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Planning to propose (or to be proposed to, ladies)? Picking out a ring can be a tough decision – after all, having a ring that is timeless, lovely, and of good quality is important. The bride will wear it on her finger for a lifetime! When making that decision, choosing earth mined diamond engagement rings that are natural is definitely a smart way to go, which is why I partnered with Primestyle to show you how easy it can be!

Natural Earth Mined Diamond Engagement Rings | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


Ok, I’m going to be frank here. I live in an area that is a little bit…behind in the trends. Thankfully, Pinterest and blogs are available to everyone all over the world, so styles and information are more readily available…but that also means that people tire quickly of trends. What a conundrum! When it comes to your wedding tabletop ideas, I have a few suggestions of small changes to make that can be high impact (and some easier on the budget!). Take a peek!

Simple High Impact Wedding Tabletop Ideas | Hill City Bride Wedding Blog


Destination weddings are certainly gaining in popularity, and why not? It’s the perfect opportunity to combine your love for travel and new experiences with your wedding day. Plus, it’s a great way to cull through the guest list a bit for those who prefer a more intimate affair. No matter your reasons for wanting a wedding in a different locale, the Silicon Valley has the perfect place for you to do so by including Hotel Los Gatos in your nuptial plans.

Silicon Valley Hotel Los Gatos California Luxury | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Evelyn Hernandez - The hotel is gorgeous, I would love to stay here!

  • Preet - This is such a wonderful to celebrate your wedding day, I ahve to share this to my sister. She is getting married and may want to consider this place.

  • Alexandra - Wow. Beautiful! I think this looks like the perfect place to enjoy a wedding ceremony. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Jasmine Hewitt - The architecture and design of this hotel is beautiful! I am a sucker for ivy-covered buildings!

  • Dennis Littley - This would be a beautiful hotel for a wedding! Such a gorgeous venue. It would be such a great place to stay for fun too!

  • Yeah Lifestyle - That really does look like such a beautiful and lovely hotel to stay at – stunning surroundings! I can definitely see why people hold their wedding ceremonies there.

  • Kimberly Caines - This will be a perfect place for my sister’s wedding, I might recommend this one for her. Such a beautiful place to celebrate special day, thanks for sharing this!

  • Elizabeth - What an extraordinary venue! I can see why people would want to go there to get married – it’s stunning!

  • Laura - This place looks beautiful and I love the style of it x

  • Shaily - Wow! The hotel looks absolutely beautiful. I like how they have decorated it to match perfectly with its natural surroundings. It looks like a perfect blend of luxury and tranquility.

  • Catherine - Absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful spot for a wedding…definitely a night to remember. Thank you for the little tour!

  • Catherine - Absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful spot for a wedding…definitely a night to remember. Thank you for the little tour.

  • J - I love this hotel! The architecture looks Mediterranean and it is just so lovely! The pictures are beautifully composed as well!

  • Angelle - Hotel Los Gatos looks like a superb hotel. I love the architecture and all of the small details. You were able to get so many fantastic shots!

  • Jalisa Harris - That property looks like a heavenly place to visit.

There is just something to be said about a church wedding. Rows of pews, gorgeous stained glass, the classic feel. So many people are utilizing other types of spaces for their nuptials. So, when I see a church wedding it makes my heart sing because it’s becoming so different! Such is the case with this UVA chapel wedding. I’d say that Matt and Carina’s big day makes a big case for staying traditional. So pretty!

UVA Chapel Wedding | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • John Sallie - You are the exact reason why you hire professional photographers for your wedding. Beautiful work.

  • Corina - What a beautiful location. I also love Carina’s bouquet.

  • Aditya Tiwari - That is some absolute beautiful piece of work about dress and photography. Really beautiful location. Venue is pretty awesome.

  • Anna - This is indeed a gorgeous wedding set up. I’m not a fan of purple but it looks fantastic and tasteful here. I’m a bit sad that the church where we had our wedding did not let us decorate the place… :/

  • Kate - Great work! Beautiful pictures, may I ask you what settings did you use in the chapel?

  • Karla - These pictures make me wanna hire Ch & Sh Fredericks Photography for my wedding. I love how they captured all the details!

  • Christina | From Under a Palm Tree - Omg this wedding was so beautiful!! I love how subtle the color purple is, it’s very elegant. I just love everything about weddings! I love all the table settings and the decor. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy lol.

