Modern Boho Neutral Intimate Wedding Shoot

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During COVID, at-home weddings evolved from a simple backyard affair to themed and personalized events. Luxury wedding planner and designer John Campbell, owner of John Campbell Weddings, showcased how to elevate an intimate wedding with contemporary meetings traditional details.

“With the trend of at-home weddings growing exponentially, I wanted to show that couples have the ability to take a space in their home and totally reimagine it,” the planner explained. “The colors were beige, beige, and more beige with hints of toffee, gold, white, and black. It was very important that the palette was primarily neutral to keep it romantic and light. I used bright white the most sparingly as a way to draw the eye to certain elements; the dress, the tux, the bouquet, the cake, and a few other pieces. This shoot was light but moody, traditional but edgy, organic but structural, soft but punchy, and noticeably feminine but unmistakably masculine.”

While many couples begin their planning process with their venue selection, the wedding planner began by curating an aesthetic that could be used in any setting.

“Normally when I’m designing, I follow the standard practice of searching for inspiration, mood boarding, etc., but I decided to work differently with this shoot by creating my own inspiration pieces,” John revealed. “The first thing I did was create the stationery. I wanted something that screamed ‘bespoke,’ so I decided to make it myself, even though I’m more than happy to admit that I am NOT a stationer. Then I made a simple armature for the bouquet using preserved ferns and bougainvillea. The third step was putting together some accent pieces, fabric swatches, and tabletop elements. I photographed these designs and used them as my inspiration images that were sent out to the creative partners involved in the shoot.”

Preserved flowers, foliage, and feathers filled the bride’s floral bouquet, while her sophisticated styling balanced the bohemian flare. Michele Renee the Studio used a soft bronze makeup technique to bring a feminine finishing touch.

For luxurious wedding memories, the decor details were designed to take center stage. The two-toned black and gold place settings created a bold contrast that stole the show.

Kate Ryan Event Rentals just so happened to get their new Dali flatware in stock shortly before I called them to discuss this shoot, and I really think it’s one of the elements that make the design,” John beamed. “We so often get caught up on the more noticeable, romanticized aspects of a wedding, like the fashion and flowers, that we overlook items like rentals that tend to blend into the background. As much as I love the flowers in this shoot, the tabletop items are the showstoppers of this tablescape.”

Not to be upstaged by the details, The Artistic Whisk created a five-tiered ethereal inspired wedding cake that made a stunning statement. Spunky Spirits provided their mobile beverage services to complement the festivities.

“The cake was one of the elements I did not conceptualize, but I did know from the start that I was inspired by the work of California based Fine Art Cake Maker, Jasmine Rae Cakes. I sent a few of her works to the team at The Artistic Whisk, and they totally delivered with the elements of form and movement that I wanted to focus on,” the wedding planner revealed. “There’s an ethereal quality to this cake that enhances the romanticism of the overall design, and I love that this cake is a standalone piece of art.”

While creating stunning wedding designs fulfills his creative spirit, John shared that it’s the genuine emotion and intimate moments that truly matter.

“My favorite element of this shoot was something completely unintentional. The models, Keosha and Anthony, are a real-life married couple who don’t have any professional photos from their wedding day. I had no idea this was the case until they mentioned it the day of the shoot,” the wedding planner reminisced. “Weddings are emotional. They’re deeply human. I know it’s easy to get caught up in the details, but, at the end of the day, the sentimentality is what stands out. The beauty of knowing that this couple can now show their children some kind of wedding photo eclipses anything I could have planned.”

