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the bride’s guide to have and to hold Volume II 2017 ¡ Complimentary


Weddings at LU offers beautiful venues for ceremonies and receptions, as well as a friendly staff dedicated to making your special day everything you’ve imagined! This is a day you’ll never forget — let us help make it a memory you’ll always cherish.

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PUBLISHER/EDITOR Jennifer L Prince Photo by Melissa Batman Photography


Dear Friends,


Congratulations on your engagement! It’s exciting to plan for your big day – and your life – with your sweetie.

Jennifer Prince PROOFREADING Meggan Robinson

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cover photo: Melissa Diane Photography

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SMITTEN WITH KITTENS a bride relaxes the morning of her big day

20 REAL WEDDING view into Lynchburg 24 PREFFERED WEDDING PROFESSIONALS 26 REAL WEDDING beautiful wedding on a budget 31


33 A WORLD OF LOVE global wedding blogger favorites 38 REAL WEDDING DIY, urban farm wedding 42 LET’S GET SOCIAL social media tips 45 DESTINATION NYC the Big Apple as part of your big day 48 HONEYMOON BOOK LIST


A SURPRISE PROPOSAL RAND & NATALIE Getting engaged is exciting, right? You know you want to get married, but the question of “when” adds a fun element to the engagement process. Natalie and Rand met when they lived in the same neighborhood during middle school. They quickly became friends, and after four years Rand got up the courage to ask

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Natalie on their first date. The rest is literally history, and they’ve been in love ever since (although it took Natalie longer than Rand to come to that realization). The couple graduated from LU in the spring of 2017 and plan on getting married in the late spring of 2018. The day of Rand’s proposal was centered around the birthday of the couple’s friend. “The day was planned entirely with birthday celebrations for my friend, Carrie. My other friend, Christina, and I took her to get her favorite breakfast, went to get our nails done, and went shopping. Our final stop was going to be at Cole Mountain because she wanted to take pictures with us alongside the beautiful scenery in the background,” reminisced Natalie. The ladies got dressed and ready for their photo session, but when they arrived at the top of the mountain, there was Rand standing off in the distance. Natalie recalled, “He had pictures hung, tiki torches lit, and ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’ playing in the background.” How romantic! Rand walked to Natalie and started to explain how he loved her and how he could not live without her. “He talked for a long time, and I honestly do not remember everything that he said because I was so

was crying while we took pictures

surprised and shocked. My exact

and simply just lived in that perfect

words the entire time were, ‘I think

moment.” And it’s all documented

I’m going to throw up,’” Natalie said.

because Rand knew how much

It was then that Rand got down on

Natalie loves pictures. So smart!

one knee and proposed. The middle

All in all, Natalie was surprised

diamond in the engagement ring

and excited, and despite being a bit

belonged to Rand’s great-great

nervous, Rand pulled off a surprise


proposal without a hitch! Natalie

Natalie continued, “Of course, I said

proclaimed, “I still wake up every

yes, and he told me to turn around.

morning thanking the Lord because

My sister, her husband, my best

I am so blessed to be able to, now,

friend from home, Jordan, and the

call this amazing man my fiancé...he

photographer, were all standing there

is definitely the best decision that I

along with my friends...everyone

have ever made!” 7


it’s picture perfect.

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When it comes to planning a bridal shower, gathering inspiration can be fairly easy if you do a little sleuthing. Spencer, the bride-to-be, has a heart for missions work, and her shower included many of her favorite things such as Persian and Moroccan motifs, handcrafted wood and ceramic pieces. She stated, “The girls blew me away - they knew all of my favorite things, scoured my Pinterest boards, and raided my home to make the most ethereal day of celebration I could have ever asked for!” Why the international flair? Well, Spencer and her fiance, Brennan, met in college due to their mutual interest in missions work. “Brennan and I began to spend more time together and we realized that our hearts for the Lord, our passions and dreams were distinctly similar. It did not take long for us to realize that the Lord had been orchestrating our lives for each other the whole time,” Spencer explained. And, of course, their future plans involve missions work both in Lynchburg and abroad. The bridal celebration took place on the porch of a friend’s home, and Spencer was showered with love by some of her favorite people, who wrote her heartfelt notes, posed for photographs and bathed Spencer in prayer. She recalled, “The whole day was so special and magical. It looked like it was out of a magazine and it held such significance to my heart. I could not have asked for a more perfect bridal shower celebration!”

BRIDAL SHOWER MENU Well Stocked Cheeseboards Pesto Sandwiches Berry Galletes Iranian Rose Cake Dark Chocolate Coconut Balls Virgin Sparkling Grapefruit Mimosas


VENDORS Photography - Hailey Erica Pierce Location - the home of Jamie Hicks Hair - Sarah Beth Norman Decor - friends Sidney, Kayla, Jackie, Jamie, Bethany and Sarah

BRIDAL SHOWER GAME IDEA One of the most hilarious moments was a fun game that we played. Jamie (a friend) snuck over and recorded Brennan answering questions about himself, our dreams, and our relationship. The girls gave me a mason jar full of oversized gum balls and they asked me the same questions that Jamie asked Brennan. The objective was to answer the exact same way that Brennan did to each question. If I got any of the questions wrong, I had to stuff a gum ball into my mouth and keep it there (and continue talking with all the gum balls in my mouth). Thankfully I only got a few of the questions wrong, but that mouthful of five gum balls was way too much! The game was funny and light but also so beautiful because it showed truly how unified Brennan and I are. I was surprised by the creativity of this game - I loved it!



