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Whee!!! We are in the middle of engagement season, and I’m seeing lots of lovely, shiny rings out there. It’s so exciting! In light of all of the fun, I wanted to go ahead and share my top 8 2018 wedding trends that I really love right now.

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8 2018 Wedding Trends | Hill City Bride Virginia Blog


  • Olivia C - Such great ideas! Loving all the photos. xoxo

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I love them, too. The trends are so great this year!! πŸ™‚

  • Luci - Really great tips. I really like using the initials for a guest book. You can hang in your house with your significant other.

  • Esme Sy - I love the ideas, they’re pretty norm but not the usual in a way. The signage one is a great idea. And those balloons, candles and linen, I’m getting an adrenaline rush of options!

  • Megan - Oooo thanks for this! I’ve got two friends getting married this year and I HAVE to send this πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Oh yay! Thanks for sharing it. πŸ™‚

  • Holly Lasha - Oh how gorgeous are these?? I love these trends. Weddings can be so very beautiful!!

  • Alicia Taylor - You have some really beautiful and original ideas here. I just love the dessert table. The tray of donuts adds a bit of fun.

  • Kelly Edgar - I love number six – to create an experience, this would be so rewarding for both the guests and the couple/host. These photos are so stunning, I love the details.

  • Celestial B Purposed - I love the idea of the guestbook alternative. To have something, like your initial, be signed by all of the guests is a keepsake that won’t need to store away. It can be a decoration in the house and a constant reminder of that lovely day. Thanks for that idea. I will truly keep that one in mind.

  • Emily Fata, www.EmulatingEmily.com - The first thing I fell in love with on this post was the wooden laser cut name tag! It’s so adorable! And all the other trends for 2018 are so beautiful. I wish I was getting married this year! haha

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I adore having a keepsake, too. πŸ™‚

  • Courtney from Antipodean Adventurer - This was absolutely perfect timing as my brother is getting married soon and I’m helping him and his fiance plan it! Can’t wait to share this with them. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much!

  • Dia Darling - I was in 3 weddings last year and already have one planned for this year. I am loving the navy. I think navy suits are so fetching.

  • Aditi - Some wonderful ideas you have shared in this post. I am already married but now I’m planning for our baby shower, will utilize your ideas for that. πŸ™‚

  • Rose - I love the place settings. To have a wood carving of my name to walk away with would be super fun. I like the guest book alternative too! I wouldn’t decline that purple ring it’s very pretty and it’s nice to see nontraditional things.

  • Jennifer - Oh wow! That is a lot of weddings. Have fun with them! <3

  • Jennifer - Aw! Happy planning. I’m glad you’re able to help them. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Oh yay! Congrats to you, and I’m glad it gave you ideas. The balloons would be especially cute for a baby shower.

  • Stephanie - I would love to get married again with all these beautiful things around now. It would be so much fun to plan.

  • Jennifer - Me too! I’m thinking about a vow renewal. <3

All year round my skin needs a little extra moisture here and there, but if you have a new engagement ring to show off, you may want to take a bit of extra care of your hands. This DIY body balm with natural ingredients will make your hands (and lips and feet) happy. So easy!

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DIY Body Balm with Natural Ingredients | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog DIY


  • Iva Ursano - Mmmm I love body butters!! Here in Guatemala it’s hard to find all those ingredients so I just soak up some coconut and olive oil when I feel dry πŸ™‚ Great post!

  • Jennifer - Iva, that sounds like a beautiful combination of natural ingredients. I’m envious!

  • Kasia - This looks so pretty and fun to do.

  • Jennifer - Thank you! It’s super easy, too. <3

  • Niki - Oh I can imagine the smell of it!! Heaven! I definitely must try making this!

  • Jennifer - Yes! It’s super easy, too! <3

  • ledi villanueva - Yay! I love this post. Very nice post with easy to follow instructions.

  • Jennifer - I hope you try it! πŸ™‚

  • Karishma - Sounds a must try … and I love the info graphic

Whether you are newly engaged or have been married a while (or just have a special piece of jewelry!), trinket dishes are inexpensive, beautiful and fun to make. Make our DIY engagement ring bowl for yourself or as a gift for someone else. So practical and pretty!

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DIY Engagement Ring Bowl | Hill City Bride Virginia DIY Wedding Blog


  • Britney - How beautiful and cool is this? I wish I was creative and could make stuff like this. I love the purple colored swirl bowl!

