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Ah! This wedding has such a lovely color palette, and there’s a great reason. Aaron and Hollis were married on the day of the Kentucky Derby (which is happening this weekend!), so they decided to give nods to the event. The most darling ring bearer was her dog, adorned appropriately with his own tuxedo, and a fun southern dinner of shrimp and grits, as well as sweet potatoes with all the fun toppings, was served;

Here are some fun ideas for your own Kentucky Derby wedding:

  • Their décor was complete with derby cups.
  • Red and dark pink roses are used at the derby, which were incorporated into their wedding florals (which are also pantone inspired).
  • The table numbers framed with horses.
  • A custom ice sculpture of a horse was placed in the buffet area.
  • Bright spring colors, tiffany blue dresses, and the groom and groomsmen were custom styled in suits with colorful bowties.
  • Guests wore hats and traditional derby attire.
  • They had a fun photo booth complete with derby hats to dress in.
  • Chair décor down the aisle even included horse shoes.
  • The bride started down the aisle to the traditional bugle start of the derby (how fun is that?).
  • After the family pictures were finished the bride changed into a second dress for the reception and the derby was live streamed for all the guests to watch.

Be sure to take note of all of the fun details and be inspired for your own Kentucky Derby party. So fun – enjoy!

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Your hands are going to be getting some extra attention on your wedding day as you show off that brand new wedding band. Which means that you might be wondering what to do about your nails. Here are 12 bridal nail art designs we found on Instagram that just might give you a little inspiration – just click the link with each description.

photos: Visions by Heather Photography

French manicures are a classic choice for wedding nails. If you’re leaning that way, but also want something a bit more unique, take a look at these elegant nails. The French manicure is overlaid by an elegant white floral design that enhances, without overdoing.

If, on the other hand, you want your nails to stand out in all their glamorous glory, something like these glitzy nails might be more your style.

Instagram offers us this design for the modern, sophisticated bride. These black and gray nails might not be what you initially think of for your wedding day, but they are ultra-chic and would look stunning against a white dress.

Love your wedding colors? Check out these tasteful blue and white nails, a gorgeous example of adding some color into a more traditional wedding design.

There is a lot of nail art out there that uses weddings as a theme, like this set of nails. The 3D design is not only a stunning piece of artistry, but the little tux and gown give it just a touch of whimsical fun.

Gold and diamonds are another common wedding motif, as is beautifully reflected in these nails.

While we’re talking about themes, why not incorporate your wedding theme into your bridal nail art? The black silhouette designs on these glittery nails feel like the perfect fit for a fairy tale wedding.

Or, for a vintage-themed wedding, something like these exquisite nails might look great against an off-white gown. The roses and heart-shaped lock are beautiful symbols of the love you share with your soon-to-be-spouse.

You might also consider incorporating an interest that you and your fiancé share. For the songbirds in love, these musical nails might be the perfect way to reflect the way your hearts sing together.

Celebrate the season with a design like this one. The brightly colored tips along with the dainty flowers would make this design a delightful addition to your spring wedding.

From your bouquet to the table decorations at the reception, there are plenty of places to make use of your favorite flower on your wedding day—including your nails! This example includes some charmingly adorable daisies. 

And of course, you want your nails to look great with your dress, so you can always use the dress itself for inspiration. Check out these nails and see how the white and silver polish, as well as the flowers and gems, fit in perfectly against the bride’s gown.

We know you want to look great from head to toe on your wedding day and just the right manicure is a big part of that for most brides. You can find bridal nail art inspiration all around you, from your bouquet to your wedding theme. We hope these Instagram examples will help you find your way to picture perfect nails for your big day!

You’re engaged, yay!! Now it’s time to plan, which includes having an engagement session. Besides having amazing photos of you and your love, your e-session gives you the opportunity to get used to working with your photographer (and vice versa). We have some sessions and thoughts to provide your own engagement session inspiration today!

