kara evans

Writing to you from my pink desk chair in my very own little corner of the world (aka my home office)...

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I’m Kara.
When I'm not photographing weddings, you can usually find me in my home office with snuggly puppies at my feet! Grab a drink (a cup of decaf, mojito, or a glass of rosé if you're like me), kick up your feet, and stay awhile!
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What’s your take on wedding ceremony music?  There are SO many options and ideas out there… Should ceremony music be traditional hymns? Should prerecorded instrumental music be incorporate? Should the music be “live” with an organist, pianist, or acoustic guitar playing? Personally, I love when couples choose ceremony music that is personal to them… Maybe […]

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Happy Wednesday! This week’s topic is short, sweet, and to the point! We’re talking wedding day “gift-giving”! I love this simple gesture on wedding days as gifts are delivered by bridal party members to the bride and groom individually while getting ready. I’ve seen necklaces, earrings, additional wedding bands, honeymoon excursions, sweet notes, and MORE […]

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Do you remember Brittany and Luke’s wedding day? Well, the wedding I’m sharing today may have a few familiar faces between the bride, groom, and family and friends in the bridal party! Last summer, I met Logan and Josiah through Brittany and Luke. Josiah and Luke are brothers – both proposed to the girls together […]

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As a natural light on-location photographer, I am constantly looking for light. Sources of light, harshness of light, types of light… Light!  So, when it comes to a wedding day getting ready space, I always recommend to my couples that they choose a getting ready location that offers a clean slate and lot of yummy […]

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Two and a half weeks ago, I had the honor to photograph another Osterhous daughter’s wedding. That’s right, this time it was Jessica’s turn!  Growing up in a small town (or area), you know a lot of people. That sometimes means that you know them well or you simply “know” them. Before the first Osterhous […]

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It’s true, first looks are non-traditional when it comes to wedding days, but why not make them become traditional if you want to? Looking back on my own wedding day, Kyle and I chose to forego a first look with ties to tradition. Our wedding day was perfect for us, timing worked out, and most […]

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As my husband Kyle and I near our 2nd wedding anniversary in a few weeks, I have started thinking a lot about anniversary traditions, and then it sparked a “Wedding Wednesday” post! To me, the best “gift” is always spending time with one another, but I would be lying if I told you that even […]

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Happy Wedding Wednesday! Let’s talk jewelry… Like I’ve written before, I truly love how each bride is unique in choosing specific details for her wedding day, and I always find myself swooning over wedding day details, especially jewelry! Brides can go in so many directions with wedding day jewelry – classic, modern, bold, delicate, and MORE! […]

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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue… We’ve all probably heard this wedding day saying that signifies good luck! So, do you have your something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue details planned? I love preparing brides for their wedding days and requesting that their special details (dress, veil, shoes, jewelry, gifts, […]

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Chicagoland wedding photographer based in Kankakee, Illinois

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