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Happy 5 Months! (Our Wedding: The Preparations)

22 Jun

In honor of our 5-month anniversary, I decided today would be a great time to post some wedding details. It was a wonderful, long day, and there is sooo much I want to share… so I decided to break everything up into a few posts. Here’s a little about everything leading up the walk down the aisle (and a whole lot of pictures to help illustrate)!

Saturday, January 22, 2011.  When I woke up on this chilly January morning, with bits of snow still lingering on the ground, I knew that my life was about to change forever. I was excited, nervous, scared, thrilled, emotional, and still somehow floating above it all.  It was the weirdest feeling knowing that the day we had been planning for was here. All the planning, debating, deciding, arguing, crying, laughing, etc. was over and it all came down to this one day. It was a bittersweet feeling for sure.  Going to sleep in my bed at my parents home the night before  (my last night as a single woman) was strangely sad. I remember laying awake, teary-eyed, feeling like this huge part of my life was all coming to an end.  No little girl wants to “leave” her family, and that was a hard thing to say goodbye to. But every little girl wants to find her prince. 🙂  And that’s when the teary-eyed (25-year-old) little girl turned into an excited, butterfly-in-stomach, optimistic bride.  I woke up knowing that this change, however bittersweet, was such an exciting new adventure and I couldn’t wait to begin my new life with Pratt.

Having my best friends and family surrounding me all day as I prepared for my wedding was so special.  Those memories are something I will always cherish. I was able to keep my emotional composure all day, right up until I walked down to my groom.  Just as everyone left me alone in the bridal room to begin the processional, and the music started to play while they began walking down the aisle… I felt my heart skip a beat and my eyes started welling up.  It was real. Standing alone in that moment as all of our loved ones went to the front of the room to witness and support our union, it hit me like a rock. Our lives were changing and all of these people were here for us.  It was surreal.

But enough of the story… here are some of my favorite shots from pre-ceremony.

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Here’s a little credit to the people who made the day possible…

  • Ceremony & Reception:  Houston Station, Nashville, TN
  • Photographer:  Mary Rosenbaum.  Amazing.  I would recommend Mary to absolutely anyone.  She’s so easy-going and sweet, and she’s beyond talented. (As you can see for yourself). We love love love Mary.
  • Videographer:  First Dance Pictures  (I’ve linked to their blog post from our wedding 🙂 ) This husband/wife team were super easy to work with and did an awesome job for a great price! Check them out!
  • Bakery:  The Bake Shoppe  They did my sister’s wedding cakes and did an awesome job, so we employed them for ours as well.  Couldn’t have done a better job.  Just what we wanted.  (check back later for pictures of our fun cakes).
  • Hair & Makeup:  Amy Lynn Larwig.  Awesome girl.  Did a great job on my hair and worked around some annoying skin issues I had going on (at such an inopportune time).
  • Month-Of Planner:  Kristin Kaplan.  We hired Kristin to help us with the month-of planning she was such a sigh of relief.  She allowed us the opportunity to really enjoy the day while she took on all of the little annoying details and communications with vendors.  She did a wonderful job.
  • Coffee & Favors:  Noteable Blends.  We knew we loved the idea of a coffee bar, and it just so happened that there was a private coffee club located right inside our wedding venue.  AND, they did weddings.  Scott (the owner) was incredibly knowledgeable about all things coffee and tea and spent hours talking to my husband and I before the wedding.  He rolled his beautiful cart into our reception to provide hot chocolates, coffees, teas, etc for our guests.  He also created a custom blend for my husband and I and made small bags to hand out as favors.  We love this!! Very smart guy. GREAT coffee.
  • Paper Goods:  Izzy and the Bean.  The girl was great to work with.  She made our invitations, guest book poster, and program poster for us.  Everything was reasonably priced and completed very quickly.
  • Attire:  Bridal gown was Jim Hjelm, bridesmaid dresses were Anthropologie, and tuxes were from Street Tuxedo.

Do We Really Have to ‘Share the Road’?

23 Jun

Do you know what’s really annoying???  Well, wait… Let me back up.  I try to keep my postings on the positive side (hard as that may be at times) because listening to people complain and whine all day is just obnoxious and nobody cares about your problems….but sometimes I need a rant… this is one of those times.

