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A pinecone fire starter DIY? Yay! Colder weather is here, and I don’t know about you… but I LOVE a real fire. We actually lived in a home for 10 years or so that had a gas fireplace, and I think we lit it once (maybe twice). I just love the crackle, heat, smell and sight of a blaze made with real logs. Now we live in a 1922 historic craftsman home, and we adore our fireplace. Our kitties do, too. They sprawl out in front of it to get warm… add in our entire family (yes, felines included), and it’s just so cozy and warm.

Whether you are looking for a wedding favor, gift for someone with a real fireplace or just want to make some of these for your own home, I hope you enjoy this cute DIY I have for you today!

Pinecone Firestarters Pine Cone Fire Starters as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding DIY Blog


We all know that Pantone sets the tone for the upcoming color schemes, and sometimes I love them and other times I don’t. I am so excited that the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year is a hue of purple. Ultra Violet to be exact. I was hoping that lavender, plum and amethyst would come back in a big way. Yay! We’ve featured these hues on the blog before, so be sure to take a peek at 5 ways to use Ultra Violet – even if it isn’t your favorite color.

5 Ways to Use Ultra Violet in your Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Blog


  • Cia Black - I love the color, it’s so vibrant and different completely out there from the norm. I love the subtle ways you suggest in incorporating it into the theme for a weddings

  • Emily Fata, www.EmulatingEmily.com - I quite like this year’s colour, especially as the added touch of colour on the rim of a plate, or as an accent colour in a bouquet of flowers!

  • Jenn - The ring is somewhat unique because it’s not the usual diamond ring that most people are into. But most of all I love how the purple is perfectly highlighted from the flowers up to the bridesmaid dresses.

  • Elizabeth O - I like the pantone of the year, especially added as a pop of colour. The gemstone ring is incredible!

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much! Purples have become my favorite. <3

  • Jennifer - Thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Holly Lasha - I love this color worked into the wedding. It is perfect…just the right amount of bright!!

  • Jennifer - Yes, thank you! πŸ™‚

Eeee!! I love the winter wedding inspiration I have for you today. So exciting!! This styled session is filled with treats – think hot cocoa and fabulous cookies – and horses. It’s a beautiful combination of elements that came together perfectly for this winter bridal shoot. Enjoy!

Horses and Hot Cocoa Winter Bridal Shoot as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


The venue often determines the tone of your overall event, and this Richmond mansion wedding proves just that! With gorgeous, detailed buildings and beautiful courtyards, this couple chose an outdoor ceremony space that surely stunned their guests! With sweet moments and Ultra Violet hues (Pantone’s 2018 color of the year!), this adorable wedding is filled with fun ideas!

Richmond Mansion Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Theresa Marie Daily - This is absolutely gorgeous!! What a magical wedding!

  • Jennifer - I agree! The location makes for a fabulous setup!

  • Deb B. - These photos are absolutely stunning. I love the colors of the wedding, and how everything came together. How touching to capture those special moments especially the bridesmaids in prayer. You don’t see that very often. So beautiful, and meaningful. But OMG – DONUT CAKE!?!? Now I am officially craving donuts. Beautiful works!

  • Jennifer - Aw! I loved this wedding, too, and it does have a lot of fun details. Thank you so much for stopping in!! πŸ™‚

  • London Mumma - This looks so beautiful and utterly romantic. What an amazing venue and that dress is everything.

  • kartika nair - The location is magical . Nothing excites me me more than wedding . Specially the wedding dress and cake .

  • Sigrid - This is a beautiful place to hold a wedding! So many lovely spots for photo opps, even the nooks and crannies. She’s a beautiful bride and it’s so nice to see her praying with the bridesmaids. πŸ™‚

  • Kristina Ivanova - This is such a gorgeous venue! And it makes for a beautiful spring wedding!

  • Annemarie LeBlanc - What a beautiful venue for a wedding!The couple looks fantastic. I love the simple but elegant wedding gown. It complimented the bride’s figure perfectly. A donut cake was a great idea too.

  • Nathan - The photographer has done an amazing job in capturing the most intricate moments live and raw. I love the dress you have selected for your big day.. Congrats on the wedding

Your wedding attendants are those closest to you – people you want to honor by choosing to have them by your side on your wedding day! Beyond bridesmaids and groomsmen, there may be a few others that you want to say “thank you” to with a tangible gift. And picking out one for your flower girl is extra fun – after all, selecting a gift for a little girl is almost like choosing something for your younger self! Take a peek at our meaningful flower girl gift ideas that are perfect for any little girl in your life. Many make ideal keepsakes and may even strike up memories from your own childhood. So fun!