Grab a calculator and your fiancé, and get ready to have some fun! Be sure to have a budget number in mind before starting this worksheet. What is your total budget for your wedding? $ Look at the budget breakdown below. Break your budget amount down according to the percentages below, and write the number next to it. (Quick math review - to get the amount for your reception, multiply your budget number by .45, and write the number next to the line. Follow suit with the other budget categories.)

Reception - 45%


Flowers and Decor - 10%

Reception - site rental, catering, cake, equipment rentals, beverages

Photography and Videography - 10%

Flowers and Decor - bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, arrangements for ceremony and reception, decor rentals, lighting Photography and Videography - photography, videography, prints, albums Planner or Coordinator - 10%

Planner or Coordinator - wedding planning services, day of coordination

Music - 8%

Music - ceremony musicians, cocktail hour music, reception music, sound

Bride & Groom’s Attire - 7%

system rental, dance floor rental

Cushion - 2%

Ceremony - site fee, officiant fee

Ceremony - 2%

Stationery - save the dates, invitations, programs, menus, place cards,

Attire - gown and alterations, tuxedo, accessories, hair and makeup

thank you notes, postage Stationery - 2% Rings - 2% Transportation - 1%

Rings - bride’s wedding band, groom’s wedding band Transportation - transportation for bride and groom, transportation for wedding party, valet parking Gifts - wedding attendant gifts, welcome baskets, favors

Gifts - 1%

Have a talk with your fiancé. What are the 5 things that are the most important to you on your wedding day? Make a list! You may want

Considering your 5 things, tweak the suggested percentages as to what you see fit. Be sure they add up to 100%! Then, using your new percentages, calculate the monetary amount you can designate towards each category. Reception -



(such as parents).

Flowers and Decor -




Photography and Videography -



Planner or Coordinator -



Music -



Bride & Groom’s Attire -



Cushion -



Ceremony -



you attain those 5 most important

Stationery -




Rings -




Transportation -




Gifts -



to include the opinion of others

2. 3. 4. 5.

What types of vendors can help

3. 4. 5.

So, how did you do? Talk with your fiancé and discuss your new budget. Happy planning! Want to share? Use Instagram and tag @hillcitybride.


Referred to as “America’s Sweetheart” and “the girl with the curls,” the silent film star Mary Pickford was known for her theatrics along with her heart, which included a love for animals. In fact, a 1916 photo portrays the Academy Award winning actress with a lovely kitten perched upon her shoulder. Drawing inspiration from Mary, this 1920s bride is getting ready to begin her meowage, including play with her beloved (and active) brood of kittens. From writing a sweet note to her love to sipping a flavorful Meowmosa, she is able to relax and reflect while savoring each moment before her big day begins. Not to be outdone, a lovely bouquet of blush and pink accompanied the note received from her groom. With purrfectly curled hair, a stunning gown and just the right amount of lip-gloss, this bride-to-be was ready to say “I mew” with her classic and timeless look.


MORNING MEOWMOSA Ingredients • Champagne • Fresh squeezed apple juice • Fresh squeezed plum juice • Mint • Blackberries Method • Combine your liquid ingredients in equal proportions (or whatever amount you crave). • Garnish with mint and blackberries. Drink and enjoy! 16


VENDORS Creative Director - Clutch & Hill City Bride Planning & Coordination - A Little Party Events Photography - K. Jugar Photography Flowers - The Arrangement Company Desserts - Cakeview Hair & Make Up - Body Works Day Spa & Salon Rentals - Happily Ever After Event Rentals Bridal Gown - Celebration Bridal Paper Suite - Lane Paper Works Getting Ready Attire - Gladiola Girls (knit shawl), Target (loungewear) Jewelry - L. Oppleman Venue - LaHart Properties Videography - White Flair Productions Small Decor Items - it’s FOUND vintage and Target Ring Box - The Mrs. Box Signature Cocktail - A Little Party Events with Crisp Heels - Betsey Johnson Model - Andi Kitten Models - Fili, Flynn, Fawn, Francie and Fiona via Lynchburg Humane Society (foster kittens who were all happily adopted)



Paul & Shar A VIEW INTO LYNCHBURG When it comes to planning, some brides have ages to arrange the perfect day, but Paul and Shar had only three-and-a-half months to plan theirs. “I personally loved this, because it forced me to land the plane on decisions and not belabor over menial details that tend to drive the bride crazy (and honestly...details most people don’t even notice or remember),” Shar said of the timeframe for their Lynchburg wedding. The setting was important for the couple. “I was drawn to downtown because it looks very cinematic and rustic,” Shar reminisced, “There’s a certain unfinished charm about it all.” The city itself and some recognizable areas were incorporated into stunning portraits of the newlyweds. The couple took time both before and during the reception to sneak away with their photographer. “Because we were downtown, a lot of things are close together, so it was easy to walk to all of the locations. It also helped that I had on wedges and not stilettos,” recalled Shar. It’s amazing that they were able to hit so many landmarks on their wedding day, which created a lovely glimpse into the Hill City.


