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Meet Shelby & Charley!! This lovely couple chose the amazing Historic Courthouse in Stillwater, MN as the location for their wedding day. Seems appropriate given that Shelby is a lawyer! I loved shooting here and around the quaint little town of Stillwater. I also loved all the unique details that were incorporated into their day, like the handkerchief-tied bouquets and the adorable little ring pillow.  Enjoy!!

Katie - I love these images of Shelby and Charley! You did a great job of capturing them and all the little details that made their wedding so special! It was such a sweet day. Way to go, Laura! : )

Helgi - Omg, I was looking forward to this wedding ever since!!! (Just because of Katie, haha) Laura, each time I getting the “awww” out of my mouth so much I Love your work and amazed how you telling the celebration of the couple! Love you and I am über proud of you! XO

Shelby - Thank you so much Laura! We absolutely love them and I know we will enjoy these pictures for many years to come. Thanks again!



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



Sarah & Wade were married on a lovely, but slightly rainy, summer day and hosted a reception at Sarah’s gorgeous family home in Sun Fish Lake. Sarah was a vision in her stunning Lela Rose gown and I loved the fun, light color palette and beautiful details. Their day was also made memorable by the heartfelt toasts, laughter, dancing, and obvious love between the bride and groom! We had so much fun wandering the gorgeous property and discovering beautiful places for photographs!

Thanks to these fantastic vendors for making the day perfect:
Event Coordination: Premier Planning Services
Dress: Lela Rose from l’atelier couture
Clutch: Nelle
Shoes: Marc Jacobs
Hair & Makeup: Emily J.
Florals: Camrose Hill
Desserts: Patisserie 46
Tent & Rentals: Apres
DJ – Instant Request

Kristen - Lovely! Her dress is gorgeous, and the flowers are to die for! Wonderful pictures as always!

Emily K - Wow!! Gorgeous wedding. You captured it so perfectly! LOVE the bride’s dress!!

Jenna Leigh - You are so so amazing! What a beautiful wedding and an amazing wedding dress…. LOVE LOVE LOVE.



While 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, myself, and Jesi up the cliffside, one at a time! We just happened upon the perfect little spot outside the town of Anacapri, overlooking the gorgeous landscape of white villas.

Ami - LOVE!

Seth & Nancy - Eeeee!!!!! So beautiful! LOVE THIS! So much fun!



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, […]

MINI APPLE / BIG APPLE » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - […] I’ve lived in Minneapolis for nearly a decade and never been to the top of the tower. When my former-bride-turned-friend who lives in Boston was in town visiting Minneapolis, she invited me to go up with her and I […]