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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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  • 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!!

  • Cianie - This is very informational and great tips to know when you’re traveling! Thank you so much.

  • ANITA ZYCH - Love these ideas!

  • Czjai Reyes-Ocampo - Planning for my next trip is exactly what I do to fight the post-travel blues. Before I know it, I’ve already booked my flight for my next trip. πŸ™‚

  • Margaret Smith - Thanks for sharing these tips. Post travel blues are so very real! We take a 2-3 week motorcycle trip every year for our anniversary. The following week is usually spent recovering catching up on life. The week after that we are already yearning for another one.

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN - These are all really good tips. My favourite is to plan the next break. What better than to dream about a new fun and exciting place to visit.

  • Akamatra - These are very well thought and very true too. When we got back from our honeymoon I was a bit sad. I didn’t mind the wedding coming to an end I was exhausted by then, lol.

  • Ana De-Jesus - Aw I definitely have a case of the post travel blues , as I have not long got back from Tuscany which was my first trip in 5 years! I liked what you said about designing an album or creating a memory to commemorate your trip, whether that be a video or blog post.

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.

I had leftover polymer clay from another project, and I thought – I can make something fun with this! Hence, these DIY faux wax seals. Whether you choose to make these for a holiday or use them for a wedding, shower or thank you notes, these old fashioned seals add in an extra wow factor to an already lovely sentiment.

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DIY Faux Wax Seals for Envelopes | Hill City Bride Virginia DIY Blog


  • Amiekay - This is such a cute and easy idea to spruce up letters! I love how official it makes the envelopes with just a little bit of clay (which I feel like I always had around when I was crafting regularly.)

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I literally had leftover clay and was looking for a little project to do. It’s fun! πŸ™‚

  • Kerri-Ann - Oh wow I love this idea, such a beautiful way to finish a letter!

  • Jennifer - Thank you, Kerri-Ann! It’s super easy to do, too. <3

  • Cat Uy - this is a brilliant idea, somewhat classic but very beautiful decor to any mail. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much Cat!

  • Karishma Kirpalani - Oh this is so super cute . I love πŸ’– this idea. I’ll order the stuff and get cracking!

  • Matt - Love this, such a nice touch for invitations, makes me think of Game of Thrones! Now that would be an interesting themed wedding!

  • Jennifer - Aw! I’m so glad you like them. <3

  • Jennifer - Yes, so true! I love that idea. <3

  • megan beaver - I love this so much. It seems pretty easy too.

  • Jalisa - So cute!!!

  • Blooming Blonde - Love these! They are so adorable.

I’m so excited to share this surprise anniversary session in Old San Juan with you today! Why? Well, it’s me! And my husband of 23 years. We recently went on a Windstar Cruises Caribbean adventure, and we left from Puerto Rico. We haven’t had photos done in years, so I surprised my sweetie with an anniversary session and our first Airbnb experience (see here). I love the results!

Surprise Anniversary Session in Old San Juan Puerto Rico | Hill City Bride Destination Wedding Travel Blog


  • Alex R - Beautiful pics . Congrats πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much! It was a lot of fun. <3

  • Amiekay - First: Happy Anniversary! You two look so happy and in love. πŸ™‚

    Second: I love Old San Juan! These photos really capture the beauty of the city and make it feel appropriately romantic. I love that the photographer went the extra mile too to check out your blog! That’s the way to make yourself stand out from the crowd for sure.

  • Jennifer - That is all so sweet! And yes – he was such a nice photographer. I’m so happy with the results. <3

  • ANITA ZYCH - Beautiful website

  • Nathan - Lovely photos, you guys look so cute together! Looks like a great anniversary you had πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much! We really did enjoy our timee. <3

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much, Anita! Sometimes I think about changing it, but I really do like it. <3

  • Tahnee - This is cute and you got some great pics!

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much! I love them. <3

  • John - Gorgeous couple! Congratulations to both of you! And by the way, the images are amazing! Beautiful photography!

  • Jennifer - Aw, thank you! I was so excited to find a photographer that was just our style from afar. <3

  • Laurence - Great pictures!

  • Karla Dela Rosa - Congratulations on your anniversary! Totally in love with your photos! So romantic and gorgeous!

