Modern, Bohemian Downtown St. Pete Styled Wedding | The Birchwood

Florida Signature Bridal Affair | Tampa Wedding Show October 21st, 2018

With its gorgeous rooftop and elegant ballroom, The Birchwood has become an iconic Tampa Bay wedding venue. Located in the heart of downtown St. Pete, the boutique hotel features sweeping rooftop views of Tampa Bay and oversized chandeliers in its ballroom making it a top choice for engaged couples.

Bringing together the hotel’s modern finishes and classic ballroom setting, St. Pete wedding planner Parties A’La Carte created a modern bohemian theme for this styled wedding shoot.

“The Birchwood wanted to accentuate their ceremony and reception space, so we chose a modern, yet timeless design that showcased their ballroom; giving prospective wedding couples a true vision of what the hotel has to offer,” Jessica Ralph-Bova, owner of Parties A’La Carte shared. “The Birchwood’s sage green draping and mercury mirrors were the inspiration for the overall design and helped to shape the modern, bohemian theme. We used lush greenery with pops of white, and gold and silver metallics to complete this romantic look. We made sure to highlight all of the in-house elements available at The Birchwood, including the beautiful chairs, draping, glassware, and flatware.”

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In true Parties A’La Carte fashion, not a detail was spared when it came to decor, from the gold-rimmed chargers and lounge seating area from Tampa Bay rental company A Chair Affair, to the silver dupioni linens from Over the Top Rental Linens.

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St. Pete wedding florist, Cotton & Magnolia, designed the focal point of the ceremony and accented the reception tables with gorgeous selections of greenery.

“The greenery arch created by Cotton & Magnolia made a beautiful backdrop against The Birchwood’s grand windows and was exactly as we envisioned,” Jessica gushed. “The tall ceilings and the natural light make this an ideal ceremony setting.”

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LifeLong Photography Studios captured gorgeous portraits of the bride and groom and every detail, while wedding videographer, Bonnie Newman Creative, highlighted the entire event cinematically.

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The bride showcased an A-line illusion lace dress from Tampa wedding dress boutique The BRIDE Tampa, complemented by soft-swept curls and a clean and romantic look by LDM Beauty Group. A tux doesn’t always have to be the final choice for grooms, as our model looked dapper in a grey suit from Sacino’s Formalwear.

The finishing touches included paper goods hand designed by Sarah Bubar Designs, while Tampa Bay wedding bakery Alessi Bakeries created a deconstructed three-tiered cake, showcasing the variety and creativity that a couple can use on their wedding day.

Downtown St. Pete Boutique Hotel Wedding Venue with Modern Ballroom The Birchwood | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Elegant Modern Bohemian Inspired White with Gold Script, Hand Painted Anemones and Greenery Wedding Invitations on Circular Accessory with Real White Rose and Greenery Florals | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Stationary Sarah Bubar Designs | Florist Cotton & Magnolia | Planner Parties A'La Carte

Round Diamond Engagement Ring in White Velvet Ring Box on Wedding Invitation Envelope | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Stationary and Invitations Sarah Bubar Designs | Planner Parties A'La Carte

Bride and Groom Personalized Wedding Letters on Large Wooden Ring, Round Diamond Engagement Ring in Ivory Velvet Ring Box | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Stationary Sarah Bubar Designs | Planner Parties A'La Carte

Bride Reading Note/Letter From Groom on Wedding Day | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Stationary Sarah Bubar Designs

A-Line Illusion Plunging V-Neck Neckline with Tank Top Straps and Floral Lace Appliques Wedding Dress Hanging on Greenery Wall, Wedding Shoes and Earrings | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Dress Shop The Bride Tampa | Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood

White Roses, Daisies and Greenery Wedding Floral Bouquet on Velvet Green Box | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Wedding Planner Parties A'La Carte | Florist Cotton and Magnolia

Bride Wedding Portrait in A-Line Illusion Low Back with Tulle Ribbon, Tank Top Straps and Floral Lace Appliques Wedding Dress Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Hair and Makeup LDM Beauty Group | Wedding Dress Shop The Bride Tampa

Bride Wedding Portrait on Balcony of Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Wedding Dress Shop The Bride Tampa

Bride Wedding Portrait in A-Line Illusion Lace Floral Appliques Plunging V-Neck Neckline Tank Top Strap Wedding Dress, White and Greenery Floral Bouquet | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Florist Cotton and Magnolia | Wedding Dress Shop The Bride Tampa

Bride Wedding Portrait, Wavy Hair Pulled to the Side, Smoky Eye Makeup | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Hair and Makeup LDM Beauty Group

Wedding Ceremony Decor, White and Green Font Custom A-Frame Wedding Sign with White Roses and Greenery Garland | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Stationary/Signage Sarah Bubar Designs | Planner Parties A'La Carte | Florist Cotton and Magnolia

Boho Ballroom Wedding Ceremony Decor, White Draped Arch with Greenery | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood | Planner Parties A'La Carte | Florist Cotton and Magnolia

What were your favorite elements of this shoot? 
The greenery arch created by Cotton & Magnolia made a beautiful backdrop against The Birchwood’s grand windows and was exactly as we envisioned. The tall ceilings and the natural light make this an ideal ceremony setting.

