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Blushing bridals are BACK!  I love sharing these photos and loving on these beautiful brides throughout the months after their wedding days… And I think sharing these photos is a great way to share inspiration with couples and show the vast variety of wedding day styles out there. Be true to you but be inspired! […]


February 8, 2018

Navy Blue, Forest Green, and Metallic Wedding Day | Blushing Bridals

This was the most perfect winter wedding day… And Erin and Drew’s January wedding day marked the start of our 2018 season! These two met when they were very young and even have a photo standing next to each other when they were in preschool. As these two grew up, they became high school sweethearts […]


February 1, 2018

Erin + Drew | Newly Wed | Milford, Illinois | Town and Country Events Winter Wedding Day

Last weekend, I was honored to be a part of The Majestically Yours Bridal Show at The Majestic in Kankakee! This was my first time participating in this bridal show as a vendor (I did attend as a bride myself several years ago!), and I LOVED it. What a Sunday well spent! This year, I […]


January 9, 2018

The Majestically Yours Bridal Show 2018 | Bridal Booth Inspiration

Today is bittersweet as I’m sharing my last wedding of the 2017 season… What a year it has been! I am truly thankful. Kayla and Eric’s wedding day was the absolute best end to last year’s wedding season that I could have imagined. And I’m sure for those that know these two, they would have […]


January 4, 2018

Kayla + Eric | Newly Wed | Jacksonville, Illinois | Annie-Merner Chapel Winter Wedding Day

Today I’m happy to share my second to last wedding of 2017 with you on the blog! I’m guessing you remember Jaye and Scott from their engagement session earlier this year and that photo experience did not disappoint with these two! Throughout the past year or so, I have loved getting to know these two […]


December 28, 2017

Jaye + Scott | Newly Wed | Champaign, Illinois | I Hotel Winter Wedding Day

Wedding season #5 is officially a wrap! And what a year has it been! This year, I shared wedding season with twenty-eight amazing couples… It has been a great honor to spend these wedding days with each and every couple, and I am feeling very thankful at the end of this season! Throughout the year, I […]


December 27, 2017

Recapping Kara’s 2017 Weddings | Wedding Wednesday

Goodness, I LOVE engagement sessions! My favorite part of photographing engagement sessions is the fact that this time with my couples allows me to take a relaxed approach with my camera while getting to know two amazing people… It truly doesn’t get much better than that! Engagement sessions are the perfect opportunity to get to […]


December 20, 2017

Recapping Kara’s 2017 Engagement Sessions | Wedding Wednesday

Ultra Violet — The Pantone Color of the Year 2018 What do you think of the recently announced 2018 Pantone of the Year? Honestly, I’m kinda digging this color because it’s fresh, new, and quite different from what we’ve been seeing in the past few (wedding) seasons! In the past few years, I’ve only photographed a small handful of weddings […]


December 13, 2017

The New 2018 Pantone Color of the Year | Wedding Wednesday

 It’s true, Lauren and Jesse’s Wednesday wedding day was a dream… I remember when I first connected with these two back in February when Lauren’s best friend Kaitlin (one of my amazingly talented photog gal pals!) recommended me as a wedding photographer! This industry has given me many blessings, and the photographer friends I have made […]


December 12, 2017

Lauren + Jesse | Newly Wed | Streator, Illinois | The Silver Fox Wedding Day

Happy Thursday! Today, I am incredibly honored to share Stacey and Jake’s wedding day with you! At the start of 2017, I connected with Stacey and Jake, and I have loved learning more about their story ever since. Oh, and you probably remember them from their engagement session this spring, too! These two have grown up […]


December 7, 2017

Stacey + Jake | Newly Wed | Bradley, Illinois | Bradley-Bourbonnais Wedding Photographer