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But I never set out to be a photographer. I was (and still am!) going to be a writer. And then as I worked toward that writing goal, someone put a camera in my hand and asked me to try telling stories with something besides words. So with an English nerd's love for character and tone, a romantic's love for poignant beauty, and a realist's love for imperfection, I dove in.

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That was back in 2010.

Since that time, photography has changed much of my life. It's brought me some of my dearest friends. It's reshaped the way my husband Danny and I view serving others. It has even literally taken me around the world. One thing that hasn't changed: my soul-stirring desire to tell stories that feel so real you're sure you knew them before you heard them. Or saw them. It's my privilege to tell those stories for my clients, and for the generations of their families still to come.

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Elizabeth + Allen – A Rustic Florida Ranch Wedding

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Outside of Orlando’s busy sprawl, up I-75 and twisting and turning along old country roads that feel like a portal into mid-Twentieth Century America, there’s a pristine patch of earth near Bushnell, Florida, where Allen’s family built their beautiful ranch. It’s a place where his family spends much of their time, and it was where Elizabeth and Allen knew they wanted their marriage to begin, under the oak trees and overlooking the pastures Allen’s late cousin, his best friend, had loved.

It was a perfect fall day — crisp skies, clean light, cool (enough, for Florida) air. All their guests enjoyed the property, meticulously and lovingly prepared for Elizabeth and Allen’s rustic wedding, Allen’s uncle, the pastor who performed the ceremony, was nearly as emotional as the couple when they exchanged their vows, and everyone danced the night away in the chandelier-bedecked barn. But the wedding day began, as wedding days should always begin: Filled with anticipation for what was about to unfold. Elizabeth was absolutely radiant.
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As they joined the cocktail hour, Danny and I got a peek into their amazing reception setup, under tents and inside the barn.
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~ Laura + Dannty

Venue: Private ranch
Wedding Gown: Alfred Angelo
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan
Groom and Groomsmen’s Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse
Flowers: Sherry Krawczyk
Catering: Montage Catering
DJ: Adam Passalacqua at Mr. P’s DJ Service
Officiate: Kent Sterchi
Coordinators: Karen DiDea and Marion Arnheim
Videography: TLC Film Productions
Photography: Laura Yang Photography

  1. Gail Friederich says:

    What a stunning wedding! The photography was pure artistry. This is a wedding that little girls grow up dreaming about. Congratulations!

  2. Karen DiDea says:

    Laura and Danny, your professionalism, warmth, attention to detail and talent was amazing to watch as this magical celebration and union of these two special people unfolded. I loved your blog, every picture is better than the last. All my life I wished and prayed for Elizabeth’s special day to be absolutely perfect. And I am so thankful that you were chosen to capture the expression of the love and pure joy that radiates on their faces. Thank you for allowing us to relive this special day that is carved forever in our hearts as WOW.

  3. Marion Arnheim says:

    Love love love

  4. Joanie Schirm says:

    This truly is the best wedding photography I’ve seen! It captures the setting and emotions so perfectly.

  5. Miller and Brenna Phillips says:

    Miller says “I had fun.” Brenna says “I liked the wedding.”
    They enjoyed the photos, too!

  6. Lindsey Phillips says:

    What a lovely wedding. Everything was just perfect. Including these photos- captured so well.

  7. Alison says:


  8. Christina says:

    This had to have been a photographer’s dream…the place, the lighting and the WEDDING PARTY=all stunning!!! You all captured the beauty perfectly!!!

  9. Elizabeth Sanders says:

    Love this!

  10. Susie DiDea says:

    Beautiful wedding and memory for our family!! Wonderful pictures too. Blessings ….

  11. Sharon says:

    Absolutely beautiful! God bless

  12. Haley Sanders says:

    These pictures are absolutely beautiful!! Such a gorgeous wedding!

  13. Michael Sanders says:

    The pictures turned out great, what a fun wedding!!

  14. Linda DiDea says:

    Breathtaking pictures of the most beautiful wedding!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Wow! What a beautiful bride and beautiful wedding! The pictures are fabulous!

  16. Jennifer Mcleod Hart says:

    Most beautiful wedding in the world

  17. Amy Johnson says:

    Stunning pictures of an amazing wedding! These photos definetely stopped the clock on some very special moments.

  18. Amber Murphy says:

    Such a beautiful wedding! The pictures are awesome!

  19. Elizabeth Hart says:

    Love this!! Thank you

  20. Linda DiDea says:

    One of the most beautiful weddings I have had the honor of attending. Elizabeth was a stunning radiant bride and Allen a handsome and romantic groom.
    The pictures were breathtaking and filled my heart with joy and tears of happiness. Thank you Laura and Danny for capturing the pure essence of the entire wedding day. The love of this special couple will live on forever …

  21. The McIntyre's says:

    BEAUTIFUL, wish we could have been there! Happy for you both!

  22. Mandy korh says:

    Beautiful day and ceremony for a beautiful couple

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