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Ok, once you get engaged, you are expected to plan the biggest event of your life, right? You can carry an organizer, but sometimes it helps a little more to keep your to do’s in front of you a little more. This cute DIY goal list is great for any purpose and it looks cute, too. Take a peek at the blog of Cornflower Blue (click here) for the instructions, and happy organizing!

On February 14, 2012, our I Dream of a Wedding winning couple got married. It was such an amazingly fun day for two reasons. First of all, a sweet, deserving couple tied the knot, and second of all, the vendors of Hill City Bride came together in a collective effort to pour out love on this couple on what a perfect day… Valentine’s Day (which also happens to be both of their birthdays!).

If you would like to be considered for our second I Dream of a Wedding, which will take place on February 14, 2012, you have until June 23rd to enter… just click here to see what the entry entails.

Ok, on to our I Dream of a Wedding 2012. Enjoy this posting on their reception events on their wedding day.

Again, if you want to be considered for our 2013 wedding giveaway, just email your 500 word (or less) story, whatever that story may be, to info@hillcitybride.com by June 23, 2012 to be considered for our 2013 wedding date. Be sure to include a photo of you and your significant other in your email, and also have the subject line as “I Dream of a Wedding”. Our entrants will be narrowed down and voted upon by a panel and also the public to determine our 2013 wedding winner.

Vendor List

Photography Team

Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography
Allegra’s Studio
Colling Photography
Crystal George Studios
KD Burke Photography
Sincerely, Liz: Photography
Visions by Heather Photography

Vendor Team

Ashley Baber Weddings – overall coordination
At Your Service Events Planner – reception coordination
Bodyworks Day Spa & Salon – bride’s hair and makeup, bridesmaids’ makeup
Celebration – maid of honor gown, tuxes
Cheryl’s Secret Garden – ceremony decor
City View by the James – reception venue
Elegant Affair – invitations
La Bella Torta – cake
Love Is in the Air – reception catering
Mitchell’s Salon on 7th – bridesmaids’ hair
Music, Music and More Music – ceremony and reception music
Official Entertainment – uplighting
Petal Flower Company – bouquets, boutonnieres
Repast Catering – kickoff party catering
Riverview Manor – kickoff party venue
Shaking Hands Productions – cinematography
The Trivium – ceremony venue
The Virginia Photo Booth Company – photo booth
Wingate by Wyndham – accommodations

If you would like to be considered for our next I Dream of a Wedding, head over to idreamofawedding.com… we can not wait to meet our next fortunate couple.

When I saw this session from Jeffrey C Gleason Photography, I knew that it had to be on the blog. I adored the colors… they are so happy and vibrant! I adore Jeffrey’s style. Also, it was fun to get a little insight into Valerie and Justin’s relationship and upcoming marriage, so enjoy what they had to say along with the beautiful photos themselves.

 

Here are some words from Justin’s point of view:

Valerie and I met at Kid Shelleen’s, a popular restaurant and saloon in Wilmington, DE.  Valerie was living in Wilmington, and was there with her girlfriend Laura.  I was there because it was a Thursday night (Ladies Night), and the Lakers were playing in the NBA Championship.

For most of the game, I was tactically positioned in an area where I was close to the bar, and close to a big-screen TV.  Valerie caught my eye earlier in the evening, but I waited until after the Lakers won to strike up a conversation.  Luckily, she was still there, so I bought them a round of beers and asked where they were from.  Valerie told me she was from Las Vegas, but after advising her that I used to hang out in Vegas during my years as a SoCal resident, Valerie backtracked and admitted that she was a local.

A few nights later, I invited her back to Kid Sheleen’s to hang out with me and a few co-workers.  To my surprise she agreed, and the rest is history!

 

I don’t believe we were “meant” to be together; it is something we really worked at (I asked them about how they knew they were meant to be together to clarify!).  We both have pretty demanding jobs (along with the living 100+ miles apart), so we had to make an effort to have a successful relationship.  For me, it was the Labor Day weekend of 2010, when I was able to get several days off work, and we spent the holiday hanging out in Wilmington, Bethany Beach, and going to a Virginia Tech football game with my family.  It was after that weekend that I first realized I could spend the rest of my life with this awesome girl.

