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NANCY & SETH | DESTINATION WEDDING IN CAPRI, ITALY

Where do I begin?! It was so incredible to be a part of Nancy & Seth’s intimate wedding day on the beautiful island of Capri off the coast of Naples, Italy. Destination weddings are always special because it’s typically a small group setting and we spend several days together. I love getting to know the most important people in a couple’s life! Nancy & Seth’s wedding was even more intimate, as it was literally just the couple, myself and my amazing friend Jesi, and the officiant, along for the ride!  Nancy and Seth are avid travelers and they envisioned a beautiful destination and exchanging vows in a private setting. When discussing potential locations, the Almafi Coast was high on the list and they eventually settled on the island of Capri, finding the perfect place to say “I do.”

I knew from the very first email that I adored this couple and after meeting in person over the perfect bottle of wine, my adoration turned to love and their wedding day couldn’t come fast enough!

Fast forward several months, and before we knew it, the big day was here.  Some elements were the same as a traditional wedding day- the bride and groom prepared in separate hotel rooms, they had a joyful, excited first look, but then we spent hours and hours exploring the island and finding cute little nooks to photograph.  We stopped for gelato, wandered the city, and the bride and groom were even surprised by rounds of applause and surprise champagne toasts in the streets.  Of course, there’s no shortage of locations on Capri!!  We ended the day with a sunset ceremony on the balcony of their hotel room overlooking the sea. I literally had tears streaming down my face and am so honored to have been their witness and sign their marriage license- a first for me as a wedding photographer!  During the ceremony, the weather started to make a turn for the worse.  It seemed as though it would downpour rain at any minute and literally 5 minutes after the ceremony ended, the island was hit with a crazy tropical downpour that lasted the entire night.  After the ceremony Nancy & Seth enjoyed a private dinner while Jesi & I drank wine, ate pizza and reminisced about what an amazing day it had been.

Seth & Nancy, I couldn’t be happier for you! I can’t wait to see what adventures life brings your way and I’m so excited for you to look back on this crazy wedding/elopement 50 years from now and think back to what an amazing time it was. The whole experience was a dream for me too and I can’t thank you guys enough for your trust in me and for allowing me to be your travel companion.








































Seth & Nancy - Oh my goodness, Laura!!!! These pictures are absolutely AMAZING!!! We are just overwhelmed with emotion that you were able to capture this day so perfectly. We are so happy that you and Jesi could be there and thank you for all of your efforts in helping to make this day, and our memories, so special. You both will have a special place in our hearts and we cannot thank you enough for these lasting images. We are looking forward to sharing them with our friends and family, and are grateful to have two new wonderful friends!

Emily - Stunning, Laura! Truly!

Huey and Terrie - Absolutely beautiful and fitting for a beautiful couple.

Anne-Marie - Gorgeous Laura! You’ve captured the essence of Capri, the beauty of Capri and incredible moments between this bride and groom. Standing ovation my friend :) xo

Butch McCartney - Absolutely Floored. Beautiful job, Laura! What an experience!

Melissa Oholendt - Just DYING. So, so beautiful!!

Jen O. - These are amazing, Laura! What a beautiful couple.

Emilia Jane - Beyond stunning.

Denae Brennan - Wow, Laura. These pictures are incredible! What a special day to be a part of!

SETH & NANCY | CRUISING AROUND CAPRI » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] in Capri photographing Seth & Nancy’s gorgeous wedding, we rented a Vespa-esque scooter and cruised from the city of Capri to Anacapri. Seth drove Nancy, [...]

Amanda - Laura, these photos brought tears to my eyes and I don’t even know this couple. You definitely captured the love and magic of their special day!

Amy - These are magical!!! Simply stunning!

Constance - These pictures are stunning! This is the perfect wedding and your pictures captured everything that I was told about the beautiful day. It’s great to see her story come alive, just amazing!

Myra McDonald - Congratulations! What beautiful pictures. Hope to see you both next week. Nancy, welcome to the family! Aunt Myra

NANCY & SETH | TRAVELING AROUND CAPRI » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] on the island of Capri for Seth & Nancy’s wedding, we took an afternoon to further explore and capture a few more casual photos around the [...]

Katie - Oh my word…these are absolutely beautiful!!! You are so incredibly talented Laura : )

ITALIA » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] in Capri, Italy for Seth & Nancy’s gorgeous wedding and session, I took a few days to explore the island and shoot some personal work. Thanks to my [...]

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

Wendy Nielsen - I read only the 1st paragraph before looking at these beautiful photos, & then went back up and read the rest (because I wanted to see what the story was behind the iPhone photo, if it was included in your post) and only then did I notice that the wedding was so secluded. You did an amazing job sharing the day and it was as if there was a “usual” large audience there with them! Bravo! As someone who was married in Hawaii (just the 2 of us, and our videographer and photographer were our witnesses!) it is nice to see this. A wedding can “include” others without their actual presence. Fantastic photos that really captured the entire day of love!

