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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.

You’re engaged, yay! Now that you have a ring on your finger the planning begins, which means that your busy schedule is packed with things to do. Still, taking time as a couple should be a priority. For your night in pick one of our date night ideas and consider making a cheese board complete with two fun drinks to go along with it. Feel free to skip the sake (Japanese alcohol) if you don’t drink or are under 21.

Date Night Ideas Cheese Board Cocktails Recipe Cocktail Drinks | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Chocolate Martini Raspberry Lemonade Refresher Spiked Drizzle


  • Ritu Sharma - What a perfect, yummy and easy dishes for the date night!!

  • Dalene Ekirapa - YES! Perfect for a date night! I would really enjoy everything! That cheeseboard, the refreshener and the martini…all look too good!

  • fashionandstylepolice - I am loving these date night ideas. They are really fab. We should try it over here.

  • Whitney Kutch - This looks like a lot of fun! I love teh little cheese board and the drink sounds amazing.

  • Taty Barone - This sound delicious! Thanks for these recipes ❤❤❤

  • Helen Neale - OMG Can I just say, I can’t help but drool over the picture! Who would not love to taste this! I’ll be printing out your recipes so I can try making this out over the weekends.

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra - Fantastic idea for a date night. I should try mixing those drinks too. It sounds delicious and refreshing!

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN - These are lovely recipe suggestions for date night. I’m loving the raspberry and lemonade refresher and also the martini.

  • Clarice - I am not about to get married but I love this date night idea. I am sure my husband would love this too. Can’t wait for Saturday.

    Thank you for the inspiration.

Whether you are headed to a wine country wedding or are having a bachelorette weekend perusing tasting rooms, knowing what to wear can be intimidating. After all, what is “chic?” Just the thought of dressing for wine country can seem daunting, but breaking the looks down while adding your own flair can help you pick an outfit in a breeze and be in proper wine country fashion.

Wine Country Fashion – a simple style guide | Hill City Bride Destination Wedding Virginia Weddings Blog


  • joy abou zeid - I love all of these photos and outfits!!

  • Rachel - I love all of these dresses. You guys make them look so good. I would wear so many of the casual looks.

  • Brittany Limberakis - I absolutely love every single one of these looks! And I love wine country so next time I have the occasion to go I’ll know how to dress 😊

  • Leigh Suznovich - What a lovely group! Love the outfits and looks like it was a fabulous time.

  • April - So many cute looks for wine country and beyond! Looks like you ladies had a fabulous time too!

Yay! You’re engaged – congrats. Now begins the planning stage, which is so fun…but how can you fit that in with an already packed schedule? One local bride shares how she managed to balance wedding planning with a full-time job. It can be done!

 How to Balance Wedding Planning with a Full Time Job | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Blog


  • Michael - Not easy as I know a group that does this too. When it is your passion, you make time for it really.

  • Helen Neale - That was a very helpful guide. We all know how stressful planning a wedding. I have to share this with my sister who is struggling with the same problem.

  • Annemarie LeBlanc - It may be difficult, but as long as you put your heart in it, I think it is possible to balance wedding planning with a full time job. Hiring a wedding planner is a big help especially when you can’t be physically present in some aspects in the planning.

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra - This post resonates with me. I had a full time job then and it was my mom and a really good wedding planner who helped me to get everything together.

  • fashionandstylepolice - Hiring a wedding planner is the way to go. I hired one and she was amazing.

  • Lyosha - I am not really into weddings actually, my own was very simple and didn’t require to do any planning. We had several guests and flew off to honeymoon almost right from aisle

  • David Elliott - I know that wedding planning takes a lot of effort. It does take having a plan and getting through all of the plans there. I liked having a book that told us all the things to think over. It did make it easier when we were getting married.

  • Tamara | This Mom's Delight - Oh, wedding planning is a job in itself! I probably would’ve made better progress had I implemented the block scheduling.

  • Liz Bayardelle - So important to have a plan so wedding timing doesn’t get in the way of life. It’s very hard to do on top of everything else that’s going on at that point in time in your life.

With the 2019 color of the year being named as Living Coral, it’s no wonder that fun pops of the hue are turning up everywhere. A classic color in its own right, a peach wedding may be on the horizon for you. And to top this lovely event off, it is styled at the US National Arboretum, which recently opened its doors for weddings. It’s stunning as you will see in this beautifully styled Virginia wedding.

Peach Inspired Wedding Inspiration at the Arboretum | Hill City Bride Virginia Weddings Lynchburg Richmond Roanoke Alexandria


  • Marcie - I’m loving the peach vibe! So classic, yet fun and playful. So excited about the coral colors this year, too!

  • Amber - Gorgeous!! I love the inspiration of peaches and the little touches everywhere. Really beautiful.

  • Aditi Wardhan Singh - This is so beautiful. Those shoes are just my style. The pictures make the day seem just magical!!