Engagment Session Inspiration as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog

  1. Incorporate your pet! Whether it’s a horse, dog, kitty or whatever furry – or nonfurry – friend you have at home. Including them is fun like you will see in this horse session here.
  2. Just be YOU. This couple was super cool and showed off their tattoos, but do whatever is you as a couple. They also incorporated their dogs and their town, which gives proof to some of our other fun engagement session inspiration ideas. See their session here.
  3. Show off your bling – and his. Be sure to not only get shots of the two of you interacting, but be sure to get detail shots – rings, touches, shoes, feet – all which add up to a more intimate look into your love story. This photo is so sweet with their jewelry and their subtle touch. Take a peek at their full session here.
  4. Utilize your town. I love these types of sessions. Just take a walk through your town and show it off – architecture, parks, monuments, doorways – show it off in a fun way like this Lynchburg Virginia couple did here.
  5. Have fun and enjoy each other. It doesn’t have to be all lovely dovey and kissy – be sure to have a lot of fun with each other. This couple had their session and ended it with being playful in the river. Check out more here.

If you want more engagement session inspiration just click here. Newly engaged? Read our first steps to take after your engagement here. Happy planning!

Sophisticated Richmond Wedding in Virginia as seen on Hill City Bride by Melissa Desjardins Photography

Wow, do we have a gorgeous Virginia event for you today! This sophisticated Richmond wedding is filled with lovely detailing and ideas for the bride-to-be. Here is a little bit of their story from their photographer, Melissa Desjardins. Katie and Mike are that laid back, love to have fun couple who everyone loves…they first met at VCU. Mike took her on their first date to Lee’s Fried Chicken and the rest is history! Perhaps the true test of their relationship came when Mike moved to New Orleans after accepting a job at Tulane, while Katie stayed here in Richmond to finish her schooling. It wasn’t long before she realized she needed to be with him and then they began their new life together in NOLA, even adopting an adorable dog and appropriately naming her Delachaise. When visiting RVA for the holidays in 2014, Mike proposed to Katie on top of Libby Hill with the Richmond skyline in the background. So sweet!

Here are a few of my favorite ideas from their wedding day.

  • I love how classic everything is – their statement invitation, their rings. It all is very timeless and beautiful for a wedding.
  • You have got to see the flower girl – she is absolutely adorable!!
  • Take a moment to notice their first look photo. They were separated by sliding doors, which made for an impactful – and very sweet – first look.
  • Ah! Monument Terrace makes for such a gorgeous backdrop for wedding photos, and they had a beautiful, sunny day. So lovely!
  • I adore the use of succulents – in the boutonniere and even as a cake topper. They are also strategically placed on the tables in rose gold, geometric glass holders like the ones you can find for your own wedding here. Greenery, white and gold completed their color palette.
  • Ballrooms are so stately, and their wedding reception is absolutely divine. Gorgeous! They combined it with a classic, church ceremony – the perfect pairing!
  • Their reception was complete with a white cake, first dance and signature cocktails. So fun!

I hope you enjoy this sophisticated Richmond wedding today – you are sure to gain some classic Virginia wedding inspiration today. Enjoy!

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5 Floral Wedding Invitation Ideas as seen on Hill City Bride

Your invitation is your first impression for your big day, and I am a huge fan of anything that involves flowers. I searched the web for floral wedding invitation ideas to share with you today. Enjoy! Wedding stationery ideas are clockwise from the top.

  1. It doesn’t get any easier than having a digital file to download and print yourself – this is perfect for those who need their wedding invitations quickly and on a budget. This sweet, flower filled wedding invitation suite is available via Papercharmants on Etsy here.
  2. Another digital download, this floral wedding invitation offers drippy florals in an array of lovely hues. Pairing it with a kraft paper envelope is just perfect! See this Etsy offering here that is also easy on your wedding budget.
  3. Hailing from Minted, this invitation is adorable with the prominent ampersand and oh so subtle floral touches. It’s perfect for the bride-to-be who wants something floral yet not quite overdone. It’s such a pretty statement that you can personalize here.
  4. Another idea from Minted, these floral wedding invitations are inspired by Grecian flowers and have an art like feel. Rich hues complement this invitation suite that you can view here.
  5. Wedding Paper Divas comes to the rescue when you want something that is filled with dainty florals. These Floral Trellis invitations are so pretty, and you can get them several striking color patterns.

No matter what you choose, be sure to send something to give your guests a feel as to what your day will all be about. Have fun picking out your invitations and perusing our floral wedding invitation ideas!

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