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Alana and Zach's City View Loft wedding photos in Chicago, Illinois with Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.

It’s an honor to share Alana and Zach’s City View Loft wedding on the blog! And you know what? There aren’t enough words to adequately describe this wonderful wedding day! I adore Alana and Zach! It makes my heart happy that Julia and Ali’s wedding day brought them into my life. From getting to meet […]

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You’re engaged! First things first… CONGRATULATIONS are in order! Now the fun can begin, but sometimes couples wonder where to even start the wedding planning process… Good news – I’m here to help! As a wedding photographer having photographed well over 15o weddings, it’s a joy to share advice, tips, and tricks I’ve learned over […]

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You’re engaged, what’s next? A Jumpstart Checklist for Wedding Planning | Wedding Wednesday

You're engaged, what's next? - a jumpstart wedding planning list of advice with Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.

Engagement season means that so many “congratulations” and well wishes are going around to newly engaged couples. I love this season where you can simply FEEL the love all around – it’s contagious and so beautiful! Today, I’m excited to share a look at five things that no one tells you about getting engaged. Let’s […]

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Five Things No One Tells You About Getting Engaged | Wedding Wednesday

Five things no one tells you about getting engaged - wedding advice with Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.

Our first wedding of 2021 is in the books! Holly and Kolton’s winter wedding day in Iroquois County kicked off our 2021 wedding season. After wedding changes and pivots, we are just so happy for this couple to officially be part of the married club. It’s been a crazy few months for them but THEY’RE […]

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Snowy Winter Wedding Day at The Longbranch in L’Erable, Illinois | Holly + Kolton

Holly and Kolton's snowy winter wedding day at The Longbranch in L'erable with Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.

Holy cow, wedding season number EIGHT is officially a wrap! And whew, what a wedding season it was! We started the year out with our first wedding of the year in January and planned to have a break until spring… What we didn’t plan to experience was a six-month break between weddings (January 25th – […]

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Weddings of 2020 Recap

Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer's recap of the 2020 wedding season throughout Chicagoland and Kankakee County.

Our last wedding day of 2020 was one for the books! You might remember this couple from their fall engagement session a couple of months back. Today, we are so very excited to share Katelynn and Jamey’s rustic and romantic wedding day in St. Joseph on the blog! The Love Story Katelynn and Jamey met […]

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Rustic & Romantic December Wedding Day in St. Joseph, Illinois | Katelynn + Jamey

It’s that time of the year! The Pantone color of the year for 2021 is here… But this year, there is not only one color but TWO – Ultimate Gray and Illuminating! Pantone’s announcement of two colors this time around takes me back to 2016 when they announced two colors for the year! It’s true […]

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Pantone Color of the Year 2021 – Ultimate Gray & Illuminating | Wedding Wednesday

The Pantone color of the year 2021 - ultimate gray & illuminating - Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.

Over the last year and a half, I’ve been looking forward to photographing Bethany and Jon’s wedding day! And now I have the honor to share their intimate November wedding day at The Standard in Rockford! You might remember these two from their Chicago engagement session (where they first met!) last year. They’re as sweet […]

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Intimate November Wedding Day at The Standard in Rockford, Illinois | Bethany + Jon

Bethany and Jon's intimate November wedding day at The Standard in Rockford with Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.

Today is a good day because Colleen and Joel’s fall Lighthouse Restaurant wedding day is making it’s way to the blog! Over three years ago, I met these two when I photographed Colleen’s sisters’ wedding day. So it was an honor to be asked to photograph this wedding day after Colleen and Joel got engaged […]

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October Lighthouse Restaurant Wedding Day in Cedar Lake, Indiana | Colleen + Joel

Colleen and Joel's October Maternity BVM Bourbonnais and Lighthouse Restaurant wedding day in Cedar Lake, IN with Kara Evans Photographer.

Remember Erin and Matt from their engagement session a couple of months back?! Well, their fall Island Bay Yacht Club wedding day is hitting the blog today! I’ve known Erin since I can remember as we grew up in the same small town and as family friends. I cannot tell you what an honor it […]

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Fall Island Bay Yacht Club Wedding in Springfield, Illinois | Erin + Matt

Erin and Matt's fall Island Bay Yacht Club wedding in Springfield with Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.

Julie and Paul are MARRIED! And it’s an honor to share their timeless and classic Chicago wedding on the blog! After connecting with these two in December 2019 through a mutual friend at Lauren Elizabeth Bridal, I’ve loved getting to know this couple! They are kind, down to earth, and so fun to spend time […]

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Timeless & Classic October Wedding Day in Chicago, Illinois | Julie + Paul

Julie and Paul's timeless & classic October wedding in Chicago, IL with Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.