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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

Imagine the excitement of Southern Living coming to your town, ready to inspire you with new, different and innovative ideas for your own southern affair, Add to that the Editor-at-Large of Southern Living coming to speak (and give you a copy of her wedding book!) while being able to sample genuine recipes from the magazine and being able to interact with wedding experts!

Southern Living Wedding Event

This is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime event for brides in our area, and it’s not too late to get on board! For more information, just head to the segment here on Living in the Heart of Virginia… it’s full of information and a sneak peek at some of the freebies brides will receive. So fun!!

Click here to head to the website of the Craddock Terry Hotel to register for this amazing event happening this weekend, the 14th through 16th of November. To make it convenient for your schedule there are even two tracks to choose from… a Friday night through Saturday schedule and also a Saturday through Sunday morning schedule. See you there!

This vintage park wedding by Holly Cromer, Photographer is so sweet! The soft florals combined with vintage touches really make for a special event. The setting of a state park created the most beautiful backdrop for their day. So lovely!

Here is a little bit about what Sarah had to say about the planning of her wedding day…

When we first started planning our wedding, Chris and I had very different opinions about our “dream wedding.” I wanted a small, immediate-family-only, wedding while Chris imagined something much larger. While a large wedding wasn’t what I wanted, I didn’t want the wedding day to be “my” day, I wanted it to be “our” day. I knew Chris deserved to have as much say in wedding planning as I did (and boy did he!). We sat down and each listed the three things about our wedding day that were most important to us. For me, it was the invitations, the flowers, an overall cohesive look/feel, and my dress (I cheated and picked four things). Chris cared most about the food (especially the cake), providing good times for guests, and sweetly enough, he also cared my dress because he wanted to make sure I felt beautiful.

How sweet, and I love how they compromised and also took the time to talk to each other about the most important things about their day. Chris and Sarah will both be able to look back and reflect upon a perfect day that incorporated both of their ideas. Take a peek into their wonderful day!

Wedding Gown by Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride
Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride - Vintage Wedding
Venue by Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride
Vintage Wedding by Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride
Bridal Portraits by Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride
Bride by Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride
Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride - Wedding in VA
Invitations by Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride
Wooded Wedding by Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride
Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride - Outdoor Wedding
Couple by Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride
Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride - Ceremony
Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride
Ceremony by Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride
Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride - Newlyweds
Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride - VA Wedding
Decor by Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride
Flowers by Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride
Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride - VA Park
Cake by Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride
Virginia Wedding by Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride
Virginia Park Wedding by Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride
Newlyweds by Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride
Park Wedding by Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride
Photography by Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride
Holly Cromer as seen on Hill City Bride - Wedding

 

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For some engagement sessions, a walk in the woods is the way to go. The beauty of nature as a backdrop serves to really highlight the couple as is the case with Clay and Mary’s e-session by Jane Bradley Photography. Jane utilized the beauty of the outdoors and found areas with benches and fences to utilize in such fun ways. I also know Clay and Mary, and they are super sweet… and so is their photographer, Jane. I hope that you enjoy this lovely woodsy e-session today!

E-session by Jane Bradley Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Engagement Session by Jane Bradley Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Jane Bradley Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - VA Engagement
Jane Bradley Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Virginia E-session
Jane Bradley Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - E-session
Jane Bradley Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Jane Bradley Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Mary and Clay
Jane Bradley Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Lynchburg Engagement
Jane Bradley Photography as seen on Hill City Bride - Engagement