Date Night in Nashville | A Romantic Evening in Franklin, TN

Mariah Treiber

April 15, 2021

There’s something about urban small towns like Franklin, TN that boast so much character and personality. When Shelby and Christopher used this charming downtown just outside of Nashville as the backdrop for their engagement session, it was like a romantic story was unfolding. After their session, they explored and enjoyed the sights and delicious eats that downtown Franklin has to offer. Looking for a date night in Nashville? Don’t forget to check out charming Franklin, too!

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All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go: Turning Your Engagement Session into a Date Night

You book a photo session and spend a little extra time than usual to look your very best (with an outfit you feel like showing off). Then, you do the awesome photoshoot with your best friend! Now what? Chances are, you’re still looking fantastic, and the sun has just set, so why not take your sweetie for a night out on the town? 

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Small Town – Big Love: Shelby + Christopher’s Engagement Session in Franklin, TN

Wedding planning can be so busy and even a little stressful. Still, Shelby and Christopher were able to make time for romance by capturing their engagement session AND getting in a romantic date night before their big wedding day in Nashville!

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After the Shoot: Best Date Night Places in Franklin, TN


If you’re looking for a traditional date night near Nashville, check out Gray’s on Main. This historic building from the 1800s used to be a landmark pharmacy. In 2013, it was restored to what is now a unique restaurant and bar experience that serves upscale southern cuisine. Try their famous fried pimento cheeseballs with moonshine pepper jelly, or head to the bar for a Magnolia Bitter, made with their own steeped magnolia leaves. Enjoy your food and drink with live music performances.

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Franklin, TN Main Street
date night in Nashville


Craving more of a BBQ-style date night? Then you must check out Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint: home of the West Tennessee style whole hog BBQ. If you’re craving authentic southern BBQ, Martin’s is the place to be. They also offer tender smoked beef brisket, mouthwatering ribs, and juicy smoked turkey and chicken. This local favorite has become so popular that they have several locations around Nashville.

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Kilwins in Downtown Franklin, without a doubt, will satisfy your sweet tooth. Enjoy over 75 different treats like their creamy Mackinac Island Fudge or a hand-dipped caramel apple. Everything in this shop is handmade, and the burnished copper kettle fire mixer they use to make their peanut brittle predates World War II!

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Historic Sight Seeing

After dinner and dessert, why not step back into the Civil War era and take a tour around the Carnton, Carter, and Lotz homes and museums. Each house tells a fascinating story of the Battle of Franklin. Guided tours are available, or simply stroll the grounds and outbuildings.

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date night in Nashville

Movie Night

End your date night at the historic Franklin Theatre, where movies have been rolling for 70 years on Main Street. The theater today serves as a multipurpose venue for music, movies, and community events. The Franklin Theater continues showing movies but now does live music concerts and live stage theater performances as well (plus a full bar and concessions).

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Don’t Forget a Souvenir!

I always love taking home mementos of my travels. Franklin, TN has a variety of shops for you to remember your epic date night with your fiancé. If you’re into antiques, you’ll be sure to find something in the 12,000+ square feet of Franklin Antique Mall. They truly have some of the best vintage furniture and collectibles I’ve ever seen.

From the Posh Boutique to the Savory Spice Shop, you will be amazed by all the hidden gems this fun town has to offer. Grab a Leather Wrap Journal from Narrow Gate Trading Co. to document your thoughts and memories, or check out their other high-quality hand-made leather goods from local artisans. Check out a complete list of downtown Franklin retailers here

Still looking for some wedding jewelry for the big day? Grab some pearls from Walton’s Jewelry. Pearls and diamond earrings are just the start; if you’re looking for something even more unique, their 1897 Victorian pearl brooch will sure make a statement! They have some gorgeously unique pieces that you have to check out – or have fun window shopping!

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That’s a Wrap

There’s nothing quite like a fun-filled date night with the love of your life. You go home with great memories and happy hearts. And the best part? You’ll soon have so many beautiful photos from your engagement session, too. What a great start to a happily ever after!

Ready to plan your date night in Nashville? Don’t forget photos! Connect with me here to book your session.


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