Wedding Planning Advice Narrow down the top three things that are most important to you, and plan with those things in mind. Also, the most important thing is that you and your fiancĂŠ get married; the other bells and whistles are just added bonuses.

Favorite Wedding Day Moment When the doors opened for me to walk down the aisle, the first thing I saw was the cross and the second thing I saw was my husband. I fought back tears as God reminded me of the deep love and affection He has for me. I am reminded of that love in the way my husband loves and sacrifices for me. Our wedding day stirred my affections for Jesus in ways I never imaged it would. 21

VENDORS Wedding Coordination - A Little Party Events Photography - Hope Stevens Photography Ceremony Site - Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church Reception Venue - The Glass House Ceremony and Bridal Party Florals The Arrangement Company Caterer - Innovative Catering Cake - Magnolia Foods Pies - Woodruff’s Videography - Hancooked Productions DJ - Julius Thomas (music) & Phil Thomas (emcee) Bride’s Dress - Becky’s Bridal Bridesmaids Dress - Weddington Way Men’s Attire - Men’s Warehouse


Marriage Advice If you’re like us and you and your spouse are very different from one another, it is easy to think the way they do things is wrong. But truthfully, in most cases, different is just different and that’s okay. They don’t have to conform to the way you do things. Be kind in these moments.

Several things were important to Paul and Shar on their wedding day, so they prioritized their list of what mattered most: Honoring God. The presence of certain friends and family. (Both the best man and maid of honor lived overseas.) Having a skilled photographer. Hiring planners to ensure things ran smoothly.


PREFERRED WEDDING PROFESSIONALS We adore our vendors and have faith in them that they can provide a great experience for you! Here's a handy list of our preferred vendors and how you can get a hold of them easily (along with a reference to their ad page numbers).

Photo by Carla Jane Photography


Pharsalia - page 2

Amanda’s Touch Bridal & Formal -


page 2


540-221-4748 www.amandastouch.com

FURNISHINGS & REGISTRY Grand Home Furnishings - page 32

Church Street Bridal - page 13

throughout VA, WV & TN



www.churchstreetbridal.com CAKES & CATERING Love is in the Air - page 12 434-841-3444 www.loveisintheairevents.com Coordination by Tina Lane Events Location at West Manor Estate


Central Virginia Orthodontics - page 1 434-385-4746 www.bracesbycvo.com PHOTOGRAPHERS

Garden Rose Events & Design

Visions by Heather - page 44

inside back cover





Photo by Visions by Heather



Max & Dexter - page 2

A Little Party Events - inside back cover






Tina Lane Events - page 2

it's FOUND vintage - inside back cover




www.facebook.com/itsfoundvintage Photo by Kelly Jacobsen Photography


SPAS AND SALONS Body Works Day Spa & Salon - page 47

Bowen Jewelry Company - page 14




www.bowenjewelry.com Fink's Jewelers - page 9 434-237-6301 www.finks.com

RENTALS Aztec Rental - page 30 434-385-5116 www.aztecrental.com


Location at Craddock Terry


Love is in the Air - page 12

Lynchburg True Value back inside cover






Make a list of your favorite vendors to contact here!

Hill City Bride Wedding Blog inside back cover Wedding inspiration 3x/week www.hillcitybride.com Lynchburg Bridal Expo October 8 & February 4 www.lynchburgbridalexpo.com Lynchburg Wedding Week - page 44 February 1–4 www.lynchburgweddingweek.com TRANSPORTATION Lexington Carriage Company - page 30 540-463-5647 www.lexcarriage.com VENUES

Photo by Melissa Diane Photography

Craddock Terry Hotel - page 43 434-455-1500 www.craddockterryhotel.com Entwined Events - back cover 434-933-3300 www.entwinedevents.com Old City Cemetery Museums & Arboretum - page 32 434-847-1465 www.gravegarden.org/weddings Pharsalia - page 2 434-277-5231

Event Design by Max & Dexter

www.pharsaliaevents.com Photo by Demi Mabry Photography

Photo by K Jugar Photography

Timberlake Tavern - page 3 434-665-7435 www.timberlaketavern.com Weddings at LU - front inside cover 434-592-3511 www.liberty.edu/weddings

Thank you also to the many vendors who provided content for our Volume 2 2017 issue, who are all credited with their respective work.

