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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™‚

Recently my husband and I went on a cruise (more on that later!), and we left from Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Our plans were to arrive a day early so that we could explore the city. I decided to surprise my husband (his name is Earl) with our very first Airbnb experience – it was definitely one of a kind!

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First Airbnb Experience Old San Juan Puerto Rico | Hill City Bride Virginia Travel Wedding Blog


  • Basundhara Ghosh - This does look like a unique and remarkable Airbnb. Actually many times they do turn out to be quite memorable. For example, one I took in Paris was on the top floor of a really old building – a huge, huge apartment, with piles of old books and a piano and everything. It was an experience !

  • Jennifer - I love that! It sounds so interesting. It’s fun to be able to find one of a kind places like that. <3

  • Roselle Toledo - I haven’t tried staying in an AirBNB accommodation yet. I’ve always been a hotel or serviced residences type because I feel safer. But I’m looking forward to my first AirBNB experience this year. I must tick it off my bucket list.

  • Jennifer - It’s a fun thing for sure! I have the coupon code you can use to save, too. <3

  • Tahnee - I have yet to try an airbnb but i really should. All the locations are so much more personal than a hotel. So lovely and this place looks so unique I love It!

  • Jennifer - Yes, that’s so true. There really are unique places, and you can score some great deals. <3

  • Iva Ursano - Awe I love your cute little video. What a sweet place you got there!! Great blog too!

  • Jennifer - Thank you!! We thoroughly enjoyed our time there! πŸ™‚

  • Nicole - Yessss!! I love Airbnb! Looks like a great time!

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much, Nicole! We had a ton of fun. <3

  • Lisa - Truly the best reason for booking through Airbnb is the cool places you can find to stay! This little place looks super unique and added to how much you enjoyed your trip. Bonus!!

  • Jennifer - Yes, so true! I love the uniqueness. <3

  • Kasia - Thank you so much for sharing your first Airbnb experience. I’ve never tried it. I’ve heard mixed reviews and I have to admit I’ve been a bit afraid of it. But like you said do your research properly and you can find a gem. What a lovely little place. That swinging bridge is amazing, not for carrying suitcases but otherwise love it.

  • Amiekay - The funky rooftop shack looks like a great time! It has so much personality. I’ve always loved AirBnB’s for this reason and am glad you had a wonderful first experience. (Also, San Juan is amazing!!)

  • Niki - The reason why I love AirBnb apartments is because you get the local feeling of each place. You feel like you have a home for a while in a city which is cool! I’m glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Agreed on all accounts! We had so much fun in San Juan. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Yes! I was afraid a bit, too, but I think a little research pays off a lot in the long run! πŸ™‚ Lol on the suitcases – my husband didn’t like that part but otherwise loved it. <3

  • Echoesofhervoice - This is so cool… it looks like you had a great time. I’ve never tried an airbnb and not sure if I ever will. But thank you for allowing me to live vicariously through you!

  • Jonia - Thanks for sharing your first experience with Airbnb, I’m glad it was a success. I’ve haven’t stayed in an Airbnb yet but I have looked into it. The rooftop and that walkway are so cool! Definitely an added bonus!

  • Thena Franssen - I’ve stayed at an air bnb once, and it was a great experience. I would do it again in a moment.

  • Jennifer - We had so much fun!! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Yes! It was fabulous. <3

  • Matt - That looks amazing, I love the swing bridge entrance. I’ve used Air B&B a few times and never been disappointed. It’s a great way to find some truly unique properties. Just be sure you pay attention to the details and reviews, as you guys obviously did. Great stuff.

  • Jennifer - Yes! I read SO many reviews before I went. We loved it so much, we are thinking of making our basement apartment into one! πŸ™‚

  • Kelly Edgar - I’m glad you enjoyed you first airbnb experience. I love using airbnb, it comes for a more authentic stay at the location. This place looks pretty cool too!

