Meet Haeven! Um, I know what you are all thinking? How the heck is she this majestic? It's nearly impossible. I met Haeven online via email, discovering later, that her mother works at the place where I get my hair done... (small world in Douglasville). She reached out to me about getting her senior photos taken and even in the midst of my craziest time of year, I knew I had to photograph her. Her and her mother met me in East Atlanta at a friend's loft complex. The entire area is filled with amazing industrial walls and broken brick. To find some greenery, we hopped over the road to the historical Oakland Cemetary (not creepy... as you can tell). They have the lovliest greenhouse on the property and even though it was locked... we had to photograph around it anyway. We were all three dripping with sweat. Of course it was the hottest day of the year, but we found just enough shade to take cover from the heat. Haeven and her mother share such a special relationship. They're genuinely friends and I loved how much Haeven looked up to and respected her mother's opinions and suggestions. Once the sun set a little more, we ventured onto the rooftop of the loft complex to snap a few photos with the Atlanta skyline. By this time, the weather was near perfect and the Lord provided us with an easy breeze. I can honestly say I had the best Monday, thanks to Haeven and being so easy to work with and STUNNING to photograph!
xoxo Pamela Bearden
Micah and I just recently celebrated 3 years of marriage. Yes, I know, it's awesome. Ha! We knew that we wanted to travel for our anniversary but we didn't want to fly anywhere. So, we chose Nashville. Both of us have visited for a short period of time before but never dived into the town and experienced it together. We reached out to friends who were locals as well as some friends who just spend a good amount of time there and in two days, we felt like we did it all!
So, if you are planning a Nashville trip soon, here are some of our favorite places we highly recommend along with descriptions! Hope you enjoy!
Coffee // Crema in Downtown Nashville is one you've probably heard of before. It's definitely Nashville's finest when it comes to coffee. Their house drip is pretty great (except the fact you have to wait 30-40 minutes before it's not burning your tongue off). Grab a cup and hang out, the last time I was in Nashville Brad Paisley walked in while I was there. You never know who you might see in Nashville. // Barista Parlour & Steadfast Coffee are both great coffee shops as well. Great locations around a lot of great shops/restaurants and are definitely gram-worthy.
Breakfast // Puckett's in Nashville and Franklin has the BEST breakfast by far. At least go there once. // We were also recommended German Town Cafe and Red Bicycle Cafe for crepes. We didn't get to make it to all of them but we intend to check them out next time we're in town!
Lunch and Dinner // The Pharmacy has the greatest and most affordable burgers in Nashville. We actually went twice (both times for lunch) while we were in Nashville. Most weekends you'll find a good bit of a wait but it's definitely worth it. If you do find yourself waiting an hour or so, hop across the street to The Holland House and grab a couple cocktails. It will make the time pass a lot better. Also for dinner, you must try one of Nashville's newer restaurants, Butchertown Hall in Germantown. It's beautiful interior already makes my designer heart flutter, but their food is to die for. We highly recommend the Brisket Sandwich. Other greats we didn't get to try out are: Mas Tacos, Little Octopus, Flip Side and Burger UP!
Shopping // If you're looking for some great vintage/antique finds, I would definitely suggest hitting up Franklin's Antique Market. There are several great antique shops all within walking distance of each other. Franklin also has a great Anthropologie. Two stories of pure dream. Also while you're in Franklin, check out Haven for some vintage dresses and amazing candles and Rock Paper Scissors for some beautiful stationary! Some Nashville vintage shops include: KITTY, Local Honey, Whites Mercantile and of course the Nashville Flea Market (only happens once a month! Don't miss it!). Non-vintage shops that I would recommend are: Imogene and Willie, Moto Moda and Sisters of Nature.
Things to Do // Walk around Radnor Lake for the beautiful (free) view, go bowling at Pinewood Social and grab a cocktail, swing by and grab a popsicle at Las Paletas, take a photo with the "East Nashville" wall art on Gallatin Ave. (close to Barista Parlor and Moto Moda), check out the Johnny Cash museum, sit and listen to music at the Bluebird Cafe (where the hit show "Nashville" has been filmed), and sit on Nashville's Capital Hill and drink a coffee.
Staying in Nashville // We are new to the whole Airbnb world however our friends always rave about how cool it is to stay with the locals or in a home environment when traveling. Usually it's cheaper and just all around easier. We did our first Airbnb stay and OMG it was so great! Our hosts were so sweet and kind. They even had a bottle of wine waiting for us when we arrived. The downstairs apartment we stayed in was top notch and was perfect for everything we needed. We will definitely try and stay with them again if we visit soon! Here is their Airbnb page!