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Wednesday, December, 4, 2013  |  In the News
holiday wreaths, pottery barn

"TIS THE SEASON".....if you are in the RVA area on this Saturday, December 7th, make sure you stop by our "Holiday Pop-Up Shop" at Pottery Barn at Short Pump Town Center!  I'm so excited to have the Laura Hooper Calligraphy and wedding stylist, Dana FitzGerald join me...we'll have lots of holiday pretty to share with you and sweet treats from Candy Valley Cake Company....hope to see you there...xoxo


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Tuesday, July, 24, 2012  |  Flowers & Décor
orange, pink, and yellow inspiration board

A few weeks ago, the lovely ladies at the Pottery Barn here in Richmond, asked me to be a part of their wedding event and of course I was more than thrilled to participate....being a fan or Pottery Barn and getting to meet new brides in a gorgeous surrounding...YES PLEASE!!  So, I immediately called my girl Dana, amazing stylist that she is and told her all the good news....{fyi..to all the lovely brides, if you are having trouble creating beautiful inspiration for your wedding day, Dana is your go-to-girl}...Dana suggested that she would put together four "style boards" to set the tone of the JMFlora Design table...OMG...Dana ROCKS!!!

My friend and AMAZING photographer, Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography was on hand to capture a few images of all the pretty inspiration!!

From Dana....."Call them what you prefer -- an "Inspiration Board, ""Mood Board," "Style Board," "Story Board" or "Photo Collage" putting images of pretty 'things' together to create a cohesive, well thought out vision is just plain ol' fun!

So when Janie called and wanted to talk about her Pottery Barn event I was ecstatic that by the end of our conversation I had the task of creating four boards for her event. My goal was come up with four distinct color boards to inspire Janie to create four different bouquets for essentially four different 'types' of brides.


This board below was inspired by my friend and illustrator Jane Kirby. Both Jane (herself) and her work-- especially her watercolors inspire me.  Her painting of "Felicia" (the red haired image of the woman below) and her "Fuchsia Heels" was my starting point. I extruded the color palette from Jane's work by using Color Hunter and off I went using similar colors Jane did and creating what I thought would be launching point for an artsy "Jane" wedding (I know how you love Paris and macaroons Jane!).

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Monday, July, 16, 2012  |  Weddings
summer bouquets with peonies

Welcome back to“Summer Loving” with Lydia & David......they are actually married....they flew to Vegas and eloped last year,  July 27, 2011.  Lydia & David are friends of mine and Lydia shared with me, that she wished her and David had "wedding images"......Dana and  I approached them about the shoot for Reverie Magazine, she was ecstatic!  Lydia is such a "girly girl", so, we knew this would be perfect for them.  They are such a fun loving couple and we wanted to express this in the shoot...so, Dana and I went into "planning mode" and after many late night calls....lots of emails and three hours of sleep the night before the shoot.....here's what we came up with!!!

We choose all things that represented “Summer Loving"….yummy color palettes of corals, yellows, pinks and oranges. We decorated the gazebo with orange and hot pink carnations (yes, carnations people!!) and multi-color pom poms and streamers.  The flowers that we used through out the design were peonies, coxcomb, craspedia (billy balls), orange parrot tulips, feverfew, and carnations! 

We also incorporated pretty balloons, lanterns, cherries, and a cake that totally expresses summer loving with all the pretty shades of pink layers. The venue, Historic Mankin Mansion was perfect.  There are so many lovely details on the property...so perfect for a Virginia wedding!
  Let's check out all the beautiful images captured by the AMAZINGLY talented Anne of Anne Robert Photography....Enjoy!!

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Monday, July, 16, 2012  |  In the News
Reverie Magazine

Happy Monday Guys....it's going to be a such a fun week at the cafe....oh, yes, every week at the cafe is truly a fun week, but this is my "birthday week"....so, I'm just gonna have to make this week about me....don't you think I should.....at least a few days...don't you think!! 

And, how fun to start the week with our beautiful feature from Reverie Magazine Summer 2012 issue....if you haven't checked it out, you need to hurry over and see all the prettiness.....it's truly a lovely publication and we are thrilled to be a part of it....thanks to the lovely ladies over at Reverie and check back a little later to see more beautifu images from the shoot and the story behind "Summer Loving"....xoxo

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Friday, July, 13, 2012  |  Flowers & Décor
soliel paden

Happy Friday Lovelies...and it's bouquet Friday at the cafe!!....a few weeks ago when we were experiencing triple digit temperatures in Virginia, I participated in a wedding event at Pottery Barn...(more on that next week and it was a lovely event)....along with having my "floral and inspiration" table, I thought it would be fun to have a beautiful model walking around during the event holding my bouquets....cute idea, right!!

So, I asked one of my favorite models and honestly, she's like a daughter to me, the oh-so-beautiful and talented Soliel to help me out....and I'm so happy that she did...just check out the gorgeous images captured by my girl Tori of of Marvelous Things Photography...Tori is AMAZING....I love the way she captured Soliel's natural beauty and Tori has my flowers "dancing on the pages"...you know I love that!!

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Thursday, July, 12, 2012  |  In the News

Hi Guys...I'm so excited to share that me and the "Dream Team" are featured in the Summer 2012 edition of Reverie Magazine....we are so excited to be included among the beautiful pages of inspiration....so hurry over to check it all out and I'll be sharing all the images at the cafe next week...thanks to the lovely ladies at Reverie for including us and I want to thank my "Dream Team" of amazing wedding artists for making this possible...xoxo


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Monday, June, 25, 2012  |  In the News


COULD I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE.....Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma are Celebrating Brides on Thursday, June 28th....yes, this week!...at the Short Pump Town Center right here in Richmond, VA...and I'm excited to let you know that I'll be there for the celebration sharing lots of fun and pretty bouquet ideas with you....see all the details below in their invite!!...Hope to see you there...it's going to be FABULOUS!!!


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Friday, June, 1, 2012  |  Flowers & Décor
farm table and bench

Happy Bouquet Friday Guys....I'm up early putting arrangements together for tomorrow's wedding, so, I thought I would show you a little peony love today...one of my favorite flowers ever!!! These beautiful blooms are perfect for the DIY brides...you don't need a ton of them and they are perfect on their own...all you need are your favorite vessels...pretty linens...a few candles....and gorgeous wedding stationery designed by Kristy at Momental Designs and you are all set!  Check out our peony tablescape and I hope it will inspire you, whether you're a bride planning your big day or entertaining in your home, you can't go wrong with peonies...an excellent source for purchasing gorgeous peonies for your big day, Fifty Flowers.com....they provided all the peonies for our shoot!.....Enjoy!!

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