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There is something so special about a destination wedding.  It’s different than a typical wedding because the setting is more intimate and I really get to know not only the bride and groom, but their closest family and friends.  The people that mean the most to them in the whole wide world!  I got to spend several days with Sarah & Allen and their guests and it was amazing.  I especially connected with Sarah.  Sarah and are two of a kind. I think if I were to redo my own wedding, it would look exactly like this. Sarah has exquisite taste!  She is a really talented graphic designer and designed all the stationery and planned all the gorgeous details for their celebration. She even bought a letterpress and handmade the stationery with the help of her dedicated friends.  Not to be overshadowed by the details, this wedding was even more so a celebration of the couple finally making it to the altar. Sarah and Allen have been together for nearly 10 years, so the wedding just further confirmed the commitment they made to each other years ago. Allen surprised everyone by getting very emotional while reciting his personally written vows. It was a beautiful moment and I was blinking back tears behind the camera!

Sarah & Allen, thank you for inviting me to celebrate with you.

Venue: Grand Velas
Planner: Elena Galicia
Bride’s Gown: Kleinfield’s
Bride’s Makeup: Barbara Garcia,
Florist: Maya Floral
Invitations & Stationery: the bride!
Video: Hollywood Cinema
DJ: Mood Event DJ Service

kristen - soooo pretty laura!

Jen O. - These are lovely. What a beautiful couple. Love that last frame.

Jessica - Oh wow!! These images are SO breathtaking and filled with so much beautiful light!! And I agree–If I were to redo my wedding it would also look very much like this. It is complete eye candy. xo.

Sarah Wu - Thank you so much for these beautiful photos. I am so in love with the color and the look of these shots. You’re amazing photographer!

FEATURED MEXICO WEDDING | STYLE ME PRETTY DESTINATION BLOG » Laura Ivanova Photography | DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] so incredibly excited!! Sarah & Allen’s gorgeous destination wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty’s Destination Blog. Sarah & [...]

SARAH & ALLEN | KIND WORDS » Laura Ivanova Photography | DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] for the first time and I just wanted to share!! (P.S. You can check out Sarah & Allen’s wedding photos here on my blog, or check out their just married session, engagement in NYC or fabulous feature on [...]

PUBLISHED | DESTINATION WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS MAGAZINE » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - […] Sarah & Allen’s stunning destination wedding in Riviera Maya, Mexico was recently published in Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine!! This magazine is available across the country and I highly recommend picking up a copy to view all the fab features. […]



Ahhhh… this post brings me back to the glorious beaches of Mexico! Honestly, I am so darn lucky my job brings me the amazing places it does! If I weren’t a wedding photographer, I’m not sure that I ever would’ve had the pleasure to experience the gloriousness that is an all-inclusive resort. Before I actually went to one, I must admit, I was a bit of a travel snob. I preferred places more off the beaten path. However, I always try to keep an open mind! It may not be a cultural experience, but there is certainly something to be said about relaxing. Laying in the sun poolside or oceanside and listening to the ocean for hours. Dining leisurely (at 5 star restaurants, no less) without worry about where you’re dashing off to next. How often do we actually relax?! I’ve been to the Riviera Maya a few times now and each experience has been simply amazing. Like pinch-me-I-can’t-believe-I’m-here amazing.

When Sarah & Allen contacted me about shooting their destination wedding in Mexico, of course, I was elated! Right away I knew we were a perfect fit for each other. (Their blog post is coming very soon!!) Through Sarah, I was introduced to Diana, one of Sarah’s best friends, and a guest at the wedding. She wanted to capture a beach boudoir session in Mexico. Because of timing, we had to squeeze this session in early the morning after the wedding, before Diana headed back home to New York. Of course, there were torrential downpours (I didn’t find out May was borderline rainy season until the day I left for the wedding!), but we managed to sneak in a mini session by the pool and beach at our gorgeous resort, Grand Velas.

Diana, you are absolutely radiant! I was worried that Diana would be deterred by the rain; worried about her hair and makeup, but as you can see, Diana is a natural beauty and just rolled with the punches. She completely rocked the natural look and embraced the weather, wet hair and all. Thank you for the fun session!

For more information about boudoir sessions, please check out my Beauty & Boudoir website!


Diana - Thanks Laura for making my first experience back in front of the camera so easy & fun; I cannot wait for our next shoot.

Sheila Ramirez - You look absolutely beautiful, sweet and classy. Awesome pic Diana!



I wanted to share a tiny glimpse into my incredible experience in the beautiful city of New Orleans. I really had an amazing time here with my friends, heard some amazing music (including some of my favorite bands, like The Foo Fighters and The Eagles!) at Jazz Fest and cannot wait to go back. Maybe in 2013!

John Wilson - Gimme the deets!

What film, what cameras? How did you process your B&W film?

Natalie - I see you added the pay phone in there. :P

Christina - So gorgeous! I love that your passion for photography carries over into your personal life.

Jodi - Awesome! Miss it soo much!

Laura - Hi John, all of the images from New Orleans were captured on a Canon 1V. The B&W film is Ilford 3200, and the color is a mixture of Kodak Portra 400 and Fuji Pro 400H. I don’t process my own film, I send it to Pro Photo Connection in Irvine, CA or Richard Photo Lab in Hollywood, CA. Haven’t found a local lab I love yet! Hope that helps!

Mollie - Very neat! Fun to see the little jokes and memories from the trip



In honor of St Patrick’s Day, a small group of friends and I decided to hop in a car, road trip to Chicago and celebrate. Now, I must confess, I’m not normally big on celebrating St Patrick’s Day; I mean, I’m not Irish in the least, and it’s just typically not on my radar, but Chicagoans take this holiday really seriously. Like, really. You can’t help but get in the spirit in this city! We had a good time out on the town and practically everyone we met had traveled to Chicago (from New York, LA) just for the occasion.

It was fun to partake in the festivities, but rather than sharing pictures of people dressed in green, drinking green beer, I want to share little bits and pieces of the city. I love cities and their architecture. Chicago is one of my favorites. I decided not to bring my “real” cameras and instead decided to document the weekend soley using Instagram, the most awesome app ever invented. Are you on Instagram?! Follow me @lauraivanova.

Jodi - Whiskey Tail Foxtrot:) Good times.

sarah wu - looks so fun… and beautiful pictures

2012 | YEAR IN REVIEW » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] amazing places on this little globe like Bulgaria, Paris, Portland, Bayfield, Boston, Cape Cod, Chicago, and New Orleans to name a few.  I have lots of exciting travels and destination weddings planned [...]