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The Bedford Columns in Bedford, VA is such a majestic looking manor home with a lovely outdoor setting for a ceremony plus a lovely ballroom. The venue itself is very adaptable to whatever theme you would like, and that is exactly what Katherine and Russ did. They chose fun, quirky elements such as a green, teeter totter wedding cake and firearms for their bridal party photos. And, you will see a little surprise picture in there with this quirky wedding, too!

This wedding was photographed by Evan Hampton Photography, and here is a little about Russ and Katherine and their day…

Katherine and Floyd met in the oddest of circumstances. Russ’ ex-wife worked at the same place as Katherine, and that is where they met. Russ has two beautiful daughters from his first marriage who now lovingly call Katherine “Mom.” 

The wedding took place in Bedford, VA at The Bedford Columns. It was a balmy Virginia afternoon, but the wedding party made it fun. The bridal party wanted to each pose with a gun. This was the countryside of Virginia after all. And Katherine and Russ are big Star Wars fans and wanted a fun photograph to showcase it.

The wedding went well into the night with the arrival of a red supermoon. The happy couple was whisked away at the end of the night and directly off to Disney World for their honeymoon.

Wedding Gown by Evan Hampton Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Rings by Evan Hampton Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Bride by Evan Hampton Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Groom by Evan Hampton Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Evan Hampton Photography as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog
Pre Ceremony by Evan Hampton Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Aisle by Evan Hampton Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Bride and Groom by Evan Hampton Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Ceremony by Evan Hampton Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding by Evan Hampton Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Dances by Evan Hampton Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Couple by Evan Hampton Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Bridal Party by Evan Hampton Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Evan Hampton Photography as seen on Hill City Bride Blog
Bride Groom by Evan Hampton Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Chalkboard Milk Bottles by Evan Hampton Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Cake by Evan Hampton Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Evan Hampton Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Star Wars by Evan Hampton Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Exit by Evan Hampton Photography as seen on Hill City Bride

Vendors:

Brides (and wedding professionals), it’s that time of year when we are looking at wedding submissions for our upcoming issue of clutch, the bride’s guide to have and to hold. We would love to take a peek at yours if you answer our wedding casting call!

All you have to do is send us something… anything! A link to a photographer’s site or blog post, a Facebook album or an online gallery. If those aren’t an option, feel free to email us a few low resolution photos to info@hillcitybride.com. We can’t wait to see what you send our way!

Wedding Casting Call

I adore this tradition filled wedding by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography. So much so that we featured it in our 2014 wedding issue! When a proposal starts with a citywide scavenger hunt (including friends coming from far and wide to surprise the bride-to-be at each clue point!) and ends with a party, you know that the wedding will be equally as exciting. That is the story of Kelly and Hubert, who have a love for family and a heart for others. Here are Kelly’s words about their wedding day.

Bride and Groom by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography as seen on Hill City Bride

C – How did your heritage play a role in your wedding day?

K – When we planned our wedding, we wanted to include the traditions of both of our families and how we were raised. We created an altar containing the photos of our ancestors who have passed away. We included the basic “catholic” wedding components as the structure of the wedding. We also included a Buddhist ring blessing. More than anything, we wanted to share our own vows with one another. This was the most meaningful part of the wedding ceremony as it really allowed us to share with one another and with our closest friends and family why we were entering into marriage and our hopes and dreams for the future.

C – What is the purpose of the Tea Ceremony?

K – The bride and groom share a cup of tea with the bride’s family. Typically, a sage piece of advice is shared with the bride and groom (an example from our wedding was from my grandmother who suggested we never go to bed angry at one another and that we work together as a team). Then the same is done with the groom’s family. All in all, it’s a tradition that allows the new couple to connect with and benefit from the wisdom of the older generations and to go into marriage with the blessings of your closest family members.

C – What is the one moment that you loved most about your wedding day?

K – Our vows. We kept them a secret, and it was actually kind of amazing how similar they turned out being! Another would be the last dance of the night, which was to Ed Sheeran’s “Kiss Me.” Even though it was not our first dance, it makes me cry every time I hear it now as I think of our very last dance of the most amazing day of my life.