  • Megan - Ohhhh this is just so darling! I’m so in love with these images. They are dressed so adorably for this too πŸ™‚

  • Czjai Reyes-Ocampo - Aww, such a lovely couple made even lovelier by the stunning backdrop. My favorite photo is the one with the flowers in the foreground – very romantic. πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth O - What a lovely idea, these photos are so lovely and they look very in love.

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I was really happy with the photos, too. <3

  • Tara - I LOVE these photos, they’re so timeless! many congrats to you both, wishing you all the happiness!

  • Lisa Rios - The scenery looks so beautiful and you two are the cutest couple! Wishing you may more happy years together.

  • Carina - Happy Anniversary! Well done to the both of you- congratulations! Your outfit is beautiful and the scenery is breathtaking. Really enjoyed reading your post and perusing your pictures πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Thank you! We had a great time, and I’m so glad we scheduled a session. πŸ™‚

  • Candice - Oh wow that place is beautiful! I love all the photos!

  • Esme Sy - Now this is what I call an ageless milestone, something celebrated between two loving people flourished with the romantic ambiance of a beautiful place like Old San Juan. I could stare at your pictures all day long if that wasn’t going to be a bit weird!

  • Alina - What a wonderful idea for a surprise, and congratulations on your anniversary. 23 years is an achievement! You look so beautiful together and so much in love. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

  • Heather McMechan - I can’t get over the way these photos turned out. So crisp and clean. Glad you two were able to enjoy the views in Old San Juan.

  • emma white - Oh wow! It looks and sounds as if you had an amazing time away and such beautiful pictures that you can treasure forever.

  • Monika - I want such a surprise anniversary too lol! Looks and sounds fantastic…<3

So, he popped the question. Congrats! Now it’s time for you to ask your besties to be by your side for your big day. But how do you ask them? Well, I have 9 bridesmaid proposal gift ideas to share with you today!

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Bridesmaid Proposal Gift Ideas | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Lisa - The wine idea is super cute and fun. These are all so sweet and who could say no with such lovely gifts?

  • Jennifer - Aw! Thank you. I tried to come up with a fun roundup for sure! πŸ™‚

  • Echoesofhervoice - Super cute ideas! Thank you for sharing!

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I think any bridesmaid would love them <3

  • tee - Very cool gift ideas!

  • Elizabeth - What beautiful, creative, loving ideas these are! I wish I’d done something like this before I got married.

  • Ayana - These are all so cute!! I love the bangles…they are something the girls could wear during the wedding too!

  • Jennifer - Thank you!

  • Jennifer - Thank you! Things are a lot different from when I got married. I would have never thought of this, either!

  • Jennifer - I didn’t think about that, but yes, they are!

  • Emily Fata, www.EmulatingEmily.com - Everything about this post is TOO CUTE! I especially love the customized wine bottles and the engraved bangles.

  • kumamonjeng - These gifts are so attractive, i love the bangles and the earrings so much. I dont mind getting it for myself. Lol.

  • Karolina - Those are ridiculously cute! I love the bracelets! Make me wanna get married all over again. πŸ˜€

  • Emily Leary - These are all so lovely. What great ideas – I love the customised wine labels and the Filled Bridesmaid Proposal Gift Box is beautiful!

  • Alison Rost - Those are lovely! I think it’s really nice to give something that your bridesmaid will find unforgettable! Everything here is just so beautiful!

  • Jennifer - Aw! I’m glad. There are some fun choices!

  • Jennifer - Thank you! There are so many ideas out there. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I tried to curate a good selection of ideas. <3

  • Elizabeth O - All these ideas are so beautiful and creative. I really like the bracelets and the proposal gift box!

  • Ching - These are such sweet ideas! My favorite is the one with the bracelet. Funny, many overlook the importance of this. Your entourage should be made to feel special as well.

  • Cindy - Wow! All of those gifts are so sweet! I would definitely be someone’s bridesmaid if they gave me one of those. The bracelets are especially adorable!

  • Preet - These are such beautiful and cute ideas. The bracelets look so amazing – I love the idea of personalizing them.

  • Shubhada Bhide - These are some awesome bridesmaid gift ideas. I am so glad that I came across to your blog. It will help me a lot in choosing a bridesmaid gift for my soon to be sister in law.

  • Jennifer - I am so glad that it was helpful! And congrats to her. Such a fun time of life!

