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I'm Iann and I'm so happy you're here. This journal is about love stories, travels, advice, and style. Stay a while and say hello!

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A Chic Pre-Wedding Shoot at Montalvo Arts Center

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Love Stories

Pre-Wedding Shoots are hot, hot, hot. This session was no different in over 90 degree weather. My lovely couple will be celebrating their wedding later this year so we decided to come to another beautiful location in the bay area to capture some romantic portraits for their love story. Pre-Wedding shoots are an upscale version […]

A Dreamy Amalfi Coast Wedding | Part Two

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Travel

This is Part Two of this dreamy Amalfi Coast wedding where we explore different cities and staples! The week was filled with incredible landscapes, good food, loving company, and of course the best fashion looks. We journeyed from Ravello to Positano to Capri for a truly epic wedding week of fun! The Palazzo Avino is […]

A Dreamy Amalfi Coast Wedding | Part One

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Travel

The Amalfi Coast in Italy is one of the most magical places on Earth to have a destination wedding. I had the honor of capturing Jenny and G’s love story surrounded by their loved ones from around the world. There was so much love, joy and beauty experienced during their week that this journal entry […]

A Spring Maternity Session in Palo Alto’s Gamble Gardens

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Love Stories

On a sunny morning amidst the dew coated flora, I met up with sweet Charissa and Joshua at Gamble Gardens. This historic property includes rose and herb gardens, a beautiful white gazebo and fountain that is perfect for special occasions such as maternity shoots. Spring Maternity Sessions in Palo Alto are some of my favorite […]

A Classically Elegant Elopement at Legion of Honor

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Love Stories

Although captured in July 2021, we still can’t get over how beautiful this day was despite the overcast weather. Unlike most people, I love a foggy day because it lends a serene and even light over the day. Romina and Daniel celebrated the day with a classic tux and vintage ballgown with a romantic cascading […]

Tropical Inspired Portraits At The San Francisco Botanical Gardens

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Portraits

Photography and Styling by: Iann Ivy Model: Taylor S. @tay.scar Gown: Untamed Petals Ring: Model’s Own Earrings & Shoes: Amazon Fashion

A Romantic Denver Engagement Session

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Love Stories

One of the best parts of being a destination photographer is scouting incredible locations and working with the loveliest of couples. Upon meeting Jasmine and Scott, I knew they had fun, vibrant personalities. We had so many laughs and it was so fun seeing them interact – naturally and with love. We met up in […]

A Bright & Bountiful Intimate Wedding in Zion, Utah

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Love Stories

Although the day was overcast from a morning of snow flurries, the warm hues of this bountiful intimate wedding brightened every moment with each detail. Pro Tip: Fruit is a great decoration addition to your tablescape that is cost conscious and perfect for incorporating a seasonal or regional element to your celebration. This unique venue […]

Wedding Photography Schedule Tips

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Advice

When it comes to planning your wedding, the schedule logistics is usually what stresses out most spouses. This is why many people opt for a wedding planner to take care of your special day without the stress so you can enjoy every element. I highly recommend the following planners who are all unique and have […]

Stunning Pre-Wedding Session at Montalvo Arts Center

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Love Stories

Living in the bay area comes with a lot of perks, one of them being the stunning locations we have access to. The Montalvo Arts Center is no exception. Built in 1912, this historic building is based in Saratoga, CA and about an hour south of San Francisco on the peninsula. I met up with […]

A Tuscan Inspired Elopement at Villa Loriana

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Love Stories

Nestled on the central coast of California in San Luis Obispo is Villa Loriana, an Italian-inspired venue that is perfect for transforming your special occasion into a dreamy destination getaway. The venue inspired us to imagine a colorful and romantic elopement with bountiful blooms and luxurious fabrics for the ultimate I Dos. The details of […]

Inside Iann Ivy Photography’s Natural Light Filled Photo Studio

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Personal

When destination photographer Iann Ivy isn’t traveling to a sapphire kissed coastline or a pine covered mountain for a photography session, here is where she creates and gets inspired for her next artistic endeavor. Nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, this home studio replaced a well-loved sewing room loft with a longarm quilting machine. […]

A Luxurious Santa Barbara Home Wedding

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Love Stories

Even though it’s technically winter in California, I’m dreaming of gorgeous blooms and intimate weddings. Last year I had the pleasure of shooting at one of my mentor’s workshops at her dreamy Santa Barbara House. Every detail was in a word – poetic, with high attention to detail and an effortless curation of each moment. […]

