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Fall Illinois College Engagement in Jacksonville, Illinois | Jordyn + Tom

October 27, 2016

Hey, I’m Kara!
Hey, I’m Kara! A wedding and family photographer based in Kankakee, Illinois! Whether I’m photographing your wedding day or everyday milestones and memories as a family, this job is my joy.

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Illinois College sweethearts… Yes, you read that right! How sweet is that? I cannot wait to tell you about this couple!

During my first semester of freshman year at Illinois College, I remember meeting Jordyn at Bible study. I quickly came to know her as a kind, gentle-hearted girl. She’s always been someone I’ve known on campus to offer a smile, words of encouragement, or simply sweet company! Jordyn is someone you just feel good to be around and want to spend time with!

And while Jordyn attended Illinois College, she started swimming for the IC Swim Team. Soon enough, she became friends with Tom and well, the rest is truly history… After about a year of being friends on the swim team, these two decided to try the “dating thing” as they told me, and look where they are now after graduation!

When Jordyn and Tom got engaged over Memorial Day weekend this summer, she quickly contacted me – what an honor! I loved hearing her wedding day vision – soft, simple, and sweet with rustic details – and I am looking forward to their Indiana barn wedding next August!

But how could these two college sweethearts have an engagement session anywhere but their alma mater? I always encourage my brides and grooms to choose locations for their engagement sessions that are meaningful to them… So, I was 100% in when Jordyn suggested Illinois College as their engagement session location! It was perfectly fitting since this place played such a special role in their love story.

And then, Jordyn told me we would have another subject to photograph at their session… Sebastian their new puppy! If you know me at all, then you easily know that I was more than 100% in for this, too, because I am a puppy momma myself. Let me tell you, Sebastian was the sweetest pup and LOVED the noise of my camera’s shutter. I probably could have taken this puppy home, but our Georgie girl wouldn’t have been impressed 😉

Jordyn & Tom – I have too many favorites from your engagement session… Your personalities, love, and joy show through so evidently in these photos! Cannot wait for your wedding day!


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Chicagoland wedding & family photographer based in Kankakee, Illinois