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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.

When it comes to weddings, white is the first color people think of. After all, little girls dream of the day where they will wear white and walk down the aisle. And – for brides and grooms alike – having white teeth to match is a huge plus. Going to the dentist to whiten teeth can be difficult to schedule when there are so many appointments already when you are planning a wedding, so here is how to get a white smile at home. And – hint – there is a GIVEAWAY entry at the end for your own way to whiten. Yay!

This post is in collaboration with Smile Brilliant, who wishes you a white wedding day in all sorts of ways!

How to Get a White Smile at Home | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Samantha Donnelly - Great tips here for whitening your teeth, and what a great giveaway too x

  • Melissa - Great tips here! I am always looking for more ways to get a brighter smile!

  • Rhian westbury - I use whitening toothpaste and don’t drink any hot drinks but I do still wish my teeth were whiter. Some other great tips here though x

  • Elizabeth O - Such great tips here for whitening your teeth and I really liked the giveaway. Thanks for this all!!

  • Monidipa Dutta - Firstly the pictures are beautiful as usual and this is why I recommend your site for photography and secondly, though this white post is really great and you have explained well. I don’t like the color because I love all black.

  • Brandy - I love the idea of getting a white smile at home for the wedding. This is a really easy way to get it done, too!

  • Erin Haugerud - I love having white teeth!

  • Laura Dove - Great tips here! I have noticed my teeth looking a little stained lately, I am going to try and get them whiter at home for the summer!

  • David Elliott - All of these things are good to keep your teeth white. I really need to do more flossing. Never really good at it.

  • fashionandstylepolice - I am loving your tips here. Good brushing and flossing definitely helps. I love a good white smile.

  • aia - Thanks for the tips. It is important to keep your teeth clean and white.. this is very helpful.

  • Gill Trotman - Great blog! Just about everyone wants a whiter, brighter smile. Smile Brilliant sounds like something I may give a try! Thanks for sharing!

When it comes to engagement photos, location can be so important! Picking something that reflects you both as a couple is a smart choice as you will see in today’s rustic farm engagement session at Lynn Acres. And this couple has an adorable three-year-old son, Maddix, who also got in on the photo fun. Take a peek at their session photographed by The Girl Tyler. So cute!

Rustic Farm Engagement Session in Smithfield Virginia | Hill City Bride Wedding Blog


  • Brandy - This looks like such a fun engagement photo session. I’m addicted to rustic things, so this would totally be a background I would pick if I were ever engaged.

  • Elle - Each photo is crisp and raw. I love the natural atmosphere of the background and the soft colors that go along with the pictures. I’m sure the couple loved their finished shots.

  • David Elliott - Those are such great photos out there on the farm. I would have loved a session like that for sure when I was with my daughter’s mom. Such amazing lighting and beautiful photos.

  • fashionandstylepolice - What a lovely engagement session. The quality of the pictures is so amazing. Amazing lighting used.

  • HilLesha - What a fun and beautiful engagement photo session! I bet the couple was really pleased with the results. 🙂

  • Aia - Love it is.. I’ve seen your other photos and I can feel the love in it..

It’s the new year, and we all want to start out on the right foot. But – I dare say – that life affords many opportunities for a fresh start. Having a baby, getting married – in fact, EVERY single day starts with a chance to do better. I want to encourage you to start your life together by being more conscious, so here are a few eco-friendly home tips that I personally try to practice.

This post is done in partnership with Grove Collaborative, which I wholeheartedly believe in – my mom does, too! Affiliate links are scattered throughout. I promise I genuinely love their company, the products, and the excitement of receiving useful household supplies each month. You will too! 

Eco-friendly Home Tips | Grove Collaborative | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog Newlyweds


Looking for a fun getaway with your sweetie? Whether you are newlyweds or have been married quite a while, Pennsylvania’s Adams County Pour Tour offers scenery, history, and of course, lots of pouring to enjoy.

I was invited by Destination Gettysburg to experience their tour. Opinions are genuine and my own.

Hill City Bride | Getaway Weekend for Two | Travel for Couples Adam


  • Tatiana Barone - What a nice place! I’ve know Gettysburg from the movie Gone with the wind and from your post and pics looks lovely!

  • Laura Dove - Oh wow how lovely is this! It sounds like such a great place to visit, I’ve never heard of it before. Gorgeous photos!

  • Lori Bosworth - I have been to Pennsylvania, but not Gettysburg. The Adams County Pour Tour looks like a lot of fun!

  • Marysa - What a neat trip! It sounds like you had a lot of fun checking out all of these places. I’ve never been on a wine tour but it would be fun to do with friends.

  • Rhian Westbury - I love tours and anything which can showcase to you the best places to go to or drink. Sounds like a great trip x

  • Samantha Donnelly - I have never heard of this place before, but looks like a great place to visit

  • Chloe @callmecoco.co - Looks like a great place for a little getaway!

  • Elizabeth O - What a great trip! I also love tours and roving best places. Thanks for sharing gorgeous photos and the information.

