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Both Ryan and Cody are nature lovers and adore being outside, so it’s perfect that they chose a location with a view (and woods!) for their engagement session. So fun! Here are a few of my favorite things about their Sierra Vista e-session:

  • I love that she is wearing white during her e-session – yet obviously not as formal as the white she will wear on her wedding day.
  • Ladies, definitely take a hint. Ryan took the time to have her makeup professionally done, which makes such a difference with photography. Plus, it’s good practice for the upcoming wedding day. Doesn’t she look lovely?
  • Their outfits – from holy (or is it hole-y?) jeans for her to a plaid shirt for him, they are just perfect for the location and style they were going for.

Be sure to take a peek at their images, and I hope you enjoy their Sierra Vista e-session today.



Are you planning a nautical wedding? There’s nothing quite like crisp white paired with navy (and even a hint of green or aqua!) to pull off a lovely waterside event – even if you aren’t close to the water. If you adore being by the ocean or have military attachments, then maybe this color scheme is for you. Enjoy this nautical wedding inspiration today!

Nautical Wedding Inspiration as seen on Hill City Bride

  1. Light blue hydrangeas add just the right amount of softness to a nautical wedding, and paired with a striped navy ribbon, this bouquet is just perfect! See more of this wedding herePhoto: Liz Cook Photography
  2. Want high impact, easy to find table numbers? A nautical knot with a striped card tucked in between the ropes is a great idea! Photo: Henry Photography
  3. Who doesn’t love cookies? Whether as a favor, sweet treat or shower idea, these ones take the cake… uh, cookie? Photo: Colorful Snapshot Photography
  4. Anchors, navy and white chevrons and yellow flowers… ahoy! What a perfectly styled nautical table. Photo: Paul Reynolds Photography
  5. I love, love, LOVE this idea. An old boat was turned into a place card display. What a brilliant idea with such high impact! Photo: Meg Perotti

Hopefully this nautical wedding inspiration helped you plan your day – even if you aren’t looking to plan a nautical themed event. Such fun ideas!


There is oh so much to love about this styled shoot – after all, it took place at a Virginia horse farm and has oh so many details. Let me tell you about some of my favorites!

  • It goes without saying that the location is absolutely stunning! With nooks and crannies and a house and horse barn to boot, it’s so gorgeous.
  • Speaking of horse barns – be sure to notice that the wedding ceremony actually takes place inside the horse barn. Of course, you need a fairly clean place to have a horse barn wedding (or not, depending on how much of a rustic wedding you want), but this session offers a high impact space for sure.
  • Florals of warm hues – orange roses, pink peonies and ranunculus along with tulips – are placed among white flowers and light blue hydrangeas. What a pretty color palette!
  • Vintage wedding touches – such as blue mason jars and antique china – are placed here and there. You will also see a little nook made just for the couple, which includes a vintage couch and other antique touches. So pretty!

There is so much to inspire you for event – whether or not a Virginia horse farm is your setting. I hope you enjoy the plethora of wedding ideas today!




This couple has quite a history together – they met at their local church and have been together for 7 years all through high school and college. Now they are finally engaged as you can see in this winter e-session! And their engagement story is quite unique. Sarah and Thomas are both fans of the fantasy genre. Together as a couple they have been writing their own fantasy novel with their personal avatars as the characters. When it came time to proposal, Thomas wrote his character proposing to Sarah’s character. They now have their own love story (fantasy story and their real story). Love is about celebrating each other and what is unique to you as a couple. So fun!

Here are some fun things about their shoot:

  • Washington DC is such a beautiful place for an engagement session. With beautiful buildings and nearby parks, you can get such a variety of looks as this couple did with their photographer, Diana Gordon Photography.
  • Sarah’s patterned shirt is so cute – love it! Plus, it color coordinates well with Thomas’s look.
  • I’ll say it a hundred times – a round solitaire is classy, beautiful and oh so timeless for an engagement ring.

Well, without further due, I hope you enjoy this winter e-session today!



photos by Meghan Vaughn Photography (left) and K Jugar Photography (right)

{This was originally featured in our recent wedding magazine.}

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, especially if you’re trying to do it alone. The good news is that you’re not alone! Your wedding is about two people—you and your soon-to-be-spouse. Instead of trying to do everything yourself, keep the following suggestions in mind and get your groom involved in the prenuptial preparations.

  • Like all stereotypes, the one about men not being interested in wedding planning is not always true, but if your groom is a shy about pitching in, remember what he is interested in—you! If it’s about the floral centerpieces for the reception, he might not care much, but if it’s about saving you from total stress meltdown, he’ll probably care a lot. Let him know how much pressure you’re under and ask for his help.

Sierra Vista Bride and Groom as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog

photo by Lauren Paige Photography, see the full wedding here

  • Next it’s time to pull out the old to-do list and decide, together, which tasks each of you will take on. Keep personal interests in mind. Let the music lover take charge of the playlist for the reception while the foodie handles the catering. If you feel strongly about flowers, keep that job for yourself and maybe suggest that your uber-organized groom handle the budget and keep track of contracts and appointments.
  • What about those things that neither of you are particularly thrilled about doing? Well, start by deciding whether they’re absolutely necessary. Do you really need a seating chart or would you rather just let your guests choose their own tables? For those less pleasant chores that you both feel necessary, divide them up evenly or work on them together.

Lynchburg Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride

photo by K Jugar Photography, see the full event here

  • One thing to keep in mind is that if you are asking for his help, you need to be willing to let go of total control. You’ve asked for his opinions and assistance, so it’s only fair that you listen and accept what he’s going to offer. In fact, a great way to get him excited about planning is to make sure that there’s something in it for him to be excited about.
  • What elements of your big day reflect your groom’s personality and style? Some couples get creative with a unique groom’s cake or find ways to incorporate his tastes as well as hers into the wedding cake. Music, wedding favors, and centerpieces can also be easily chosen to reflect personality and interests. What could you add in or change up to make him feel like it really is about him as much as about you?

Marriage is all about working together and there’s no better time to start then when you are planning the wedding. Even if he seems a little reluctant at first, take the time to ask for his help and get him involved. As you work together, you’ll be sure to end up with a wedding that both of you will love.

Aubrey Fredrickson is a happily married, mother-of-two, stay-at-home freelance writer who loves discovering and sharing unique ideas. 

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