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Nances in Nashville

Oh, hey there, little ol’ blog! Sorry you’ve been so neglected lately. I promise I’ll try to come check up on you more often.

Waaaaay back in February, Chip and I went to visit our friends Riley and Becca in Nashville. We had been to Nashville once before two years ago for their wedding, and wanted to see more of this fun city. Winter was still in full force when we visited in February, so we didn’t get to see as much of Nashville as we had hoped thanks to snow and rain (concealed re-freeze is a problem, y’all), but we had such a great time hanging out with Riley and Becca at their sweet home, checking out different coffee shops, and getting a tour of the city from their car.

We started the trip off with some yummy Mexican food at Taco Mamacita Thursday night. Talking with friends over tacos and margaritas? Yes, please.

True dat.

True dat.

Both Riley and Becca had to work Friday, so Chip and I took an Uber over to Sky Blue Cafe for breakfast. So so good. It was around this point that I realized three things: 1-there are a lot of hipsters in Nashville, 2-hipster restaurants have some really great food, and 3-if I lived in Nashville, I would have to ride a bike everywhere to make up for eating so much at all these great places. The staff at Sky Blue was incredibly nice and walked us through their favorite menu items. We had three breakfast entrees between the two of us and took our time eating while watching Wrigley on the webcam at Lucy’s (helicopter parents? maybe) and answering the Trivia Pursuit questions on the table.

Breakfast of champions

Breakfast of champions

Oh, hey, Wrigs!

Oh, hey, Wrigs!

After breakfast, we took an Uber back to Casa de Curry. Once Riley got off work, the three of us went to The Red Bicycle, a new coffee shop near their home, for a little bit to read and hang out. This place was awesome. We actually went there twice during our three days in Nashville. While I haven’t been able to drink caffeine for years, I’ve learned that I really enjoy a decaf nonfat latte with a lot little bit of caramel. I branched out while we were at The Red Bicycle and had the Tuxedo drink. De-lish-ous. If you’re in Nashville, please order this drink and toast my thanks. After hanging out at The Red Bicycle for a bit, we made our way back home to wait for Becca to get off from work. It actually started snowing a little bit at this point, so we had to rethink our dinner plans. We had talked about going to Acme for dinner, but with the snow and icy road conditions, we decided to do dinner at home. Looking back, Friday evening was my favorite part of the weekend. It was so fun hanging out in their kitchen, preparing a meal together, playing some Pass the Pig, and ending the night with some cookies and half of the movie Chef (after having bedtime tea, we were all too tired to finish the movie).

Checking out the icy driveway

Checking out the icy driveway

Enjoying the snow for a few minutes before I ran back inside

Enjoying the snow for a few minutes before I ran back inside

Looking up recipes on Pinterest

Looking up recipes on Pinterest

Love this picture of you, Becca!

Love this picture of you, Becca!

Riley, weren't you trying to give us all mints?

Riley, weren’t you trying to give us all mints?

Thanks for the super cute pic, Chip...

Thanks for the super cute pic, Chip…

Dinner!

Dinner!

Pass the pig

Pass the pig

Quite possible the greatest invention on earth

Quite possibly the greatest invention on earth

Saturday, we all went to The Red Bicycle for breakfast to have some of their awesome crepes. I mean come on, look at the one I ordered:

Miraculously I did not need a nap after this meal. After breakfast, we drove around for a tour of the city and checked out an indoor farmer’s market. We went back to Riley and Becca’s house for the afternoon where we spent a few hours hanging out in their living room. We finished watching Chef, put on a couple of episodes of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and watched some hilarious SNL clips (Kristen Wiig’s were some of our favorites). Once we had spent enough time on YouTube, we decided to head out again and went to have some drinks at Pinewood Social. Inspired by Jerry Seinfeld, we starting an unofficial hipster wait-o-meter while our drinks were being made. My little decaf coffee drink won at about a 10 minute wait. It probably wouldn’t have been longer if Chip hadn’t gone up to get the drink himself from the bar. All waiting aside, this place had a really cool vibe. There were lots of couches and small tables that would be perfect for a happy hour with friends, and there was even a bowling alley at the back of the restaurant. We put our name on the list to try to get a bowling lane, but didn’t get a text from the restaurant that our lane was available until a few hours later. Either there were some intense bowlers there, or the hipster wait-o-meter carried over. After our drinks, we went to Acme for dinner. This place was a lot of fun and we spent our time on the second floor for dinner and then went up to the roof level afterwards (there was live music on the first floor).

Having drinks at Pinewood

Having drinks at Pinewood

Dinner at Acme

Dinner at Acme

Haven't had ribs this good in so long!

Haven’t had ribs this good in so long!

Quick selfie while the guys got the car

Quick selfie while the guys got the car

After dinner, we came back home and baked a delicious chocolate cake. Oh, yum.

Sunday, we went to church at Ethos together. It was great getting to see the community Riley and Becca are a part of. After church, we went and had another great meal, this time at Puckett’s, before heading off to the airport.

Riley and Becca, thanks so much for having us!!

Riley and Becca’s Wedding in Nashville

Chip and Riley have been friends for a while now. Riley was actually the best man at our wedding two years ago. They became friends sophomore year at Trinity and were roommates in an apartment together with two other good friends, Will and Jeff, senior year. These four guys are all pretty awesome. We have lots of memories hanging out together in their less than glamorous apartment in New England Village, complete with walks to Panchito’s for queso and margaritas.

