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I’m bursting at the seams! So excited to share and officially announce to my blog readers (I hope you’re out there!); I’m fulfilling a lifelong dream and moving part time to New York City!  Of course, I still travel the country (and the globe!) for weddings, but my home bases will now be in both Minneapolis and NYC!

Moving to NYC has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. I always dreamed of living in the big city, sophisticated and fashionable, some high-powered career woman. Just a small-town girl from the midwest, living the dream. With 8 million other dreamers. It’s funny because I also love the country. I guess I’m an extremist. I’ll either be a hermit in the middle of nowhere, living off the land, or in the midst of the most action I can possibly create for myself. My husband and I have been living in Minneapolis for nearly 5 years now, most of that time spent living in our house, and believe it or not, this feels like an eternity for me. I actually miss the college days where we moved every 12 months. I crave change and I love a challenge. That’s probably why I went from architect to graphic designer to photographer to photographer/business owner all in the span of the last 6 years. I believe in setting goals and going after it. I always want to be the best I can be, push for the best, do big things.

Although I love change, I am feel so content being a photographer! I just want to explore other avenues of photography and creativity. I absolutely, with my whole heart, love my job. I ADORE MY JOB. I am so grateful that I get to do something I love; be with people on one of the most important days of their lives and help preserve family history and memories. I admit, there are times when I feel like I’m in a creative rut, but the feeling is quickly lost the second I see a bride or groom on their wedding day. It sounds crazy, but I somehow become immersed. I am inspired. I love weddings and although I must admit I’d love a Saturday off sometimes, it doesn’t get old! The lifestyle my job creates is just a huge perk- running a business, being my own boss, making my own schedule, connecting with with so many people (clients, vendors, creatives, artists, entrepreneurs). I feel so lucky to spend my life doing something I love. I feel happy!

One of my favorite perks of owning my own business is flexibility. My husband and I love to travel, so I purposely decided not to book winter weddings this year with the intention of moving to South or Central America to study Spanish. I studied abroad in college and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I was 22, not a care in the world… decided to jet off to Spain, with almost no Spanish experience to speak of. I didn’t know a soul. I was terrified to leave my then boyfriend, now husband, but I threw myself in 100%. There are a few things I wish I could go back and tell my 22-year-old self… things I would have done to take even more advantage of the amazing opportunity I was afforded. But no regrets.

Fast forward to 2010. I’ve been feeling landlocked in Minnesota and was coming up with crazy ideas of doing some sort of adult study abroad program while at the same time improving my Spanish language skills. I was going to do it… I still am, maybe in winter of 2012, but a trip to NYC in July altered my plans.

A fire was lit within me. I thought of my childhood dream. I thought about how I already had FIVE MONTHS with no scheduled shoots this winter. I thought, “I could go to Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico…or, OR, I could fulfill my lifelong dream and go to New York.” Why not? The gears started churning.  I saw this amazing opportunity to expand my business and charge my creativity.

Since then, everything has fallen in place. I’m going to summarize because this post is becoming really long, but my college roommate, who I love to death and don’t see nearly often enough, suddenly had a vacancy in his apartment as his roommate is temporarily relocating. The same exact dates that I wanted to come to NY. People from NY or wanting to shoot in NY have been popping up on my radar left and right. I’ve been building connections with some amazing photographers, stylists, and designers. People have been reaching out and helping me… people I don’t even know. It’s so humbling and amazing. Even yesterday, after a discussion about my business and photography, a random person told me I should move to New York without any mention of my plans! Little signs have been popping up constantly, all telling me that this is the time in my life to do this. I guess the saying is true, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” The icing on the cake is that I have amazing friends in NYC and a built in support system (here and there).

So, what am I going to do in NY? Shoot a ton of film. Work on a book I want to publish in the future. Assist, learn, and grow. Work on personal projects. RELAX. EXPLORE. I’ll also be Skyping (a lot) with existing and potential clients. I’m so grateful to have so many awesome weddings on the books for 2011 and I can Skype with future potential clients! For my current clients, I’m still there whenever you need me. I’m still working, my office will just be in my fab apartment (with a doorman, and a cleaning lady, and laundry, and a gym, BOOM!) in lower Manhattan. (Sorry, a bit excited! After countless nights stressing about the Craig’s List finds, I really hit the jackpot with the apartment situation.) I’ll be coming back to Minneapolis often throughout my 5 month stay and I already have engagement sessions scheduled with all of my current 2011 brides and grooms.

