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Thursday, June, 30, 2011  |  Color Palettes

Hi Everyone! Coming to you all on a Thursday this week, but don't you worry, Friday is jussst around the corner! :-) For today, rest your eyes on a color combo that is energizing enough to help you make it through the week, yet calm enough to ease you into a restful holiday weekend! This soft yellow added to a dreamy barely-there pink makes the most beautiful summer combo! Add Khaki as a neutral and then things really pop! The result is simple, pure, sunny-day romance... Enjoy! :-)

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Tuesday, June, 28, 2011  |  Inspiration

Truth be told. I've always been such a girl. Sure, I tried to play with the boys, show them I could hold my own in kickball... but yes, the things that make my heart pound are trimmed in ruffles and lace. Anything thats a little bit too frilly and reminds me of a big, fluffy pink peony- it immediately has my heart (...and also my wallet.)  :-)
Well anyway, all this girliness brings me to today's post... Inspired by the tea time my grandmother used to have every afternoon at 4:00. These tea times were complete with pretty china tea cups and saucers, cookies, homemade swedish coffee bread... everything. And we even had it outside on the porch sometimes. A subtle, old fashioned, tea party theme is ideal for a late afternoon garden wedding, in my mind. But obviously, so many other venues would work as well. It's what you want to do with it that matters! So sit back with some earl grey, and look to be inspired... which one of these ideas would you use? How would you add your personal touch? I'm excited to see what you think! 

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Just a lovely photo to get us started.... {source}

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Monday, June, 27, 2011  |  Weddings

Hi Guys....I'm so sorry...I totally forgot to select the 'active" button on this feature...please forgive me....the winner of the pair of tickets to The Not Wedding is......Nykia Lewis....she said..."I live in Atlanta and my sister got engaged on Cinco de Mayo to her high school sweet heart. As you can guess she is extremely excited and is ready to get her wedding planning started. We would love to attend this event. thank you thebridescafe Fan"

Congrats Nykia and I hope you and your sister will have fun, I'm pretty sure that you will...please email me at janie@jmflora.com with your contact information...thanks so much!!  


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Monday, June, 27, 2011  |  Weddings

Happy Monday Guys and I hope you all had a wonderful weekend....I'm so excited about our featured couple today, Heidi & Marshall....you see, I featured their sweet engagement shoot earlier this year and today, I have the pleasure of sharing their wedding story with you!  Their wedding took place during Memorial Day weekend and was stocked full of DIY, personal details!  Heidi and Marshall got married at the Post Oak Lodge in Tulsa, Oklahoma surrounded by their families and friends. Among Heidi's many personal touches were custom TOMs shoes which Marshall drew the little dinosaurs on while they were dating.....vintage eyeglasses (as Marshall is in optometry school).....donuts and pies......and a glow stick send off!  Capturing all the beautiful moments and details are Amanda and Chris of Amanda Watson Photography......their work is so beautiful and I'm so happy to have them stop by the cafe today.  Let's check out all the sweet details......Enjoy!!!

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Friday, June, 24, 2011  |  Color Palettes

Good Morning again, loves! It's finally Friday and you know what that means?! It's the first official weekend of summer! As you're all getting ready to head out to the pool, beach, or basically anywhere else that is slam packed with other people, take a moment to rest your eyes on a perfect therapeutic color palette. As the summer is here, I will be finding some brighter colors to inspire us in the sunshine, but this week has been crazy and all I have been able to think of is getting a good night of sleep! So I decided on the calming elements of lavender. This popular, light, dusty shade of purple is very versatile. It can be made playful for a daytime wedding by adding shades of yellow, or dressed up with deeper shades of purple, such as plum. For today, I wanted to stick with the organic, natural-ness of it. So I chose to pair it with sage & mauve, both equally calm colors. 
So before you start checking off your busy schedule, relax! After all, it is Friday! Dab a bit of lavender-scented oil on your wrists, and let the visual stress-relief begin! 
~ A
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Wednesday, June, 22, 2011  |  Weddings

Happy Wednesday Everyone and say hello to Dominique & Terrel....our featured couple today at the cafe....Dominique & Terrel's beautiful wedding took place at the Ebell Club in Longbeach.  They are such a beautiful couple and you can totally see the love between them captured in all the goreous images...Dominique has the prettiest smile...it's the kind of smile that makes you smile!!  Capturing all the special moments of their wedding day is Tyler Branch Photo with Paperback Weddings....Tyler's work is so beautiful....always "picture perfect" and he is just the nicest guy!

Dominique & Terrel's wedding story can also be seen over at one of my favorite sites.....Essence Online Bridal Bliss....now let's check out all the beautiful images Tyler sent over to share with all of us....Enjoy!!

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Tuesday, June, 21, 2011  |  Fashion

Good Morning Everyone! Hope your Tuesday morning is going wonderful so far and you're enjoying a delightful cup of coffee as you read this morning's dose of wedding goodness! If you're new to The Cafe, my name is Alisha and I stop by every Tuesday and Friday to share some inspiration, planning ideas, or pretty color palettes. I'm extremely excited to share this post with you all today! I've been having so much fun with it. Basically, as I have been scouring blogs, magazines, and photographer's websites for the past year or so, there are always some weddings I see where what sticks out to me the most is the Bride's overall style and look. You know, the ones where you stop and think: 'This Bride is beyond gorgeous!!!' One thing I've come to realize is that there are millions of beautiful brides... everyone looks great on their big day! But the ones that make you go WOW are those who accomplish incorporating their own personal style into their look. Don't just wear a white dress- make it you! Don't hide your personality on your big day for the sake of tradition, let that inner beauty shine through! Today I'm going to share with you five beautiful ladies who did just that. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed making this post! :-)

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Style #1 - Girly Glam 
This flawless style shoot by Jose Villa & Jill La Fleur has stuck in my mind since I first saw it on Style Me Pretty. I think my favorite thing about her look is her makeup, by Team Hair & Makeup. That rosy glow is perfect for achieving a look of wedding day bliss! And it's still pretty natural, letting her gorgeous smile and bright eyes take the spotlight. Also, loving that the feather hair accessory by Lo Boheme is definitely a statement - but such a great way to add color and a little style! It goes so well with the poppy bouquet... add a little rhinestone detail on the gown (not too much) and you've got the perfect girly-glam look. 

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Monday, June, 20, 2011  |  Flowers & Décor

Happy Monday Guys....hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Let's open the cafe with one of my favorite flowers...Peonies!  I love them!  I think peonies are one of the most romantic flowers and I adore their sweet fragrance....their "ruffle-like" blooms are so soft and feminine.....truly a top pick for wedding floral.....whether you want to carry a bouquet of them or a single stem, you don't have to do a lot of "arranging" to them, which makes them perfect for a DIY wedding or for your home.

A couple of weeks ago, the wonderful folks from FiftyFlowers, sent me the most beautiful Sarah Bernhardt Peonies....in case you didn't know, FiftyFlowers is a great resource for wholesale flowers for DIY weddings and events.

So, I created a little "Peony Love" (right in my own back yard) and my girl Katie of Katie Stoops Photography stopped by to capture all the details.  Thanks so much Katie.....Enjoy Y'all....xoxo

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