C – What is one piece of advice you can give to a bride?

K – I’m not sure that this is possible for anyone, but relax. It really isn’t a huge deal if things get messed up. You would much rather be happy-go-lucky and having a great time than stressing out about everything.

C – We adore the fact that you both have a heart for others. Tell us more!

K – My husband and I are both in our last year of residency training. I am interested in children with severe brain injuries. Hubert will be doing a medical mission in Haiti to set up an ophthalmology practice for the underserved. Who knows what the future has in hold for us, but we both went into medicine knowing that it is in service to other people and those people most in need. 

Jeffrey C Gleason Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Flowers Jeffrey C Gleason Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Jeffrey C Gleason Photography Details as seen on Hill City Bride
Bouquet by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
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Jeffrey C Gleason Photography as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog
Socks by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Bride by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Jeffrey C Gleason Photography as seen on Hill City Bride Blog
Jeffrey C Gleason Photography Couple as seen on Hill City Bride

Wedding Couple by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Couple by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Jeffrey C Gleason Photography Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride
Centerpiece by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Catering by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Cake by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Married by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Jeffrey C Gleason Photography as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding

Kelly and Hubert were very intentional with bringing significance into their elements, and here are a few of their fun ideas!

1. Kelly wanted to redesign her grandmother’s 1953 wedding gown, which had also been worn by her mother. When a number of seamstresses couldn’t match the fabric, she decided to have clutch bags out of the dress instead.

2. Hubert designed Kelly’s ring, which was based on the design from a church in Naples they had visited together. The church has Aramaic writing on it, and the ring has their initials in that same language.

3. Kelly wore her grandmother’s pearl necklace and her sister’s bracelet… both pieces had been worn by those ladies on their own wedding days! 

Vendors

  • Bridesmaid Dresses – Alfred Sung
  • Cake – Albemarle Baking Company
  • Catering – Beggar’s Banquet
  • DJ – DJ Dennis Payne
  • Flowers - Couture design (bride’s bouquet, corsages, boutonnieres), Amore Events (decor flowers)
  • Gown – Casablanca
  • Hair/Makeup – Bristles
  • Lighting/Decor – MS Events
  • Photography – Jeffrey C Gleason Photography
  • Suit (groom) – Mevana
  • Rehearsal Dinner – Lemongrass
  • Venue – Ash Lawn Highland
  • Wedding Planner – Amore Events

Rustic DIY Project as seen on Hill City Bride by Chykalophia

Glamorous rustic weddings are all the rage right now, and one of the ways that look can be achieved is by combining metallics with natural pieces. This rustic signs project from Chykalophia is absolutely perfect and practical. So cute! Thank you so much to Ari Krzyzek for this fun project today. 

Materials:

  • Letter sticker of your choice, for the one we use here can be found at Michaels
  • Martha Stewart Gold Liquid Gilding
  • Small paint brush
  • Wood block of your choice, the one shown here can be found at Michaels
  • Few sheets of newspaper to use as protection

DIY Mr. Mrs. Sign Supplies by Chykalophia as seen on Hill City Bride

Method:

  • Lay out few newspaper sheets and pick your letter stickers. In this tutorial, we use M, R, M, R, S. Do NOT peel the sticker off, instead cut out the letters from the rest of the other letters.
  • Start painting each letter with Martha Stewart Gold Liquid Gilding and set them aside to dry.
  • Once all the letters are painted and dry, position the letters on the wood block, when you’re ready peel the sticker off and place it on the wood. Press firmly to make sure it sticks to the wood.

Finished Mr. Mrs. Signs by Chykalophia as seen on Hill City Bride

And that’s it. Now you’re ready to add the nature inspired Mr. & Mrs Wood Sign. So fun! We would love to know if you use this or personalize it to make on your own rustic sign vignette. What a fun wedding keepsake, and so easy to make! 

