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Destination weddings are certainly gaining in popularity, and why not? It’s the perfect opportunity to combine a love for travel and new experiences with your wedding day. Plus, it’s a great way to cull through the guest list a bit for those who prefer a more intimate affair. And, if you love the beauty of California wine country, you may want to consider a wine pairing – in a whole new way!

Unexpected Wine Pairings in California Wine Country | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog Destination Silicon Valley San Mateo County SMCCVB


  • Sheila Rhodes - These pictures are stunning! I grew up in Upstate New York and appreciate all the wineries there to host weddings too! The wine is divine 🙂

  • Deb B. - These wineries and hotels are absolutely breathtaking. I often wonder if I should have done a destination wedding similar to something like this. But I have to say, I’ve never thought of having one in the wine country. Brilliant! And so romantic 🙂

Getting engaged is exciting! A ring gets slid onto your finger, and all of a sudden a plethora of events are on the horizon, including the rehearsal dinner. Whether you choose to make it an upscale event or a casual affair, a family style meal can set the tone for your big day. Imagine guests lingering over passed dishes and enjoying refreshing drinks as you will see with these Mediterranean inspired rehearsal dinner ideas.

Mediterranean Rehearsal Dinner Ideas | Hill City Bride Lynchburg Virginia Weddings Blog Living Coral Food Cuisine Orange Peach

  • Aditi Wardhan Singh - This is so interesting to me… The pictures make everything so magical.

  • Rachel - I love the flowers in the centerpieces. The overall color panel is so classic. I love it.

  • Amanda - My goodness now I want to have a party just so I can use this gorgeous theme!

  • Amanda - My goodness now I just want to have a party so I can use this theme!

  • Destinee Nicole - So beautiful! Now I wanna throw a dinner.

  • Miriam - Hi,
    I loved the post, the decorating ideas and the menu. I work with preserved flowers and I liked the flower center in the center of the table.

So, you’re getting married. Yay! It’s an incredibly exciting time for the bride-to-be, and it also means that many choices need to be made – some of which will remain keepsakes long after you say, “I do.” I adore the idea of the groom having something to keep long after the day is over (especially if he is renting a tux!), and boutonnieres that are everlasting may be just the thing! Take a peek at the choices I found via Etsy. Such fun options!

Boutonnieres for the Stylish Groom Keep Forever Everlasting | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog


  • Tamara | This Mom's Delight - These boutonnieres are so beautiful. As far as my favorite, I’m torn between the Succulent with Ghost Leaf and the Succulent with Lavender & Baby’s Breath.

  • Amanda Martin - Love these! My husband had succulents in his boutonniere and I loved the way it looked.

  • Rachel - I absolutely LOVE the succulent bout! I wish they were popular when my husband and I got married.

  • Nicole - Love these ideas especially the succulents and wooden flowers!

If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. Virginia vineyards are gorgeous, and they make the most beautiful backdrop for a wedding – especially if you choose to have your wedding in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Just wait until you see how gorgeous these photos are in the sweetest of events today.

Virginia Vineyard Wedding at King Family Vineyards | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog King Family Vineyards


I know this doesn’t have a lot to do with weddings, but it definitely is the time of year to think about creative ways to dye Easter eggs. After all, these could be a fun favor or a great activity to entertain kids at a wedding reception. Who knows, an Easter egg roll may be the perfect thing to do at your reception. Here are 2 fun ways to dye your eggs this spring!

Creative Ways to Dye Easter Eggs | Hill City Bride DIY Project Blog Dying Eggs with Rice Whipped Cream Shaving Cream


  • AM - This is such a good idea!! This will be the first year we dye eggs with our girls at home so can’t wait to try this!

  • Amanda - So many fun ideas! We will probably try the rice–but while outside because I can’t deal with rice all over the floor!

  • Jennifer - It’s actually not messy with it being in the little baggies. It’s cleaner than the traditional way of dying for sure.

  • Patricia - These are such great ideas! We always do things the same way so I’m going to pin this!

  • Corinne - I love the look of the marbled Easter eggs!

  • Krizzia Scollon - Perfect Easter bonding with the family! Such a creative DIY too!

There are so many reasons to head to Mexico and enjoy fun in the sun – a getaway, honeymoon, bachelorette or destination wedding are all fabulous ways to enjoy this Central American country. And, there is one all-inclusive resort that can accommodate any of the reasons above. With a posh vibe and an amazing rooftop pool, The Reef 28 should be first on your list of places to consider for adults-only fun.

Adults Only All-Inclusive Resort Luxury Mexico The Reef 28 | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Destination Wedding Blog Travel Writer


  • Amanda - This resort sounds so amazing. We were just at a family friendly all inclusive and it was great but I secretly wished we were at the adults only section so we could actually relax!

