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I am not sure if it is Crystal George’s style, the flair of the couple, the dogs and outdoorsiness (ok, maybe I made up that word!) or if it is a combination of all of the above, but this photo session strikes me as being from another time … a vintage shoot of sorts. It has such a comfort and ease about it, and the way that Abbey and Whit communicate through the lens with their eyes and body language makes these images interesting and fresh every time I look at them.

Crystal George, of Crystal George Studios, went on this adventuresome engagement session with Whit and Abbey, and I love the words she uses to describe this couple …

Abbey and Whit are so incredibly fun. Abbey is a firefighter, and Whit is in law school. We took their engagement photos out on their farm in Spout Spring. They are just easy together … laughing, teasing each other, but in the laughter and the teasing, there is always an undercurrent of deep care and attention to each other. Whit trains a special breed of German hunting dogs, and we had the opportunity to capture them and their dogs in action. I am so pleased and excited to shoot their wedding this year!


Whit and Abbey, I wish you the best as you prepare for your wedding and your lifetime together. Others, please take the time to peruse the website of Crystal George Studios … she is sweet and talented!

Also, be sure to register for Bliss, a fine wedding fair, which is a fun, upscale wedding conference. It is coming up soon!

What a better Vendor Spotlight to kick off the year with than with Wellness for Life? Madison White, a Hill City Bride intern had the privilege of interviewing Brian for this informative article. Happy New Year!

Every girl dreams of the day that she will marry their “knight in shining armor” (or in some cases, “dork in aluminum foil”). She wants the day to be perfect with nothing hindering her from enjoying it, yet sometimes a bride may be self conscious about her physique.

If you read that and thought to yourself, “that sounds like me”, then the Bridal Boot Camp at Wellness for Life is for you!

Brian started Bridal Boot Camps for the purpose of allowing brides to lose weight and to change the way they think. Brides who are interested in participating in this special program can join in anytime … there is no specific date or time that the camps go on, but brides can also just join in on the regular boot camps. The boot camps are normally held once a month and are an ongoing, 8 week process.

Brian Kenney is a certified personal trainer and has been in the health and fitness field for six years. He got into the Bridal Boot Camp idea due to wanting to see brides in their ideal shape on their wedding day and also the sense of urgency to be in shape for their special day.

The benefits of working out are to change your whole approach of eating habits, appearance, and to create a lifestyle change, BUT the main focus for the Bridal Boot Camps and the Boot Camps in general is to change the way you think.

An amazing success story that seems to stick on in Kenney’s mind is that of April Bray, who dropped 25 lbs but then lost 20 1/2 inches off of her body. Can you say “amazing”?

Staying in a healthy condition is very important, and to change the way you think is a plus. So if you are a bride and you want to tweak your figure, then a Boot Camp might be just the ticket!

RAPID FAT LOSS GUIDE

Achieve Maximum Weight Loss

#1 – Exercise regularly.

Exercise in the key to maintaining your weight loss. Start off your exercise regimen slow; moving too quickly can cause muscle damage. Instead, gradually work your way up to a full hour of activity.

#2 – Eat a nutritious breakfast everyday.

Cutting down on meals to lose weight is not a good strategy. Skipping meals will only leave you hungry and increase your chances of overeating later in the day. Starting your day off with a nutritious breakfast will help prevent that.

#3 – Eat the majority of food early in the day.

Dinner should be your lightest meal. This will help the body process and burn more calories. Try not to eat carbohydrates after 3pm as this is usually when your activities will start to slow and these carbohydrates will not be burned.

#4 – Keep track of your weight and your eating.

People who weigh themselves regularly will notice if they have gained a few pounds and can implement strategies to prevent gaining more.

#5 – Drink at least 64 ounces of water every day.

If you are eating right and exercising frequently but are still not getting the results you want, you may simply be not drinking enough water. Drinking the recommended 64 ounces of water everyday will help your body suppress your appetite, improve muscle tone, improve skin quality and speed up the fat burning process.

#6 – Get enough vitamin B in your diet.

If you are suffering from lack of energy, your body may not be getting enough Vitamin B. Taking a Vitamin B supplement can greatly improve your energy level.

#7 – Make a commitment. Permanent weight loss requires time, effort, focus, and a lifelong commitment. Be sure that you are ready to make permanent changes and that you do so for the right reasons.

#8 – Set realistic goals.

Healthy weight loss occurs slowly and steadily. Aim to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week. Instead of making a goal to lose 50 pounds, start with a more realistic goal such as exercising regularly.

#9 – Detoxify your mind, body, and spirit.

Cleaning your body and mind of harmful toxins can greatly benefit your weight loss. Supplementation can help cleanse your body of the toxins that will hinder weight loss. Meditation, prayer, or just some quiet time can help clear the mind of harmful or negative thoughts that can affect your success.

