My PINK Office Makeover | Kara Behind the Scenes

OMG... I am sooooo over the moon excited to share my PINK office makeover with you today! This blog post is so very fun!

In July, Kyle and I moved from an apartment into a house which we LOVE, and I was so excited to customize my new office space! If you know me at all, you know that I love home decor, shopping, and DIY projects, so this "little" project (Kyle would LOL at that term - ha!) was right up my alley! I'm a firm believer in your office space/workspace/creative space being a space that is encouraging, inviting, and the place where you knock out your best work. So I decided to dive right in by ordering office shelving and buying paint!

As soon as we knew we were moving, I mentioned the idea of pink office walls to Kyle. At first, my hubby was not a fan, but I kept trying to convince him and just kept talking about it so much that I think he finally gave in and figured that if it was "too pink" we could always paint again later. I just kept reminding him that my office oasis had to be the perfect mix of me, my brand, girly things, AND my "rustic retro" style. Good thing he hopped on board!

You guys, the paint color process was so tough. While I'm a girl that often knows what she wants, I can also be incredibly indecisive when it comes to certain things... Enter the paint color decision! After like FOUR trips to our local Sherwin-Williams store and what seemed like taping a hundred different paint swatches to the wall, we settled on the color Intimate White - SW 6322 - and while Kyle wasn't sure at this point that the color would be pink enough (I LOVE my hubby for going all in with me at this point!), I had a feeling it would be just right. I was envisioning a blush pink wall color, and yes, it turned out to be JUST that!

As a #ladyboss, I felt very accomplished after I finished painting the entire office by myself (plus a little help from my office manager AKA Georgie girl) while Kyle was at work. Talk about being proud of your own masterpiece! And I couldn't wait to start decorating! I loved taking the time to style my functional yet decorative office shelving units that Kyle put together along with picking out little decorative trinkets, ordering prints of some of our favorite photos, and choosing where we should hang wall decor. Oh, and Kyle even refinished my filing cabinet to a lovely off-white color with gold hardware - IN LOVE!

To say that I am proud of my new creative office space and the entire makeover is an understatement. Working from home can be challenging at times but having a space that is 100% dedicated to my work and my business and my brand makes my job that much more fun. Every morning I am so excited to step into my funky rustic retro office oasis and get work done!

What do you think of my new office space, friends?

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Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - My Pink Office Makeover - Sherwin-Williams SW 6322 Intimate White Office - Pink Office Walls
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - My Pink Office Makeover - Sherwin-Williams SW 6322 Intimate White Office - Pink Office Walls

Taylor + Trevor | Newly Wed | Wright City, Missouri | Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day

Remember these lovebirds from their engagement session this past winter?! Well, today, I'm beyond excited to share their wedding photos and all things about their wedding day on the blog!

Taylor and Trevor are as sweet as pie, and I'm sure everyone that knows and loves these two would agree. These two are perfectly complementary to one another, and they love each other and their people hard... What a beautiful example for everyone in their life!

Last November, I remember receiving an email from Taylor about her September 2017 wedding day, and of course, I was incredibly honored to be considered as her wedding photographer. After chatting back and forth and learning their story (and of Trevor's summer surprise proposal to Taylor), these two secured me as their wedding photographer, and the fun began!

I love their love story... These two met at Illinois College (our mutual alma mater and reason they found my photography) where they both played soccer, and I would say the rest is history... But these two are still making it! They've been together for nearly seven years throughout school, graduations, jobs, wedding planning, and more.

Throughout the past months, it has been so fun to be along for the ride as Taylor and Trevor planned their engagement session + wedding day and narrowed down little details all around their celebration of marriage. I LOVED planning their engagement session outfits with Taylor - hello fashion show - and the entire session experience was a dream. These two are SO PHOTOGENIC that it isn't even funny! 

At the start of their wedding day, I arrived at Cedar Lake Cellars so giddy to get started and to document such an important day in their story together. And of course, the girls (and guys) were all so welcoming, sweet, and excited themselves for the day ahead. This bridal party was THE BEST! Soon enough, it was time for Taylor to step into her wedding gown and reveal her wedding day look to her dad. Goodness, wait until you see those photos from the emotional moment. I loved how Taylor was able to spend a few moments with her dad before walking to her first look with Trevor... So sweet! Taylor and Trevor shared a lovely first look along the bridge at the winery and then exchanged gifts. This was so special to take a few minutes after the first look to exchange wedding day gifts in person - I loved this!

As we moved through bridal party photos and photos of Taylor and Trevor, I could not help but feel so thankful to be able to document these relationships and these people. These people love Taylor and Trevor so very much, and the support and celebration and happiness surrounding this couple was truly beautiful. With a support system like theirs, these two will grow immensely in their marriage and relationship together. 

