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Sarah McLachlan Barefoot in the Backyard, Edmonton 2013

It was an honor to be asked to provide luxurious themed tenting for The Sarah McLachlan School of Music in Edmonton, Canada on September 14th.

Barenaked Ladies, k.d.Lang and Colin James joined Sarah McLachlan in an intimate evening of music, food and festivities held at Soaring House on the grounds of the University of Alberta. There were two frame tents, one for the stage and Raj Tents lounge, the other just behind it providing extra seating. Entrance Pergolas and an arch entrance into the University building gave a taste of things to come. Raj Tents’ co-founder Maurice Walsh went to Edmonton to personally supervise the installation.

Raj Tents installed tenting for Sarah’s ‘Summer Session’ concert in Ambleside Park, Vancouver in 2009 and ‘Voices in the Park’ in 2012, both times creating a relaxed and colorful luxury tent installation at her home as well. Our crew really enjoy working around her as they get to listen to her prepare and she is such a genuinely friendly and unassuming lady.

The Sarah McLachlan School of Music is founded on a belief in the enriching power of music and the importance of creative community. The School reaches hundreds of young people every year, providing them with a secure and inspiring environment in which they can learn, practice and connect with others.

Sarah is working on a highly anticipated new album due for release this year!

Many thanks to PRPConnect, who produced the event and the event designer Christopher with Christopher J Design.


Event Report Grammy Awards Passage to India BizBash Summer 2013

Great to see the 2013 Grammy Awards party featured in BizBash’s Summer 2013 edition.  Photos courtesy of Recording Academy/Line 8 Photography © 2013

The 55th Grammy Award Ceremony at the Staples Center was followed by the Recording Academy’s official after-party at the Los Angeles Convention Center produced by Along Came MaryBollywood is one of our favorite themes, providing the chance to bring in a riot of color and the style and designs that Raj Tents is so well known for.

The main stage with Mughal Arches stacked 20 foot high with colorful drapes provided a backdrop to performances by the B-52s,  Estelle, and DJ Michelle Pesce. Grand Ottoman Pavilion lounges on either side framed the stage and floating Pavilions over dining tables and raised performance stages, dripping with Indian glazed lamps, continued the theme. Raj Tents’ Pergolas housed the bars and low furniture vignettes filled the MasterCard VIP lounge. The center performance platform had strong horizontal lines accentuated by a large, ornate, scalloped valance.

‘Arabian Nights’ Corporate Party at the M Resort Las Vegas

Great to see pictures of the fabulous themed party, celebrating the end of the third annual Imagine eCommerce Conference, at the M Resort in Las Vegas. The event was organized by Tony Arzt of the Arzt Group, who wanted a combination of Bollywood, Moroccan, Persian and Arabian Nights features to create the Magical, Mystical Magento theme for his client.

The most unusual feature for Raj Tents, was transforming the M Resort’s poolside cabana structures with scalloped valances and drapes to make them really stand out. Several different types of tents were used, from the large Grand Pavilion, that served as a lounge to the smaller Pavilions and Pergola tents that are great as bars and food service stations as well as to frame smaller lounges. Along with Raj Tents’ low furniture and thematic lighting, the end effect was captivating, especially once the attendees mingled to celebrate the end of a highly successful conference.


Magical Outdoor Weddings

California South Asian Bride Summer 2013 edition, featured a contribution by Dominic Mitchell, Raj Tents co-founder. Some thoughts on outdoor tenting for the summer along with a nice selection of pictures showing how wide our range of luxury tenting is.

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Harleen and Yuvi Grewal’s Elegant Wedding

Lovely to see pictures and hear stories of Harleen and Yuvi Grewal’s recent wedding in southern California, planned by Nikki and Madiha Khan of Exquisite Events. It is always a pleasure to work with Exquisite Events, with whom we have collaborated often to provide luxurious tented settings for the top Indian weddings in California.

On this occasion, the ceremony took place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village that has acres of lovely gardens, ideal for tenting. The interior of the tent was in cream with gold star print. Ornate cream large rosette scalloping and matching cream and honey glow gold drapes decorated the outside edge, with large Ajmer hanging lamps across the length of the 40 foot x 100 foot tent. The flowers were delightful, which, along with pink and orange cushions brought in color and texture. One aspect that particularly made the wedding stand out was a two rose petal drops from a helicopter as the groom arrived during the Baraat.

Over 600 guests attended the different events that comprised this very detail oriented, traditional, stylish and sophisticated Indian Wedding. The Mehndi and Sangeet were held at the bride’s father’s impressive home in Porter Ranch, where hot pink and spicy orange Pergolas set the scene.

All in all, it was a great success. Many congratulations to the beautiful bride and her groom!