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Military Wedding by Lindsay Fauver as seen on Hill City Bride

I adore a military wedding! They are so beautiful, and seeing a man in uniform who serves our country being so in love and adored by his bride is so sentimental. Lauren and Alex’s day is so gorgeous, and the navy blue accents compliment Alex’s uniform so well. There are so many things that stand out for this lovely event.

Here is what Lindsay of Lindsay Fauver Photography had to say about the day…

“My 6 year love affair with my phone is coming to an end. It was the only way I could say goodnight to you, and I am so excited to finally be able to say it to you in person.” I think everyone teared up a little bit with Alex as he read those words in his vows to Lauren. They dated long distance for six years because of Alex’s career in the Air Force. I can only imagine how difficult that must have been for them. But with their marriage vows came the promise of “where you go, I will go.” And the day could not have been more beautiful. Sunny and breezy and the beauty of the gardens at Belmont just added to the perfection. When Alex first saw his bride walking down the aisle, there was not a dry eye to be found. At long last they were to be united! The love between this couple was joyfully felt by everyone in attendance.

So sweet! Now they are well on their lifetime together. Enjoy this stunning military wedding today!

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Ah! One thing I love is bling… especially engagement rings. I think that’s pretty much true for all of us ladies! Every girl who gets engaged gets excited over the one she will receive. I am sure that many of you have Pinterest boards filled with some of your favorite styles for wedding bands and diamond rings. That’s a GREAT thing. After all, your rings are something that you will be wearing every day, so a lot of thought and research needs to go into them. Plus, who doesn’t love a little bit of sparkle? Not to mention the fact that engagement rings are, indeed, an investment.

Recently, Michelline Hall photographed some of Bowen Jewelry Company‘s selections. They were so stunning that I wanted to share them with you. Whether you favor round or square diamonds or a unique color band, I hope you get some fun ideas of ring styles for both him and her. Enjoy, and let me know in the comments if you find any new favorites!

Rings | Bowen Jewelry Company | Michelline Hall | as seen on Hill City Bride
Diamond Rings | Bowen Jewelry Company | Michelline Hall | as seen on Hill City Bride
Diamonds | Bowen Jewelry Company | Michelline Hall | as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Rings | Bowen Jewelry Company | Michelline Hall | as seen on Hill City Bride
Bowen Jewelry Company | Michelline Hall | as seen on Hill City Bride
Engagement Rings | Bowen Jewelry Company | Michelline Hall | as seen on Hill City Bride
Stack Rings | Bowen Jewelry Company | Michelline Hall | as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Bands | Bowen Jewelry Company | Michelline Hall | as seen on Hill City Bride
Estate Rings | Bowen Jewelry Company | Michelline Hall | as seen on Hill City Bride

 

  • Michelline - Thank you so much for such a lovely post!

Well, it’s Anniversary Week here at Hill City Bride! It’s hard to believe that the blog has been inspiring brides and helping them plan their weddings for 4 years. So fun! This week, I am giving myself an anniversary present… I’m actually away at a blogging conference. I can’t wait to come back recharged, excited and refreshed about blogging. I know I will bring back lots of ideas. I can’t wait!

In addition to learning about blogging this week, I’m also going to be sharing 5 of my favorite weddings over the past 4 years. I hope that you enjoy and draw inspiration from each one of them. Enjoy, and have a great week!

Troy and Kayla by Jane Bradley as seen on Hill City Bride

Troy and Kayla’s wedding is definitely one of my all time favorites, and it stands out to me for the natural beauty and simplicity. There are so many unique, creative ideas in their lovely wedding. Be sure to check out the entire wedding by clicking HERE.

Old Town Alexandria Engagement by Antonio Rocha as seen on Hill City Bride

If you enjoy history, shopping, great food and farmer’s markets, then Old Town, Alexandria in Virginia is the perfect place for you! That is exactly where Karen and John headed for their engagement session. This e-session is so relaxed, and it just looks like a lot of fun… plus, it’s colorful (and I adore her sapphire engagement ring!).

Here is what Antonio from Antonio Rocha Photography had to say about the session…

Their engagement session took place at the Farmer’s Market in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. They wanted a session that would capture their first date. They met for coffee and headed to grab a bite to eat the the market. After the market, they headed towards the pier. From the pier they are able to see the spot where they will have their wedding. 

