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If you don’t know, my daughter got married in October. What a wonderful day! It was fun to plan and then see it all come together to create such lovely memories. We did a lot of DIY planning, which included using Etsy wedding vendors. I’d love to show you some of our projects today!

How We Used Etsy Wedding Vendors | Hill City Bride Wedding Blog


  • Cris - These are such amazing ideas! I really love those lavender cones!

  • Maysz - What a great plan for wedding and also the pictures are stunning 🙂

  • Lauren Porter - I had never thought about using Etsy to do so many DIY wedding bits, what an amazing job you all did – gorgeous photos!

  • Clarice - Etsy is a wonderful place to look for resources. I was able to use a couple of Etsy vendors too for my sons birthday party.

    Anyway, I shared your post to my best friend who’s about to get married. This is very helpful.

Spring means warmer temperatures, a little bit longer days, and pastel hues. And when it comes to weddings, sometimes it’s nice to switch things up a bit. And that is exactly what this team did with this beautifully styled shoot! I love the juxtaposition of using autumn tints as unique spring wedding colors. So gorgeous, and I can’t wait for you to see!

Autumnal Styled Shoot with Unique Spring Wedding Colors | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


Valentine’s Day is almost here, and that means it’s time to get creative and come up with fun ideas for your love. Well, take a peek at these inexpensive date ideas that you can do any time of year (well, at least when it’s chilly for some!) that are sure to create memories and keep you on budget.

Inexpensive Date Ideas for Valentines Day and Beyond Budget Friendly Dates | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog Valentine


  • Elizabeth van der Bij - So many great ideas! Thanks!!

Are you planning an engagement session? I hope so! Many wedding vendors and former brides will tell you that it’s a great idea. It helps you to relax in front of the camera along with aiding you and your photographer to get used to each other. It sets you up for success for the big day! This rustic farm engagement session is just one example of a lovely time with an adorable couple who clearly enjoy each other’s company.

Rustic Farm Engagement Session | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Weddings Blog


It’s February, and that means that Valentine’s Day is upon us! And if you are searching for Valentine’s Day cocktails, just end your search now! Featuring flavors of coffee and chocolate, these can satiate any sweet tooth. Plus, they are frozen, so it gives you even more of an excuse to snuggle up to your love.

This post is in collaboration with SakeOne, a US-based company that produces amazing sake!

Valentines Day Cocktails Frozen Milkshake Sake Coffee | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog Drink Recipes Valentine


  • Brandy - These look like delicious cocktails to enjoy for Valentine’s Day! I’d totally try them over here on my kid-free weekend.

  • fashionandstylepolice - These are so beautiful. Great for Valentine’s Day. I would love some of these for myself.

  • David Elliott - I would have any and all of these. But the sake kissed milkshake sounds too amazing. I’m definitely going to have to try this out.

When I think of Virginia and quintessential traditional colors, blue comes to mind, of course! And Chris and Jennifer perfectly executed their wedding using this classic hue. I know you will get a lot of ideas from this blue outdoor wedding in Alexandria, VA. Enjoy!

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Blue Outdoor Wedding in Alexandria Virginia with Perfect Details | Hill City Bride Blog for Ideas and Inspiration


  • Erin Tetterton - This is beautiful! Love the images you chose. 🙂 ….and that blue is PERFECT.

  • Jennifer - Thank you for sending it my way!! There is SO much to love about their big day. So so pretty – and so much thought in the details (and the photography of them, too!).

Valentines Day is just around the corner, and that means gift giving! This year give something heartfelt (get it?) to your significant other or even your friends with our heart inspired gifts for Valentines Day.

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Heart Inspired Gifts for Valentines Day | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Karla - I’d love to have those PEGBOARD SHELVES! They are perfect for my room. I love this list. I didn’t know heart-shaped tea bag exists!

