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Couture Wedding Reception Party

A Couture Wedding Reception at the Redmoon Theater I was contacted somewhat last minute to be the photographer for this double wedding reception! And let me tell you...this party had it all! The red carpet, spotlights, champagne aerialist, band from Miami, cupcake drones and a confetti cannon! What a couture wedding party! Great job by Christine Janda Design & Events for pulling together a party like no other! Venue: Redmoon Theater - Florals & Coordinator: Christine Janda Design & Events - Caterer: Paramount Events - Decor & Lighting: Modern Event Rental - Stationary: LBrown Design & Paperie - Band: Tropics Entertainment Spotlights outside of the Redmoon Theater inviting guests down the red carpet! redmoon theater event photography Invitations by LBrown Design & Paperie redmoon-theater-wedding-reception-nakai-photography-0002 Florals by Christine Janda Design & Events christine janda events wedding photo The ridiculous transformation of Redmoon Theater! Great job by Christine Janda Events & Modern Event Rental for this amazing look! redmoon theater event photographer christine janda events wedding photo redmoon theater wedding photo chicago wedding photographer redmoon theater modern event rental sid chicago wedding christine janda events wedding photo christine janda events wedding photo I'm not sure what to call the separate gathering rooms- here is 'the white & red room' redmoon-theater-wedding-reception-nakai-photography-0011 Furniture by Modern Event Rental modern event rental sid chicago wedding 'The black & red room' modern event rental sid chicago wedding modern event rental sid chicago wedding redmoon-theater-wedding-reception-nakai-photography-0015 They had a really fun cotton candy room! redmoon-theater-wedding-reception-nakai-photography-0016 redmoon-theater-wedding-reception-nakai-photography-0017 redmoon-theater-wedding-reception-nakai-photography-0018 The champagne aerialist- redmoon theater event photography chicago wedding photographer redmoon theater And when anyone wants a drink of champagne...she descended and poured them a glass- redmoon-theater-wedding-reception-nakai-photography-0022 redmoon theater event photographer The Tropics Entertainment band from Miami was pretty amazing! redmoon-theater-wedding-reception-nakai-photography-0024 Cupcakes were delivered by drones! redmoon-theater-wedding-reception-nakai-photography-0035 Confetti Cannons at Redmoon Theater My favorite part of the night...when the confetti cannons launched! redmoon theater event photographer Paramount Events Dessert Bar Then they had a 'chic red room' filled with desserts! I love the vintage lamps and wallpaper! paramount events chicago caterer photo paramount events chicago caterer photo Party favors - christine janda events wedding photo Love this shot of the red carpet and the Chicago skyline in the background! redmoon-theater-wedding-reception-nakai-photography-0051 Congrats again to the happy couples! Great job Redmoon Theater, Christine Janda Design & Events, LBrown Design & Paperie, Paramount Events and Modern Event Rental!

An Afternoon at the Museum

Pre Wedding Photos at Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Daniel + Rachel are getting married in Hong Kong later this year and they wanted to take their pre wedding photos here in Chicago! So if you seeing these photos from Asia - welcome! The soon-to-be bride and groom thought long and hard about their location...and they wanted to do something different and unique- so we headed to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry! As a Chicago wedding photographer, I've always wanted to shoot a bride and groom on the steps of this iconic Chicago museum...and here's my favorite from their pre wedding session! museum of science and industry engagement photographer The soon-to-be Bride and Groom really wanted to take photos on German Submarine - The U-505. Here they are in the diesel engine of the U-505! museum of science and industry engagement photography A picture Rachel at the controls - indicative of their future? =) museum of science and industry engagement photos Stealing a kiss by the captain's bunk museum of science and industry engagement pictures A photo outside the U-505 submarine! museum of science and industry engagement photographer museum of science and industry engagement photos museum of science and industry engagement photos Pictures outside of the Museum museum of science and industry engagement photography A grand photo by the Museum steps and columns! museum of science and industry engagement pictures A cute romantic moment on a bench! museum of science and industry engagement pictures museum of science and industry engagement photography museum of science and industry engagement photography museum of science and industry engagement photographer chicago-museum-science-industry-engagement-pictures-nakai-photography-015 chicago-museum-science-industry-engagement-pictures-nakai-photography-016 chicago-museum-science-industry-engagement-pictures-nakai-photography-017 Congrats again Daniel + Rachel! Best wishes as you count down to your wedding! I hope all the people seeing these photos overseas enjoy seeing you both in Chicago! with love, Kenny

The Photobombing Bride + Groom – Congrats Jim + Kate!