Jewelry by Bowen Jewelry Company

Location at Weddings at LU


Luke & Michelle A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING ON A BUDGET When it comes to weddings, talking about budget can be deflating, right? After all, with inspiration from Pinterest and celebrity weddings, it’s easy to dream. Yet adhering to a budget can make grand ideas seem out of reach. Luke and Michelle met at a local coffee shop where Michelle was employed. “One day, I came into work and there was a cute guy sitting at one of the tables. I finally thought of a way I could say ‘hello’ and the story could not have ended better,” she reminisces.


This couple planned their wedding on a budget and prioritized what was important. Michelle offers, “Photography was on the top of my list...when thinking of the wedding day, photos were important to me because it captured the teary smiles during the precious moments and the expressions that I may not have been able to see, but now get to cherish. Photos last a lifetime, I love that I am able to look back and remember every sweet moment of the best day ever.� What sage advice to invest in something that lasts well beyond the wedding day!


Planning a wedding was a little challenging for Michelle due to the fact that Luke was deployed, so she relied on family and her wedding planner to help with decision making. Some may think it’s counterintuitive to hire someone to help plan and manage the wedding if you have a strict budget, but often they can save you money and headaches in the long run. “Our wedding planner helped me tremendously because she is a professional who was emotionally disconnected from the wedding and was able to provide reason and stability during the ‘freak out’ moments of planning a wedding on a budget, “ advises Michelle. “She was able to keep me on track in regards to timeline and budget while offering creative solutions to problems that arose.” Despite the need to keep track of finances, Luke and Michelle had an absolutely lovely day, and it showed. “Planning a wedding on a budget can call for sacrifice at times because it requires letting go of some items that ‘typical’ weddings have. However, our wedding day genuinely reflected who we are and the relationship that we have because we were so selective - less was really more,” says Michelle. Working within a budget gave Michelle and Luke a stunning, memorable day that was a perfect celebration of their love.

VENDORS Photography - Adam Barnes Photography Planning, Design and Rentals - Max & Dexter Event Design Ceremony - Oak Ridge Estate Reception - Old Metropolitan Hall Wedding Gown - Vera Wang at David’s Bridal Bridesmaids’ Dresses - BHLDN Florals - Bloom by Doyle’s Makeup and Hair - Bethany Bell Cake - MacKenzie Snavely Caterer - The Great Room Invitations - hand painted by the bride and her mom, printed by Service Printing 28

Favorite Wedding Day Moment Our favorite moment of the wedding day was by far the first look. When he turned around, the expression was priceless and that moment with him will be one I cherish forever. The stress of the wedding melted away when we saw each other and realized that we made it and were beginning our lives together.

Advice About Wedding Planning Build in times throughout the planning process and the wedding day to savor the moment...make sure that you steal all of the happy tears, memories, hugs, and laughs along the way.

Advice About Marriage Do not be concerned with the little things because everything will come together. You are getting married because you want to be together, nothing else matters.


For Your Perfect Fairytale

photo: Kathy Jennings Photography

Horse Drawn Carriage Services for Special Occassions Wedding Services ~ Lexington, Virginia Historical Tours www.lexcarriage.com . 540.463.5647 . facebook.com/lexcarriage


Getting Married in VA Getting married in Virginia? Be sure to get a marriage license! You and your spouse-to-be can obtain a license through any Virginia Circuit Court Clerk. Check www.courts.state.va.us for a listing. Licenses are valid for 60 days and cost $30. Head to www.virginia.org for more detailed information on sites and officiants. You most both be 18 years old - be sure to take an actual certified copy of your birth certificate. If you're under 18, you will need notarized consent from a parent or legal guardian to tie the knot. Also take along a valid driver's license, military ID, state ID or passport for identification. Who can marry you? Great question! Be sure to get an ordained minister (who can show proof of ordination), a marriage commissioner, justice of the peace or a judge. Be sure to make getting a marriage license part of your pre-wedding plans (yes, some couples have forgotten!).

Quick note: Guidelines do change at times, so please head to www.courts.state.va.us to contact your local Circuit Court Clerk's office.

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photo by Melissa Batman Photography of The Arrangement Company’s centerpiece

professionals experience dozens of events each year. Although it’s natural to think of wedding

I’ve been encouraged to see the growing interest in incorporating local-grown

planners, photographers,

flowers and seasonal fruits and veggies being used in the centerpiece designs.

florists and the like, one group

It’s definitely a less wasteful alternative to the whole centerpiece idea, and the

of individuals gains wedding

left overs can be either be canned, donated to charity or composted. It also

experience in a different way.

decreases the carbon footprint of the wedding day by avoiding huge shipping

Wedding bloggers have hundreds

costs for out of season/non local blooms.

of weddings cross their computer screens, which helps them keep up with what’s en vogue around the world.

Danielle Calhoun Black Sheep Bride - devoted to giving back and wasting less www.blacksheepbride.com

We polled this group of international experts to get their take on favorite trends, meaningful moments and timeless classics. Listen to their sage advice, and take a peek at their blogs while you’re at it!