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Engagment Session by Antonio Rocha as seen on Hill City Bride
Alexandria Engagment Session by Antonio Rocha as seen on Hill City Bride
E-Session by Antonio Rocha as seen on Hill City Bride
Engaged Couple by Antonio Rocha as seen on Hill City Bride
Engagement by Antonio Rocha as seen on Hill City Bride
Alexandria E-Session by Antonio Rocha as seen on Hill City Bride
Couple by Water by Antonio Rocha as seen on Hill City Bride
Potomac Engagement by Antonio Rocha as seen on Hill City Bride
Old Town Alexandria Engagement by Antonio Rocha as seen on Hill City Bride
Engagement Ring by Antonio Rocha as seen on Hill City Bride

Plum and White DIY Wedding by Jason Jarvis as seen on Hill City Bride

Here at Hill City Bride, I get submissions all kinds of ways… from photographers, from other vendors and sometimes, just sometimes, I get them in my most favorite way. From brides themselves!

I leave my Dropbox open all day while I am working (shameless Dropbox plug here… it’s an amazing online storage place so that things don’t have to take space up on your computer!), and I see folders go in and folders pop out as I share with our designers and many photographers. A few weeks ago, I saw a folder from Kate pop in with her very own wedding. It made my day that a bride would reach out and share her wedding with me, so in turn, I want to share it with you. If you are a bride, don’t be intimidated! Feel free to send me a link to Facebook photos or your photographer’s blog as I adore sharing real weddings with other brides to be for inspiration.

Here is what Kate had to say about her DIY wedding day…

Our wedding was completely DIY. Aside from the assistance of Heidi at The Trivium, I planned and designed the entire wedding myself. As a graphic designer, I created our invitations and design elements at the wedding. I often refer to my husband as my Superman, which was intertwined throughout our wedding. Also, he always jokes he got my ring from a Cracker Jack box, and he surprised everyone when he pulled out the box to give me my ring.

The patch was my something blue. McCay is my maiden name, and it was from my father’s military uniform. He wore it every day to work, and it was always what I remembered growing up. The blue ribbon that is behind it is from my mother’s wedding dress. She sewed it on the night before our wedding.

All of the round balls with paper petals on them were created by my mom and me. I saw it on Pinterest, and it took months to make enough for the wedding. We punched out the petals from scrapbook paper and pinned them to styrofoam balls. I made the toss bouquet that the flower girl caught, and the lace wrapped around the bottom is from my mothers wedding dress. My actual bouquet I carried had lace from her dress as well. My mom helped me make the outfits the bridesmaids wore getting ready, and I made all the hangers for their dresses and mine.

Wow! Kate (and her mom) did a lot of work. I also love the fact that the venue owner was a great help to her during the process. So fun! Ok, now take a peek into Kate and Josh’s special day. Enjoy!

Celebration Wedding Gown by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Bridesmaids Gowns by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Groom by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
The Arrangement Company Flowers by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Gift to Father of the Bride by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Superman Wedding Touches by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Bridal Portrait by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Bride by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Groomsmen by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Walking Down the Aisle by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Cracker Jack Ring Box by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Unity Candle by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Ceremony by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Kissing Bell by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Photo Booth Guest Book by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Signage by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Magnolia Foods Wedding Cake by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Dancing Flip Flops by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Beverages by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Table Marker by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
The Trivium Ballroom by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Wedding Candy Bar by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Couple at Trivium by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Newlyweds by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Just Married Car Decorations by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride
Sparkler Exit by Jason Jarvis Photography as seen on Hill City Bride

 

There are so many things to be drawn from Kate and Josh’s day, and I’ll just list a few that popped out to me that I hope you caught:

  • I adore the fact that Kate gave her dad a photo of her along with a sweet, handwritten frame. Giving a daughter away is an emotional thing for a father, and I love that Kate put enough thought into giving her dad a special memento.
  • What a great idea to actually TELL guests when the couple plans to leave! Their “sparkler exit” sign let all of the guests know when the big event would be. I know I’ve been at many weddings wondering if I should go (because of kids at home) or stay because maybe, just maybe the exit would be soon. It’s great to let guests know exactly when they can celebrate and send the couple off.

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  • Connie - Kate did a wonderful job keeping her same design down to the little details. As her Mom I would say, having a DIY wedding it gives you great memories of time well spent being together and the joy of being part of a story that will be past down from generation to generation.
    If you are planing a DIY wedding make sure you have time to set aside to complete your projects well before the wedding. So when the big day comes you can enjoy your family. I am so very proud of Kate planning her wedding and it went off without a hitch.

  • Deborah {Wedding Thingz} - Love the DIY elements!

  • Olivia Fischer - Beautiful wedding dress and lovely bouquets ! Excellent Photography too !