Luxury Wedding Photos at the Chicago Trump I am thankful to have been able to work at the Trump Chicago Hotel a few times this past wedding season - from a Chicago wedding photographer point of view: it's one of my favorite luxury wedding venues in our city! The staff is incredible and the attention to the little details are never overlooked! Here's one of my favorites of Kate + Jim on the 16th floor terrace of the Trump! trump chicago wedding photographer If you haven't already seen their engagement photos, be sure to view Kate + Jim's Winter Trump Engagement Photos Blog Post! A shout out to working with a great team lead by Rachel Bradley Events, my second photographer Tom, Matt Lewis led the band from Great Life Music, Hair: Frankie Christina, and Makeup by Aga! Inside her Trump hotel suite...I found a cool reflection for this creative wedding dress photo! Chicago trump wedding photographer A picture of their wedding rings and hanger! Chicago-trump-Wedding-photographer-nakai-photography-002 Wedding stationary rachel bradley events chicago trump chicago wedding photography Love this note that Jim sent up to Kate...no distractions on their wedding day! Chicago-trump-Wedding-photographer-nakai-photography-005 Mom helping with the wedding gown! Chicago-trump-Wedding-photographer-nakai-photography-007 Chicago-trump-Wedding-photographer-nakai-photography-006 A few stunning portraits of the bride! The Trump Chicago windows and view on display on these next few photos- trump chicago wedding photographer So beautiful- I'm just going to stop writing so you can enjoy these portraits of Kate- trump chicago wedding photos trump chicago wedding photos Chicago-trump-Wedding-photographer-nakai-photography-010 trump chicago wedding photographer Chicago-trump-Wedding-photographer-nakai-photography-013 The guys were getting ready elsewhere in the Trump- Chicago-trump-Wedding-photographer-nakai-photography-014 Great job by Tom, my second photographer - who captured this great portrait of Jim! Chicago-trump-Wedding-photographer-nakai-photography-015 Chicago-trump-Wedding-photographer-nakai-photography-016 We took some photos together at the Trump before leaving for the wedding ceremony- I love these front steps - and don't forget about the reflection! trump chicago wedding photos Some wedding pictures along the Chicago Trump riverwalk- Chicago trump wedding photographer One of my favorite places for a wedding picture at the Trump- trump chicago wedding photographer I think they are happy on their wedding day =) Chicago-trump-Wedding-photographer-nakai-photography-020 trump chicago wedding pictures Bridal Party wedding photos on the Trump stairs- trump chicago wedding photography Museum of Contemporary Art Wedding Pictures We decided to stop by the Museum of Contemporary Art for a few photos on their beautiful stair case! I love the modern architecture and the visual lines throughout! trump chicago wedding pictures museum of contemporary art chicago wedding photos museum of contemporary art chicago wedding photographer Using an ultra wide lens and unique perspective allows for this creative wedding photo at the Museum of Contemporary Art- museum of contemporary art chicago wedding photographer museum of contemporary art chicago wedding photos 4th Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue You can't take photos