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Virginia is full of such beauty, and this session highlights it perfectly! Foster & Asher headed with this real life couple to do a session high up on Sharp Top at the Peaks of Otter. It’s such a stunning place to soak in the view and the wonder of nature… it was a perfect place to take this gorgeous couple for a shoot. So, sit back, feel the wind in your hair, and enjoy this beautiful session today!

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  • Adam Mullins - Incredible shots. Did the bride get ready after she climbed? Pretty unique location for such a pretty dress :) love it.

The Bedford Columns in Bedford, VA is such a majestic looking manor home with a lovely outdoor setting for a ceremony plus a lovely ballroom. The venue itself is very adaptable to whatever theme you would like, and that is exactly what Katherine and Russ did. They chose fun, quirky elements such as a green, teeter totter wedding cake and firearms for their bridal party photos. And, you will see a little surprise picture in there with this quirky wedding, too!

This wedding was photographed by Evan Hampton Photography, and here is a little about Russ and Katherine and their day…

The wedding took place in Bedford, VA at The Bedford Columns. It was a balmy Virginia afternoon, but the wedding party made it fun. The bridal party wanted to each pose with a gun. This was the countryside of Virginia after all. And Katherine and Russ are big Star Wars fans and wanted a fun photograph to showcase it.

The wedding went well into the night with the arrival of a red supermoon. The happy couple was whisked away at the end of the night and directly off to Disney World for their honeymoon.

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Vendors:

  • Deborah - It was an honor to be a part of their special day. Everything was gorgeous and just their style! I wish them a lifetime of happiness!

  • Sharon Lester - What a great couple !! We so enjoyed hosting this special Day!!

  • Lindsay - What a fun wedding! Love all of the whimsical touches!

  • Evan - It was such a pleasure to photograph this great couple’s wedding!

Brides (and wedding professionals), it’s that time of year when we are looking at wedding submissions for our upcoming issue of clutch, the bride’s guide to have and to hold. We would love to take a peek at yours if you answer our wedding casting call!

All you have to do is send us something… anything! A link to a photographer’s site or blog post, a Facebook album or an online gallery. If those aren’t an option, feel free to email us a few low resolution photos to info@hillcitybride.com. We can’t wait to see what you send our way!

Wedding Casting Call

  • kerrisa williams - I DIY’ed a ton of my wedding, including invites and save the dates (I have pictures of those but they are not on the wedding photo site)

  • Maty - Hello,
    Is there a deadline for participations?
    Thanks.

  • Jessica Hodges - Chad and Jessica Hodges. June 14, 2014 wedding in Appomattox, VA. Filled with family, friends, love, and laughter. Ceremony at Evergreen Baptist Church and reception at a privately owned barn. DIY wedding. Way under $10,000.

  • Jennifer - Maty, feel free to submit it whenever! We are always looking for blog content. For the magazine, we would need it by October. Thank you!

I adore this tradition filled wedding by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography. So much so that we featured it in our 2014 wedding issue! When a proposal starts with a citywide scavenger hunt (including friends coming from far and wide to surprise the bride-to-be at each clue point!) and ends with a party, you know that the wedding will be equally as exciting. That is the story of Kelly and Hubert, who have a love for family and a heart for others. Here are Kelly’s words about their wedding day.

Bride and Groom by Jeffrey C Gleason Photography as seen on Hill City Bride

C – How did your heritage play a role in your wedding day?

K – When we planned our wedding, we wanted to include the traditions of both of our families and how we were raised. We created an altar containing the photos of our ancestors who have passed away. We included the basic “catholic” wedding components as the structure of the wedding. We also included a Buddhist ring blessing. More than anything, we wanted to share our own vows with one another. This was the most meaningful part of the wedding ceremony as it really allowed us to share with one another and with our closest friends and family why we were entering into marriage and our hopes and dreams for the future.

C – What is the purpose of the Tea Ceremony?