#10 – Create a support system.

Let your friends and family know that you are trying to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Receiving positive encouragement from others improves your chances of successfully losing weight. Also, join a workout group to meet new people who have the same goal as you.

#11 – Work with a fitness/nutrition professional.

With a gym membership, you typically do not get the one on one support that you can find with a personal trainer. A personal trainer will be able to share his/her knowledge with you so that you reach your highest potential. Many personal trainers also work with a nutrition professional that can help design a meal plan that is custom designed to meet your specific.

If you would like more information, Brian would love to hear from you! Just click here to go to the website of Wellness for Life, and you will be on your way to a happier, healthier you. As a BIG P.S. I do have to say that I have worked out with Brian in personal training sessions … he worked me hard, but I saw results!!! Thanks again, Madison, for writing.


Fall is my favorite season (rivaled by spring!), and I also love outdoor weddings … this posting combines both in such a sweet way. The husband and wife team of Christopher Breedlove Photography is made up of Christopher and Kristen Breedlove, and they have been a joy to get to know (along with being very talented!). Enjoy these images, and Kristen herself wrote the words below.

This autumn wedding kindled the hearts of many.  On Saturday, September 25th, 2010 in Nottoway County, Virginia, we photographed the charming backyard wedding of Benjamin & Casey.  The atmosphere was of sheer delight, the bride was glowing with her ivory pearls, and the debonair groom waited in great anticipation for his future wife to join him in holy matrimony.  The colorful leaves, the whimsical trees and the warm glow of the sun all harmonized to provide Ben and Casey and their guests a timeless day they will never forget. Words cannot express this marvelous day, so without further ado, enjoy a small glimmer of these Antiquated Film Expressions by Christopher Breedlove Photography.

Thank you, Christopher and Kristen for sharing these images with the readers of Hill City Bride! If you would like to visit the website of Christopher Breedlove Photography just click here. I am so pleased to have CBP in our Hill City family!

Happy New Year, friends! So many of you are getting married THIS year! Sooo exciting! I’m back again to chat more about ways to get the most out of your wedding day photography. I know it seems like I say this in every article, but today’s topic is something that I think is SUPER important. Whether you do or do not connect with your photographer can make a world of difference in the final product.

There are a couple of reasons that connecting with your photographer is so important. First, you are going to be spending a lot of time with your photographer on the day of your wedding and you want to make sure you at least enjoy their presence, right? If you don’t feel comfortable around him or her, chances are pretty good that you will remember that feeling when you reminisce back to your wedding day. And you do not want those memories clouding the other memories of your beautiful day.

In addition, if you don’t connect with your photographer, your pictures may not reach their full potential. Feeling uncomfortable or frustrated during portraits can make it almost impossible to capture you in all of your joyous beauty. You may not look as beautiful as you could in your pictures if you were completely comfortable, relaxed, and feeling good.

You also want to make sure that your personalities connect. This helps with the communication on your wedding day and helps the process of portraits go as smooth as possible.

Overall, you want a photographer that brings a good energy to your day. Someone you enjoy, someone who understands your vision and whose vision you trust, as well as someone who genuinely makes you feel good about being in front of the camera.

Thank you again, Liz, for your advice … it is so important so that the brides have the best visual memories from the day that they can! Liz Cook is the owner of Sincerely, Liz: Photography, and I encourage you to view her work by clicking here.

Ok, leave it to Martha Stewart Weddings to “wow” me with these. These are TOO cute!! If you are looking forward to having a spring wedding, a seed packet that looks like a traditional matchbook may just be the favor that your guests will be “wowed” by, too. Take a peek at these, and see how easy they are to make. Adorable!!!

Here are the instructions straight from the Martha Stewart Weddings website:

Download editable clip art, and type in your first names and wedding date. There are two pages, one for the covers and one for the planting instructions inside the matchbook.

Print the front of the matchbook covers onto 8 1/2-by-11-inch card stock. Turn the paper over, and print the page of instructions on the back (test the alignment by printing one copy first, before printing the rest).


There are three creases you’ll need to make, and there are three sets of dotted crop marks to make it easier to do so. Use a bone folder and a metal straightedge to draw creases between the dotted crop marks.

Use a craft knife and the straightedge to cut out the matchbook covers, cutting along the edges of the colors.


Fold matchbook along creases.

Scoop seeds into 2-by-3 1/4-inch glassine envelopes, and fold top edge over twice by 1/4 inch.

Tuck seed-filled glassine envelope into the bottom flap, with the folded edge down, and staple once in the middle of the flap.

These would also be adorable for showers, birthday parties or even just a spring planting party. I adore them!! Thank you Martha Stewart Weddings … what a great resource for today’s bride.