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First Chicago Engagement Photos of the Season!

Chicago Engagement Pictures

Spring is finally here in Chicago! They lucked out with one of the warmest days of the year for their engagement session! I’m looking forward to teaming up with A Perfect Event for their wedding later this month!

We started their engagement session down by Lake Michigan to get a couple pictures with the Chicago skyline in the background!

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The John Hancock + the Drake Hotel in the background of this photo

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A cute kissing photo in front of Lake Michigan!

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One last Chicago skyline photo on Lake Michigan!

chicago skyline engagement photos

It was great to have an engagement session in preparation for their wedding day- most of my clients are nervous in front of the camera lens…and an engagement session is a great way to help ease the nerves before the wedding!

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The spring sun peaking through the Chicago trees!

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We headed downtown to incorporate the Chicago Theater into a couple pictures! I love how the color of her jacket helps draw your attention to them!

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chicago engagement photography

They wanted a few photos in front of the bridges over the Chicago River!

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chicago bridge engagement photos

chicago bridge engagement photos

I really enjoyed learning how much they mean to each other – I am truly humbled and thankful to photograph these two and their love for one another!

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W & J: Thanks for braving the weather for your engagement photos! We got some great pictures in front of the Chicago skyline, bridges & Lake Michigan! I hope these photographs only get you more excited for your wedding!!!

with love,

Kenny

Chicago Lincoln Park Winter Engagement Photos in the Snow!

Lincoln Park Chicago Winter Engagement Photos

The snow has not stopped falling all winter here in Chicago! Dayna + Todd took advantage of a ‘warmer’ day for their winter engagement photos! The white snow and Chicago skyline made a wonderful combination for their engagement pictures!

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The Chicago skyline in the background –

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Take it from this Chicago engagement photographer, the skyline view from Lincoln Park is one of the best in Chicago!

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Almost looks like an advertisement for a winter clothing company!

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Lincoln Park in the winter –

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I was crouching in the snow to shoot through the brown grass for this engagement picture

lincoln park chicago engagement winter photo

We made sure to take off their sunglasses for a few photos! They are such a fun couple to photograph!

winter chicago engagement photo

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Lookin good!

lincoln park chicago engagement winter picture

I was really drawn to the shadows on the pavement- something that you only get in the winter!

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Thought this photo was pretty amazing in Black and white!

lincoln park chicago engagement winter picture

One last photo of the happily engaged couple!

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Dayna + Todd: I can’t wait til your wedding next year! Thanks for braving the cold winter Chicago weather for your engagement photos! We were able to capture the snow and this epic Chicago winter in your engagement pictures!

with love,

your Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny

Snow Flurries + Peninsula Hotel + Spiaggia Wedding Photos!

Winter Wedding Photos in the Chicago Snow

My last and final winter wedding of the year! Chicago has been hit hard with a ridiculous amount of snow and subzero temperatures this past year! I’m excited to share this last set of winter wedding photos with you! Thanks to Christine from Tying the Knot for another great job of wedding coordinating! Beautiful wedding bouquets and centerpieces from Vale of Enna!

Here are two of my favorite photos from their wedding! I love the snow on the ground and the holiday lights in the background!

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The church for their wedding ceremony was gorgeous…almost too easy for this wedding photographer! I had to put them in the balcony for this photo!

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The Peninsula Chicago Getting Ready Photos

The bride started the day at the luxurious Peninsula Chicago! I hung up her beautiful wedding dress and put her wedding shoes on the window ledge! Such a great view of Chicago from her suite!

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Her wedding ring picture!

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Lots of laughs as the bride slipped on her wedding shoes!

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chicago peninsula wedding picture

We headed downstairs to take some photos around the Peninsula – gorgeous bouquets by Vale of Enna

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A few portraits of the beautiful bride!

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chicago peninsula wedding photography

One last portrait in the Peninsula before heading the church!

chicago peninsula wedding picture

Chicago Church Wedding Ceremony

The winter Chicago snow streaking down as you enter the church – as a wedding photographer, I try to tell the story of the wedding day through my photos!

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The groom eagerly awaits his bride-

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The cute flower girl!

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The gorgeous church as the bride walks down the aisle!

chicago church wedding photos

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Father – daughter embrace

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A photo from the balcony of this gorgeous Chicago church!

chicago church wedding pictures

chicago church wedding photography

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A bagpiper lead them down the aisle after the ceremony!

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The grand exit on the steps of the church

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We took a few photos inside the church before heading out into the winter elements

winter chicago church wedding photography

winter chicago church wedding photos

A bridal party photo

winter chicago church wedding photography

winter chicago church wedding photos

Winter Wedding Photos in the Snow

The sun sets so much earlier in Chicago during the winter! I thought to take advantage of our situation by finding some winter lights to help with our photos! I’ve already had people tell me how wonderful and lovely these winter photos turned out!