Bride and Groom with DIY by Chykalophia as seen on Hill City Bride

Photos by: Wojoimage Photography

 

Engagement sessions are so fun! They are a great way for a couple to express themselves and play with a theme (or not!) and just be themselves. They are also the perfect way for a couple to get to know their photographer (and vice versa) before the wedding day. Truly, this makes the wedding day photography so much more of a breeze when your photographer knows your personalities and how you work together – especially in front of the camera.

For all of you photographers out there, I would also like to use this session as a case study for you. I receive many, many, many submissions for e-sessions. Truthfully, I reject quite a few of them based on the fact that they are filled with photos of an adorable couple smiling and being affectionate. Wait, whoa, what?? Isn’t that what an engagement session is all about??? Well, yes… and no when it comes to getting things onto blogs and such. Let me explain!

Yes, the engagement session IS all about the couple. That is the main goal. They want photos of themselves in love. Ones that they can use for save the dates, Facebook profiles and to show their grandchildren some day. Yes, yes and more yes. That is absolutely perfect. BUT when it comes to submitting to a blog, photo after photo of smiling couple after smiling couple gets – wait for it (gasp!) – mundane. Ah, there I said it! When I am looking at your photos, it is just like combing through a wedding submission in the fact that it’s all in the details. So, for the couple (which is WAY more important than what I am looking for), smiling, kisses and hugs are what the photos should be all about.

Ok, hit the *pause* button. That may sound super stressful to think about along with planning outfits, hair, makeup, location, date, time and all else that goes into a fun engagement session. I have two great solutions for you and both involve the photographer teaming up and doing a little (or a lotta) bit of planning with the couple.

One is to just immerse yourself in your surroundings. Going downtown for an e-session? Grab coffee and take photos of the cup, her ring as she holds the cup and the couple walking downtown past shops (or even window shopping) as they hold their coffee. Take photos of little things… her shoes, their hands holding each other, and the doorknob (if interesting) of the location you are hitting up. Just check out the surroundings and see what is naturally in the area to add to the overall feel of the session.

Another idea is to team up with an expert, which is what Alina of Alina Thomas Photography did. The setting that was created by Amy of I Do Events is so impeccable… and crafty! I adore the things made out of maps. The flags are too cute, and the flowers made out of maps are so sweet. Not to mention the plethora of luggage. This duo created a lovely setting for Will and Kaitlin to have their session. And YES, their session includes hugs and kisses (behind a map, love it!). I’m also a complete sucker for globes. There is just SO much to love about this session!

So, without further due, I want you to immerse yourself in this beautiful, fun engagement session full of yes ideas, but most importantly, love. Enjoy!

Decor by I Do Events as seen on Hill City Bride
Travel Decor by I Do Events as seen on Hill City Bride
Travel Details by I Do Events as seen on Hill City Bride
Travel Engagement Session by Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Map Flowers by I Do Events as seen on Hill City Bride
Travel Accessories by I Do Events as seen on Hill City Bride
Session Decor by I Do Events as seen on Hill City Bride
Travel Engagement Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Engagement Ring by Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Engagement Session  by Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride Blog
Engagment by Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
E-session by Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Map Kisses by Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Engaged Couple by Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Groom with Globe by Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
E-session by Alina Thomas Photography as seen on Hill City Bride Blog

Vendors:

  • Christen - Great theme. I love the clock and other items. I love your clothes. Really great photos.

  • Punta Cana Photographer - Awesome theme, love all these antiques wow!

  • Allison - Wow! Absolutely gorgeous photography. Great website.

  • Arica - Wow, you really went all out with the props here! Way to give it your all and not hold anything back. This is adorable. So well done!!

  • Jete Devisser - Wow, these are adorable!! Love all the details and thought that went into this session! Super unique!

  • Tosha - Wow, beautiful! Love your website too!

  • Ray Urner - Those photos and details are money. Love them.

  • Devon - What a great session! I love the pics!

  • Jamie Bodo Photography - These details are SPECTACULAR!!!!! LOVE!

  • Rebecca Anne - Wow what an amazing shoot! So many great detail shots. Love the map one too!

  • laura - Love the set for this amazing shoot…very creative!!

  • Melissa - This session rocks! I love the theme!