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This Virginia winery wedding just exudes joy and love and also highlights the faith of the couple. It’s so bright, colorful and happy! I love what Allison from Allison Maxwell Photography wrote about this special couple…

This gorgeous wedding is one for the books! Sunflowers, mountains, a surprise horse drawn carriage, a father smitten with his eldest daughter and a beautiful couple in love. 

Sarah and Matthew are completely and utterly perfect together. These two beautiful people have such selfless personalities. All the details about their wedding day were perfect for the, but they were also caring and thoughtful decisions that expressed love to everyone present.

As a surprise to her parents, Sarah walked down the aisle to a song played at her mother and father’s wedding. She wore pearls that belong to her mother. She has so many children at her wedding. all people into whom she has invested her life – and not only did she have goodie bags for every child, but she wanted pictures with all of them! Sarah is the deepest definition of love and kindness, and her wedding communicated that very clearly. 

Sarah and Matt got married at CrossKeys Vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley, overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The day couldn’t have been more beautiful. Bright, cheerful, colorful, romantic, sentimental and deeply spiritual…these are words that describe their perfect day. A very strong theme throughout the day was how close the bride and her father are. Sarah’s sweet moments with her dad brought me to tears, and her first look with her husband was just as moving.  

Sarah and Matthew’s wedding was a lovely picture of who these two people are.  

Enjoy!

Wedding Shoes by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Accessories by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Flowers by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Sunflowers and Rings by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Outdoor Decor by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Gown by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Getting Ready by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Details
Bride by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Bridesmaids by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Sunflowers by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
First Look by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Groom by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Father of Bride by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Outdoors by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Arch by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Sweet VA Wedding by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Flower Girl
Venue by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Ceremony by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Newlyweds by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Wedding Attendants
Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Wedding Details
Bridal Bouquet by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
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Decor by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Detail Elements by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Favor by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Honoring Grandparents by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Mr. Mrs. Pillows by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Signage by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Table Number by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Table Numbers by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Virginia Wedding by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Winery Wedding by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Decor by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
VA Wedding by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Cake by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Table by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Wedding
Wedding Exit by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Couple by Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Allison Maxwell Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Virginia Wedding

 

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There are SO many things to love about this lodge wedding, truly! When I receive submissions that are filled with beautiful images and a great story, it just makes my heart sing. I would love to tell you in my own words, but what photographer Cadey of Cadey Reisner Weddings wrote was all too perfect. Here is what she had to say…

Justin and Rachel were married at the Custer State Game Lodge in Custer, SD. They are both from Arlington, Texas but fell in love with the Black Hills and decided to get married there. Justin is a English professor at the University of Texas in Arlington, and Rachel is a voice instructor. The couple are avid runners and Justin proposed on a run. After Rachel said “yes” she told  every other runner as they ran past them!

This wedding was truly unique. Rachel walked up the aisle by herself, and then along with her bridesmaids sang a beautiful song to Justin as he walked up last. The officiants were best friends of the bride and groom and held an amazing ceremony. Since Justin loves literature and English, members of the families came up and read their favorite poem or story of love.

The couple recited vows they wrote for themselves, and Justin had to use his pocket square several times to wipe the happy tears from Rachel’s eyes. Everyone shed a tear during the wedding as it was just so intimate and sincere.The wedding guests played a role in the wedding as well. The rings were passed around to everyone seated and they could say a special prayer over the rings, or out loud to the couple. This wedding was not about fan fare, or the details, it was about starting a life together.

I love all of that. How sweet! Enjoy this lovely, meaningful wedding today.

Bouquet by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Bride by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Bridal Portrait by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Bridesmaids by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Groomsmen by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Groom by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Flowers by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Instruments by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
First Look by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride - South Dakota Couple
Ceremony by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride - Boy
Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride - Wedding
Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride - Wedding Ceremony
South Dakota Ceremony by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
South Dakota Wedding by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Details by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Attendants by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride - Rings
Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride - Couple
Reception Decor by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Decor by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Plates by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Draping by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Decor by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Decor for Wedding by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Dessert Table by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Desserts by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Cupcakes by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Tables by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Table Details by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Chalkboards by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Ceiling by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Cake by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride - Newlyweds
Feet by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride
Couple by Cadey Reisner Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride

 

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There is just something about Indian weddings… the colors, the heritage and the fun all come out. I adored looking through this wedding and seeing how decked out the guests, bridesmaid and the bride were. Speaking of the bride, it’s so fun that Indian brides wear a color for their wedding day. It’s absolutely beautiful!

To top it off, this international couple (Dharini hailing from Sri Lanka and David from Ecuador) chose Sydney, Australia as their wedding destination. They were married at the Banjo Patterson cottage and then whisked away by a private boat to Cockatoo Island for a fun photo session with their attendants… the island is actually a former prison, but although it seems like an unlikely spot, it made for unique photos.