  • Jennifer - The bracelets were one of my favorites, too! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Ha! That’s super sweet. Glad you liked them! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - So true! And these are fun ways to make them feel special. πŸ™‚

  • Indu - This is interesting to have bridesmaid proposal gift ideas and let me tell you that your all ideas are so sweet. I love the ones with messages displayed.

  • Joanna - I didn’t know that asking your friends to be your bridesmaids could be so fun. I like the idea of proposing to them as well, after your love proposed to you πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Yes, so true! <3

  • Jennifer - Thank you! Those bracelets are my favorite. πŸ™‚

  • Nati - All these ideas are simply too cute! I don’t even know what to choose! I think the bracelets are my favourite, but the candles, and the wine are perfect too!

  • Jennifer - Yes! They are all fun. I think the bracelets are my favorite, too. πŸ™‚

  • Amanda - OMG I love all of these. I wouldn’t know which ones to choose! I think these are more fun then being proposed to πŸ™‚ Just kidding, but certainly close!

  • Jennifer - Ha! Yes, not quite but still fun to receive. <3

  • What Corinne Did - I did not know there was such a thing as a bridesmaid proposal gift. That’s sweet; not getting married anytime soon but still good to have a few gift ideas!

  • Jennifer - Yes! It’s a good thing to keep in mind. πŸ™‚

  • Victoria - These are truly lovely and creative gift items for a proposal. I especially love the customized bangle.

  • Jennifer - That’s my favorite, too! πŸ™‚

  • Flora the Sweaterist - Hah, it’s now even more evident that I am not ready for marriage! I never considered that you should ask your your friends in a special way to be your bridesmaids, but I guess you had better. I love these ideas, especially the message in a bottle. So creative!

  • Jennifer - Aw thanks! And it’s a little something extra – no pressure. But it is fun! πŸ™‚

  • Cia Black - I didn’t have a traditional wedding, in fact I just went to the courthouse, but being a mother of 3 girls I’m hoping one will go the traditional route, SO I’ve been storing all these little tidbits away in my head for when the day comes.

  • Amiekay - I love the new trend of asking your friends to be in your wedding in a special way! Being in a wedding can be so expensive, so it’s a great way to spread the love. My favorite though is the wine. πŸ™‚

  • Tahnee - So many great gifts. Thanks for sharing a great post

  • Rosalie - These are such fabulous gift ideas. Definitely going to be keeping these gorgeous gifts in mind, for future weddings!

  • Lyosha - The ideas are so lovely! It’s hard to find perfect presents but your gifts give me lots of them! I really wanted something special and talking for itself

  • Ellie Plummer - These are such cute ideas. I will definitely keep these in mind for if I ever get married

Yay for Galentine’s Day! Yes, that’s right – not Valentine’s. No matter what your relationship status, why not get the girls together and have a lovely celebration of your own? I love the Galentine’s Day party ideas I have for you today. Why? Well, most of all because they are fun and easy to implement in a pinch. Have a happy day, and celebrate your friends!



  • Michelle - Great design by Teal Coast Events!

  • Jennifer - Agreed! I think it is all so pretty AND attainable. I feel that it would be a quick and easy thing to do to gather your besties! <3 Thanks for stopping in! xox

  • Kasia - Such wonderful ideas here for a ladies day. I’d love to throw a party like this one day. And yes, who doesn’t love cupcakes!!!

  • ledi villanueva - I love this post. Thank you for sharing <3 i enjoyed reading.

  • Niki - Oh I’m so in for a Galentine’s Day! Too bad that most my female friends are scattered around Europe. I will definitely throw a Galentine’s party once we are all gathered together!

  • Jennifer - Yes! Such a fun idea. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Thanks! Lots of fun ideas. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - And personalized ones at that! πŸ˜‰

  • Amiekay - Oh, I love Galentine’s Day! My friends and I celebrate every year but I’ve never been to a party as chic as this one! I’ll definitely have to keep it in mind for next year.

  • Jen - This party is divine! You paid such close attention to detail. I love everything about this!

  • Jennifer - Thanks! The team did a great job – I only posted it. πŸ˜‰

  • Dylan - Great event, great team, great business owner.

  • Echoesofhervoice - I have never heard of Galentine’s Day but I love it. We should celebrate our friendships. Thanks for educating me about this day!

