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KK & Scotty hosted a beautiful northern Minnesota destination wedding at the Grandview Lodge in Nisswa. Everything was planned and coordinated to perfection by Lizie and the amazing team at Lizie Anne Weddings & Proposals.  Images by Whitney for Laura Ivanova Photography.

Planner- Lizie Anne Weddings + Proposals
Venue – Grand View Lodge, Nisswa, MN
Dress – Priscilla of Boston
Florist- Studio Fleurette
DJ- Stage One DJ
Guitarist – Jeff James Management
Bagpiper – Brian Solum
Rentals- Apres & Party Time Rental

Betsy Wall - BEAUTIFUL details – but even better? That FOOD! I would be in heaven having that meal for a wedding!! :) Beautiful photos!

Dani | Studio Fleurette - So beautiful! I love all the details and the great color! Great images by Whitney!

Elizabeth Anne - Sweet Laura & Whitney – beautiful, beautiful beautiful! Can I get the images? ;)
much LOVE to you both!
Hugs, E.

KK - Love this, Laura! It was an amazing day! Sometime soon I will get to ordering some pictures from you, I swear!!!! Thanks, Whitney!

FEATURED MINNESOTA WEDDING | STYLE ME PRETTY » Laura Ivanova Photography | DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] Remember KK & Scotty’s gorgeous wedding that Whitney photographed last summer for Laura Ivanova Photography?! This “Up North” destination wedding, coordinated by the fantastic team at Elizabeth Anne Weddings, was selected to be featured on Style Me Pretty, one of the industry’s most popular, most respected wedding inspiration blogs (and my personal fav!). YAY!!! I am so proud of Whitney’s work and her very first feature for Laura Ivanova Photography. Please head on over the SMP and leave her and this fabulous couple some love! [...]

PUBLISHED | COSMOPOLITAN BRIDE AUSTRALIA » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] An image from KK & Scotty’s wedding, coordinated by Lizie Anne Weddings + Proposals, made it’s way into Cosmopolitan Bride Australia!!  Each chair at the ceremony and outdoor reception was adorned with rows of multi-colored hand-tied ribbons.  The overall effect was stunning, as you can see below in trend #2!  You can check out the full wedding, as captured by Whitney for Laura Ivanova Photography, right here. [...]



I could write 1,000 words about each of these images. My husband and I journeyed to Arusha, Tanzania in July to attend his sister’s wedding and it was such a wonderful trip. Not only did we get to witness his baby sister tie the knot, but the our entire experience in Tanzania, with our family, was amazing.  We feel so fortunate and grateful.

Tanzania is unlike any place we have traveled before. My mother-in-law came from Bulgaria, and we spent the entire trip together, prepping for the wedding, attending the wedding, then sightseeing after the big day.  Lucky for us, my sister’s new family happens to own a safari company called Simba Safaris and they treated us to three safari adventures around Tanzania!  Seeing animals in nature, interacting and living in harmony…it’s indescribable.  We saw so many different animals, including hippos, lions, zebras, giraffes, elephants, gazelles, hyenas, wild boars (Pumbaa!!!), and more.  Everyone always asks, “How was the trip?,” but it’s impossible to succinctly describe.  I can’t wait to go back and experience even more. I’d love to see more of Arusha (our base city) and I really, really want to climb Mount Kilamanjaro! So many great adventures to come.  Although it’s difficult to have family who lives so far away, it’s also an adventure having family on three continents.

Last, but certainly not least, infinite thanks to my sister, brother-in-law and their family who graciously hosted us for the duration of our trip.  We were immediately welcomed as family, even though we had just met, and were so taken care of.  Thank you.

PS- Did you know “simba” means “lion” in Swahili?

On the left:  We went on a walking safari; one of the only ones available in the entire country.
Our guide carried a rifle and in case you are wondering, yes, he has had to use it.
The walking safari initially seemed like an excellent idea, and it’s quite exhilarating (ie frightening).
Buffalo are especially scary and aggressive.

On the right: Hippos!

On the right:  This is a random giraffe we spotted on the side of a highway.  Just an ordinary day in Arusha.

I was literally 2 feet from this lioness.

I had never heard of this animal before our trip to Tanzania, but it’s a Dik Dik.
Do yourself a favor and click this link to enjoy endless images of this incredibly adorable, small-dog-sized-mini-deer.

Random photography note, but all of these images (except for a handful of Holga or Golden Half images) were shot with a 24, 50 or 100mm lens. (The majority on a 50.) I didn’t bring my huge 70-200 telephoto lens with on this trip. I had wanted to travel as light as possible, but I regretted this decision immediately. But, this fact also illustrates how close we were to the animals in nature. I also have a new appreciation for wildlife photography. It is extremely difficult!

stacy a - incredible!!! I love the hand henna photos.. a journey of a lifetime!

kristen - awesome photos, laura!! wow, that’s a big convoy of trucks! i love your holga shots. what a wonderful experience!

Mo Bhimani - I love the pics! you captured the country beautifully!!! thank you!!!!

Trisha K. - Wow. Gorgeous!

David, Minneapolis - I think you did great on the wildlife photos. You showed the animals in their environment, which a lot of photographer neglect to do!

