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For bridal shower and wedding gifts, you may want to go off script a little bit. In my day registering was all about china and flatware, but my favorite thing is to get the couple things that are useful and practical. I believe I have a wonderful solution for the perfect bridal shower gift idea viaΒ Grove Collaborative!

This post is done in partnership with Grove Collaborative, which I wholeheartedly believe in – my mom does, too! Affiliate links are scattered throughout. I promise I genuinely love their company, the products, and the excitement of receiving useful household supplies each month. You will too!Β 

Bridal Shower Gift Idea | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog with Grove Collaborative Coupon Code


  • Kristy Bullard - I love Meyer’s cleaning products! My niece is getting married in July. This would be a great gift for her. Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Josie - I LOVE the Grove products! This would have been a great idea in hindsight. I’ll have to recommend it to my cousin who is getting married! πŸ™‚

  • Amiekay - Oh, this is a wonderful gift idea! These items are useful and unique, which means the bride won’t be getting duplicates and you know she’ll use them! (Unlike that third set of cutlery someone bought her!)

  • Jennifer - Perfect! It’s great for anyone who has a home. I love the products for cleaning!! πŸ™‚

  • Kasia - This sounds like a lovely idea for a bridal gift. How convenient that the deliver it all. I think most of us could use a wonderful gift like this. I haven’t heard of this service so thanks for sharing.

  • Lisa Rios - I love Mrs. Meyers! These are great nontoxic products and I would totally use them for a bridal shower gift.

  • adriana - These are amazing gifts! I love Meyers cleaning products and would highly recommend them!!

  • Lisa - What a unique and absolutely usable gift idea! Can’t think of a bride that would enjoy using these. What better way to begin a new life than with non-toxic products? I think it’s fabulous!

  • Karishma - What a lovely gifting idea. So very unique, so the bride to be definitely not going to get a duplicate of this one. And I think the freebie scents of mint, lilac and peony sound so much fun too. I’m itching to get myself one of these sets πŸ™‚

  • Luci - I love all of those brands. They work great and they don’t have a harsh smell. Grove Collaborative seems like a really great service for a new bride or mother so they wouldn’t have to go to the store if they are busy.

  • Geraline Batarra - Such a cute and fun gift idea. These are amazing cleaning product. I may need to have them all.

  • Karla - Love these products! Totally a must have in every home. Great idea for a bridal gift! πŸ™‚

  • Basundhara Ghosh - Beautiful as well as useful gift. I guess it is always a bit tricky to choose a correct bridal shower gift, and suggestions alike this are really helpful.

  • Megan @ RenaissanceGirl.org - I love that more and more people are moving towards more eco-friendly, natural based cleaning products. These even look gorgeous too!

  • Jennifer - Yes! So true. πŸ™‚

  • Pujarini - Great tips and amazing pics. Love that you have recommended eco friendly products.

  • Czjai Reyes-Ocampo - I’m not familiar with the brand, but their products seem to be very promising. I would definitely appreciate gifts like these. πŸ™‚

  • Alex - Great idea. Definitely a unique gift. And the images look amazing!

  • Lindsay - Beautiful gift ideas. When you are deep in the midst of wedding season, it can be a challenge to come up with a unique and personal gift. I often go off a bride’s registry, but like to pair that with something more sentimental and personal. This is perfect.

  • Tara - Super cool – I love gifts that you can actually put to use!

  • Elizabeth O - The subscription service would make a lovely bridal shower gift. The products sound really good too, I like that they don’t contain harsh chemicals!

  • Iva Ursano - What a lovely post!! I think everyone struggles with bridal shower gifts. This is great! I love the smell of lilacs myself and that’s probably one flower I miss from Canada.

  • Gladys Parker - I have heard wonderful things about Mrs. Meyers cleaning products and I really should get at and order some. I love lilac, when I was a child we had huge lilac bushes than lined our driveway.

  • Preet - What a beautiful post. All the pictures and ideas sound so good. Mrs. Meyer’s spring range looks amazing, I would love to try the products out. The subscription service would also make a lovely bridal shower gift.

  • Jennifer - We had one in our backyard, too! πŸ™‚

  • Lyosha - I have never heard of the brand but your review sounds very interesting! I think I need to try it!