  • Jennifer - Thank you! They really are so so easy to make. Thank you for stopping by! <3

  • Jen ~ The Tipsy Mama - These are adorable and look super easy to make! I absolutely LOVE that no two will ever be the same! Definitely going to give these a try!

  • Jennifer - True, and yes – super easy to make (even if tipsy, ha! πŸ˜‰ ).

  • Alicia Taylor - Lovely! I love the colors. Our colors were Navy Blue and Yellow. I’ll bet that would look beautiful like that.

  • Jennifer - Oh that would! We are getting ready to make them for a craft night, and I’ll have to pick up navy clay. Thanks for the idea!! πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth O - I love this idea, how very creative of you, this is such a cute bowl and would look lovely for any home!

  • Emily Fata, www.EmulatingEmily.com - Oh wow, this is so beautiful! I’m going to venture to make some of these myself. They’d make great gifts for someone, as well! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Jennifer - They really would! A fun idea for Mother’s Day, too. <3

  • Jennifer - I appreciate that! <3

  • Iva Ursano - Omg that ring bowl!!! Wow I absolutely love this!! xoxoxo

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much! It’s fun and easy for sure. <3

  • Niki - Simple and gorgeous!

Whether you are planning a winter event or one set around Valentine’s Day, the hues of red and pink work well together as you will see in David and Hannah’s lovely Roanoke, Virginia winter wedding.

Red Pink Winter Wedding | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog Valentine


  • Jeff - Really love the images! This wedding is amazing! The bride is just stunning and the dress is perfection!

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much, Jeff! πŸ™‚

  • Aishah - I love all these pictures! They look so happy – a great capture of a wonderful day clearly. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - I’m so glad! Thanks for stopping by.

  • EscapeWriters - Wow a pink and red combination is just flawless! Every pic is just so perfect. I can’t decide which I like best. 😁

  • Jennifer - So glad you like it! I think that a monochromatic palette is so pretty. πŸ™‚

  • N. Estillos - Your pictures make we want to marry again. I love the dress and the cake is simple yet beautiful.

  • Jennifer - I’m glad it inspired you!! πŸ™‚

  • Komal - Wow! Stunning pictures. In complete awe of that dress. I hope to have a winter wedding one day!

  • Jennifer - Winter ones are so pretty! πŸ™‚

  • Ana De- Jesus - I completely agree a monochromatic palette – whether that be red and pink, black and white or green and blue – is a beautiful thematic concept for something like a wedding. A winter wedding with rich jewel red tones juxtaposed with a lighter pastel pink is perfect too. Plus a donut bar? You can count me in!

  • Jennifer - Thanks! I do love a stunning palette. <3

  • jhilmil - Wow, how stunning this celebration was, starting from dresses to the donut bar to the amazing footwear and rings, they looked so much in love!

  • Ami Rose - This looks like such a beautiful wedding and everyone looks so happy. The dress is stunning. I’ve not considered a winter wedding but this really is wonderful.

    Ami xxx

  • Dalene - Winter weddings sound so romantic. I’d definitely go for a monochromatic color palette too. Anyway, that dress! Those shoes! Oh my! All so lovely I’m loving their details.

  • Jennifer - Glad you liked it! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Winter is a lovely time, and it can be less expensive, too! πŸ™‚

  • Lyosha - The wedding looks beautiful and classic in a good way. I adore the red gowns of the bridesmaids – a beautiful color decision, each bridesmaid shines!

  • Chelsea Elizabeth - I’m getting married next year and get so excited when I see other wedding posts. I absolutely love the pink, it’s such a classic wedding colour but can create many different themes and vibes.

  • Sayanti | Binge on Basics - Such gorgeous and stunning pictures. This is a dreamy wedding indeed. And I totally agree that red and pink are perfect for wedding and Valentine’s day. Both these colors blend together so well πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Oh yay congrats! Feel free to browse around for lots of ideas! πŸ™‚

  • Dalene - I am in love with this wedding! I mean..that dress, those shoes, the fur coats, the pink and red…all so lovely. Such a perfect winter wedding.

  • London Mumma - This is such true perfection. I love the colours used. The flowers are amazing as well as the bride’s dress and cute shoes.

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I think they had so many great elements, too. <3

  • Jennifer - I adore red, too! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Yes! The dress, shoes and palette are lovely. <3

  • fashionandstylepolice - Love the wedding photos here. I had a winter wedding. It was all shades of amazing.

  • Jennifer - I love winter weddings, too! πŸ™‚

  • Amber Marie - What a gorgeous and classic color scheme! It’s so feminine and pretty. I can’t get over the bride’s shoes! I’ve always found it hard to find formal flats that are as cute as heels. She nailed it!

