March was one for the books! We set off an a Nashville adventure for a wedding and Easter.
John, Cynthia, Jennifer, Mary Jacqueline, Garrett, Samara, and Mitchell started the road trip up to Nashville a week before the wedding. It was quite the adventure following Lucille the Camper on her maiden voyage. We made a few stops along the way to stretch, eat and sleep, all while enjoying the family caravan.
Once we made it to Nolensville, we settled in at Clark and Tamara's house (Cynthia's Brother and sister in law) and started the planning for exploring Nashville. First on the list was visiting the Carnton Plantation in Franklin. Carnton is absolutely beautiful to explore, and the history was really fascinating. We had an amazing docent, who took us through each room of the home, describing all of the details, from the wallpaper to the colors for the walls, and the twin small closets in each room to the blood stained floors from when the home became a hospital. At Carnton, we could walk through each room, and explore all the details up close, without standing behind a rope. It was the most hands on information tour I have been on in a long time.
We also made a visit to the Parthenon, in Centennial Park in Nashville. The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian Parthenon originals. It was built in 1897 as a replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Click here to learn more about the Parthenon. It's certainly a place to add to your destinations to visit while in Nashville.
After exploring all day, we worked up an appetite, and of course, when in Nashville had to check out the famous Loveless Café for some good ole southern food - specifically the chicken and biscuits. Loveless did not disappoint. We got there, and had about an hour to wait and explore the shops and grocery before our table was ready. As we were walking past the store, we spotted Trisha Yearwood filming for her Food Network show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen. She took the time after her shoot to come over and shake all of our hands and take endless pictures. She was so down to earth and super friendly!!! How lucky were we??!? The food was pretty darn good too. Seriously some good food y'all.
After a few days of exploring, more family trickled in and the wedding festivities began, to celebrate Adam and Jillian. Adam is Clark and Tamara's son (Cynthia's Brother and sister in law).
Jillian's parents hosted a Wedding Weekend Kickoff at Arrington Vineyards. It was absolutely gorgeous, even though it was a bit damp from the rain. The wines were delicious, and it was so much fun getting to meet the other family and begin blending as one. The next night was the rehearsal dinner at Aerial - a rooftop venue in downtown Nashville. The rain sure put a damper and stress on the evening, but it turned out perfect. It was a gorgeous night under the stars toasting and celebrating the beautiful couple.
Finally it was WEDDING DAY! Adam and Jillian chose a beautiful venue at Graystone Quarry. I love that they chose a location with such a cool history and drastic transformation. I pulled the following directly from their website: Graystone Quarry
"Graystone Quarry was originally used as the limestone source for Interstate 65 from Columbia, TN to Nashville, TN, literally paving the way to Music City. Following the completion of Interstate 65 the land was left empty and used as a dump for over 50 years. Early in 2014, Graystone Quarry was purchased and began the year long process of being cleaned up and re-zoned to accommodate an event venue and live music amphitheater. During this process over 900 tons of trash and debris were cleared off the property to be recycled so that our property could be given new life!"
They quarry was such a beautiful and natural backdrop for their special day. We celebrated well into the evening, but had to get home to start preparing for the Easter morning festivities.
With Jillian's family and friends in town still for the wedding, we all got together for brunch and an egg hunt and celebrate Easter together. Tired or not we cooked and prepped, and hid the eggs for all the kids to find and spent more time with our growing family. We were so blessed to be surround by family and friends, old and new.
It was such a fun filled trip and we will miss our Tennessee family, until our next visit!