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Equestrian E-session as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog

Horses are awe inspiring as you will see in this equestrian e-session today! Lindsey and Reid adore horses – so much so that they incorporated Lindsey’s horse, Graham, into their session (he will even be a part of their wedding day!) with Leib Photographic. How fun!

Here is their love story penned by Lindsey and Reid.

Reid and Lindsey met while salsa dancing in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the spring of 2013. They attended a Cinco de Mayo block party for their first date, and the two ended up spending more time talking and laughing with each other than actually dancing. They forged a deep connection with one another, discovering they had so much in common, including realizing that their families each vacationed to the same island chain in coastal Georgia. They grew close quickly through their common interests, and the two became inseparable in a matter of days.

Lindsey’s job in Michigan ended late the next year and she moved back to Virginia, where she is from, for promising occupational opportunities. Although eager to follow, Reid stayed in Michigan to finish out the school year for his students. Following the adventures of long distance, Reid came through on his promise and moved to Alexandria, Virginia in August 2015 with Lindsey, where they have lived happily since.

Lindsey’s great-grandmother had left Lindsey her wedding rings, so Reid and Lindsey only needed to select a setting in which to place “Nano’s” diamond. On Labor Day weekend, some of Reid’s out of town friends came to visit. Lindsey thought it was a “last-hurrah” of summer before Reid went back to teaching high school the next week. After a full day of touristy activities on Saturday, Reid told Lindsey they were meeting the guys at the Georgetown Waterfront for dinner.

When they arrived, it took them a few minutes to find their friends – and Reid spotted them first. He made Lindsey stop, and he pointed; Lindsey looked over to see both sets of their parents and more than 10 of their best friends. As soon as Lindsey saw her mom, she knew what must be happening and she started crying. Reid got down on one knee and told her he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her – and then pulled the ring box out of his sock! He had been afraid it was too conspicuous in one of his pockets. As their friends and families (and an awful lot of bystanders!) cheered and applauded, Lindsey said yes.

What a lovely story. I hope you enjoy their equestrian e-session today!

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A James River Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride

This couple’s James River wedding story actually starts at their alma mater, Clemson University. At college, Melissa became a proud member of the mellophone section in marching band. She spent a great deal of time with her fellow mellophone players, including the section leader, Drew, which would eventually become the man she would pledge her life to on a warm July day. How fun! Here are a few things that we adore about their day.

  • I adore that this is a church wedding – there is just something special about chapel-esque nuptials that makes a wedding day so sweet.
  • Melissa opted for scoop necked tanks on the wedding day for herself and her bridesmaids. They look loose and comfortable for a hot day, plus the wider neck allows for easy removal to keep hair and makeup mess free.
  • The soft colors of mint, white, light gray and pink make for such a refreshing combination. They look so lovely together!
  • Melissa’s look is so lovely – her wedding updo along with her earrings, veil and strapless wedding gown all create a beautiful bridal look.
  • Ha! Be sure to notice the groomsmen’s socks. Superheros unite! So fun.
  • Bubbles are always a good choice for a sendoff, which this couple decided to do in between the wedding and ceremony. They are easy on the environment and also make for fun wedding photos! They chose a sparkler exit for their final nighttime exit after the reception.
  • I love it when a wedding has a menu! I am all for eating, and it’s fun to see what exactly you are getting – plus, a wedding menu adds a bit of panache to the reception tables.

Well, I think it’s time for you to see this beautiful James River wedding. Enjoy!

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Destination Maine Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog

photos: Casey Durgin Photography and Leah Fisher Photography

When I think of Maine, thoughts turn to quaint towns on the coast and lobster. My impression of this New England state came from the fact that my parents loved the area, and we spent many summers renting lake homes for vacationing. The landscape is stunning and perfect for a destination Maine wedding!

For the couple who is thinking of going to a destination for their own wedding – or honeymoon – consider heading north to The Pine Tree State, which offers an experience all it’s own. I had the pleasure of perusing wedding venues, eating delectable cuisine and taking a few tours on a recent press trip to the state.

PORTLAND

This ocean side city is full of history, a lovely shopping district and beautiful homes. It also offers options for couples that want either an urban feel or a private, picturesque ceremony.

Being a writer, The Press Hotel was especially intriguing. Offering interesting and well thought out touches such as a typewriter art display and wallpaper made out of rolled newspaper, this Maine hotel is housed in the former Gannett newspaper building. It offers many options for event spaces and overnight accommodations.

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photos: Leah Fisher Photography at The Press Hotel

Their in house UNION restaurant offers unique, delicious fare and creative dessert options in addition to catering. My favorite spot of all was the rooftop view off of the penthouse suite, which is perfect for an intimate wedding with high impact overlooking the bustling city of Portland.

A little off of the metropolitan area sits The Danforth. With it’s luxurious accommodations, each room offers a different feel in this historic home turned inn. The space is lovely with its cascading natural light, and one of my favorite spaces was a hidden widow’s walk with a view of the ocean on the roof of the building.

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photos: Greta Tucker Photography at The Danforth with Maria Northcott, Officiant

Tempo Dulu offers a variety of cuisine, and I would suggest the tasting menu, which offers a sampling of their culinary delights. Plus, their drinks arrive in style, each having it’s own creative twist. As Portland’s only luxury boutique hotel, it is perfect for an overnight stay, elopement, rehearsal dinner or vow renewal.

For those couples looking for a seaside experience, two locations come to mind. The first being the aptly named Inn by the Sea. Upon entering the hotel, the view goes straight to the ocean before you head up to your room, which includes a fireplace. So cozy! The inn itself has a lovely lawn, yet a secluded boardwalk takes you to the ocean, which houses a mile of unspoiled Maine beach.