Bride Ceremony Wedding Portrait, Grey Draped Linen Backdrop, Bride in A-Line Illusion and Lace Floral Applique Plunging Neck Neckline with Tank Top Straps and White and Greenery Floral Bouquet | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Linen Rentals Over the Tope Rentals | Wedding Dress Shop Sarah Bubar Designs | Florist Cotton and Magnolia

Elegant Boho Ballroom Wedding Ceremony Bride and Groom Portrait, White Draping Arch with Greenery | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Florist Cotton and Magnolia | Planner Parties A'La Carte | Downtown St.Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood

Bride and Groom Ceremony Wedding Portrait, Grey Draped Linen Backdrop, Bride in A-Line Illusion and Lace Floral Applique Plunging Neck Neckline with Tank Top Straps | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Linen Rentals Over the Tope Rentals | Wedding Dress Shop Sarah Bubar Designs | Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood

Bride and Groom Hotel Rooftop Wedding Portrait on Grey Modern Tufted Couch, Gold Coffee Table with White and Greenery Floral Centerpiece, White Tufted Armchairs, Gold Side Table with White Florals in Vases | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Planner Parties A'la Carte | Florist Cotton and Magnolia | Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood | Rentals A Chair Affair

Bride and Groom Hotel Rooftop Wedding Portrait on Grey Modern Tufted Couch, Gold Coffee Table with White and Greenery Floral Centerpiece | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Planner Parties A'la Carte | Florist Cotton and Magnolia | Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood | Rentals A Chair Affair | LDM Beauty Group

Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait, Bride in A-Line Illusion Lace Floral Applique, Plunging V-neck Neckline and Tank Top Straps, Groom in Grey Tuxedo and White Rose Boutonniere Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Men's Wear Sacino's Formalwear | Wedding Dress Shop The Bride Tampa | Florist Cotton and Magnolia

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Wedding Cocktail Hour Custom Menu in Gold Frame | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios

Elegant Ballroom Wedding Reception Decor, Long Feasting Table with White Tablecloth, Tall Gold Modern Stands with Greenery Bouquets, Large Glass Cylinder Candles | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood | Florist Cotton and Magnolia | Planner Parties A'la Carte | Rentals A Chair Affair | Linen Rentals Over the Top Linens

Elegant Bohemian Ballroom Wedding Reception Decor, Tall Gold Modern Stands with Greenery Bouquet Centerpieces, Glass Cylinder Candles | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Florist Cotton and Magnolia | Planner Parties A'la Carte

How would you describe your theme? 
Modern bohemian. The Birchwood wanted to accentuate their ceremony and reception space, so we chose a modern, yet timeless design that showcased their ballroom; giving prospective wedding couples a true vision of what The Birchwood has to offer.

What was your inspiration for this shoot?
The Birchwood’s sage green draping and mercury mirrors were the inspiration for the overall design and helped to shape the modern, bohemian theme. We used lush greenery with pops of white, and gold and silver metallics to complete this romantic look. We made sure to highlight all of the in-house elements available at The Birchwood, including the beautiful chairs, draping, glassware, and flatware.

Elegant Boho Ballroom Wedding Reception Decor, Glass and Gold Rimmed Chargers, White Satin Linens with Custom Modern Bohemian Menus and Green Leaves | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Planner Parties A'la Carte | Rentals Over the Top Rental Linens and A Chair Affair | Paper Goods Sarah Bubar Designs

Modern Bohemian Ballroom Wedding Reception Decor, Personalized Seating Card on White Cardstock with Gold Script Font and Painted Green and White Florals, Tall Modern Gold Stands with Greenery Bouquet Centerpieces | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Planner Parties A'la Carte | Paper Goods Sarah Bubar Designs | Florist Cotton and Magnolia | Rentals Over the Top Rental Linens and A Chair Affair

Elegant Ballroom Wedding Reception Decor, Sweetheart Table with White and Greenery Florals, Silver Votives and White Floral Tablecloth | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Rentals A Chair Affair and Over the Top Rental Linens | Florist Cotton and Magnolia | Planner Parties A'la Carte

Deconstructed Three One Tier White Wedding Cakes on Various Cake Stands with Greenery and White Roses on Mirror Round Table and Silver Votives | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Planner Parties A'la Carte | Wedding Cake Alessi Bakeries | Rentals A Chair Affair | Florist Cotton and Magnolia

Deconstructed Three One Tier White Wedding Cakes on Various Cake Stands with Greenery and White Roses on Mirror Round Table and Silver Votives | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Planner Parties A'la Carte | Wedding Cake Alessi Bakeries | Rentals A Chair Affair | Florist Cotton and Magnolia

Ballroom Wedding Bride and Groom First Dance Portrait | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood

Ballroom Wedding Bride and Groom First Dance Portrait | Tampa Bay Photographer Lifelong Photography Studios | Downtown St. Pete Wedding Venue The Birchwood

Estimated cost of styled shoot for 150 guests:
Venue: $1,500 (ceremony) | Reception: $125-$150/person | Photography: $2,250 | Videographer: $3,200 | Full Service Planning: Beginning at $4,000 | Cake: $5-6/serving | Rentals: $950 (included only 20 chargers) | Linens: $920-$1,150 | Flowers: $3,000-$3,500 | Paper Goods: $1,375 | Hair and makeup: $175-$400

Venue: The Birchwood *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Venue
Planner: Parties A’La Carte *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Photographer: Lifelong Photography Studios *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Videographer: Bonnie Newman Creative *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Flowers: Cotton & Magnolia *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Hair and Makeup: LDM Beauty Group *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Cake: Alessi Bakeries *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Linens: Over the Top Rental Linens *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Rentals: A Chair Affair *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Paper Goods: Sarah Bubar Designs *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Bride’s Attire: THE BRIDE Tampa *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Groom’s Attire: Sacino’s Formalwear *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Wedding Pro
Models: Leja and Rinel




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