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Meet the McCartneys!! ;) Kelsy & Butch are my friends and fellow photographers (amazing, amazing film photographers based in Wausau, Wisconsin) and I was so honored to capture this adorable duo for the second time! Since I first met them, they have moved back to Wisconsin, purchased a lovely home (seriously, get ready to be jealous!), and have a new furry addition to the family, who goes by the name of Parker James!  (I also think they may have gotten even more cute in the past two years, which I did not think was possible.)  I had so much fun with K&B on their home turf and they even took me to their favorite restaurant after our session!  K&B are such an inspiration to me, in so many ways. Beyond being skilled photographers and business people, they are just so darn in love.  They are best friends.  They are so fun to be around and so full of joy.  What an amazing quality to spread smiles and joy to everyone around you.  Thank you for the best afternoon, my friends!!

PS- My husband, pup, and I also had the honor of being photographed by the McCartneys!  It was so important to me to find a film photographer and someone I knew I could be relaxed around.  Trust is so important and I trust K&B 110%.  I haven’t seen the images yet (the downside of film is the wait, but it’s so worth it!!), and I hope to share those on the blog in a few weeks, as well as some tips I learned planning for my own session and being on the other side of the camera.  What a great experience! :)


Kelsy McCartney - Oh my GOSH Laura!! We love these images SO much!!!! Wow!! Parker looks adorable, Butch looks so handsome, and you captured us perfectly!! We cannot thank you enough – Seriously we were so excited to see these and you completely blew us away with the photos and your sweet words!! We are in love with every single picture and are grateful to call you such a great friend!! Thank you!! XO

Emilia Jane - I love this.

Melissa Oholendt - CUTIES MCCARTNEYS! Love, love – especially that wine combo but you already knew that, right?! ;)

Rebecca K. - So cute! Fantastic photos! Wonderful couple with an amazing energy.

mike mcCartney - You guys are definately a camera’s best friend! Now Parker too is a camera ham…Love it! AMAZING photos! Leaves you wanting to see more.

How do you change your outfits so many time by the water like that ;)

Butch McCartney - LAURA!!! I think I’ve gone through this post ten times now, smiling all the way through. You are awesome, and having our pictures with you means so much! Thank you!

Lynn McCullough - Love everything about this, the pictures, the bond that you all have with each other, and who can forget about that adorable family menber Parker!

Anna Margaret - Stunning images of a beautiful couple, inside and out! Wonderful job Laura, you captured their sweet and fun personalities perfectly! And little Parker man looks SO handsome too :)

Joanna - Laura these are super adorable. Love!

MINNEAPOLIS LIFESTYLE SESSION ON FILM | LAURA & TODOR » The McCartneys Photography | FILM HUSBAND & WIFE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY DUO in CENTRAL WISCONSIN - [...] that she would be on the other side of our cameras filled us with excitement. Just a few days after Laura visited Wausau for our session, we headed to Minneapolis to meet Laura, Todor & their sweet pup Bianca. We had a blast [...]



My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been! I absolutely love traveling and feel so invigorated, inspired, excited, and privileged to experience all the different cultures that this lovely planet has to offer. My husband is from Bulgaria and grew up in Bulgaria, and we try to visit his homeland as often as we can. Unfortunately, since 2004, that has only equated to a trip every two years, but I think everyone can understand how life just gets in the way. A trip to Eastern Europe (or anywhere!) involves coordinating schedules, taking time off work, not booking weddings, saving money, flying half way around the world. There are always dozens of excuses why we can’t travel, but we’ve really tried to make it a priority in our lives. Even though every two years is sporadic, to say the least, I feel lucky that we’ve been able to travel to Bulgaria so many times. It makes the visits really special and I can’t even imagine how much it means to my husband, who only sees his parents and the rest of his family every two years, or for special occasions, like weddings in Africa! These trips are a really big deal, so I appreciate all of my clients who have been so supportive when I jet off for 2-4 weeks during the middle of wedding season. Whenever we visit BG, we try to see new places within the country, as there is so much diversity and so much to see.

I realized while looking through these photos, and my photos from our last trip in 2010, that I barely take any pictures of my husband’s hometown, Sofia; the capital city. I’m not sure exactly why, but I think it’s because it sort of feels like home to me. I rarely take pictures in Minneapolis or NYC any more (unless you count Instagram, which I do, of course) because I guess the novelty has worn off, so to speak. My next trip in 2014, I promise I’ll capture images that show a different side of Bulgaria! My husband wanted me to note that the images that I so love capturing, do not accurately depict life for the majority of Bulgarians. He was not a big fan of the car pic below (one of my favs!), but I happen to love those old villages, old junky cars, and those mountains. :)

Here are a few of my favorites from 2012. All of these images were captured on my favorite, my Contax 645, with Fuji Pro 400H film.  Enjoy!

Butch McCartney - Laura! This is SO great! I love what you wrote :) My favorite is the shot in the alley with smoke coming from the chimney!

Helgi - I love LOVE this Laura! Soooooo nice!

Kristina - I don’t go back that often either, and your note plus the photos inspired me to try a little harder and involve Geo in it as well. Kisses from me

Laura - Thank you, my lovely friends!! <3

tasha - Goodness! The country is lovely! Of course, your photos are stunning and have convinced me, I must travel there!

MAGGIE & VINNY | NEW HAMPSHIRE & VERMONT WEDDING » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] takes a back seat.  However, I’m just dying to share this one.  You may have noticed, that I love traveling!  So when one of our Minneapolis brides informed us that one of her bridesmaids was getting [...]

2012 | YEAR IN REVIEW » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] with my husband, a rare bonus!!) and visited some really amazing places on this little globe like Bulgaria, Paris, Portland, Bayfield, Boston, Cape Cod, Chicago, and New Orleans to name a few.  I have [...]



