I'm a wedding and portrait photographer living in Vancouver, BC with my husband Randy. I photographed my first wedding when I was only 17 years old - and I've photographed over 200 weddings since! I am an avid bookworm, lover of green tea, pretty nail polish & my Labradoodle Harley. Thanks for visiting!
Ohhh, this week away in Nashville together was such a gift. Nashville is a pretty special city to me. During my “single years” (between the ages of 18 and 22, hahah!) my career allowed me the freedom to travel a lot. I was constantly on the go (not we live that slowly now! ;)) and there were two cities in particular I returned to many years in a row: Nashville and Montreal. (My urban taste is diverse, apparently.) During the winter–my photography off-season–it was in both these cities I visited friends while also spending time alone, reading, dreaming, journalling, wondering about what the future would hold.
Since Randy and I started dating, we’ve talked about visiting Nashville together. He went for the first time a few years back but I wasn’t able to come along… and then he went again this summer without me! ;) Finally, this December we were able to plan a week away to visit the city we both love so much together. It was the perfect balance of time spent with friends for five nights in the suburbs coupled with two nights at a gorgeous AirBnB in the 12th South neighbourhood of Nashville. (If you want to book the same one, you should! Tell Emily that Jamie Delaine sent you! ;))
A few highlights from our time in Nashville:
Listening to Live Music
Seeing Dave Barnes‘ Christmas concert at the Schermerhorn Symphony Centre. We loved this concert so much. Randy’s not even a fan of Christmas music and had never listened to Dave Barnes before but went along for me. He loved it, too! Dave is hilarious and a super talented musician. He also had a myriad of special guests which was fun, including Hilary Scott from Lady Antebellum. Loved every minute of it.
Went back to the Symphony Centre to hear Jonny Lang play the blues! It was a birthday gift from Randy’s mom back home. Really fun to listen to a totally different style of music than we usually do. He’s insanely talented. Also – there was a lady in her late sixties in front of us who literally stood the whole concert with two peace signs high in the air. Everyone else was seated. She was probably Jonny Lang’s #1 fan…
Spent a Sunday evening at 3rd and Lindsley, one of Nashville’s best music venues! We came early to grab a good table for the show and heard a couple artists for the first time: The Wood Brothers.
Trying Food/Coffee Places:
Gray’s on Main (in Franklin – live music venue and also great bar food!!)
Frothy Monkey (both in Franklin and Nashville – cute coffee shop with good breakfast!)
Fido Coffee (I went a handful of times years ago… but now it seems lines are always out the door!!)
Urban Grub for Randy’s birthday dinner (in 12 South – amaaaazing food and service. Pricey but fun for a celebration!)
Edgehill Cafe for brunch (Decor is amazing. Brunch was nothing special…)
Mas Tacos in East Nashville (Super hipster, super good. Tortilla soup is fabulous.)
Bartaco in 12 South (Sooo good we went twice in one day. Get one of everything. Can’t go wrong. Haha!)
Peg Leg Porker in the Gulch, Nashville (I don’t like Southern food… this was a sacrifice for my husband.)
Spending a full Saturday with my bff Kristen and her husband Caleb and son Rowdy. This is the cute family you’ll see later in this post. ;) So glad they were able to stop in Nashville on their drive from Oklahoma to Maryland for Christmas.
Spent an hour wandering through the vintage shops and galleries at Leipers Fork. (Apparently Puckett’s grocery store is an awesome place to listen to live music and people watch… the word on the street is Justin Timberlake moved into a new home 3 miles from here.)