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Amanda - Beautiful as always, Laura! I love all the contrasting elements you captured.

Emily Steffen - Gosh, you make me want to go to Bulgaria and I can’t even tell you where that is on a map (embarrassing moment I realize!) These are fabulous Laura…what a special trip you captured! :)

John Sharpe - Laura, these are great. I especially love the shots of the sheep out in the pastures.

Stacy able - I feel as if I’m there!!! Crazy how some countries look alike yet are so different in culture and tradition!!

Nicki - Just wanted to say that I love your travel photography! Beautiful such unique images!!

Leah - Laura, these are just simply gorgeous! I honestly think the goat shot is my favorite for no reason at all. :) Good job getting in a few pictures too!

Rachel - Magical! You captured Eastern Europe so wonderfully. Your skills constantly impress me. You should be a travel photographer as well!

Crystal - Tudor’s parents are adorable! These images are beautiful, you made me feel like I was there, I see why you had such a hard time leaving.

Jasmine - WOW! Breathtaking! I love the sad pup pic, oh and the watering can – your photographs make objects really come alive.

John Wilson - The black and white are my faves (going through a black and white phase at the moment), esp. the one with the… coffee beans? Is that what’s in that box?

Sherri - BEAUTIFUL – love them all! They truly make you want to be there. You are an amazing storyteller. I sooo admire your work!

Gina - Laura these are all simply breathtaking and seriously have stolen my heart. The first couple images look like they could be Jose’s. Girl you got talent. Thank you for such inspiration

Jenny Rae - Love the vibrant colors that you captured. You even got in a couple. Thanks for sharing the great pics.

Amanda - Laura, these photos are amazing and simply inspiring. I love watching your talents grow. :)

Andrea Brown - Gorgeous Gorgeous shots, Laura. No wonder you’re a pro. Love it.

Laura - Thanks everyone for your super sweet comments! I appreciate it! :-) And, just for the record the couple in the photos are my hubby’s grandparents!

Jason Thon - Great set of images Laura! I love the horse pictures and the B&W watering can (holga?). Very well put together to give a true sense of place.

Jyll - These are great Laura! I love all the sheep shots and the perspective of the dog images! You have an awesome eye lady!

Laura - Jason, your are correct, the watering can image (and all of the B&Ws) were shot with a Holga!

ISTANBUL, TURKEY | TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY » Laura Ivanova Photography | MINNEAPOLIS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER & DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER - [...] my hubby and I were visiting the motherland in May, we had a chance to road trip over the Turkey for a few days. Every time we go to Bulgaria, [...]

Molly Michel - Just finally catching up on your blog today and I’m loving these images. So lovely, calm and yet full of life. You can see your love for the country in them. :0)

INTERNATIONALLY PUBLISHED! » Laura Ivanova Photography | MINNEAPOLIS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER & DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER - [...] can attest to the great things to see and do. You can check out some of my past travels to Bulgaria here & here and you can’t check out a lifestyle session I shot there [...]

INTERNATIONALLY PUBLISHED! » Laura Ivanova Photography | DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] can attest to the great things to see and do. You can check out some of my past travels to Bulgaria here and you must check out a lifestyle session I shot there [...]

LEAVING ON A JET PLANE… » Laura Ivanova Photography | DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] updates on my Facebook page and Instagram. In the meantime, feel free to check out our last trip to Bulgaria. Ciao [...]

BULGARIA ON FILM » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] realized while looking through these photos, and my photos from our last trip in 2010, that I barely take any pictures of my husband’s hometown, Sofia; the capital city. I’m [...]



Trisha and Scott were married in beautiful Riviera Maya, Mexico!  I was so honored and excited to photograph their intimate destination wedding. You can check out their wedding images here.  A few days later, we set aside a time for a Just Married session to take advantage of the gorgeous location and capture additional pictures of just the bride and groom.  Just Married sessions are so fun because we can go at a slower place and just explore.  The beach was so gorgeous as sunset and I loved exploring the resort, El Dorado Royale.


jessica - LOVE the one of them on the stairs!!!

stacy squires photography - I always enjoy white sand and blue sea … very nice photos

s h e r r y - Lovely photos! The colours are unreal!!

Brianna - What a beautiful bride and I love his smirk! Laura, the shot on the stairs is gorgeous. I love your use of lighting (:



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!