I love the trend of foliage at weddings. There is something so amazing about seeing a blank canvas transformed with just greenery. I am particularly in love with using unique elements like herbs to add beautiful texture (and smell!) to a celebration. Dorothy Polka Polka Dot Bride - a feel good wedding blog www.polkadotbride.com photo by Mackenzie Leigh Photography


Looking for ways to remember



photo by Visions by Ashley Lester Photography with florals by Arrington Flowers

photo by Megan Garrison Photography



passed loved ones at your wedding? Here are ideas from local brides. 1. This bride incorporated one of her father’s ties into her bouquet. 2. After her father passed, this bride carried a heart filled with his ashes along with her bouquet. 3. The groom’s mother’s wedding band was incorporated into the bride’s bouquet. 4. Carrying the dog tag of a deceased loved one honors their memory and service. 5. A seat was saved for the groom’s mother during the ceremony. 6. Photos of a passed loved one can serve as a subtle reminder. 7. A simple photo collage honors those who are deceased. photo by C Howell Photography

photo by Kidd Photography




photo by Visions by Heather Photography

photo by Visions by Heather Photography

photo by Visions by Heather Photography

I’m in love with the timeless trend of remembering loved ones who have

Chelsea LaVere

passed. Whether it’s an empty front seat at the ceremony, a memorial

Tidewater and Tulle - celebrating

bouquet charm, or a photo frame collage at the reception, these details

love, weddings, and travel for

always squeeze my heart. Remembering those who are unable to be there

Coastal VA

in person is such a wonderful way to honor their memory and have them be a part of the celebration.


I’m loving seeing more and more couples incorporating inspiration from their hometown(s) into the big day. We can’t forget where we come from, and simple touches like local treats in hotel welcome bags, bridal party portraits at an iconic hometown location, or even something as epic as a Pittsburgh cookie table (Google it!) are all great ideas. Plus, it gives out-of-town guests an easy opportunity to learn something about your city! Victoria Deardorff Burgh Brides - dedicated to inspiring, showcasing,and celebrating Pittsburgh weddings w ww.burghbrides.com 34

I’m in love with the emerging trend of plus size brides feeling that they can show off their curves. For so long, curvy and plus size brides have been told to stick to A-line dresses or dresses that cover up their bodies, and forget about about wedding gowns that hug their shape and showcase their curves. I just love this new empowerment that showing off your curves is ok. And can I say, we look amazing doing it! Shafonne Myers Pretty Pear Bride - bringing bridal inspiration to plus size brides  www.prettypearbride.com You incorporate the latest decor, fashion and music into your wedding, so why not do the same with food? I love seeing wedding menus focused on a fun and memorable presentation, such a liquid nitrogen desserts and family style serving and plating! Anna Coats Marry Me Tampa Bay - wedding inspiration and top wedding pros from Tampa, FL w ww.marrymetampabay.com photo by Say Say Photo

At first, I wasn’t a big fan of the “greenery” trend. But lately, it has grown on me, especially the glamorous take on greenery. Now, I am all over greenery table garlands mixed with peonies or a bundle of candles. Or a greenery garland decorating a venue staircase for a fairytale effect. Yet, my favorite feature of the trend is how it can be incorporated in almost every element of the wedding from invites and hair accessories to the ceremony and the cake. Alejandra Baca-Rodrigues Belle The Magazine - featuring chic wedding ideas and inspiration w ww.bellethemagazine.com photo by Visions by Heather Photography


I always love seeing the creative ways in which couples are incorporating DIY or handmade projects into their weddings. There’s a common misconception that DIY is always about saving money, but in many cases I see couples creating and crafting things themselves to put more personal touches into their wedding details. Whether they choose to make a special family cookie recipe to give as wedding favors or opt to sew fabric bunting to use as decor, there are so many ways to further personalize the day with DIY. Jessica Bishop The Budget Savvy Bride - inspiration for planning a beautiful wedding on a budget www.thebudgetsavvybride.com

photo by Kate Coogan Art & Image

A pretty common theme we are seeing is couples eloping at the courthouse with immediate family for the ceremony and then having a big party at their homes in lieu of a traditional ceremony and reception. Jen Siomacco C atalyst Wedding Co. - love, sex and marriage for the feminists, LGBTQ+ community and woke folk w ww.catalystwedco.com

photo by Allegra’s Studio

Here in Dubai, we are seeing more A wedding should be a reflection

and more couples embrace organic,

of the couple, and one trend I’ve

earthy and foliage themed weddings.

loved seeing is how couples are

Outdoor weddings are becoming

incorporating things that they

the norm during peak season, with

find fun and entertaining into

couples opting for lawn or courtyard

their celebration. From lawn

weddings that feature greenery, with

games to s’mores bars to bouncy

lots of foliage and locally sourced

castles, they’re adding a whole

blooms for decor. Beaches and

new level of personalization that

ballrooms will always have their place

also helps up the fun ante during

in Dubai, but it’s exciting to see this

their reception.

global trend pick up speed here in the

Christen Evans

city of dreams

The Minimalist Wedding a place for simply celebrating love. www.theminimalistwedding.com