  • Jennifer - Thank you, Kelly! Honestly, we couldn’t have asked for a better experience for our first. <3

  • Meg Cale - This airbnb is soooo pretty. I’ll have to keep it in mind for my next trip to PR.

  • Karen Ngai - I personally love Airbnb’s, it gives you a more down to earth experience with the host and a very homely stay. This particular place looks so fun almost like an adult’s playground!

  • Jennifer - Yes!! I totally love it. Such a fun experience! <3

  • Msddah - I love Airbnb’s as it saves me a ton of money that I can spend on exploring!

  • Idora - This Airbnb looks absolutely darling! I love Airbnb, especially when you find the really cute ones that are like finding a treasure doing your trip, like this one!



  • Melanie williams - Airbnb are ideal for a short stay and you can stay in some amazing places for a fraction of the price x

  • Elaine - What an adorable arbnb! You totally lucked out. My first arbnb wasn’t exactly like the picture they had. I’ll have to put San Juan on my places to visit next!

  • Jennifer - Yes! It’s such a great place. Old San Juan is just fabulous.

When it comes to weddings, professionals experience dozens of events each year. Although it’s natural to think of wedding planners, photographers, florists and the like,Β one group of individuals gains wedding experience in a different way. Wedding bloggers have hundreds of weddings cross their computer screens, which helps them keep up with what’s en vogue around the world.

Favorites from Wedding Bloggers | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Laurence - These are great photos!

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I work with some fabulous photographers. <3

  • Enele Ogah - The photos and post itself was amazing!!!!
    Well done!!

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I know a really great group of ladies who really know weddings. <3

  • Jillian - Wow, I wish Pinterest and blogging were more a thing back when I got married. I am sure these sites will help many in their planning.

  • Jennifer - Yes! There are a lot of wedding bloggers out there providing consistent, great ideas. It’s fun! πŸ™‚

  • kumamonjeng - This is once in a lifetime experience, so it is better to engage professionals to help couples capture the best memory! Mismatched bridesmaids dresses is a great idea! I really love the color tone and it has inspired me to do something like that.

  • Jennifer - Glad you were able to be inspired from it! πŸ™‚

  • Amy-Lynn Vautour - I’m getting married this summer so i loved reading this post. I never would have thought of putting oranges in a centerpiece! lol… anyways, we are doing a country chic sort of thing at this really quaint place that even has a petting zoo!

  • Sakshi - These are such beautiful pictures. I have always been ao intrigued by Christian weddings. Indian weddings on the other hand are loud and colorful. These are so subtle and delicate.

  • Jennifer - Yes! I recently featured an Indian wedding, and it was SO beautiful and colorful. I was proud to showcase it. They are so different! <3

  • Jennifer - Oh my! A petting zoo?? That sounds SO fabulous. I love it!! Your guests will have a great time. Congrats, and happy planning!! πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth O - It is really refreshing to seeing bloggers supporting each other in this way. You highlighted some other brilliant wedding bloggers here.

  • Ayana - It’s so fascinating to learn about what’s trending!! I love the direction weddings are going in with all the DIY, local support, and embracing your body no matter what shape. It’s a great trend!

  • Ana Ojha - I’m too loving the trend of mismatched bridesmaids dresses as it gives a distinguished personality to each bridesmaid as well as creates a signature style! I enjoyed reading your post!

  • Jennifer - So true, and thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Evelyn, PathofPresence - I have to say, I learned a lot from this post! It is a fun read, even though I’ve been happily married for 12+ years…the mismatched bridesmaids dresses are my absolute favorite. I’m inspired to dream of my renewal now :-D. xo Thanks!! Evelyn, PathofPresence

  • Alison Rost - I totally think it’s awesome that you’re sharing these. It’s really nice to see how people celebrate their own weddings and come up with their own ideas. Each one is unique and beautiful.

  • Christin - I always see the mismatched bridesmaid dresses. When I got married last spring, the big trend was purple bridesmaid dresses, and I unknowingly picked that trend.

