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If you live in Virginia, you know what an anomaly snow can be. And this past week we got loads of it. Lots and lots of fluffy white stuff that made everything seem fresh, beautiful, and new. What a gorgeous time! Of course, with snow comes the opportunity for a winter wonderland styled wedding, which is what I have for you today. On short notice, a group of vendors found models, a location, attire, florals (gorgeous!), and a photographer. Everything came together beautifully as the snow was falling. Enjoy!

Winter Wonderland Styled Wedding Shoot in the Snow | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


Let’s face it – guys either love the great outdoors, or they wish they did. Whether it’s kayaking, hiking, surfing…you name it! There are so many ways to get out of the home or office and explore nature. I scoured Etsy to find the best of the best Christmas gifts for men who love the outdoors. Take a peek at my 8 favorite finds!

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Christmas Gifts for Men who Love the Outdoors | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Maggie Unzueta - Wow..great gift ideas you have here! I personally love the leather backpack. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  • Philip - Chef Sous Chef - I love all of these gifts and would happily accept them all… except for the beard mug, but only because I don’t have a beard 😂

  • Liz Bayardelle - These are awesome suggestions! I especially like the “with great beard” mug and the scratch-off map.

  • Chloe @callmecoco.co - These are amazing ideas! I especially like the backpack and the funny mug

  • Rhian Westbury - some lovely gift ideas. I love the copper ring and the corded bracelet, some more unusual jewellery items x

  • Konstantina - That’s an amazing gift guide. I have actually purchased a few similar things last year and the year before for my boyfriend and he loved them (especially the backpack.

  • Surekha Busa - Wow, great tips! You did a good job with this list. I absolutely agree with you.

  • Samantha Donnelly - I do love gift guides for giving me inspiration, you have some great gift ideas.

  • aisasami - I love those copper rings! If you can get them personally engraved, that would be sooooooooo cool!

  • Brandy - What a fun post of ideas on outdoor gifts for that outdoor man in your life. I am going to get some of these items.

  • Luci Westphal - Awesome list! My husband and I are all about the outdoors, which is why we launched Happier Place, where we sell similarly-themed products. So several of these gifts would be great for him… and me, too! Thinking of getting the National Parks map for the office…
    Thank you so much for the great suggestions!
    xx Luci

  • Lexa Fish - Thank you for this, my husband is so hard to shop for but you have such great ideas here. I especially like the wallet and the scratch off map how cute!

  • Erin Haugerud - Love all of these!!!

  • Fashion and Style Police - I love the gift ideas here. The backpack looks great. I love the Tshrit too. So very stylish.

  • Lali K - Love this list. I think this is the first mens gift list I’ve seen and it comes at a really good time considering my husband needs a gift lol. Thanks for the post!

Are you planning on saying “I do” during the holidays? What a great present for you and your future spouse to give each other – the gift of a lifetime together. It’s a busy time of year even without planning a wedding, but just imagine getting married at Christmas. There is a magic to the season. Add in love, and it is perfect! But there are ways to plan ahead for a successful holiday wedding, and here are a few tips.

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Ideas for Getting Married at Christmas | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Mary Burris - I think a holiday wedding would be extra stressful. You’ve given some great tips on helping to ease that stress and have a beautiful wedding.

  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables - These are such fun ideas! Winter weddings are so gorgeous!

  • Dalene Ekirapa - A wedding at Christmas sounds so awesome. With festive spirits, anyone would love that so most importantly, proper planning is a must and it’s better to rock Christmas colors.

  • Annemarie LeBlanc - I don’t have friends or family that got married around Christmas time. Most people in our family get married in January or June. Nevertheless, I still think this Christmas wedding theme is fantastic. Oh, those shoes! So lovely!

  • Beth Seliga - Thank you so much for sharing this lovely collaboration. I think winter weddings are amazing!

  • Marjie Mare - Those are wonderful ideas and bring back great memories for me. I got married on Christmas Eve 23 years ago.

