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I wanted to share a few snippets of my recent travels to Istanbul.  This is my second trip to this incredible city (see the first here) and I fell even more in love.

{This trip was part of a month long adventure across BulgariaGreeceCappadocia, Turkey, and Russia.}

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Carly & Tim are getting married!  Carly is a fellow photographer (check out her lovely work on her website!) and when she reached out to me, I was so flattered and humbled that she wanted me to document her and Tim’s engagement and wedding! Carly has such a great eye for fashion and styling (and really anything creative!!) and I knew their engagement session would be perfection! When she told me they chose Taylors Falls as the location, I was even more excited.

Carly and Tim are truly the sweetest couple.  Gorgeous inside and out.  They are so affectionate towards each other and give the best hugs!  They aren’t afraid to get a little silly! Not to mention that they have the cutest little boxer pup, Molly!  I have a soft spot in my heart for black and white dogs, and if Molly’s good looks don’t win you over, her disposition certainly will!  I had so much fun spending the evening with these three exploring the bluffs and chatting about the wedding, home decor, DIY projects, and more.

Counting the days till the big day!

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  • Jody Savage - These are gorgeous! Love her style and long hair!!

  • Carly LaVigne - Laura! .. My goodness! These images could not be more perfect! My heart is so overwhelmingly filled with joy right now! I am speechless. What a perfect way to start off my week! (Could I use any more exclamation marks to get my excitement across?!!!)

    I cannot thank you ENOUGH for capturing such beautiful moments between me and Tim (and Molly)! .. the bug bites and humidity were well worth it! :) These images are a perfect display of our relationship and who we are together. I cannot wait to put them in an album and up on our walls so that we can live in these little moments over and over again, every day; What a beautiful reminder.

    We are so blessed and thankful to have you as our photographer.


  • Helgi - Omg, this couple is a typical “Laura” couple, the Dog? SO cute!!!!


Meet Kendra & Matt, two incredibly talented photographers, and their beautiful daughter, Evie. I originally met Kendra digitally through social media circles, but we officially met in person on a random flight from Boston to Minneapolis.  Kendra and Matt were living there at the time, but traveling back and forth for weddings, and I was in Boston visiting a friend.  Our flight was delayed and I remember being particularly irritated.  I had my headphones on and was leaning up against a wall (likely scowling), when an adorable blond came up and introduced herself.  I begrudgingly pulled my earbuds out before I realized who it was (sorry Kendra!). Luckily she forgave me and we hit it off right away! We also happened to be seated in the same row, and one of our fellow passengers traded seats so I could sit right next to Kendra and and Matt and chat the whole way to Minneapolis.

Fast forward a couple years and now Kendra & Matt’s family has grown!  They have a tradition of having family photos taken on their wedding anniversary and this is their first anniversary with Evie.  I must be honest, although I love babies (especially smiley, adorable, giggly babies like Miss Evelyn), I don’t typically photograph them. I love weddings and they’re definitely my passion and the foundation of my business. But, I trusted that they trusted my abilities and vision, and I couldn’t resist Evie’s sweet little cheeks.  Seriously, could this baby possibly be any cuter?! Plus, I knew that Evie can’t walk (or run; away from me) so I decided to step out of my comfort zone and give a family shoot a try. I shot this entire session on film, and just had fun with this amazing family.  Thanks Kendra & Matt for trusting me to document your beautiful love!



Gosh, Emma & Alex, where to begin?  It was truly one of those wedding days where everything was perfect.  Sure, it rained.  A lot.  But, the bride and groom embraced it.  It was one of those days when I was driving home, giddy, with a huge smile on my face, because I truly felt so honored to work with such amazing people.  I got big hugs when I left, not only from Emma & Alex, but from members of the wedding party, and the entire group and their families really made me and my crew feel so welcomed.  The entire day was just joyful.

It was also beautiful!!  The bride and groom put so much love into this wedding day.  So did all the vendors:
Coordinator: Marissa from Wonderful Day Weddings
Venue & (seriously spectacular) Florals: Camrose Hill Flower Farm
Bride’s gown: Jenny Packham from L’atelier Couture
Invites: Chelsea Pectaja
Catering & Cakes: Deco

Congrats Emma & Alex!  I am so happy for you as you begin this new chapter in your lives.  (With your adorable pup Roy!)

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  • FALL/WINTER 2014 PUBLICATIONS » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - […] Emma & Alex’s beautiful June 2014 wedding at Camrose Hill Flower Farm was featured in one of the midwest’s most beautifully curated and designed publications, Dainty Obsessions.  Not only did their wedding grace 8 pages of the magazine, but Emma and her maid of honor, Andrea, were also featured on the cover with their beautiful gowns (Emma’s from L’atelier Couture) and blooms by Camrose Hill.  Emma and Alex’s wedding was stunning, with so many heartfelt moments and beautiful details.  Emma crafted many of the details herself include the watercolored placecards and the menu.  Her bouquet was accented with greenery-turned-gold (with the help of a little spray paint) for a completely one-of-a-kind effect. […]


I absolutely adore this couple and their little pup, Scout!  We started at their gorgeous home in Edina for family pics with Scout, then we headed to the Minikada Club, where Jane & Peter met many years ago.  We finished the session on Lake Minnetonka; Jane & Peter love summers at the lake and spend all their free time up north at their family cabin, where they’ll tie the knot in September. They wanted to incorporate a summery, nautical feel to their engagement session, since they love being on the water.  Thanks to Tina Beaupre for Jane’s makeup, Julie Swenson for her hair and helping out the entire session, and to Kerry Ciardelli for letting us use your amazing vintage boat and for styling it so perfectly!

Counting the days ’til September!!

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