  • Preet - You highlighted some amazing wedding bloggers here. It is always great to learn about the trends and to help plan for the weddings coming in the family and extended family.

  • NAti - This is such a great selection of bloggers and tips! I sometimes feel like doing my wedding again! I got married longtime ago, in the “pre-internet” era, so all this information and cute ideas weren’t available. I had been hesitating to “re-marry” with my husband for our 20th anniversary πŸ˜‰

  • Jennifer - Good for you! And I LOVE purple tones. πŸ™‚

  • Fiona - Love the wedding ideas. Great article and so well written!

  • Jennifer - Aw, thank you! Everyone had their own take on their own idea. πŸ™‚

  • Becca Talbot - What an amazing collection of stories from bloggers about their weddings. I love how different and individual they all are πŸ™‚ there’s loads of wedding inspo here for anyone planning a wedding x

  • Tesha Cummings - I didn’t have a big wedding. Where were you when I got married 9 years ago? Your ideas are phenomenal!

Part of your wedding planning is preparing your new home together, and even if you are already sharing a space or combining two households of items, there are still ways to freshen up your room and make it a retreat. Where we sleep is supposed to be a respite, a haven of sorts. It’s a place to get rest, relax and, yes, to connect with your partner. So, I have a list of cozy bedroom ideas for you soon-to-be newlyweds out there. Enjoy!

This post is sponsored by Tomorrow Sleep and contains affiliate links, yet all opinions are mine (and my husband’s) after receiving our own mattress and pillows.Β 

Cozy Bedroom Ideas for Newlyweds | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog with Tomorrow Sleep


  • Basundhara Ghosh - Wow this bed looks so cosy and the perfect one for cuddling πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing.

  • Jennifer - It is! Thank you so much for stopping by! <3

  • Cye - Wow! I love those blankets and covers…

  • Rachel - Oo I love all these ideas! I’m not married but I would still love them in my new house!

  • Niki - I’m already married and I wish I had read this before! I really need to spice things ups with some candles and other romantic stuff πŸ™‚ Never too late I guess!

  • Roselle Toledo - Great ideas! Bedroom makeover is on my list for 2nd quarter of 2018 and I’ve been reading a lot for tips and ideas lately,

  • Tahnee - So many great tips! I agree a bedroom should be your private quiet place. Thanks for sharing a great post

  • Jessica bradshaw - This is great! Your photos are so pretty and your bedroom is gorgeous!!

  • Kelly Edgar - Your space is so dreamy! Love the decor

  • Echoesofhervoice - Love the ideas and your decor! Thank you for sharing!

  • Karishma - These sure are some fantastic ideas. I’ve never thought of candles. Gonna try them. Thanks for sharing a great post

  • Christine - Bed looks so comfy and the photo of you smiling makes me smile too. Love the tips as well.

  • Robie Lynn Morrison - Even though I am the Mother of the Groom, this is great advice at ANY age and no matter how many years of marriage! πŸ™‚ This should be the one room in your home that you and your husband can go as your sanctuary, away from it all!

  • Jennifer - Aw! I love that. It is great for ANY stage of marriage!! πŸ™‚ xox

  • Jennifer - Aw, thank you! I wish that was me. <3

  • Kasia - These are great and romantic ideas. Love this. Thanks.

  • Alison Rost - It’s not easy decorating especially if it’s your first time living together. I think these are awesome tips on how newlyweds can design their bedroom!

  • Chelsea Adams - What a cozy bedroom! Love all of your ideas and what a clean, fresh romantic suggestions to spend time together. Love it!

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  • Ching - These tips are fantastic even if your aren’t a newlywed! The bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the house because there we have to create an environment cozy enough for rest. With that said, your bed looks perfect for cuddling with your new hubby!

  • Laura Dove - Great tips! It’s important to create a really cosy bedroom environment, we are redesigning our bedroom at the moment!

  • Stephanie Parrell - I love the photos associated with this blog. I am not sure if they are yours or not but they are amazing! Very romantic and cozy perfect for a newlywed couple.

