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Does the thought of making handmade soy candles scare you? Don’t let it! It’s really easy and can be done fairly quickly (besides hardening time). With a few supplies and a bit of space, you can learn how to make DIY soy candles – microwave style!

How to Make DIY Soy Candles Microwave | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings | How to Make Soy Candles in Mason Jars


  • Kileen - I would love to make these candles! I bet they are really great!!

  • Ashley R - This is such a great idea. I feel a home is not as cozy without a lot of candles. I light one almost every night.

  • Carolyn - I’ve never thought about making soy candles before but now I think I could actually try it and have it turn out haha!

Yay! You’re engaged. It’s SUCH an exciting time. Let the dress shopping, Virginia wedding venue hunting, and photographer hiring commence. You are prepping the biggest, best day of your life, and you want to make sure that everyone can be there! That is where sending a pre-wedding invitation can help. I rounded up 6 of my favorite wedding save the date designs that can help ensure that family and friends will mark your big day on their calendar.

Wedding Save the Date Designs | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog Minted Wedding Invitations


  • Kileen - Love Minted! They have such cute designs and I love your Save the Date invites, they look amazing!

  • Ashley R - Save the dates are a great idea but also, isnt the wedding invitation telling you the date? Just an added expense if you are trying to be frugal.

  • Stephanie - Oh my goodness, so many gorgeous ideas here! We didn’t do a save the date, as much as I wanted to – just because of the expense. But now, looking back, I wish I had. These are so fun!

  • Jennifer - It’s definitely an extra expense, but if couples are engaged for a bit, it’s a great way to introduce your spouse-to-be while sending out something early before all of the details are finalized. Great point, though! <3

  • Carolyn - We didn’t do a save the date because we were on a tight budget, but I think they’re so cool! I loved receiving them because they’re such a fun reminder!

  • Jennifer - They really are! I also love the ones with photos because it’s a fun way to have a more casual photo of the couple before the big day.

  • Candace Hampton - I seriously love Minted. They always have such chic fresh designs to choose from. These are so original. I love them all!

  • Lily - Minted has such a great selection of save the dates and invites!

  • WanderlustBeautyDreams - These are such great designs. Sharing this to my friend whose getting married, she’s been stressing over finding save the date cards. Perfect timing!!

  • Amanda - Minted has such beautiful save the date & invitation designs! We went with Minted for our wedding invites & they turned out gorgeous!

Pink has long been a favorite of girls everywhere. Using a pink wedding color palette doesn’t mean that everything has to be in muted tones. Although it certainly can if that’s is what you envision for your day! Whether you pair the hue with bold brights or other pastels, your wedding colors can shine with these pink wedding color combinations.

Pink Wedding Color Combinations | Wedding Color Palette | Wedding Colors | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings


  • Nataly - I think the second color combination might be my favorite of the ones you shared!

  • Kileen - All of this is so gorgeous! This looks like a beautiful ceremony!

  • Chloé Arnold - LOVE LOVE LOVE the colorful bohemian style one and the light pink and aqua!

  • Stephanie Whitman - I did blush and gray for my wedding (or, dusty rose and charcoal so it was applicable for autumn) and I absolutely loved it! Little touches of green, merlot, and champagne/gold were used throughout and it couldn’t have been more beautiful in my eyes. I adore these options as well. The jewel tones are especially stunning!

  • Kristen - The jewel tones have to be my favorite. For a fall wedding this would be so gorgeous for a rustic outdoor theme.

  • Nicole flint - Jewel tones are my favorite for weddings! So classic and timeless.

Amidst the wedding planning, it’s also necessary to think about honeymoon ideas! Unforgettable honeymoons are a once-in-a-lifetime experience and planning that kind of vacation is a great time to utilize travel agents. A honeymoon travel agent can be an ally in a time of need while you are off enjoying yourself in a different destination. Not convinced? Take a peek at reasons why using a honeymoon planner can work to your advantage and actually save you money.

