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In July, I had a chance to take a mid-summer break and sneak away during the craziness of wedding season to relax and refresh for a week in Boston and Cape Cod. It was such a lovely trip. I just wanted to share a few of my favorite images that I captured on my Contax 645. Thanks to my gal pals for hosting me!











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I’m very excited to announce lots of travel for the month of September. I’m going to be out of the studio from Sept 6-24th. During much of this time, I will have limited email access and no phone access. First, I’m headed to NYC for several engagements, meetings, and a fabulous Long Island wedding. Then, I’ll be departing for Bulgaria, where I’ll join my husband for a lovely 10 day vacation visiting the parents-, sister-, and grandparents-in-law. We only make it back to Bulgaria once every couple years, so needless to say, we’re ecstatic about this trip! Your patience during this time is greatly appreciated, as we spend every moment with our family, who we see far too rarely. On our way back from Bulgaria, we’re stopping over for a couple days in Paris, before heading back to Minneapolis. I have a brief time to sleep off my jet lag before heading up to Duluth for an amazing wedding that I’ve been looking forward to for over a year!! Yeah, it’s this couple, and it’s gonna be good!

If you’re a prospective client, I’m so very excited to hear from you, and know that responding to your inquiry will be my top priority upon my return. You can contact me here.

Again, I appreciate your patience during this time! I have several blog posts scheduled while I’m away, so check back often. I’ll also try my best to post updates on my Facebook page and Instagram. In the meantime, feel free to check out our last trip to Bulgaria. Ciao bella!

 

  • Sarah Wu - Have a wonderful trip.. heehee I like that picture you just share above

  • Lizie - Have FUN sweet Laura!

  • Katja - Enjoy your trip Laura and have a wunderfull time in Europe! Paris is just a 4 hour drive from my home ;-)
    Katja

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I am absolutely smitten with Colleen & Andrew! They are very sweet, down-to-earth, and joyful! Their wedding day was absolutely amazing from start to finish, and their day holds a special place in my heart. I will forever remember Colleen’s speech and her eloquent way with words. She spoke about how her and Andrew had met in French class and that he had pursued her by asking her out for coffee several times. Andrew joked that one of the nicest things about Colleen is her polite demeanor and the subtle nuance between saying no, and not saying yes. (There is a difference!) Although Andrew eventually realized he was being turned down, he continued to ask, and obviously his persistence paid off!

I must mention some of the amazing vendors that made this day so incredible:
Wedding Planner: Joan of Ambiente
Ceremony and Reception: Calhoun Beach Club
Catering: D’Amicos
Florals: A Day in Provence
Makeup: Makeup by Michelle
Calligraphy: Rosann Konieczny
Video: Vibrant Film
Band: The Sevilles

Definitely check out Colleen & Andrew’s wedding film. John from Vibrant Film did a spectacular job and I had tears in my eyes as I watched!

Congrats Colleen & Andrew!


































  • Jen O. - Laura, this is beyond beautiful. I love the white, gold, and black color palette. What a gorgeous wedding.

  • Butch McCartney - Awesome, Awesome, Awesome, Laura! You’re on fire!!

  • Jenna - wow laura, this blew me away. that couple, the wedding, the decor, the filmy goodness. you captured each aspect perfectly, it HAS to be one of the most gorgeous weddings i have ever seen. i am swooning over her rings, wowza. love love love.

    AMAZING WORK!

  • Tara - Laura, your work is truly beautiful. what an amazing day for Andrew & Colleen. and, how lucky they are to have had you capture every moment for them!!

  • kristen wood - EEEk! So pretty Laura!! love!