Kendra - How much do I love this? Way, way too much. Beautiful work as always, Laura!!

Emilia Jane - !!! I leave for Paris in two weeks and absolutely cannot wait. This post is gorgeous and makes me even more excited :-D

Nina - Nice,Laura!!

Jackie Just - Laura – love the Bulgaria and Paris images from these two posts. So fun. Say, what’s the story with the rose covered car? Is this an art installation or someone that just really likes wiring fresh roses to their car?

Laura - Thank you everyone!! I’m not exactly sure of the story behind the rose covered van, but I think it was some sort of promotion?? We really just saw it in passing and I snapped a pic because I thought it was lovely! :)

Kimberly - Your accordion man est tres bien; the kind of street photography I adore and aspire to.

2012 | YEAR IN REVIEW » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] husband, a rare bonus!!) and visited some really amazing places on this little globe like Bulgaria, Paris, Portland, Bayfield, Boston, Cape Cod, Chicago, and New Orleans to name a few.  I have lots of [...]



Meet adorable Annie & Michael!  They reside in Marina del Rey, California and are planning their wedding from a distance, so I hadn’t met them in person prior to our engagement session.  We had chatted on the phone and via email and I knew they were a fun, vivacious couple, but when I met them in person, I really fell for this duo!  Prior to the session, when we were discussing styling, Annie emailed me a picture of her dress, and I knew instantly she had great taste! ;) This couple is as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside and I can’t wait for their wedding next August at one of my favorite venues, The Semple Mansion, with Lasting Impressions Weddings.  Thanks to the lovely ladies at Emily J for Annie’s hair and makeup for this session.

Melissa Oholendt - Holy amazing style!! LOVE those boots with her J.Crew polka dot scarf! Gorgeous Laura!!

FEATURED | INSPIRED BY THIS » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] Annie & Michael’s perfectly-styled engagement session was recently featured on Inspired By This! Check out their lovely feature here or for more inspiration visit Inspired’s Facebook page! Enjoy!! [...]



From the second Madeline walked in the door of my studio, planner and vision in tow, I have been counting down the days to Madeline & Brian’s wedding!  I’ve gotten to know this couple over the past year and learned their story, and although their wedding was seriously overflowing with gorgeous details, this was even more so about the commitment they are making to each other, which has been a decade in the making.  M&B have been through so much together, have stood by each other’s sides, and have so much more yet to come.

Madeline herself is in the bridal industry, so only the best of the best vendors would do for their big day! Laura Mullen Event Design did an amazing job from start to finish and ensured this wedding went off without a hitch! Of course, I also have to mention Madeline’s gown. I mean, seriously ladies, I coudld’ve done an entire blog post with just images of Madeline looking fabulous. Her custom Oscar de la Renta gown was literally, the perfect choice, and her entire look was styled to perfection thanks to the amazing ladies (her coworkers!) at l’atelier couture. There are too many fantastic vendors thank them all, but seriously… all top notch! I am so lucky to work with such fabulous couples and vendors who are passionate about what they do!! I also wanted to recognize Madeline’s mother for all she did! From what I hear, she had a big hand in the gorgeousness that is this wedding, and also took on many projects, like sewing the runners for all the tables, and the pillows that were used for decor. All these details, and the incorporation of Brian’s love for fishing (the custom made bow ties, and the fishing lures on the butler passed hors d’oeuvres) made this event so personal. I literally could’ve posted hundreds more images!! Thanks to everyone involved, especially this beautiful couple! I am beyond honored to have been a part of your day.

Event design and planning: Laura Mullen Event Design
Gown: Oscar de la Renta from l’atelier couture
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Jewelry: Penny Larson
Clutches: Nelle
Custom Bow Ties: Freedom From Doubt
Venue: Glensheen Historic Estate
Tent: Sperry Tents
Photography: Laura Ivanova Photography
Filmmaker: Capture Studios
Florals: Munster Rose
Invitation and Paper: Paperista
Catering: Savories
Dessert: Cocoa & Fig
Rentals: Apres
Decor & Furniture: Bungalow 6
DJ: Flow

Thanks also to my talented, beautiful, fun friends, Melissa and Jill for shooting this wedding with me!

Stacy Able - Not sure I have the right words to say how amazing these are. Those sunset images on the lake- the bride looks like a model. Wow. All those details and macaron!?! Amazing job Laura just breath taking. xo

Kelsea - Breathtaking :)

Lizie - In awe of this whole wedding. HATS OFF. xoxo

Jackie - Laura you and your team did an ah-mazing job capturing all the splendor and details of this day. Seriously GORGEOUS!

Sandra Carroll Hughes - Brian and Madeline’s wedding surpasses any I have seen on other websites! Every detail was exquisite. Loved the custom sayings printed on the napkins and the chevron cake. Wishing this couple every happiness as they start their married lives together!

milsztof - Great details and fantastic wedding.

Nicole - These are breathtakingly beautiful! congratulations! Love to you from California!

Derek - Hey Laura,
Love the photos! & what a fun day shooting with ya. If you haven’t seen there video yet, here it is:

- Derek & the Capture Crew

PUBLISHED | BRIDES UK MAGAZINE » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] Madeline & Brian’s gorgeous wedding at the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth was recently published in Brides UK Magazine!  Madeline’s vision, along with a team of top-notch vendors, made her and Brian’s day absolutely perfect and I am so excited that their celebration is now gracing the pages of this lovely publication! [...]

PUBLISHED | MPLS ST PAUL WEDDINGS MAGAZINE » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - […] got to recognize Madeline & Brian by now!! I’ve enjoyed getting to know this couple over the last couple years, especially […]