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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 […]



Congratulations to Kirsten & Carlos, who tied the knot on a lovely spring day at the Carlson Center in Minnetonka. Their entire day was stunning, from start to finish and I was in love with Kirsten’s ethereal dress from l’atelier couture. Their day was filled with lots of personal touches and they paid special homage to Carlos’ Mexican heritage. The newly wedded couple jetted off to Italy & France for their honeymoon and have since moved out east to Boston while Carlos attends business school. Kirsten & Carlos, I’m beyond happy for you and this exciting time in your lives!!

Dress: Romona Keveza from l’atelier couture
Bride’s Clutch: Nelle
Hair & Makeup: Emily J
Florist: Munster Rose
Invitations: Paperista
Caterer: Bon Appetit
Cake: Cocoa & Fig
DJ: Midwest Sound
Ceremony Chairs: Apres Party & Tent Rental
Linens: Linen Effects
Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth

Jackie - Laura! Stunning work (as always). Gorgeous couple, gorgeous day, gorgeous photos! So happy you were there to capture everything!

geneoh - That shot of the bride putting her shoes on. yeah.

Butch McCartney - Geez, Laura! Beautiful wedding, and your pictures are so good!

Ashley Gonsior - Laura these are absolutely stunning photos!! Just gorgeous!

PUBLISHED | MN BRIDE MAGAZINE » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - […] I had such a fun time working with this lovely couple at their engagement session and on their wedding day and I’m so excited for them as they venture out into this world as newlyweds. Shortly after […]

CHELSEA & BRIAN | EDINA, MN WEDDING » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - […] day was so amazing and perfect!  I first met this couple when I photographed Chelsea’s sister’s wedding last year and I was so happy when they contacted me after they got engaged.  I felt like an old […]



Bridget and Mike were married on a gorgeous spring day in Minneapolis.  We started they day at Bridget’s parent’s home in Edina and I soon realized Bridget & Mike’s families are as warm, welcoming and sweet as they are.  The couple was married at Our Lady of Grace, and hosted their reception at the Calhoun Beach Club.  It was such an honor to be a part of this incredible celebration!!

Ceremony: Our Lady of Grace
Reception: Calhoun Beach Club
Event Design, Coordination, Flowers: Mimi Design
Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore from L’Atelier Couture
Make-up: Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios
Invitations: Paperista
DJ: Instant Request

Emilia Jane - Beautiful work!

Andrew Stott - Amazing photos, Laura! This is an absolutely beautiful wedding, and Bridget & Mike look like a wonderful couple!

Emily Koska - Absolutely lovely! :)

Katherine Goehle - Wonderful photos! Artfully done and captures the happiness of the day.

PUBLISHED | THE KNOT MINNESOTA MAGAZINE » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - […] remember this beauty of a wedding?! Bridget and Mike’s gorgeous soiree, which was expertly coordinated by […]



Erica & Bert planned the most gorgeous spring wedding at the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis.  Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans and there was snow on the ground at for their late April nuptials!  Check out the photo below where the bridal party is throwing snowballs!  Erica and Bert didn’t seem to mind the weather and got cozy for photos at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.  Best wishes to the sweet couple!

Ceremony & Reception: McNamara Alumni Center
Officiant: Loren Davis at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Catering: D’Amico
Florals: Petalum
Chair Covers: The Covered Chair
Videography: United Video, Inc.
DJ: Instant Request

Urška Majer - So beautiful! Love those portraits with the green walls behind :)



Ashley & Joshua were married on a chilly fall day in rural southwest Minnesota. We started the day at Ashley’s parent’s farm house, where the girls prepped for the big day. Ashley wore her mother’s refashioned wedding dress from the 1980s, which was such a sentimental, beautiful touch. In fact, the entire day was filled with unique details, including Grandpa’s old classic Ford, the cake baked by Grandma and more. Not only that, but Ashley, Joshua and their families are such kind, genuine people. From the moment we stepped in the front door, we were treated like family, and everyone was so sweet and caring throughout the day. Ashley & Joshua, I wish you a lifetime of happiness! Enjoy the preview!

Amanda - What a small world! My cousin is one of the bridesmaids. Beautiful wedding.

Helgi - I die!!!!! So, so beautiful!!!!

Kayla Illies - Hey Laura!

I wish I would’ve known you were in Marshall!!!! I don’t know the couple personally but some of the wedding party I graduated high school with! And some of the locations you used are very familiar as I too use them! Let me know next time your in the area! We should get together for some coffee! :)