Rhiannon Downie-Hurst Bride Club ME - United Arab Emirates’ award winning wedding inspiration w ww.brideclubme.com


photo by Kidd Photography

Mismatched bridesmaids dresses! It’s so perfect that a part of me no longer considers it as a “trend”. I am convinced that the idea of mismatched bridesmaids dresses is here to stay as brides and bridesmaids not only realize how economical it is but also how true it is to individual styles. Gee Asaam Knotsvilla - inspiring and educating couples for planning a memorable wedding w ww.knotsvilla.com

A trend I’m loving is grooms becoming more and more involved in every aspect of the wedding planning. Over the last few years, grooms have been really impressing us all by adopting great style, but now many of them are getting super involved with wedding planning too - it’s wonderful! I often get emails from grooms, asking me questions, and they are often jointly (or solely!) filling out the wedding reports for our real Jewish weddings. Their increased involvement is fantastic! Karen Cinnamon Smashing The Glass - inspiring you to have your Jewish (or Jew-ish!) wedding your way Photo by Demi Mabry Photography

w ww.smashingtheglass.com

I’m so glad to see that couples are able - and willing - to make their day their own. Whether they desire a traditional church wedding and ballroom reception or to say “I do” in a field followed by a casual picniclike reception, it’s refreshing to see couples interpret their wedding day into just that - THEIR day. Jennifer Prince Hill City Bride - ideas to inspire Virginia brides photo by Kate Coogan Art & Image

w ww.hillcitybride.com 37


Your wedding is a day for celebration. A time to gather with family and friends as you begin a new life together. But if you are considering a DIY event, gathering those family and friends long before the day itself is essential. Such was the case with Chris and Caitlin’s wedding - and the results were stunning! “We wanted our wedding to feel personal and true to us as a couple and luckily, we have a lot of creative friends

to support a local cause while soaking in the benefits

whose skills are perfect for weddings,” offers Caitlin.

of the beauty of Lynchburg Grows, which also provided

Their friends helped in areas such as floral design, hand

their caterer with locally grown vegetables. The bonus?

lettering, officiating, hairstyling and organizing and

The Hillcats were playing the same day, so their guests

facilitating the ceremony, which personalized their day

enjoyed a complimentary fireworks show.

even more. Caitlin adds, “The influence our friends had

And why DIY? Caitlin advises, “I had a fairly specific

on our wedding was apparent from beginning to end, and

vision for how I wanted our wedding to look and felt that

highlighting their talents was one of the absolute best

the best way to accomplish that was to piece everything

parts of the weekend.”

together ourselves. It was also important that our

Originally scheduled at a North Garden farm, plans

wedding be as eco-friendly and economical as possible,

changed for this Virginia Tech couple just a mere three

which can be a challenging balance.” The use of palm

months before their wedding. Their officiant suggested

leaf plates, bamboo flatware and compostable cups were

Lynchburg Grows, which offered exactly what they were

environmentally friendly choices made for their wedding.

looking for. “The more we thought about it, the more it

They also borrowed or purchased the vases and brass

made sense. It was really important to us that we had

candlesticks, and Caitlin hand dyed the table runners

an outdoor wedding, and the greenhouses provided the

with her friend. “There were certainly a few bumps in the

perfect backdrop. The setting was industrial but natural

road but the end result of all the DIY elements definitely

with all the plant life, and we were still married on a

surpassed our expectations,” adds Caitlin.

farm – an urban farm,” reminisces Caitlin. They were able


Wedding Planning Advice Delegate. Particularly for a DIY wedding, delegation is an absolute must. Chris did 50% or more of the wedding planning and without him, I wouldn’t have made it through. Also, friends and family members genuinely want to help out and enlisting their support can really take the pressure off.


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Marriage Advice Individuality. Chris and I agree that one of the biggest reasons our relationship is so successful is because we both maintain our sense of independence and individuality within the relationship. For us, the result is a relationship with abundant trust, romance, and appreciation for one another.

Favorite Wedding Day Moment There were so many great moments from the first moment Chris and I saw one another to hearing everyone laugh as Chris read an excerpt from The Princess Bride during our ceremony but by far and away, my favorite moment was looking out over the dance floor and seeing all of our favorite people boogie down! It gave me this overwhelming feeling of pure joy that honestly took my breath away and it’s a moment that I will never forget.


Let’s Get Social using social media for your big day

Ok, let’s admit it. We all spend a good

• Search hashtags to find vendors,

bridesmaids or mom who lives out

deal of time on social media, right?

styles and ideas. Looking for

of town.

After all, it contains news, pics and

#weddingflowers or #bridalmakeup?

