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While I was in Las Vegas, Nevada for WPPI, I wanted to exercise my creativity and utilize the change of landscape by styling a shoot! I hired models, bought a gown, had fun picking out accessories and attire and organized a group of 8 of my photographer friends for a group shoot in the desert. It’s always fun to do group shoots because it’s a great way to connect with other photographers and learn from each other! You may recognize the groom- I met him last fall while at the Jose Villa workshop in Tuscany, Italy. You can see some of the photos here & here. Gio flew all the way from Italy for WPPI and graciously modeled for us. Lots of people contributed to this shoot and I want to recognize their hard work and effort! Seriously, we had a dream team!

Model: Brittany Rael
Model: Giordano Pellegri
Florist: Layers of Lovely Floral Design
Makeup Artist: Harmony Medina
Gown: BCBG
Accessories: Icing
Location: Nelson, NV
Styling: Me! Laura Ivanova


Amy - LOVE seeing your photos Laura!! Thanks for all your hard work on this shoot! I had a blast and got some great images!

jessica - so incredibly beautiful Laura!

jennie gaskins - LOVE it Laura…GREAT color scheme!!

Colleen Eide - WOW! I totally love the one of the bride in the tree/bush…so beautiful! Awesome work!

Aimee - Whoa!!! I love love love all of them! My favorite is Brittany in the mangled looking tree!

geneoh - awesome work!

Sean - Brilliant organisation, Laura! These images are gorgeous, all the design, all the posing, the expressions! You nailed everything in these! Fantastic for sure!

melissa oholendt - I think you missed your calling as a stylist. Gorgeous.

Kristi - Love the simplicity and the colors!!! What a beautiful landscape!

Amanda - Wow, Laura! Fantastic! I also heart the one of her in the tree/bush, but I also love the one of the two of them with her standing in the door of the bus. I can’t help but think of the shoot we did last July. It’s got the same rustic feel about it even with the different landscape. A lot of the styling is similar, too. :)

Poly - These are fantastic! On a personal note, when can we go shopping together????

Southwestern Bride - Wow! Amazing! We would love to feature this shoot on Southwestern Bride! Let us know!

Mona - Absolutely beautiful work. I have so many favorites!

s h e r r y - Oh wow. I LOVE the bouquet. And her HAIR. The braid is so… interesting! I want to do that to my hair too!!

kristen - JAW DROPPING GORGEOUS!! Super work Laura!

John - Laura,
These are truly incredible. I love love the shot of Brittani up against the tree thing (5 from the bottom) and love the shot of them with the red bus. Great job!

Alexia Strawn - I am in love….your talent amazes me every post!

Harmony - Way far exceded anything I imagined. WOW!…. I am so honored to be part of this shoot. Perfection…what else can I say? Too many to choose a favorite, but if I had to.. I’d pick the one where they are standing at the bottom of the stairs with his arm around her and she is looking down. It feels like magic.

Lisa - Great styling! The belt is lovely- it is the perfect statement to such a simple, modern gown. It really makes the look unique. Also, the boots were a nice touch ;-) Love the entire look!

Jenn - Laura – Amazingly beautiful. Romantic and sweet as always! I am so impressed with the way you styled it. Congrats – this is beautiful.

Crystal - These are fantastic! I can’t wait to see the film. Thanks a million for arranging this- you did a crazy beautiful job. WPPI was a hit, until next year :)

Kristen Drufke - What I LoVe! The “groom” is a total stud! lol. The “bride” is totally gorgeous! Love the way you styled her hair. The old buildings, the old bus, and…who am I kidding, I LoVe Everything! Laura, this shoot was awesome! Great job:)

Jenn Ackerman - Amazing Laura!!! You nailed it! You’ve refilled my inspiration tank to full. Well done! :)

Vicki - I love it Laura! You did an amazing job styling the shoot and the images are stunning. Such inspiration!

The truck, chair and bouquet are perfect and the image with the bride in the bushes is so serene.

mackenzie enukidze - oh my god i love this, great pics. and i love this wedding style! its perfect!

Emily @ Southern Weddings - Gorgeous! I love it! The florals are stunning, and the styling and photography are lovely, too!

Biff - So many great images Laura! It was so much fun looking through them all. Thank you so much for inviting me to tag along with you at this shoot. I hope I have even a quarter of all the great images you captured!

Cathy Crawley - Oh wow, that is a GORGEOUS shoot! *sigh* Every year I go to Vegas I plan on visiting this location and yet every year I don’t get the time. Next year I will go for sure! You did an amazing job, and I’m so jealous of your trip to Tuscany, I wanted to go last year but had weddings booked at the same time!

Melissa Schollaert - Love, Love, Love! Beautiful images. You are so super talented. :)

Jill - Wow! These are so beautiful Laura! Every time I look at your website I am just blown away! You are so talented, and I cannot wait to have you photograph our wedding!

Engageology - That bouquet is to die for! I love her look – and his too!

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s h e r r y - Gorgeous wedding. I love love love the detail shots! Incredible shot of the dress! <3

John - Laura, gorgeous wedding! Love the details and location of the shoot! The bride’s dress is fantastic! Great Job!

andrea - Where is this location? It’s gorgeous!

kristen - So prettttty! Love these all Laura.

Whitney - Simply amazing.

Poly - My favorite is the last shot… Love it!

Crystal - The dog is back too! The details, couple and images are to die for. Oh and her dress – stunning.

Laura Ivanova - Andrea- the ceremony and reception were at the Lakeside Ballroom in Glenwood, MN:

Ark - Love it!

Amanda - Beautiful as always. I also adore the last shot. Very cute!

melissa oholendt - Goooooooorgeous. Seriously. This is so a Laura Ivanova style wedding and I LOVE that I can tell that!




Glenda - Wow!! I am so loving these winter sessions – the light is so naturally amazing!! Very cute!!

Trisha - Super cute! Love the colors!

s h e r r y - AHH! LOVE the skates! <3

Sean - So romantic! I looovvveee these! The colours are incredible!

Andrea Worley - Love all the vibrant colors and the skates add such a great touch to this winder session!

Amber Westman - Wow! Laura these are nothing short of stunning! You know I have a special place in my heart for winter romance and these completely showcase that feeling of winter romance! Wow

melissa oholendt - The colors are stunning. LOVE that last spot…there’s just something about film that makes me weak in the knees.



Alexia Strawn - I am inlove! I can’t wait for more!

s h e r r y - Um, gorgeous! <3 Can't wait to see more.

Crystal - I love them together! Adorable :) You did a crazy awesome job setting this shoot up.

natalie - I LOVE the background! love love love!

Weeds Floral - OMG so excited to see more pictures. This is beautiful.

Tiffany - GORGEOUS! :)

Jyll - Love it!!!

Amy - can’t wait to see more!! thanks for all your hard work!