We’re taking a tropical turn with this week’s signature cocktail, the Kingston Daiquiri! This bold drink gets a hint of sweetness from a shot of Appleton rum, and a bit of tang from a splash of fresh lime juice. bDon’t forget to tag your homemade Kingston Daiquiris #SnippetandInksigcocktail on Instagram, and enjoy! Thanks so much Paula LeDuc and Josh Gruetzmacher for your yummy recipe and beautiful pics!
• Glass – 6 oz Potrero
• Method – shake & fine strain
• Garnish – thin line wheel
• 1.5 oz Appleton rum
• .5 oz. smith & cross rum
• 1 oz fresh lime juice
• .5 oz petit cane syrup
Directions: Add liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Shake for 10 seconds and then strain into your glass. Garnish and serve.
Hello there – I’m Abigail! I’ve lived in the Franklin area for the past 12 years. During the time I’ve lived here, Downtown Franklin has gone from a sleepy square to a vibrant small town with plenty to do. (It was even voted Garden and Gun’s best small town by a 69% majority in 2014!)
What I love most about Franklin is that it never loses its character. The warm sense of home envelops you the second you drive onto the square. No matter how long you’ve been gone or how far away you’re from, Franklin is always welcoming.
Here are a few of my favorite spots both old and new…
Sips, Snacks and Sustenance
Franklin is foodie heaven. From classic southern fare to plated meals you’d find in a major city, there’s something for everyone. Make sure you come hungry from your adventures.
Merridees Breadbasket is where the locals eat breakfast and lunch; it’s a 35 year old classic bakery and homestyle deli. Don’t miss the cinnamon rolls or the London Fog drink; and the pies are delectable. I love getting eggs, bacon and fruit here in the morning.
Frothy Monkey is a Nashville institution. The DT Franklin location is housed in the old rectory next to the Presbyterian church; it features warm wooden floors, delicious food, local artwork and tasty drinks. You can’t go wrong with their tea, barista coffee, mulled wine, sandwiches or baked goods. They have a variety of health and allergy conscious meals; but don’t worry, you can find something sinful here too.
Gray’s on Main: This is a fairly new restaurant built into the old drugstore. With delicious upscale Southern fare, custom cocktails and live music most nights, you’ll enjoy the entire experience. Don’t miss any of their home-style veggies!
McCreary’s Irish Pub: Stop here for the best loaded potato of your life, enjoyed in an authentic Irish style pub. The space is cozy and relaxing; perfect for a long conversation and people watching over a nourishing meal.
Shopping + Fun
Franklin has delightful shopping. Their antiques are curated, the clothing is unique and the specialty shops are unique; you’re sure to dig up a few treasures.
The antiques district in Franklin is incredible. Within a two-block radius, you’ll find over 10 shops. My favorite is Scarlett Scales, which offers beautiful pieces sorted according to color, type and texture; so peaceful and satisfying to look at!
Drive just five minutes to find the Factory at Franklin; you’ll definitely want to make an afternoon of it. From an incredible antiques shop to restaurants to pottery painting to garden shops, it’s full of unique surprises. A favorite is Artisan Guitars, a shop that carries an astounding collection of string instruments; everyone from the hobbyist to the serious professional will enjoy strumming their selection.
After you have shopped, stay for dinner at Saffire, an upscale dining establishment with delicious fried avocado. (It sounds weird but it’s delicious!) Finally, catch a late-night show at the Boiler Plate Theatre, a small town acting company with incredible talent.
Adventures + History
Tennessee has beautiful countryside that reminds me of North Ireland complete with a rich history. If you love history, you’ll go wild; if you just love good stories, those are here for the taking too. Make sure you take time to drive out on 840 on your way to visit Arrington Vineyards for the best views.
Franklin on Foot is your go-to spot for tours; from Ghost tours (Franklin is quite haunted!) to Civil War tours to foodie tours to bicycle rides, they offer it all. You can do any tour on foot or on a classic bicycle complete with a perfectly tuned bell.
Make sure you catch a show at the Franklin Theatre; from live music to comedy to classic films, this restored auditorium offers a unique experience. Audiences are encouraged to laugh, clap and boo the screen during films. Anytime I see a film here, I leave feeling filled up by a sense of community.
