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An intimate affair in the most epic of spaces with Twilight Trees

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 13:30

An intimate affair in the most epic of spaces. How guest restrictions needn’t mean you can’t marry in your venue of dreams. Twilight Trees demonstrate how wonderful a smaller celebration can be:

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On November 4th, just two hours before lockdown, Made in Chelsea’s Ollie and Gareth Locke said ‘I do’ in the The Hintze Hall of the Natural History Museum with a 4.5 tonne skeleton of a blue whale suspended above them. This was the second ever legal marriage ceremony to be held at the iconic venue and its first same-sex wedding, not to mention the fact that it was pulled together at a mere 48 hours notice.

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In a room designed to host a reception of up to 1200 people, successfully hosting a mere 15 was a new challenge. Taking into account that it had to double up as a successful television set too, Twilight Trees and the Natural History Museum worked alongside, RWS London, Event Concept and Monkey Kingdom TV to ensure that they not only succeeded in their mission, but by far exceeded it. In fact, the wonder of the room, the floral trees, the looming presence of the ancient sea creature and the spirit of the wedding party happened to create, the perfect recipe for success.

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Twilight Trees installed a series of 8, 3.5 metre high Grande Blossom trees, which created a ‘room within a room’ effect that struck the balance effortlessly. White hydrangeas cascaded down the grand staircase and glass lanterns were scattered throughout the ceremony space. Simplicity and extravagance went hand in hand to create the wedding of epic proportions and extraordinary intimacy.

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Robert Wetherell, Head of Events and Catering at the Natural History Museum, said: “We were thrilled to be able to welcome Ollie and Gareth to get married in such an intimate setting in the Museum’s Hintze Hall and share their special day with Made in Chelsea viewers. It went to show just how spectacular smaller ceremonies can be, even during such difficult circumstances. Our Venue Hire team are on hand to provide the latest advice on planning weddings under the current restrictions and are happy to provide information on all of our twelve licensed wedding spaces.”

For further information contact the team at Twilight Trees:

01962 877644

To contact the events team at the Natural History Museum:

0207 942 5434