December in Nashville

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.)
  • Jeni’s Ice Cream (multiple locations!)
  • Crema Coffee (near downtown)
  • Merchant (on Broadway)

Things We Did:

  • Bicentennial Mall State Park (We loved reading about the 200 years of history of the State of Tennessee! Such a pretty park, too.)
  • Country Music Hall of Fame (My second time but I enjoyed it! My husband said, and I quote, “This will be more interesting in twenty years.” Hahah.)
  • Driving around East Nashville looking at all the pretty homes! The area is booming!
  • Walking around The Gulch and browsing through Two Old Hippies
  • Walking down Broadway Street… touristy to the max, but it’s gotta be done.
  • Strolling through historic Franklin and all of the shops!
  • 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.)
  • Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge. It’s a pretty drive from Franklin to the bridge! 

And now for some photo commentary by yours truly… Randy and I posing in front of the Parthenon. A completely random but cool replication of the Parthenon in Greece.

Spending the afternoon walking around Nashville with our little bud, Rowdy. He was pretty h appy.

I didn’t take many photos with “my real camera” during our time away, but did bring it out for a quick mini-session with Kristen and her family. Love these solos of Rowdy.

Kristen is expecting her second baby this March! So excited for their family.

Immensely thankful to Kristen for these photos of Randy and I. 

Sooo many of my iPhone images didn’t make it onto Instagram… so here you have it, one giant Nashville collage! Happy Friday, everyone!



  1. Hunter B

    December 19th, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    I went on a family trip to Nashville last week too! We had such a fun time and it was a great time of the year to go. We saw Amy Grant and Vince Gill’s Christmas show at the Ryman and it totally put us in the holiday mood. We also went to the Frothy Monkey twice because the local cider was AMAZING (did you try it!?)! And we walked around The Gulch as well, it was so nice! Glad you had a great trip!

  2. Jamie Delaine

    January 20th, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Hunter! I just saw this comment now!! Crazy that we were in Nash around the same time! We didn’t try the local cider… but we had friends who went to the Ryman Vince Gill show!!

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