  • Monika - A lovely and ‘fresh’ idea in every sense! You just made me want to buy it all for myself… πŸ˜‰

Vacations are something I look forward to all year round. Truly, one week of holiday ends, I get back to reality, and then I’m already dreaming about where we are headed next. Whether you are celebrating an anniversary, honeymoon (yay!), or just want to get away together, I definitely would suggest looking at small ship cruises.

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

Small Ship Cruises featuring Windstar | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog Destination Travel Honeymoon Journey


  • Iya - Louisa - Looks like you had a lovely time! I would love to go on a cruise one day. ☺️

  • Joline - We’ve never considered taking a cruise but reading about small ship cruises might just change our mind! We didn’t even realize this option was out there. It’s just the right pace we like.

  • Jennifer - Yes! It’s such a GREAT option. Truly! It’s like a luxury hotel that takes you to the most amazing places. We’ve done big boat cruises, which was perfect for us and the kids – but for us as a couple? I much prefer the small ship cruise option. It’s so fun and memorable!! πŸ™‚

  • Komal - I haven’t even heard of this place wow! It’s been ages SK ce I went on a cruise and this one seems lovely!

  • Alison Rost - I think small ships give you a more personal experience especially since there are fewer people on the ship. It’s perfect for people who enjoy their quiet time.

  • Amiekay - I love cruising but have never been on smaller ships like the one you describe here but I think you’ve sold me on trying one out. I love the intimacy you describe and how you get to see behind the scenes; that would never happen on a larger boat!!

  • Jennifer - Yes, so true! I loved it so much. It’s really a different experience to have a small boat. Windstar actually offers a lot of great deals – keep a watch on their site! <3

  • Amalia - I’m so curious about cruises holidays, glad I found your post! I want to go in one but a bit more cosy and this one they you did with Windstar Cruises just seems like exactly what I want! Will have a look into booking, X

  • Jennifer - Oh yay! They often run specials and have destinations all over the world. It’s such a lovely journey no matter which one you choose. <3

  • Eileen - I’ve been on big cruise ships, but I’ve never been on a smaller boat. Your experience sounds amazing and I’d love to try it out!

  • Luci - That does look like a really nice cruise to go to. If I ever go on a cruise I’ll have to check them out. I’d like to go on a small cruise rather than a large one.

  • Jennifer - I would definitely suggest doing so. It’s so fabulous! πŸ™‚

  • Kelly Edgar - Your cruise experience looks and sounds so amazing! Those locations look so dreamy to. What a wonderful adventure.

  • Adriana - OMG this looks so amazing! I haven’t been on a cruise but I like the idea of a small cruise.

  • Akamatra - I would love to go on cruise anywhere! But hubby gets really sick on water and so this isn’t happening for us. Love your photos!

  • Jennifer - Ug, yes! I once got sick, but I’m ok on the cruise ships. There were a few people with those patches on to stave off nausea.

  • Elizabeth O - This cruise looks so relaxing and romantic. I find a cruise is like a lovely adventure, if you dont get seasick at least!

  • Scott - We haven’t done any small-ship ones (yet), only large ones. Although…we have been looking at a couple that go through Europe. Maybe soon!

  • Jennifer - We did the Windstar one where it goes from Istanbul to Athens. It was a FABULOUS trip. They have so many that go through Europe also. Take the plunge! πŸ˜‰

  • Paula Tran - This sounds like such a great time. I really want to go on a cruise someday and your post convinced me that smaller cruises are the way to go.

  • matthew - The cruise looks so cool; i have’t gone on a small cruise before, will definitely try this someday.

  • Ann F. Snook-Moreau - My husband and I are going on our first cruise next month. It’s a large ship, but if we like it we might try a small ship the next time!

  • HilLesha - How fun! I have only been on a cruise once and that was a few years ago. It was exciting, but a bit overwhelming, so I’ll probably go on a smaller cruise ship the next time.

  • Jennifer - Yes! The smaller ships are more relaxed and WAY less overwhelming. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Aw! Just having a getaway is fun. <3

  • Jennifer - They really are! <3

  • fashionandstylepolice - That bed looks amazing. I would love to go on a cruise one day. Maybe when the kids are older.

  • Jennifer - Ours are a bit older, and it’s a perfect time to do so! πŸ™‚

  • Candice - Oh man what an awesome ship. I’ll have to pass this on to my sister. She takes cruises all the time!

  • Anna - I had the luck to try a small yacht when I lived in Dubai with my husband, it’s an incredible experience. It wasn’t a long trip, more of a sightseeing but I absolutely got the feeling while reading your post.