  • Jennifer - Aw, thank you! I work with several photographers and love crediting their work. <3

  • Sreekar - Ha ha. My wife would love such an ensemble. She always stacks up rows of pillows and sheets all over. Will bookmark this for her. Cozy as you say. πŸ™‚

  • jhilmil - Great ideas, natural light, comfy mattress, music and candles gets you into a beautiful and a happy mode. I even love to have some green plants in bedroom as they add to the purity.

  • Jennifer - Ha! Yes, I’m the same way. I love all the coziness I can get, so I literally just put extra pillows on my side and sleep with an extra personal blanket. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Oh fun! Enjoy. <3

  • Jennifer - Thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Michael Satterfield - 100% agree with the no pets in bed. That is a deal breaker for me, just can’t stand having the pet hair and smells in the bed. Love the photos you used as well.

  • Roby H. - This is exactly the kind of stuff my girlfriend digs. She loves comfy bedroom stuff like sheets and pillowcases. And the natural light, too.

  • Nayna Kanabar - What wonderful ideas for room decor and creating the perfect ambience for newlyweds.

  • Mayuri Saxena - These are some amazing bedroom ideas for newlywed couples to bring synergy and love in their space. I loved the idea of keeping a plant in the bedroom…I am going to add some green in my bedroom!

  • Our Seaside Baby - Love these tips. Your bedroom looks SO cosy and comfortable. A good mattress really is an essential. I need a new one! πŸ™‚ Polly

  • London Mumma - Your bedroom looks insane and totally embodies your personality too. I love the hints of sparkle, great for a starry night.

  • Cynthia Crosby - Super elegant, thanks for sharing your ideas with newlyweds, your ideas, may be a huge help for them.

Love needs to be celebrated! When you get married it’s for a lifetime, not just for a day, right? I adore it when couples do anniversary sessions to showcase their commitment as you will see in Matt and Amber’s sentimental 5 year vow renewal. So stunning!


  • Allie - Stunning work! Love the details and you captured the love between them perfectly. It’s so encouraging seeing couples continue to pursue each other and celebrate their marriage. Just gorgeous!

  • Jennifer - Yes! It’s so beautiful when couples continue to celebrate. <3

  • megan beaver - I loved this. I never had areal wedding myself and I am considering renewing my vows this was very helpful.

  • Niki - We do not do vow renewals in our culture, yet I would love to do it! Sounds so romantic and I would definitely enjoy it more than my wedding. It would be stress free! :p

  • Jennifer - I’d love to do this also! It would be a fun thing to plan to celebrate love. <3

  • Kat Nelson - How lovely! All these photos are fabulous!

  • Jennifer - Aw, thank you! I really thought the details were so gorgeous. πŸ™‚

  • Sharon - Stunning captures, wow. That last one was the perfect grand finale – it looks absolutely magical. I can totally see why this one was your favorite. Everything came together so perfectly and the couple is BEYOND adorable.

  • Jennifer - Yes! I really do love this one. Thank you for stopping by!! πŸ™‚

  • Komal - How beautiful was her dress?! And that cake! And those flowers! Congrats to them!

  • Jennifer - They definitely celebrated 5 years with style! πŸ™‚

  • Celestial B Purposed - Congratulations on their vow renewal! They both look so happy and in love – what a beautiful day to cherish always, and her dress looks so stunning and flattering!

  • oyibo - Wow, what a fascinating way to celebrate love! I think I could make use of something like this – a special brand of love.

  • stephanie - This is absolutely stunning. From the flowers to the dress to the venue. I love the simplicity to everything and how it all ties together it seems like it matches the event perfectly.

  • Jennifer - Thank you! The couple did such a great job with everything. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - They did have a great celebration! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - It’s so wonderful to celebrate love!

  • Erica Ardali - What a beautiful dress. I love when couples rededicate themselves to one another.

