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French Country Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog

Every once in a while I get a surprise in my inbox – a bride sends me her own wedding! And when it’s as lovely as Will and Rachel’s, it’s definitely a pleasure to feature.

The theme of their day is best described as “rustic Virginia with French country touches” as Rachel is a high school French teacher and the couple hails from VA. The color palette of grays and greens with hints of lavender has such a softness!

Here is what Rachel had to say about some of the details from their day…

The centerpieces, bar sign, chair decorations, signs, and wreaths were all handmade. The doilies all belonged to my grandma, as did a lot of the small bottles in the centerpieces. I decorated all the bottles with lace and twine. I wanted them to look rustic and simple, fitting with the gorgeous barn at Sierra Vista.

The ceremony chairs had ribbons streaming down the backs of them, and my mom made the wreaths on the cabin. She also painted the little wagon our flower girls and ring bearer came down the aisle in (the flower girls are very young, and the ring bearer can’t walk yet, so that was our solution!).

Our guest book was a sign of the state of Virginia, and we also had a Virginia framed picture and the outline of the state on our koozies, which were favors. We included a hint of my love for French with macarons on the cake and cupcakes (the cupcakes were made by one of our students), and I handmade 150 tiny macaron stands out of Sculpey clay for my escort card holders. 

What an absolutely perfect wedding with so many DIY details and heirlooms. I hope you enjoy this wedding today!

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Technicolor Kind of Love Style Shoot as seen on Hill City Bride

This is such a fun, styled shoot. I love it for a few reasons. First of all, there are so many local vendors involved in making it a fun event. The more, the merrier! Second, I adore the color, color, color everywhere. So fun! And last (but certainly not a comprehensive list), there are lots of fun DIY details – handmade light fixtures, painted chairs and candlesticks, plantable paper favors and the amazing food.

Here is a word from the coordinator and photographer, CYork Photography about her thoughts on the shoot itself.

Art teacher by weekday and photographer by weekend, I am in love with all things colorful and all things wedding. I was first inspired to do this shoot when I was planning my own wedding and looking through bridesmaid dresses. I just remember thinking, ‘Why can’t I just use them all?’ And that’s when I realized, wait, I totally CAN use all these amazing colors.

And so with the help of some very talented vendors and designers who I met on The Rising Tide, a society of creatives who put ‘community over competition’, we transformed my colorful dreams into a vibrant, bold, fun reality. We did LOTS of personalizing and DIY with this shoot, which I think will appeal to many brides. We also did lots of upcycling like in the chairs, candlesticks and flatware. The favor was a DIY seed bomb. The napkins were a hand-dipped DIY. Even the ribbon chandeliers were a DIY sent from a Rising Tide member all the way in Tennessee.

I love how bold and fearless this shoot became. The combination of the organic bright space and the geometric designs and accents weirdly came together to create something unique and beautiful. If this shoot were a bird it would be an island parrot in a tree full of white wedding doves. And I think that this technicolor shoot will find some brides of the same colorful feather. Enjoy!

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Aqua Virginia Beach Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride

Dana and Mark wanted their wedding day to last as long as possible, so what better day to say I do than June 21? And with an oceanfront hotel reception, their guests could enjoy watching the waves until the last beam of light had faded from the sky.

Dana and Mark each wore the other’s ring throughout the morning of the wedding day until they exchanged rings in front of their loved ones in a deck overlooking the river. Dana’s wedding day look was very classic, starting with her ivory fit and flare gown and dramatic veil. Pearls and an elegant cream and gray rose bouquet completed her look along with her earrings, which were her something blue.

Mark’s look was classic as well, with a fitted black tux and aqua and black bow tie. He finished his look with bullet shell cufflinks (representing his time in the Army) and the engraved watch that Dana gave him as a wedding gift.

They chose a classic Tiffany blue and white color palette, which they incorporated into the hydrangea centerpieces, dessert table, and even the blue stemware on the sweetheart table. As a personal touch, Dana and Mark had a sprig of mint placed at each table setting along with a poem and note to their guests printed on seed paper. Enjoy!

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Garden to Table Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride

Jacquie loved tomatoes – so much so that this couple actually picked their date and location around where they would be growing at their peak. The venue has a beautiful garden out back, which allowed for a perfect farm to table meal at the reception.

The ceremony was held inside the ruins of an old home and afterwards, guests enjoyed the delectable food. Andrey and Jacquie also incorporated a Russian dance into their reception, which was performed by Andrey and his mother. Be on the lookout for other details such as a fun Lord of the Rings groom’s cake. Enjoy!

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Virginia Arboretum Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride

What a lovely inspiration shoot! I adore the soft pinks paired with golds and the green of the outdoors. This session at the UVA Arboretum has a country chic feel to give brides inspiration for their own rustic affairs. Weeping willows are somewhat scarce, yet a grand old tree was utilized as a focal point for this shoot. So pretty! From invitations to the cake, this styled shoot has inspiration for those ladies craving a rustic, country chic event complete with a DIY feel. Enjoy!

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