  • London Mumma - I have never been on a cruise before god knows why as I hear its the best way to see the world or should I say open ocean.

  • David Elliott - This looks like such a marvelous cruise. I really want to go on one soon and I have never been. I love the water sports platform. Sounds like it would be a ton of fun.

  • suchi - That does look like a really nice cruise to go to. Need to check them out!!

  • Stephanie - My mother in law loves small cruise ships. She finds them so much more personal

  • Chelsea - I’ve always wanted to on a cruise but the thought of be out at sea on a ship but petrifies me so much. I’m not sure why either. I really need to overcome though as I’m missing out! Maybe a small ship cruise would be better for me

  • Blair Villanueva - One of my favorites is cruising, and the advantages of sailing with smaller ships is so much better. You’ve got the chance to mingle with the crew and more prioritized services for sure!

  • Mary Nicole Galbraith - This sounds like such fun! I am a cruise addict, I hate flying, so cruising is my favorite form of travel. I’ve never done a small ship cruise like this before, but I’m going to have to add it to my travel wishlist! Sounds like such a fun experience.

  • Ashley | Honey & Pine Co - I’ve only ever been on one small ship cruise and it was a blast. Most of the time we’ve gone on big cruise lines but the little ones are so much more of a personalized experience.

  • Jennifer - So true!! And I love the name of your business. Honey & Pine sounds lovely and homey! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - It really is! Thanks for stopping in, Mary! πŸ™‚

If there’s one thing I love it’s a good combination, and in this case it’s the perfect blend of photographer, people and location that create an exquisite mountainside engagement session. Take a peek at this adorable couple, and you just have to see how their session ended!

Mountainside Engagement Session | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog by Megan Vaughan Photography


  • Niki - Oh my goodness! These photos are so beautiful! Everything about this is perfect.

  • Cia Black - What a beautiful shoot for this beautiful couple. I agree I love the pop of color that her dress brings to the shoot.

  • Jennifer - Thank you! It really is so lovely. πŸ™‚

  • Sue Tanya Mchorgh - These shots are amazing. The mountain side back drop is beautfiul . I can see the love between these too . So precious.

  • Kristi Ann - These pictures are so amazing! And the couple is just the cutest! You can tell they are meant to be together. You did an amazing job capturing their love and personalities in these pictures.

  • Ithfifi - Absolutely stunning photos, they must be so pleased with the result. As for the couple themselves, they are gorgeous – their love for each other is so apparent and the photos are heartwarming. They look like they enjoyed the shoot!

  • Quirky Homemaker - Gorgeous couple and gorgeous view! Looks like everything came together perfectly for their engagement photos.

  • Jennifer - Aw, thank you! Megan Vaughan took these, but they are great, I agree. πŸ™‚

  • Flora_the_Sweaterist - What a lovely couple! Their love is reflected on every picture. And wow, the location is indeed perfect. Such a view! The sunset shot at the end left me speechless!

  • Jennifer - Yes! Such pretty colors!! πŸ™‚

  • Cindy - The photos are gorgeous and so is the landscape. I agree her dress and side braid are super cute.

  • Elizabeth O - The sunset shots at the end are incredible, what a gorgeous memory to capture. These are truly gorgeous.

  • Joanna - They look so in love and you have captured their feelings so well in your photos. I love that you’ve chose the golden hour for this shooting, the light is wonderful in the photos.

  • Heather @thedomesticdiva - What a beautiful location for engagement photos and an absolutely stunning couple. Congratulations! Wishing them nothing but the best.

  • Amber Brault - What an amazing shoot! Cute couple and amazing landscape!

  • Josselyn Radillo - The sunset shots are incredible. Couples in love are so cute!!! Love the photos.

  • Claire - What a beautiful location and a beautiful couple! I cannot wait to do this myself one day, magical!!

  • Peps Goh - Wow, the last few shots are the money shot! I love the colours and how you had your engagement at such a beautiful place. Sadly, in Singapore, we don’t get such beautiful view and height!

They say that navy is the new black. I’m not exactly sure who “they” are, but I definitely agree that navy makes a fabulous neutral. From wearables to decor items, take a peek at these navy blue wedding ideas today!

