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Autumn is here! It is my favorite time of the year with the weather finally getting a little bit cooler, the leaves beginning to show their beauty, the festivals, the pumpkins, the foods … the list goes on and on. Recently on Hill City Bride’s Facebook page, I asked what season was the favorite for weddings, and the overwhelming response was … fall!! It’s no wonder with the colors, flavors and cozy feeling with the chill in the air.

Liz Cook of Sincerely, Liz: Photography did a spectacular job capturing all of the details of Keith and Carmen’s wedding, and I am so pleased to share with you this idea fest for an autumn wedding. From white pumpkins and orange leaves to delectable cake and lush flowers, this fall ceremony and reception is gorgeous! The event took place at the Memorial Chapel and Florence Elston Inn, which are both at Sweet Briar College. Enjoy this stunning wedding and the flavors of fall.

Thank you again, Liz, for sharing such a beautiful wedding with the readers of Hill City Bride, and to Keith and Carmen … I wish you the best in your future!!

Every bride wants to feel gorgeous and look stunning on her wedding day, but sometimes the wedding day itself does not allow time for capturing enough eyecatching images of the bride in all of her beauty. Having a bridal session before the wedding day is a great way to fine tune the wedding day look (hair, makeup, accessories … etc.) while feeling pampered. I imagine it is a little like being a celebrity for a day with all of the preparations for the shoot and then actually being the only subject of the photographs for a while … how fun!!

Adam Barnes of Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography did just that with Allison for her bridal session at Oak Ridge Estate. I love how sweet Allison looks … the perfect combination of innocence and beauty. I hope that you enjoy these breathtaking photos of Allison.

Dress: Pronovias from the Pronovias Barcelona Collection

Hair: Fusion Salon

Hair Piece – custom made by Paula from Poinsett Bride in downtown Greenville, SC

Location: Oak Ridge Estate

Makeup: Summer Miller

Photographer: Adam Barnes of Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography

Shoes: Michael Shannon

Also, today is the last day to enter our fun giveaway, so don’t miss out on it … click here to find out more!!

Positive Reflections

Every morning before I leave my house to embrace the world, I make a crucial visit to my good friend “Mirror.” Mirror will tell me if my mascara is clumpy or if my hair needs to be straightened. Mirror will point out if my earrings beautifully match my purse, but Mirror will also flag me down if my shirt is inside out. In fact, I have come to depend on Mirror to accurately and honestly reflect me; what Mirror says is truth I take as truth.

In a similar way, we act as mirrors to our significant others.  The way we perceive them is reflected in how we treat them and formulates the way they perceive themselves. That gives us quite a responsibility! We can either build up the self-image of our loved ones or completely tear them down. In “Before You Say, ‘I Do,’” a daily devotional for engaged couples, H. Norman Wright says, “Too often we give those closest to us cracked mirrors of displeasing words or hurtful remarks. These cracked mirrors give a distorted reflection of the person. But when we reflect to those we love their uniqueness and value, they begin to see themselves as priceless.”

Here are a few simple steps to smooth a cracked mirror:

1. Acknowledge that you are not a change-agent. He can change. Those words reflect a dangerous mindset that so many women fall into. While your man can change (and there might be some areas were change is truly necessary), people typically do not like to feel change forced upon them by someone else. For example, if you often find yourself telling your fiancé what he is doing wrong and needs to do differently, then every time he looks at you, he sees that cracked mirror, filled with personal flaws. It is okay to express an area of concern or encourage personal growth, but the positive should far outweigh the negative, which brings me to my next point:

2. Find and focus on the good. If your fiancé is a strong leader, praise him for that. If he is funny, feel free to laugh often at his jokes. Bringing out the positive in your man will not only build his self-esteem and self-image, but you will also become a mirror he likes looking at! That about it – would you rather look at yourself through a cracked, distorted mirror, or through a clear, complete mirror that reflects who you truly are?

Obviously, none of us are perfect, but usually we can be so hard on ourselves that we do not need someone else pointing out our flaws, too. In addition, letting go of what you cannot change will free you to be your loved one’s friend and not his parent. An added bonus: the more you focus on the good in your fiancé, the more good you will see!

Craving more relationship advice? If you would like to find out more about Rachael or to read other “Newly Wed” columns, just click here. Thank you, Rachael! Also, it’s always good for couples to get away together … whether it is for a honeymoon or a fun weekend away, visit Travelbugs … Melissa is great to work with!! We also have our giveaway going on, so be sure to enter here.

  • Lemon - Great advice. Thanks for the always-needed reminder for all of us :)

  • Rachel McLean (RS Exclusive) - Love this. Marriage is SO much more than a wedding day. So happy you’re writing this!

  • Amanda - Thanks Rachael for sharing! You are a great writer! :)

  • Rachael Eberle - Thank you for your feedback ladies! :)

Again, kudos go out to dear old Twitter … you know, the social media connection I swore that I would never join that now would be the last one that I would give up (business wise, speaking … I would perish socially without Facebook!)? Well, through Twitter I “met” Caren Richardson, who is the owner of The Favour Shoppe and hails from Canada. I had the opportunity to guest post for her blog, and she is returning the favor (or favour!) for the readership of Hill City Bride.

