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A pinecone fire starter DIY? Yay! Colder weather is here, and I don’t know about you… but I LOVE a real fire. We actually lived in a home for 10 years or so that had a gas fireplace, and I think we lit it once (maybe twice). I just love the crackle, heat, smell and sight of a blaze made with real logs. Now we live in a 1922 historic craftsman home, and we adore our fireplace. Our kitties do, too. They sprawl out in front of it to get warm… add in our entire family (yes, felines included), and it’s just so cozy and warm.

Whether you are looking for a wedding favor, gift for someone with a real fireplace or just want to make some of these for your own home, I hope you enjoy this cute DIY I have for you today!

Pinecone Firestarters Pine Cone Fire Starters as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding DIY Blog

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We all know that Pantone sets the tone for the upcoming color schemes, and sometimes I love them and other times I don’t. I am so excited that the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year is a hue of purple. Ultra Violet to be exact. I was hoping that lavender, plum and amethyst would come back in a big way. Yay! We’ve featured these hues on the blog before, so be sure to take a peek at 5 ways to use Ultra Violet – even if it isn’t your favorite color.

5 Ways to Use Ultra Violet in your Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Blog

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Eeee!! I love the winter wedding inspiration I have for you today. So exciting!! This styled session is filled with treats – think hot cocoa and fabulous cookies – and horses. It’s a beautiful combination of elements that came together perfectly for this winter bridal shoot. Enjoy!

Horses and Hot Cocoa Winter Bridal Shoot as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog

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The venue often determines the tone of your overall event, and this Richmond mansion wedding proves just that! With gorgeous, detailed buildings and beautiful courtyards, this couple chose an outdoor ceremony space that surely stunned their guests! With sweet moments and Ultra Violet hues (Pantone’s 2018 color of the year!), this adorable wedding is filled with fun ideas!

Richmond Mansion Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog

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  • Theresa Marie Daily - This is absolutely gorgeous!! What a magical wedding!

Your wedding attendants are those closest to you – people you want to honor by choosing to have them by your side on your wedding day! Beyond bridesmaids and groomsmen, there may be a few others that you want to say “thank you” to with a tangible gift. And picking out one for your flower girl is extra fun – after all, selecting a gift for a little girl is almost like choosing something for your younger self! Take a peek at our meaningful flower girl gift ideas that are perfect for any little girl in your life. Many make ideal keepsakes and may even strike up memories from your own childhood. So fun!

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Flower Girl Gift Ideas as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog

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A few months ago, I was invited to visit San Mateo County and the Silicon Valley with the purpose of exploring all things wedding. The area boasts unique venues (truly, I can’t wait to share more!), lovely views and a perfect climate. Whether you live in the Golden State or are pondering a destination wedding, here are three venues to consider in planning a California winery wedding!

Planning a California Winery Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog - San Mateo County Silicon Valley

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  • Lashonya - Such a beautiful wedding! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jennifer - It is lovely! Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

Yay! You get married and then it’s time to get whisked away and relax together. If you are avid readers or are just looking for something to do at the beach or by the fireside, why not consider this list of books to read on your honeymoon? This great reading list for him and her was featured in our recent wedding magazine and was written by Emily Hedrick. Enjoy!

Due to our partnership with Amazon, this post contains referral affiliate links to our book selections. This costs no more yet helps to keep our blog up and running. 

Books to Read on Your Honeymoon as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog Reading List for Him and Her Book

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Ah! I love it when an e-session has a focus, and this one is perfect. From planes and hangars to runways and a cute pup (with a bow tie!), this aviation themed engagement session has it all. So fun!

Aviation Themed Engagement Session as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog E-session

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  • Ryann Winn - Thank you so much for featuring Britni and Philip’s FUN engagement!!!

So, why gift ideas for the travel lover? Well, if you’re anything like me, you love to travel! When I was 14, my dad had a business trip to Germany. As a business owner, he decided to take a month off and have our little family of 3 (I’m an only child) travel Europe for a month. We visited 9 different countries, and it’s safe to say that I’ve had the travel bug since then! From philanthropic trips to China, Africa and Nepal to pleasure trips around the globe, I adore travel and doing so always brings back special memories for me. And when it comes to lasting travel gear, nothing beats leather. So, whether it’s a gift for an avid traveler or you are just looking for something unique for the holidays or a special occasion (or bridal party gifts!). Take a peek at our 10 Leather Gift Ideas for the Travel Lover!

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Leather Gift Ideas for the Travel Lover as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog from Etsy

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  • Tony Tong - Love the brown tote bag, it is perfect for a 2-3 days trip.

    Tony

  • April - What a great list! I so want that leather weekender duffel! And what a great gift that personalized tag would make.

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