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Navy Blue Wedding Ideas | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Basundhara Ghosh - This is so beautiful, I can’t even express ! I love how intricate the feather bow tie is, and the dresses of the bridesmaids are all so lovely <3

  • Sneha - I love navy blue color. Thanks for sharing the cool wedding ideas.

  • Jennifer - Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  • Iva Ursano - I’ve never been a fan of navy blue but these ideas are all gorgeous!! Great blog post Jennifer! πŸ™‚

  • Kasia - I wish I read this post before my sister’s wedding because she was all about navy blue. These accessories would have been so wonderful. Lovely ideas.

  • Meg Cale - Oh I LOVE that peacock feather bowtie. It’s so dapper and chic.

  • Kelly Edgar - These photos are so stunning, I love the details and the gorgeous colors. This wedding theme is so beautiful.

  • Amiekay - I would’ve never thought to use navy blue for anything other than a winter-themed wedding. I don’t know, it just never occured that it could also be a neutral! I love the ideas you have here, and that photo with all the ladies and the palm trees proves it can be done in non-wintery weddings as well!

  • Echoesofhervoice - Gorgeous color combination! I never would have that too put them together. Thank you for showing the beauty in this!

  • hannanabanana - One of my friend’s colors for her wedding is going to be navy blue – I will keep track of this post so I can show her the ideas! I really like the bouquets πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - So glad it is helpful!! πŸ™‚

  • ANITA ZYCH - This looks like a jewels of princess

  • Rachel - Navy blue is a gorgeous colour! I love those earrings!

  • Laurence - Wow, navy blue on a wedding theme is really good!

  • Dena - These are great ideas, and I think Navy Blue is a color that is often overlooked. I like the navy blue suits though. Definitely a nice change.

  • Enele Ogah - Oh my!
    These are so beautiful!
    I just may end up using them for my wedding too!

Charlottesville, VA has so many lovely places to get married, and this Boar’s Head Resort wedding showcases just that, and Jaden and Lynn were both so perfect on their big day. Enjoy hues of blue and pink for this stunning wedding!

Boar’s Head Resort Wedding Charlottesville | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Jen ~ The Tipsy Mama - What an amazing and beautiful wedding! That venue was perfect and the dress was gorgeous!

  • Whitney - Beautiful!!! My sister just got engaged and I am totally inspired, everything at this wedding was so lovely!

  • Luci - Really beautiful photography. I like that you used natural light. You captured the love in the couple beautifully.

  • kumamonjeng - Boars Head Resort really offer a wonderful and memorable experience. I love the gowns, the hair, the natural makeup, the flowers and most importantly, the location. The photography was awesome too, it captured all the emotions in a wedding ceremony.

  • Evelyn, PathofPresence πŸ¦‹ - Your photos are magnificent, really capturing this day and memorializing it. Congrats to the beautiful bride and groom for find love… and each other πŸ’πŸ’ž xo, Evelyn, PathofPresence πŸ¦‹

  • Jennifer - Thank you! Love by Serena did a great job capturing these. <3

  • eliza - Wow! June is far yet wedding bells are here – this is a winning deal. I love all the pictures – venue and its packages.

  • Elizabeth O - Boars Head resort looks so idyllic for a wedding. I imagine it would look stunning in any weather too!

  • Holly Lasha - Oh how lovely is this?? I love the details. Such a fun and festive idea.

  • Candice - What a sweet and lovely little wedding! That venue is lovely <3

  • Annemarie LeBlanc - What a beautiful wedding! The bride is stunning! I love her wedding gown with all the lace detail. I like the conservative cut too. The venue had the perfect setting to complete this memorable event.

  • Jennifer - It is so pretty!! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Twinspirational - What a beautiful wedding. You are such a talented wedding photographer. Love that last shot of the couple – perfect way to end the post.

  • Ann F. Snook-Moreau - This looks like a gorgeous place for a wedding. Both the indoor and outdoor spaces made for beautiful photos they will surely treasure!

  • Jennifer - Yes! Plus, they are both so adorable. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Oh yay! This was one of my favorites. <3

  • Michael Satterfield - Beautiful wedding and the photography is so amazing. Love the location and styling of everything.

  • Nayna Kanabar - What a beautiful wedding in a spectacular venue. Amazing wedding dress, decor and all the photos are beautiful from start to finish.

  • Style & Life by Susana - These photos are so incredibly stunning!!! What a gorgeous wedding, such a romantic setting. Amazing photography work!!