If you’ve made it this far. Thank you. I appreciate your time. This is a glimpse inside my head. I feel like I’m exposing myself and laying it all out there for the world to see. I may or may not have proofread this a hundred times and I’m sure it’s still full or grammatical errors and typos. During the planning stages of this move, I thought about money, paying a mortgage and rent, not having one single job booked in NYC, all the what-ifs. BUT, after laying this all out here on my blog, I’m strangely at peace. I’m excited for the new opportunities this will bring.

“Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.”

Tiffany - Congrats Laura! I hope you enjoy your new city. :)

Glenda - Ahhhhhh totally excited for you girl!!! I am such a city girl myself and I completely getcha!! Have a blast and please blog us through the winter here with all of your fun and excitement there!! Woo-Hoo!!

Jasmine - My heart is so happy for you and I am incredibly inspired! It’s so apparent that you are meant to be there and wow, what a beautiful adventure it’s going to be! I know I don’t know you very well, but since the day I met you, you seemed to be an NYC at heart and the passion in this post is amazing. You are doing what we all in our heart wish we could – going after the unknown…and I am so jealous! Congratulations and you have inspired us all to take a leap in life! Can’t wait to see your NYC blog posts!

Nicki - Congrats Laura! So exciting, and you sound like you certainly did hit the jackpot with the apartment! Amazing! From a fellow mpls travel addict, transplant in NYC, it’s really odd how living in NYC feels so much like a different country! You can get your travel fix domestically here. I’m sure you’re going to have an awesome winter! Welcome to NYC! :-)

Melissa Schollaert - CONGRATS LAURA!!! I’m so excited for you. Isn’t it amazing when you have that feeling of everything falling into place and a million signs telling you you’re doing the right thing?! Awesome. So happy for your winter adventure. I definitely smell an Italy Girl reunion coming on! I hope you have room for an air-mattress. :)

Amy Rabe - Wow! This is a shock and totally amazing. I love the cravings you have to do new and different things Laura. Garret and I will be excited and looking forward to hearing your stories and for you to be home to shoot August 20, 2011 :-) Good luck! New York is so fab.

kirsten - can’t wait to watch the destiny unfold. and… nyc for nye. holler!

Vilmarie - GAH!!! So so SOOOO very happy for you Laura! This is a fantastic opportunity. I have no doubt that you’ll be making things happen (kickin’ ass and taking names) in NYC. I do hope you keep us all posted on your adventure! Can’t wait to see what amazing things will come of this for you :-)

Emily Steffen - OH Hooray hooray hooray for you! :) I can’t wait to see how NYC treats you….you will soar there Laura…you just will! :) :) :)

Stacy Able - I second what Melissa said– you better have a air mattress as we’ll all want to visit!! SO excited for you and completely understand every word you’ve written! Way to go for taking the leap and may I build the courage to follow your lead!

Mike Jones - Amazing! I have always wanted to live in NYC or even visit, I envy you! Surprised you wouldn’t want to stay.

Tabetha - Laura,
I’m so excited for you!! What a GREAT opportunity for you! You will learn so much out there! And as Vilmarie said, keep us all posted on your grand adventures in the Big City! Chat soon!

Sherri - Oh, Laura! I’m so excited for you! Your raw words are so inspiring and full of ambition and passion. I can’t stop smiling for you – congrats!!

Jessica - I’m so proud of you Laura for following your dreams, you are doing amazing things and your work astounds me every time you post new sessions! I can’t wait to see your beautiful film photos capturing New York over the next few months. Congrats!!!

Helgi - Oh My Goood! Tousand of goose-bumps running up and down rightnow on my whole body! I am even more excited to have you here!!!!!

Joy Lengyel - Very excited for you, Laura! Congrats! Can’t wait to see where this all takes you! :)

Amy - ooohh this just gets me so excited!!! i can’t wait to hear all about your wonderful and amazing experiences that you have in nyc!

Emily S - Wow! Way to follow your dreams. I’ve been so excited for you ever since John told me about this. I can’t wait to hear about your adventures!!

eliesa - That a girl! Congratulations on going big or going home! You are going to LOVE NYC…and I’ll just have to come and visit! :0) LOVEe

Lia Middlebrook - Laura, that is fabulous news! How very exciting. As someone with never-ending wanderlust, I completely understand what it means to follow your heart to the far (and near!) corners of the world. I can’t wait to see photos and hear about your adventures!

