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The weather is starting to change as the new season approaches. You step outside your front door in the morning and notice that there is a chill in the air. It’s time for sweater season: all things cozy and wonderful. For fall wedding ideas, however, comes a shift to vibrant jewel tones, nostalgic notions, and autumn wedding trends.

Unique Fall Wedding Ideas Autumn | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings


Ok, DIY bride…it’s almost your big day! Are you wondering how to make hair accessories for weddings? You have your style all sorted out, but you just need a little something extra as far as DIY hair accessories. Ideas can be hard to come by, but I promise that these handmade accessories are super easy to make. Take a peek at this DIY hair clips tutorial below!

Tutorial on How to Make DIY Hair Clips | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog copy


  • Delia Atenea - OK honestly I’m just completely in love with that leaf detail. It’s so romantic! Love that! And a glue gun is totally a girl’s best friend when wedding planning!

  • Kileen - This is such a gorgeous DIY!! They turned out so pretty!!


  • Ashley Rollins - This is such a good idea. I’ve been looking at pieces for my wedding and I have to say, they are so super pricey! But these are such an adorable way to add a bit of bling to your hair.

You may be wondering, “Are jewel tones coming back?” The short answer is that they never went away! Whether you are considering a jewel tone wedding color palette or want elegant engagement party ideas, this styled shoot will inspire your own jewel tones wedding or event.

 Jewel Tone Wedding Color Palette | Engagement Party Ideas in Jewely Tones | Hill City Bride VA Wedding Blog Weddings


  • Ashley Stephenson - This is such a gorgeous Engagement Party! I am definitely loving the colors! Those drinks are so pretty!

  • WanderlustBeautyDreams - WOW so beautiful. The jewel tones sure do make photos pop. I love the decor and everything. Thanks for sharing these ideas!

  • Carolyn - Even though I mostly stick to neutrals, jewel tones feel really rich and luxe to me! Just like all the photos in this post!

  • Iféoluwa - The love the idea of using gemstones as a theme! The table set up looks amazing! Love the satin/silk look of the colors.

  • Lauryn Hock - WOW! I love this color palette! Way to be bold with your choices!

  • roxy - What a beautiful color palette! Jewel tones automatically lend a sophisticated and regal vibe to any party. I love all of the themed drinks!!

  • Taylor Mobley - How fun!! I never did an engagement party – just a bridal shower – but these colors are stunning!

  • Deborah - WOW, I would have never thought about using colors like this for any party! So beautiful!

Destination weddings are a trend that is on the rise. Today’s couples are craving experiences and intimate events over long guest lists. If a smaller affair with style appeals to you, then saying, “I do,” in a faraway location – such as having a destination wedding in California – may be the perfect fit!

Having a Destination Wedding in California – experiencing Sonoma County’s wine country


  • Ashley Rollins - That looks gorgeous! I was recently in Sonoma for a bachelorette and the area was so pretty!! I’m getting married in December so I’m always on the lookout for inspo!

  • Azanique Rawl - A wine country wedding would be a dream! I love destination weddings 🙂

  • Jennifer - Ah! Have fun planning, and yes – Sonoma County is perfect for bachelorettes, too!! <3

  • WanderlustBeautyDreams - These photos are so gorgeous. I can see why people would want to have their weddings here, looks so dreamy!

  • Nicole Flint - These photos are dreamy! Great tips and perfect for a wedding destination!

  • Soumya Gayatri - Wow! What lovely pictures! I would love to be married again in one of these places. Destination weddings definitely seem to be the trend nowadays and having one in California looks so dreamy and gorgeous. Plus, there are so many options to choose from.

  • Yukti Agrawal - Wow what a wonderful destination wedding in wine county. It is a superb idea to host wedding in or around vineyards as grapes sound romantic too. I loved the decor, food and the venue for this destination wedding. Good to know we can select our wedding style from many given options.

  • Anda - Great guide for picking a destination wedding in California. I can’t imagine a better place for a wedding than sunny California. We are blessed to live in Los Angeles and had our son’s wedding in Redondo Beach, but the Wine Country seems like a great place too.

  • amar singh - I must admit weddings can get a bit overboard these days and people end up spending huge amounts but this lovely destination seems perfect and not over the top. This is minimalistic yet very different and the perfect venue for that special day. Love the natural beauty and surroundings. Surely the wine must be great. It makes me want to get married again. Thanks for sharing a unique wedding destination.