Aesthetic and Pretty Bride Wedding Accessories, Dolce and Gabbana Perfume Bottles, Oval Engagement Ring in Blush Pink Ring Box
Aesthetic and Pretty Bride Boho Modern Wedding Accessories, Dolce and Gabbana Perfume Bottles, Oval Engagement Ring in Blush Pink Ring Box, Fun and Unique Wedding Stationery Invitation | Wedding Stationery John Campbell Weddings
Unique and Fun Gold Foil Well Sh!t Wedding Stationery from Tampa Bay Wedding Planner John Campbell Weddings

What was your inspiration for this shoot?
Normally when I’m designing, I follow the standard practice of searching for inspiration, mood boarding, etc., but I decided to work differently with this shoot by creating my own inspiration pieces. The first thing I did was create the stationery. I wanted something that screamed “bespoke,” so I decided to make it myself, even though I’m more than happy to admit that I am NOT a stationer. Then I made a simple armature for the bouquet using preserved ferns and bougainvillea. The third step was putting together some accent pieces, fabric swatches, and tabletop elements. I photographed these designs and used them as my inspiration images that were sent out to the creative partners involved in the shoot.

Bride in Classic V Neck Fitted Wedding Dress Holding White Preserved Flowers and Foliage, Feathers, Floral Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner, Florist and Designer John Campbell Weddings | Wedding Hair and Makeup Michele Renee the Studio
Trendy and Modern Boho Wedding Decor, White and Beige Preserved Florals and Foliage Bouquet on Fireplace Mantel | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner, Florist and Designer John Campbell Weddings

How would you describe the theme?
I wanted to use this shoot as a case study in turning a traditional-style formal living room into space for a trendy, modern wedding reception. The design started out with a desire to use up some preserved flowers and foliage that were collecting dust because of COVID. With the trend of at-home weddings growing exponentially, I wanted to show that couples have the ability to take a space in their home and totally reimagine it.

Trendy and Modern Boho Wedding Reception Decor, Long Table with White Tablecloth, Gold Chiavari Chairs with Beige Cushions, White Floral Preserved Flowers and Foliage, Ivory Table Runner, Candlesticks | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner, Designer, Florist John Campbell Weddings | Tabletop Rentals Kate Ryan Event Rentals
Modern Boho Wedding Reception Decor, Dried Preserved Flower Bouquets, White Feathers, Leaves and Flowers, Black Taper Candlesticks, Black Chargers, White Linens | Tampa Bay Wedding Planning, Design, Florals John Campbell Weddings | Tabletop Wedding Rentals Kate Ryan Event Rentals | Styled Shoot

What were your colors?
Beige, beige, and more beige with hints of toffee, gold, white, and black. It was very important that the palette was primarily neutral to keep it romantic and light. I used bright white the most sparingly as a way to draw the eye to certain elements; the dress, the tux, the bouquet, the cake, and a few other pieces. In the end, the palette was the most important aspect of the design, as it walks a very fine line that allows the overall design to play with contradictions. This shoot is light but moody, traditional but edgy, organic but structural, soft but punchy, and noticeably feminine but unmistakably masculine.

Trendy and Modern Boho Wedding Reception Tablescape Decor, Long Table with White Tablecloth, Gold Chiavari Chairs with Gold Velvet Cushions, White Floral Dried Preserved Flowers, Feathers and Foliage, Ivory Table Runner, Black Taper Candlesticks and Chargers | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner, Designer, Florist John Campbell Weddings | Tabletop Rentals Kate Ryan Event Rentals
Trendy Modern Boho Wedding Reception Tablescape Decor, Dried Preserved Flower Bouquets, White Feathers, Foliage, Black Taper Candlesticks, Black Chargers, Black and Gold Silverware, White Linens, Custom Stationery | Tampa Bay Wedding Planning, Stationery, Design, Florals John Campbell Weddings | Tabletop Wedding Rentals Kate Ryan Event Rentals | Styled Shoot

How did the rentals enhance the ambiance of the event?
We so often get caught up on the more noticeable, romanticized aspects of a wedding, like the fashion and flowers, that we overlook items like rentals that tend to blend into the background. As much as I love the flowers in this shoot, the tabletop items are the showstoppers of this tablescape.

Kate Ryan Event Rentals just so happened to get their new Dali flatware in stock shortly before I called them to discuss this shoot, and I really think it’s one of the elements that make the design.