I hope that you enjoy this wedding today. Be sure to take a moment to notice the bride’s shoes… they are lovely!

Bridal Makeup by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Rings by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Rings by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Bride by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Flowers by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Indian Wedding by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Indian Bride by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Attendants by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Bridesmaid by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Groom
Bridesmaids by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Detailed Wedding by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Colorful Wedding
Flower Girl by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Bride and Groom
Ceremony by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Ceremony
Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Indian Wedding Ceremony
Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Indian Couple
Couple by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Bride and Groom by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Wedding Ceremony
Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Rings
Newlyweds by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Shoes by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Outdoor Wedding by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Guest by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Groomsmen by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Nautical by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Indian Wedding
Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Couple
Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Wedding
Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Bride
Cake by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Newlywed Couple by Gold Hat Photography as seen on Hill City Bride

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This wedding is so sweet, and I absolutely can’t get over the venue! This venue has a lovely older Texas mansion coupled with what they call an “artisan ballroom” that is completely modern and amazing. What a treat for a bride and groom to be able to have the best of both worlds – modern and historic – on their wedding day. Lovely!

Here is what photographer Traci of Photography by TSM had to say about Frank and Courtney’s wedding:

These two had the most beautiful intimate Texas wedding I have attended. The love between the two had everything around them glowing. You could see the way they simply looked at each other. The love in their eyes was to die for.

When I first arrived at the hotel you could see how much this wedding meant to Courtney. It was not your everyday Texas wedding, no this was a wedding that had every special detail at the top of the list. Courtney had all her girls getting ready in the room, from childhood friends to sisters. The amazing view of Austin from the top floor in her room was amazing!!

I went with the girls as they rushed over the Barr Mansion on a trolly. We fought through some Austin traffic, but made it just in time. When we arrived Courtney headed up to the top bedroom of the old style farm house to get her beautiful dress on. This dress was just stunning on her! I could not have imagined her in anything else. As she got ready for the ceremony the venue was preparing the room for the reception. I adore the pastel pinks, greens, and creams she picked. From the soft butterflies to the hint of sparkle everything came together perfect. There were so many amazing flowers and butterflies. I don’t who would not ask for such a picture perfect Texas wedding. Shooting in Austin is a great passion of mine and I am in love with Texas weddings. The style and the details of this wedding were so immaculate.

Texas View by Photography by TSM as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Details by Photography by TSM as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Flowers by Photography by TSM as seen on Hill City Bride
Photography by TSM as seen on Hill City Bride - Wedding Flowers
Flowers by Photography by TSM as seen on Hill City Bride
Texas Wedding by Photography by TSM as seen on Hill City Bride
Photography by TSM as seen on Hill City Bride - Couple
Photography by TSM as seen on Hill City Bride - Newlyweds
Photography by TSM as seen on Hill City Bride - Texas Wedding
Newlyweds by Photography by TSM as seen on Hill City Bride
Photography by TSM as seen on Hill City Bride - Wedding in Texas
Photography by TSM as seen on Hill City Bride
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Book Wedding Decor as seen on Hill City Bride
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Barr Mansion as seen on Hill City Bride
Couple by Photography by TSM as seen on Hill City Bride

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Having a winter wedding? Here is an idea for a fun favor… and it’s easy to make! Thanks to Paula Skulina of Virginia Sweet Pea for this fun DIY. Save up corks (or buy them from a local craft store!) to make this lovely cork snowflake on your own. Use them as place card tags, favors, decorations or ornaments… you can even get family involved in making them. 

Here are the instructions as per Paula. Enjoy!!

A snowflake made from wine corks is a decoration that can be enjoyed for Christmas and throughout the winter season. This simple craft is inexpensive and can be made in an afternoon.

Cork Snowflake VA Sweet Pea DIY

Supplies:

  • nine wine corks cut in half
  • drill
  • glue gun
  • liquid glue
  • glitter
  • ribbon
  • thin cord
  • needle

How to:

  1. Drill a hole in one cork half.
  2. Use a glue gun to glue corks together to make a snowflake pattern (see steps 1-6 in the photographs below).
  3. Apply liquid glue to the top of the snowflake. Generously cover the glue with glitter.
  4. Glue ribbon to the edge of the snowflake using a glue gun.
  5. Thread cord through hole with a needle and tie a secure knot.

VA Sweet Pea DIY
VA Sweet Pea DIY Snowflake

Here are a few ways to personalize your cork snowflakes:

  • Add variety with different ribbon and glitter colors.
  • Paint the snowflake a festive color before applying glitter.
  • Make a set of wine cork snowflakes to hang in a window.
  • If you don’t drink, ask a friend to save corks for you.

We used these snowflakes in our lovely gold & silver winter shoot as you will see below. The photos above were by Paula, and the photos below are by Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography… we will be featuring more of this shoot throughout the holiday season. We can’t wait to share more! 

Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography - Snowflake

Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography -  Cork Snowflake

Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography - Snowflake DIY