Tuesday, May 5, 2015

iced coffee

One of my favorite treats is an iced White Mocha from Starbucks. Everyone loves a good iced coffee drink in the spring and summer, right? The issue is, this tasty treat of a drink breaks my wallet, and sometimes I just want something nice to sip while I'm in my office working without having to actually leave the house. 

After looking up 'iced coffee recipes' on Pinterest, I found nothing. Most of them used sweetened condensed milk, and I'm not about that. I know White Mochas probably have the same type of syrup in them, or worse! But I wanted something that I could sip and not feel THAT terrible about drinking. 

So, this iced coffee recipe was born. It's mildly sweet, and mildly strong, at least in my opinion, but a coffee expert might disagree. Or something who hates sweets might think its TOO sweet. Just give it a try! If you like a normal amount of coffee, and a normal amount of sweetness, this is the drink for you. 


4 cups of water 
2 tablespoons of ground coffee 
1/4 cup of water 
2 tablespoons of raw sugar 
1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract 
3 tablespoons of heavy cream  

Brew your coffee with the 4 cups of water and 3 tablespoons of ground coffee. 

While coffee is brewing, add the 1/4 cup of water and sugar into a small pot on the stove on low heat. and stir until the sugar dissolves. Pour in vanilla extract, then remove from heat and set aside. 

Once coffee is done brewing, pour coffee and sugar syrup into a jar with a lid. Pour cream in with the coffee and place in the fridge for a few hours, or until jar and coffee feels cool. 

Serve cold with ice cubes. Enjoy! 

love kaytee

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Jeannie + PJ | NC | Fall Beach Wedding

Jeannie + Pj's fall beach wedding is featured on Style Me Pretty on last week! If you haven't seen it already, be sure to check it out!

It's SUCH an honor to be featured on their site, and to have this wedding featured in particular. Jeannie + Pj contacted me at the end of last year for their fall beach wedding in North Carolina. They flew from Laguna Beach to the East Coast, and brought all the perfect pieces of California with them. It was such an amazing day, and a fun fun night! 

I loved photographing their wedding, and for the opportunity to work with some of the amazing vendors in Corolla from Amanda + Adam's wedding once again. It felt good to be back in the sand at Pelican's Landing, with a new perspective and a new story to tell. I love Jeannie + Pj so much, and hope to cross their paths again one day! 

Florist | Studio Posy 
Bride's dress |Theia Couture
Bridesmaids dresses | Vow to Be Chic
Groom + Groomsmen attire | JCrew
Catering | Coastal Provisions
Wedding Coordinator | A Premier Event
Videography | Emotion Pictures
Calligraphy | Starry Night Calligraphy
Bride's earrings | Kate Spade
Photography | Kaytee Lauren
Venue | Pelican's Landing 

Feature by Style Me Pretty

love kaytee