  • Paula - The wedding at a winery are definitely a California thing, and they are always so lovely and romantic. Sonoma is beautiful! I especially love the early fall and the harvest time in wine country.

  • Pooja Shah - I myself had a destination wedding and I suggest it to every other couple. Planning and execution become very easy to handle at a 3rd destination. California seems to have some beautiful sights for destination weddings. I specifically loved the swanky modern weddings. What are these locations? They are amazing. Loved the photographs.

  • Jennifer - They are actually private estates that the wedding planner can book for you. They aren’t available to the public, which is super cool!

  • Bhushavali N - I love destination weddings. It automatically becomes a private affair as well (unless someone is super rich! lolz!). Small, minimalistic, unique weddings are always nice. Having a wedding at a vineyard is indeed splendid. The food & drink options look so delicious. Planning a wedding is a very very stressful thing, I know coz I’ve been there, done that! Haha. So yeah, having someone to organize it all and provide an all-inclusive package is such a good thing!

The details that go into a wedding are endless, and some newly engaged people could be a little overwhelmed. One big stressor that I’ve received complaints about is planning a guest list. Some couples have huge families who all expect to be invited, others have tight budgets and need to be cautious about how many guests they have in attendance. The best way to manipulate your guest list by following plus-one etiquette. 

Plus-One Etiquette Rules for Weddings | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Megan Elliott - These are great tips! I can only imagine how difficult it would be to try and configure a guest list that would please everyone. Super tough!

  • Nataly - I didn’t know some of these rules! Thanks for sharing!

  • Carolyn - I remember the guest list being really hard to figure out when I got married! You want to make people happy, but at the same time, you have to pay for whoever is there!

  • Keilara - These are good tips, I wish I had this information for when I got married lol. Thanks for the post girl!


  • Stephanie - This is exactly how we did it for our wedding, and it was a pretty great success. Of course, there are always a couple of people who are bummed they can’t bring someone with them, but for the most part, it’s a very small amount of complaints.

  • Kileen - This is such an awesome post and great tips to have a seamless and less stressful wedding!

    cute & little

  • Ashley Rollins - As someone who has a wedding coming up, this is SO helpful! Thank you so much for this ! I didn’t know who should bring who!

  • Deborah - These are great things to have in mind, not just as a person who’s extending the invite but also as a person who gets wedding invites. It’s good to know when I could feel like I should ask for a plus one or not.

  • Whitney - These are great etiquette tips to know! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Taylor Mobley - This is so interesting. We gave everyone the option of bringing a plus-one to our wedding but these all make total sense.

  • Yukti Agrawal - Great tips on wedding invite and especially to those who wants to bring their partners but not married ones. As in India wedding is a grand affair and sometimes we overlook these small things which creates a long confusion and chaos afterwards. But you put some great points and advice in your post.

  • alexis - This was a great read! We definitely went overboard with plus-ones and it’s the one thing I wish we could take back. I wish we would’ve had this post back in the day.

Ah, Virginia! You never disappoint with your lovely, lush greenery and plethora of beautiful farms. For the couple who is getting ready to say, “I do,” one of these spaces makes the perfect backdrop to showcase your love as you will see in this Virginia horse farm engagement session. So pretty!

Virginia Horse Farm Engagement Session | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Candace Hampton - I absolutely love the venue! Emily Bartell did an amazing job. I love the natural look and the lightning of the photos. Beautiful couple<3

  • Stephanie - These photos are absolutely beautiful. I love the creative location choice for them and learning about how their relationship revolved around the outdoors. So precious. They’re a gorgeous couple!

  • Carolyn - So cool they picked a place to take the photos that represented them! I love the photos, the location, and the happy couple!

  • Tonya Morris - I am obsessed with this photoshoot! Wow all of these photos are amazing especially the ring ones!

  • Kileen - These pictures are absolutely beautiful and that ring is just gorgeous!! What a beautiful couple.


  • Kristen - These pictures make me want to fly to VA and do a shoot with you. I am obsessed with how bright, white and perfect these images are. The photographer captured the best shots!!

  • Nataly - This is such a beautiful spot for engagement photos! I love the detailed shots of the rings too!

  • Misha - It’s gorgeous, Perfect couple <3 Congratulations to them!

  • Ashley - These are stunningly gorgeous! I love how the ring was staged and how the photographer really captured the happy couple!

