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IRELAND | TRAVEL & ADVENTURE

Gosh, traveling to new places really sets my soul on fire!! I love everything about it- getting to the MSP airport early and enjoying breakfast at French Meadow in Terminal F.  The plane ride (I’m obsessed with planes- just ask my friends about my addiction to Discovery Channel’s Air Disasters).  Getting a new stamp in my passport.  Food, and adventure, and hiking, and rental cars, and luggage, and maps, and new experiences, people, architecture, shooting film, sharing on Instagram.  The list goes on.  This trip was really special because it was My First Big Solo Adventure Abroad.  Sure, I studied abroad in Spain in college and ventured overseas to a foreign country to live with a family that spoke a language I barely understood. But, I was young and naive and I’m not counting that!

My 2013 wedding season was an incredible one, and I was still busy well into November and early December.  I was so busy I was barely able to leave my studio, much less travel anywhere.  I was longing for adventure… just to hop on a plane.  I started browsing Kayak Explorer (the best thing known to man) and I came across a very stellar deal to Dublin, Ireland.  I must admit, ideally I would’ve liked to travel with my husband, but his Bulgarian passport is currently expired, and I wanted to leave in 3 days.  Yep, three days. A deal is a deal! Luckily it all corresponded with my birthday!  I purchased my plane ticket on a Thursday, shot my last wedding of 2013 on a Saturday, and boarded a plane Sunday afternoon to wake up in Dublin on my birthday; Monday, December 9th.

What an adventure. Given the timing and the fact that I had a beautiful winter wedding to shoot, I had, quite literally, no time to plan.  I didn’t book any accommodations, except my first night in Dublin.  My plan was to spend my birthday in Dublin, then head out the next morning with nothing but a map, my favorite camera and a few rolls of film, and my driver’s-side-on-the-wrong-side rental car.  Did I mention the car was a stick?!

My day in Dublin was divine. I enjoyed a glorious, solo meal at Rustic Stone- a restaurant I discovered in this awesome book. I had three craft cocktails (they are half priced on Mondays!) and enjoyed multiple courses of food. I stumbled home with the biggest smile on my face. I completely fell in love with the beautiful country of Ireland and only wish I would’ve had more than a week.  I can’t wait to go back and bring my husband- he loves driving, and Ireland is paradise for this sort of activity.  I posted my adventure on Instagram along the way, and so many friends chimed in with places to stay and recommendations for what to do next…  I have to say, traveling without any sort of agenda was so invigorating and unsettling, in the best way possible. I had to freedom to just see where the road took me (literally).  I wandered to unknown cities and villages and asked the local barkeep where I could find the best (and most affordable!) B&B.  I ate sandwiches in my rental car and clam chowder in pubs.  I frolicked on empty beaches in my rainboots and got sand in the car.  I didn’t have to worry about doing my hair or putting on makeup. I packed a weeks worth of clothes, but wore the same yoga pants and hoodie every single day. I made friends at local pubs and drank more beer in a week that I have in a lifetime (I’m more of a wine kind-of-gal). I had a lot of Bailey’s on the rocks and Bulmer’s on ice.  I accidentally drank my contact lenses one sleepy night- and woke up blind as a bat with no backup lenses (I’m usually adamant about carrying backup contacts- I bring them to EVERY WEDDING). Ask me about this story- it’s one I’ll never forget.  This trip was really special. Here’s to many more adventures to come!!  Thanks for following along and for all the social media encouragement.












































Helgi - Goose bumps! Love love love it!

Jen Lynne - Oh Laura, what an amazinggggg adventure!!! I absolutely love that you just packed up and left.. I am dying to do that! These pictures tell a beautiful story of your time in Ireland, I am so glad you shared this with us :) xoxoxo

Ashli K. - This is what makes life so wonderful-Great photos and story! :)

Sabrina - These photos are amazing!! Sounds and looks like you had a blast exploring!! Matt and I hope to travel to Ireland sometime soon!! I laughed out loud about you drinking your contact lenses…I remember hearing about that on Instagram (or something) as well. Glad you had such an amazing trip!!

Jody savage - Wow!! You have such an adventurous spirit and I love that !! You are magic with that camera!! I cannot wait to travel with you in Vegas! Gosh you captured Ireland so beautifully!

Kristi Forschen - Laura, what a beeaaauuutiful way to celebrate such an adventure! Your photographs are stunning!

Denae Brennan - What an amazing adventure! Stunning photos!

Meridith - Gorgeous photos! Now I want to go back:) It’s such a peaceful and relaxing country being there totally puts you at ease.

Urška Majer - This sounds like such an amazing trip! Love the photos!