• Create a group Pinterest board. To

updates from friends...not to mention

There’s a hashtag for that! Also

alleviate the gazillion “look what I

a whole host of memes and kitten

search for localized ones like

found” texts that you can’t keep track


#virginiaweddings and our favorite

of, why not create a group Pinterest

Recently, I had the opportunity to

#hillcitybride. Even your wedding

board? Share it with your wedding

chat with brides at A Little Lunch

professionals may have a unique

planner, attendants and family

and Learn about using social media

hashtag like #sorellafarms.

so everyone can share ideas and

to its fullest. When it comes to

• Utilize group messaging. Let’s face

comment on what they love.

the socialsphere, tools - especially

it. Group texts (oh my!) and email

• Save images on Instagram. Have

Instagram - can help you plan, curate

chains can be impossible to navigate,

a phone filled with screenshots

and relay information.

but if you formulate a group message

of Instagram ideas? If you’re not

Before you start putting

on Instagram or Facebook, it gives

familiar with the “save” feature, you

information out there about

everyone an easy way to catch up

need to start using it right away!

your own wedding details, be

on the conversation. This is perfect

Click the tiny banner to the bottom

sure to think about what you are

for sharing ideas privately with your

communicating and how you are getting that information across. • Consider who is seeing your posts. From savvy grandparents to friends who are also getting married, be sure to think about who comprises your social media following. • Realize you may be offending people. Yes, there are those who won’t be invited, so try to be sensitive when you can. • Maintain a little bit of mystery. Planning is exciting, but be sure to leave some surprises for the big day! • Don’t be negative. Keep things positive and upbeat if you can. • Be sure you and your fiancé are on the same page. What you think may be perfect to share may be TMI for your fiancé (or vice versa). Now the fun part! When it comes to planning, searching for ideas via your device can be done anywhere at any time. Photos by Visions by Heather Photography


right of the image to keep your

names or even time of year to come

favorites. Convenient! You can also

up with a unique way for guests to

use the save feature on Facebook to

tag your images. It’s also fun for

revisit pertinent articles, links and

those who can’t make it to catch up


on what’s going on.

• Join local groups for brides-to-be.

• Communicate expectations to

Check your area to see if there is a

your guests. Ok, let’s chat a moment

group for like minded brides (hint

about all of those smartphones that

- search Hill City Brides to request

distract others at weddings (heaven

to join ours). It’s a great way to ask

forbid if it’s a view-blocking tablet!).

questions, find out the local scoop

Have a creative sign at your wedding

and also offload a few items post-

entrance to clarify if you are having


a phone free “unplugged” ceremony,

• Follow those whose work you love. A

or if you’re game for all the snapshots

particular vendor overseas or on the

everyone can muster. A great hybrid

opposite coast may have stellar ideas

is to say no photos until you’re

that you can translate into your own

pronounced as a couple. That way

day for those who can not attend or

wedding scheme.

you can face your guests while they

for you to view later. Snapchat can be

cheer and take pictures as you walk

utilized in the same way, and don’t

together back down the aisle.

forget to create a custom filter.

know you’ll have friends and

• Take it live! Facebook Live and

So fun!

family who want to share images.

Instagram Stories give you the

It’s an exciting day!

opportunity for a shoutout here

Once your wedding day hits, the social media doesn’t stop. You

• Have a unique hashtag. The creativity of some wedding hashtags is amazing. Think about combinations revolving around your

and there. If you don’t have time (well, you probably won’t!) to do this yourself, designate a friend to document and post segments of your

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MAKING THE BIG APPLE A PART OF YOUR BIG DAY If you were to say the word “apple” in the early 1920s, someone might think you were referring to a city - any city, in fact. But if you talked about the “big apple” they would know that you were referring to something larger, something huge... New York City (NYC). Those humble origins for the nickname of the city show just how exciting and sought after time in The Big Apple has been for decades. Almost a century later, New York City’s appeal hasn’t waned. For visitors from across the sea or across the state, it is considered a destination whether one is conducting business or desires to soak in the vast culture. The City That Never Sleeps draws crowds looking for an experience. After all, with NYC being a hub for art, history, fashion and cuisine, it attracts travelers for a variety of reasons. A destination easily accessible by car, train and plane, it is a “must” for any travel bucket list. You may even consider making New York City a part of your wedding experience. Here’s how.

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Shortlist of Things to Do in NYC


1. Take in a Broadway or OffBroadway show.

For the couple who is looking for a getaway to say “I do,” NYC is the

2. Soak in the sights in Times Square.

while you say your nuptial vows.

3. Window shop (or shop for real) in the many beautiful stores.

One such location is The Library Hotel, which was built in 1912 and has

4. Visit an art museum, such as the The Met or The Museum of Modern Art.

particular hotel is a stone’s throw from Grand Central Station and allows

perfect place. Rooftop venues offer stunning views overlooking the city

nods to books and the Dewey Decimal System peppered throughout. This you to elope at its rooftop Bookmarks Lounge. If going solo isn’t your style, The Library Hotel also offers the option of a

5. Observe the beautiful architecture.

daytime, boutique style event accommodating sixty guests for a wedding,

6. Take a walk (be sure to hold hands!) through Central Park.

reception and cocktail hour in stunning rooftop style. Such an event

7. Visit Chelsea Market’s food vendors.

encompasses the entire 14th floor, which is made up of The Writer’s Den and the Poetry Garden (separated by a lavish bar space in between). Have a destination wedding.

