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Vow Renewal Session as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog

Couples spend so much time planning and preparing for the wedding day, yet a lifetime occurs afterwards. It’s so special to see a husband and wife progress and grow as their life together continues. This 10 year vow renewal is both beautiful and meaningful, and we adore what the wife, Cami, had to say about her journey.

I met Ryan the night before Easter 2003. We were volunteers in a ministry that performed character building assembly programs in elementary schools during the week and sang in churches on the weekend. He was a staff member visiting my team traveling across the west coast. I remember the moment he walked in the door. My team was in the middle of singing “Your Grace Still Amazes Me,” and I lost my breath for a second. We got to know each other over the weekend, and though our memory differs on who asked who for their number, (he totally asked for mine) we kept in touch over the remaining months of my tour. We were smitten.

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By July we had talked almost every day on the phone for the past four months. Ryan asked if he could fly me to visit him in Arizona so we could spend some time together in person, away from our crazy schedules. I had family near his home town and stayed with them during my visit where we had our first date. It was more like a week of spending time together, finally in person.

We dated mostly long distance for the next two years and during a visit with my family in New Jersey, Ryan proposed on June 15, 2005 on the beach in Cape May. He buried a treasure box partially in the sand with his Bible inside holding my ring marking Philippians 4:6-8.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let our requests be made known to God: and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

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We were married a year later July 22, and two weeks later moved to Virginia to start school and begin our lives together. We celebrated our 10-year anniversary in 2016, the same year we moved our little family of four into our first house – the BEST anniversary present ever.

10 years of marriage has changed us a lot, and taught us a lot. We both began our marriage with a lot of unspoken expectations and not a lot of counsel. Being long distance we were together for the first time all the time, and it was a little overwhelming.

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The best decision we ever made was to trust God with our marriage. Sometimes it was Ryan and sometimes it was me, but one of us had to make the conscious decision to point the other to God. A family member told us before we were married that it was better to be kind than to be right. That, along with lots, and lots, and LOTS of grace has made our marriage stronger over time.

For couples who are engaged or newly married, choose each other. You will not always be on the same page or want the same things, and you will not always feel blissfully happy. But, choose to forgive and extend grace to each other. Choose to give your time and patience to each other. Choose to consider situations from each other perspectives. But mostly, choose to point each other to God by pursuing Him yourself. When each of you decide to choose these, regardless of whether the other does or not, marriage can be pretty spectacular.

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This event was also featured in our wedding publication. Click here to see!

Are you ready for some engagement ring inspiration?? Ah! When your guy pops the question, it’s oh so exciting!! And what’s even more exciting is that you get to wear a lovely symbol of your love for all of the world to see. I remember polishing and staring at my ring all the time – and being overly willing to show it off. So fun!

Whether you like round, princess cut, oval or something different, there is a lot of inspiration out there. And then there is the choice of metal – gold, white gold, rose gold or platinum? The possibilities are endless when it comes to wedding rings!

It’s fun to dream and look at lots of different rings (even if you already have one, ha ha!). I rounded up some of my favorites from previous postings I’ve done – I have to admit that I am a sucker for a sparkly ring closeup! I hope you have fun looking at this diamond engagement ring inspiration today. Enjoy!

Engagement Ring Inspiration as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog

  1. Photo: Visions by Heather Photography
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  3. Photo: Ashley Glasco Photography
  4. Photo: Luke & Ashley Photography
  5. Photo: Lauren Paige Photography

Craving more? Check out one local jeweler’s process – from start to finish – on ordering a custom engagement ring. It’s so interesting – there really are some creative people out there who can design and make lovely rings for family heirlooms. Take a peek here.

Farm Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride

This beautiful wedding took place on a day where thunderstorms loomed around, yet they didn’t damper the spirits of this couple or the beauty of this Virginia farm wedding. From lovely details to special moments, here are some of my favorites.

  • The darker-than-mint hue in the bridesmaids’ dresses is both striking and beautiful – and the lacy gowns are a gorgeous choice!
  • The soft tones of the flowers compliment the day beautifully – golds, pinks and ivories peppered the bouquets and wedding decor.
  • Ah – that almost first look!! Be sure to notice a super sentimental moment before the ceremony between the couple.
  • I ADORE how the barn is set up for the ceremony – perfectly placed rows that center around open barn doors to set off the couple. So pretty and unique! And then inside the barn – so lovely. Be sure to take a peek!
  • Their candy bar is so full, fun and colorful – it has something for everyone (including personalized M&Ms).

I hope you are inspired by this farm wedding today. Enjoy!

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Gothic Glam Shoot as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog

Often used as a term in architecture or to describe dark dressing in the late 20th century, the word “gothic” now means all things glam and dreamy when it comes to weddings. If this trend appeals to you, it can be incorporated in a beautiful way for your own gothic glam wedding. Here’s how! Oh, and we featured this lovely styled shoot in our recent wedding issue – see here.

  • Wear lace.
  • A dark, bold lip color is key!
  • Don statement jewelry.
  • Lace up shoes finish a look.
  • Choose deep, rich colors.
  • Utilize marbled pieces (note the cufflinks, invitations, table accessories, bride’s skirt and patina of the location).
  • Think words like “flowy” and “drippy” (such as loose florals, iced cakes, draped centerpieces and already used candles).
  • Choose a location that looks glamorous and ornate, yet stately.

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Ok, animals are so cute – and enduring, too. Truly! It’s not exactly natural for a dog to wear a flowered collar, but they are so compliant and adorable. If you are considering incorporating your pup into your big day, be sure to have something crafted especially for them. They’ll look super sweet! Enjoy this dog wedding wreath inspiration today. Warning: cuteness overload!

Dog Wedding Wreath Inspiration as seen on Hill City Bride

  1. Tiny pink roses are set off by this dog’s black fur. Look at how adored its master is. So sweet!! This is the perfect size collar for your dog as it’s not too large. Photo: Atelier Pictures
  2. A flower crown?? Ok, to be honest the maker of this floral crown had a little fun and decided to do a photo shoot with her dog, but how cute?? Good doggie! Image via Wear Wag Repeat
  3. Want to make your own wreath? Perfect! Here is a DIY project just for you. These two pups are all ready to go after theirs were made for them. DIY Project via Green Wedding Shoes
  4. Kisses for mommy on her wedding day? Absolutely! If you are looking for some dog wedding wreath inspiration, this just might be the one! Plus, it incorporates greenery, which is so lovely and natural! Photo: Kurt Boomer
  5. Last but not least is something super simple – just a spray of flowers added onto the pup’s collar adds just the right amount of accent for the day. And how sweet is this photo?? Photo: Sophie Kaye Photography

Whew! So much cuteness in one post. Dogs are so fun and loyal, too. They are a big part of your life, so be sure to treat them special on your wedding day. They’ll be glad you did!

  • Tori - Very cute round up of pups! Thank you for including my girl Lucy in her very own flower crown and linking back to my site!

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