Nicole & Miles’ St James Farm Engagement Session | TWA Photographic Artists | Chicago Wedding Photographers
No shoes, no worries! Isn’t that right Nicole and Miles?
This cute and casual, laid-back couple chose to take their engagement photos at St. James Farm in Warrenville, Illinois. The wide-open country scenery and seemingly never-ending forest suited their adventurous style perfectly.
If you’re struggling to decide what to wear for your engagement photos, we definitely recommend following Nicole and Miles’ lead. Grab a great pair of blue jeans and a couple of basic, matching tops and you’re all set! There’s no need to get too fancy if it’s out of your comfort zone anyways. These sweethearts show how amazing your photos can be when you stick to your true selves and we love it.
Perfect for hiking trails, picnicking, fishing, horseback riding, and many other outdoor activities, St. James Farm is a beautiful location for engagement photos year-round as well. Since it’s such a large space, there are plenty of spots for more secluded and intimate pictures. The area is full of nature and history which makes it an ideal backdrop for capturing couples’ engagement photos.
Natural Scene and History
The 595-acre St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville contains more than 100 acres of woodlands, prairies, and wetlands.
The Forest Preserve District and several partner agencies restored 2.3 miles of Spring Brook, a tributary of the West Branch DuPage River, at St. James Farm. Today the restored creek connects to the surrounding floodplain, where nutrient-rich floodwaters flow into the forest preserve and its newly created wetlands. The floodplain stores and filters stormwater during heavy rain events.
The preserve is home to more than 300 native plant species and wildlife, including great blue herons, red-bellied woodpeckers, white-breasted nuthatches, coyotes, fox squirrels, and white-tailed deer.
The first Europeans to settle on this land were farmers and several structures from late-1800 farmsteads remain, including a gabled-roof-and-wing farmhouse- one of the last of its kind in DuPage County. A massive wood-planked German-style barn with cantilevered floors dates back to 1890, if not earlier, as do the remains of another barn’s fieldstone foundation.