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This moody bohemian shoot shows couples how to make the most out of an intimate wedding! Bohemian lighting, bamboo chairs, textures, a neutral palette, and large dried floral arrangements that envelop the celebration combine to create romance and drama.

Intimate weddings are becoming more and more popular, especially among couples who want to save money on their wedding. An intimate wedding can be just as beautiful and memorable as a large wedding, if not more so. This styled shoot gives you tons of inspiration so that you can plan an intimate wedding that looks gorgeous and is filled with all the must have bohemian elements.

What was your design inspiration?

2020 couples in our area faced the challenge of having to repurpose large venues that they had booked for big celebrations to accommodate smaller, more intimate weddings. Even though restrictions have now eased to a point of near pre-pandemic normality, we realized that many of our clients were still planning smaller events in large spaces.

Since having a space that’s just the right size is one of the keys to creating the perfect ambiance for an event, we wanted to challenge ourselves by making a big space feel smaller. We wanted dried florals to be a hallmark of the design and developed a bohemian vision to accommodate that. Then, we developed a design that incorporated lighting, draping, big floral arrangements, and a squared-off reception table layout to create a space within a space.

Describe your flowers.

The large dried arrangements were designed to make a statement and to envelop the bride and groom. For the ceremony, the arrangements served as a beautiful frame for their vows and brought them visually closer together. For the reception, the pieces were repurposed to anchor the tables in the middle of the “U” shape and on the ends of the “U” to make the space feel more intimate.

Describe your cake.

The cake featured an inset middle layer with a metallic copper hue and textured buttercream. We gave the cake a statement moment by placing it on an acrylic stand with coordinating rust-colored draping in the center of the reception.

Tell us about your attire choices.

The bride’s wedding dress showed off delicate lace work in the bodice, back, sleeves, and train. The lace combined with a romantic neckline and flared sleeves to create a soft but dramatic look. We paired the dress with a cathedral-length bridal cape to bring extra drama to the bride’s ceremony look.

We opted for a neutral, grayish sandy tone for the groom’s suit to keep things neutral and to compliment the bride’s dress.

Describe the tablescape elements.

We let the florals, lighting, and natural textures in the chairs and tables to the talking. We kept the tablescape elements minimal with gold and black candleholders and capiz shell and amber votives. The place settings included matte black plates and cutlery, as well as gorgeous hand-calligraphed place cards and letterpressed menus by Emilime Designs. Each guest’s setting was completed by the sweetest loose-leaf tea favors, also crafted by Emilime Designs.