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Lincoln Memorial Engagement Session as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog

Wow! Washington DC definitely makes for a lovely backdrop – especially for an engagement session. Of course, it’s a fun place to visit anyway, so why not make a day of it and include your e-session while getting to know your wedding day photographer a little bit better. Jonathan is a country boy from Nashville, and Erin is a DC local – they met Kristie of Kir2ben Photography at 6:30am one Sunday morning at the Lincoln Memorial to ensure that they had the place to themselves, and the results are perfect! Although the Lincoln Memorial is a recognized, iconic place, on this little Sunday, it completely felt like theirs. Congratulations to the future Mr. & Mrs. Ray, and enjoy their session today!

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Williamsburg Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride

This Williamsburg, VA wedding is so gorgeous! There are so many details that make me swoon, and you will even notice some Jewish touches (such as “mazel tov”). Take a peek at my favorite elements from this wedding:

  • I adore Elizabeth’s royal blue shoes – it’s such a classic, eye-catching color. Lovely!
  • Tyler is definitely a stylish groom – from a floral tie to other details such as a watch and tie clip. His look is classy all the way. And those shoes!!
  • Weddings seem to be filled with light and/or bright bridesmaids dresses, so these dark gowns are an unexpected twist. Plus, they really let the flowers pop.
  • And, oh those flowers – what a beautiful color combination! Pinks, purples and greens complimented with a ribbon – just perfect.

I hope you enjoy perusing this just as much as I did – so much inspiration. Enjoy!

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  • Kimberly Haydn - What a beautiful wedding, and perfect pictures! I love the bridesmaid dresses. You did a great job!!

Virginia Sailboat Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride

Who says a wedding needs to be at a church or wedding venue – or on land for that matter? Beau and Mariah are avid boaters, so they chose a sailboat as their wedding spot. So beautiful! Even though it was rainy and windy on their day, that didn’t dampen their spirits – or the photos. Their ceremony took place overlooking the Elizabeth River in Downtown Norfolk, and their day had a plethora of DIY touches as you will soon see.

My favorite touches:

  • Of course, I adore the water, so the location is just lovely! Shots of being on the sailboat coupled with the marina lined with boats make for unique photographs that this couple will cherish forever.
  • Ah! Who doesn’t love nautical flags? I adore how bright and colorful they are here and there.
  • Along with the flags are other waterside touches such as shells, anchors and the like. The boutonnieres even included sea stars!
  • A mini boat filled with drinks? Why not? So cute.
  • I like the thinner layers for the naked cake – it adds a fun element of interest along with the fresh berries.

Their reception included a party at the Norfolk Rebel Marina. As Bluegrass music lovers, they invited More Perfect Jones Bluegrass Band and rocked the night away. Beau is a great musician and joined along playing some great music for the guests. How fun! I hope you enjoy this wedding today!

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  • HANNAH - The boutonnieres are wonderful!! Everyone looks so happy and that they are having a really good time!Cheers!

  • Lorinda Leigh - That cake looks SO delicious! Great photos!

  • Kathleen - Love the sailboat setting…don’t think I have ever seen it done. Beautiful photos!!

  • Paul Grant - Wow! Such a fabulous sailboat wedding. No wonder you guys chose this wedding setting since its both your passion. I love it. Looks so fun and lively! Congrats Beau and Mariah. Best wishes.

Virginia Apple Orchard Engagement as seen on Hill City Bride

Fall is on it’s way, and that means that planning an apple orchard engagement session just might be the perfect thing! Katherine and John met photographer J & D Photography at Carter Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville Virginia, and there’s just something about walks through rows of trees and crisp apples that make for a lovely session as you will see.

Here is this couple’s story in the words of Katherine…

John used to come into Melito’s where I bartended all through college. One of his good friends would meet him there a few nights a week after work to grab a drink. The other bartenders I worked with always used to tell me to go out with him. I thought, ‘No way, he’s wearing a suit..I’m a sorority girl with a nose ring..he’s not interested.’ We flirted a lot and I ended up getting a drink with him after work one night at bar. We talked until we closed the restaurant, exchanged numbers and it’s truly history ever since. 7 years later!!John and I had our first date on a Sunday. Three days later, my sister was diagnosed with Leukemia. I told him about Becca that day when he called to ask me out again. I was a mess and told him that it was ok if we didn’t see each other. He insisted that he would be here for me and he kept his promise.

He was by my side the entire 11 months of Becca’s battle up until she passed. He helped support and push me through finishing my undergraduate degree and encouraged me to go back to school to become a nurse. In between all of that, I helped him pursue graduate school and now he has become an entrepreneur. We are each other’s rock, best friends, other half, dream team. We laugh every day and love our dogs more than anything. I don’t think we would know how to function without each other. Here we are 7 years later, finally engaged and taking another huge step in our lives.

That’s quite a story, and we are so happy for them and this next step in their lives. Enjoy!

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Rustic Anniversary Session as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog

Anniversaries should be celebrated, and I am greatly enjoying the fact that many couples are hiring photographers to do sessions long after their wedding day. Kudos! Ashley and Brandon were married in May of 2013 in Charlotte, NC, and they carefully planned their 3rd anniversary session – in their original wedding clothes. So sweet!

What I love about this session:

  • The flowers are a soft blend of muted hues coupled with lots of greenery in a loose, free shape. Gorgeous!
  • Ah! That shawl – what a perfect wedding accessory for the bride who wants to cover up a little throughout the day. Such a wonderful idea, and the one Ashley is wearing just feels so homey and handcrafted.
  • The venue – the historic Monumental Church in Richmond, VA – offers such a blend of gorgeous backdrops. It’s both expansive and grand while also offering intimacy. Perfection!

Again, even though you are planning your wedding, I encourage you to mentally prepare to do an anniversary session sometime down the road. As you can see here, the results can be stunning. Enjoy!

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