  • prateek goel - Great work done by photographers. The location, the people, the dresses, the cookies, everything looks amazing. Masterpiece.

  • blair villanueva - Weddings are one of the beautiful events in a woman’s life and also to many families. It is a celebration of union, and promises a future! Gorgeous photos you’ve got here.

  • Flyingkids - This is a really beautiful wedding. Congratulations to you and to your husband! Your dress looks amazing. Purple stood out in every detail of your wedding, from clothes to the venue. What a beautiful work 🙂

  • Laura Dove - Oh wow amazing photographs! I love looking at other peoples wedding photos, I often wish I still had my wedding to come so I could use them as inspiration!

  • Whitney Kutch - So, so beautiful! And the pictures captured it perfectly. I adore the shoes and the color palette!

  • melissa cushing - Everything about this wedding is gorgeous. The dress is stunning and so my style and I love the pops of purple and the gorgeous flowers. I love it all and the photos are stunning. awesome job as always …. so gorgeous.

  • DANIELLE BRONSON - This is such a stunning wedding. The cupcakes actually made my mouth just water. How delicious they must have been. The brides shoes were gorgeous.

  • Angie - This is so beautiful! Its such a gorgeous church! I love old churches! Thanks!

Want a perfect engagement session combination? How about an adorable couple, their fun pup, and a gorgeous view off of Skyline Drive? After seeing this session today, I think you will agree that those combine in a trifecta of loveliness – despite a few raindrops along the way.

Skyline Drive Engagement Session at Shenandoah National Park | Hill City Bride Wedding Blog


  • Melissa - I love these pictures! I love how the dog is included. They are so well done!!

  • Monidipa Dutta - The pictures make me fall in love as usual.
    But the center of attraction this time was the doggie. It is lovely… ❤❤

  • Rhian westbury - These are absolutely beautiful photos. And I love the ones which have the puppy in there too x

  • Elizabeth O - What a really beautiful session this is. Even with the rain it made for some great shots!

  • Wendy - This is refreshing to the eyes. Most engagement shoots involve dressing up and being all dramatic lol but I like this one. So simple, and the best part – the pup is present! 😀 Great shots!

  • Gill Trotman - Wow, absolutely beautiful photos! I love how the photographer integrated the couple’s dog in the first set of photos. You do amazing work. I look forward to seeing more in the future!

  • Fashion and Style Police - Loving the beautiful pictures here. Cute the dog got involved in the photo shoot. That is a great idea.

  • John Sallie - I think the light whitish grey sky made for a wonderful effect. My favorite pic is that of the three staring off into the distance ie the future. May they play pool for many years to come.

  • Clarice Lao / Camping for Women - This is really cute. I love that they included their pup in the shoot. Actually, we also included our three dogs too and it’s one of my favorite photos.

  • lisa - I love these photos, the background is lovely and I love that they have included their pup in them as well.

  • Mommy Sigrid - What a nice and casual prenup! No fancy outfits. Just two people in love. And I love how their emotions were captured in pictures. 😀 Congratulations to them!

I love featuring travel content! Ideas for destination weddings, honeymoons, and celebratory getaways is one of the things I adore. Recently, I was invited by Venone PR to experience weddings in Sonoma County wine country orchestrated by Off the Beaten Path Signature Experiences. There were 16 of us who enjoyed a time of relishing so many of the things the county had to offer, and our final night was so beautiful, I just had to share!

I was an invited guest at this location. All opinions are my own.

Sonoma County Wine Country | Hill City Bride Destination Wedding Travel Blog California Virginia


  • Monidipa Dutta - I absolutely love this post. Every picture, every wine glass, every line you have written. It is so beautiful.

  • Melissa C - All I can say to this divine post is…. WOW! This would be the perfect look for me at my dream wedding. I just love all of the green and the photos are amazing. Those foodie pics…. to die for! Thanks so much for sharing this gorgeous post and I am going to show my sister this one as she is going to be getting married and is looking for ideas!

  • jeannine - This place is perfect for a special gathering. I mean, just look at that food and the quality of service they can offer!

  • Jackie - Wow Sonoma County is absolutely stunning. Would love to spend some time there!

  • Christina Pilat - Omg This place looks amazing!! I really want to go here! Wow!

  • Blair Villanueva - This gorgeous garden is stunning makes it more romantic. You also captured the story perfectly!