There are three don’t-miss houses you’ll want to tour in Franklin; Carnton Plantation, The Carter House and the Lotz House. Each guided tour provides an in-depth and unique perspective of the Battle of Franklin, one of the definitive and most bloody frays of the Civil War. You can place your finger in the bullet holes and view indelible blood stains on the floor. Many visitors report feeling a shiver up their spine when they walk through the houses…
For a wine country experience, make the scenic drive to Arrington Vineyards, which features picnic tables overlooking sweeping vineyards. Bring a basket dinner with you and purchase a bottle of wine for a romantic dinner; the top staff recommendation is the Stag’s White.
Stay and Relax
At the end of your busy days spent exploring, you’ll want to go somewhere relaxing. Butterfly Meadows Inn is a luxurious B & B tucked away on a mountain just 20 minutes from downtown Franklin. They offer full service breakfast, king sized beds, stunning views, 3 miles of moderate hiking trails, a huge library and a rocking chair porch.
Franklin is rich with things to see and do… even narrowing down activities for a mini-moon was no easy feat. If you’ve already decided to extend your stay and want to explore more that the area has to offer, click over to visit franklin.com. You can also visit my blog site, www.southfacinglight.com, for a closer look at the area.
Brittany and Tim’s wedding is full of so many frame-worthy photos, we had a tough time narrowing down which ones we wanted to feature! From the scenic landscape to the bride’s boho chic look to the beautiful bunting decorations, Ash Imagery captured shot after shot of memorable details and moments. This is one you won’t want to miss!
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We take a yearly wine tour in Charlottesville with my side of the family. We visited Pippin Hill the first year it opened and we just fell in love with it. When we got engaged we started brainstorming places and this one just keep coming back up. It felt right!
Tell us about your accessories. I wore something blue, a ring that used to be my Oma’s, and something old, a necklace that was also hers. My flower crown was from a small Brooklyn flea market. I had already purchased one that was shipped from Australia and 20x the price, but I ended up liking this sweet little $10 one better… what can you do Also I was obsessed with my bouquet.
Getting married on a hot and humid day? Brittany has some thoughts on that: “I would have had more fans in the dressing room. Even though there was air conditioning, it was HOT, and there was only one fan. And my nerves express themselves through a rising body temperature! Also, I was dead set on wearing my hair down – I’m happiest and feel most like me with it down. But again – it was hot and humid. I might have put it up if I wasn’t so stubborn.”
Brittany and Tim’s pup Leroy joined in the festivities – he even walked down the aisle to his own song, “Bad Bad Leroy Brown” by Jim Croce!
“It was really special to have all of our friends and family there. Tim’s family and friends are from Vancouver and my family and friends are from Virginia and we live in New York and have friends here … so the people we love are quite spread out. It was so meaningful to have them all together to witness the promises and commitment we were making.”
Your ceremony in three words. Sweet, thoughtful, personal.
Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? We did not have any specific traditions in the ceremony – we wanted it simple and short! – but we did hand out glasses of rosé and fans as our guests arrived.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? It was threatening rain that day and the sky was as dramatic as it gets. The clouds were rolling in and there were these spectacular rays of sun shining through with the misty mountains in the distance. Also, supposedly there was this big hawk that was circling close overhead as we were saying our vows – we were told that was a really good sign!
Who officiated your ceremony? Rev. Claire Goodman of Sacred Ground Ceremonies. We liked that she was open to non-religious ceremonies. She just seemed laid back, easy-going and experienced at this – we got a good vibe!
What was your ceremony music? The music was really important to us and we definitely put some thought into it. We wanted it to feel special but also just comfortable, easy-going and laid back. We picked through classic rock instrumentals. Our dog Leroy walked down the aisle to the song he was named after, “Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown”. And I walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love”.
What were your vows like? Our officiant had a great list of vows for us to look through and we definitely used it as inspiration but also wrote in some bits that were very personal to us and to our relationship. Things like, we promise “to communicate fully and fearlessly”! We feel really strongly that a couples vows should be really personal. Couples should get excited to pause and take time to sit down together and think about what they want to promise to each other. Don’t plug and play!