  • Monidipa Dutta - The photographs are beautiful. I must say you have great talent. Impressive. You always leave me speechless…

  • sabrina barbante - These places are so interesting for a couple that is interested in romantic getaways but also in cultural activities and in the chance to get to know something new,

  • Surekha Busa - Wow that seems like a great tour. The place looks so inviting and educational. I would love to go there someday.

  • fashionandstylepolice - This sounds like an amazing tour. I would love to experience something like this one day.

  • Cătălina-Iuliana Nini - Wooow, that pizza looks in a way… And that bottle tree, I will DIY it for sure! Such a fabulous getaway idea!

  • Konstantina - I couldn’t agree more. Surely my boyfriend would love for us to visit this place as much as I do right now. Beautiful photography too.

  • Dr. K. Lee Banks - This would certainly be an ideal tour for wine lovers! Hubby and I are not really wine drinkers, but my middle daughter and her hubby are. I think I’ll pass on this info to them, in case they would be interested in visiting.

  • Gena - All your posts bring me so much peace! The pictures and the writing come together so perfectly that I want to visit every single place including this one from your blog

  • Jennifer - Aw! That is so sweet – I really appreciate you saying that. <3

I know a lot of you ladies are newly engaged, and now the wedding planning begins. Congrats! I love providing ideas for lovely weddings, but it’s also fun to pepper those ideas with engagement sessions and bridal showers because there are a lot of events that surround getting married. This one is coming from a personal perspective as it was a celebration for my very own daughter. So, take a peek and hear about her record bridal shower. So fun!

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Lynchburg Speakertree Records Vinyl Record Bridal Shower | Hill City Bride Wedding Blog


  • Stacie - Oh wow! I love this idea so much! It’s really done to the retro nines, too. So awesome!

  • Colleen - As a music lover and lover of all things retro in general, I adore this. The tapes were a really nice touch.

  • Brianne - This is so awesome! What a great idea! Very classy and elegant! Love it!

  • Erin - These are some great pictures and she looked so happy! Speakertree is a nice place. I would love to take my family and friends there when I visit Lynchburg.

  • robin rue - I think a retro theme is fun. I honestly don’t even remember the theme of mine because it’s been so long lol.

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra - What a beautiful motif for a bridal shower. Mine was just very simple and we only had family as guests. I will definitely suggest this theme if I get to know of a niece who will get married.

  • Becca Wilson - These are some really adorable ideas! I never would have even thought to do a theme like this.

  • Joyce Brewer - I love how this party was retro and fun. Nothing cliche about it. What a fun idea!

  • katrina kroeplin - I love these ideas. This sounds like an awesome party!

When it comes to drinks for your wedding, his and hers combinations are a big hit. Instead of having a full bar, offering two selections – his favorite and her choice – is a fabulous way to have beverages in a creative way. I didn’t know a lot about sake (honestly I had never tried it!), so I partnered with SakeOne to come up with creative his/hers wedding cocktail recipes. I hope you enjoy and test out these grown-up favorites!

His Hers Sake Wedding Cocktail Recipes | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Jessica - Looks good. I would be all over the grown-up cherry drink. I love sweet beverages so it was an easy choice

  • Cathy Stucker - I have never heard about his and her cocktails but after reading this post I think its a great concept. I’ll definitely try these recipes. Thanks for sharing the details.

  • Tatiana Barone - I’m not getting married, but this won’t stop me from trying these cocktails!

  • Jennifer - Ha! Love it. <3

  • Jennifer - I love sweet drinks, too! 🙂

  • Laura Dove - Ooh these sounds delicious! Spiced cider is one of my favourite drinks over Christmas, you cant beat a spiced cider at a christmas market.

  • Lisa fucci - Looks fabulous!!! Great photos as well!!! Gotta have to try it out!!!

  • Gervin Khan - Great recipe and very tempting in my eyes. You’ve done an awesome job in giving this recipe a very good twist that I believe will be a great hit to us drinker.

  • Liz Bayardelle - These are so creative and unique! Also, what stunning pictures!

  • Monidipa Dutta - Cocktails are my most favorite. And these are so creative and unique. As usual, you are a stunning photographer.

  • Chloe @callmecoco.co - The cherry vanilla soda seems very tasty, I would probably love it!

  • fashionandstylepolice - These wedding cocktail recipes sound lovely. I would love to try some of them one day.

  • Dalene Ekirapa - I don’t take cocktail but I just can’t help wanting these cocktails. They just look so refreshing and I love your presentation.

  • Blair villanueva - I am glad that I check your blog and learn about sake cocktail. I will use your recipe for our party 🙂

  • Aia - favorite! will try this on our pajama party.

  • Everything On A Plate - oh my god! we love these! we would love to feature some on our blog too… yummy !

  • Gill Trotman - This is an incredibly creative and delicious list of drinks! My wife would absolutely love the Grown Up Cherry Vanilla Soda! I will surely be making her this recipe. Thanks!

  • Elizabeth O - What a cool and creative idea. Even though I’m a teetotaler, I can appreciate such lovely mixes for special occasions.

  • Binge on Basics - These look simply delicious. Spiced Cider is one of my favourite drinks and including it in a wedding will be a good move. Also, the pictures are really amazing!