PUBLISHED | SOUTHERN WEDDINGS MAGAZINE » Laura Ivanova Photography | DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] image from Brittani & Gio’s Nevada desert shoot was used in the Groom’s Gallery. Gio was styled by yours truly, boutonniere by Weeds based in [...]

The Place: The Nevada Desert - Beyond Beyond | Beyond Beyond ™ – UK Wedding Blog // International Wedding Blog // - […] to bottom: Brushfire Photography via Ruffled, Laura Ivanova Photography, Rachel Garcia of Brilliant Imagery via Sweet Violet […]



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!



Trisha and Scott were married in the beautiful Riviera Maya, Mexico at the fabulous El Dorado Royale Resort. T&S are friends of friends from my alma mater and when they inquired about a winter destination wedding in sunny Mexico, I quickly jumped on board! T&S and their families and friends were so welcoming and made me and my mom (who accompanied me to Mexico) feel like old friends. We had an incredible week hanging out with the everyone, lounging on the beach, dining on 5-star food, zip-lining, swimming in cenotes, and most importantly, witnessing T&S tie the knot.

Check back soon for Trisha & Scott’s amazing beach side Just Married Session!

Glenda - Oh how fun and look at all that color!! LOVE it! Amazing work Laura!! Ü

Tiffany - This has to be my favorite so far!! The pier shots are gorgeous and I love her color choice! Beautiful work (as usual)!! :)

Amy - Fun destination wedding! Check off on one of your goals!

Crystal - Amazing as always! I love the first pair of photos with the palm trees and the dress – I want to run off to Mexico and get hitched!

Katie - Wow, beautiful! Love them all. Trisha you look hott!

Tammy - AMAZING!! They are so awesome!! Way to go!! Trisha is sexy!

s h e r r y - Mm, gorgeous! LOVE the ring shots…

Poly - OMG Laura, these are fantastic! You are so creative!

Katja - What a perfect place for a wedding. Wunderful!

Alicia Swedenborg - Whiiii, Laura – I LOVE IT! I can feel the warming sun all the way over to Sweden! So cute with the rings on their passports and the dress hanging on the balcony! You are SO talented. <3

Kim Duursma - Trisha you could be a model!

Trisha - Laura – you’re amazing! SO glad you were able to come with us. I knew the photos would turn out great! Thanks everyone! :) I already want to go back!

Jordan Landsiedel - Trisha. Wow. You are stunning. Just absolutely stunning.

Rita Falconer - Wow Laura, you did an awesome job! Amazing pictures! I had a fantastic time getting to know you and your mom during the days we spent together in Mexico. Not because I’m your mom, but Trisha you look lovely!

Grace Woodke - Trisha, you are absolutely gorgeous. I’m glad you had fun, it looks amazing. Beautiful wedding.

Heidi - Wow. That’s all I can say. Wow. Absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to see them all!

Kari Olson - Trisha!! You look soooo beautiful!! I’m so happy for you two!! You guys make a perfect match!!! xoxo

Jyll - Very cool Laura!

I’m lovin’ those ring shots…especially inside the passport! What a cool idea=) I can’t wait to see the beach shots next.

Dorothy Falconer - Absolutely awesome pictures – of course, you (Laura) had a beautiful subject.

melissa oholendt - Those rings shots are ammmmmmmmmazing. Gorgeous. Love this wedding!

Melissa - LOVE the pictures Laura. You did an AMAZING job. Trisha, you look beautiful like always!

mom - hi laura
tonight is the first time i looked at trish and scott wedding pictures. you did an awesome job and boy this it ever bring back good memories of our trip to mexico together. had a great and wonderful time and something i will never forget.
thanks for the memories.
love you so much, mom

TRISHA & SCOTT | JUST MARRIED pt II » Laura Ivanova Photography | MINNEAPOLIS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER & DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER - [...] photograph their beautiful, intimate destination wedding. You can check out their wedding pictures here. (Yes, their wedding was back in February and I am quite late with this post.) I blogged some of [...]

RACHEL & NAP | SAINT PAUL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY » Laura Ivanova Photography | MINNEAPOLIS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER & DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER - [...] Island Pavillion, Saint Paul Honeymoon: El Dorado Royale, Riviera Maya, Mexico (where I shot Trisha and Scott’s destination wedding in February!!) Share var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_2111') || [...]