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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!

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.

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!

There is just something about a classic wedding. Add in the backdrop of mountains and lush landscapes, and I think you’ll agree that this Pippin Hill wedding in Charlottesville, Virginia has so many timeless elements. So beautiful!

Gorgeous Pippin Hill Wedding in Charlottesville Virginia


  • Samantha Lord - Thank you so much, Hill City Bride, for the lovely feature! SO grateful for you!

  • Taylor Aube - Wow all of these photos are so lovely! This venue is gorgeous and the entire mood is so light and ethereal!

  • Stephanie - Pippin Hill is gorgeous even if it’s not for a wedding. I love going there just for the day to enjoy the wine and the views. Charlottesville is breathtaking. It’s why my husband and I went on our honeymoon there!

  • Delia Atenea - This place looks so dreamy and so relaxing and romantic! And what is up with this Jimmy Choo shoes! The bride made an awesome choice for shoes and her dress is just breathtaking!

  • Carolyn - WOW! Her dress is so gorgeous. I haven’t seen anything like it. Can I get a do-over and wear this dress at this gorgeous setting??

  • Candace Hampton - This is so magical! I can’t believe this place. It has the perfect atmosphere for a wedding. Loved the dress<3


  • Erin - What a gorg wedding! I love pippin hill! We are so lucky in VA to have such amazing spots ❤️

  • Kenzi - Life of a Sister - Oh my GOSH! What a beautiful wedding! I love her dress, the sleeves are so dainty and beautiful! Those shoes, so pretty!

  • Jerrieal Small - These photos this venue, everything so so beautiful! Omg!

  • Megan Elliott - Omg what an absolutely breathtaking wedding! I love ALL of the beautiful details. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Deborah - The wedding dress is SO stunning and I love the location! I live in DC so Charlottesville isn’t THAT far! I should look into this place…

  • Kristen - I am getting serious FOMO over this wedding. Everything looked straight out of a fairytale. I am obsessed.

  • Yukti Agrawal - A Pippin Hill wedding looks gorgeous and especially the backdrop of lush green hills of Charlottesville. The wedding gown and those heels are stunning. Whow!!

  • Lavenda - Wow all of these shots are so perfect! I love it so much! Thanks for sharing with us!


  • Ifeoluwa - I love the greenery and flowers! The dress is stunning. Beautiful wedding!

  • Lily - What a stunning wedding! I love her shoes!

  • Morgan Tyber - Omgosh!! 🤩 everything about these I love. The rich green colors, the golds, the authenticity, the brides dress, the bridesmaids’ dress (looks a lot like the one I had in my wedding 🙃) AND the beautiful, natural landscape. Oh — and the precious dog!! 💕 just incredible captures, thanks for sharing.
    Xx, Morgs*

Laundry. It’s one of the chores we all despise, right? We care about what we look like and what we wear, but getting it all clean, folded and put away can be a huge task! Double the laundry load, and the job can seem even more daunting. Here are a few laundry tips and tricks for two.

Laundry Tips and Tricks for Newlyweds | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog Wedding


  • Kileen - This is such a great post!! Laundry can be never-ending; we like to divvy it up and create a schedule!


  • Erin - Such good tips! Laundry can be such a headache but these are great.

  • Azanique S Rawl - These are such great tips doll! Building a capsule wardrobe is a good idea 🙂

    -xo, Azanique

  • Carolyn - Really great tips! I definitely don’t wash everything if I just wear it once. I got my husband into rewearing stuff too, because he would wear something out to the store for 10 minutes and then call it dirty! Nu-uh!!

  • Deborah - These are great tips! In my household, we’re all about just doing our own laundry instead of together and for now, it works for us!

  • Julia Comil - Love these tips! I will create a schedule as it seems it will help me a lot!

  • Ifeoluwa - Sorting them as they get dirty is a great tip!

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