Nashville TN-Travel Diary

This summer, I took one of the best vacations ever. Mark and I travelled down to Nashville TN and I basically never wanted to leave. This is a photo diary from my trip down south! We stopped at Natural Bridge, VA the night before heading to Nashville to break the 12 hour journey into two parts.

We stayed at the most lovely little Airbnb, in Nashville, that I had been following on Instagram for quite some time. It was full of antiques and perfectly placed nicnacs. The hosts, Kaitie and Tyler were the sweetest. I even did a photoshoot of them at their own home with their pups (that post is coming soon)

I never wanted to leave the amazing back porch where mark and I frequently had dinner together!

Barista Parlor was one of the coffee shops that I visited a few times. I loved their decor and their coffees, we missed out on their bisquit breakfast sandwiches though…next time we’ll definitely have to wake up earlier!

Of course we had to stop at the I believe in Nashville mural. We wouldn’t be true tourists if we didn’t! Before going to the mural, I got to pick my own bouquet from Amelia’s flower truck! It’s honestly the cutest thing I’ve ever seen and had such an amazing assortment of flowers that I could barely narrow down my selection!

Nashville hot chicken was definitely on the list for what food we wanted to get when we were down there. Pro tip, order online from hattie b’s and take it to go so you don’t have to wait in a long line!

We also hit up some awesome antique stores which helped us expand our ever growing record collection!

Even though Memphis was a bit of a drive, I wanted to go to Graceland. We made it a day trip and ventured out to see the house and the museum! We got to tour the home as well as see his jumpsuits, cars and records!

We didn’t have enough time to do the full tour of Sun studios, but we did visit and it was pretty cool to go inside to where Elvis first recorded. I got a few souvenirs for family and friends from the little cafe/gift shop that was in the front!

If you go to Nashville, you have to go to Broadway at least once. Mark and I just went to see what it was all about. It was definitely crazy, but super cool hearing all of the different types of music being played in each bar.

On our last night, we went out to a local Japanese restaurant for Ramen and Sushi. We decided to keep it relaxed since we had to wake up super early the next day for our 12 hour drive home. We both never wanted to leave and are already planning our next trip back!!

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Kate&Jeremiah-New Hope Backyard Wedding

Small weddings, a few reasons why I love them. The couple is usually less focused on the details and more on the guests. They invite the most special people in their lives to be there with them to celebrate their marriage! The couple has way less to stress about.

Kate and Jeremiah got married at Our Lady of Guadalupe and then brought the party back to Kate’s parent’s house in New Hope, Pa. Since there weren’t any venues to worry about, or timelines to meet, Kate and Jeremiah were one of the most laid back go with the flow couples I’ve ever had!  We basically photographed the party as it took place and had a little chunk of time to capture just the two of them in her parent’s back yard!

Can we talk about the backyard though? It’s honestly the most amazing space ever. There was a beautiful patio where friends and family sat and chatted while eating small treats that came around for everyone to nibble on. A fire pit towards the back of the area had logs for everyone to sit on while they cozied up to the fire and listened to the music that the DJ was playing for the night.

The patio soon became the dance floor where the first dance took place, as well as Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances. Everyone was soon up and dancing under the string lights while busting moves to their favorite songs!

This wedding was so fun to document. I’m forever a fan of intimate backyard weddings, especially with couples as sweet as Kate and Jeremiah!

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Lauren Driscoll- About me

This month, I decided to write a blog post about me and my business and why I love doing what I do! Recently I’ve been realizing that some of my favorite photographers share tons about themselves and really give you a look into the inner workings of their business. To me, it makes me feel like I actually know them in real life! I want to show everyone that I’m a real person and not just a bunch of images that I share on a daily basis!

I made this blog with the intention of sharing deeper into the lives of my clients and their sessions, Why they did the session, what they loved the most about it, and even why they chose me to capture it! Most of the time my instagram and website are just brushing the surface of the amounts of images I have from sessions.  Since I’ve been sharing so much about my clients and vendor friends, I decided, why not share a little bit about myself. I mean, this is my blog so I can do whatever I want with it.

Let me start off with the typical cheesy intro. My name is Lauren, I’m currently 23 years old and love my job….like really love it. I promise I’m not just saying that. Even though this job makes me lose most of my weekends, I’m honestly 100% okay with that. I was thrown into weddings, I never really had the urge to really get into wedding photography, but one weekend about 3 years ago, I was thrown into a second shooting job and I haven’t looked back since! Since then, I’ve grown my business into specializing in weddings, boudoir and portraits. Weekends are jam packed with weddings or engagement sessions; weekdays are full of editing, meeting with clients and potential clients, more engagement sessions, boudoir and just catching up on emails and other business type stuff!

The photography industry can be a little crazy, but I’ve got an amazing group of photographers who I can talk to on the regular about business and anything that may be on my mind! We definitely help each other get through the craziness of wedding season, and the insanely busy fall season that we’re currently in!

Keeping an agenda really helps me stay organized. I love this new one I recently got from a store called Ritual Ritual. This agenda has each month laid out, each week sectioned off, as well as a spot for each month and week’s goals and intentions! September always feels like a second new year to me. It’s when I really get into the swing of the fall season, and a new agenda is purchased in preparation for the actual new year!

Hopefully I can keep this whole “personal blog” going! I really want to start sharing things from my day to day life, like behind the scenes, trips, and maybe tips on working from home! I hope you all enjoyed this little look into my workspace!

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