  • PUBLISHED | MPLS ST PAUL WEDDINGS MAGAZINE » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - […] up and down for joy over here!! Colleen & Andrew’s take-your-breath-away-beautiful wedding at the Calhoun Beach Club was recently published in Mpls St […]

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Double hooray!!! Two of my fantastic, amazing, and stylish clients had weddings featured in Minnesota Bride Magazine and Wisconsin Bride Magazine!! First up are Heather & John. Their classic wedding at the James J. Hill Library in downtown Saint Paul, was selected to be featured in Minnesota Bride Magazine. I know I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… Minnesota Bride is such a fabulous mag and I am as obsessed with it now as I was when I planned my own wedding, ahem, 7 years ago! Please pick up a copy and check out their gorgeous wedding!! I must also mention Heather & John’s planner, Laura, of Laura Mullen Event Design. Laura is amazing at what she does and her events always shine with so many unique yet effortless details. I don’t think we’ve ever done a wedding together that hasn’t been published, and it’s due to our fantastic clients, of course, but also Laura’s talent and creativity.  Other top-notch vendors such as A Day in Provence, Cocoa and Fig and many more contributed to this elegant affair!

One state over, Amy & Garret’s destination wedding in Trego, Wisconsin was featured in Wisconsin Bride Magazine. I absolutely adore Amy & Garret. They are a fun, vibrant and vivicous couple and planned a weekend celebration that was centered around their families & friends. They are the kind of couple that can make you laugh until you cry, but I still somehow managed to document their day with tears in my eyes! ;) Their gorgeous wedding brightened the pages of WI Bride and I am so delighted to see their wedding in print! PS- Happy first anniversary you two!!

These weddings are just a small sampling of the gorgeousness that lies within the pages of these publications.  Seriously, pick up a copy in print and enjoy!!  Thank you MN and WI Bride for the features!



 

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Meet Elena & Andrew. Elena & Andrew live in Chicago. Andrew found me randomly via the internets, and from our first conversation on the phone, I was beyond excited about their big day. I have to be honest about something. Andrew is a really talented photographer, and although I’ve photographed many photographer’s weddings, it’s always just a smidge more nerve-wracking shooting for someone that also shoots weddings. But our visions aligned. Andrew (and Elena) trusted me implicitly and I have to thank them for that trust. Not to mention, I had the best second shooter a girl could ask for; my dear friend Yazy, of YazyJo Photography. Yazy is so very talented, you must check out her and her husband’s work.

Andrew and Elena are genuine and sweet and they made me feel so welcomed from the first second I met them, which happened to be at their rehearsal dinner! Their friends and family were equally as welcoming. They had huge, infectious smiles on their faces ALL DAY LONG!! You wouldn’t be able to tell from looking at these photos, but it was downpouring the morning of their wedding. As the bride and groom got ready in their separate hotel rooms, I doubted we’d even be able to do outdoor photos, much less have the outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour they had planned. But wouldn’t you know, the clouds parted, literally, right as we were scheduled to begin photos, and Andrew and Elena had the outdoor ceremony and sunshine they had dreamed of.

Andrew and Elena, thank you times one million!! I couldn’t say enough good things about you! How did I get so lucky to have such amazing, caring, fun, sweet clients?! Since you both love traveling so much, I hope to see you in NYC or Minneapolis soon! ;)






























  • Andrew Stott - Laura, these are absolutely amazing!!! I mean, Elena and I knew they’d be GREAT, but COME ON!!! :)

    Thank you again for your wonderful photos, and thanks too for your beautiful words — it was truly OUR pleasure working with YOU! The weather definitely worked out in our favor, and you and Yazy made us feel so at ease with the whole day.

    Now, excuse me… I have to get back to flipping through the gallery and reliving the moments over and over!

  • Jeff DeNapoli - Laura these photos are ridiculous! I’m blown away — what an awesome job you and Yazy did. I saw the full gallery and all the rest are just as amazing as the ones in this post. I love your style and you made it fun for everyone. It was nice meeting you!

    Cheers!

  • PUBLISHED | THE KNOT CHICAGO & THE KNOT MINNESOTA » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] lovely wedding at the Mayowood Stone Barn in Rochester, was featured in The Knot Minnesota, and Elena & Andrew’s gorgeous celebration was featured in The Knot Chicago. I am so grateful to my clients for allowing [...]

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