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photos: Casey Durgin Photography at Inn by the Sea

In addition, the Black Point Inn offers a sprawling lawn with an ocean view that makes for stunning photos! The inn is full of charm and tradition, and The Point Restaurant offers an unparalleled dining experience along with tempting cocktail and dessert selections.

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photos: Alexandra Daley-Clark Photography at Black Point Inn

For those who truly can’t decide if they want an urban or a seaside event, the perfect option just may be a rehearsal dinner and accommodations at the Portland Harbor Hotel. With luxury rooms in the heart of downtown, a picturesque ferry ride takes you to Great Diamond Island, which houses their coastal sister property – the lovely Inn at Diamond Cove. The island is full of history and views and also boasts accommodations and a restaurant for convenience.

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photos: Emilie Inc. at Diamond Cove

MILLINOCKET

Dubbed “The Magic City” Millinocket is a destination for couples that want a romantic retreat for either their honeymoon or wedding. Rustic, quaint cabins overlooking Millinocket Lake are available in several sizes at the New England Outdoor Center, which also offers outdoors-y types of activities such as hiking, kayaking, fishing, moose tours and whitewater rafting. For those wanting to brave the colder weather, the center offers snowmobiling, ice fishing and cross country skiing.

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photos: T Dow Photography at New England Outdoor Center

Whether you choose to rent out the property in whole or part, a wedding overlooking Mount Katahdin is both rustic and picturesque. The on-site restaurant, River Drivers, is also ready to cater your event with finesse. A 3.5-hour drive also takes you to Portland if you would like to incorporate a jaunt to the city in your adventures.

WHILE IN PORTLAND

Portland is rich in history and beauty – both with the coastal views and lovely buildings. Besides the restaurant recommendations in Portland, there are a plethora of other activities for you and your guests to peruse during your stay in Maine.

  • Easy Day – If you love bowling – or even if you don’t – a trip to this local upscale bowling alley and restaurant is a must. What a fun place for your attendants to gather or to hold a rehearsal dinner! The restaurant offers delectable delights such as lobster rolls and fun drink options. Think of this more as a great restaurant that happens to have quality, bowling lanes.
  • The Maine Brew Bus – This is exactly what you think it is. A brilliant idea. Bright green buses take you from stop to stop to experience local craft breweries and wineries. Their guides are also knowledgeable about the local scene, so you are able to ask questions and get a flair for the area.
  • Portland Discovery Tour – Whether you choose to tour by land or sea, this 90-minute introduction into the history of the city lets you relax and soak it in, and they have a variety of tours available.
  • Portland Head Light and Fort Williams Park – First lit in 1791, this beautiful lighthouse and park offers stunning views. With its history and scenery, it makes the perfect stop for visitors – and you can even get married there!
  • Sea Bags – If you are doing a welcome bag for out-of-towners or looking for a fun bridesmaids’ gift, head to Portland’s downtown shopping district to the Sea Bags headquarters. These sturdy bags are made from recycled sails, and while you are there, be sure to peruse the other nearby stores.

PS. To read my personal journey on my trip to Maine, just click here.

  • victoria - Maine is such a beautiful place for a wedding. I am a New England girl and miss their lobster. Beautiful pics of weddings. Great inspiration.

When Pantone announced that the color “greenery” was the 2017 color of the year it’s no wonder! We’ve been seeing the color (and actual plant greens) utilized in weddings for a while. If you adore this natural hue, I hope that you enjoy this greenery wedding inspiration today! With spring coming and it being March (and St. Patrick’s Day coming), I thought it was the perfect time to share.

Greenery Wedding Inspiration as seen on Hill City Bride

  1. Sometimes incorporating the color greenery is as simple as adding… real greenery. Down the center of a table, natural leaves and stems add a pop of this popular hue. Photo: Arina B Photography
  2. What a fun idea! This arbor is gorgeous for a wedding backdrop, and the additional wreaths add an element of whimsy as greenery wedding inspiration. Photo: Onelove Photography; Design: Jesi Haack Design
  3. Carefully placed greenery is so beautiful as it adorns the aisle. Natural texture is added for a high impact feel. Photo: Coco Tran
  4. This stack of white rounds is accented by free flowing fondant leaves. So gorgeous! The natural effect is so lovely. Photo: Jag Studios; Cake: Ann Parzych Cakes
  5. It’s the best of both worlds! A geometric dome is filled with greenery and serves as a table number. What a fun way to mix two trends. Photo: Michelle and Logan

Isn’t it so lovely? If you are utilizing real florals in your wedding, there is bound to be a bit of greenery in your wedding, but if you love it, why not commit full force. So gorgeous! What a fun grouping of greenery wedding inspiration.

Rehearsal Dinner BBQ as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog

The rehearsal dinner is a fun time for an intimate gathering with family and friends, and in this case it’s an outdoor, tented barbecue! Christian and Jami’s event had a true southern flair, and here are some tips for your own rehearsal dinner BBQ. (PS. Check out the magazine feature here.)

Incorporate fun food items of the traditional south. Our faves? Check out the list below.

  • Sweet Tea
  • Savory Cheesecake (with the twist of Eastern Blue Crab!)
  • Pulled Pork
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Spoon Bread
  • Oysters
  • Local Wine

Other Elements We Adore

  • Mint Juleps were passed on silver trays as the guests arrived.
  • Water in elegantly etched bottles was placed at each table.
  • Those napkins? The guests were able to take them home as a keepsake.
  • The “crab” cake is an adorable element!
  • As far as location goes, the couple rented an estate they found via Airbnb. Brilliant!
  • Galvanized trays, bowls and surfaces were utilized throughout.

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