at the Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue without taking a wedding photo ON Michigan Avenue! =) fourth-presbyterian-chicago-wedding-photographer-nakai-photography-028 Love the columns of the courtyard at 4th Presbyterian 4th presbyterian church chicago wedding photographer fourth presbyterian church chicago wedding photographer fourth presbyterian church chicago wedding photography fourth-presbyterian-chicago-wedding-photographer-nakai-photography-033 The Photobombs And so here we go...the photobombing groom started it all- these two photos make me smile every time I look at them! fourth presbyterian church chicago wedding photographer And not to be outdone...the photobombing bride =) Please note: I don't condone photobombing on wedding days. But if you are the bride and groom...you can do whatever you want =) 4th presbyterian church chicago wedding photographer Love the arches of the Fourth Presbyterian Church fourth-presbyterian-chicago-wedding-photos-nakai-photography-035 fourth presbyterian church chicago wedding photographer A photo that looks like a wedding magazine ad! 4th presbyterian church chicago wedding photographer fourth presbyterian church chicago wedding photography Wedding Ceremony Photography at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago 4th presbyterian church chicago wedding fourth-presbyterian-chicago-wedding-photos-nakai-photography-040 fourth presbyterian church chicago wedding photographer fourth presbyterian church chicago wedding photography fourth presbyterian church chicago wedding photography fourth presbyterian church chicago wedding photos fourth-presbyterian-chicago-wedding-pictures-nakai-photography-046 fourth presbyterian church chicago wedding photos fourth-presbyterian-chicago-wedding-pictures-nakai-photography-048 4th presbyterian church chicago wedding They put the top down for their getaway Thunderbird convertible! I was taking photos all around their car til I found the perfect photo! fourth-presbyterian-chicago-wedding-pictures-nakai-photography-050 Chicago Trump Wedding Reception Pictures A photo of the gorgeous Trump Grand Ballroom! trump chicago wedding photographer rachel bradley events chicago trump chicago wedding photos rachel bradley events chicago Wedding cake photo incorporating the city lights through the large Trump Ballroom windows in the background! Chicago trump wedding photographer First dance photos! trump chicago wedding photos trump chicago wedding photography trump-chicago-wedding-photographer-nakai-photography-057 trump chicago wedding photographer trump-chicago-wedding-pictures-nakai-photography-063 trump-chicago-wedding-pictures-nakai-photography-066 trump-chicago-wedding-pictures-nakai-photography-067 trump-chicago-wedding-pictures-nakai-photography-068 trump-chicago-wedding-pictures-nakai-photography-069 And the perfect picture to end Kate + Jim's wedding at the Trump Hotel! Good night Chicago! Chicago trump wedding photographer Congrats again to Kate + Jim! You guys kept me smiling while I was editing your photos - especially those photobombs! Thank you for having me as your Trump Chicago wedding photographer! Kudos to Rachel Bradley Events for coordinating this luxury wedding flawlessly! with love, your Chicago Wedding Photographer, Kenny

A Ferrari + The Langham Make a Great Combo – Like Stephanie + De!