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Flower Girl Gift Ideas as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Komal - Love the tree stump with the name!/ so cute and thoughtful

  • Chi Mpundu - The jewelry box and tote bag are so cute. Children are so hard to shop for but these ideas are fantastic.

  • Ana De- Jesus - This is what I love about Etsy, it has such amazing personalized gifts for any occasion. Out of your flower girl recommendations that personalized jewellery box is most definitely a winner!

  • Alison Rost - Flower girls are so special! I think it’s really nice to give them gifts that they’re going to love. It’s should also be something memorable. These are lovely suggestions.

  • Ali - We Made This Life - These are so gorgeous, any flower girl would be lucky to have one of these gifts.

  • Ali - We Made This Life - These are so gorgeous, any flower girl would be lucky to have one of these gifts.

  • Dalene - It is indeed true that people who stand by you on your wedding are so important. It is so nice to prepare this gift guide for flower girls because for sure, many wouldn’t remember them since most gift the bridesmaid and the groomsmen. Anyway, the cute tote bag is such a perfect gift!

  • Lyosha - That is soo adorable! Looks like perfect gifts!

  • Razena - I hope I remember these delightful gift ideas when my nieces eventually get married some day. I don’t recall ever receiving gifts when I was a flower girl but really love the idea of gifts for the wedding attendant group.

  • Jennifer L - Aww what amazing gift ideas. We often think about bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts but we don’t really think about all the other people who make weddings special, especially flower girls. I love the personalized gifts they always make such great mementos.

  • Sayanti | Binge on Basics - You have such thoughtful and cute flower girl gifting ideas. I especially loved the tote bag and makeup kit. πŸ™‚

  • Lindsay - Love these ideas! I am definitely going to pass this along to my friend who is engaged πŸ™‚ She will love it!!

  • Jennifer - Thank you! They are fun ideas!! πŸ™‚

  • David Elliott - These are all beautiful gifts that you could give to your flower girls. We did individual dresses that they wanted all tailor made and headpieces. But these are great too.

  • Michele Dennis - These are all such wonderful ideas for flower girl gifts. I love all the personalization with the gifts, such a unique touch! The necklace, Jewelry box and floral mug are my absolute favorites.

  • CATALINA NINI - Etsy is one of my favourite shops nowadays. I love getting handmade and unique gifts. Today I was looking at wedding money boxes and I am glad I came across this post to give me some inspiration for my flower girls β™₯.

  • bye:myself - a blog by renata green - Some of the things are really cute – I particularly like that everything is in these pastel colors – very light and dreamy.

  • Jackie David - I love that big girl tote. It’s so pretty, and its design is so cute, too. πŸ™‚

A few months ago, I was invited to visitΒ San Mateo County and the Silicon Valley with the purpose of exploring all things wedding. The area boasts unique venues (truly, I can’t wait to share more!), lovely views and a perfect climate. Whether you live in the Golden State or are pondering a destination wedding, here are three venues to consider in planning a California winery wedding!

Planning a California Winery Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog - San Mateo County Silicon Valley


  • Lashonya - Such a beautiful wedding! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jennifer - It is lovely! Thank you for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Thank you also for stopping by!!

  • Karishma - This is beautiful. California wineries are an awesome spot for weddings. When I visited Temecula… there were preps for a wedding πŸ‘° on . So gorgeous!

  • Jennifer - Oh fun! I love seeing wedding setups. Thank you for stopping by! <3

  • emman damian - Thomas Fogarty Winery seems like the perfect place! I need to see it in person!

  • kartika nair - Such a lovely decor. California seems a very beautiful place to get married . And the wedding venue is looking gorgeous.

  • chichi - This is really the perfect place, looks like straight from the movies! The pics are stunning too!

Yay! You get married and then it’s time to get whisked away and relax together. If you are avid readers or are just looking for something to do at the beach or by the fireside, why not consider this list of books to read on your honeymoon? This great reading list for him and her was featured in our recent wedding magazine and was written by Emily Hedrick. Enjoy!

