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Evanston Lighthouse Beach Engagement Session

When we hear “beach” our ears perk up. We can’t help but catch the feel-good vibes of a sand and surf session, and this engagement shoot at Evanston’s Lighthouse Beach is the whole package: slow strolls by the lake, kissing in the woods, and quite possibly the most adorable couple! You won’t want to miss the full gallery filled with amazing, sun-kissed shots from Kristin La Voie Photography!

From Kristin La Voie PhotographyI knew from the minute I met Tracie and Dan at our first consultation that I wanted to work with them. With big smiles and an overall positive vibe and infectious attitudes, this is the type of couple that makes a photographer’s work a dream. Fast forward to this perfect sunny evening at one of my favorite locations, Evanston’s Lighthouse Beach. The light was magical, and these two snuggling together made everything look even dreamier. I can’t wait for their September wedding!

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Venue: Lighthouse Beach

Kenilworth Club Wedding from Elite Photo

I’ve been known to gush a bit in my day. It’s just what I do. And honestly, it’s hard not to when you spend your day swimming in a sea of the most gorgeous weddings around. Weddings that are not only full of gorgeous details, but they are also filled with couples that could not be more in love. Just like this darling duo captured by Elite Photo. Each image shows just how thankful they are to have each other, and how can you not gush over that? See so much more here.

Country Club

From Elite Photo… Reanna and Steve were married on a rainy day in July at the beautiful St. Athanasius Church in Evanston, Illinois. They chose the Kenilworth Club for their reception afterwards. The Kenilworth Club Assembly Hall, designed by noted architect George W. Maher, is the historic building that has served as Kenilworth’s community house since its construction in 1906. Kenilworth, Illinois is a perfectly manicured city just north of Chicago. The club is just blocks from Kenilworth beach. A private beach for Kenilworth residents and guests. The bride and groom received a pass for the day, so we were able to hit the beach for some fun and pretty photos in between showers. Their getaway car was a white Bonneville convertible with blue and white interior and the perfect dancing hula girl on the dashboard.

This couple was all about the details. Each table at the reception was decorated differently, but in the same rustic chic style with elegant pearls and whitewashed frames as well as vintage vases , boxes, and statues. Their invites were printed on vintage hankies and hand stamped inside of lace envelopes tied in beautiful string. The brides dress had a blush tool underneath that complimented the bride and matched the amazing brides maids dresses. The bride got ready at the chic Hotel Orrington in Evanston and enjoyed a rain-free limo ride to the church. It poured during the ceremony, which was somewhat magical. It’s really something special to be in an old church and hear the pounding rain on the roof of that large stone building.

One of the bride’s favorite and necessary photos she wanted was in front of her beautiful church. Unfortunately, the front stairs were under construction that day and so we rescheduled another day to come back and photograph them in front of the church. Of course, it rained even harder that day. We laughed the whole day during what I now call “the rain session”. Reanna and Steve spent 2 full hours in the constant rain and enjoyed every minute of it. It was magical and you can really see their love and adoration in the images from the day.

Photography: Elite Photo | Ceremony Venue: St. Athanasius Church in Evanston, Illinois | Reception Venue: Kenilworth Club in Kenilworth, Illinois | Floral Design Carol Knutsen from The Gilded Lily | Catering: Catered by Design | Wedding Cake: Deerfields Bakery | Music: John Sapsford (

Evanston Engagement Session from Jasmine Nicole Photography

This couple channeled their engagement story during their engagement shoot, which seems to me like the picture perfect way to honor popping the question! The groom-to-be played his guitar and sang a song for his bride-to-be before getting down on one knee. Throughout these photos, the two are singing that very same song with music from his guitar as accompaniment. And get this – he popped the question only two days before this shoot! The happiness is still so fresh in their eyes and expressions. Many thanks to Jasmine Nicole Photography for capturing it all in the full gallery of images right here!

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From Jasmine Nicole PhotographyThese two are just adorable and have such a great sense of style, but even more than that, this session was taken just two days after they got engaged. I love how you can see just how happy they are! The session take place in downtown Evanston, Illinois, for the first half, and then we just went down to Lake Michigan in Evanston for the end. I love how they incorporated music into the session because these two are both incredibly musical. He was actually playing the song he sang to as her as part of the proposal in this session. I loved it! I got to hear them both sing to me on the beach, and it was pretty incredible. They had the sweetest proposal too! Tony included lots of Kelsey’s family and friends in a scavenger hunt where they all encouraged her on the way before she was going to see her fiance-to-be. He was waiting for her at a fountain on their campus surrounded by candles and picture frames. He then sang a Matt Wertz song to her and at the end, simply got down on one knee, and asked her for forever.

Photography: Jasmine Nicole Photography / Location: Evanston, Illinois / Dress: American Eagle