Caren is very in tune with the trends for wedding favors, and she has a wonderful way to keep track of the trends … after all, what sells best on her site is what brides are dolling out as gifts for her guests. Thank you, Caren for compiling this information on the Top 10 Wedding Favors in 2010!

Top 10 Favor Trends of 2010

Wedding favors are keepsakes given by the couple on their wedding. They show the guests that you appreciate them sharing in your day. As 2010 unfolds, I am seeing how popular some wedding favors have become.  Here at The Favour Shoppe I will give you our top 10 trends for 2010.

#10 Towel Cakes

  • Towel cakes popularity is on the rise this year.  These favors are made to resemble favorite desserts but are actually made with soft and comfortable towels.  Best part of a towel cake favor? They are 100% calorie free!

#9 Bottle Stoppers

  • Wine bottle stoppers are functional and also enjoyable wedding favors.  Guests love these useful favors that they can enjoy after your special day.

#8 Scented Soaps

  • These are always a popular choice.  Soaps are practical wedding favors and very unique.  Why not say thank you with an aroma that lets people feel relaxed and gives them a desire to be pampered?

#7 Candles

  • It’s about time that candles are becoming popular once again!  After all, candle favors are the most practical and most affordable wedding favors nowadays.

#6 Themed Favors

  • Deciding on having a themed wedding? Why not? From cute Las Vegas favors to “winter wonderland” favors, each bride can now choose from an array of themes to enhance her wedding.

#5 Personalized

  • Personalized favors are slowly on the rise this year.  By customizing the favor with your names and date, it instantly adds personality and flair to your favors, making it more memorable.


  • Bookmarks are climbing the popularity ladder in hot trends.  Bookmark favors are something that your guests will enjoy for years to come.

#3 Edible Favors

  • You can never go wrong with edible favors.  With the abundance of choices out there, you are bound to find something that appeals to you and your guests.

#2 Eco-Friendly

  • The “eco” trend began quite a few years ago and has made a huge impact in the wedding world.  It is still one of the top hot trends in 2010.

And our #1 top trend for 2010 is …

#1 Damask Patterned Boxes

  • Damask is a reversible pattern that was originally created in the Middle Ages, and it is making a huge come back as one of the leading wedding favor trends in 2010. It is perfect for any event that you are planning on having. The box is a gift in and of itself, and whatever surprise you put inside is sure to please your guests!

You can rest assured that no matter what direction the wedding world takes, these wedding favor trends will still have the timeless appeal for years to come.

Thank you again, Caren! Be sure to visit her site, The Favour Shoppe, which she started in 2009. Be sure to visit her wonderful wedding blog by clicking here. Also enter this week’s giveaway by clicking here!

  • Rachel (RS Exclusive) - These are a lot of fun, especially the wine topper idea! LOVE IT!

  • KathleenK - I love the starfish idea! I’m getting married at the beach and going with the starfish and sand dollar theme. This is such a GREAT idea!!

  • Brigitte - Thanks for using my printable damask pillow box as an example of the number one trend! I am honored!

Let me say that I am SUPER excited to have a great staff of interns headed your way. Some you will meet at bridal shows, and others you will “meet” via their writing blog posts for Hill City Bride. I am so pleased to introduce Madison White to you, who is a student at Liberty University. We met over coffee (iced decaf at the White Hart to be exact!), and we shared our hearts … she has a love for weddings, blogging and events. What a perfect Hill City fit! Without further due, I will let you hear from Madison as she introduces herself and shows you an amazing DIY video!!

Hey there all you HCB blog readers!

I am Madison White and the newest member/intern of the staff of Hill City Bride! I am in my Junior year at Liberty University, and I am a Communications Studies Major with specializations in Journalism and Public Relations/Advertising and also am minoring in Music Performance in Piano.

I absolutely love the area of Lynchburg and can honestly say that I can see myself living here in the future with my future husband. I am engaged and in the process of thinking about my own wedding in 2012. My fiance, Andrew, is also a student at Liberty, but we met in our hometown.

I had always known about him, but nothing clicked until my freshman year at Liberty as we conversed via facebook in December of my fall semester. I am so glad that he is at Liberty this year because before this past August, he was at home working, but now he is in Lynchburg pursuing a Sports Management degree. I can not wait to become Mrs. Madison Heisler, and I am also excited to be involved with Hill City Bride and also use it as a resource/inspiration for planning my own wedding!

Ok, now on to the DIY part … have you been wanting to have your dream wedding, but cannot find your dream location? With this DIY Video, you can learn to build your own Gazebo to anywhere you want, even your backyard! I can just imagine a wedding in the beautiful, scenic Central Virginia mountains with this gazebo as a backdrop for your ceremony. Wouldn’t it just be gorgeous? Enjoy this DIY video!

  • Linda Hall - Love Is In The Air - Decor, Cakes & Catering - Thanks for the video, Madison, and welcome to Hill City blog. I look forward to your posts in the future.

    There are certainly as many ways to say “I DO” as there are brides and grooms! A personal touch that makes “A” wedding “THEIR” wedding is the best way to go.

    That is always what “Love Is In The Air” strives to do…give it a personal touch.