Pantone announced that its 2019 Color of the Year is a hue called Living Coral. It’s a fresh take on a citrusy hue that can add a pop of color at any wedding. This color has made an appearance in several of our previous blog posts, and take a look at some of our favorites below!

Pantone 2019 - Living Coral Wedding Inspiration | Color of the Year Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Liz Bayardelle - This is so gorgeous! I read somewhere that living coral is the color of the year, so perfect timing!

  • Konstantina - I love everything!! From the color schemes to the bouquet and table covers😍 so beautiful.

  • Samantha Donnelly - The photos are beautiful, such a gorgeous place to have a wedding x

  • Marjie Mare - Everything looks beautiful. I like every detail of the wedding gown, the belt is stunning.

  • Jessica Martin - This color so very beautiful and I love it. Rhe photos with this color are gorgeous. We will be having a 10 year vow renewal in 2019 and after seeing this post on the color coral, I’m considering using it.

  • Eloise - What a beautiful and elegant wedding set up… love the colors and the flowers are breath-taking. If I ever get married again, I’ll have to remember this post (don’t hold your breath though…lol)

  • Tamala - This color is absolutely beautiful! The photos are breathtaking!!!! Truly… gorgeous!!!!

If you live in Virginia, you know what an anomaly snow can be. And this past week we got loads of it. Lots and lots of fluffy white stuff that made everything seem fresh, beautiful, and new. What a gorgeous time! Of course, with snow comes the opportunity for a winter wonderland styled wedding, which is what I have for you today. On short notice, a group of vendors found models, a location, attire, florals (gorgeous!), and a photographer. Everything came together beautifully as the snow was falling. Enjoy!

Winter Wonderland Styled Wedding Shoot in the Snow | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Liz Bayardelle - Ohhhhhhh…these are so beautiful! They really made a snowy day so picturesque. I love the fluffy white!

  • Komal - What a gorgeous back drop! My wedding will be next December. I hope I get some pretty shots like this!

  • Konstantina - All I want is to have a bridal photoshoot just like this one, covered in snow. I am absolutely obsessed with the photography and editing. Just perfect!!!

  • Gervin Khan - Such an amazing and gorgeous photoshoot. Everything looks so perfect and you really feel their love for each other even though everything is covered with ice.

  • Deepak Pal - In my opinion, all want to have such amazing photo-shoot at their wedding. What lovely pictures they are.

  • Aia - Wow.. The photos are magical.

  • Nicola Ferretti - So many wonderful shots 😀 I do love snow, when I was living in my own town (Rome, Italy) it was so rare too 😀 amazing landscapes!

  • fashionandstylepolice - These photos are so beautiful. Snow photos are always so pretty. You definitely got amazing shots here.

  • Blair villanueva - This is like a fairytale came true. You are their Fairy Godmother!

Let’s face it – guys either love the great outdoors, or they wish they did. Whether it’s kayaking, hiking, surfing…you name it! There are so many ways to get out of the home or office and explore nature. I scoured Etsy to find the best of the best Christmas gifts for men who love the outdoors. Take a peek at my 8 favorite finds!

This post contains affiliate links to Etsy and purchases through those links help our blog grow. Thank you! 

Christmas Gifts for Men who Love the Outdoors | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog


  • Maggie Unzueta - Wow..great gift ideas you have here! I personally love the leather backpack. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  • Philip - Chef Sous Chef - I love all of these gifts and would happily accept them all… except for the beard mug, but only because I don’t have a beard 😂

  • Liz Bayardelle - These are awesome suggestions! I especially like the “with great beard” mug and the scratch-off map.

  • Chloe @callmecoco.co - These are amazing ideas! I especially like the backpack and the funny mug

  • Rhian Westbury - some lovely gift ideas. I love the copper ring and the corded bracelet, some more unusual jewellery items x

  • Konstantina - That’s an amazing gift guide. I have actually purchased a few similar things last year and the year before for my boyfriend and he loved them (especially the backpack.

  • Surekha Busa - Wow, great tips! You did a good job with this list. I absolutely agree with you.

  • Samantha Donnelly - I do love gift guides for giving me inspiration, you have some great gift ideas.

  • aisasami - I love those copper rings! If you can get them personally engraved, that would be sooooooooo cool!

  • Brandy - What a fun post of ideas on outdoor gifts for that outdoor man in your life. I am going to get some of these items.

  • Luci Westphal - Awesome list! My husband and I are all about the outdoors, which is why we launched Happier Place, where we sell similarly-themed products. So several of these gifts would be great for him… and me, too! Thinking of getting the National Parks map for the office…
    Thank you so much for the great suggestions!
    xx Luci

  • Lexa Fish - Thank you for this, my husband is so hard to shop for but you have such great ideas here. I especially like the wallet and the scratch off map how cute!

  • Erin Haugerud - Love all of these!!!

  • Fashion and Style Police - I love the gift ideas here. The backpack looks great. I love the T-shirt too. So very stylish.

  • Lali K - Love this list. I think this is the first mens gift list I’ve seen and it comes at a really good time considering my husband needs a gift lol. Thanks for the post!

  • Elizabeth O - These are great selections for the holiday season. I might get some of them myself.

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