Flowy Dresses for Destination Elopement Photos

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Advice

When it comes to destination elopements, finding the ‘wow factor’ dress is essential. Without many of the traditional wedding decorations and venue features, all eyes are on the bride (or fabulous partner) in elopement photos. From my experience, having a dress with gorgeous movement will enhance your photos in your destination of choice. Below are […]

Five California Black-Owned Wedding Industry Professionals To Hire in 2022 & Beyond

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Advice

Being a diverse woman in the wedding industry, it’s been my joy to work with people that come from a variety of backgrounds. This month it’s an honor to highlight black-owned businesses and women that create stunning works of art and share immense talent in the wedding space. From planning out dreamy events to artistry […]

How To Choose An Elopement Photographer

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Advice

Weddings are intimate, elopements are even more intimate where the focus is just on the two of you. Your photographer is by your side the entire time, capturing the subtle details to remember your day by while sharing with loved ones. Use my checklist below to help you decide on the perfect pairing: –Find a […]

2022 Wedding Trends That Stand Out

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Advice

A new year means new wedding trends. After the last two years, the wedding industry deserves the trendiest 2022 weddings ever and I think it is going to deliver. While 2021 saw the trend of neon signs with lots of greenery, I predict that 2022 is going to be bolder and full of color. From […]

5 Things To Clear Out Before 2022

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Advice

The New Year is like a door to a fresh start. There’s the element of hope, discovery, and desire to build upon what you have been doing. Here are five ideas on what to clear out before heading into 2022 with your best foot forward. Any Limiting Beliefs or Negative Thoughts. Shake it off, set […]

12 Holiday Cards You Can’t Go Wrong With…

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Advice

Every year I always book out my winter mini photography sessions because there’s always families, new and expanding that take their annual photos in the San Francisco Bay Area. For a few years now I’ve partnered with Basic Invite to give my clients the best deal to use their photos to create beautiful holiday cards […]

A Destination Photographer’s Holiday Gift Guide 2021

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Advice

Finding a unique gift for loved ones can be a challenge with so many options out there. If you’re looking for something special for a local (in the SF Bay Area), a nature lover, a photography enthusiast or someone with an adventurous spirit, check out our curated list of thoughtful presents for someone special in […]

A Destination Photographer’s Guide to the Amalfi Coast

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Travel

The Amalfi Coast in Italy is one of the most beautiful places on Earth I’ve travelled to and truly a bucket list destination. I had the privilege of capturing a client’s wedding here this summer and everyday was an adventure. Traveling during Covid times makes international travel to Europe a bit more stressful, so I […]

LAVENDER FIELD ENGAGEMENT INSPO -ARACELI FARMS

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Love Stories

About an hour North-East of the San Francisco Bay is the incredibly scented lavender fields of Araceli Farms. This seasonal botanical oasis is perfect for not only some family fun but also some Provence inspired engagement photos. When it comes to shooting in hot weather, I’m turning into an expert because this session was around […]

FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE INSPIRED WEDDING – SUNSTONE VILLA

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Love Stories

Tucked between Santa Barbara and the little Danish-style town of Solvang is the beautiful Santa Ynez wine region on the central coast of California. Sunstone Winery was founded in 1990 as one of the first organic vineyard estates in Santa Barbara county. This inspired shoot was orchestrated by Lorie of H + L Lovely Creations, […]

Elopements Are Here To Stay in 2021 & Beyond

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Advice

Gone are the days when elopements were something NOT talked about with enthusiasm or in a positive light. Years ago, elopements were thought to be a rushed affair with little time to put something together and a courthouse time slot to seal the deal. You still might need a marriage civic ceremony appointment ( I […]

Zoom Style Tips

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Advice

Since the pandemic many of us have made the switch over to video meetings and interviews. While there are certain comforts to working from home, ie: cute fuzzy slippers, there’s still that put-together look on the top half that we have to show while we are live streaming. Below are some tips and outfit suggestions […]

Body Flattering Maternity Dresses

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Portraits

One of the questions I get asked most often is what to wear at a photoshoot. Especially when it comes to maternity photos, many women are wanting to celebrate their bodies and motherhood in a soft, ethereal way.

Happy Holidays!

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Personal

My first blog post and very special holiday greeting to you all! This has been a long time coming and believe me when I tell you I’ve put in the elbow grease to get this blog perfect for your reading enjoyment. I’ve always wanted to have a space where I could tell my community about […]

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