  • fashionandstylepolice - I got married Christmas time 9 years ago. It was a lot of fun. I love your tips here. Spot on all of them!

  • Claire Justine - I bet a Christmas wedding would be magical. I can just picture it now. So lovely! 🙂

  • Jennifer - Oh! I love that you got married on Christmas Eve. That sounds like one of the most romantic things ever. Have a great anniversary!! My 24th was just on November 26th, so we got married around the same time. So fun!! <3

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra - Getting married during this season is not common in my family, but I do love the pop of color in this photoshoot. Fresh greens for a headdress and the red shoes look so lovely!

  • Aia - As much as possible I don’t want to get married on Christmas season but you have great ideas here.

  • Kate Werth - Oh my GOSH those shoes are amazing!!!

  • Jennifer - Ha! That makes sense – it is a busy time of year and getting married then definitely isn’t for everyone. <3

  • aisasami - Xmas would be a perfect season for getting married! It’s a magical time of the year!

Hello friends! It’s gift-giving time, and I have a few personalized gifts for newlyweds that will knock their socks off. Whether you need a gift for the holidays, the actual wedding, or just for fun, here are 8 customized gifts that feature the bride and groom. So fun!!

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Personalized Gift Ideas for Newlyweds Couples | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Liz Bayardelle - Oh my goodness, these are all so adorable! My best friend just got married this past November and I have half a mind to give her all of these for Christmas.

  • Melissa - This is such a great list! I really love the stamp that is such a unique idea.

  • Laura Dove - Those paper dolls are adorable!! I love these ideas, all so personal and unique! Saving for future reference!

  • Regularlee - My favorite is the embroidery ones. I’d love to get those!

  • Surekha Busa - Wow, that’s all cute ideas. I wanna make one with my baby. I wanna have it all. But the water color thing is really my beat.

  • Chloe @callmecoco.co - These are amazing ideas, I love the cookie cutters and the stamps!

  • Aia - This is great. So timely. My cousin will get married this Christmas and I don’t know what to buy them. I guess I will try the Cross Stitch Couple.

  • Michael Satterfield - These are really cool, giving me some gift ideas for the couples in my life. Also good to keep in mind if I have a future wedding…

  • Jessica Lynn Martin - My brother in law is getting married at the end of this month. We are still looking for a gift for him and his bride to be. These are some really sweet and beautiful ideas.

This DIY heirloom wedding is filled with details that mean so much. Why? Well, this happens to be a wedding that I was highly involved in at The Aviary in Lynchburg Virginia. Family weddings always take on such a special tone, and get ready to bear with me as I share how special this day really was!

Vintage Heirloom DIY Wedding at the Aviary in Lynchburg Virginia Purple Lavender | Hill City Bride Wedding Blog


  • Liz Bayardelle - This was obviously such a wonderful and lovely event! I absolutely loved the first look series (both of them) and the way you did front/back shots of all the bridesmaids!

  • Laotia - Those pictures are amazing and the venue looks nice as well. I really like how these photographs have captured the groom and bride, they look so happy.

  • Vicki Warner - Jennifer, Everything is so elegant and lovely. So many special touches. Just beautiful!
    Aubrey looks so happy, as does Jacob. Give them our best wishes in their life journey together.


  • Zina - Such a romantic post, with amazing photos! I love the preparation before the wedding and I have spent these moments with my beloved friends and family of course! Such a beautiful post!

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much, Vicki!!! It was such a fun day. 🙂 Hard to believe you watched her so many years ago!

  • Ann F. Snook-Moreau - Purple is my favorite color so I am loving the flowers and cake! I also like the groomsmen’s style. Congrats to your whole family!

  • Laura Dove - Oh WOW what beautiful photographs! What a gorgeous wedding, those flowers are so beautiful too!

  • Karla - Congratulations on the wedding of your daughter. She really looks happy! Kudos to the whole team. This is one of the prettiest wedding I’ve ever seen.

  • Jessica Lynn Martin - The pictures of the wedding are gorgeous! The whole wedding team did a wonderful job. I love the shade of purple that was chosen. Congratulations to the couple!!