8. Grab lunch on the go, sit by the river and take in the skyline.

Not only are there a plethora of options for your wedding ceremony,

9. Stop in the Museum of Natural History.

Modern Art and Radio City Music Hall, will provide your guests with

10. Experience Chinatown.

but reserving a block of rooms at Hotel Elysée, close to The Museum of beautiful accommodations along with a staff that is knowledgeable and helpful. Friends and family will be delighted to attend your urban wedding, and they will find things to do in the city both before and after your event. The Hotel Elysée is a fifteen story delight that offers a variety of accommodations. From demure rooms with a queen bed up through luxurious Presidential Suites (and everything in between), the hotel offers a variety of spaces that are perfect for sleeping. Brides can also use the rooms for lounging and getting ready with her bridesmaids before leaving for the wedding. The suites within the Hotel Elysée also make for stunning bridal portraits.


Hotel Elysee above and below

Plan your honeymoon (or anniversary) trip. For the couple who loves the arts and culture, New York City offers a plethora of things to do. Booking accommodations at either the Hotel Elysée or The Library Hotel is a must as is a stop into Bread & Tulips, an Italian inspired restaurant in the base of Hotel Giraffe. With handmade pasta, brick oven pizza, and tiramisu made by a local bakery (my favorite!), this restaurant has ambience for the couple looking for a romantic culinary fest for two. Their cocktail menu also boasts several creative offerings. The staff at either hotel can also make local recommendations for activities and point you in the right direction. These sister hotels also offer complimentary continental breakfast and a wine and cheese reception in the early evening. For the couple on the go, it’s nice to be able to wake up and have coffee and sustenance, plus The Library Hotel (Above & Below) Photos by Kristy May Photography

having a glass of wine accompanied by fruit and cheese is delightful before hitting the town for dinner. Oh, and if you are concerned about working off that dinner, a stay at The Library Hotel or Hotel Elysée includes passes to the nearby New York Sports Club. Whether you are starting your

Jennifer Prince was delighted to visit NYC compliments of The Library Hotel Collection. Follow her adventures at #travellikeaprince on Instagram.

marriage or merely celebrating it, make The Big Apple a part of your big day. I think those people in the roaring 20s were on to something...safe travels!


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Absorbing & Adventurous Books to Take on Your Honeymoon

After the planning, anticipation, and excitement of your wedding, your honeymoon is a chance to relax and enjoy quality time together. Regardless of your destination, reading together is a great way to unwind. My husband, Bryan, and I are big readers, and when I considered some of our favorite books, I realized that many of them are about journeys, both literal and figurative. As the first stop in the journey of your marriage, your honeymoon is the perfect time to read books about new beginnings. Read on for my “his and hers” picks, and feel free to share – that’s a big part of marriage, after all!

HERS Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - When it comes to journeys, time

Uprooted by Naomi

travel is the most dramatic sort you can take. In this epic novel

Novik - In this fantasy

that is part historical fiction, part romance, and part adventure,

tale, beautiful and

a WWII nurse travels through time and falls in love with a

talented young women

dashing man in 18th century Scotland.

from a quiet village are

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri - Although each beautifully-written short story in this collection is about a different set of characters, a common thread of change – and the many ways we adjust to that change – runs through all of them.

selected every ten years to serve the seemingly dangerous wizard who protects the village from dark forces. When an unlikely young woman is selected, she has no idea how much her life is about to change. Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes - Mayes, who attended Randolph College, is a food-and-


travel writer. Her memoir, which was adapted into a popular film starring Diane Lane, is a charming and richly-detailed

The Five Love

account of her journey to Tuscany and her restoration of an

Languages: The Secret

abandoned villa there.

to Love that Lasts by Dr. Gary Chapman - If you and your spouse


are looking for a book A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson - Bryson’s autobiographical

that will help you strengthen your

account of his journey on the Appalachian Trail is laugh-out-

marriage, I highly recommend The

loud funny, touching, and life-affirming.

Five Love Languages. You will discover how you and your spouse prefer

Armada by Ernest Cline - Pop culture references

to show and receive love and how

abound in this science fiction tale about a

to effectively communicate those

gamer who finds himself in a new reality – one where he has

preferences to each other as you

to save the world from alien invaders.

embark on this exciting new

Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second

journey together.

Chances by Leland Melvin - Lynchburg’s own Leland Melvin, engineer and former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver, overcame huge setbacks before making it to space. Read about his many journeys in this heartfelt and inspirational memoir. The Martian by Andy Weir - This fictional survival story set on Mars is a nail-biter, but it’s also hilarious and highly practical. The movie is great, but the book is even better. 48

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Clutch Wedding II 2017  

Four real weddings and an adorable styled shoot are the capstone for this idea filled issue.

Clutch Wedding II 2017  

Four real weddings and an adorable styled shoot are the capstone for this idea filled issue.