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It’s always fun when a couple chooses their alma mater to say their “I do’s” as you will see in this spring William and Mary wedding. Alex and Kelly are super cute and so in love! Here are some of our favorite elements of their day.

  • The hints of Disney are so fun! Besides having a love for all things Disney, that is actually where Alex proposed – in front of the Cinderella castle in a boat during the fireworks show. Romantic? Yes!
  • Their wedding invitation was so classic – gold and easily readable. It’s lovely!
  • Ok, since this wedding was in an election year, I absolutely adore their wedding hashtag and their play on words. They used #nortonformayer2016 and had hints of red, white and blue throughout their day. What a fun couple! Peruse their wedding day hashtag images here.
  • Kelly was styled so beautifully. Her timeless look is one she won’t regret! With soft wedding makeup and a beautiful, classic gown, she makes such a stunning bride – lucky Alex!
  • I just love a good church wedding, and this wedding chapel is oh so gorgeous. Breathtaking! Of course the scenery around William and Mary makes for the perfect wedding photos of the couple.
  • And just wait until the end – I’ll admit that their first dance photo got me. So much emotion. It’s beautiful and sentimental.

I hope you enjoy this wedding today – look for the elements of fun. Enjoy!

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5 Necklace Gift Ideas for Your Mom as Mother of the Bride or Groom and Mother

When it comes to your mom (or your future mother-in-law) a special keepsake or memento on the wedding day is so special! We came up with 5 necklace gift ideas for your mom to honor her on your special day – these would even work as Mother’s Day gift ideas, too. Take a peek!

Clockwise from top left:

  • This simple, yet lovely necklace shows a circle – a ring, which has no beginning or end. That’s why we exchange wedding rings, yet a mother’s love also has no start or finish and knows no bounds. What a lovely keepsake! You can also add delicate birthstones as you can see here.
  • What a pretty necklace! It’s a birthstone bar, and the stones can represent whatever months – wedding months, birth months and the like. How lovely and functional! Personalize your birthstone necklace for your mom, grandmother or mother-in-law here.
  • No matter how old you get, you will always be your mom’s “baby” as you can see in this mama bird/baby bird necklace. A sweet symbol of flying away from the nest into your own household, it would be a subtle sentimental gift for your mom, and it even comes with its own sweet saying here.
  • How about real flowers she can keep forever? I adore this idea! Preserved tiny blooms (there are others to choose from besides yellow!) accent any outfit and symbolize newness. How sweet! See this necklace here.
  • Ah!! Tiny crafting at its finest. Miniature wooden hoops have a slight bit of needlework in your choice of color. How fun?? Pick colors that coordinate with your wedding day, or choose colors based on birth months. This is such a lovely keepsake that will ensure mom keeps getting asked where her necklace came from. Check it out here.

Aren’t those fun ideas?? I think so!! What wonderful gift ideas for your mom. Enjoy choosing just one!

Flower chandeliers are so beautiful and can either have a high impact or be subtly beautiful. Before you think that these creations are impossible, think again! There are several ways you can create your own with a little bit of DIY flower chandelier inspiration running through your head. Take a peek at our favorites below!

DIY Flower Chandelier Inspiration seen on Hill City Bride

  1. The Sweetest Occasion has this lovely piece, which is perfect for blooms with a straighter stem. Whether you purchase your blooms or choose ones from your own garden, this would look stunning as a focal point for a garden party or even in the corner of a room. Beautiful!
  2. Similar to the one above, ribbons are tied to stems in order to create a centerpiece of hanging flowers. Roses of varying heights and colors are strung in a circle for a piece that is gorgeous for a table! Instructions are here.
  3. For longer lasting benefit for your hard work, consider utilizing silk flowers in your design. Love Sparkle Pretty designed their own DIY piece with extra flair! I adore how the centerpiece has blooms and then single petals hanging down from above. And they’ll even create one for you if you don’t desire to make your own!
  4. Into upcycling? Well, this DIY flower chandelier inspiration is spot on perfect, then!! The House that Lars Built took an old chandelier and added paper flowers. How lovely is this?? I’d love to jump into that photo for the perfect party atmosphere – think bridal shower, bridesmaids’ luncheon or of course… a wedding. So lovely!
  5. Finally, We Are Scout offers the ultimate in floral inspiration – a drippy, full, colorful flower chandelier with super high impact. Gorgeous!! With two tiers, this is definitely one that will impress your guests…. no matter the occasion.