Advantages to Using a Honeymoon Travel Agent | Hill City Bride Wedding Travel Blog


  • Jessie-Lee - Oh I loved Honeymoon wishes! We used it in addition to a traditional registry and it was greatly accepted by all of our guests. Some think it is a little tacky, but we loved that it allowed us a few more luxuries for our honeymoon. Go for it! Who cares if Grandma doesn’t approve. Great advice!

  • Jennifer - Agreed! I am glad to hear from someone who has used it. Thank you so much for stopping by HCB.

  • Stephanie Whitman - This makes me wish we had a more creative honeymoon. I think maybe one day we’ll have a second honeymoon and actually go somewhere … out of state?? HAH. Good to know this tip!

  • Nataly - This sounds so perfect! I would have loved to use a travel agent for our honeymoon.

  • Carolyn - We didn’t use a travel agent for our honeymoon, but I definitely see the pros. I didn’t know that some you wouldn’t have to pay extra for!

  • Helena Marz - This is great information and I will keep this in mind in the future! ❤️

  • Ashley R - I have never thought to use a travel agent for a honeymoon. What a great idea!

  • Azanique Rawl - I’ve never thought about using a travel agent but this is persuading. I rather spend my time relaxing before a trip versus feeling like I have to plan every little detail.

  • Megan Elliott - I can definitely see how using a honeymoon travel agent would be helpful! I love planning my own trips so this wouldn’t be ideal for me, but planning can be a ton of work so I’m sure it would be a great option for others!

  • Iféoluwa - These are really great tips! I am sometimes skeptical of using a travel agent but your post encouraged me to not worry about it.

  • Lily - We aren’t really travelers but are thinking of taking a big trip this year and we are definitely looking into going through a traveling agency. It just seems easier!

  • TianShanae - My husband and I used a travel agent for our honeymoon years ago. It was beneficial then and I am sure it still is today.

  • WanderlustBeautyDreams - These are such great tips to consider when planning a honeymoon! Sending this to a friend who’s in the stages of planning one.

  • Caitlin - There are times when a travel agent is a MUST and a honeymoon is definitely it!

If you want bohemian wedding ideas that are high on style and filled with color, then this is the event for you! The beautiful rustic bohemian wedding theme infused bright colors throughout the day. From the outdoor setting and carefully placed rugs to the flower wall and adorable place card station, hippie wedding ideas for the most boho bride are all throughout.

Colorful Rustic Bohemian Wedding Theme | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog


  • Stephanie Whitman - This wedding makes me smile! My own wedding was very bohemian, but I absolutely LOVE the fun pops of color the bride and groom added here. So gorgeous and cheerful!

  • Kileen - What a beautiful ceremony! The dress is so gorgeous!

  • Ashley R - Wow, this is just so gorgeous and unique. I love the rugs running up the aisle. So different!!

  • Amanda - This wedding is gorgeous, I absolutely love these colors!

  • Whitney - These photos are so gorgeous!! So many great tips as well!!

Your big day is fast approaching, and there are SO many things on your to-do list. You want to have unique wedding photos, so you start making a mental list of wedding poses and search for photography shot list PDFs. But what if you chose to ignore the traditional photography checklist? For clients, photographers can get creative and get all of those must-have wedding photos without the worry of toting around a checklist. Promise!

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  • Linda Hall - Love Is In The Air - Wedding & Event Decor, Cakes & Catering & More - We have worked with Heather on several occasions and her photos are breathtaking. She is also one of the nicest ladies in the world. We are always excited when the bride tells us that Visions by Heather has been hired to do her photography!

  • Lemon - Gorgeous work and great advice!

  • Kellan - Couldn’t agree with Heather more! Well put!

  • Megan Elliott - Such great advice! I can only imagine how much planning and attention to detail goes into photographing a wedding.

  • Caitlin - I tell every bride I know to make sure she has a photo list for the photographer, esp since there are going to be moments where everything is so hectic you forget you wanted that one shot with your great grandma’s ring!

  • Deborah - So my fiance and I decided the two areas we are putting a lot of importance on is food and photography. These are great tips for wedding photos! We’ll have to work with our photographer on this!

  • Delia Atenea - These are some great tips! My favorite kinds of photos are candids, not posed! I love capturing a persons natural state or situations when they are laughing!