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Books to Read on Your Honeymoon as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog Reading List for Him and Her Book


  • Ana De- Jesus - It’s funny you should mention ‘Under The Tuscan Sun’as I am going on holiday to Tuscany next month and that is one of the books that I read for inspiration. I think its definitely an ideal read for a honeymoon as well.

  • Mommy Jhy | www.myfavoritelists.com - Do people have time to read on their honeymoon? I’d rather sleep or do “tourist activities” than read a book.

    Btw, I am a bookworm. I read every day but not while on honeymoon. πŸ˜€

  • Nora - Lovely idea! I haven’t had time to read a single book during last like 5-10 years even though I love reading. Probably I should shop some of these books as e-books to my phone before we start our honeymoon next summer. I cannot wait to explore and relax for a whole month then!

  • Eloise - I would like to read Under the Tuscan Sun, sounds like it’s full of adventure in a great setting/part of the world ; )
    I’ll have to order it, thanks for the recommendation!

  • Jennifer - Ha, true! πŸ™‚ Just suggestions for those who do. I know I love grabbing a book for the beach.

  • Cristina - I’m not engaged but these have given me some great inspiration for what to read on my next holiday. Thanks! πŸ™‚

Ah! I love it when an e-session has a focus, and this one is perfect. From planes and hangars to runways and a cute pup (with a bow tie!), this aviation themed engagement session has it all. So fun!

Aviation Themed Engagement Session as seen on Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog E-session


  • Ryann Winn - Thank you so much for featuring Britni and Philip’s FUN engagement!!!

So, why gift ideas for the travel lover? Well, if you’re anything like me, you love to travel! When I was 14, my dad had a business trip to Germany. As a business owner, he decided to take a month off and have our little family of 3 (I’m an only child) travel Europe for a month. We visited 9 different countries, and it’s safe to say that I’ve had the travel bug since then! From philanthropic trips to China, Africa and Nepal to pleasure trips around the globe, I adore travel and doing so always brings back special memories for me. And when it comes to lasting travel gear, nothing beats leather. So, whether it’s a gift for an avid traveler or you are just looking for something unique for the holidays or a special occasion (or bridal party gifts!). Take a peek at our 10 Leather Gift Ideas for the Travel Lover!

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Leather Gift Ideas for the Travel Lover as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog from Etsy


  • Tony Tong - Love the brown tote bag, it is perfect for a 2-3 days trip.


  • April - What a great list! I so want that leather weekender duffel! And what a great gift that personalized tag would make.

  • Jennifer - Yes! I want them all – ha. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Kasia - These are some cool items here.

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much, Kasia! <3 I love good travel items.

  • kumamonjeng - I am a frequent traveler and I can’t agree more with the gifts that you have listed. I’d love to have all of them but then I don’t think I can afford all but there is one thing I really wanted to have when I travel would be a long lasting duffel bag, the price is quite reasonable as you know leather lasts a long time! I would like to have duffel bag as my hand carry when I board the plane. It matches well with all sorts of outfits, be it casual or a formal occasion.

  • Jennifer - I crave a leather duffel, but the price of some holds me back, too! πŸ™‚

  • Geraline Batarra - Oh great. I love all of these, especially the passport holder. Perfect gift ideas for my friends since they love traveling.

  • Twinspirational - These are fabulous gift ideas for the travel lover! That leather duffel looks beautiful!

  • Jennifer - Yay! Glad you like them. πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth O - There are so many great ideas here that would be perfect for honeymooners. I really like the personalised luggage tags!

  • Jennifer - Me too! And thank you for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  • Alicia Taylor - I like the passport holder. Yes – my husband is a world traveler. He has been to 30 countries – and cherishes his old passport.

  • Evelyn, PathofPresence - Such a wonderful selection – I can see gifting these to some travel loving friends of mine – they are timeless and never go out fo style.

  • Lisa Rios - I LOVE leather items. Those passport holders are ah-mazing and I love the notebook. It all looks gorgeous.

Getting engaged is exciting, right? You know you want to get married, but the question of “when” adds a fun element to the engagement and wedding proposal process. This couple has such a fun story. Big kudos to the groom-to-be for doing such a wonderful job of planning! I just love all of the emotion in these images of how he asked her to marry him. Adorable!

Virginia Surprise Wedding Proposal as seen on Hill City Bride Blog - engagement, engaged, story


  • Pao - This is really romantic. Such a beautiful couple. I really loved the photography as well. This is really good.

    Congratulations and best wishes to the couple.

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