This past weekend our beautiful city and middle Tennessee received a record amount of rain. 13 inches was recorded and I heard reports from others of as much as 22 inches. My neighborhood and house are fine. I had just a little water in my basement thanks to the All Dry system and a sump pump. Other neighbors had feet of water in their basements and lost very precious belongings. Another neighborhood across the main road was wiped out …. people lost everything! The mighty Cumberland River could not contain itself, nor the Stones River or Old Hickory Lake north of town. It took several days for me to even pick up my camera… I think I was in shock. Yesterday after I finished a kiddo session I drove into downtown from East Nashville, parked my car in a lot off 1st Ave/Hermitage Ave and walked around. While it was really devastating, it was not as bad as I thought, this due to the water starting to recede. Downtown is still without power and Nashville is being asked to conserve water.
Second Ave South.
Second Ave Abstract
Korean Vets Bridge from Second Ave South
more of Second Ave South
Hoses from the Schermerhorn
What Would Johnny Cash Think?
The street by the Encore... it was like a ghost town.
Electricity is out from 1st to 4th Ave's both sides of Broadway.
looking at 2nd ave from 3rd ave... the water really is this color... yuck!
Malloy St. .... across from this building is the back of the Encore building. I loved the light streaks on the building.
Birds Eye View of First Avenue Plaza
Signs at First Avenue Plaza
A bleak First Avenue from the Shelby Street Bridge
Should be called water street.
Second Avenue South #1
Second Avenue South #2
Reporting from across the Schermerhorn and in front of the Hilton.
Guess how many miles I drove my car in the last 75 minutes? 14.
I left my house at 4:45 to make it to a meeting with a 5:30 start time. I was looking forward to hearing how to keep my life’s priorities while pursuing my dream business goals and I was also given the opportunity to talk about how I was reinventing myself through the latest incubator with Ladies Who Launch. Somehow this was not to be.
Normally when I go to my LWL meetings I take the north route, head down Ellington Parkway then to James Robertson and around to Charlotte to get to the Point 3 offices at Marathon Village. When I got in my car and started to proceed with this route dark clouds, I mean really dark blue gray ominous clouds were forming over the village… and then bolts of lightening!! Yikes! I decide to go the other route, through Hermitage and stop for some much needed coffee. Well those darn storms followed me. I pulled into Starbucks and the guy at the window says, “Naw those storms are headed East toward Mt. Juliet”…. whatever!! I was worried that a bolt of lightening would hit the stainless steel to go window counter! As I drove off and toward the ramp to 40W I could see what looked like gray smoke in my rear view mirror… it was rain. Pouring rain and then hail and wind, stuff flying in the air! The temp drops from 96 to 75 in about 10 minutes. Okay I am thinking I will pull over until the rain subsides. By the time I start to merge onto the interstate it stops but wait…. the traffic is at a standstill and this is going toward town at 5 o’clock. Seems that a tractor trailer is stuck under the Elm Hill Pike overpass, lanes are closed and the truck will be there until 8pm. Nice. 20 minutes to go from one exit to the next.
I never made it to the meeting. Instead I am having a glass of wine! So I wonder if I had taken the Ellington Parkway route if I would have made it? Somehow it is an appropriate way to wind down this first Monday of Summer 2009. It has been a day with some movement toward my reinvention, maybe those storms symbolize all the negative, self doubt, leaving my brain.
I am leaving with a photo of the white tiger cubs from the Nashville Zoo. I have a big post in my mind about my latest zoo visit.
It's so hard to say goodbye to these girls! Today was their last day at the Nashville Zoo.
This past Sunday Bear and I attended the City Dog Ice Cream Social at the Loews Vanderbilt Plaza here in Nashville. It was so much fun!!! Thank you Stephanie for inviting us and asking me to photograph this inaugural event. We can not wait for the next one!! Thanks to Happy Retales for providing the ice pups treats. And to Pet Chef Express for the cool gift basket we won! These are just a few of my favorites. The complete gallery will be up in the next few days. Enjoy!
Dow Jones enjoying some dog ice cream.
Mister getting a nuzzle from one of his humans.
Oh yea Mom that's the spot!
Hello, my name is Otis!
This little sweetie reminds me of my first dog, Honey.
Dang these small dogs are hard to greet!
Aunt Honey and Mr. G finally make an appearance.
A sweet head butt.
Sweet Robby with the snaggle tooth.
This guy just cracked me up... he looks like a cartoon character.
The elegant Liberty.
Pleased to meet ya!
My boy, Bear enjoying the sun and company.
This guy just fresh from the fountain. He looks alot like Red Skelton.
Sweet little Yorkies.
The majestic Calypso.
Oh yea that feels good... okay I am ready to call it an afternoon.
The transformation of the ceremony site to reception site took place while the guests grabbed food and drink and Kerry and Paul had an intimate dinner in the bridal suite! Chef’s Market catered the event. Yummy!!!
After ceremony excitement!!
Removing the veil for the party!
This is a note from Kerry's friend, Wynonna. She surprised Kerry with a song, "Black Bird". It was beautiful and powerful! Paul also received a song, "At Last". Such a treat for everyone!
Kerry's favorite champagne.
Some yummy food.
Final touches before the reception.
First dance 2.
More first dance.
Okay last one.... I promise... just love the first dance.
April 18, 2009, downtown Nashville: Kerry Hansen and Paul Ziady tie the knot at the cool aVenue on third avenue south. The event was filled with so much love and warmth!! So many fabulous images to share that I am splitting this event into two! This is the first to the last wedding that I will be photographing. I am off to pursue portraits and fine art full time. I am so happy that I was able to be a part of Kerry and Paul’s day!
Kerry and Paul in front of the fountain at the Schermerhorn.
The address of aVenue. I love this old detail.
The cake.... yummy!!
Kerry sharing a toast with her girlfriends before she sees Paul.
The bride's bouquet and dress detail. Kerry looked stunning!
Kerry and Paul see each other all dressed up before the ceremony and photos.
Detail of the flowers that flocked the stage and table centerpieces.
Bride's jewelry and matron of honor's hair details.
The groom's bout.
Kerry's mom couldn't contain her excitement!
Paul and his dad, who was also his best man.
15 minutes before the ceremony: Kerry's stylists attach her cathedral length viel.
Paul and Kerry's dad.
Last check before heading down the aisle.
It was standing room only... actually chairs were set up for immediate family and then guests stood around and sat at tables witnessing the ceremony.
Kerry's matron of honor fixing her dress and veil.
Paul getting a great big hug from his dad!
Mr. and Mrs. heading for an intimate dinner before the reception.