  • Nadia Hasan - First of all Congrats!!! What a huge milestone for your family! The wedding decor, attention to detail, pictures all have come together beautifully. I like how it was simple yet elegant, with the perfect blend of personal touches.

  • Gill Trotman - This is hands down one of the best DIY weddings I have ever seen. The ceremony, venue, and reception seemed so elegant, and there was so much thought put into every little detail. The bride and groom look so happy! Congratulations!!

  • Dalene Ekirapa - Aaaw! This is so beautiful! They are such a cute couple and I really wish them all the best. I’ve never heard of a DIY wedding but wow! They did it here!

Pink is a favorite color all year round! And this shoot incorporates it beautifully. With fun touches like pink donuts and a beautiful hair change, I hope you experience no ordinary love in pink today!

No Ordinary Love in Pink Styled Shoot | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Monidipa Dutta - The photographs are beautiful. I must say you have great talent. Impressive. You have left me speechless as usual..

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra - What a lovely wedding photo shoot! The flowers are amazing! I love the map, the donuts, and the three-tiered cake! Beautiful couple too! You definitely captured every moment, every emotion in such an artistic way!

  • Rhian Westbury - What stunning photos, I love the bold pink colours throughout. Everything is stunning from the flowers to the cake and the outfits x

  • Nina Nichols - As always, your pictures are stunningly beautiful! They exude too much emotions. So romantic. 🙂

  • Mimi - Thank you for publishing our styled shoot! This awesome team of vendors braved chilly temps and crazy windy conditions to make this come to life (although you wouldn’t even know it by looking at the pictures)! We are very honored to have been featured!

I adore weddings with an antique vibe, and this vintage wedding styled shoot is no exception! With hues of blue, white and gold, a historic inn is the backdrop for this beautifully styled event.

Boxwood Inn Vintage Wedding | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • ZehraVictoria - I am in love with this wedding theme! Especially the blue and golden accents are great. I can’t wait til I can plan my own wedding one day!

  • Norafiqin Hairoman - We are planning for our wedding right now and this post is great! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  • Monidipa Dutta - The photographs are beautiful. I must say you have great talent. Impressive. You have left me speechless..

  • Paula - The lighting, the props, and couple look great. These photos are so crisp and clear! I love it.

  • blair villanueva - This wedding is such a gorgeous moment. I like their choices and theme. Classic!

  • Whitney Kutch - How beautiful! I love the attention to detail – the invitations and flowers are absolutely gorgeous!

  • Karen Monica - I simply love the photographs. A beautiful choice of them and everything just blends in perfectly

  • Surekha Busa - I love everything about this wedding, from the bride up to their receptions set up are so beautiful.

  • David Elliott - The wedding photographs are beautiful. I love things vintage anyway. I really love the grooms outfit. It’s just so much fun.

  • Chinedu - This looks stunning! Wow. I love the decor…the flowers, it really makes the day special and memorable. I’m sure the wedding photos were great!

  • Gervin @ Hip Mama's Place - I love the idea of a vintage wedding, what lovely photos! I think that the photography is perfect, great memories captured using this theme.

Ok, folks – I haven’t been saying a lot about this because, even though this is my blog, it’s not all about me. But, I need to give you fair warning that there will be a LOT of photos coming up for one particular wedding and the events that surround it. Why? Well, because my very own daughter is getting married. So exciting! And, of course, with a wedding comes stationery and my daughter loved the selection at Minted. You’ll see her choice below along with a bit about our experience ordering Minted wedding invitations.

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Minted Wedding Invitations | Hill City Bride Wedding Blog


  • Karen Monica - I just love the invitation. A perfect choice. Congratulations to your daughter. I am sure you are a very excited mother

  • Momsfy - These are some really adorable wedding invitations. Also, with so many customisation options available, we can get what we really want. Thanks for letting us know about it.

  • Kari @The He Said She Said Experience - They are lovely, really unique too. Congratulations!