  • David Elliott - How come I didn’t think of a donut bar when I got married?!?! That’s too awesome. Looks like it was such a beautiful ceremony. Looking great.

  • Kusum - They are just the perfect colors for a wedding! The decor and details are to die for, so gorgeous.

  • Samantha Carraro - Such beautiful photos! I also love the color scheme, I think it’s perfect for any time of the year.
    And a donut bar? That’s one of the most brilliant ideas I’ve ever heard. Such a lovely wedding.

Your wedding is a joyous occasion! It’s a time to be surrounded by family and friends and celebrate your love and union. Of course, at times, thoughts turn to those who have passed and can’t be there with you. There are several ways you can remember lost loved ones at your wedding, and here are some of our favorites from local brides.

Ways to Remember Lost Loved Ones at Your Wedding Honor Deceased | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • John - Hey Jennifer,

    The ways you described here to remember our lost loved ones are wonderful. And I feel these are the best ways to remember them with their memories for ever!! Keep posting.
    Thank you

  • Iva Ursano - Awe this was so beautiful ..great ideas too!!!

  • Jennifer - Thank you! It’s hard to lose someone but so special to honor them. <3

  • Cia Black - I’ve always loved wrapping a piece of fabric around the bouquet. I think the one that I have most seen done is leaving a seat open for those who couldn’t attend. I really like the dog tags, I can see the importance of the one for the children f fallen soldiers.

  • Megan B - Ohhhh this is so special. What a beautiful set of ideas for honoring those who cannot be there. x

  • Nawal Aharrass - Omg this is so sweet and I love the idea. Not many people will think to do this kind of stuff, but I think we all should. I hope I remember to do this, if I ever get married.

  • Jennifer - It’s such a sweet way to honor someone. Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  • AnnMarie John - I think it’s really nice to honor loved ones during your wedding. These are brilliant ways to do that.

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth O - This is such a sweet idea, it is really touching to remember a lost loved one on your big day, you gave some really lovely ideas

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much! <3

  • Holly Lasha - Wow, this is so beautiful…I love the details. What a great way to remember those you’ve lost..

My husband and I recently celebrated our 23rd anniversary (so crazy how much time flies!), so when we were invited to stay at Graduate Charlottesville in Virginia, we took the opportunity to incorporate the lovely hotel into our anniversary plans. We had a wonderful time exploring a town that is close to home while also enjoying Heirloom for both dinner and brunch during our stay at Graduate. I can’t wait to share more about our stay!

Our Anniversary Weekend in Charlottesville, VA featuring Graduate Charlottesville | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Travel Blog


  • Adrienne Eichner - Thank you so much for featuring our photos! I want to thank all the collaborators from The Graduate Hotel Charlottesville wedding styled shoot: Sealed with a Kiss, Andrew Minton Jewelers, Foxtail Cottage, Moxie Hair and Body Lounge, Chandler’s Bakery, Etamib Couture by Gwendolyn Wilson, MS Events, styled by Kaitlyn Hoy of KEH Designs, and Rock Paper Scissors.

  • Jennifer - Yes! It is such a beautiful place, and thank you for mentioning the others involved. <3

  • Lyssie - Happy anniversary! Charlottesville looks so cute and quaint. I love the book shops!

  • Jennifer - Yes! They have a few more, too. It’s a book lovers haven! <3

  • Alice Ford - First of all I would like to say that your website is adorable. I love the look and feel of it. It sounds like your stay was so great. The food at Heirloom’s looks like it was delicious and my mouth is watering just looking a that chocolate ganache cake. I am glad to hear that Charlottesville also is doing so well.

  • Jennifer - Aw, yes! I really appreciate you reading all of it. Cville is doing great (we just went there for a bit last weekend!), and thank you on the site. It’s fun to do. Thank you for stopping in! πŸ™‚

  • Annemarie - I am so sad I had to skip Charlottesville on my trip down the Eastcoast. That shop Low really does look cute! I totally understand why you would wanna visit.

  • Harmony, Momma To Go - This little town looks so charming. I have to put my obnxious NY’er hat on – had no idea Charlottesville was so hip and cool! We just drove from NY to Fl and passed by signs for Charlottesville on the way! Love that hotel with the graduate theme and rooftop bar – plus HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

  • jin - what a unique way to spend an anniversary! loving the quaint and throwback vibes that charlottesville offers!