Ina D - Sweet news, lady! I am so glad you’re taking the plunge and scratching that itch… you will have a blast, I have no doubt. I am just not sure you would ever want to go back to the Midwest after this adventure :) I think NYC will spoil you big time but I know you will enjoy every second of it. Bon voyage and bon chance, dear! XXX

Mona B - Laura, I am so excited for you! You have done great things and I know you will do even greater things in the future. I love your post here! You’re so inspiring and I can’t wait to read and hear your awesome stories.

2011 WEDDING GIVEAWAY!!! » Laura Ivanova Photography | DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] with you and your honey, just you… whatever your little heart desires! Since I’m moving to NYC for the winter, the session will have to take place after April 1, 2011 in the Minneapolis area (or [...]

Briana - That sounds amazing! So exciting! I’m actually planning to move my business from florida to NYC around august of next year, so I would definitely love to hear your advice and or thoughts! I’ll be up for my first planning trip end of January, I’d love to meet up and chat if u are in town. But regardless, I will definitely be checking your blog to follow your progress!



I am so grateful to have an image published in the beautiful Southern Weddings Magazine! Lara Casey, the editor in chief, is definitely making things happen in the wedding industry and Lara has had such a great impact on my own life and business through her Making Things Happen Intensive. Lara, Emily and everyone over at SW worked so hard on this issue and it definitely shows! Every page is flawless and this issue is FULL of beautiful wedding inspiration for ALL brides (not just southern!). This is a nationally circulated magazine, available in all 50 states, so Minnesota brides, let me know if you see any copies floating around locally. You’ll definitely want to get your hands on this one!

My image from Brittani & Gio’s Nevada desert shoot was used in the Groom’s Gallery. Gio was styled by yours truly, boutonniere by Layers of Lovely Floral Design based in Las Vegas.


Melissa Schollaert - YAY! Congrats! Glad we’re in it together. :)

Ashley McCormick - Hi Laura!! Congratulations to you two!! How fun that we are sharing a spread :) Your work is just beautiful! Its nice to “meet” a another photographer! :)

Jasmine - YAY! Congratulations! I adore SWs! Absolutely gorge! :)

Amy - you and me both!! i need to post my little pic too! :) congrats!

melissa oholendt - Congrats love!!

Emily @ Southern Weddings - And we were THRILLED to have you, Laura! :)



Crystal is a friend and fellow photographer, so I was super excited when she asked me to capture a session with her and her boyfriend, just for fun. There doesn’t have to be a reason for a photo session with your signifcant other! Crystal looked gorgeous and styled their session beautifully. LOVE!

kirsten - hotness, crystal! what a beautiful shoot – you so good,laura! ;)

Glenda - Laura you rock girl – sooo pretty!

Emily Steffen - Serious cuteness! :)

Crystal - I <3 you.

helgi - nicccccccce! I love it!

Jessica Barker - I love these!!!!!!!! Great job, Laura (and Crystal)!

emily griffith - SO AWESOME! Nice work, Laura and nice work looking so cute, Crystal!

melissa oholendt - Oh she is a stunner for sure! Love it Laura!



Ooooh!! So excited!! Anne & Noah’s gorgeous James J Hill Library nuptials were chosen to be featured on Style Me Pretty! This is a huge honor, as SMP only features the most unique and amazing weddings! Go straight to SMP and check this one out! Also, see my original blog post here.

A special thanks to all the amazing vendors involved:
Coordination: Laura Mullen Event Design
Ceremony & Reception: James J Hill Library
Catering: Fabulous Catering
Beverages: Mintahoe
Sweets: Salty Tart
Florals: A Day in Provence
Band: Sophia Shorai
Rentals: Midway Party Rental
Bridal Gown: Priscilla of Boston
Assistant Photography: Melissa Schollaert

Yazy - So awesome Laura!! Congratulations :)

Molly Michel - yay Laura! Well deserved! Woot!!!

Whitney - what an honor! Nice job, Laura!

Tabetha - Congratualtions!! Good for you!

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Last summer I had the privilege of shooting Katie & Dayo’s beautiful country club wedding in Bismarck, North Dakota. K&D were classmates of mine at North Dakota State University, and I was happy to travel back to ND to capture their big day! K&D planned an amazing celebration with so many stunning details, that it caught the eye of the editors at The Knot, and lead to a feature on the website! Check it out right here!

Alicia Swedenborg - hurray! congrats Laura!!