Chicago Luxury Wedding Photography It was a wonderful day for Stephanie + De's Luxury wedding in Chicago! Before we get into the details of their wedding at the Chicago Langham, here is one of my favorite photos from their day with the Chicago skyline! chicago skyline olive park wedding picture The wedding day was spent at the Langham Chicago - I love their modern decor and the luxury vibe! Not to mention the wonderful + helpful staff! We took some Chicago Skyline photos at Olive Park before heading to Lincoln Park for their outdoor wedding ceremony! The gorgeous wedding flowers were handled by Sarah from Vale of Enna + the day was coordinated by Linda from Liven It Up Events! Videography & DJ responsibilities were handled by the great folks over at Fig Media- Thanks to Tom for being my second photographer! Here's her stunning Manolo Blahnik wedding shoes - ummm...wow! creative wedding shoes photo Letterpress stationary with pearl beads on the cover! letterpress luxury wedding invitation I thought to incorporate their wedding rings into their wedding invitation! I'm always looking for something creative and new as a wedding photographer! chicago luxury wedding photo Her Monique Lhuillier wedding gown framed by the Langham mirror and her Manolo Blahnik shoes on the table langham chicago wedding picture The bridesmaids helping her put her Manolo Blahnik wedding shoes on! chicago luxury wedding picture Looking out the Langham window...the bridesmaid dress are the perfect color and the detail on the back is perfect! langham chicago wedding picture This silhouette photograph is perfect in black and white...the clean lines of the Langham help with the creative composition chicago langham wedding photo The beautiful bride! chicago langham wedding photographer I combined the two elements from the previous photos for this creative picture...a silhouette and a reflection in her Langham suite! I feel like my experience as a wedding photographer really aids in creating these multilayer wedding photographs- langham chicago wedding photo The perfect amount of light coming in the Langham window as you see Wabash Avenue below - almost like magazine ad! chicago langham wedding photo Grooms boutonniere photo by Vale of Enna - loving the matching pocket square with the bridesmaids dresses- vale of enna chicago wedding florist The groom was getting ready elsewhere in the Langham- chicago luxury wedding photo Great capture by my second photographer, Tom Chicago-Langham-Wedding-pictures-nakai-photography-017 Chicago-Langham-Wedding-pictures-nakai-photography-018 We headed downstairs to take some photos in the Langham Chicago lobby! As a wedding photographer, I love to be creative with my bridal party photos! luxury chicago wedding photographer A full bridal party picture with the beautiful glass orbs hanging from the ceiling above them! chicago langham wedding photographer Had to take one with just the bride and groom! langham chicago wedding picture Incorporating the gold drapery in the Langham into this bridal party photograph - and you can see the Marina City tower in the background! chicago langham wedding photo The happy couple just outside the Langham! chicago luxury wedding photography The bride and groom in front of the Langham Chicago! chicago langham wedding photo We walked over the Chicago river to take some wedding photos on top of a classic Chicago bridge! I incorporated the Langham in the background of this bridesmaid photo! chicago bridge wedding photo The groomsmen in black and white- chicago bridge wedding photography I love the juxtaposition of nature vs urban in this wedding photo right next to the Chicago river - it showcases our famous Chicago architecture! chicago langham wedding photographer I went in tight to frame Stephanie + De with the tree branch- I love her smile! chicago luxury wedding picture The setting sun added that creative element for this photo in front of the Marina City Towers- chicago bridge wedding photo chicago bridge wedding photography Olive Park Chicago Skyline Wedding Photography We headed to Olive Park for a photo with the Chicago Skyline- Stephanie was getting a little tired...so De was sure to help her out! Chicago-River-Bridge-Wedding-pictures-nakai-photography-032 The Chicago skyline! Olive Park is so close to the city...the buildings feel like they are right on top of you! chicago langham wedding photographer chicago skyline olive park wedding photographer chicago skyline olive park wedding photo A cute moment dancing at Olive Park! chicago skyline olive park wedding photographer Lincoln Park Wedding Ceremony Photos Their ceremony was in the heart of Lincoln Park...right in