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Spring Engagement Session in Kankakee, Illinois | Makenzie & Ashton

Makenzie and Ashton's spring engagement photos in Kankakee, Illinois with Chicagoland wedding photographer Kara Evans Photographer.

June 2, 2022

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A couple of weeks ago, Makenzie and Ashton traveled to the Kankakee area for their engagement photos. What a gorgeous evening of photo taking with these two!

At the beginning of 2022, Makenzie reached out after getting engaged. She came across our work at her cousin’s wedding (shout out to Kali & Trace) last summer. It’s always an honor to make these connections and to be one of the first emails sent once wedding planning kicks off! Makes my photographer heart happy.

Makenzie and Ashton’s story goes back a few years. They had a mutual family friend that played matchmaker (I love that!), they both fell fast, and look where they are now! This past winter, Ashton surprised Makenzie and proposed on a trip to Osage Beach. Now, they’re planning their wedding day for September 2023 together.

Over the past few months, we have been brainstorming and planning details for Makenzie and Ashton’s engagegment photo session. They were up for anything and wanted something different, so we opted for photos in Kankakee County. I loved welcoming them to Kankakee County and sharing a couple of my favorite photo locations with them.

On the evening of their session, we were thankful that we pivoted dates to avoid rain (hallelujah!) because it was a gorgeous, sunny evening. We started the session at Perry Farm in Bourbonnais before a pit stop at the studio to change outfits. Then we rounded out the session at a favorite parking garage in Kankakee.

I enjoyed photographing Makenzie and Ashton’s bond and love for one another on that spring night. Over the coming months, we’re looking forward to seeing their wedding details come together, too!

We’re so excited for their wedding day at Pear Tree Estate in 2023!

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Chicagoland wedding photographer based in Kankakee, Illinois

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