John Campbell Weddings is a family-owned and operated business that offers wedding planning, coordinating and design services. I opened this business as a way of using my experience in the event industry, along with my talent for design, to create unique, personalized, and memorable events.
What We Offer:
Wedding Planning and Design
Our Wedding Style Is:
Planning a wedding should be fun. Spending tens (or even hundreds!) of thousands of dollars on an event that lasts a few hours is pointless if the journey there isn’t enjoyable. Regardless of the service, I’m providing, I become invested in the success of my clients’ events AND the ease with which they’ve gotten to their big day.
I’m a big believer in the creative process. I view everything from food tastings to making a timeline as creative acts, and the way I approach an event creatively entirely depends on my clients. I create with intention and meaning, and I try to incorporate my clients’ personalities in every layer of the event.
Our Personality Is:
I’m someone who always tries to exude a relaxed demeanor, and that quality is reflected in my planning style. I definitely do not conform to the ‘A-Type Personality’ wedding planner stereotype. I value collaboration and cooperation over control; I always provide organized direction, but I trust my creative partners to do their jobs perfectly.
My clients always tell me that I’m able to put them at ease when the stresses of wedding planning are starting to build up, and it’s one of my favorite compliments to receive.
What Inspired Us to Start Our Business is:
I worked in hospitality during college, and eventually got into venue and catering management after I graduated. I constantly had couples telling me that I had a talent, and that I should consider opening my own wedding planning business. It didn’t take me very long to get the hint.
We Love Being a Part of the Wedding Industry Because:
It’s the place where so many of my passions converge: visual and culinary arts, music, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and creative problem-solving – it involves all of these subjects (and many more) and then weaves them into a couple’s love story in order to create an event that represents who they are and why their love is unique. Wedding planning was not a career I ever thought I’d end up in, but I fell into it and found my calling.
What Makes Our Business Stand Out From Other Vendors Is:
I’ve always been the jack-of-all-trades type. Growing up, I never knew what I wanted to do professionally, so I spent a lot of time floating from one possibility to another. I’ve had formal culinary training, studied music, photography, and art history in college, and ended up with a degree in Religious Anthropology which allowed me to study cultures and their religious rituals (including marriage rituals). I’ve worked in venue and catering management, using those opportunities to build on my educational foundation, and all of this has allowed me to be actively present in every single detail of planning a wedding. When I speak to a photographer, chef, or violinist, I do so with professional or educational knowledge that enables me to collaborate with them on an entirely different level.
One Thing Most Couples Would Be Surprised to Know About Us Is:
I never planned on staying in hospitality or becoming a wedding planner. I got my degree in Religious Studies and Anthropology with the intention to get my Master’s in Islamic Studies from NYU. I was having some doubts about continuing my education, and decided to take a break while I made up my mind. That’s when I fell into this profession, and I couldn’t be happier with where this journey’s taken me.
One of Our Non-Wedding Passions Is:
I love music. When I was 17 I had a scholarship to the Patel Conservatory and was part of Opera Tampa while I worked towards auditioning for music schools. I got to college and made it one semester before I realized that it wasn’t the right fit for me. Now I just sing in the shower and clunk around on my piano when no one else is around.
Meet the Vendor
First and foremost, I have an amazing partner, Sean, who is incredibly supportive of my business. He has a 10-year-old daughter who I could not be happier to have in my life, and she often acts more like me than her dad. Having a family has always been number one on my list of goals since I was a kid, and I’m very fortunate to have made one at a relatively young age.
I have a 14-year-old Cairn Terrier named Bailey who I am very much obsessed with. She looks like a scrappy little junkyard dog, and I wouldn’t have her any other way! I work more than I should – usually 7 days a week. I love what I do, and I have a hard time pulling myself away from it.
When I’m not working, I’m most-likely watching Netflix, and it’s just re-watching The Office 80% of the time.
With the tiny amount of time that’s left over, I enjoy cooking, baking, reading, painting, sculpting, graphic design, and going on vacations to North Carolina. More than anything, I love having quiet time to decompress and enjoy being in the moment.