front of the conservatory- lincoln park wedding ceremony picture Lincoln-Park-Chicago-Wedding-pictures-nakai-photography-042 lincoln park wedding ceremony photo lincoln park wedding ceremony photo lincoln park wedding photography Lincoln Park was such a serene place for a wedding ceremony! An urban oasis - lincoln park wedding photo lincoln park wedding ceremony picture lincoln park wedding photography Bubbles! lincoln park wedding photographer The groomsmen were a little happy for De after the wedding ceremony! Lincoln-Park-Chicago-Wedding-pictures-nakai-photography-051 The Ferrari So yea...their getaway car was a Ferrari! chicago luxury wedding photo Making sure not to cover up that Ferrari logo! chicago luxury wedding photographer Stephanie had a boy & girl "Stitch" plush animals in wedding outfits to ride with them in the Ferrari- I love how this photo showcases a little bit of their personalities...the Ferrari & the Stitch stuffed animals- chicago langham wedding photographer Langham Chicago Wedding Reception Photography We had to take a photo with the Langham lights! langham chicago wedding picture The Langham is luxury all around - one last photo before we go up for the wedding reception! langham chicago wedding photo A statement card table piece by Sarah from Vale of Enna chicago luxury wedding photo The Grand Ballroom at the Langham Chicago langham chicago wedding photo The head table- Wedding-pictures-Langham-Chicago-nakai-photography-059 Vale of Enna centerpieces vale of enna chicago wedding florist One last room shot of the Langham Ballroom chicago langham wedding photo Wedding-pictures-Langham-Chicago-nakai-photography-062 What would be more perfect for Stephanie & De than a Hello Kitty wedding cake! Elysia Root Cakes did a wonderful job! elysia root cake langham chicago wedding First dance photo in the Langham Ballroom- chicago langham wedding photographer langham wedding reception photo The toasts by Stephanie + De's closest friends- chicago langham wedding reception photo I think Stephanie was surprised to see De getting a little emotional - powerful words were shared by his best friend- chicago langham wedding reception photograph chicago langham wedding reception photography chicago langham wedding reception photographer Wedding-pictures-Langham-Chicago-nakai-photography-072 chicago langham wedding reception photography chicago langham wedding photo Wedding-pictures-Langham-Chicago-nakai-photography-076 Wedding-pictures-Langham-Chicago-nakai-photography-077 One last photo of the bride and groom on their wedding night! chicago langham wedding reception photographer Thanks Stephanie + De for having me as your wedding photographer! Great choice in venues with the Langham Chicago + Lincoln Park! We captured the Chicago Skyline & Bridges too! Fabulous team of vendors with Liven It Up Events, Vale of Enna, Elysia Root Cakes and Fig Media! with love, your Chicago Wedding Photographer, Kenny

Kristine + Jimmy’s Modern Chic wedding at the Sofitel

Chicago Sofitel Wedding Photos I love the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower! It's a hidden gem amongst beautiful Chicago hotels! It has gorgeous windows and a clean and modern vibe throughout! The Sofitel was on a short list of Chicago venues I had offered to Jimmy + Kristine when they had first got engaged and I was excited to be their wedding photographer! I've known Jimmy for a long time through his brother Eric and I had a great time getting to know Kristine through their engagement session on Lake Michigan this past spring - be sure to check out their Lake Michigan Chicago Skyline Engagement Photos blog post! One of my favorites from their wedding at the Sofitel Chicago- sofitel chicago wedding photos Wedding Ceremony + Reception Venue: Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Florals: Vale of Enna Day of Coordinator: Ryan Alexander Events Second Photographer: Tom Yan A picture of her wedding dress shot through a pair of doors sofitel chicago wedding photos A reflection for this getting ready picture- chicago-sofitel-wedding-photo-nakai-photography-002 The bride's mom helping with her earrings! sofitel chicago wedding photography sofitel chicago wedding photographer Her bouquet made by Vale of Enna vale of enna chicago wedding florist The bride is ready! sofitel chicago wedding photography chicago-sofitel-wedding-photo-nakai-photography-008 A beautiful of Kristine on her wedding day =) sofitel chicago wedding photographer Jimmy was having his boutonniere pinned on downstairs chicago sofitel wedding pictures Love these next two portraits of the groom- The sun came out for just a few moments! sofitel chicago wedding