  • Jennifer - Thank you! This is one of my favorites. <3

  • Nathan Reid - This is a very lovely wedding. And this photos are amazing. I think the location is great too.

  • Sacha - Oh my goodness this is soooooo beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing such an amazing day! Wow!

  • Kallia - Everything is perfect and stunning! The bride looks amazing and great job on the photographer those pics look awesome! The Boar’s Head Resort looks elegant as well!

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

Did you see our last key project? I’m in love with these tiny keys and the projects that can be done with them. If you don’t like an aged look, then making a painted key necklace may be just the right thing for you. You can use whatever colors you’d like for this adorable, easy DIY project.

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DIY Painted Key Necklace Vintage Metal | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Cia Black - I really love the vintage feel that is inspired by this basic and simple little trinket that can add the perfect touch for a wedding.This would be so cute with an attached table seating card.

  • Quirky Homemaker - What a cute idea for a bridal party gift! Love how the little vintage key necklaces turned out.

  • Noelle Lynne - What a wonderful craft idea, I really really love that you also included Etsy links (love this shopping platform, really really cool)!

  • Jennifer - I love supporting other makers! <3

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I really like mine and plan to make more. <3

  • Ashlee | She Can Social - This turned out so gorgeous! I love the shabby chic look, definitely a cute addition for a wedding.

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much! It’s on my to-do list to make more. <3

  • Melinda - What a cute, simple, and inexpensive project! This would make a fun activity at my daughter’s 10th birthday party!

  • Miljana - Omg, what a cute necklace!

  • Journa Ramirez - Making your own accessory looks so fun for me. I am going to try this as soon as possible!

  • Kelly Edgar - What a great DIY idea, looks like something fun to do and the the end result is so pretty!

  • Elizabeth O - This is a lovely and creative idea, it looks really easy to make too. Well done!

  • Lisa Rios - This is so cute! I think it would make for a great group activity or gift.

  • Jennifer - A group activity is a great idea! πŸ™‚

  • Razena - I love seeing such creative diy projects because I have the creativity of a doorjamb. The aged look is very pretty with the gold and light blue and makes an attractive piece.

  • Jennifer - Ha! This really is an easy one. πŸ™‚

  • Doreen Pinto - A great idea as I have many old keys around my home. Never bother to throw them away, great post to try

  • Twinspirational - What a great DIY project. Love the pictures and video.

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I love doing the videos with the local TV station for sure. <3

  • Laurence - oh wow, this is so artsy necklace πŸ™‚

  • sian ryan - Such a simple and chic idea, would make gorgeous and unique keepsakes for guests and party bags!

  • Jazmine - Thank you for this informative article. Will have to try making one of my own.

  • Jennifer - So true! I love them as favors. <3

  • Jennifer - They are super easy to make! πŸ™‚

  • Angel Strunk | Next Level Blogging - This is so cute! I love making jewelry and I may try this as an ankle bracelet charm.

  • Monika - Love it! Such a great idea.

Are you considering having a bridal session? I think it’s a fabulous idea! It’s definitely a way to give your hair and makeup a trial run while also allowing you and your photographer to spend time that you may not be able to have on your wedding day. Take a peek at this lovely styled bridal session – it has such a beautiful, natural palette!

Greenery Bridal Session | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Kasia - I love this minimalistic style. I agree sometimes less is more. I love all the details in these photographs.

  • Iva Ursano - Oh how I would love to get married again. I love your site so I can imagine and visualize my next wedding ;).

  • Ana Marcia - This is filled with all things pretty! The photos are wonderful and unique. I love the minimalist style and also agree with the idea that ‘less is more’.

  • Amiekay - The minimalism in this photo series makes it feel expensive and elegant to me. It also really makes the bride pop, and what bride doesn’t want that?

  • Jennifer - I agree that simple can be oh so gorgeous! πŸ™‚

  • Jonia - The photos are stunning! And that backlace, so unique and elegant. I’ve been seeing somewhat of a trend of greenery photos for bridal parties. I work at a museum and the best feature that everyone loves is our courtyard area.

  • Basundhara Ghosh - I never knew the combination of green and white can be so beautiful. It is immensely pleasing to the eyes. And the bride is so pretty, and so is her dress and her neckpiece <3

  • Kelly Edgar - I love the photography and the details of the styling. Simple can be so perfect πŸ™‚

  • Nathan - Simple is beautiful! Love the minimalist fashion style which the bride has pulled off so well. Amazing gown and accessories! πŸ™‚

  • Enele Ogah - The pictures are so lovely and gorgeous!

