Stacy + Jesse

I don't think there are enough great things I can say about Stacy and Jesse. They are so damn cute and it's honestly like I am watching a movie when I am with them because their sweetness for each other is so beautiful. Their wedding was a ton of fun and very unique.  At one point, while everyone was hanging out at cocktail hour, I looked over and they were up at their reception area, dancing by themselves to a song the guitarist was playing. After I rushed over to steal a few photos of them, Stacy looks over at me and says, "Well, I guess we just stole our first dance" hahaha.  If that doesn't scream "FREAKING ADORABLE" I don't know what does! 

 When I first met with Stacy and Jesse, they told me they wanted their wedding day to really reflect who they are as a couple and they did NOT fail. These two really love being outdoors, so  naturaly they decided to get married at Baileys Palmar Resort, on Mount Palmar, where their wedding party and guest could camp out for the weekend. Stacy had her dress made to match her style and it has a beautiful blue liner under it and it's  seriously incredible. The bridesmaids also had their dresses designed for them, which is cool because then they can actually wear them again. Every single detail of their wedding screeeaaamed their names. I mean, who gives their guest plates to take home with their new last name on them? SO COOL!!  If you can't feel the love and adventure from these two, we can't be friends lol.

 Congratulations you guys! <3

Venue: Baileys Palmar Resort

Hair: @madelynenochs

Makeup:@makeupbytawnie

Gown designer: @miss_tashina

Bridesmaids designer:@ miss_tashina

Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Giorgio Rossi

Florist: DIY By Bridesmaid Marissa 

Month of Coordinator: Bridesmaid Liz

Rentals: @adorefolklore

Guitarist: @mikewilsonmusic

DJ: Party People SD

Caterer: @corbinsq

Bar Service: @js_party_potions

Barber: @rmbshaveparlo

Wedding Cake: Bridesmaid Marissa 

 

Courtney + Alex

When Courtney and I met to talk about their special day, I knew it was going to be amazing. Her spunky personality paired with his laid back, yet energetic self, made for a great combo. She is a hairstylist, he is a Nurse in the Military, and these two sure know how to have a good time and throw a GREAT party! Courtney is also craaaaazzzzzzy crafty and made all of the details on her own- SO much love and passion went into every detail of their special day, and this wedding really showed who they are as a couple. From the all day laughter, lawn games, singing, piano playing and nonstop dancing, every thoughtful touch was unique. The way these two love each other and their family and friends is beyond amazing- they truly make you feel like you are family and have known them forever. If you don't get alllll the feels from their wedding day, you can check out their cheery engagement session, which was published on Cake and Lace.


Congrats you two, love birds you!!!

Venue: Circle oak Ranch

Gown: Tour of Elegance (Sophia Tolli) 

Makeup: I DO Makeovers

Flowers: Diana Earley Caterer:

South Fork Catering Desert: Elegance on Display

Bar: The Cocktail Concierge

Videography: Vier Photo and Video 

Milia + Joey

The night Milia and Joey met, Milia told her friend she was going to marry him and as you can see, the rest is history from there!! These two live in Pennsylvania but decided to get married in California where her and her family are from.  She is Dental assistant and he builds home but served in the Military before. Fun fact, Milia is also a professional hula dancer and she did a beautiful hula for her man at their wedding. I am so excited to finally share their beautiful day with you all! Congratulations you two!!!

Heather and Josh

These two met in 2011 but didn't officially start dating until 2014, which was the best decision they ever made. They married on a beautiful, hot, summer day in California surrounded by family and friends.  They spent their day soaking in each others love and laughter.   Heather walked down the isle with her two handsome sons, and the couples beautiful baby girl was waiting for them at the alter. Being from a blended family, it's incredible to see how much Josh embraces her boys and takes them as his own. Your heart could explode with how much love he has for Heather and their little family. I am positive everyone would agree this wedding was something for the books.   Starting with the first look, to each and every beautiful moment shared between them, to the amazing laughter throughout the day, every detail was captivating and meaningful. Congratulations you two! <3

Venue: The Orchard- Menifee 

Hair: Heather Dunn

Makeup: Prohmartistry  

Flowers: Floral Sensations

Second Shooter: Jennifer Hahn

Cake: Bo Cakes

PhotoBooth: S'more Play

DJ: JC Entertainment

Stacy and Jesse- Palm Springs Excursion

 Stacy and Jesse are two of the most down to earth people I have ever meet. When we first met for coffee a few months back, we instantly clicked.  I have been DYING to shoot in Joshua Tree and when they said they are outdoorsy people, and that they love Joshua Tree, I was like "LETS GO, RIGHT NOW!"  We started off the day in Palm Springs,  going to a few different locations, then we headed to Joshua tree. Jesse is so sweet and endearing towards Stacy, and she just adores every piece of him. He is a chef and She was a waitress but now  works in the medical field. They met while at work and there was some kind of bet that went on about heart shaped pancakes, and now... they are getting married in just a few short months. They have so much fun stuff planned for their wedding that really is going to show who they are as a couple and it's going to be super super kick ass!!  The love they have and the love that is expressed throughout these photos, is no doubt a real life love story.