  • John Sallie - WOW. The food, the drink, the entertainment, the grounds. It all looks and sounds so wonderful. I don’t know anyone getting married there but I may just have to crash a wedding. lol

  • Rosemary - Such a beautiful post and what stunning photography. I’ve only driven through Sonoma County and never had enough time to fully appreciate the experience. Reading this makes me want to go back. Gorgeous!!

  • Pooja Shama - Wow! love the pictures. I super love them. Love the settings and it is amazing how every detail has been captured.

  • Khushboo Motihar - This place looks like a dream come true! Off the Beaten Path Signature Experiences sounds a great organization. Loved the photographs 🙂

  • Nidhi Fouzdar - Wow everything looks so gorgeous. What a stunning photography dear 🙂 Loved it

  • Nidhi Fouzdar - Wow, everything looks so gorgeous. What stunning photography dear 🙂 Loved it!!

  • Michele Dennis - I am in love with each and every photo in this post. The photos are absolutely stunning and capture the mood perfectly! It looks like such an ovely and exquisite time was had by all.

  • kim - Your pictures are so gorgeous! I seriously want to book a trip asap!

No matter how fit, tall, short, plump, thin, or couch potato-y a girl is, it seems as though every woman I know struggles with body positivity. We all have certain areas that we are more self-aware about, and I am SO glad that we are in a movement that encourages body confidence. Because if there is one day a woman wants to feel lovely it is her wedding day (and every day, really!).

This post was sponsored by Knix, who provides great foundational pieces for women.

7 Tips for Having Body Confidence | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Geraline Batarra - Wow, these are great tips to do in preparing your body in your wedding day. I will share this with my friends since she is preparing for her wedding.

  • Monidipa Dutta - I guess I can use these tips as my wedding day is coming. They sound hard to do but I can try i guess.

  • Sreekar - Yes. Agree with all of them. Especially agree with the fact that we should avoid negative images of our own bodies and stay positive always , more so at the weddings:)

  • Clarice Lao / Camping for Women - My wedding has been far from over but I totally with these tips and they are very much applicable in our daily lives. We should definitely start accepting who we are and stop comparing ourselves to others. We are all unique and we just have to learn how to love and embrace our flaws.

  • Rhian westbury - I do think that not comparing yourself to others is so important and something which I fall short on now. I am so bad whne it comes to body confidence but all your points are so important x

  • HilLesha - Brides-to-be deserve to feel at their best on their wedding day. These are tried and true tips that will help endure body confidence.

  • Elizabeth O - This is a really great post. Body confidence hits us all but I think even more so on occasions like our wedding day when all eyes are on us. Great advice here!

  • Wendy - Thanks for this encouraging article. I, for one, don’t have body confidence. I am always insecure that my arms are too flabby but I need to learn how to embrace it.

  • Nayna Kanabar - A very useful post,, if it’s your big day you should concentrate on being happy and you will look great in anything you wear.

  • Jennifer - I feel your pain! I am always so conscious about my stomach and arms. It’s a struggle!

  • chichi - I agree with all your tips. Specially comparison. Every person is unique and comparison just takes the goodness out of everything.

I adore Virginia. It’s filled with mountains, hills, lakes, and beaches. It has history and super cool towns filled with boutiques and locally owned restaurants. There really is something special about living here. So, when I received this Virginia inspired styled shoot with a note that said, “This is a beautiful styled shoot that is based entirely around the state of Virginia – so I knew immediately that Hill City Bride was my number one choice for publication,” I took notice right away. And then when I saw the photos AND heard the meaning behind several of the elements, I knew you all would adore it just as much as I do. Just wait and see!

Virginia Inspired Styled Shoot | Hill City Bride Wedding Blog


  • Aditya Tiwari - This kind of content belongs to TLC and any lifestyle channel. Have you applied for those? By the looks of these pics, even they cannot shoot like this. Anyways love the images and proper angles you all have taken.

  • Rhian westbury - Wow this all looks absolutely amazing. I love the floral centerpieces on the tables x

  • melissa major - My goodness what an amazing day. Love all the flowers and the food looks really nice too. Love the photos

  • chichi - The pictures are gorgeous, love how the virginia elements are woven into the pictures specially the cotton!!

