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Last fall, I had the pleasure of attending the Jose Villa Workshop near Guadalajara, Mexico. I love Jose and he is such an inspiring person and photographer. In addition to “classroom” learning, Jose and his amazing crew organized a several shoots. Very, very big thanks to: Jose Villa workshops | Joel Serrato | Lacie Hansen | Nancy Villa | Joy Thigpen | Jill La Fleur | Mar of Team Hair & Makeup | Karina Puente | Bill of Richard Photo Lab | Saja Wedding Gowns | Amy of Wedding Chicks | Abby of Style Me Pretty | Hacienda El Carmen | Erica O’Brien and, of course, the lovely models!

Enjoy these engagement session images. Wedding images and more coming soon!

geneoh - Looks great, Laura!

tasha - Oh my goodness – these are so gorgeous!! Love your work!

amy - This images are so stunning!!! The coloring is beautiful! I love the first couple and her pink dress!

Whitney - SUPERB!!!! Love it all!!!

kenz - LOVE IT!!

Emily DeWan - Beautiful! I love the couple by the bridge.

s h e r r y - Oh my. Gorgeous images! I LOVE that peach pleated dress :)

WEDDING SHOOT PT I | GUADALAJARA, MEXICO » Laura Ivanova Photography | DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] thanks to Jose and his team for styling and coordinating this amazing shoot! Please check out the engagement shoot post for full credits and [...]

WEDDING SHOOT PT II | GUADALAJARA, MEXICO » Laura Ivanova Photography | DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] Jose Villa Workshop near Guadalajara, Mexico. Check out the engagement shoot, with full credits here and check out the other wedding shoot [...]



In addition to organizing a photoshoot in Las Vegas, I also had the chance to participate in another organized by my amazing friend, Amy, of Amy Rae Photography. Amy and the crew did an incredible job pulling everything together and I was in love with the gorgeous details and colors. All images were captured on my Contax 645, Fuji 400H and 160S film.

Wedding Planners/Event Design- Plush Weddings
Venue- Trump Hotel Las Vegas
Florals- Layers of Lovely
Wedding Cakes and Cupcakes- Gimme Some Sugar
Linens- Creative Coverings
Rentals- Rebel Party Rentals
Candy Bar- For The Love of Candy
Paper Goods- Paper Thread Studio
Bridal Gown- Chaviano Couture
Jewelry- Francesca’s
Hair Pieces- Tessa Kim
Tux- TuxOne
Hair & Makeup- Amelia C.

Bill Raab - These are gorgeous shots. I love the color and tonality. Beautiful and “soft”. Love them all!

Emily Steffen - Looooove these details, so pastel and beautiful!! You are rockin’ the film!! :) love!

amy - YEH for film!!!! You did a great job Laura and everything is just beautiful!

Kristen Drufke - Super gorgeous! I love the boutonniere!

Julia Mary - Stunning! Everything is so clean and crisp, and those colors are amazing

Crystal - The colors are INSANE. So pretty. Seriously, this makes me want to shoot film.



Earlier this winter, I had the oppurtunity to second shoot this wedding for my amazing friend, Melissa, who is a wedding photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia. Melissa is so talented and shoots amazing destination weddings all over the world! Be sure to check out her work on her lovely new website!

I flew directly from Mexico (photos coming soon!) to Jacksonville, where Mel picked me up before heading to Amelia Island.  I’ve traveled to the south quite a few times, but Melissa introduced me to grits and fried green tomatoes!  Of course, the highlight of the weekend was Dana & Danny’s beautiful wedding!  Here are a few of my favs.  I was in love with the candlelit details, which included baby’s breath and cranberries!

amy - so cute!!! in love with a good southern wedding on the water! the island is amazing!



More film goodness on the blog this week! I helped style and shot this beautiful couple back in December is snowy, cold Chicago. It was SERIOUSLY cold the day of the shoot, so a special thanks to our fabulous couple who did an amazing job snuggling and keeping warm! Also, thanks to my dear friends and “Italy Girls,” Melissa, Molly, Jen, Yazy, and Katie. I met these girls at the Jose Villa workshop in Italy in the fall of 2009 and I am so lucky to call them friends!

