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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!


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!

    cute & little

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

  • 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!

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 🙂

  • Nataly - This post makes me want to get married again. All of these spots are so stunning!

  • Tara Fuller - This sounds amazing. I totally want to take a road trip and visit them all!

  • Kileen - Such an awesome post. The wine and locations sound and look absolutely amazing! Makes me want to book a trip out asap!

    cute & little

  • Carolyn - I like wine, though I don’t know much about it, though that doesn’t stop me from wanting to have a wedding (or really any event) at a winery! Beautiful pictures and venues!

  • Stephanie - This is making me wish I had my wedding in wine country haha. Everything is so dang beautiful! However, my husband and I did go to Charlottesville, VA for our honeymoon to enjoy all the wineries there, which was wonderful as well 🙂

  • Nailil - Your post makes me want to book a flight to Napa or something. 🙂 I love wine and wineries.

    Xx, Nailil

  • Marlene - So so beautiful!!! These photos are stunning and both locations look amazing!!

  • Jerrieal Small - This look like it was a great time I love the photos and definitely love pairing one of these wines with cheese and crackers!

  • Katie - California wine country would be an amazing place for a wedding. I live in Michigan and winery weddings are pretty popular. It just seems like the perfect setting.

  • Lavenda - Wow this post is so dreamy! I wanna go to Napa now! Thanks for sharing love!


  • Kristen - These are absolutely getting added to my bucket list. So gorgeous and perfect for a weekend away.

  • Kristin Taylor - This town looks so charming! I was recently married at a winery and I just love exploring them! Thanks for the tips.

  • roxyturtle - These weddings look stunning! For anyone who loves nature (or wine, lol) I can see how a winery wedding would be just perfect. I LOVE the photos and ideas!

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.

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