As always, I have favorite memories or details from each wedding day I photograph. Taylor and Trevor's day had so many little details that were incredibly meaningful and unforgettable. Their gorgeous winery venue to the impeccable florals to their amazing blush/rose vintage romance decor + style to the gorgeous weather for their outdoor wedding day... Goodness! I loved Taylor and Trevor's hand fasting ritual during their ceremony, too. It was a beautiful ritual to symbolize their union and intentions in marriage. And of course, Taylor and Trevor started the celebration of their wedding reception on such a spectacular note with their choreographed first dance after dinner. These two have been taking dance lessons over the past few months leading up to their wedding day, and it was so fun for their family and friends to see their moves!

Taylor and Trevor... I have so many wonderful memories from your wedding day, and I am thankful to be able to share these photos of your most perfect day with you! Your joy is contagious, and marriage looks so good on you two! Hugs!

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Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
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Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
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Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Cedar Lake Cellars Wedding Day - Winery Wedding Photographer - Winery Wedding Day - Blush Pink and Gray Wedding Day
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Bride's Attire: Formals of Litchfield - Litchfield, IL | Bridesmaid Attire: Chosen by each bridesmaid. | Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Savvi FormalwearHair Stylist: Chelsey Reed | Makeup Consultant: Chrissy with Mary Kay Cosmetics | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Cedar Lake Cellars - Wright City, MO | Coordinator: Becky Dunston with Cedar Lake Cellars - Wright City, MO | Florist: Colleen Lindsay with Always in Bloom - St. Louis, MO | DJ: DJ Connection - St. Louis, MO | Photo Booth: DIY | Videographer: Tower Studios - St. Louis, MO | Catering: Cedar Lake Cellars - Wright City, MO | Cake: Lubeley's Bakery - St. Louis, IL | Invitations + Paper Goods: Savvi Formalwear | Favors: Wine Country Occasions

Bree + Zack | Newly Wed | Pontiac, Illinois | Pontiac Wedding Photographer

Last October, I first connected with Bree and Zack, and today (close to one year later), I am happy to share their wedding day images on the blog!

Bree and Zack met at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville during their college years, and their love has grown ever since! After a few years of dating, Zack proposed to Bree in a breathtaking and unforgettable place on a trip together... Pike's Peak in Manitou Springs, Colorado! I loved learning their story as we started to get to know each other. Our first offical in-person meeting was at their Starved Rock State Park engagement session last winter. Of course, we waited all winter for a snowy day and schedules to align, but we had to opt for a winter session incorporating the state park's scenery... And even in the middle of winter, the photos were so fun!

As the months went on, I was looking forward to Bree and Zack's wedding day! This wedding day started with the bride + bridesmaids getting ready at the venue... The lakeside home of the groom's parents and the home he grew up in - how special! I LOVED how Bree and Zack chose to have their wedding ceremony and reception take place at such a meaningful, intimate place to them. The location was perfectly fitting for these two and their small wedding with all of their closest family and friends alongside them.

My favorite details of this wedding day were, of course, the venue. But I also had a handful of other favorites. First, the flowers from Flowers Plus in Streator were breathtaking. This is the second wedding (remember the gorgeous flowers from Lacey and Jake's wedding?) that I have photographed and worked with this vendor, and once again, I was blown away at the sheer talent of these florals. The florals were the perfect statement to Bree's romantic boho vision for the style of her wedding day. Just wait until you see those florals next to the wine bridesmaid dresses - heart eyes!!! Second, I loved the meaning behind the ring Bree wore on her wedding day. It was her grandma's ring from the 1940s, and it was so incredibly special to wear on this occasion. And finally, I loved the sunset on the lake on this wedding day! It was the best ending I could have imagined to my time photographing Bree and Zack.

This couple are laid-back and love to have fun, so fun for me to document the two of them enjoying their wedding day and celebrating with their favorite people! These two compliment one another's personalities and have adventurous hearts. And oh, I cannot wait to see photos from their honeymoon adventure in New Zealand this November!

Bree and Zack - Congratulations! I am thrilled to share your wedding photos with you! 

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Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding
Kara Evans Photographer - Central Illinois Wedding Photographer - Pontiac Wedding Photographer - Flowers Plus Streator Wedding Flowers - Boho Wine Wedding

Bride's Attire: Jasmine Bridal at Frew's Bridal and Formal Wear - Alton, IL | Bridesmaid Attire: Vera Wang at David's BridalGroom + Groomsmen Attire: Men's WearhouseHair: Kristen Gust | Makeup: Mikki Weaver | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Lakeside Home of the Groom's Parents Tom & Nancy Raube | Tablecloths/Linens: Tri-County Event Rentals - Bloomington, IL | Florist: Flowers Plus - Streator, IL | Transportation: Shaw Shuttles - Odell, IL | DJ: Devon Lehmkuhl | Catering: Tom Tuley | Cake: Pfaff's Bakery - Pontiac, IL | Invitations + Paper Goods: Mpix + Vistaprint