If you want to know where those Tacos are from, they are from the Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs. They are THE BEST TACOS I have ever had!  I highly suggest you make that drive out there for them, and the fun atmosphere.  

N + P

Noelia's and Peter's wedding was beyond words. These two are for reals... two peas in a pod. We did things juuuust a little differently and did their first look two weeks before their actual wedding day (at Balboa Park) in order for them to have more time the day of and to just enjoy each other. Even though we did have a little, or a lot of, wind, that didn't stop these two from really taking in the whole day. 

I loved getting to know N and P over the course of the last nine months. Noelia is a sweet soul and Peter is such a down to earth guy.  It's always great when you become friends with your Brides and Grooms. 

Wishing you two lots of love and more. 

Vendors:

Second Shooter/ @imelizabethlauren

Hannah Walker Hair & Makeup /hannah_r_walker@yahoo.com

All Aspects catering and events / allaspectscater@gmail.com

9twentyeightevents.com / sara@9twentyeightevents.com

Monikerwarehouse / aly@monikergroup.com

Chiavari Chair rental Sd / rita@chiavarichairrentalsd.com

Pixster Photo booth / trevor@pixsterphotobooth.com

2 Filmz Studio/  jbraswell@2filmzstudios.com

DJ/ DJ Vinny 

 

 

 

Blogging

I can't believe it's Friday already. Between editing, my little and I being sick AGAIN, this week flew by.  I was drinking my coffee, while baby napped, and I realized that I SUCK at blogging my sessions. I admit, I use my Instagram as a platform for my "blogging " and I probably should start showing more of my work on here.  While, I can't show all sessions, because I want to respect the privacy of my couples and my families, here are just a few things I've been working on in the mean time :)

 

 

 

 

 

Dance Studio Wedding- T&K

T and K are two of the sweetest souls you will ever meet. They both have a giant love for music, each other, and God. Their wedding was on a Tuesday and it was so laid back and fun.  I came a few days before to check out the lighting and help set up a little and as I was there, K started to play the guitar and sing. IT WAS AMAZING, YA'LL!! Their wedding was so much fun and they had two of  my personal favorite foods... In N Out and Krispy Kream's. I am so excited to share this sneak peak of their special day.

 

Main Photographer: Alexes Lauren Photography; Second shooter: Karissa Morgan at http://www.karissabreannphotography.com; Assistant: Ime'Unique Johnson @ImeUniqueJohnson

Brittany and Chad Wedding Sneak Peek

 It's always really great when old friends contact me to take their photos, but it's ten time better when they ask me to photograph their wedding day for them. I am very excited to finally share this sneak peek from Brit & Chad's wedding!!!  This was such a beautiful wedding in Newport Beach and the weather was PERFECT! These two are the definition of true love. The way they care and love for each each other is beyond words.  While Brit and Chad exchanged vows, Brit also had some vows for Chads daughters. I don't think there was ONE dry eye in the house, I know I was holding back the tears the whole time. Here is a tiny piece of their beautiful day :)

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Thank you again to my two shooters, Alex and Jennifer! You girls ROCK

Engagement- B&C

I am very excited to share this engagement session. I have been looking forward to this since they booked their wedding with me :). B and I went to middle school and high school together, so I feel honored that I am going to be photographing their wedding this coming August. Here are some photos from their beautiful lake engagement. 

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Not so MIA

If you have been to my little corner of the internet, and visited my blog portion of it, you will see that I have not posted on here since April :(.  I have been so busy, which I LOVE, that I honestly have not even been able to sit down and get all my post for the last few months together. I promise you, there will be tons coming soon. For more of my recent work, please check out my Instagram  or feel free to email me :)

 

 Until next time!!

 

-Alexes 

 

 

Pretty Gypsy Cosmetics

HELLO people of the internet! My dear friend, and owner of Pretty Gypsy Cosmetics, is here to hang out for the day!!! She makes the most beautiful eyeshadow you have ever seen, out of her cute little beach house! I am totally obsessed with it, and her (she is my spirit animal :) ). I don't wear eye-makeup every often, but lately, I have been rocking this left and right! Here is a little behind the scene look of her shoot last week!

Check out her Instagram @PrettyGypsyCosmetics and while you are there, go to her shop and see all of her new pretty colors! 

 

 

L, C and P

I love being able to reconnect with old friends. I got the opportunity to take photos of this family last week and it was a blast! Watching L's son play around and explore in the water, reminds me of when I was little and wanting to be outside all day.  The love this family shares is beyond words. 

Happy Thursday :)

J and A Maternity Session

Last week I got to do a session with some friends that I went to high school with. They are expecting their first child next month!!! These two have the sweetest souls and it was so much fun to take their photos, chat about life and just hang out. I am so excited for them to have their little bundle of joy arrive very soon! 

Are they not just so perfect?! and J is glowing! I can't wait for their Fresh48 when baby comes!!!

Ryan Sisters

Last week I got to hang out and take some pictures of some old friends of mine. We grew up cheerleading together, so this was a really special shoot for me. Kendyl, is graduating from Hygienist school and Kayli is about to graduate and become a Physical Therapist Assistant! I am so proud of these two! 

Congrats to both of you girls!