So, like I was saying, you know what’s really annoying?  Bikers.  Not the leather-wearing motor-powered kind.  No no, the spandex-wearing, in-shape, annoying kind.  (I guess, technically, they’re called “cyclists”, but that’s too hard to say. So they’re bikers)  And I’m not just saying that because I’m envious of their motivation and willpower to get out and perform some kind of physical activity or because of the bodies that result from such activity… nope.  These people want to die.  And that’s not just annoying, it’s rude.  I guess I could be a tad more specific with my ranting:  I hate people who bike on Tyne (or similar roads).  For those of you who don’t live in Nashville or know where Tyne is… Just imagine a windy, hilly, tree-smothered road with ZERO shoulders and frequent drop-offs.  Now imagine 2 bikers enjoying their spandexed-out morning excercise as everyone in the world is trying to get to work… in a hurry, no less.  It’s so dangerous and so dumb.  If I come around a corner and can’t see you until the last-minute, and there’s a car coming towards me in the other lane… you leave me two choices:  (a) swerve into a tree and die or (b) hit you.  Don’t make me chose.  Seriously though, it’s a scary situation for all parties.  These bikers like to put everyone in danger.  You people should take your exercising and environmentally–friendly ways elsewhere.  Go to a park or something.  There are places created specifically with bikers in mind.  I get that you enjoy a challenge…. but I doubt you want the life-or-death kind.

And, not to mention Nashville has the worst drivers.  Ever.  I’m not even joking.  I can make this observation since I was born and raised (and learned to drive) in Georgia.  In Georgia, we were tought to follow the basic rules of the road, you know… turn signals, red lights, minimum speed limits, etc etc.  Apparently, everyone in Nashville was tought that these “rules” were more of “guidelines” that nobody chooses to follow.  You may think I’m exaggerating, but you just wait.  Next time someone pulls rapidly out in front of you (causing you to slam on your breaks) only to go 10 miles UNDER then speed limit and eventually tun off the road .3 miles later…. check the tags.  It’s a Tennessean.  They’re in no hurry and you won’t know which direction they’re going at a 4-way-stop.  Oh man, 4-way-stops and Tennesseans could be an entire post on its own.  I think you get the idea though, so I’ll spare you.

Let’s recap:  Inconsiderate bikers are annoying and have a death wish. Nashville residents cheated their way through driver’s school.  These two facts make a scary combination for all innocent and rule-following commuters.

OH- and did you know there’s an entire website out there dedicated to my rantings??  It’s called anticyclist.com and it’s a liiiiiittle overboard, but funny.  I don’t hate bikers, I just want them out of my way 😉

** And as I searched for a nice bike picture to include with this post, I was suddenly bombarded with a bevy of highly disturbing pictures of naked bike riders.  Yet another reason these people just need to stay at home and eat chips.  No good can come from naked bike rides.**

Locality: Whiskey Kitchen

9 Mar

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to try out a new local hangout in Nashville.  A friend of mine from Atlanta had been excited to try out Whiskey Kitchen after seeing it pop up everywhere alongside the names of various Nashville celebs who were in attendance at some point.  So on Friday night, we ventured out. This place is located at 118 12th Avenue South.  (I didn’t realize this area was considered part of The Gulch… apparently it is).

We got there at about 9PM and were told there was an hour and forty-five minute wait for a table, but the bar was full-service.  Two hours for food??  No thanks.  (I do realize that going to a bar on a Friday night is begging for a crowd, but I was hungry, ok?)  We proceeded to creep behind a few people at the bar until the left their seats and we snatched them up.  And it’s a good thing too, because I don’t know that we’d have ever gotten a table!  People were in there to drink and have a good time, and that’s not something done in a timely fashion.  So out of the maybe 15 tables in the place, approximately 2 opened up in the time we were there.  Now, it may not have been exactly classy to eat an entire meal at the bar… but we had no shame.  Hunger is not my friend and I’m not afraid to chow down in front of a crowd.

It was super-busy and pretty loud.  People were having to shout, and even having a conversation with my friend, 6 inches away, was a bit of a challenge.  But, the atmosphere was good.  People were happy, having a good time, and the music was decent.  (There was a DJ spinning all night, not exactly what I was expecting from a place with this name, but I guess they’re trying to attract a certain crowd… and playing slow-cooked southern music might bring out a bunch of cowboy hat-wearing hicks that could ruin their “trendy” vibe)  Mission accomplished. No cowboy hats here.

My Run-Down:

Drinks were Pretty reasonably priced (for the type of bar this is).  Jack+Cokes were $6.50/each but my Vanilla Sky was a whopping $9.50.  (I justified it at the time because I never get out much anymore, but wow).

The food was delicious.  Like I mentioned, we ate our entire meal at the bar with people reaching around us for drinks the entire time, but it was worth it to have a seat.  We shared the “Southern Sliders” and “Tennessee Whiskey Yam Fries” (sweet potato fries) and both were fabulous.  I’ve never been a fan of sweet potatoes, but we managed to eat every last fried morsel of these babies.  I’d go back just for the fries (but definitely on a not-so-crowed week night).

And as I’m browsing the internet for a good picture of the place I come across this quote from Nashfullovit:

“We’ve never seen anyone eat at the crowded bar, although we suppose it’s technically possible.”

Well, friends, let us be the first to break that social-etiqutte barrier!  I like my food, and would have un-shamefully eaten from my lap if I had to.  🙂

** Little side-note to various family members and fellow CoC people who might find my talk of booze slightly horrifying- It’s OK.  Jesus drank.  I’m a grown-up and I can handle it from time to time.

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