Julie Wilhite - Oh my goodness! Love the snow, it is a wonderland. Beautiful shoot!

candis - Gorgeous! Love her grey knitted shawl and gloves. Beautiful details.

Gina - This is SO beautiful. SO SO Amazing. I love your work. The one with the tree, so great I can’t wait for you too us soon! :)

MUCH LOVE. Laura you are amazing!

David, Minneapolis - Awesome pictures! I love the color against the snow. Film or digital?

Laura - Thank you everyone! David, all of the images in this post are film- Fuji Pro 400H, shot on the Contax 645.

geneoh - Love it, Laura! Yay film.

amy - the color and lighting in this shoot is amazing!!

Maggie Harkov - Bea-u-tiful. I detest winter but you made it look magical. LOVE.

Stacy Able - Gorgeous as always– you are so talented! I am honored to have you as a friend!

Chicago Wedding Style Shoot | A Snowy December In Chicago | yazy jo photography - Chicago Wedding photographers - […] had so much fun photographing Natalie and Anthony along with my dear dear friends Laura, Melissa, Molly,  Jen, and Katie. I met these amazing ladies at a photography workshop in Italy […]



While in Las Vegas for WPPI, I had a chance to collaborate with the lovely ladies from Scheme Events on a concept shoot. They did an AMAZING job dreaming up this beautiful shoot and I’m so happy to have had a chance to work with their crew! All images were shot on a Contax 645 with Fuji film.

Concept, Coordination and Design- Scheme Events
Florals- Layers of Lovely
Rentals- RSVP Party Rentals
Attire- Bella Bridesmaid
Hair and Makeup- Your Beauty Call
Venue- Air Combat Ace
Stationery- A Milestone Paper Co.

This shoot was later featured on Style Me Pretty!! Check it out on their blog here!

Jyll - Beautiful work Laura!=)

helgi - A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Emily DeWan - Gorgeous! What a fabulous concept!

Kate Botwinski - Laura, I love these images. Pure beauty in them and the way you approached this shoot. I also have to say that I wish you were here in MN right now… :)

ashley - Wow. Brilliant!!

Molly Michel - Just gorgeous Laura! What a fun concept! Love it!

tasha - Wow – these are unbelievably beautiful!!!! It may be the cutest theme, too! :) Love all of these, Laura!

kristen - laura, you nailed this!! it is so beautiful, the colours came out so incredible! i love it.

Julie Wilhite - STUNNING. Gorgeous details and I love how you captured all of them!

Julie Wilhite - STUNNING. Love the plane and concept of “love is in the air.” Beautifully executed and captured.

Emily @ Southern Weddings - This is beyond gorgeous! How truly stunning!!


Maggie Harkov - LAURA. This. is. ridiculous. Literally jaw dropping. So SO amazing. Brava, my friend!! XOXO

STYLED SHOOT | LAS VEGAS, NEVADA » Laura Ivanova Photography | DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] addition to organizing my own shoot in Vegas, I had the chance to participate in another organized by my amazing friend Amy, of Amy Rae [...]

Amber - I love this idea! So fun!!

Jona Blackwell - Most creative wedding I have seen in a very long time!! AMAZING photography!

FEATURED | STYLE ME PRETTY » Laura Ivanova Photography | DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] inventive stationery for this shoot! Check out the passport guest book on Style Me Pretty or in my original blog post- is it not the cutest thing you’ve ever witnessed? Thank you [...]

Love Is In The Air – WPPI 2011 Photo Shoot. | Layers of Lovely – An Inspired Floral Art Studio - [...] February we had the pleasure of working with our friend Laura Ivanova again this year for a WPPI photo shoot. We knew we wanted to get a little more involved with the [...]

DESERT STYLED SHOOT WITH SCHEME EVENTS » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - […] serving the Vegas area and beyond, and they are so incredible talented and creative.  We had previously teamed up on a shoot, so when discussing their vision for another styled shoot, I knew it would be a fun opportunity to […]