Our wedding is on June 30th at Lazy Days winery in Amherst, VA.  I want our wedding to be a fun, laid-back party with the most important people in our lives.  Along with an awesome family, I have made some great friends during my time in Indiana, California, and with the Secret Service.  Marrying Valerie at a beautiful venue will be a very memorable experience, and sharing this special moment with family and friends makes it perfect.

Now get ready to hear Valerie’s point of view:

After reading Justin’s answers, I might tell the ‘how we met story’ a bit different but all in all he got it right.

I also agree that we do work at our relationship.  Communication is important, especially when you are living in different states.  After three years together we really have learned how to balance each other and respect each others’ needs.  I feel like Justin is my perfect partner in life, and I look forward to what the future brings us.  After thinking long and hard, I can’t think of a moment when I knew Justin was the one.  However, as I look back on our courtship and the memories we’ve made together, I cannot remember a time where I didn’t feel like he was someone extremely special.  It’s almost like he’s always been there providing love and support.  I’m a lucky girl to have him by my side. 

Regarding the engagement pictures venue, the Shenandoah Valley is where Justin’s maternal side of the family hail from. His grandmother and many family members still live there and we happened to be spending Easter weekend visiting. Jeff, our photographer, was also familiar with the area and found a beautiful field full of yellow flowers with Mt. Jackson in the background to capture some wonderful moments. 

Ok, now it’s time to enjoy more of their beautiful engagement photos…

Thank you again, Jeffrey, for sharing these with us. If you want to check out more of his work, just click here to head over to the website of Jeffrey C Gleason Photography. To Valerie and Justin… I wish you all of the best for your June wedding!

On February 14, 2012, our I Dream of a Wedding winning couple got married. It was such an amazingly fun day for two reasons. First of all, a sweet, deserving couple tied the knot, and second of all, the vendors of Hill City Bride came together in a collective effort to pour out love on this couple on what a perfect day… Valentine’s Day (which also happens to be both of their birthdays!).

If you would like to be considered for our second I Dream of a Wedding, which will take place on February 14, 2012, you have until June 23rd to enter… just click here to see what the entry entails.

Ok, on to our I Dream of a Wedding 2012. Enjoy this posting on their ceremony events on their wedding day.

Again, if you want to be considered for our 2013 wedding giveaway, just email your 500 word (or less) story, whatever that story may be, to info@hillcitybride.com by June 23, 2012 to be considered for our 2013 wedding date. Be sure to include a photo of you and your significant other in your email, and also have the subject line as “I Dream of a Wedding”. Our entrants will be narrowed down and voted upon by a panel and also the public to determine our 2013 wedding winner.

Vendor List

Photography Team

Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography
Allegra’s Studio
Colling Photography
Crystal George Studios
KD Burke Photography
Sincerely, Liz: Photography
Visions by Heather Photography

Vendor Team

Ashley Baber Weddings – overall coordination
At Your Service Events Planner – reception coordination
Bodyworks Day Spa & Salon – bride’s hair and makeup, bridesmaids’ makeup
Celebration – maid of honor gown, tuxes
Cheryl’s Secret Garden – ceremony decor
City View by the James – reception venue
Elegant Affair – invitations
La Bella Torta – cake
Love Is in the Air – reception catering
Mitchell’s Salon on 7th – bridesmaids’ hair
Music, Music and More Music – ceremony and reception music
Official Entertainment – uplighting
Petal Flower Company – bouquets, boutonnieres
Repast Catering – kickoff party catering
Riverview Manor – kickoff party venue
Shaking Hands Productions – cinematography
The Trivium – ceremony venue
The Virginia Photo Booth Company – photo booth
Wingate by Wyndham – accommodations

If you would like to be considered for our next I Dream of a Wedding, head over to idreamofawedding.com… we can not wait to meet our next fortunate couple.

Warmer temperatures are upon us once again, and our thoughts start turning to the water to cool off. Alicia and Billy picked a waterfront location in Mariner’s Landing to hold their wedding, which was captured by Jane Bradley Photography. I hope that you enjoy this sweet couple and their darling wedding.

 

If you want to catch a little more of Billy and Alicia’s wedding then just head on over to the blog of Jane Bradley Photography to see more of their special day.

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