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What a fun secret garden wedding we have today filled with DIY ides for you. This Richmond, Virginia wedding took place at a state park, and there are such special touches for you to see. Here are some of my favorites.

  • This wedding has such a happy, fun color palette. Bright pink paired with purple and a succulent here and there make for such a beautiful selection of hues.
  • The flower girl and the ring bearer – can we say cutie patooties? They are absolutely adorable!!
  • Be sure to take note of the cute wedding sign. Made from vintage silverware, jewelry and serving pieces on a weathered board make for such a fun keepsake long after the wedding day. Adorable signage!
  • Any wedding by a lake catches my attention – the wedding ceremony has the backdrop of water for a view. Stunning!
  • In your search for considering a wedding venue, a state park just might be the place. Protected land and fun elements like water, lovely trees and privacy, they also tend to be very budget friendly. Check them out!
  • When a wedding incorporates a pet, it always adds an element of cuteness! Maurice and Emily’s day included a husky, which is such a fun addition. Good dog!
  • The Jenga guest book is pretty cool. What a fun idea to have each guest sign a piece of wood.
  • Speaking of wood – the cake knife was a personalized wooden knife, which also makes for a great keepsake from their outdoor, rustic wedding day.

There are so many touches that make this DIY secret garden wedding so simply classy and detailed. I hope you enjoy it today!

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  • Fabiana - Very beautiful. I love garden.

Lynchburg Virginia Magical Woodland Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride by Adam Barnes Photography

After meeting at Liberty University their freshman year, Zach and Taylor were inseparable. They dated for four years until Zach finally proposed during an intimate walk on the beach with Taylor. So sweet! Then they ended up having a woodland wedding near Lynchburg, VA that was nothing short of magical.

When it came to their wedding, this couple worked together to plan a stunning event. “The phrase that came up most was that I wanted it to have an Anthropologie-esque, woodland feel. We definitely just wanted something that felt like it had our personality stamped on it,” offered Taylor.

Being an artsy person, Zach was actually integrated a lot into the wedding planning. Taylor recalled, “He was unbelievably helpful in this whole process—he was decisive where I was indecisive, which made things a lot easier.” From the lovely cake to the gorgeous sea glass colored bridemaids’ dresses, their concept came together flawlessly.

One item of note is their ceremony backdrop. Sorella Farms has quite a few options for ceremonies, but Taylor wanted something unique. “We had never seen anyone have their ceremony with the woods framing it…so we really loved that idea, and the floral wall and petal floor gave it this magical, woodland feel” she reflected. The backdrop – made by Adam Mullins from reclaimed barn wood and covered in florals and greenery by The Arrangement Company – ended up being Taylor’s favorite part of the woodland wedding décor. So lovely!

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Advice for the bride-to-be – The best piece of advice I would give to a bride on her wedding day would be to not put so much pressure on herself. Things WILL go wrong, no question, but ultimately the goal is to marry someone you love and have the people you love there to celebrate with you. Too often there is this element of comparison when you look at “Pinterest-perfect” weddings and expect yours should look the same, when the reality is your day should just feel like it belongs to you—something that expresses who you are. Enjoy the moment.

On being a newlywed – The most helpful thing for me has been to keep the big picture in perspective. You are now dedicated to a lifetime with this person, so instead of expecting perfection right away, realize you have a lifetime to grow together and figure it out.

Favorite wedding moment – My favorite moment of my wedding day was when we did our first look and took our photos before the actual ceremony. Having that quiet, private time before the craziness set in to get to be together and enjoy the moment made the day feel even more special, and it also took a lot of pressure off by the time the ceremony came around.

On planning a wedding – A wedding planner is worth every penny, and I feel like that it something every bride should seriously consider adding into her budget. It is worth any extra money to have peace of mind that someone is always there when you need them and making sure every detail is taken care of.

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5 Personalized Bridesmaids

When it comes to giving bridesmaids’ gifts, something personalized as a keepsake as well as useful on the day of your wedding is a perfect choice! That way they have a functional item as well as something that will bring back memories each time they utilize it. Your gift will go a long way! Check out 5 of our favorite personalized bridesmaids’ gift ideas from Etsy.

