 'pick and mix' style service.
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