METEORA, GREECE » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - […]  Every visit has been fantastic and there is so much to explore.  I learned about Meteora from a past groom who is a professor of Geogolgy at Boston College.   To put it mildly, he is obsessed with rocks, […]

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ADORABLE ANNE-MARIE | CAPRI, ITALY

Meet adorable Anne-Marie!! Anne-Marie is an amazing photographer from Ottawa, and we met at a photography workshop in Mexico! Over the years, we’ve kept in touch via social media and recently discovered that we both happened to have destination weddings in Italy at the same time. We made plans to meet up on the beautiful island of Capri, and though our travels only overlapped by about 24 hours, we managed to squeeze in a quick photo session. I even snuck her hubby in a few photos, possibly against his will! (Thanks Harold!) Anne-Marie is an incredibly fun-loving, outgoing, kind person and she gives awesome hugs! She’s the kind of person that immediately puts you at ease and makes you feel you’ve been friends forever. It was so exciting to see her on a new continent and to meet Harold!







Kelsy - What a beautiful smile and gorgeous setting for a session!!! I just love how WARM & full of life these images feel – Fantastic job (as always!) Laura!! :)

Anne-Marie - Thank you for these gorgeous photos Laura. It was wonderful spending time with you in Capri and getting to be photographed by one of my favorite photographers :) xoxoxo Anne

Mary J - Beautiful photos. Just love them. I know Anne-Marie and you have done an great job of capturing her essence — warm, fun and genuine!!

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CALIFORNIA DREAMING | DEATH VALLEY

If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you may have noticed that I traveled to California at the end of January with my bestie!  And, by “noticed,” I mean “been bombarded by a continuos, never-ending slew of pictures in your newsfeed.” My apologies- I couldn’t help myself.  This trip was a photographer’s dream.  We flew into Los Angeles, drove to Mojave, Red Rock, Death Valley National Park, Rhyolite Nevada, back to Death Valley, Amboy (via Route 66), Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, Santa Clarita, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, and back to LA. In that order!  I traveled light, carrying only my favorite medium format film camera, 10 rolls of film, and my iPhone 5.  I packed light too- as you may notice by the one jacket, one scarf, one pair of sneakers, and several pairs of yoga pants below!  This trip was so refreshing.  It was one of the most active trips I’ve taken.  For all the driving we did, we did equal amounts of hiking and other outdoor activities.  We also ate well (well meaning healthfully).  Again, my Insta feed gives me away; I’m a very health conscious vegan/vegetarian eater, but on the typical vacation I’d indulge.  At every single meal.  I certainly indulged on this vacation, but in a different way.  We dined on fresh, local produce and ate primarily vegan meals.  We drank freshly made juice on several occasions!  Usually when I return home from a vacay, I feel like I need a detox, but after this I felt light as air.

If you ever get a chance to go to Death Valley, please take it.  I think you’ll be amazed by the fantastic hiking, gorgeous vistas, perfect temps (in January!), straight-outta-a-video-game roads, and peacefulness.  This entire trip was inspired by a single pic on a friend’s Instagram feed.  The power of social media!  Pretty amazing to think that we never would’ve thought to visit Death Valley if not for that one picture.

Most of these images were captured on film, but I snuck in several iPhone pics (including a selfie)!  This was my first trip with my newly upgraded iPhone 5 and the camera is a HUGE improvement from the last model, so I found myself taking A LOT more phone pics than usual.  I also learned of the panorama feature a few days into the trip.  I’ll spare you a blog post of 2,916 panoramas, but suffice it to say, I almost filled my brand new phone.  Next week I’ll share images from Palm Springs and Joshua Tree.  Enjoy!!
































Kelsy McCartney - Laura!!! These images are STUNNING!! Makes me want to visit Death Valley, like, tomorrow!! What a gorgeous trip :) Can’t wait to see the rest!

Butch McCartney - Laura! These images make me want to get out and shoot! This post is Awesome!!!

Amanda - Wow Laura! These photos are incredible. I love the artistic modern flair you gave what could have been the traditional ‘landscape’ photography photos. Continue the great work – love reading your blog!

Tiffany Abruzzo - These pics are awesome! Love the colors of the landscapes, just gorgeous!

CALIFORNIA DREAMING | PALM SPRINGS + JOSHUA TREE » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] My complitation of images from Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park (and a few randoms from Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, and Santa Monica). Images were captured on my Contax 645 and iPhone 5. Check out Part 1//Death Valley here. [...]

2013 | YEAR IN REVIEW » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - […] a loss that still hurts.  But, it brought two new joys into my life.  I road tripped through the deserts of California, journeyed to Italy (for an incredible wedding), embraced my muffin top (!!!) in Montreal, took my […]

ROAD TRIP THROUGH UTAH | FILM TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - […] of all time (this is my second trip inspired by an image on Instagram; my first was a trip to Death Valley, inspired by this image).  Some of these images were even taken out of plane and car windows- on […]

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PORTLAND, MAINE ON FILM

After photographing Maggie & Vinny’s stunning wedding in the rolling hills of Vermont, Whitney and I had an entire day to explore before flying out of Boston late at night.  We toyed with the idea of hiking in Vermont or exploring something somewhere in New Hampshire or Massachusetts, but we ultimately decided to take a little road trip to a state neither of us had ever visited; Maine.  Oh my gosh, do I love this state and the quaint little city of Portland.  I only wish we would’ve had more time there!  We abandoned our normally healthy ways to eat our way across the city and enjoy the little shops, the waterfront, and a classic New England lighthouse.  It was the perfect way to spend a day.  I love the east coast!  Whitney and I have now travelled to and photographed weddings in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and of course, New York.  We’ve covered all of New England, though our time there is always too brief and we’d love to see more!  Enjoy a few of my film favorites captured on my Contax 645 on Fuji 400H film.









P Lee - lovely road trip images on your 645– so fitting.

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