  • Stephanie Whitman - I’m grateful that our photographer had a list of questions for us prior to our wedding day, that way she knew exactly the style of photos we wanted, who we wanted them with, etc. And then I had a good friend of mine who used to shoot my blog photos, who also came before the wedding, to snap photos that I could edit however I liked. It was great!

  • Ashley R - Our wedding photos are one of my favorite things of all time. I never had to touch any of them to edit.

  • Candace Hampton - Great post! I love it when I see very original beautiful wedding photos. In my opinion, they are so much more fun to look at. Weddings only happen once, and it needs to be unique and special to your taste!

  • Carolyn - Getting the right photos were very important to me! I was more interested in pictures of me and my honey over group shots though. I wouldn’t say our photos were unique in nature, but we still like them. Though it would have been fun to get a couple more unique ones!

  • Helena Marz - This is great advice! I will keep this in mind when that time comes for me. Beautiful photos❤️

  • TianShanae - Great advice! Candid pics are my favorites, I feel they capture real moments.

  • Nicole Flint - These are really great tips! I remember when I was a part of my brother’s wedding party, the photographer captured some fun candids!

When planning your wedding, there is a lot to think about! You want your ceremony to be beautiful, and you want your guests to have fun at the after-party. If you opt for a wedding reception DJ hire, who you choose can make or break the tempo of your reception. However, be sure to have your questions ready before you make your final choice.

Questions to Ask your DJ Hire | Hill City Bride


  • Stephanie Whitman - These are definitely some important questions to ask. I had the help of my old theatre company who lent me their sound equipment, and a best friend who was our DJ/emcee. It was probably not as professional as some wedding receptions, but it was still a ton of fun!

  • Kileen - These are great tips! Having a wedding DJ can make or break the event if they’re terrible or know what they’re doing. Thanks for sharing!

  • AshleyR - I got married not long ago and these are all very good points to make.

  • Carolyn - I don’t think I really asked any of these questions for my DJ and I sorta regret it haha. The DJ seemed cool at first, but then she totally went off script and did things I didn’t want and kinda made it awkward haha. Yikes.

  • Whitney - These questions are a must to bring up with booking a DJ. I definitely wish I had done that when booking mine for our wedding. Thanks for always sharing such great tips!

  • Deborah - OMG this post was so necessary! I’m currently wedding planning and I have no clue where to even start with booking a DJ! Thank you for writing this!

  • Jennifer - So glad it’s helpful! 🙂

  • Taylor Mobley - Man I don’t think I asked any questions to my DJ!! They ended up being pretty good (outside of not sticking to some of our song requests) but I’d do it differently now if my hubby and I redid our wedding.

  • Lauryn Hock - This is so helpful! When I was planning for my wedding I had no idea what I was doing, hahaha.

  • Erin - Great questions! Man my wedding feels like such a long time ago!

If you love a certain color, sometimes it is nice to think about it in a different way. Honestly, I would not have thought of accenting a dusty blue wedding color palette with burgundy, mint, and peach, but it all works together flawlessly. Add in the stunning backdrop of the Virginia mountains, and you have a beautifully memorable event! Maroon Burgundy and Dusty Blue Wedding Color Palette | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings


  • Stephanie Whitman - Such a truly breathtaking wedding. The vibe is my favorite – with the mix of light and dark colors, ethereal moods, and the luxurious wooden lodge. I love the way you described the dusty blue color as being similar to the sky. Such a great comparison!

  • Deborah - What a spectacular location for their wedding! The Blue Ridge Mountains are absolutely gorgeous – I have to drive through there when I visit my parents in South Carolina (I live in Washington, DC). I am also really loving this unexpected color palette – how beautiful!

  • Amber Dickison - I love the color palette for the wedding and the location is gorgeous. I’m from KY so the landscape is fairly similar.

  • Kileen - These pics are so beautiful! I love the color scheme!

  • Liam Warton - Bröllopsfotograf Stockholm - Such dreamy imagery! I love the tones and highlights – so ethereal and romantic.

  • Carolyn - How fun and unique to see dusty blue used this way! I thought the groom’s suit was just so cool- especially with the tie! Gorgeous couple, photos, & colors all around!

