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This beautiful shoot was part of the Jose Villa Workshop I attended this past fall in Guadalajara, Mexico. A big thanks to Jose and his team for styling and coordinating this amazing shoot! Please check out the engagement shoot post for full credits and details!

  • Becky Anderson - Love all of the colors in these photos! Really makes me feel like I was there.

  • Emily Steffen - YES YES YES! I am instantly right back at the Hacienda and I love it! :) Love love love these photos Laura! :) :) :)

  • Kristen - Freakin gorgeous!!

  • Ina - I just don’t know how you manage to outdo yourself every time… that is a rare talent! Felt like I was in Mexico with you when looking at these. Well done.

  • Robert Wagner - The pastel color’s are amazing, love the 10 gallon hats as well! Nice work.

    great great shots ms l….

  • kenz - loveeeeeeeeeeee it….great great work ms l…<3 i love you lady and your camera skills! she got em!

  • Ashli - Lovely details that really capture the place! Beautiful work :o)

  • Julie Wilhite - You have beautifully captured the essence of where we were in Mexico. Thanks for taking me back for a few minutes!! :)

  • Emily @ Southern Weddings - This is really, really beautiful work, Laura! Just gorgeous.

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!

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!