Ah! All of those floral chandeliers just make me want to go out and try my hand at making one. I don’t really have an occasion for one, but who needs an event to hang one? So lovely!

What a fun secret garden wedding we have today filled with DIY ides for you. This Richmond, Virginia wedding took place at a state park, and there are such special touches for you to see. Here are some of my favorites.

  • This wedding has such a happy, fun color palette. Bright pink paired with purple and a succulent here and there make for such a beautiful selection of hues.
  • The flower girl and the ring bearer – can we say cutie patooties? They are absolutely adorable!!
  • Be sure to take note of the cute wedding sign. Made from vintage silverware, jewelry and serving pieces on a weathered board make for such a fun keepsake long after the wedding day. Adorable signage!
  • Any wedding by a lake catches my attention – the wedding ceremony has the backdrop of water for a view. Stunning!
  • In your search for considering a wedding venue, a state park just might be the place. Protected land and fun elements like water, lovely trees and privacy, they also tend to be very budget friendly. Check them out!
  • When a wedding incorporates a pet, it always adds an element of cuteness! Maurice and Emily’s day included a husky, which is such a fun addition. Good dog!
  • The Jenga guest book is pretty cool. What a fun idea to have each guest sign a piece of wood.
  • Speaking of wood – the cake knife was a personalized wooden knife, which also makes for a great keepsake from their outdoor, rustic wedding day.

There are so many touches that make this DIY secret garden wedding so simply classy and detailed. I hope you enjoy it today!

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Lynchburg Virginia Magical Woodland Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride by Adam Barnes Photography

After meeting at Liberty University their freshman year, Zach and Taylor were inseparable. They dated for four years until Zach finally proposed during an intimate walk on the beach with Taylor. So sweet! Then they ended up having a woodland wedding near Lynchburg, VA that was nothing short of magical.

When it came to their wedding, this couple worked together to plan a stunning event. “The phrase that came up most was that I wanted it to have an Anthropologie-esque, woodland feel. We definitely just wanted something that felt like it had our personality stamped on it,” offered Taylor.

Being an artsy person, Zach was actually integrated a lot into the wedding planning. Taylor recalled, “He was unbelievably helpful in this whole process—he was decisive where I was indecisive, which made things a lot easier.” From the lovely cake to the gorgeous sea glass colored bridemaids’ dresses, their concept came together flawlessly.

One item of note is their ceremony backdrop. Sorella Farms has quite a few options for ceremonies, but Taylor wanted something unique. “We had never seen anyone have their ceremony with the woods framing it…so we really loved that idea, and the floral wall and petal floor gave it this magical, woodland feel” she reflected. The backdrop – made by Adam Mullins from reclaimed barn wood and covered in florals and greenery by The Arrangement Company – ended up being Taylor’s favorite part of the woodland wedding décor. So lovely!

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Advice for the bride-to-be – The best piece of advice I would give to a bride on her wedding day would be to not put so much pressure on herself. Things WILL go wrong, no question, but ultimately the goal is to marry someone you love and have the people you love there to celebrate with you. Too often there is this element of comparison when you look at “Pinterest-perfect” weddings and expect yours should look the same, when the reality is your day should just feel like it belongs to you—something that expresses who you are. Enjoy the moment.

On being a newlywed – The most helpful thing for me has been to keep the big picture in perspective. You are now dedicated to a lifetime with this person, so instead of expecting perfection right away, realize you have a lifetime to grow together and figure it out.

Favorite wedding moment – My favorite moment of my wedding day was when we did our first look and took our photos before the actual ceremony. Having that quiet, private time before the craziness set in to get to be together and enjoy the moment made the day feel even more special, and it also took a lot of pressure off by the time the ceremony came around.

On planning a wedding – A wedding planner is worth every penny, and I feel like that it something every bride should seriously consider adding into her budget. It is worth any extra money to have peace of mind that someone is always there when you need them and making sure every detail is taken care of.

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