  • Rachel - This entire wedding is ADORABLE! I love the peach incorporated into everything. THE FOOD OMG THE FOOD!! YUM!

Wedding receptions are so much fun! There are so many highlights to look forward to. Introductions, cake (yum!), and of course, first dances. Part of having a fun reception is taking the time to choose songs carefully, and today I have some first dance wedding songs for the bride and groom. So fun!

30 First Dance Wedding Songs for a Reception for the Bride and Groom for Dancing | Hill City Bride Virginia Blog


  • Elayna - Your Song by Elton John—always!! This list has some great picks though. Thanks for sharing!

  • Clarice - This is a wonderful list and happy to know that our song made it to your list too. Come Away With Me is my favorite. 🙂 Currently, checking out the other songs you mentioned in Spotify.

It’s almost spring! And that means cleaning. We often think of windows and baseboards, but what about doing something to spring clean your skin? Your wedding day is approaching, and now is the perfect time to get your face in tip-top shape for the big day!

How to Spring Clean Your Skin to Be Wedding Day Ready | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog Beauty Blogger Skincare Tips


  • Jess - I agree one of the best things I did two months before my wedding was stop wearing makeup. I have mostly kept up with that ritual now but I occasionally still wear it.

  • Ann F. Snook-Moreau - One tip I used was to not drink caffeine or alcohol for a week before the wedding. It ensured my skin wasn’t dried out, which could lead to flakiness, pimples, or both!

  • Liz Bayardelle - I never think of skin as something that is important but every time I look at a picture it’s so noticeable! This is really great advice.

  • Karla - I love these tips! This reminded me that I have to dispose of some products that I don’t really need.

  • Dalene Ekirapa - Always eat well…getting beautiful skin starts right from within. Right now, I’m trying to detoxify as much and eat more healthy veggies.

  • Nina Nichols - What a very informative post! I am getting tired of snow. I can’t wait to have spring cleaning and just go outside to breath some fresh air!

  • Claire Justine - Some great ideas here. My skin is a little hit by Winter and I need to drink more water and buy some new products.

  • Aia - thanks for this tips.. I indeed agree that we need to take care of our skin not just for special occasion.. Consistency is the key, =)

  • fashionandstylepolice - A good night rest helps, especially in the days leading up to the big day. Great tips here.

When it comes to engagement sessions, some of my personal favorites involve showcasing a hometown. From walking down streets to finding quaint hideaways to steal a kiss or two, taking a stroll with your photographer can truly produce photos that focus on you as a couple as you will see in this downtown Lynchburg Virginia engagement session. So sweet!

Adorable Engagement Session Lynchburg Virginia | Hill City Bride Wedding Blog Riverside Park Virginian Hotel


  • Liz Bayardelle - I am always so darn excited when you put out a new blog post. They’re all so adorable! This couple seems to have great chemistry.

  • Gervin Khan - Wow, I love these photos very stunning! The couple is so sweet, lovable and beautiful and that is such a perfect place to do this session.

  • Clarice - This is a brilliant idea. This is one of the themes we considered for my engagement shoot but did not push through due to travel costs and time constraints.

    Anyway, I find this really sweet for couples who grew up together in the same hometown. I enjoyed looking at the photos. They’re very beautiful. I see the love between this couple.

  • fashionandstylepolice - What a cute photoshoot session. I really like the photos. The couple looks great. Love the shots!

  • Amore Albums - Beautiful photographs and couple.

Awards season is here, so why not celebrate? Of course, these DIY wine charms can be personalized with anything, such as names, destinations, and the like, so feel free to be creative with these Oscars worthy, handmade charms.

Air Dry Clay DIY Wine Charms Oscars Party Golden Globes Reception | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog Handmade Craft


  • Michael - So cute. I like how it adds fun to the table and not only to the wine container. Great idea, as long as you have the appropriate raw materials.

  • Liz Bayardelle - These are so adorable and so easy to make! I can think of so many uses for them that don’t even involve wine glasses, come to think of it.

  • melissa major - These charms are brilliant, they would be perfect for parties and things like that, so much fun and also rather unique too

  • Elizabeth O - Looks so great as well as beautiful. Thanks for sharing the method. I will try it at home.

  • Gervin Khan - I like that wine charm it so unique and beautiful. I will try to make that as a gift for my sister. Thank you so much for sharing this method with us.

  • fashionandstylepolice - I like the look of the wine charm. So beautiful. I would like to have that here.

  • Enricoh Alfonzo - thanks for the tips and tricks shared.
    my mom and sister would love this!

  • Garf - So cute. Great addition to the table settings…

  • aisasami - I share this with my friend who owns a restaurant. She will be interested and might include it in special occasions.

  • John Sallie - Now this something my daughter would love. She loves to entertain with plenty of style.

  • Jenn - This is such a great idea! I love how easy they are to make, might have to have a go myself for an Oscars themed summer party!