K – The bride and groom share a cup of tea with the bride’s family. Typically, a sage piece of advice is shared with the bride and groom (an example from our wedding was from my grandmother who suggested we never go to bed angry at one another and that we work together as a team). Then the same is done with the groom’s family. All in all, it’s a tradition that allows the new couple to connect with and benefit from the wisdom of the older generations and to go into marriage with the blessings of your closest family members.

C – What is the one moment that you loved most about your wedding day?

K – Our vows. We kept them a secret, and it was actually kind of amazing how similar they turned out being! Another would be the last dance of the night, which was to Ed Sheeran’s “Kiss Me.” Even though it was not our first dance, it makes me cry every time I hear it now as I think of our very last dance of the most amazing day of my life.

C – What is one piece of advice you can give to a bride?

K – I’m not sure that this is possible for anyone, but relax. It really isn’t a huge deal if things get messed up. You would much rather be happy-go-lucky and having a great time than stressing out about everything.

C – We adore the fact that you both have a heart for others. Tell us more!

K – My husband and I are both in our last year of residency training. I am interested in children with severe brain injuries. Hubert will be doing a medical mission in Haiti to set up an ophthalmology practice for the underserved. Who knows what the future has in hold for us, but we both went into medicine knowing that it is in service to other people and those people most in need. 

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Kelly and Hubert were very intentional with bringing significance into their elements, and here are a few of their fun ideas!

1. Kelly wanted to redesign her grandmother’s 1953 wedding gown, which had also been worn by her mother. When a number of seamstresses couldn’t match the fabric, she decided to have clutch bags out of the dress instead.

2. Hubert designed Kelly’s ring, which was based on the design from a church in Naples they had visited together. The church has Aramaic writing on it, and the ring has their initials in that same language.

3. Kelly wore her grandmother’s pearl necklace and her sister’s bracelet… both pieces had been worn by those ladies on their own wedding days! 

Vendors

  • Bridesmaid Dresses – Alfred Sung
  • Cake – Albemarle Baking Company
  • Catering – Beggar’s Banquet
  • DJ – DJ Dennis Payne
  • Flowers - Couture design (bride’s bouquet, corsages, boutonnieres), Amore Events (decor flowers)
  • Gown – Casablanca
  • Hair/Makeup – Bristles
  • Lighting/Decor – MS Events
  • Photography – Jeffrey C Gleason Photography
  • Suit (groom) – Mevana
  • Rehearsal Dinner – Lemongrass
  • Venue – Ash Lawn Highland
  • Wedding Planner – Amore Events

Rustic DIY Project as seen on Hill City Bride by Chykalophia

Glamorous rustic weddings are all the rage right now, and one of the ways that look can be achieved is by combining metallics with natural pieces. This rustic signs project from Chykalophia is absolutely perfect and practical. So cute! Thank you so much to Ari Krzyzek for this fun project today. 

Materials:

  • Letter sticker of your choice, for the one we use here can be found at Michaels
  • Martha Stewart Gold Liquid Gilding
  • Small paint brush
  • Wood block of your choice, the one shown here can be found at Michaels
  • Few sheets of newspaper to use as protection

DIY Mr. Mrs. Sign Supplies by Chykalophia as seen on Hill City Bride

Method:

  • Lay out few newspaper sheets and pick your letter stickers. In this tutorial, we use M, R, M, R, S. Do NOT peel the sticker off, instead cut out the letters from the rest of the other letters.
  • Start painting each letter with Martha Stewart Gold Liquid Gilding and set them aside to dry.
  • Once all the letters are painted and dry, position the letters on the wood block, when you’re ready peel the sticker off and place it on the wood. Press firmly to make sure it sticks to the wood.

Finished Mr. Mrs. Signs by Chykalophia as seen on Hill City Bride

And that’s it. Now you’re ready to add the nature inspired Mr. & Mrs Wood Sign. So fun! We would love to know if you use this or personalize it to make on your own rustic sign vignette. What a fun wedding keepsake, and so easy to make! 

Bride and Groom with DIY by Chykalophia as seen on Hill City Bride

Photos by: Wojoimage Photography