Giving Memories We Had Yet to Make


A few months ago, JD and I celebrated his birthday in Nashville, Tennesee. It was an unexpected city to herald in another year of his life, but we made the best of it, took a birthday photo, and went to a concert…but not just any concert. We went to a Mumford&Sons concert at Ryman Auditorium, an intimate venue that once served as a church.

Unbeknownst to us, Ryman is known for it’s impeccable acoustics and when the four members of Mumford stepped away from the microphones, stood at the edge of the stage, and sang from the deepest parts of their hearts, the walls reverberated. The audience sang along and thumped wooden pews in mad appreciation. And in that moment, my world folded onto itself. I knew I was where I was supposed to be…

…next to my best friend, surrounded by strangers who felt like friends, breathing in the light smells of sweat, alcohol, and sweet tea.

It was a big moment for me, so when JD surprised me with tickets to see Mumford&Sons at the Hollywood Bowl last Saturday, I cried. He was giving me memories we had yet to make.

We bundled up and made our way to our seats at the Bowl. Layered in two jackets, gloves, and a beanie I bought for $2.99 at a liquor store en route to the concert (long story, Internet), I poured two paper cups of hot cocoa. We sang, danced, and laughed under the stars on a chilly night. And for a second time in my crazy life, I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be.

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  1. Alexis

    November 14th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    that’s BEAUTIFUL! 🙂

    God bless you and JD and your family 🙂

    *Jeremiah 29:11* — You’re living it! 🙂

  2. Meghan Stewart

    November 14th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I love the way you share the simple yet meaningful moments of your life. So glad you really LIVE your life.

  3. Tiffany Farley

    November 14th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Not sure which I feel like doing more- playing Mumford or making hot cocoa. 🙂

  4. Stacey

    November 14th, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    "He was giving me memories we had yet to make." *swoooon*

  5. Melissa

    November 14th, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    You guys are too cute! 🙂

  6. nicole mccarthy

    November 14th, 2012 at 3:36 pm


  7. Ashley Barnett

    November 14th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I truly feel like those Mumford kids are the great equalizer. I’ve seen so many people from wedding industry to celebrity, best friends to people I NEVER thought would like them all come together through thier music. Their concerts make me feel hope and joy and they pull at those little fibers inside that make you want to cry, even though you’re happier than you’ve ever been.

  8. Charlotte Fristoe

    November 14th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I can completely understand the feeling you had listening to Mumford & Sons. They are so inspiring, spiritual, and influential in my life! My husband and I saw them in New Orleans at Jazz Fest and it was surreal how connected we were to the crowd, the music, and the band! Love this post!

  9. pam

    November 14th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you for reminding me to stop and enjoy what is happening at the moment.

  10. Tina Wiebe

    November 14th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Jasmine I knew that I thought you were awesome! But the fact you love Mumford and Sons just made you way cooler in my eyes! Would love to see them in concert some time!! Lucky Girl!

  11. B

    November 14th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Mumford and Sons has a wonderful way of doing this.

  12. Allison

    November 14th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I want to go to there. I love M&S, and that sounds like heaven.

  13. Essex Wedding Photography

    November 14th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Such romantics – very sweet

  14. Shanna

    November 14th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    You two have such a beautiful love!! Inspiring 🙂

  15. Lori Collett

    November 14th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I was lucky enough to see them at Red Rocks this summer, and I don’t know how any other concert will ever compare! Their music inspires, and brought everyone around us there together. New friends, even if just for a night 🙂

  16. Diana

    November 14th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Oh, this was a lovely post!

  17. Ashley Christine

    November 15th, 2012 at 3:28 am

    That is awesome!

  18. Christina Hastings

    November 15th, 2012 at 3:30 am

    OK, OK, you even have the coolest way of wording blog post titles. I had to understand what you meant as soon as I read the title and it pulled me in. Good twist of phrase. And good choice of hubby too. 😉

  19. Rebekah

    November 15th, 2012 at 3:56 am

    I’ve never been to a concert at the Ryman, but I’ve been there and you can FEEL the history in that place. Nashville is my favorite city ever, anyways. It’s amazing. 🙂

  20. sarah danaher

    November 15th, 2012 at 4:53 am

    my sweet boyfriend is taking me to see them here in DC… ON VALENTINE’S DAY, Y’ALL!!! I’m stoked beyond words. 😀

  21. LEOLAK

    November 15th, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Beautiful post!! Wonderful couple!! 😉

  22. Carolina

    November 15th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Love Mumford & Sons! Looks like you two had a great time! 🙂

  23. Ashley Goodwin

    November 16th, 2012 at 5:26 am

    The minute those men lit up the stage at the Ryman, I too knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be. And, I cried. Not because it was JDs birthday of course, that was fun and all, but because I was happy, and thankful.
    ALWAYS thankful.

    Just wish they hadn’t run out of posters.


  24. Steve Fuller

    November 16th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    very jealous, love Mumford and Sons!

  25. SANDRA

    November 18th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    living vicariously! I’m abroad for the next few months and they aren’t coming near me. So glad you guys enjoyed the show! Happy belated bday JD!

  26. Amanda Marie Photography

    December 11th, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Oh Jasmine, as much as I admire you fro your success in this business I ENVY you for the relationship between you and JD. Sigh. Once my husband and I might have had a fun night together like the one you describe but those days are long gone and I miss it. I really miss it.