A Virginia mountain wedding can be so dreamy! These events don’t necessarily mean decor centered around the location, and you can always choose a gorgeous color scheme like Laura and Jonathan did. Soft hues blended beautifully as they said “I do” with the stunning, natural backdrop only the Virginia mountains could provide.

Virginia Mountain Wedding in Crozet in Hues of Peach Green Blush Rose Gold Montfair Resort | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Arya - The pastel colors are amazing! Such a beautiful display and vibe.

  • Kara - What stunning pictures and I love that the bridesmaids are all wearing different shades of dresses!

  • Heather - I love everything about this. I imagine if my husband and I ever renewed our vows, we would choose very similar colors and decor.

  • Pati Robins - this is one of the best locations i seen people get married ! and the mountain backdrop is so stunning plus the photographs wow !

  • Cindy Batchelor - Beautiful! Loved seeing the photos! These colors are gorgeous together! i would have never thought of putting them together but they look amazing!

  • Courtney - Omg just loving the whole feel of this wedding!!! That whole vibe is just so fab!!!

  • Agnes Dela Cruz - I love how the photos look so dainty. The combination of blush and rose gold are simply beautiful. What an amazing event.

When your wedding rolls around, you want to create fabulous memories, take beautiful pictures, and start a wonderful life with your love. Well, whether you are considering a destination wedding or looking for a place to honeymoon, The Reef Playacar in Mexico fits the bill perfectly! With its lush landscape and gorgeous beach, it’s the ideal place for the couple who wants to say, “I do,” away from home.

The Reef Playacar an All Inclusive Resort in Mexico for Your Destination Wedding or Honeymoon | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Stephanie - Okay, sign me up! Even if it’s not for a wedding, I’d want to visit here. It’s beautiful and looks so relaxing!

  • Delia Atenea - What a beautiful romantic place! Looks like the perfect place for a wedding especially with those white sandy beaches!

  • Erin - It looks amazing! I’m coming next time 🤣🤣🤣

  • Kileen - Wow, such a beautiful resort!! Would be an amazing location for a wedding or reception!


  • Nataly - This looks like a fabulous place to get married! So beautiful and I love all your photos!

  • Kenzi - Life of a Sister - Wow! This looks so beautiful! I would love to just visit and be surrounded by this gorgeous greenery!

  • Tara Fuller - this is beautiful. it looks like a dream! I always wanted a destination wedding but go outvoted 😉 I would have loved this!

When you’ve been planning your wedding for what seems like ages, the honeymoon can easily become an after-thought. You know you need to pack in the weeks leading up to the wedding. But you find yourself inundated with vendor calls, last-minute DIY projects, and wedding party coordination. Despite the busyness, there are several things to be sure to put on your honeymoon packing list!

Things Couples Forget to Put on Their Honeymoon Packing List | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog Wedding


  • Nataly - I loved reading this post. Makes me want to go on a honeymoon again!

  • Kileen - Such a great post! Among the chaos and excitement of a wedding and honeymoon, it can be so easy to forget these items!


  • Kenzi - Life of a Sister - This is a great list! Especially bringing a notebook, we always bring one now. It’s a great way to remember what you did or where you went to dinner if someone asks you recommendations!

  • Stephanie - This is SO true. I was packing for my honeymoon well past 1am on the day of my wedding, frantic that I’d miss something important! I was a mess haha. It would’ve been helpful to have a list ahead of time.

  • Kimberly Burke - AWHH!!! I love the notebook idea! So sweet! Such a great way to remember all of the good times from a honeymoon! Love it! Emergency information is so important but easy to forget!

  • Erin - Such a good list! I’m the worst packer and stress myself out to no end?

  • Deborah - I’m not married, nor have I been married, nor am I engaged but wedding planning never seemed as fun to me as honeymoon planning! I’ll keep this handy for the next time my boyfriend and I go on vacation!

  • Candace Hampton - This list is really helpful! I tend to forget my medications. Even though I don’t have any serious condition and neither my husband, it’s practical to pack up a few over-the-counter medication, in case we get sick during the trip.

    Candace Hampton

  • Helena Marz - These all are very helpful tips to remember what to bring on the trip and this list will come in handy when I plan on a trip! Thank you for sharing this💕

  • Megan Elliott - This is a great packing list!! I sometimes forget these things myself and I can’t even use planning a wedding as an excuse! Lol Great round-up.

  • Lauryn Hock - AHHHH yes, this is so helpful! We forgot sunscreen for our honeymoon!