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  • This zip up jacket is perfect for both a bride and her wedding attendants to wear on the big day. Available in a variety of colors, a monogram adds a personalized touch. It will keep everyone cozy on the wedding day and beyond. Check out the full information (and how you can order multiple!) here.
  • I never have enough makeup bags and places to sort my many hair/body/face/beauty products, so this personalized, zippered bag is sure to get utilized over and over again. Such a lovely choice with personalization options here.
  • Toast the big day and serve mimosas or champagne in these fun, personalized flutes. Your bridesmaids will enjoy a special drink to celebrate along with having a lovely glass to keep complete with their name. See your options here.
  • Why not provide your attendants with a lovely, personalized hanger to keep their bridesmaid gown wrinkle free and photographable throughout the day. Plus, they can utilize the hanger to store the dress later on. So fun! Check out your options here, and be sure to get one for yourself!
  • We ALL have lots of stuff to tote around – shoes, makeup, hairspray and the like – on the big day. A lovely place to store their possessions is a wonderful way to thank your maids. Plus, it helps to ensure that they don’t leave anything behind on the day of. These totes are timeless and sturdy, and be sure to check them out here.

What will you choose? I’m sure your attendants will love it no matter what, and we hope you enjoyed our bridesmaids’ gift ideas today!

This post does contain Etsy affiliate links, which helps to keep our blog going!

One thing I like about gatherings is the food – especially if it’s themed. So, why not offer some bridal shower food inspiration to tempt your tastebuds and get your creative juices flowing? If you are the maid-of-honor planning the shower or have another event to plan, here are some fun ideas to incorporate and themes to build on. Enjoy!

Bridal Shower Food Inspiration as seen on Hill City Bride

  1. A pancake breakfast would be oh so fun! At the bridal shower, have fluffy stacks of pancakes – using a kebab and paper name tag – all ready to go. Offer different syrups – maple, strawberry and blueberry – along with other toppings such as butter, chocolate chips and confectioner’s sugar to add to the fun. Add fresh fruit and orange juice and your bridesmaids’ breakfast is ready to go. So fun! Idea via OnceWed
  2. Delicate shortbread cookies iced and topped with a sprig of lavender or another edible adds a natural element of fun and class. Either use them as favors or as an addition to your already spectacular spread of bridal shower treats. Yum! View this full bridal shower here.
  3. I love, love, love this idea!! A mimosa bar seems like such an amazing amount of fun, doesn’t it? This inspiration is so great for a morning bridal shower. Have champagne and different juices along with fruit for a festive event. If you want more inspiration, check it out on Brit + Co here.
  4. Looking to do something healthy? Offer different fruits for a make your own smoothie bar. Fresh and frozen fruit along with yogurt, juices, ice and other additives (chia seeds, maybe?) will provide refreshment and fun as you blend away. There are lots more ideas from The TomKat Studio here.
  5. Last but not least – for me, I’d say – great bridal shower food inspiration must include lemon. And aren’t these darling? Check out the recipe for these lemon meringue cookie kabobs here – these are adorable for any event, aren’t they?

I hope these treat and food ideas give you ideas for your own bridal shower or event. I know I learned a thing or two – so fun!

Lynchburg Virginia DIY Forest Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride

If the idea of a woodland wedding appeals to you – especially if you love DIY or are on a budget – then this DIY forest wedding near Lynchburg is here to inspire! It’s filled with lovely, handmade elements that Kevin and Amanda had woven throughout their day. Passionate about creating and wanting a unique, financially friendly affair, this couple had a lovely day full of whimsy and ideas.

  • Amanda made her own wedding invitations (made 2 months before the wedding) and dress (sewn three weeks before the wedding).
  • Flowers were purchased and arranged by the bride and her maids the day before.
  • The bridesmaids were given a color palette and could either chose a solid color from the hues or pick a floral patterned dress that included the color scheme.
  • The bride and bridemaids had a bachelorette party at Rivermont Makery to craft the wedding day headbands.

Be sure to check out the vendor credits for more ways that this couple’s family and friends pitched in for their big day.

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  • Bridal Gown, Stationery, Boutonnieres – Bride
  • Photographer – Colin Mukri
  • Hair – Angie McGouldrick (friend of bride)
  • Makeup – Fabine Edma (friend of bride)
  • Hairpieces – DIY at Rivermont Makery
  • Florals – made by Bride and Bridesmaids (flowers from Kroger)
  • Groomswear – Asos
  • Catering – Joyce Yoder (aunt of groom)
  • Music Playlist – Nathan and Lindsey Isidro (brother and sister-in-law of the bride)
  • Groom’s attire: Asos
  • Wedding Venue: Backyard (bride’s parents)
  • Portrait Venue – The Wisecarver Farm
  • Officiant – Todd Foster
  • Videographer – Josh Etheridge
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