After completing the Masters in Education program at Trinity, Riley went down to Honduras with Mission Lazarus. While there, he met this awesome girl named Becca. Over the course of the last year, we’ve been able to spend some time with her and have to admit, we’re a big fan of her. She’s so very sweet and has such a loving heart. A couple of weekends ago, Riley and Becca got married on a beautiful sunny day in Tennessee.

Chip and I decided to drive to Tennessee with the NEV guys instead of flying for the wedding. After some pretty entertaining email chains to figure out the carpooling, we all decided to meet in Dallas, where Will and Katie live, and then drive together to Nashville from there. We spent Wednesday night at their house and got to an early start on Thursday in our rented minivan complete with a dozen cup holders and DVD player. Nicely done, soccer moms.

On the road to Dallas

On the road to Dallas

Six adults in a minivan

Six adults in a minivan

Backseat buddies

Backseat buddies

We got into Nashville sometime around 8:00pm on Thursday and after checking in at our hotel, we all went to Broadway Brewhouse for drinks. Friday morning, we went and had a great breakfast at a place called Fido. I knew I was going to like this place based on their cute name and all of the dog pictures they had. Put dogs somewhere in your business = I’m a fan. After breakfast, we met back at the hotel before heading out to get the guys’ suits for the wedding. Had to make sure those boys look pretty ;)

Breakfast at Fido's

Breakfast at Fido

Picking up their suits

Picking up their suits

Looking good, boys

Looking good, boys

We then had some barbecue for lunch and drove over to Riley’s house to pick up “a few” things to set up out at Owen Farm for the wedding. It was definitely more than a few things! We were laughing as we practically emptied Riley’s house and filled two sedans, our minivan, and Riley’s truck bed full of wedding decorations. Now the weather had been a bit patchy on Friday. It was raining while we were at breakfast, cleared up while picking up the suits, and was feeling a bit muggy while we loaded up the cars. We drove out to the farm in Chapmansboro with minimal rain, but once we started unloading everything into the barn and bar/dance floor space, it started to pour. The weather just wasn’t on board with the scheduled activities Friday! The rain eventually stopped for a half hour or so, so the bridal party was still able to have a quick rehearsal, but the setting up got pushed to Saturday morning. After leaving the farm, we drove back into Nashville for a great rehearsal dinner, complete with cute videos made my Riley’s sister and the photographer as well as two sweet speeches from Becca’s dad as well ast Riley’s dad.

"You know it's going to be good when there are flying pigs"

“You know it’s going to be good when there are flying pigs”

Playing football at Riley's

Playing football at Riley’s

Loading up Riley's truck

Loading up Riley’s truck

Beautiful drive to Owen Farm

Beautiful drive to Owen Farm

Waiting for the rain to pass

Waiting for the rain to pass

With Chip at the rehearsal dinner

With Chip at the rehearsal dinner

Cheers to Riley and Becca!

Cheers to Riley and Becca!

On Saturday morning, while all the groomsmen got ready and helped set everything (shout out to Page and Kelsey as well!), Jeff, Megan, Katie, and I went out to Loveless Cafe for breakfast. A good friend of mine recommended this place and used to work for a radio show that aired from the barn there. There was a bit of a wait for our table, but we spent it doing some quality people watching. While my omelet wasn’t phenomenal, the biscuits were amazing. Not entirely sure how many I had. Oops.

Waiting for breakfast

Waiting for breakfast

People watching at Loveless Cafe

People watching at Loveless Cafe

As rainy as Friday was, Saturday afternoon couldn’t have been any different. It was a sunny, clear day with a light breeze. Perfect weather for an outdoor wedding. Everything looked so beautiful and the ceremony was one of the sweetest I’ve ever been to. Every piece of the ceremony was so intentional and I admire all the work and thought Riley and Becca put into this very special day. I loved the door that hid Becca from view until she walked down the aisle. Daniel Player chose so many amazing Scripture verses that speak about marriage. Riley and Becca wrote the sweetest vows. The ceremony included them having communion with their parents. It was all so beautiful and definitely had me shedding a few tears!

After the ceremony, it was time to celebrate. We had a great time stomping our feet to Mumford’s “I Will Wait for You,” singing (read: screaming) to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” shuffling to LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” and full on dancing to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.” We ended the evening with more dancing and Oreos courtesy of Riley’s grooms cake.

Riley and Becca, we love you guys so much, thanks for letting us celebrate this big day with you and your families!!

With Megan before the wedding

With Megan before the wedding

Beautiful ceremony site

Beautiful ceremony site

Riley's adorable nieces

Riley’s adorable nieces

The Currys are one of the most loving families I know

The Currys are one of the most loving families I know

Such a beautiful bride!

Such a beautiful bride!

They're married!!

They’re married!!

Riley's signature fist pump

Riley’s signature fist pump

With Chip after the ceremony

With Chip after the ceremony

Love this guy

Love this guy

Those NEV boys did a good job

Those NEV boys did a good job

The NEV Wives Club

The NEV Wives Club

Beautiful reception

Sunny reception

Shout out to Reid for the beautiful hand-written notes with the weekend's itinerary ;)

Shout out to Reid for the awesome hand-written notes with the weekend’s itinerary ;)