meet jess

my mission

I'm here to help you FOREVER REMEMBER your best days.

I'm a big fan of weddings, but an even bigger fan of marriage. You are in the middle of planning an incredible, joy-packed, emotion-filled, once in a lifetime day, surrounded by your closest friends & family. But what you're really getting ready for is the adventure of the lifetime with your best friend. This is the beginning of a NEW and extremely beautiful season of your life & I couldn't be more thrilled for you! 

I'm here to help you FOREVER REMEMBER your best days.

Hey friend!
I'm Jessica Lauren.

Wife, full-time business owner, big fan of hope + Jesus, & documenting this gift of a life we've been given!! 

Alright, let's take it backwards - I was a senior in high school and had "the talk" with my parents about college & future plans. I told them I wanted to be a wedding photographer and just so happened to book my first wedding the next morning. (WILD!) Nine years and countless weddings later - it's been a whirlwind that I would never trade!! When I'm not hanging out with my sweet couples, you'll find my husband & I walking to our neighborhood coffee shop, grabbing dinner at our favorite St. Louis spots, or hanging out with some amazing women at a local recovery center. My life is a gift full of a lot of goodness, & I'm mega thankful for every bit of it!! 

The Best part of my job? the texts/emails/insta messages i get when you see your wedding photos!!!

QUICK FACTS

I RECENTLY MARRIED MY BEST FRIEND OBSESSED WITH ASIAN FOOD
ALWAYS booking last minute flights
fresh flowers are 100% worth it
started my business IN HIGH SCHOOL
our HOME is MINI GREENHOUSE
heart for PRISON + recovery MINISTRY
secretly WANT TO BE A CHEF

Wedding Photos courtesy of Courtney Smith Photography

It's wildly important to me that my couples look back at their wedding experience with such joy-filled and fond memories. I'm a big believer that your wedding photography experience should be fun - filled with laughter & emotion, and a genuine reflection of you two as a couple. As your photographer, my goal is to make that a reality - so here's a peek at what we'll be up to!

THE EXPERIENCE

LET'S TALK ABOUT FAVES

the mountains

I have nothing against the beach, but man if I had to pick - I'm a mountain girl through and through!! There's something about their majesty that gets me.

Decorating our home

FB marketplace and I are besties when it comes to home decor! I love creating cozy & welcoming spaces + having friends/family in our home!! 

ALL THE FOOD

Making food is one of my favorite things to do, but I also love going out with my husband for an incredible meal. STL has such a great food scene - our list of favorite spots is long!! Ask me my faves sometime!! 

THE FAM!

Good grief, I love these humans!! Some of my favorite moments in life are when the fam is all together and we're cracking jokes and talking non-stop around the dinner table. 

madewell Obsessed 

I try not to get sucked into the sale emails *too often*, but if I could outfit my whole wardrobe from Madewell, I sure as heck would!! 

TRAVELING WITH MY BESTIE

There are few things I love more than catching a flight to explore somewhere new with Ryan!! Our most recent trip was to Croatia & Montenegro, (INCREDIBLE) and Italy, Spain & Portugal are next up on our list!! 

DECORATING OUR HOME

FB marketplace and I are besties when it comes to home decor! I love creating cozy & welcoming spaces + having friends/family in our home!! 

THE MOUNTAINS

I have nothing against the beach, but man if I had to pick - I'm a mountain girl through and through!! There's something about their majesty that gets me.

all the food

Making food is one of my favorite things to do, but I also love going out with my husband for an incredible meal. STL has such a great food scene - our list of favorite spots is long!! Ask me my faves sometime!! 

the fam!

Good grief, I love these humans!! Some of my favorite moments in life are when the fam is all together and we're cracking jokes and talking non-stop around the dinner table.

madewell obsessed

I try not to get sucked into the sale emails *too often*, but if I could outfit my whole wardrobe from Madewell, I sure as heck would!! 

Ready to have the BEST time + document your sweetest days?!

let's work together