  • Jennifer - Thank you! It’s a great place. <3

  • Jennifer - AW, thank you! And Charlottesville is cooler than the town I live in. Ha! But I don’t know what city is more fab than NYC! <3

  • Jennifer - Low is my FAVORITE by far. And yes, make a stop in next time! <3

  • Weekend Haven - This is my kind of place! Charlottesville looks charming. I love thrift shops and paper stores, and everything rustic and pretty and this is just the place to be.

  • Jennifer - Thank you! It’s such a fabulous city. <3

  • Shivani - Woahh 23 years of marriage, congratulations!! I had no idea Charlottesville is so beautiful!! And those book stores, woo my kind of place πŸ˜€ I would also like to ride those cute bikes, and yes get a picture too πŸ˜‰

  • Jennifer - Thank you! And yes – I feel old. Ha! But growing a life together is fun. <3

  • Valerie Hansen - Looks like an amazing weekend, Congrats on your 23rd, almost 30 for me! I saw your bio and I am also a huge lover of cats and travel!

    Thanks for sharing your story, my 30th anniv is in June..


  • Jennifer - Aw! Kitties are the best. Ha! And almost 30? Congrats!! <3

  • Georgia - Congrats on 23 years of marriage- what a milestone! The hotel looked like a lovely place to stay and I just love their concept of the ID cards for the rooms, how creative!
    Thanks for sharing what looked like a great celebration.

  • Jen - You got so much done! Congrats on your anniversary.

  • Jennifer - Thank you! Yes, it was a great time. <3

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much! <3

  • megan beaver - How fun! I love the vintage retro feel of the hotel. It’s amazing.

When it comes to having a pre-wedding celebration, it’s fun to gather with friends and focus on the blending of lives that is to come. One local bride had a Moroccan themed bridal shower, which was both meaningful and beautiful as you will see!

Moroccan Themed Bridal Shower | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • kumamonjeng - How wonderful is this Moroccan themed bridal shower – it’s so special and unique?! Thank for sharing and giving us ideas!

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I think it’s so lovely. <3

  • Emily Fata, www.EmulatingEmily.com - Okay, whenever I get married, I NEED to have a bridal shower that’s Moroccan themed! I absolutely adore everything about this one!

  • Doreen Pinto - Wow, this is a fantastic idea. I guess when I get married I will have an Indian themed something as it will be hard to miss out on Ethnic Indian outfits.

  • Melinda - Ooo, I love it! The setting, decor, and the guest of honor are all beautiful!

  • Elizabeth O - This is a wonderful idea, so very well thought out and it looks like you had an amazing time.

  • Cia Black - Loving this! What a way to start of the celebration of marriage. So simple and unique.

  • Jennifer - Oh yes! Indian outfits are so gorgeous – colorful and the stitching is amazing!

  • Jennifer - I know her in person, and she is lovely. I adored every part of this shower!

  • Jennifer - Yes! Her friends came up with a totally do-able theme. <3

  • Alexine - Wow! it looked so elegant! What a bridal shower to have. It so beautiful to see, the decorations are on point, the food and the table. Would love to attend a bridal shower like this!

  • Holly Lasha - This is absolutely gorgeous! I love everything about it…the colors, the patterns!! Love. It.

  • Jennifer - Thank you! It’s one of my favorites. <3

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I thought it was lovely. πŸ™‚

  • Preet - Moroccan themed bridal shower looks absolutely wonderful. The decor and the outfit look so beautiful, giving those traditional as well as modern vibes.

  • Kelly Edgar - I adore this theme! So beautiful. The decor and styling is really pretty. I’m keeping this theme in mind πŸ˜›

  • Aseky Bonnaire - All my friends are already married, but I’m totally digging this for a baby shower! I really love the pillow floor seats!

  • Jennifer - Oh! That’s a fun and cozy idea for a baby shower. Good thinking! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I thought it was so well done. <3

  • Megan - I love this bridal shower. So many pretty details. xo ~ Megan

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I think so, too. πŸ™‚

Whether you are looking for stylish pieces for yourself or (yay!) for a cold weather honeymoon, be sure to consult our winter fashion trends for advice. You can go full force and incorporate many tips or just pick and choose a few of your favorites. There are so many fun options! We sought out our tips from one of our favorite Lynchburg, Virginia clothing stores, Gladiola Girls. Have fun learning some of the trends!

Winter Fashion Trends | Hill City Bride Lynchburg Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Laura Dove - Wow what gorgeous outfits you all have! I love that denim shirt, it looks so pretty! Really gorgeous photos!