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Just enjoy. Also I was told to be ready for the pang of sadness that shows up the morning after. I thought that was a joke but it was so beautiful and emotional and intense (in the best way!) that the morning after Tim and I woke up and had a good cry together. We were sad it was over!
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Breathe! This is such an incredible inflection point in your life. You should remember it as a really great time. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to make everything perfect. It will not be perfect. But it will still be meaningful and beautiful. Embrace a bit of wabi sabi. Laugh at all the ish that goes wrong. Don’t be bullied into food choices or design details or a dress or anything by people with strong personalities and loud voices. Be deliberate in your effort to be true to you two as a couple. Give reverence to this beautiful moment in your life! Also, more logistically speaking, open a specific email account for all your wedding stuff so you don’t have to dig through your personal email and flash sales and junk to get to important stuff like contracts. We wish we had done that!
“We didn’t want anything to feel particular, stuffy, tight, or pretentious. We just wanted to create an atmosphere where people would be encouraged to let loose and have a great time. We really wanted a dance party.”
How would you describe your reception? HOT.FUN.DANCE.PARTY.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? We didn’t have a wedding planner. In hindsight, that would have been great. My sister-in-law ended up volunteering to be the day-of coordinator and without her I don’t know what we would have done! We got lucky that someone was generous enough to take that on.
Did you have any DIY details? We had a monogram created for us by Happy Menocal and then used the elements of the design throughout the wedding – for our save the date, invitation, menu, table numbers, favors and all other little signage (including gift bags). Tim actually designed all other signage using that artwork. It was a ton of work but ended up feeling really personal and was also fun to do. We did the seating cards ourselves – actually we were up with a hot glue gun making seating card and stuffing bags two night before the wedding! We found and purchased the bunting from Etsy. There were little things here and there we tried to think about – like at the last minute we realized it would be hot as hell and humid on the wedding day in Virginia so found these great palm hand fans for guests. Some of that isn’t so DIY but because we didn’t have a planner or designer, we were sourcing elements and doing our best to create a cohesive look and feel.
Did you have a signature cocktail? We did serve a cocktail but I wouldn’t say it was signature. We did a sangria (I do love sangria) and a Sazerac.
Menu: Canapes: Pippin Hill Garden Strawberries / Roasted Baby Potatoes / Cold Water Lobster / Wagyu Beef Coin, Grilled Croque Monsieur // First Course: Spring Gate Farm Butter Lettuce Salad // Main Course: Petit Verdot Marinated Beef Tenderloin
What type of cake did you serve? We did three naked cakes: a spiced bourbon cake, a carrot cake, and a hummingbird cake – all with cream cheese icing between the layers.
What was your first dance song? Our first dance was “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison. Our father/daughter dance was “You’ve Got a Friend” by James Taylor and the mother/son dance was Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like a Rock.”
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? There were so many amazing moments, it’s hard to pick a favorite! Our first dance was so fun. My parents giving a speech was really sweet – they did an awesome job! We were gifted tambourines with our faces painted on them (Tim and I got one and so did Leroy!) – that was so fun! I wanted to do something different for the bouquet toss and so I invited anyone and everyone to join the dance floor to catch it for good luck. Also, Tim and his guy friends tend to drink scotch and smoke cigars when they are together so they had a moment during the actual reception where they stole away to do that together.
Please tell us about any special details or moments from your reception. Before our wedding we had gone to another wedding that had these amazing, ridiculous foam glow sticks. We ended up ordering a bunch and passing them out. They were fun and kept people on the dance floor! Also, no one really ever talks about the last song but we picked “Closing Time” by Semisonic. It’s super 90s and a bit cheesy but SO FUN and SO memorable. Everyone was on the dance floor singing it – it’s a really great, special memory.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding? It was the best day – my favorite day! And potentially the only time in our lives when we’ll have all the wonderful, beautiful people in our lives in one spot. Pretty cool and incredibly special if you ask me.
What better way to start the week than with a perfectly romantic and timeless garden wedding?! From the lush pink and white flowers to the garden party setting, Tamara and Shane’s celebration will remind you just why classic weddings never get old.
Tamara and her bridesmaids carried classic and romantic bouquets of white peonies and pink and white roses and rosebuds, tied with pale pink ribbon.
