I spent last weekend in Nashville at my good friend Russ Waitman's wedding. Russ and I were roommates in college, sharing an engineering suite our sophomore year and an apartment offsite our junior year. After college, we both ended up serving our active duty officer assignments in the US Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH. Russ entered the medical service working in hospital administration while I helped develop software for cockpit simulations at Wright Laboratory.
Russ and I hadn't seen each other since I left the Air Force in 1996. Russ went on to Vanderbilt to get his MS and PhD in Biomedical engineering, an amazing accomplishment. We've stayed in touch over the phone and through email over the years, and I was thrilled to learn earlier this year that he was getting married. I was also honored to stand with him as a groomsman. On Saturday evening, Russ married Jessica Preston, a lovely, beautiful, and clearly intelligent woman that he met at school. They are away on honeymoon right now in the Pacific northwest enjoying their first week of married life.
I took a few photos during my stay there, so here goes.
Hatch Show Print is a still in operation letterpress print famous for their posters promoting country music concerts in Nashville.
On Friday evening I ventured downtown to some of the country bars to hear some live music. Highlight of the evening was the rockabilly band Twistin Tarantulas.
On Saturday morning before the wedding, I spent some time at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Highly recommended - more on that later.
Russ and I just before the wedding.
The beautiful bridal party.
Russ and the other groomsman. We're all engineers; funny that. At the reception we preceded our toast with a telling of the top 10 reasons to marry an engineer.