  • Jennifer - Yes! It is a beautiful thing for couples to do. πŸ™‚

  • Kweni - This is such a simple yet beautiful wedding. I love how elegance radiated through every factor without it being too fancy. It’s great to see couples keeping the love going though it makes me miss my late husband. Congratulations to Matt and Amber!

  • Eloise - I think that is so beautiful! Everything about it seems so sweet and pure, from the photos to the flowers, cake, and the thoughtful act itself! I hope to do something very similar in the future. πŸ™‚

  • London Mumma - How darling is this. I think it is so romantic when couples have their vows renewed. It is like a symbolism of their love.

  • Jennifer - So true! <3

  • Jennifer - Happy planning! πŸ™‚

  • Rose - I’m not sure about a 5 year wedding renewal but maybe 20 years later. That’s plenty of time to forget how much was spent and it should all be paid off. This brides dress is gorgeous! My favorite photo captured is the umbrella shot. Man, that’s gorgeous.

  • Kusum - Yes, well said. Love needs to be celebrated, not just one day but everyday. Beautiful pics.

  • Jennifer - Thank you! πŸ™‚

I love a good play on words, and – sometimes – when looking for sentiments it’s hard to find funny clean Valentine’s Day cards. Well, I scoured the web for a few cute sayings for you to send to your sweetie when the love filled day rolls around.

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Funny Clean Valentine


  • Echoesofhervoice - Cute cards!

  • Jennifer - Thank you! Etsy has a lot of fun choices. πŸ™‚

  • Emily Fata, www.EmulatingEmily.com - These are the cutest Valentine’s EVER! SO sweet! My best friend got her boyfriend the Significant Otter one for V-Day last year and he’d gotten her this otter plushie. It was so cute!

  • Holly Lasha - These are super cute cards. I love finding new ways to say I’m thinking of you and new unique card ideas!

  • Amanda - These cards are so funny and cute! As a Star Wars fan, I especially love the R2-D2 one! <3

  • Jennifer - Yes, that was one of my favorites, too! πŸ™‚

I can’t even express to you how excited I am to be featuring this styled Middle Eastern wedding on the blog today! I have long wanted to feature this type of event as they are SO lovely. The colors, the details, the clothing. It’s all so gorgeous. Get ready for a feast for your eyes. Yay!!

Middle Eastern Wedding | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog Travel Destination


  • Kadi - The energy in this room was so vibrant and happy! It truly shows through in the images. I am so proud of the team of vendors that came together to create this gorgeous feature. I am incredibly proud to call them my peers! I love being a cake designer!

  • Jennifer - You did an AMAZING job!! I love everything about the cake and cookies. <3

  • Lisa Deuel - Stunning Absolutely Stunning. Tabatha I & Seth H – gorgeous makeup, hair, clothing. Perfect! The setting is shockingly beautiful. Colors so vibrant!

  • Jennifer - I agree on all accounts, Lisa! πŸ™‚

  • Annette - I came up with this vision for the shoot and all the vendors made it happen. A beautiful day with some of the best in the industry. Connections 4 Weddings is an amazing group of professionals

  • Jennifer - Oh yay! I just credited you with concept. It’s ALWAYS good to see people come together to create beauty. Wonderful job! <3

  • Frady - Was such a beautiful shoot. Proud to be a part of it.

  • Jennifer - Yes! Everyone did a wonderful job. <3

  • Cari - Truly an honor to get to work with such wonderful creatives. This shoot was awe worthy from the beginning!

  • Jennifer - It is such a lovely shoot. Thank you for letting me share!

  • Ashley Beasley - Such a gorgeous styled shoot! The colors and the details were beautifully thought out and Mike and Jasmine did an incredible job!

  • Maggie McCanna - Beautiful! I love that you included some description of the traditions in your write up, too.

  • Tahnee - So decadent and beautiful. It really is stunning thank you for sharing a great post

  • Roselle Toledo - I am always mesmerized by weddings from Middle East. Too much glamour πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - They are so beautiful! Thanks for stopping by. <3

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much, Tahnee! <3

  • Christine - You are so right. I live in the Middle East and the weddings here are just so gorgeous and dare I say a tad bit ostentatious! However, it’s a special day which is supposed to be a once in a lifetime celebration so I say go for it… lol!! Full of colours, jewellery, amazing dresses and so many smiles and tears!