Tamara’s bridesmaids wore matching blush colored floor length chiffon gowns. The flower girl wore a half-wreath of leaves and flowers in her hair.
“The only priority for our ceremony was for it to reflect us as a couple. We didn’t want it to feel fake, lame or in any way contrived. Our celebrant was a huge help and had endless options of how we could structure the formalities. To be honest when we met with her we felt a little embarrassed that in the craziness of wedding planning we hadn’t even thought about the ceremony itself. Having a celebrant who was able to brainstorm ideas with us was fantastic and meant we had a ceremony that really meant a lot to us.”
Your ceremony in three words. Relaxed, personal and fun.
What was your ceremony music? We have always loved music so ceremony music was a big decision. I walked down the aisle to my favorite Ben Howard song, “Gracious.” It was a song that most people wouldn’t know but it was perfect for us. As the ceremony concluded we had an acoustic musician who was fantastic! One of the best things we splurged on for the day.
What were your ceremony readings? Our celebrant read out an adaptation of Bob Marley’s thoughts on marriage. It might have been a little unconventional but it was beautiful, fun and our guests later commented how perfect it was for us.
What were your vows like? Our vows were chosen from some options provided by our celebrant. We loved having this part of the ceremony a little more formal but we then also added on a personalized promise to each other at the end. We both wanted to be able to memorize our promises and maintain eye contact as they were said, so they weren’t long but very much from the heart.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? My favorite thing was that it was “us.” We laughed and enjoyed the moment together with our friends and family.
Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? I had never expected how nervous I would be in the lead up to the ceremony. I was excited about marrying my best friend but started worrying about tripping on my dress, forgetting my vows and being the center of attention. But the combination of music I loved and a celebrant we were really comfortable with quickly calmed my nerves.
“Our reception was surreal! It felt like a huge dinner party with all my favorite people in one place. So much fun!”
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? For us it was all about creating a relaxed and elegant atmosphere. It was important that our guests were comfortable, well fed and having a great day with us. This guided our color palette, musician choice, floral arrangement and even my dress, shoes and hair.
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? One of my favorite details was our bonbonnieres. We filled glass test tubes with our favorite tea and attached our escort cards to them. As guests arrived to our reception we had them on a table so they found their card and took their gift with them to their table. My dad is pretty handy and made a rack to sit them all in. It looked amazing!
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We wanted the day to be relaxed, elegant, intimate and stress free. As soon as we arrived at Clovelly we knew it was the perfect location. It was private, beautiful and sophisticated without being pretentious. Best of all it meant we could host the ceremony and reception in the same location meaning we didn’t need to coordinate moving everyone to multiple locations.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Get a videographer! As the bills start coming in you will start thinking about where you can save some money. I almost said goodbye to our videographer and it would have been a huge mistake. Our three-minute highlights video is absolutely fantastic and something I watch all the time.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Get help! Unless you are event planner chances are you aren’t even going to know where to start. I can honestly say we loved our wedding but we also found the planning process fun and enjoyable because we had expert help. While I wanted to organised the venue, photographer, celebrant etc things like stationary, flowers and equipment hire were left to our planner. Usually she would bring us 3 – 5 options to match our style and budget and we would pick from these. She was amazing! Also, make sure you share wedding jobs with your fiancé. For some reason I assumed wedding stuff would bore Shane, but a few months in he asked if he could be responsible for a few things including the cake. He loved being involved and did a brilliant job!
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? The only thing we would change would be to have a 3 course meal rather than 5-course tasting. The food was divine but it meant we had more time seated. The day goes incredibly quickly so it would have been nice to have a little more mingling time after our meal.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Dessert was a Bombe Alaska that people still talk about! It was amazing! Our cake was served after our first dance and also put into take away containers for guests. The three tiers were chocolate, passionfruit and vanilla.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? We chose to have our speeches broken up between each course of food. Every speech was so special and it gave us the chance to enjoy such nice words but then also take time to personally thank them straight after.
What was your first dance song? Our first dance was to “This Year’s Love” by David Gray and my father/daughter dance was Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl.” Our dance floor was out on the lawn under a jacaranda tree with strings of lights hanging. It was really romantic, magical and one of my favorite things.