  • Asia - This sounds absolutely amazing and i LOVE that macrame wedding gazebo thing!! AHHH !! so good!

  • Catherine @ To & Fro Fam - Wow, that does look so luxurious! The soaking pool with the living wall, in particular, would make me swoon. I have 2 kids so probably won’t be going to an adults-only resort anytime soon, but this looks legit gorgeous.

  • Katie - I definitely need a Mexican vacation after reading that! This resort looks amazing!

  • Becca Wilson - This resort looks so lovely. I would love to be able to go here one day with my husband as a special getaway for just the two of us.

You’re engaged, yay! Now that you have a ring on your finger the planning begins, which means that your busy schedule is packed with things to do. Still, taking time as a couple should be a priority. For your night in pick one of our date night ideas and consider making a cheese board complete with two fun drinks to go along with it. Feel free to skip the sake (Japanese alcohol) if you don’t drink or are under 21.

Date Night Ideas Cheese Board Cocktails Recipe Cocktail Drinks | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Chocolate Martini Raspberry Lemonade Refresher Spiked Drizzle


  • Ritu Sharma - What a perfect, yummy and easy dishes for the date night!!

  • Dalene Ekirapa - YES! Perfect for a date night! I would really enjoy everything! That cheeseboard, the refreshener and the martini…all look too good!

  • fashionandstylepolice - I am loving these date night ideas. They are really fab. We should try it over here.

  • Whitney Kutch - This looks like a lot of fun! I love teh little cheese board and the drink sounds amazing.

  • Taty Barone - This sound delicious! Thanks for these recipes ❤❤❤

  • Helen Neale - OMG Can I just say, I can’t help but drool over the picture! Who would not love to taste this! I’ll be printing out your recipes so I can try making this out over the weekends.

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra - Fantastic idea for a date night. I should try mixing those drinks too. It sounds delicious and refreshing!

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN - These are lovely recipe suggestions for date night. I’m loving the raspberry and lemonade refresher and also the martini.

  • Clarice - I am not about to get married but I love this date night idea. I am sure my husband would love this too. Can’t wait for Saturday.

    Thank you for the inspiration.

Whether you are headed to a wine country wedding or are having a bachelorette weekend perusing tasting rooms, knowing what to wear can be intimidating. After all, what is “chic?” Just the thought of dressing for wine country can seem daunting, but breaking the looks down while adding your own flair can help you pick an outfit in a breeze and be in proper wine country fashion.

Wine Country Fashion – a simple style guide | Hill City Bride Destination Wedding Virginia Weddings Blog


  • joy abou zeid - I love all of these photos and outfits!!

  • Rachel - I love all of these dresses. You guys make them look so good. I would wear so many of the casual looks.

  • Brittany Limberakis - I absolutely love every single one of these looks! And I love wine country so next time I have the occasion to go I’ll know how to dress 😊

  • Leigh Suznovich - What a lovely group! Love the outfits and looks like it was a fabulous time.

  • April - So many cute looks for wine country and beyond! Looks like you ladies had a fabulous time too!

Yay! You’re engaged – congrats. Now begins the planning stage, which is so fun…but how can you fit that in with an already packed schedule? One local bride shares how she managed to balance wedding planning with a full-time job. It can be done!

 How to Balance Wedding Planning with a Full Time Job | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog


  • Michael - Not easy as I know a group that does this too. When it is your passion, you make time for it really.

  • Helen Neale - That was a very helpful guide. We all know how stressful planning a wedding. I have to share this with my sister who is struggling with the same problem.

  • Annemarie LeBlanc - It may be difficult, but as long as you put your heart in it, I think it is possible to balance wedding planning with a full time job. Hiring a wedding planner is a big help especially when you can’t be physically present in some aspects in the planning.

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra - This post resonates with me. I had a full time job then and it was my mom and a really good wedding planner who helped me to get everything together.

  • fashionandstylepolice - Hiring a wedding planner is the way to go. I hired one and she was amazing.

  • Lyosha - I am not really into weddings actually, my own was very simple and didn’t require to do any planning. We had several guests and flew off to honeymoon almost right from aisle

  • David Elliott - I know that wedding planning takes a lot of effort. It does take having a plan and getting through all of the plans there. I liked having a book that told us all the things to think over. It did make it easier when we were getting married.

  • Tamara | This Mom's Delight - Oh, wedding planning is a job in itself! I probably would’ve made better progress had I implemented the block scheduling.

  • Liz Bayardelle - So important to have a plan so wedding timing doesn’t get in the way of life. It’s very hard to do on top of everything else that’s going on at that point in time in your life.

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