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I really loved them, too.

  • Twinspirational - These pictures are stunning. We love the use of natural light and the styling is so perfect.

  • Elizabeth O - What a gorgeous photoshoot. The green against the white really makes the colour pop out. Great job!

  • Candice - I really like how simple and cute this is! It doesn’t have to be complicated to be beautiful <3

  • Meg Cale - This is such a good idea – I’d much rather do my photos ahead of time than risk not getting the shots I want on my wedding day. Plus, I’d rather focus on the commitment I was making on my actual wedding day than on the photos.

  • ledi villanueva - This is so beautiful, γ€€ feels like I wanna get married soon. lol

  • Tara - this is so beautiful. the decor is exquisite and makes me want to redo all of my bridal photos!

Ok, let’s face it. You spend months planning your wedding, and it’s over in a day. Then you get whisked away with your sweetie for a lovely vacation – just the two of you. And then that ends. Honestly, I think that the post-travel blues are accelerated when you combine dealing with the facts that both the wedding AND the honeymoon have come to an end. So what do you do to combat post-travel depression? Here are some ways to get pepped up once you get back!

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Ways to Combat Post-Travel Blues | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog with Tomorrow Sleep


  • Alex R - I agree with the meaningful souvenirs part. We picked up some good ones during our last trip and it definitely brings us back each time we look at them.

  • Jennifer - Yes! It’s such a great way to remember. πŸ™‚

  • Cristine - I always plan a recoup day. Never can jump back into work right away. Need a day to decompress

  • Amiekay - Oh, the struggle after a vacation is so real! While I already do a lot of these tips, like meeting with friends and taking a recoup day, there are definitely a few things I never thought of here, including the idea of creating something for each trip. I also think traveling more around one’s own hometown is a great idea; it’s inexpensive and helps you appreciate what you have!

  • Tahnee - So many great ways to get rid of post holiday blues. Coming home to spotless home is the one for me lol x

  • Ashley Eiban - Oh man I totally get the vacation blues every time we go somewhere fun!! Love these tips! I always try to have the house clean and ready for us to return when we go out of town, but it always seems chaotic and we leave in a mess! Thanks for the tips!! <3

  • Jennifer - Yes! It’s one thing that I’ve been working on, too, with having the house not look like a tornado went through. Ha!

  • kumamonjeng - I travel very often – about 4 times a year and writes about travel journals. I have experienced some of the travel blues you mentioned and really, the tips to combat them are gather with friends, make local trips nearby and to look at those photos or souvenirs that I have brought back. Glad to read about this!

  • Jennifer - Yes! Your ideas are great, too, and thank you for offering them! πŸ™‚

  • Nicole - Fantastic ideas, coming back from a great trip is hard. I always try to squeeze in cleaning my house before I leave, coming home to a disaster is depressing.

  • Journa Ramirez - Moments after long drives, traveling days can be so exhausting. That’s why getting prepared in any way is very important. I’ll let my husband read this!

  • Jennifer - I hope he enjoys it, too! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Yes, that’s so true!

  • Luci - I always have to deal with post-traveling blues, once I get back home I start to plan the next time I can go.

  • Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated - I suffer from the post-travel blues every time I come back from a holiday! Love the idea about exploring my home town – I think that will really help πŸ™‚

  • Miljana - This certainly is a problem for some! I am glad you wrote an inspiring article on this to help others.

  • Elizabeth O - Great ideas here, post trip blues are never enjoyable. I like the idea of having a recoup day!

  • Jennifer - Yes! A recoup day is so important.

  • Jennifer - Yes! That’s such a fab idea. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - I think so, too. There are so many things to do right where we are that we sometimes miss. <3

  • Jennifer - Yes, I agree!

  • Geraline Batarra - Planning your next trip is always exciting!! I love it, especially going with my friends.

  • Jennifer - Including your friends is a great way to go – and looking forward to the next one is always a fun idea!

  • Holly Lasha - Love this. Definitely not something that gets talked about much. Always happens to me too.