  • Tonya Morris - Your invitations are just beautiful! I just got married last month and thought the invitations were such an important part of our wedding!

  • fashionandstylepolice - I like sites that are easy to navigate. The last thing I need is wasting time trying to figure out what I need to do when placing an order.

  • Razena - The invitations look fabulous and I can’t wait to see the wedding photos. Although I never had any fancy wedding invitations we did do them for my brother’s wedding. Unfortunately, he insisted that his wife’s cousin do the printing and it turned out nothing like we wanted 🙁

  • Kate - Is her name really Prince?? How funny and great at the same time is that! And of course lovely cards.

  • Melissa Bradbury - I bet you are so excited about your daughter’s wedding. I would be the same. Those invitations are gorgeous too!

  • Jennifer - Ha yes! She’s my daughter, and our last name is Prince. It’s a fun name! 🙂

  • Jennifer - Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that. Sometimes family means well but it’s not the best option. So sorry! 🙁

  • Monidipa Dutta - Your invitations are just beautiful! Next month I’m getting married and I feel how important invitations are.

  • Nina Nichols - Congratulations and best wishes on the wedding of your daughter! I am sure this will be a gorgeous wedding and the photos will be as amazing as the other pictures you took before!

  • Aiai Damigo - Congratulations and best wishes. The invitation really looks great. I like the details and the style!

  • Bushra - The invitation looks awesome… <3 Congratulations on the wedding of your daughter… 🙂

  • blair villanueva - OMG these invitations are so glamorous like the wedding per se! It gives very good impressions to the guests and for keepsake especially documenting it online.

  • Azlin Bloor - I love these invitations, they are young cheerful and vibrant! had a quick look at Minted’s site, and you are right, the have such wonderful stuff and ideas! Have a fabulous time at your daughter’s wedding, I’m sure it will go swimmingly well!

  • Jennifer - Thank you! It’s an exciting time for sure. 🙂

  • Rosey - Everything you mentioned matters. The most important thing after quality though, is that the site is easy to navigate. If I’m on a site that frustrates me, I don’t care how high the quality is, I’m out. Good to know about Minted!

  • Ali Ash - You’ve really thought out of the box with these invitations. They are beautiful. How thoughtful for parents to offer such lovely invitations to their children who are getting married.

  • Chinedu - Minted wedding invitations sound great! I love how personal and cheerful it looks and the involvement of the workers in the design (in terms of recommendations).

  • Cristina - These are gorgeous invitations. They get everyone so excited for the big day!

I adore creative locations! And this brewery wedding styled shoot takes place at a place that has lovely light, brick walls, and outdoor fun. With so many adorable details, there are lots of ideas for your own event including…waffles!

Adorably Detailed Brewery Wedding Styled Shoot | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Nina Nichols - Glamorous pictures and lovely dress! You’re definitely right about the windows allowing so much natural light which added to the beauty of the brick wall.

  • Tonya Morris - All of these photos are absolutely stunning! The food looked amazing. I just got married a few weekends ago!

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN - These are all beautiful and very creative pictures. I love the ring is pretty stunning isn’t it!

  • Monidipa Dutta - All the pictures are absolutely amazing. And wedding at brewery is a creative idea indeed. I love the ring. The photos are very cool, well planned and well clicked.

  • Christina | From Under a Palm Tree - Omg I love all of this so much! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a wedding being at a brewery! But that’s so awesome. I love all the attention to detail, everything was so cute!

  • Jaime - What a cool wedding location! These shots are so beautiful! Love how different and unique it is!!! XO, Jaime

  • Wendy - Wow. Such beautiful photos. The ring is perfect! and the theme is rather unique. Love it!

  • Elizabeth O - What absolutely beautiful photos. This is such a lovely location and really unique indeed.

  • melissa major - my goodness, these photos are so creative, I am amazed! Looks like a great location with lots of nice food

  • Karen Monica - Love all the photos. Looks so stunning and glamorous. I love the flowers and the cake!!

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