Tyler&Kaitie-Nashville Backyard Picnic

I know, I know…It’s been a few months since Nashville and I’m JUST getting to writing this post about Kaitie and Tyler…I’ve just had so many different things to blog about in my queue, but I’m so excited that I’ve finally caught up to this post!

Mark and I took a trip down to Nashville this summer and stayed in an Airbnb that had the best hosts. Mark encouraged me to reach out and see if they’d want to be photographed! I was so excited when Kaitie said yes! We decided on a picnic in the back of Tyler’s truck at their own home. Their two pups joined them as Kaitie and Tyler enjoyed each other’s company while snacking.

The two of them aren’t Nashville natives…which I found to be pretty common there! Almost everyone is from a different state and moved to the beautiful city! Kaitie and Tyler are from California and have known each other since Kaitie was 15 and Tyler was 21! She said that Tyler was in a band with a guy she had a crush on, and Tyler actually gave her guy advice! Things never worked out with the other guy and her and Tyler reconnected on good old MySpace a few years later!

After being together for 9 years, There are so many things that they know about each other and love about each other. Kaitie said that “My favorite thing about Tyler is how loving, patient and forgiving he is. Three things he has passed on to me over the years and I am forever grateful. I’ve always been a little bit on the rougher side and he has softened me up quite a bit and taught me so much about love.” Tyler said “My favorite thing about Kaitie is how much she loves me. I can see it in the way she looks at me. I love her eyes and how they can tell me exactly what she is feeling.”

I’m so happy I got to photograph these two together. Their love is contagious and I couldn’t help but notice how in love they are. You’d think they were newlyweds and not married for over 7 years! Kaitie and Tyler, you two are the best, thank you for letting me capture your love in your cozy little home with your fur babies (and the chickens!) Hopefully we get to see you again this summer!

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23rd Birthday Party

For the past three years, I’ve been having a little get together with some of my favorite people for my birthday. I’m not the type of person to be overly expressive that it’s my birthday when it comes around, but I’ve really enjoyed having these little dinner parties the past couple of years. Honestly, it’s just an excuse for me to set up a little backyard oasis with all of my vintage furniture and knick knacks. I love styling and this is the one time a year when I can really go crazy with putting together a setup!

Each year, I have my friends bring food and we just all sit around the bonfire (this year is was 90 degrees so that didn’t happen) eating yummy food and enjoying each other’s company!

My amazing friend Maggie hand painted everyone’s place card and my wonderful friend Colin got the cutest cake from Factory Girl Bake Shop!

Thanks to all my friends who made this happen and brought tasty food for us all to enjoy! Can’t wait for next year!

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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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