Shawnee + Will

We had a BLAST hanging out with these two at Rock Island State Park! And how photogenic are they?? We can't wait to be a part of their big day later this year. Shawnee and Will, thanks for sharing your love story and letting us be a part in documenting this time in your lives. Your love makes us smile.

- J & E

Violet Eve

We could go on and on about Violet. She is the most beautiful person, inside and out. She is gentle and kind, has the most artistic spirit, and her love for Jesus translates into the most authentic love for others. We were so excited to get to shoot with her, especially when surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of Rock Island State Park. Thank you, Violet, for going on an adventure with us and sharing your beautiful laugh and smile with our lens! (All of the heart eye emojis)

- J & E

Sarah Ritter

We've always loved shooting in urban, rundown locations. The textures and colors of brick walls, rusty doors, and cracked cement steps create gorgeous backdrops for our photos. Plus, grungy shoots always feature some element of 90's fashion which is the best. Our stunning model for this shoot, Sarah Ritter, brought one of her favorite 90's inspired pieces to the shoot - the "flest". Apparently that's what she calls a flannel vest. We love it.

Thanks again to Sarah for hanging out with us for a bit - this girl is so talented y'all, it was a dream getting to focus our camera on her! We hope you love this grungy shoot so much that you'll be adding a flest to your wardrobe very soon!

- J & E

Small Biz Spotlight: Amelia's Flower Truck

Hey friends! We love creative small business, we love girl bosses, and we love Nashville. We've found that the combo of the three is nothing short of magical! There are so many creative businesses in this city, so we've decided to start sharing some of our favorites. Every week we will be photographing and featuring a unique small business in the area, along with a few Q&A's with the creative that brought their entrepreneurial dream to life. We hope you're as inspired as we are!

This week we had the chance to chat with Mattie Bush, the dreamer behind the cute little flower truck you see usually parked around the 12 South neighborhood. We're obsessed with the concept and branding behind Amelia's Flower Truck, and who doesn't love a bouquet of fresh flowers?!

Hey Mattie! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us! What was your background before starting Amelia's Flower Truck? Did you have experience in floral design?
For some reason this question is harder to answer than I thought. I dabbled in a lot of different things before starting Amelia's Flower Truck. I studied Fine Art in college and then traveled a bit when I graduated. After that I worked in film production, and when I moved to Nashville I managed a food truck. In a roundabout way, it all led me to where I am today. I didn't have any floral design experience. The ironic part is that I'm actually slightly allergic to flowers, so working with them every day never really came to mind until the idea of the flower truck.

Where did the inspiration for Amelia's Flower Truck come from?
Traveling became a huge part of my life at a young age, and I knew that I wanted to start a business that reflected that in some way. I started to think about what I loved about exploring new towns and cities, and a common thread was flowers. I have always been envious of the accessibility bigger cities had to flowers, and I wanted Nashville to have that too.

What has it been like running a small business in Nashville?
It has been amazing. Nashville is the perfect city to own a small business in. There is a "local" movement going on here in that people want to support local businesses, and other small business owners are so supportive as well. It's been a dream and I can't imagine doing it anywhere else.

What advice do you have for aspiring creative entrepreneurs looking to start their own business?
Don't be afraid to share your ideas with others. Getting feedback from other small business owners and people in the same industry really helped me figure out if it would work or not (although you really don't know until you try). I would also say, do it. Too many creative people are crippled by the fear of failing that they won't even try, and that's the biggest mistake.

What's your favorite kind of flower?
Is it crazy that I don't have one? I see so many new and beautiful flowers so often that it is hard for me to decide on just one. Recently, I've loved carrying Dahlias on the truck.

Check out Amelia's Flower Truck here and on Instagram.

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Lauren Yawn

What a joy it was to photograph this girl! We told Lauren at the beginning of the shoot to channel her inner Trya and smize, and the girl turned into a professional model from there. These photos were taken at an abandoned airport in Nashville, we loved the grunge vibes!

- J & E