Trendy Modern Boho Wedding Reception Tablescape Decor, Dried Preserved Flower Bouquets, White Feathers, Foliage, Black Taper Candlesticks, Black Chargers, Black and Gold Silverware, White Linens, Custom Stationery | Tampa Bay Wedding Planning, Stationery, Design, Florals John Campbell Weddings | Tabletop Wedding Rentals Kate Ryan Event Rentals | Styled Shoot
Bride in Classic Dress Holding Dried Floral Bouquet, Trendy Modern Boho Wedding Reception Tablescape Decor, Dried Preserved Flower Bouquets, White Feathers, Foliage, Black Taper Candlesticks, Black Chargers, Black and Gold Silverware, White Linens, Custom Stationery | Tampa Bay Wedding Planning, Stationery, Design, Florals John Campbell Weddings | Tabletop Wedding Rentals Kate Ryan Event Rentals | Styled Shoot
Trendy and Modern Boho Wedding Reception Tablescape Decor, Long Table with White Tablecloth, Gold Chiavari Chairs with Gold Velvet Cushions, White Floral Dried Preserved Flowers, Feathers and Foliage, Ivory Table Runner, Black Taper Candlesticks and Chargers | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner, Designer, Florist John Campbell Weddings | Tabletop Rentals Kate Ryan Event Rentals
Modern and Boho Chic Wedding Reception Decor, Dried White Floral and Foliage with Beige Roses Bouquet on White Bar | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner, Designer, Florals John Campbell Weddings | Bar Service Spunky Spirits
Trendy and Modern Boho Bride in Classic Form Fitting Dress Holding White Dried Floral Bouquet, Groom in White Tuxedo, Wedding Reception Decor, Long Table with White Tablecloth, Gold Chiavari Chairs with Beige Cushions, White Floral Preserved Flowers and Foliage, Ivory Table Runner, Candlesticks | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner, Designer, Florist John Campbell Weddings | Tabletop Rentals Kate Ryan Event Rentals
Modern and Boho Groom in White and Black Tuxedo, Bride in Classic Dress Holding Dried Unique White Floral, Feathers and Foliage Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Planner, Designer, Florist John Campbell Weddings
Modern All White Wedding Cake with Sugar Sculpture from Tampa Bay Baker The Artistic Whisk
Modern All White Wedding Cake with Sugar Sculpture from Tampa Bay Baker The Artistic Whisk

What was the inspiration for the cake design?
The cake was one of the elements I did not conceptualize, but I did know from the start that I was inspired by the work of California based Fine Art Cake Maker, Jasmine Rae Cakes. I sent a few of her works to the team at The Artistic Whisk, and they totally delivered with the elements of form and movement that I wanted to focus on. There’s an ethereal quality to this cake that enhances the romanticism of the overall design, and I love that this cake is a standalone piece of art.

Modern Boho Tampa Bay Bride and Groom with Grey French Bulldog

What is the estimated cost of the styled wedding shoot:
This wedding was planned for 4 guests. Similar weddings I’ve done for real-life couples tend to average at a total of $10,000

Photography: Stills by Hernan
Videography: Patel Creative
Planning, Design, Florals, Stationery: John Campbell Weddings *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Pro
Attire: Nikki’s Glitz and Glam Boutique
Hair and Makeup: Michele Renee the Studio *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Pro
Tabletop Rentals: Kate Ryan Event Rentals *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Pro
Bar Service: Spunky Spirits *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Pro
Pet Coordination: Furry Ventures Pet Care
Cake: The Artistic Whisk *Marry Me Tampa Bay Preferred Pro
Models: Keosha Eshay

Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

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MEET THE EDITOR

Marry Me Tampa Bay editor, Anna Coats, created Marry Me Tampa Bay in 2012 to showcase the area's best local weddings and vendors. She has been featured as a wedding expert on the national talkshow Daytime, Fox13, ABC Action News, Great Day Tampa Bay, and Bay News 9 (now Spectrum).

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