Kristen Drufke - These photos are beyond incredible! I can’t even imagine how amazing it was to see all these different animals and gorgeous landscapes. You are one luck lady Laura!

Miranda Williams - Love!!! They are gorgeous and I’m totally jealous of you being that close to those animals! The up-close giraffe & lion ones are my fave. :)

Irina - Wow – those are amazing Laura!!! The photos of the animals are simply magnificent! It makes me want to go to Tanzania and see them all for myself.

jill olson - These are absolutely breathtaking! I want to see the world!

color printing - I am so amazed with the photos that you took during your Safari trip in Tanzania. I think it’s really a wonderful place to visit. I remember simba in Lion King. Well, I learned it from you. Thanks for that. Those wood carvings are great and I love their formations. Great photos!

s h e r r y - :) These are SO amazing. I LOVE dikdiks. And can’t believe you were that close to the lion(esses)s. SO SO incredible!

Megan M - Great pictures Laura! Tanzania has just been added to my “places to travel” list.

Julia Mary - What an amazing trip!! Love all the images. I definitely have travel fever now.

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures - Amazing X a million!!! Tanzania is a dream destination for me. And now you’ve fueled my wanderlust even more!

Sheryl McCammon - Wow! Breathtaking!! Do you need a travel companion when you go back?? I want to go so bad!!!

Tiffany - Amazing! I love the giraffes and zebras! Very cool!

Sherri - What an amazing experience! Your pics look like they could be straight out of a National Geographic magazine – simply raw and gorgeous!!

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers - Beautiful images, you do very nice work.
Shaun David

Andy - Thanks for sharing pictures about our beautiful country of Tanzania.The pictures are perfect,now more people can read about Tanzania.

Jyllian - These are great Laura…it looks like you had an amazing journey! I too love the Holga shots!!!

Crystal - These are legit Laura!! What an incredible trip you must have had.

Melissa Oholendt - SO unbelievably gorgeous!!

2011 | YEAR IN REVIEW » Laura Ivanova Photography | DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] was busy, in a good way, and in July, my husband and I fulfilled a lifelong dream of traveling to Africa and going on not one, not two, but three safaris!! It was an incredible experience. As fun as the [...]

BULGARIA ON FILM » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] his parents and the rest of his family every two years, or for special occasions, like weddings in Africa! These trips are a really big deal, so I appreciate all of my clients who have been so supportive [...]



Never again shall I complain about the heat in Minneapolis and/or New York!! Saint Louis puts it all to shame! Even when the temps in Minneapolis are soaring, and the heat index is 106 (humid heat, bear in mind!), and even when Minnepapolis is the hottest most humid place on the planet (that happened a few weeks back in July), I shall never again complain, because heat is the norm in St Louis! But, Irina & Steve and their amazing friends and family braved the heat. Irina is a friend of mine and when I found out she and Steve were getting married at their grad school alma mater, where they met and fell in love, I was beyond excited for them. Irina is Bulgarian and went to high school with my hubby in Sofia, Bulgaria- how cool is that? Over the years, I’ve become friends with Irina, and although this was the first time I met Steve, I knew immediately, he was an amazing guy! It was such an honor to document their wedding day! I loved seeing all the Bulgarian traditions sprinkled throughout the day. Traditions I hadn’t seen since my own wedding!

Congrats Irina & Steve!! xx Laura

Bella - Irina is gorgeous!!!

Tiffany - Her ring and dress are to die for~ beautiful wedding!!

Kristina - Irina…. a true queen! Amazing shot with the bread Laura.

Melissa Oholendt - Woweeee!! That portrait shot of her is stunning!

Kelsy McCartney - Laura! These images are absolutely stunning!! Beautiful couple!



Emily Steffen - Gorgeous!!! I loooove love love the shots down by the water! :) Gorgeous, Laura! :)

Kelsy McCartney - Laura!! I’m in love with these images, and what a beautiful couple! The ring shot is stunning :)

Anne-Marie Bouchard - So so beautiful Laura!!!

Candace Davies - Laura these are GORGEOUS! You and Whitney are amazing photographers! We are over- the-moon excited about our photos! Can’t wait to see the rest! Thank you for capturing our special day :)

Tiffany - Stunning!! You have the best job in the world- and are FANTASTIC at doing it!! :)

Mother of the Bride - Thank You Laura and Whitney for making Candace and Mikes wedding dreams a reality. You have created memories that will last a lifetime. Breathtaking and REAL!!!!

FEATURED | WISCONSIN BRIDE BLOG » Laura Ivanova Photography | DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] this gorgeous wedding I shot last summer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin?  Candace & Mike are the sweetest couple and [...]



These panoramas of images were captured on a Holga using an experimental technique often referred to as “Holgarama,” basically meaning a panoramic image made by capturing multiple frames with a Holga. I love playing around with this technique and since the panorama is created by arbitraily advancing the film and slightly shifting my capture with each frame, the result is typically imperfect, with overlapping frames, and shifts in color and exposure. I love it!

Jennie - These are beautiful Laura. I’d never thought about doing panoramas with a Holga, but they turned out great!

Julie - LOVE it!! Just like New York – grungy and beautiful.

s h e r r y - Ooh. These are RAD!

Mona Brown - Laura, these are really cool. I can imagine them framed and on your wall :)