  • Jennifer - You’re lucky to live in such a place filled with beautiful celebrations! πŸ™‚

  • Joniamac - Omg, everything looks absolutely gorgeous! I want to go a Middle Eastern wedding so bad!

  • Jennifer - I would love to go someday, too. The colors are beautiful and the traditions meaningful.

California is known for many things, including stunning mountains and lush landscapes. When it comes to planning a destination wedding, the Sunshine State doesn’t disappoint in its variety of venues. Recently, I was invited by the SMCCVB, had a flawless jetBlue flight, and went on to visit a few one-of-a-kind venues in San Mateo County. The three I am featuring are all unique and memorable, and I can’t wait to share!

Unique California Venues in San Mateo County | Hill City Bride Virginia Travel Wedding Blog READ MORE >

  • Sylvia - Gorgeous locations & photos, wow! And oh Sssoooo inviting !

    No doubt someone will want to consider 1 of these venues to celebrate their Special Day! From classy, elegant to charming and rustic. A bit of everything in this post!

    Really lovely dear, thanks!

  • Summer - This site is absolutely beautiful! I don’t live in California but it makes me want to move so I can get married there!

  • Jennifer - Aw, thank you for stopping by, Sylvia! <3

  • Jennifer - Yes! Such lovely locations!! <3 Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  • Larissa - These venues are beyond gorgeous!! My best friend just got engaged and they are thinking about having their wedding in California. I’ll have to send them this post to see if any of these venues pique their interest! I know they’ve definitely piqued mine!

  • Jennifer - Larissa, thank you so much for stopping by! How exciting for your sister. I hope she finds the place of her dreams!! These wineries are stunning, too – http://www.hillcitybride.com/2017/12/california-winery-wedding/ <3

  • Cristine - Such a lovely venue. The vegetation is beautiful and such a pretty backdrop for a wedding

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much! It is a lovely place. <3

  • Echoesofhervoice - Beautiful photos!

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much! <3 There are some really talented photographers in CA.

  • ANITA ZYCH - Beautiful!

  • Chelsea - Oh wow, I’m getting married next year and I’m totally lusting over a wedding in California! It’s a shame I’m on the other side of the world as it looks absolutely incredible and such a perfect destination.

  • Mellissa - Wow! Makes me want to get married all over again! The venues look amazing. Very innovative.

  • Jennifer - The other side of the world is beautiful, too! <3

  • Aditi - Ahh, such gorgeous pictures of the venues, brides, and grooms! Everythings spectacular, so much that it wants to make me plan a wedding soon. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Though that’s not happening as I already got married, my baby shower is on the way and I am all set in the mood to plan everything for the same. πŸ™‚

  • Amalia Silva - Wow, these venues look incredible! Totally out of a fairy-tale, what a special day it would be to have a wedding here. From the decoration to the outdoor spaces full of nature, perfect!

  • ANITA ZYCH - Lovely photos! It looks like a great location for a destination wedding!

  • Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place - You can’t say no to the venues that you featured. All are very beautiful and will definitely make your wedding even more memorable. I just love how each one offers something different.

  • fashionandstylepolice - I am seriously loving these wedding photos. They are so beautiful. The decor here is amazing.

  • Rachel - Ooooo I love the barn/wild west theme for the second one. I’d like to get married somewhere kinda quirky and fun (we’re eloping though :P).

  • London Mumma - If I ever get married I wanna get married right here in Fioli. The scenery is simply breathtaking.

  • sabrina barbante - I should really consider California and this location in particular when I’ll get married πŸ™‚ My boyfriend is in love with California and he’ll certainly agree with me!

  • Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place - I have always loved California! My dream is to own a vacation house in San Diego or similar. These weddings are perfect!

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