photography sofitel chicago wedding photographer chicago-sofitel-wedding-photo-nakai-photography-011 4th Presbyterian Church Courtyard Wedding Photos We walked to the Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue for a few photos with their gorgeous old world architecture and ivy covered walls! chicago-fourth-presbyterian-wedding-photo-nakai-photography-016 I love the juxtaposition of classic vs modern...old vs new! fourth presbyterian chicago wedding photos Their Vale of Enna bouquet adds just the perfect amount of color! vale of enna chicago wedding florist A kiss underneath the 4th Presbyterian Church arches! fourth presbyterian chicago wedding photographer My second photographer, Tom, took this photo from the outside! 4th presbyterian chicago wedding photos Looking like they belong in a fashion magazine! 4th presbyterian chicago wedding photographer The peaceful courtyard of the Fourth Presbyterian. Would you believe this is in the heart of downtown Chicago? Right on Michigan Avenue! fourth presbyterian chicago wedding photographer Bridal Party pictures- 4th presbyterian chicago wedding photographer 4th presbyterian chicago wedding photos A classic Nakai wedding photo! Dramatic landscapes - Love the light, the architecture & the touches of green! fourth presbyterian chicago wedding photographer The Fourth Presbyterian has a covered walkway that is perfect for wedding photos! 4th presbyterian chicago wedding photographer fourth presbyterian chicago wedding photos One more wedding photo with the John Hancock in the background! 4th presbyterian chicago wedding pictures 4th presbyterian chicago wedding photos chicago 4th presbyterian wedding photos Returning to the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower I can't help it...I love including nature in the urban context - here the Sofitel hotel balances out the bridal party in the foreground! chicago-sofitel-wedding-photo-nakai-photography-038 Sound a really cool reflection in the Sofitel! chicago sofitel wedding photos A small ray of light for this dramatic portrait- chicago sofitel wedding pictures Full bridal party photo with the clean lines of the Sofitel- chicago sofitel wedding pictures chicago sofitel wedding pictures chicago sofitel wedding pictures As a wedding photographer, I am always trying push my creativity...I placed the groomsmen in the reflection - and had just their silhouette showing! chicago sofitel wedding photos chicago sofitel wedding pictures Kristine loves to do this! =) chicago-sofitel-wedding-photo-nakai-photography-049 Two large Vale of Enna arrangments were used to frame the aisle runner- vale of enna chicago wedding decor Wedding ceremony at the Sofitel! sofitel chicago wedding photographer chicago-sofitel-wedding-photo-nakai-photography-054 chicago-sofitel-wedding-photo-nakai-photography-056 chicago-sofitel-wedding-photo-nakai-photography-059 chicago-sofitel-wedding-photo-nakai-photography-061 chicago sofitel wedding pictures sofitel chicago wedding photography After their wedding ceremony, they held a Paebaek ceremony...the traditional Korean wedding ceremony! paebaek ceremony chicago pictures paebaek ceremony chicago pictures During the Paebaek ceremony the parents throw chestnuts and dates for the bride and groom to catch! paebaek ceremony chicago photos And in an effort to show his strength, the groom picks up his wife and runs around the room! paebaek ceremony chicago photos Sofitel Chicago Wedding Reception Gorgeous centerpieces by Vale of Enna- vale of enna chicago wedding card table Great choice on plates and linens! sofitel chicago wedding photographer Head table centerpieces by Vale of Enna chicago-sofitel-wedding-photo-nakai-photography-070 Wedding cake photo! vale of enna chicago wedding centerpiece Had to share a photo of my good friend Eric...giving the best man toast to his younger brother! chicago-sofitel-wedding-photo-nakai-photography-072 First dance photo in the Chicago Sofitel ballroom! sofitel chicago wedding photos chicago-sofitel-wedding-photo-nakai-photography-074 chicago-sofitel-wedding-photo-nakai-photography-077 I don't normally post father/daughter dance photos on the blog, but these two were having too much fun! sofitel chicago wedding photographer chicago-sofitel-wedding-photo-nakai-photography-081 sofitel chicago wedding photography Congrats again Kristine + Jimmy! It was a pleasure being your wedding photographer! So happy for you both and it was a wonderful celebration at the Sofitel Chicago! You assembled a great team (Vale of Enna & Ryan Alexander Events) to help make your special day go smoothly! Hope you enjoyed the photos! with love, your Chicago wedding photographer, Kenny