  • Life of Nomads - Love love these ideas!!! Thank you for posting ideas about guy and girls and YOURSELF! how cute is that idea?! The tea bags are so perfect for me and hubby. We love tea nights on non-alcohol nights =)

  • Nina - I think my favorite out of all of them are the peg shelves. They look like they’d really come in handy. They’re also just so cute!

  • Jade - Oh I love the heart shaped tea bags! It can bring you comfort and warmth and it’s cute!

  • Staying Afloat - Love the uniqueness and originality of some of these gifts! Also, the DIY component of some of them is fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

  • fashionandstylepolice - Great gifts for Valentine’s Day. I am feeling very inspired now. Need to get my gifts sorted.

Having a high impact wedding reception table is easier than you think! Opting for textured or patterned napkins is a start. When you add in the simple napkin folding ideas shown here, you can create a memorable look. These ideas were found at Encore Events Rentals on a recent media trip to Sonoma County with Off the Beaten Path Weddings and Venone PR. I asked our photographer, Krista, to snap images of these for me because I thought they were so pretty YET very easy to make. Take a peek!

5 Simple Napkin Folding Ideas for Your Wedding Reception | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Deepak Pal - I never know that napkin folding can be an art but after seeing your post I am sure I was missing the great idea. It looks amazing and the way you described is fab.

  • Jet with Jen - I loved these. You make it look very easy! I am going to have to get rid of the paper napkins and buy some cloth napkins. It seems fairly easy and instantly upgrades a table.

  • BushraZ Blogs - I really loved the Large Knot. It’s pretty awesome… thanks for sharing this article 😇😇

  • Kemi - I love the knotted one with the lovely string. They can go for any formal occasion too not just weddings.

  • Monidipa Dutta - Napkin folding is a big thing according to me. It might seem simple to many but it means many things. These r awesome ways that u have mentioned here

  • Dalene Ekirapa - I love the napkin rings and yeah, I’m in for the ring style. We’re used to long envelope fold at home and I’d love a change!

  • Takara Ayana - These are so cute! I love the large knot! I will have to try it myself!

When it comes to weddings, one of the most elegant palettes is black and white. Add in a bit of green through florals, and it’s a palette that can be earthy or formal. There is a lot to be said about a monochromatic wedding! This one is a styled shoot, yet the couple – a real-life couple – have overcome a lot. Their love for each other is evident throughout the photos, and wait until you hear their story!

Monochromatic Wedding Shoot in Virginia | Hill City Bride Wedding Blog


  • Surekha Bus - They are so lovely! Love the photoshoot! bookmarked this post for future reference!

  • Cyndi Buchanan - I love wedding pictures! You told their story so well through images.

  • Laura Dove - Oh this is so beautiful! Getting the right photos is so important to really capture those special moments and freeze frame the memories.

  • Samantha Donnelly - Who doesn’t like looking at wedding photos these are so lovely x

  • Elizabeth O - this is so beautiful and lovely wedding pictures!

  • Monidipa Dutta - Pictures really speak a lot. And the bride is really glowing a lot. Great photography. I must say.

  • aisasami - You guys look so cute together! I am glad that this story had a happy ending despite some setbacks!

  • David Elliott - That is such a beautiful story. I have watched how cancer can affect things with people and so beautiful to hear she made it through and that they could be a part of something like this with such beautiful photos. Congrats to the happy couple.

  • Konstantina Antoniadou - I always prefer minimal, monochromatic themes too. Such a beautiful place and the wedding dress is simply dreamy.

  • sabrina barbante - I love the detail pictures, I find the saturation and lights are perfect! It must be hard to deal with interior and exterior natural light!

  • Elle Cole - I love the simplicity of the designs, decor, dress, tux, etc. My wedding was black and white and the clean lines was perfect for my taste.

  • Elle - The invitations are so simple and beautiful. I really like the beautiful dress the bride is wearing too.

  • fashionandstylepolice - What a lovely shoot. The story is so sweet. I enjoy looking at pictures like these here. Great quality.

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