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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!




























Adios dearest friends! I’m headed out of town from Saturday, November 6 through Sunday, November 14. My first stop is Mexico for the Jose Villa Workshop. Oh yeah, I’m so excited! I went to Jose’s workshop last fall in Italy, and it changed my life. My business has improved and changed is so many ways and I met some amazing friends who I connect with practically every day. Like, we plan reunions all over the country, and email, and tweet, and Facebook, and Skype. These ladies are amazing, but more on them coming after our Chicago reunion in early December! :-)

Many are probably wondering why I’d go to the same workshop again… well, there are many reasons, but the main reason is that I’ll be shooting exclusively in film this time around! I’ll definitely be blogging a workshop summary and images, so watch for that in coming posts.

After the Mexico workshop, I fly straight to Jacksonville, Florida to second shoot a wedding with my awesome friend, Melissa, who I met at the Italy workshop last year! Pretty cool, huh? Melissa came up to Minneapolis over the summer to shoot Anne & Noah’s wedding with me (which was featured on Style Me Pretty!), so I can’t wait to work with her again. I’m also excited for warm weather, friends, relaxing, learning and shooting a ton of film! Many blog posts are sure to follow.

While I’m gone, I will not have telephone access and email will be delayed. Thanks in advance for your patience!

xoxo,
Laura

PS- Just because blog posts are boring without pictures, here are a few of my favorite shots from Italy last fall!




Shoot Credits:
Coordination- Jose Villa & Gene Higa
Hair + Makeup- Mar of Team Hair & Makeup
Styling- Matthew Johns
Models- Georgia & Omar
Location- Borgo di Fontebussi

  • Amy - too bad gio isn’t going to be in mexico…will you be bringing a cute spanish senor to wppi this year?

  • Melissa Schollaert - These photos make me smile. Can’t WAIT for Florida and to see you! Wow, I’ll see you twice in a month! Woohoo! Have a blast in Mexico chica! Adios y buen viaje!

  • Amanda - I can’t believe that was a year ago already! Congrats on all you’ve accomplished thus far. Looking forward to what you’ll do after this workshop! Oh, and that last pic has always been one of my favs. It looks like they’re standing in front of a watercolor background!

  • Tricia - I’m so jealous-Jose Villa’s workshop’s look amazing! Can’t wait to see your film images when you get back–your ‘eye’ is simply stunning!

Oooh, please excuse the extra long post, but I absolutely adore this so-in-love couple and their beautiful wedding. I guess it’s the small-town girl in me, but I love barns, nature and rustic farm weddings! M&P incorporated so many special, handmade details and everything about their wedding was picture perfect. Megan & Patrick are teachers and how cute was it to incorporate a school bus into their wedding day?! But, even more importantly, beyond the details, it’s always fun to work with a couple that is so head-over-heels in love! It was my first time shooting at the Enchanted Barn in Hillsdale, Wisconsin and I can’t wait to have the opportunity to shoot there again. What an incredible venue!

Thanks to M&P, their friends and family and vendors for a wonderful wedding day!










































  • McKenzie at Engageology - I love the Enchanted Barn! What a great space! Cute couple too – and great details :)

  • jennie gaskins - LOVE the flowers and how rustic they were and those hats were too cute on the guys!!!

  • Whitney - AMAZING!!! Great job as always!

  • Yazy - Stunning!!!! :)

  • Jessica - Love everything about this wedding, especially the location and all the details! Amazingly done Laura!

  • Tiffany - Awesome (as always). I love the thumbprint guest book. What a great idea. The hats were the best though!! :)

  • Melissa Schollaert - Oh my, you MUST get this wedding published chica – it is beautiful and so is your work! Love it!

  • Stacy Able - ahhh pears!! I love love this!! Always such crisp, stunning work :)

  • Amy - aahh the location is gorgeous!!! what perfect light and loving all the green details!

  • Sherri - Beautiful pics! What a gorgeous wedding!!

  • Amanda - Ugh! It’s painful how much a adore this wedding shoot! Love everything about it! Especially love the hats, barn, decor, thumbprint tree…and of course I’m somewhat partial to the school bus! I agree with Melissa that this MUST be published!

  • mackenzie enukidze - gorgeous and gorgeous!
    great shots.. but i agree it must of been easy with such a great couple.. i like their style.. a lot

  • Roee Dori - What a beautiful wedding! Great details, and great job capturing everything!

  • s h e r r y - Oh wow! These are SUPER cute! (Patrick’s ring is one of the coolest I’ve ever seen!)

  • helgi - THAT is INSANE!!!!! beautiful as always~

  • Trisha K. - Wow. I’m in love with that venue! The colors are so crisp. Beautiful!

  • craig john - Wonderful work, and what a fabulous country wedding. That’s my kinda party. :)

  • LHoltermann - Oh, Megan…beautiful, beautiful, pictures. Wish I could’ve been there. U two look like a couple chose from heaven!!

  • Joe Federer - Awesome. I love barn weddings. You did an amazing job.

  • Crystal - Not sure what to write because this wedding is soooo darn cute. Love the detail laura. I am simply in love with the green and pears.

  • Jyll - So gorgeous Laura! There is something so charming about barn weddings. Beautiful work woman.

  • Emily @ Southern Weddings - Gorgeous! I love the crisp + clean details.

  • Corina - love all this photos:-)

  • Franziska Fischer - I am really impressed!!! What a wonderful wedding. Perfect style and grandiose pictures.
    I love the wedding ring. Never seen this design before. Where can I get it? Maybe you can help.
    It would be a great pleasure for me to get a tip.

    Many Thanks.
    Franzi