March 29, 2022
It was a chilly day in March. The streets were empty which doesn’t happen often here in Downtown Nashville. Though, the weather did not stop our engagement session planned with Philip and Kelsie. The weather being in the 50’s, Kelsie walked up to me, with the biggest smile I might add, in a beautiful white dress. Yes, a dress. She was a trooper! Philip, a true gentleman that he is, was right behind, holding a bag of their belongings.
Can I just add that this isn’t the first time the groom comes walking up holding onto their things? All of my grooms are gentleman’s and ladies, I am here for it!
Today, the Union Station is a luxurious hotel serving the Nashville people and many tourist since 2008. But back in the 1900’s, this hotel was actually a railroad station. Today, the Union Station is National Historical Landmark. If you are like me and love old buildings and classical architecture… You will absolutely fall in love with the Union Station. When you walk into this hotel, brace yourselves. You will be greeted with the most beautiful chandeliers and a huge stained glass ceiling.
For Philip and Kelsies engagement session, we spent most of our time at the front of the hotel, outside, where we could take advantage of the beautiful iron railing and the stunning stained glass windows behind them.
If you know me, or you follow me, you’ve heard me question this before. Why don’t we build buildings like this today?
The War Memorial always takes me for surprise because it is always empty with no people. Though it was cold outside, so this could possibly be why there was no one there. I am not complaining though. Myself, Kelsie and Philip had the entire memorial to ourselves which was fun! The War Memorial is also a beautiful historical landmark here in Downtown Nashville. It has a huge, wide staircase leading up to a triumphant statue in the center. Facing the front of the auditorium, you also have the most beautiful view of the Capitol to the right.
At the Memorial, we spent most of our time in front, with the Capitol or stairs behind. Lets not forget the bottle of champagne we popped. So exciting!
Wow! What a pretty park! Firstly, this park is HUGE (3200 acres to be exact). Make sure when you go, you go to the correct spot otherwise you may or may not go to the wrong side like I did. The most popular destination within Warner Park is the Allee’ (the huge staircase, read more below) located on Belle Meade Boulevard.
Which by the way, Belle Meade Boulevard, this street alone is absolutely stunning!! Full of the most beautiful greenery and estates.
Warner park is known for its limestone steps designed by the very same architect of another Nashville favorite location, the Cheekwood Mansion at the Cheekwood Estate & Gardens.
Philip and Kelsie opted for their second outfit choice for this location. Both wearing neutral colors, Kelsie wore blue jeans and the most adorable white top, with camel brown booties and Philip wore a tan shirt with black jeans and tan boots.
This portion of the session was quite the work out for Philip because we sure did make him work! Piggy back rides, picking Kelsie up with the sweet foot pop (c’mon ladies, we all love this pose!) And picking up Kelsie every which way we can, it made the most perfect photo ops with the most beautiful scenery around us.
By the end of the portrait session, I definitely got a sense of how sweet Philip and Kelsie are (although I could already tell this by the end of our very first phone call) and they both got to know me as well. I am so very excited for their wedding day at Ravenswood Mansion!