  • Iya - Louisa - These photos are gorgeous! Its nice to see such beautiful clothing on “normal” people. It makes you actually want to buy the clothes.

  • Samantha Donnelly - I am loving the outfits, especially the denim shirt as you really can not go wrong with an item of clothing like this and something every wardrobe needs.

  • Chris - Glad to see summer’s around the corner and to get a preview of what’s waiting for us. I love the shirtdress especially!

  • Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place - This is such a lovely photo shoot. I enjoyed looking at the pictures! The clothes are beautiful as well, I love a good shirt dress.

  • LeeAnn - Looks like they all had such a fun time and they ALL look amazing! And I love the outfits!

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Me too! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - So true!

  • Jennifer - Aw, yes, so true! They are just ladies who live in our town. <3

  • Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl) - Very lovely trends indeed! So cute. But it’s not suitable for winter I live in. I wish these were ‘my’ trends!

  • Esperanza Scotto - This is so cute! I love that you shot this with a group of friends! The photos were so cute πŸ™‚

  • Akamatra - These girls and their mom look awesome in this photoshoot! I love their natural smiles, they give away the sense of love their family has! Lovely outfits as well!

  • Elle (Cleverly Changing) - My favorite look was the mother of the bride. Everything she wore was effortlessly beautiful. The photos were so clear and elegant.

  • Jennifer - Yes! I loved her tops! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer - Aw, thanks! Nicki Ahrens photographed it, but she does a great job. I wish I had her talent. Ha! πŸ™‚

  • Melanie williams - I do love the mix of the checked short with the floral embroidery – super cool and looks fab x

  • Jean - These are some great trends, and this ladies are really rocking them. I totally agree about dressing well for your body shape πŸ™‚

  • London Mumma - I love this whole family look and how they are all sync. a really beautiful family.

  • August Pfizenmayer - My favorite looks were the plaid and the velvet! I really need to give my wardrobe some life. I’ve been depressed lately.

  • Nina - I really like that light pink shirt dress! So very pretty and boho! I also love the plaid trend. I have a plaid shirt dress that I absolutely love!

  • Chelsea - Oh I love the mustard/ochre jumper. I’m really liking that colour at the minute and think it’s great for Autumn and winter. I’m currently planning my spring and summer wardrobe though.

  • Adam Townsend - Some lovely outfits shown here that’ll be nice to consider buying the other half! Yellow is my favourite colour, love the mustard top.

Yay! Another year is ending and a new one beginning. I love all things being fresh and new – especially when it comes to love! Imagine starting your new year as a brand new newlywed. So fun! Our Charlottesville, Virginia New Year’s Eve wedding inspiration is full of shimmer, shine and lovely ideas for your own celebration as you count down to your own nuptials.

New Year


  • Sneha prasad - Wow !! Inspiring

  • Melissa Tinajero - This brides gown is stunning! Love the black and gold! πŸ–€βœ¨

  • Jennifer - I thought it was lovely, too. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Jennifer - Thank you, Sneha. I appreciate you stopping by! πŸ™‚

  • My Teen Guide - What a beautiful wedding! I love the color motif – black, white and gold! So glittery and elegant. The bridal gown and bouquet are stunning too. What a perfect wedding!

  • Jennifer - Thank you! It was perfect for the occasion. πŸ™‚

  • Celestial B Purposed - These are some beautiful pictures and I love the gold, black and white. Very classy.


    I have melted into a pool of “omg I can’t handle all the beauty being thrown at me all at once”

    And the bride’s dress? TO.DIE.FOR.

    Such a beautiful production, and I’m sure their ceremony and reception were just as beautiful.

    Thanks for blessing my eyes with such greatness!



  • Nina - A New Year’s Eve wedding is something I had never thought about. It for sure sounds like a good time! I love the bride’s dress. So elegant and fun!

  • Jennifer - Aw! I’m so glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by Idora! πŸ™‚

  • Steven Shakeshaft - This is such a fantastic idea! We got married in August but how different is it to get married in the winter, and at New Years too!

  • Jennifer - Yes, so true!

  • Sarah - I recently got engaged and am totally entrenched in wedding planning. I loved looking through this post!

  • Jennifer - Congratulations to you, and feel free to look around for more great ideas. Happy planning!! πŸ™‚

  • lisa - A New Years ve wedding sounds like a great idea! A friend of mine has just gotten engaged, so I sent the link to your site to my friend. <3

  • Nathan - Congratulations, I know the amount of work which goes into preparing for a wedding. The hardest part is getting everyone to work in cohesion. Love the pictures you have complied here.

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