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September 26, 2014

Team JDP Adventures Part 2

So after all the photography related festivities were over we decided to definitely needed to explore Music City. On Sunday, Lindsey and I headed back to Nashville and started off our long to do list before we left. The morning started with us going to Andrew Jackson’s house. I was expecting it to be much larger but when I found out this old house was a tiny shack (still on property) I realized the mansion was actually quite large for them hehe. Lindsey and I were super excited because after lunch at this cool place called The Aquarium we had a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry planned! It was so cool to see where all these famous country stars have performed, and to stand on the wooden circle itself! After the Opry we made our way to Bluebird Cafe and arrived at 330pm for the 6pm show. We were #4 and #5 in line and were STOKED! We befriended three women in line in front of us and enjoyed having a few drinks before they let us in. We seriously had the best seat in the house, front and center! The artist, Sarah Potanza, was so great and I am now following her on social media and hope to see a show of hers when she comes to CA. It was such a cool experience to see where Taylor Swift was discovered by Big Machine Records. I found out on Friday that the Tennessee State Fair was going on and Lindsey and I decided we should check it out and see how it compares to the OC Fair, and all I have to say is no comparison. I was shocked by the lack of fried food (after all we were in the south) and the animals and live music. But it was worth seeing. After such a long day we headed to our hotel to check in and freshen up. I had been waiting to go line dancing all week, so we put on our boots and headed to Wild Horse Saloon on Broadway, when we arrive we see they are closed for a private event (Blake Shelton was playing and you could see him through the window!). I asked the bouncer where we could go because I wanted to line dance in Music City and he said this was the only place, I was SHOCKED! I have a friend who is going to grad school at TSU who gave us all the recommendations of where to eat, see and do, so I texted her and she suggested we check out all of Broadway and see some of the famous bars around there including The Stage, Legends and Tootsies. It was so fun just walking around and hearing all the different live music coming out of the bars/restaurants. On our last day we headed to Loveless Cafe for lunch and of course had to have what they are famous for, Fried Chicken and Biscuits (sorry Ryan), after fueling up for the day we headed to the Country Music Hall of Fame and The RCA Studio B tour. It was so great exploring the city with Lindsey and I cannot WAIT to come back again, with all the girls and again with Ryan! HUGE thanks to Jessie and Dan for allowing me to capture such a special day in their life and the opportunity to check something off my bucket list! These are a mix of iphone/instagram shots and some with my DSLR. Sometimes the best ones are the selfies 😉 XOXO


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