Nashville

Last Wednesday my handsome husband and I were guests at the 50th Annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena downtown. I almost lost my mind when I found out we would be attending, especially because I knew how great the show would be since it was the 50th anniversary. It was one of the most special nights that I’ll remember forever. cma3
Before heading downtown, our dear friend Katie of Roaring Frog Photography snapped some photos of Steve and I. I figured it would be one of our only opportunities for a while to get glammed up and show off our fancy attire before the event. cma8
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Aprhodite’s Kiss Dress– Lulus
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I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to see some of the legends of country music: George Strait, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Alabama, Clint Black, Roy Clark, Randy Travis, and more. I was immediately brought back to the days when I was just a kid in Nashville and my parents and grandparents took me to every live show we could possibly squeeze in during our visits. They introduced me to this entire world. I had tears of joy in my eyes during that opening performance knowing that this night would go down in history as one of the best nights of country music and knowing they were watching at home.
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We had the most incredible evening and it will definitely go down as one of the best date nights we’ve ever had. <3

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It’s great to live in a bustling city where there are always several options for things to do. Sometimes it can even get a little overwhelming trying to pick weekend plans when there are so many activities on Nashville’s calendar. One thing I’m really looking forward to is the Franklin Wine Festival on Friday, October 21st. The event kicks off at 7pm at The Factory and it’ll feature over 300 different wines from around the world with food pairings from 30 different restaurants around Nashville! Click here to see all of the participating restaurants at the event.

Franklin Wine Festival

Interested in going? I just so happen to be hosting a giveaway for a free pair of tickets on my Instagram. Winner will be announced on Friday afternoon, so enter now! Click here to enter.

Franklin Wine Festival at The Factory

Tickets to attend the event are $89/person or $35 for a designated driver/drink-free ticket. There will also be live entertainment featuring The Ukedelics, Ken Jolly and the Night Masters, and the Jim Fox Trio.

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The schedule for the evening will go as follows:
-Silent Auction Stage opens at 6 pm
-King & Queen of the Vines crowned at 8 pm
-Auction closes at 9 pm

Franklin Wine Festival Food Pairing

Following the Franklin Wine Festival comes the Largest Wine Sale in Tennessee, where all of the wines featured at the Grand Tasting will be on sale for a full week after the event.
8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Cool Springs Wine & Spirits
1935 Mallory Lane, Franklin, TN

You can purchase tickets for the Franklin Wine Festival here. Directions to The Factory can also be found on the Franklin Wine Festival website.

I can’t wait for this event and I hope to see you there! Let’s eat, drink, and be merry. 🙂

Laura

Last night I was invited to attend a blogger happy hour event at the new Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse in downtown Nashville. I was excited at the opportunity since I had already heard so many great things about the food and the atmosphere of the restaurant; so naturally I jumped at the chance to visit (even though it was our 2nd wedding anniversary). Since the event was right at the end of my work day, I figured “why not?” and stopped by for an hour. I am so glad that I did.
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The bar at Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse
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Upon arrival, I was greeted with a beautiful doorway that led into a dim-lit dining room with large windows that allowed for the perfect amount of natural light. The entire interior of the restaurant was gorgeous and no detail was left behind. Every piece of furniture, every wall hanging, and every tiny decoration served a purpose.

The bar area is stunning, and atop of the stage sits a beautiful, white mini grand piano that gets played for the patrons of the restaurant every evening. There’s a full stage behind the bar right against the large windows, which can house a full band as well.
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I was asked to be given a tour so that I could pop my head into as many different rooms as possible. While heading toward the back of the restaurant, I saw the gigantic wine cellar behind glass and the shoeshine right outside of the restrooms. Yes, that’s right, a shoeshine.
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I then took a peek inside both the women’s and the men’s restrooms because I knew those would be just as decorated as the dining room. Sure enough, the restrooms looked amazing inside!

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The men’s room had a vintage barbershop chair from the 1920s along with a barber sign on the wall!

I then made my way over to the speakeasy room, which is the perfect setting for a small business meeting or private dining experience. The cabinet is over 150 years old and holds the liquor that is served at the bar. The table is glass that came from a clock tower from an old cathedral in London. The door to the speakeasy room was originally a door to an actual speakeasy during the prohibition era. Amazing, right?
Jeff Ruby's liquor cabinet
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Fortunately for me, I was able to pop into the Music City Room, which was being set up for a private event that evening, but I was told I could take a look before guests arrived. I loved the Nashville theme of the room, which came complete with curated memorabilia from country music artists. The chandeliers, carpet, curtains, and table linens were all gorgeous. The fireplace in the Music City Room was actually Al Capone’s old fireplace from his winter home in Florida.
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^Photo c/o Nashville Guru
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Jeff Ruby's Music City Room
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I don’t know which I liked better, the food or the decor. Everything was so, so good. The cuisine the servers brought out was delicious and so were the hand crafted cocktails.
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Jeff Ruby’s is definitely unlike any other restaurant in Nashville. If you’re looking for a fancy place to go for a special occasion and love steak and seafood, I highly recommend paying them a visit.

Laura