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Independence Grove Wedding in Libertyville, Illinois | Ashley & John

Ashley and John's summer Independence Grove wedding day in Libertyville, IL with Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.

July 7, 2022

Hey, I’m Kara!
A Chicagoland wedding photographer for joyful newlyweds-to-be! My couples call me their wedding cheerleader! After photographing 200+ weddings, my favorite part of my job will forever be the sweet couples that come into my life.
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Ashley and John’s summer wedding day at Independence Grove is here! These two envisioned a beautiful wedding day ambiance in the forest preserve, and their wedding day encompassed that and so much more.

From The Couple

John and I met on a dating app. It turns out I knew his sister and we had a few friends in common. We went on three dates in the first week and booked a vacation to Sedona and the Grand Canyon early into our relationship. After long car rides and many hikes we knew we were both in it for the long haul… That and surviving the pandemic together!

The Wedding Day

The day started with everyone getting ready at The Forester Hotel (love!) where everyone was eager for the day ahead. When we arrived, Ashley said that it didn’t feel like it was actually her wedding day – especially after being in many weddings over the years. Once she got into her dress, all of that changed. She said it really did feel like her wedding day. I loved documenting those moments for this bride!

I’ll never forget how sweet it was to see John’s eagerness to lay eyes on Ashley and spend the rest of the day together in the moments before their first look took place. They shared a quiet first look at Independence Grove, and then we met up with the wedding party for some fun photos… Complete with an epic champagne pop – way to go, John!

Throughout the morning and afternoon of photos, there was rain lingering in the forecast. Thankfully, Ashley and John weren’t stressed by the weather. I’m not kidding when I say that they are the most go-with-the-flow couple. They were truly just so excited to spend the day together and with loved ones celebrating their marriage! Those personalities paid off when all that graced us were a few sprinkles of rain and cloudy skies. And you better bet that we made magic happen!

Ashley and John shared a romantic outdoor ceremony before celebrating the night away with their loved ones. I loved photographing how all the details came together for this wedding day. They played on the forest preserve vibes and their style with tons of greenery, whites, blush pink, gold, and candles came together beautifully!

Looking back on their photos gives me all the smiles! I truly feel as though these photos of their wedding day encompass their fun-loving spirits, tenderness for one another, and excitement as they became husband and wife. It honestly doesn’t get better than that!

Ashley & John – Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us!! We adore you both & loved photographing your day! We hope you love the photos as much as we enjoyed creating them!

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Ashley’s Attire: Wolsfelt Bridal – Aurora, IL | John’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Wedding Party Attire: Wolsfelt Bridal – Aurora, IL + Men’s Wearhouse | Hair: Tina Noel – Roselle, IL | Makeup: Luana Caruso – Roselle, IL | Getting Ready Location: The Forester Hotel – Lake Forest, IL | Ceremony: Independence Grove – Lake County, IL | Wedding Officiant: Torrez Watson | Reception Venue: Independence Grove – Lake County, IL | Florist: Oh My Floral – Batavia, IL | DJ: Music By Design – Chicago, IL | Transportation: Signature Transportation Group – Arlington Heights, IL | Photo Booth: Music By Design – Chicago, IL | Photographer: Kara Evans Photographer – Kankakee, IL | Videographer: Modern Weddings Film – Bedford Park, IL | Catering: Catering by Michaels – Morton Grove, IL

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