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Sarah & Ethan are the such a beautiful pair- inside and out. Seriously, their hearts are just overflowing with love and joy and I feel so lucky to have spent the day with them, documenting their story and their first day together as husband and wife. So many incredible vendors made this day possible, but I wanted to give a special thanks to Sarah’s sister and matron-of-honor, Nicole, of Prestigious Petals. Her work is absolutely stunning.

Helgi - This is amazing!!!!!!



Tiff and Thor were married at the gorgeous Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport, NY. I hadn’t met Tiff & Thor in person prior to the wedding day, but they immediately felt like old friends since we’ve been Facebook friends since I shot Tiff’s friend’s wedding in 2008! Tiff also happens to be a portrait photographer based in North Carolina, and we’ve followed each other’s work over the years. Tiff & Thor wanted to host an intimate celebration with their closest friends and family and they couldn’t have had a more perfect day. They looked so happy and the details were so much fun! As usual, I found it nearly impossible to narrow down the photos since everything was just stunning. Thank you SO MUCH for including me in your celebration, and a special thanks to my friend Amy of Amy Rae Photography for driving up from Philadelphia to photograph this wedding with me!


Amy - SO BEAUTIFUL!! I am sure they are so happy with the photos!! All your photos turned out amazing!! Thanks for having me Laura!

Jessica - Laura I love this!! Gorgeous venue, lovely chalkboard details, and the ribbon kids are too cute! Beautiful!

Amanda - So happy for Tiff and Thor and so excited that you were able to capture their day! I totally understand why she wanted the best photographer to fly half way across the country to photograph her wedding! Beautiful job as always, Laura.

PUBLISHED | THE KNOT NEW YORK » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] & Thor’s gorgeous Long Island wedding was recently published in The Knot New York Magazine! I loved all the details of their intimate [...]



Katelin & Joe have the biggest hearts!! I could write a novel about them (appropriate since Katelin is an English teacher and they were married in one of the most beautiful libraries of all times!), but I’ll keep this short and sweet and just share some of my favorite images from their gorgeous day. There were so many fabulous details but since I’m already bogging down your internet browser with a abundance of images, I tried to rein it in as much as I could. Enjoy!!

Jen O. - Incredibly lovely wedding. I adore the venue and all of the soft blush tones. You captured it beautifully.

Ellie Kilgore - Laura~
Thank you so much for the absolutley breathtaking photos you took of my daughter Katelin’s wedding to Joe! Words cannot describe how beautiful they are to me, especially since I was not able to absorb so much of the day with all the activity of being the MOB! You took our garage/occasional sale finds/decorating and made them look wonderful with capturing the colors and delicate details! Yes, the James J. Hill is a spectacular venue, but it takes a skilled photographer to work with the unique lighting challenges and make things so splendid! You captured my daughter’ s sweet heart and soul and for that I will be forever grateful!
Love And blessings to you!
Ellie Kilgore

Abby Jacobsma - Laura,

These images are beautiful! I was so happy to be a part of Katelin and Joe’s wedding and you just did an absolutely fabulous job capturing their joy and love for each other. As a bridesmaid, you made all of the photo taking so fun, easy, and enjoyable. Your photography is just stunning.

Kind Regards,
Abby Jacobsma

Caroline Held - Laura, your pictures are absolutely stunning! You truly captured their infectious joy, and that makes these images so meaningful. Thank you for all you did during the big day! – Grateful sister

Sean - Absolutely beautiful! And what a location, oh my gosh!

Beth Jarrett - Hello, My fiancé and I are getting married on September 12, 2015 at James J Hill Library. We saw your photos from a previous wedding at that venue, and we really liked them!
Are you available on our wedding date? What is a ballpark price for a typical wedding package? We look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you!



I am absolutely smitten with Colleen & Andrew! They are very sweet, down-to-earth, and joyful! Their wedding day was absolutely amazing from start to finish, and their day holds a special place in my heart. I will forever remember Colleen’s speech and her eloquent way with words. She spoke about how her and Andrew had met in French class and that he had pursued her by asking her out for coffee several times. Andrew joked that one of the nicest things about Colleen is her polite demeanor and the subtle nuance between saying no, and not saying yes. (There is a difference!) Although Andrew eventually realized he was being turned down, he continued to ask, and obviously his persistence paid off!