Nicki - Hurrah for solo female adventures! These photos are gorgeous Laura! So awesome. :-)

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HEATHER & CHARLIE | PLAYA DEL CARMEN DESTINATION WEDDING

Heather & Charlie decided to whisk away and celebrate their marriage with their closest friends and family on the beautiful beaches of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, at Sandos Playacar Resort. Their day was absolutely perfect and it was so fun to get away from the harsh Minnesota winter and enjoy a few days of idyllic weather. I loved getting to know not only Heather & Charlie, but their friends and family. Destination weddings are special because I get to spend an extended amount of time with my clients and I enjoy it so much! Thanks to everyone for being so welcoming and making me feel like part of the group. I wanted to share just a few of my favorites from this meaningful wedding day. I especially loved Heather & Charlie’s wedding ceremony, as they incorporated their guests with special gifts and readings. Charlie also surprised Heather with a touching rendition of “You and I” by Ingrid Michaelson, sang by a friend. Charlie orchestrated all the guests joining in for the last verse, and it was such a great moment. I am actually recently obsessed with their entire wedding soundtrack- see below!

Congratulations, Heather & Charlie!! You’re beautiful inside and out and I wish you all the happiness in the world!


















































Heather & Charlie’s Wedding Soundtrack:
Everlasting Light- The Black Keys
Here, There & Everywhere- Per-Olov-Kindgren
January Wedding- The Avett Brothers
Home- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
I’ve Just Seen a Face- The Beatles
The Way I Am- Ingrid Michaelson
Yearnin’- The Black Keys
Prank Calls- Kelley Stoltz
Two of Us- The Beatles
Make You Feel My Love- Adele
You and I- Ingrid Michaelson

Jody Savage - gosh I just love to sit down and slowly take my time with each of your images. They are just perfection. so so beautiful Laura. The couple will cherish these images forever. Such a beautiful day!

sarah der - Oh my goodness, how lovely! So many sweet moments. And so much warmth! Makes we long for summer days, for sure!

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MARGO & DUNCAN | NEW ORLEANS DESTINATION ELOPEMENT

What a wonderful way to start 2014! Margo and Duncan followed their hearts and eloped to New Orleans. They wanted a special day in a beautiful city to celebrate their commitment. They altered their original wedding plans and decided they couldn’t wait until May to be husband and wife. Their whole day I could feel the excitement! After their intimate ceremony in New Orleans’s City Park with their witnesses, Margo’s sister and her long time boyfriend, by their sides, we explored the city- I could’ve photographed for days- such beauty around every single corner. Thanks to the newlyweds for inviting me along to capture their intimate day.














































kirsten - swooooooooooon! what a way to do it! gorgeous photos & congrats to the couple.

Madelyn - Laura, Wonderful photos!!! You captured the day beautifully! Thank you!

Rex Snodgrass - Margo,

So happy for you and Duncan. Thanks for sharing the great pictures! Good luck for the future. Look forward to seeing you sometime.
Fondly, Uncle Rex and Aunt DeeDee

Martha - You two look amazing, gorgeous! Great photos, I so enjoyed viewing them! Wishing you both a lifetime full of love and happiness!

Sherry and Herb Clark - Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. Your wedding day looks like a very special one for you two, done just the way you wanted it. We are so happy for you both and we wish you a lifetime of happiness together.

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MONTREAL ON FILM

Montreal is such an amazing city!  I absolutely loved my time there and can’t wait to go back.  It’s an easy drive from Boston or NYC and I roadtripped up with a friend making stops in Vermont along the way.  Late September was a great time to go- maybe just a tad chilly, but decent for touring around.  As always, when I travel personally, I travel light with just my medium format film camera- Contax 645, Fuji 400H film.

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2013 | YEAR IN REVIEW » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - […] of California, journeyed to Italy (for an incredible wedding), embraced my muffin top (!!!) in Montreal, took my first big solo trip (not counting studying abroad in college), made an emergency trip to […]

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SARAH & ADAM | CHICAGO WEDDING

I am in love with every single moment and detail from Sarah & Adam’s gorgeous wedding at Armour House in Lake Forest, Illinois. Sarah & Adam reside in Savannah, Georgia, so I didn’t meet them in person till their wedding day, but I immediately felt welcome by the couple and their amazing friends and family. We had a perfect summer day and the guests enjoyed an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour before heading inside for the reception where Sarah wowed everyone with her stunning red reception dress.

Big huge thanks and lots of hugs to my amazing friend, Yazy for shooting this wedding with me. Yazy is half of a husband/wife photography duo based in Chicago, and I jump up and down with excitement every time I have a wedding or shoot in Chicago, because it means I get to hang out with my dear friend and her family.













































Thanks to the vendors who made this day so perfect:
Venue: Armour House
Florals: Lake Forest Flowers
Wedding Gown: Pronovias
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade
DJ: Toast & Jam

Kelsy McCartney - What an absolutely stunning couple & celebration! Her dress and the soft romantic color palette with slightly punchy florals are just beautiful!! LOVE!

Emma Stenzel - Stunning work, Laura!

jody - i jump up and down everytime i see a new blog post from you- your work is impeccable. so so so pretty. soooo pretty!

Jane - These are stunning! I am SO excited ;)

Kristen - Stunning! I love these!

Eileen - It was such a pleasure working with Sarah and being able to bring her vision to reality with the florals! Best Wishes!

Irene Lano - Absolutely stunning. These are the colors my daughter wants for her wedding in June 6, 2015

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