  • Megan B - Thank you for this! I’ve been struggling with this a lot these days as I’m doing so much travel –– these are some really helpful hints πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - I’m glad to hear they were helpful! πŸ™‚

  • Iva Ursano - Oh post travel blues!! I’ve never really looked at it like that but that’s exactly what it’s called!! I love travelling but for me, now that I sort of live in paradise, I”m more anxious to get home than anything πŸ™‚

  • Evelyn, PathofPresence - This is such a comprehensive list. Many times when we return from the excitement of a great trip, we don’t know what to do with ourselves. This list is more than a ‘keep yourself busy’ list – it is actually a great way to remember and relive your trip as you file it away. <3 xo Evelyn, PathofPresence.com

  • Jennifer - I really appreciate you saying that! <3

  • Melinda - I’ve definitely experienced this! These are great suggestions for how to combat the post-trip blues! One time I took the time to leave the house really clean and the feeling of walking in, exhausted, after a long trip was amazing! I will always leave a cl an house when traveling now!

  • Preet - I always deal with post-traveling blues, you have mentioned some great ways to combat them. I usually start to plan the next vacation when I come back from another. Also, a couple of get-togethers and outings help too.

  • Eneleol Ogah - I love the one of coming to a spotless and superb home! 😊

  • Jennifer - It helps so much! πŸ™‚

  • Nathan Reid - This is a great post for travelers. It will really help to those who love traveling and struggle when they come back.

  • Jennifer - I think so, too. It helped me! πŸ™‚

  • Christine - I totally agree with coming home to a clean space. I love to ensure I have all the laundry done, house cleaned everything slick and span before I leave because if not I just worry over the holidays… sigh!

  • Jennifer - Yes! It’s so much easier said than done. <3

  • megan beaver - These are some fantastic tips!!

I love firsts, and this is the first time I’m featuring a session with a smoke bomb. This styled shoot incorporates shades of red along with highlights of blues and gold. Everything is capped off with photos of the couple surrounded in billowing, colorful smoke. Hopefully it will give you ideas for your own shoot. So fun!

Red Smoke Bomb Styled Shoot | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Rose - Gorgeous pictures. I love the pop of red I the pictures. It’s compliments the green very nicely. The smoke pictures are unique. I have never seen that before. I like the blue one most.

  • Mardene Carr - This is an absolutely stunning photo shoot. I love the dress!

  • Tahnee - Such exquisite photos with great attention to detail. Simply beautiful xx

  • Emily Fata, www.EmulatingEmily.com - Everything about this wedding shoot was so beautiful, so ethereal! I loved the colour shock from the smoke bombs. πŸ™‚

  • Kelly Edgar - I adore the styling of this shoot, so stunning and your photos are amazing. You captured all the details πŸ™‚

  • Roselle Toledo - I started with mobile photography three years ago and just recently purchased an entrylevel mirrorless camera hoping I could improve / get better in photography. The effect of the smoke bomb is really amazing!

  • Jennifer - Thank you! It’s such a fun concept.

  • Jennifer - Thank you! Her dress is so pretty!

  • DANA GUTKOWSKI - So cool! Those smoke bombs really add a lot to the photos! I didn’t even know this was a thing before this post! Thank you for sharing!

  • Basundhara Ghosh - Very interesting and innovative photography style. I’ve never seen this before. I am sure the couple is super happy about this! πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth O - Even as your first time using a smoke bomb you captured amazing beauty, the smoked ones are indeed my favourite pick here.

  • Jennifer - Yes! I think a guy would especially like lighting them. Ha!

  • Jennifer - It’s a sort of new concept, and it’s really fun!

  • Jennifer - Aw, yes – the team did really great, and I like the one I used in the header – it’s so lovely. Thanks for stopping in! πŸ™‚

  • Holly Lasha - Wow! This is absolutely gorgeous. My favorite part is that cake…perfection and so clever!

  • LavandaMichelle - I love the smoke bomb pictures. Amazing job! What a beautiful couple.

  • Jennifer - The cake is super cute! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  • Esme Sy - I really like the concept. You are right about blue, it’s a welcome accessory to the overall palette, and everything’s just grand and elegant in a matte and simple manner as well. Beautiful!

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much, Esme! I appreciate your thoughts. <3

  • Autumn - Wow, I had no idea about photographers using smoke bombs for the pictures. I am a former wedding director and photography concepts are always changing. Such a cool look!

  • Echoesofhervoice - Beautiful photos and shoot. Thank you for sharing!

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I loved the smoke bombs!

  • Jennifer - So true! Sometimes it’s hard to keep up.

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