I must mention some of the amazing vendors that made this day so incredible:
Wedding Planner: Joan of Ambiente
Ceremony and Reception: Calhoun Beach Club
Catering: D’Amicos
Florals: A Day in Provence
Makeup: Makeup by Michelle
Calligraphy: Rosann Konieczny
Video: Vibrant Film
Band: The Sevilles

Definitely check out Colleen & Andrew’s wedding film. John from Vibrant Film did a spectacular job and I had tears in my eyes as I watched!

Congrats Colleen & Andrew!

Jen O. - Laura, this is beyond beautiful. I love the white, gold, and black color palette. What a gorgeous wedding.

Butch McCartney - Awesome, Awesome, Awesome, Laura! You’re on fire!!

Jenna - wow laura, this blew me away. that couple, the wedding, the decor, the filmy goodness. you captured each aspect perfectly, it HAS to be one of the most gorgeous weddings i have ever seen. i am swooning over her rings, wowza. love love love.


Tara - Laura, your work is truly beautiful. what an amazing day for Andrew & Colleen. and, how lucky they are to have had you capture every moment for them!!

kristen wood - EEEk! So pretty Laura!! love!

PUBLISHED | MPLS ST PAUL WEDDINGS MAGAZINE » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - […] up and down for joy over here!! Colleen & Andrew’s take-your-breath-away-beautiful wedding at the Calhoun Beach Club was recently published in Mpls St […]



Meet Elena & Andrew. Elena & Andrew live in Chicago. Andrew found me randomly via the internets, and from our first conversation on the phone, I was beyond excited about their big day. I have to be honest about something. Andrew is a really talented photographer, and although I’ve photographed many photographer’s weddings, it’s always just a smidge more nerve-wracking shooting for someone that also shoots weddings. But our visions aligned. Andrew (and Elena) trusted me implicitly and I have to thank them for that trust. Not to mention, I had the best second shooter a girl could ask for; my dear friend Yazy, of YazyJo Photography. Yazy is so very talented, you must check out her and her husband’s work.

Andrew and Elena are genuine and sweet and they made me feel so welcomed from the first second I met them, which happened to be at their rehearsal dinner! Their friends and family were equally as welcoming. They had huge, infectious smiles on their faces ALL DAY LONG!! You wouldn’t be able to tell from looking at these photos, but it was downpouring the morning of their wedding. As the bride and groom got ready in their separate hotel rooms, I doubted we’d even be able to do outdoor photos, much less have the outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour they had planned. But wouldn’t you know, the clouds parted, literally, right as we were scheduled to begin photos, and Andrew and Elena had the outdoor ceremony and sunshine they had dreamed of.

Andrew and Elena, thank you times one million!! I couldn’t say enough good things about you! How did I get so lucky to have such amazing, caring, fun, sweet clients?! Since you both love traveling so much, I hope to see you in NYC or Minneapolis soon! ;)

Andrew Stott - Laura, these are absolutely amazing!!! I mean, Elena and I knew they’d be GREAT, but COME ON!!! :)

Thank you again for your wonderful photos, and thanks too for your beautiful words — it was truly OUR pleasure working with YOU! The weather definitely worked out in our favor, and you and Yazy made us feel so at ease with the whole day.

Now, excuse me… I have to get back to flipping through the gallery and reliving the moments over and over!

Jeff DeNapoli - Laura these photos are ridiculous! I’m blown away — what an awesome job you and Yazy did. I saw the full gallery and all the rest are just as amazing as the ones in this post. I love your style and you made it fun for everyone. It was nice meeting you!


PUBLISHED | THE KNOT CHICAGO & THE KNOT MINNESOTA » Laura Ivanova Photography | FILM WEDDING & BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN MINNEAPOLIS & NEW YORK CITY - [...] lovely wedding at the Mayowood Stone Barn in Rochester, was featured in The Knot Minnesota, and Elena & Andrew’s gorgeous celebration was featured in The Knot Chicago. I am so grateful to my clients for allowing [...]