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I’ve been doing a lot of pinning on Pinterest lately, and one thing that I have started to dream about and pin are honeymoon photos… specifically European honeymoon destinations. I know that many people enjoy heading to the fun and sun of the Caribbean for a week of fun in the sun, but if I had to choose based on my personality, I would totally head to some fun, European city and live as a local for a week. I think it’s so fun to explore the shops, the food, the people and the history of towns all over the world.

It’s so fun to travel, and I thought I would share some of my travels with you. I’ve included a few places in Europe that I have been, and maybe you will draw some inspiration from those. Enjoy my personal picks for some interesting European honeymoon destinations!

Amsterdam, Netherlands

This city has so much to offer in the way of beauty! I love how the canals are laid throughout the area, and the tall, thin homes that line the canals are just so beautiful! Attractions like the Anne Frank House and the VanGogh Museum are stops you must make along with the flower market. Tulips and other flowers are so pretty there. Be sure to ride a bike, take a canal boat ride and test out some local cheese while you are there!

Amsterdam | as seen on Hill City Bride

Munich, Germany

We climbed up all 306 steps (it doesn’t sound like a lot, but it IS!) to the top of Peterskirche to see this stunning view of the city. The Marienplatz area has a Glockenspiel, which is a type of clock in the square where the figures perform a dance of sorts. I have been here twice… once when I was really young and another time a few years ago, and the history of the city made an impression on me. It’s also fun to peruse the shops and take in some authentic German fare (which isn’t my favorite).

Munich, Germany | as seen on Hill City Bride

Ephesus, Turkey

Ok, technically Turkey is in Asia, but we saw it in conjunction with Greece, so to me it blends a little bit! Of all of the places I have been to look at historical ruins (I’ve been through Greece, Rome, China, Turkey and Israel), I would have to say that the ruins at Ephesus were the most impactful. Plus, so much of the history is still there… from homes to bathhouses, city centers and more, the ancient goings on in Ephesus are just so interesting! There is a town that is more modern that goes along with the ruins, but the actual ancient part is what I enjoyed the most.

Ephesus | as seen on Hill City Bride
Ephesus Turkey | as seen on Hill City Bride

Rhodes, Greece

The first view below is from the top of Lindos Acropolis in Rhodes, and it is one of the most stunning views I have ever taken in! The ruins are so white and the water is so blue. Plus, on the way up to the Acropolis (yes, it’s a walk), you weave through fun, locally owned shops filled with artisans… I love things like that! Taking in this seaside city is definitely a fun and romantic destination point.

Lindos Acropolis in Rhodes, Greece | as seen on Hill City Bride
Rhodes, Greece | as seen on Hill City Bride

Bodrum, Turkey

Ah! This is SUCH a fun place! Local vendors have freshly caught fish right by the seaside, but one of my favorite things was riding a boat called a gullet. Literally it was so incredibly fun and romantic! A few of us took a guided boat out, which made its way (not too fast and not too slow) through the beautiful waters. We had a meal of freshly caught fish, and we had the opportunity to just sit and soak in the sun and beauty from the front of the boat. We stopped to swim in the clear waters… it is all a little surreal now that I am thinking back on how wonderful it was! Bodrum is not only beautiful, but it is also filled with a rich history.

Bodrum, Turkey | as seen on Hill City Bride
Bodrum | as seen on Hill City Bride

Mykonos, Greece

This is a fun place by the water to take in like so many of the Greek Isles. One sight that the area is famous for are the windmills, which to me look a little like men with balding hair, ha! The seaport town is lovely, and the views are so beautiful!

Mykonos, Greece | as seen on Hill City Bride

Santorini, Greece

If you have heard about Santorini, you may be familiar with the blue roofed homes along the shoreline, and let me tell you… they are beautiful! We took some time to rent ATVs and actually explore the island, which was SUCH a good idea! Our group stumbled upon fun things like a restaurant with a pool so that we could eat and swim, a local winery, and various beautiful sights around the island including a beach with black sand. Santorini will always remain as a high point!

Santorini, Greece | as seen on Hill City Bride

Athens, Greece

A trip to Greece isn’t complete without a stop in Athens, and this view from the Parthenon shows just that. Athens, again, has museums and a lot of history, yet it has the modernity of city life to go along with it in the way of shops, restaurants and hotels. Isn’t that view below stunning?

View from the Parthenon in Athens, Greece | as seen on Hill City Bride

I hope you enjoyed that roundup of European honeymoon destinations (and a side of Turkey with that). I’d love to know if you have been to any of the places I’ve mentioned, or if you have any suggestions of your own. Happy honeymooning!

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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Vendors:

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