  • David Elliott - This sounds like such a fun event and a great idea. Putting businesses together to promote their product is perfect. And they have so many cool things to promote.

The Caribbean is beautiful! Pair that with a small boat, luxury cruise line, and it ends up being the perfect combination. My husband and I spent 11 lovely days wandering around the sea, and this post focuses on the 5 English Caribbean islands we visited along the way.

Although this post is sponsored in partnership with Windstar Cruises, all opinions and views are my own. I took my first cruise on the Mediterranean Sea with Windstar 8 years ago, and I had an equally fabulous time on my second journey and truly love this cruise line.

English Caribbean Islands Windstar Cruises | Hill City Bride Destination Wedding Travel Blog


  • Eileen M Loya - What an exciting island hopping experience! I have never been on a cruise before. I hope to have a chance to do so. Thanks for sharing your photos!

  • Happy and Busy - I’ve never been to the Caribbean. Thank you for sharing this. I will use this for future reference and hope to get there someday!

  • Carmen Rene - The Brimstone Hill Fortress views are beautiful and the St Johns architectures are amazing, I’ve never been to the Caribbean but I’ll surely save this post, thank you for sharing.

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN - Oh wow this looks amazing. I’ve never been on a cruise before but this makes me rethink. The pictures you were able to take are lovely. What an amazing experience.

  • Mommy Sigrid - Sighh…the Caribbean has always beckoned to me when I was growing up. But now that I am in my 40s, it’s becoming farther and farther away. Who knows? God might just give me a miracle. 😀

  • Sreekar - Wow. Great picture first off! Loved the beaches, they do look absolutely stunning. Wanderlust quotient 100/100 Would dearly love to check out Bequia!

  • kimberly c - I love the caribbean and have only been there one time to the Bahamas. It was also on a cruise ship (nothing better). This (especially the ocean) brought back so many memories. Need to go back soon. Nothing prettier than the water there and nature. Your trip looked like a great fun time. The way it should be!

  • Kristina - this looks like such a beautiful trip, it’s making me want to go right now! I’d love to do a cruise around the Caribbean!

    K x

  • Monidipa - This looks such an amazing place to spend a holiday. I love the sea and beaches, reading the whole post gave me goosebumps. I would love to cruise around Caribbean. Thanks for sharing your lovely adventure. Great pics.!!

  • Elizabeth O - What an incredible time it looks like you had. I love the idea of cruises as you get to explore so many different places!

  • Geraline Batarra - I have never been but definitely a must visit place to see and to explore, I will definitely add this to my bucket list.

  • Nidhi Fouzdar - Blogs about travel motivates me to work hard so that I can afford to explore all these amazingly beautiful places on my own <3 Definitely you had a great time

  • Happy and Busy - I love your journey! I also wanted to go to the Caribbean Islands someday. I will use this as a guide. Thank you!

  • Matt - Wow, so amazing photos and great suggestions, That St. George’s Anglican Church really took me by surprise, looks like it’s been taken right out of middle England, would not imagine seeing something like that in the Carribean.

  • Azlin Bloor - Everything looks just so beautiful! I can just imagine myself on any of these islands, it’s perfect for everyone, whether it’s the newlywed or not! Your images show them off so well!

  • Tawnya - I’m so jealous looking at your pictures! I’ve been on a couple cruises but never in the Caribbean. It seems like a cruise might be the best way to see the Caribbean because you stop in so many places. Looks like you had a wonderful trip!

  • My Teen Guide - Visiting the Caribbean islands has always been a dream for me. It has been sitting on my bucket list for the longest time. Seeing your photos fueled my wanderlust for the place! I have to sit down and talk to my husband about this. We have to pull our efforts and resources together to make a dream trip to the Caribbean islands the soonest time!

  • Jelena - The Caribbean looks beautiful! I love this kind of vacation when you go around several places and you can enjoy both nature and architecture.

  • Kemi - So beautiful and I’m so jelly! I’ve only been to Cuba and Cayman Islands and so want to do more French and even Dutch isles. I’ve never been on a cruise before so it should be fun. I’ll look into Windstar for my first time cruising. Gorgeous pics, btw!

  • Clarice Lao / Camping for Women - We’re planning to take another trip to celebrate our 5th anniversary. We’re a bit undecided if we’re off to Europe or the Caribbean but after reading your post — I am now leaning towards enjoying these islands. Thank you for sharing and your photos are great.

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