  • Basundhara Ghosh - Such beautiful pictures ! Spending V-day with your besties is a great idea, because you know they will be always at your side πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Thank you! Yes… it’s a great way to just have fun. <3

  • Jennifer - Aw, yay! It’s a fairly new thing, I think. <3

Are you looking for a fun gift to give to your bridesmaids? This is even a fun project you ladies can all do together! I can picture someone giving these as a gift with a sentiment such as “You’re a Key-per” or “Here’s the Key to my Heart”… so adorable. This patina key necklace is super easy to make, and if you are wondering how to age metal, this technique will work. It’s especially effective on bronze, copper and brass.

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DIY Patina Key Necklace Vintage How to Age Metal | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Iva Ursano - Awe how adorable!! What a brilliant idea. xoxo

  • Jennifer - Thank you! They are fun to make, too. <3

  • Laura - How cool is this? I always find keys at yard sales – totally trying this! <3

  • Jennifer - Yes! I purchased mine off of Etsy, but I am totally going to look for them at yard sales, too. It’s a fun project! <3

  • Sherry - Oh my how fun and beautiful! My daughter loves keys and this looks like a great project to do with her this weekend! Thank you for sharing.

  • Jennifer - Yes! It’s so easy – very gratifying because it’s so fast. <3

  • Tahnee flack - What an unusual way to patina. I’ve not heard of it before but I love it!

  • Echoesofhervoice - Such a creative idea! I love it.

  • Jennifer - Yes! It’s fun and easy. <3

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I love how it turned out. <3

  • Rachel Antony - This is a great idea! I love the vintage look of the key!

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much! I am planning on making more, too. <3

I adore winery weddings! The setting is always so beautiful with grapevines and views as you will see in this lovely spring vineyard wedding today. Plus, lovely pastels come into play with the beautiful purples and pinks. Beautiful!

Spring Vineyard Wedding | Hill City Bride Virginia Weding Blog


  • Tahnee - This is gorgeous! I can’t wait to get married and now I found your blog it’s full of great inspo x

  • Niki - Omg! Such a lovely venue!!

  • Jennifer - Isn’t it?? It’s so lovely!! Thank you for stopping by. <3

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I try. Ha! Let me know if you ever have questions. <3

  • Annemarie LeBlanc - The bride is beautiful! And the wedding venue is the best! Clear skies, lush greenery, the perfect bridal bouquet, and the cutest decorations for the reception.

  • Elizabeth O - This venue is gorgeous for a spring wedding. I really adore the pictures captured here.

  • Chi M - I’m surrounded by wedding fever. I tend to prefer summer weddings but this wedding is absolutely stunning. The venue and dresses are to die for!

  • Nina - I love how all those bridesmaid dresses go together so well! I also love her wedding dress.

  • iDreamer - This looks so pretty!!!

  • Jennifer - Yay! I agree – I love that they put wedding-ish details into a vow renewal. I want to do this someday. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Aw, thank you! Weddings are so lovely and happy. <3

  • Jennifer - Yes, me too! πŸ™‚

  • Holly Lasha - Oh how pretty. I love everything about this wedding. It makes me what to get married again!!

  • Lindsay - What stunning images! I just loved the bride’s gown and the unexpected color combo of the bridesmaid dresses. It really pops against that beautiful scenery. And those centerpieces! Very clever and cost-effective.

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I adore the dresses, too. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra - I love the vineyard wedding idea! I am so happy for the bride and groom. The ceremony was beautiful! I love the bridal dress and bouquet!

  • Alicia Taylor - What a beautiful location! I just love how bright and romantic the photos are. And the shoes – that’s my way to walk down the aisle!

  • Jennifer - Yes, so pretty! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Such sweet sentiments! πŸ™‚

  • Style & Life by Susana - These photos are so incredibly beautiful, stunning!! I almost had a vineyard wedding when I got married but they were all booked out on the day I was planning on marrying, so I still had an outdoor wedding.

  • Jennifer - Outdoor weddings are so pretty! I got married in November, so it wasn’t even an option for me in Pennsylvania. Ha! πŸ™‚

  • oyibo - This is really so awesome and adorable and the pictures are just so breathtaking, am just inlove with everything about this place.

  • Rose Sahetapy - This vineyard wedding is adorable and darling. Pink and purple are just perfect! The shoes are so cute, too!

  • Jennifer - I love the colors, too! πŸ™‚

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