  • Ashley R - I really love this, The shoes are so pretty. A lot has happened since I got married and I hope long sleeve dresses come back into style. They are so great.

  • Delia Atenea - Can we please talk about how magical and breathtaking that wedding gown is? And I would have never thought of burgundy and dusty blue but its such a perfect combo and so creative!

  • Taylor Mobley - This wedding is FLAWLESS. and that RING. I have never seen anything like this!!!!

  • Azanique Rawl - I love the contrast with burgundy being such a bold color! What a fun combination 🙂

  • TianShanae - I love the color scheme! These are colors I would never think to put together yet the work so well.

  • Megan Elliott - Wow! What an unexpectedly beautiful color combination! The bride’s dress is to die for.

  • Morgan Tyner - These captures are simply spectacular! I’ve never been to the Blue Ridge Mountains, but these shares are 10/10 making me want to go. I appreciate the photographer’s detailed focus on getting all the hues right and making the day so picturesque! It definitely shows so much value in the unique vision of this beautiful couple.
    Xx, Morgs*

Yay! The big day is coming, and there is wedding planning to do. After the big day, there is a lot to think about, too – it’s an exciting time! Moving in together can present its own challenges as you try to settle on interior design. I want to encourage you to take your existing home decor items and blend them into an interior redesign.

Home Interior Redesign Ideas | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog


  • Amy-Jo Tatum/Bride Chic - I’m all for this and totally love the concept. Any creativity you have pent up will no doubt come to the forefront with a project like this . . .

  • Lauryn Hock - My husband and I have definitely had to compromise and blend our interests when it comes to decorating the house. Love these tips!

  • Ashley R - I love using what you have. It’s such a smart idea. I like my home simple and uncluttered so it is easy for me.

  • prowedding - Yes, re-integrating new designs with existing furniture can sometimes bring a different feel, even more suitable than new ones

  • Carolyn - My husband has no input on our home! Sometimes I don’t mind because then I can do whatever I want haha, but sometimes I wish he had an opinion! But all in all, I love our home and it feels cozy…which embodies us as homebodies!

  • Stephanie Whitman - I really love these tips! My husband and I actually had so much fun when we first moved into our space together and began to decorate our home. We hadn’t lived together prior to getting married, so it was definitely an adjustment, but over time, we’ve found our own style together – even though both of us have very different tastes on our own!

  • Taylor Mobley - This is so smart. I am just now starting to decorate my home and it’s very fun to find what works for you! Using what you have is so smart.

  • Deborah - This is something fiance and I have been dealing with since 2017! The problem is we both don’t really know how to define our own decor styles, but it’s still a work in progress!

  • Whitney - This is such a helpful post! My hubby and I definitely had to go through the same process once we got married. Thankfully most of my stuff got to stay LOL

  • Caitlin - There is no reason to start decorating from scratch after marriage! I love this post for explaining how to combine styles to decorate.

Bridal shower planning can be so fun! There are a plethora of fabulous ideas out there, but I’m totally in love with the adorable, lemony touches that these bridal shower decorations provide. From citrusy foods to hints of yellow throughout the big day, this event is full of adorable ideas!

Bridal Shower Decorations with a Lemony Twist | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings


  • Stephanie Whitman - I appreciate how lemony touches also means just pops of cheery yellow throughout. So happy and fun, especially heading into spring!

  • Kileen - These accessories are so cute and so perfect! I would love to have used all of these!

  • Helena Marz - I definitely think themes are great to work with and it makes everything flow well with certain colours. Love the spring vibe theme, so fresh and lively!

  • Delia Atenea - Oh my gosh I wish I was getting married all over again!
    These lemon decorations are so beautiful! I love lemon in and of itself so I would of totally wanted something like this!

  • Renee || Getting Fit Fab - oh my gosh, how cute is this! I love that the lemons add a touch of color, this was so creative!

  • WanderlustBeautyDreams - I love the pops of yellow! I’m loving the lemon decorations it’s such a cute element to add for a bridal shower!

  • Yukti Agrawal - Wow all these decorations look very lovely and like a fairy tale wedding. I loved adding the color yellow to make the place more bright and lively.