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!! 

Meet the BEST associate photographers (ever!) - Andrea & Adara! 

I realized the *worst* emails to write were when I had to tell the sweetest couples that I couldn't be a part of their day because I was already booked. 

AKA, these two are the best news ever!! Andrea and Adara add so much life and JOY to the JLP experience!! If I'm not available for your day but you still want to be a part of the Jessica Lauren experience, Andrea and Adara are here bring that to your wedding day!! You will receive the FULL experience when you book an associate with bridal guides, direction through every step, timeline assistance, & of course the signature JLP editing style! 

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

let's work together