The Earth Hall at the Natural History Museum was selected as the perfect venue for the exclusive book launch of Rutland Hall Publishing’s ‘Timeless Treasures’, a beautifully illustrated hardback showcasing regal Indian weddings on 25th January.

The Museum welcomed over 300 guests who spent the evening exploring the regal culture of Indian marriages, characterised by abundant gift-giving and lavish displays of jewellery and textiles.

The Earth Hall provided an inspirational backdrop for the canapé and drinks reception, welcome speeches and glittering showcase of new high-end fashion collections from Sabyasachi and Cartier. Guests were invited to purchase signed copies of the new release and offered the rare opportunity to privately view the Earth’s Treasury collections throughout the course of the evening.

The event was the perfect synergy between Rutland Hall Publishing and Maia by the AC as Directors Ungelie Patel and Andy Varma are also on the Board of Maia by The AC, the luxury Asian catering and party design brand of The Admirable Crichton.

Maia by The AC’s project manager Charlie Womack oversaw the venue’s event design, ensuring the Earth Hall’s decor was modern whilst reflecting the book cover’s colour scheme of deep fuchsia. Also responsible for delivering the mouth-watering catering, Maia by the AC’s chef director Andy Varma collaborated with The Admirable Crichton’s executive head chef Andy Ritchie to create a unique menu of blended Asian and Modern British flavours. The bespoke menu included fabulous Asian Maia canapes and bowl food, alongside modern British cuisine.

George Foden, Wise Productions’ head of events created a stunning lighting design featuring a colour palette of reds and golds along each side of the Earth Hall. The venue’s ceiling above the main entrance was enhanced with a beautiful pattern wash, plus additional staircase lighting to complete the design. A number of moving lights created excitement and energy as the models, showcasing the latest Indian wedding fashions, descended from the staircase. Wise Productions also provided a show-stopping centrepiece, a beautiful circular bar finished with a luxurious gold mirror offering a dazzling backdrop to the drinks reception.

Pinstripes and Peonies creative director Ruari McCulloch created a luxurious flower display designed to add drama to the stage and frame the speakers, whilst incorporating the timeless nature of the book. Placed in two tall vases on black plinths either side of the stage a combination of stunning hot pink phaelonopsios orchid heads, burgundy roses and touches of cloud-like pink hydrangea provided a unique look for the evening, reflecting a growing trend for blocks of flowers, flower-filled arrangements and colours that traditionally would not be seen by side. McCulloch’s expertise and intricate knowledge of the venue was demonstrated by the flower colour choice, so as not to lose its vibrancy when placed under the Earth Hall’s atmospheric lighting.

Natural History Museum’s head of venue hire Robert Wetherell adds: “With our event spaces featuring in the new publication, it was a thrill to host the launch and champion the prestigious nature of Indian wedding venues. The Earth Hall lends itself perfectly to events that are looking for a wow-factor space to match the magnitude of the occasion. A dramatic sense of arrival is ensured as guests are greeted by the most intact Stegosaurus fossil skeleton ever found then enter further into the space to experience the beautifully illuminated Earth’s core structure.”

Ungelie Patel from publishers Rutland Hall explained: “The launch of the‘ Timeless Treasures’ book was a great opportunity to work in partnership with the iconic Natural History Museum, whilst launching such a momentous and much-anticipated curation of priceless wedding jewellery.  It is a testament to the suppliers working harmoniously together in order to maximise the tight lead times ahead of the book’s publication date, creating a memorable evening for our high-profile attendees.”

From left: Andy Varma, Ungelie Patel & Kamal Singh
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