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The bridesmaids!

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Groomsmen photo!

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winter chicago snow wedding pictures

He’s having a good time in the snow on his wedding day!

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We headed back to the Peninsula for a couple photos before heading to Spiaggia for their wedding reception

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peninsula chicago wedding photo

We had to take a photo with one of the Peninsula Lion statutes!

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Spiaggia Wedding Reception Photos

Spiaggia is one of Chicago’s top Italian restaurants, and they have a private dining area for weddings and other events! The guests were treated to this wonderful floral arrangement by Vale of Enna as they entered the Spiaggia cocktail reception.

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The Spiaggia wedding reception room

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Their wedding cake picture!

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The bride and groom thanking their guests for attending-

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First dance photos!

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spiaggia wedding reception picture

Fun moments on the dance floor!

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One last photo of the bride and groom dancing the night away at Spiaggia!

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Thanks for having me as your wedding photographer and thank you for going outside in the Chicago snow for those winter photos! May the Lord continue to bless your marriage and lead you both as you enter this new season of life!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny

Anita + Deepak’s Wedding Slideshow!

Chicago Indian Wedding Photography

In lieu of this being Superbowl week…I thought to share the wedding photography video of the only Seahawks fan I know in Chicago! He had a Seahawks jersey given to him as a gift from his bride on his wedding day, there was a Seahawks helmet ON their wedding cake, and they played a game of Seahawks vs Da Bears during the reception! So for the sake of this blog post…Go NFC and Go Seahawks!

Ok…well this slideshow is more than just an ode to Seattle…there are so many beautiful wedding photos from Anita + Deepak’s special day! Be sure to see all the wonderful Indian wedding traditions! We also took the time to drive down to Chicago for their creative portrait photos! We took some epic Chicago skyline and Millennium Park photos!

To read more about their wedding, be sure to check out their Anita + Deepak’s wedding photography blog post!

Be sure you have a good internet connection so you can enjoy the slideshow in full HD!

If you prefer to watch on YouTube =)

Enjoy!

New Years Eve Wedding at The Langham Chicago!

The Langham Hotel Chicago Wedding Photos

Last year a new luxury hotel opened its doors in Chicago, The Langham Hotel Chicago! It is located in the heart of downtown Chicago on Wabash and the Chicago River…in the iconic Mies van der Rhoe building! It was a snowy winter day for a New Years Eve wedding and we captured some amazing wedding pictures! All the amazing vendors were wonderfully coordinated by Lauren from Ryan Alexander Events who helped make the day go by smoothly! She takes care of all the little, yet crucial, behind the scenes details!


Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Langham Hotel Chicago
Coordinator: Ryan Alexander Events
Bouquets + Decor: Vale of Enna
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Makeup: Beautiful Yu
Hair: Sonia Roselli
Jewelry: Left Bank Jewelry
Rings: Cartier
Dresser + Friend:
Shannon

Thank you to past clients, Dennis + Susan, for referring me to the bride- most of my business comes from referrals…I appreciate your support!!!

First off: One of my favorite wedding photos from The Langham Chicago…as a wedding photographer, I love to incorporate architectural elements into my photos…and I LOVED these glass pendants hanging from the Langham lobby ceiling! Make sure you see the bride and groom in the middle! =)

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The bride had a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier wedding gown. I hung the dress in the window and added a little creative element by finding a reflection in the mirror! I love the clean + modern design of the Langham suite!

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A picture of her white wedding shoes

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Their Cartier wedding rings!

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Hair pins from Chicago wedding boutique, Left Bank Jewelry

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Mary from Beautiful Yu did a wonderful job with makeup

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I found the perfect reflection for this creative getting ready photo!

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A cute moment between best friends!

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A beautiful portrait of the bride in her Monique Lhuillier wedding gown standing in the Langham window overlooking the Chicago river – and I love that the Langham furniture matches the modern architecture of Mies van der Rohe!

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Vale of Enna‘s beautiful white floral bouquet-

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A creative portrait of the bride’s reflection in the mirror

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Such a soft and beautiful photo!

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I love this picture of the bride! What a great job Sonia Roselli‘s team did with her hair!

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We had a ‘First Look’ moment before our creative wedding photography session…and this was such a special emotional moment between the two of them! The emotions just came out of nowhere…totally caught me off guard – but I was able to capture the moment! Moments like these remind me why I love my job as a wedding photographer!

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More creative wedding photos with the Chicago Langham decor!

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I love their smiles!

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The Chicago Langham lobby with the bride and groom-

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The bride loved this huge wrought iron gate in the Langham – so we made sure to grab a photo with it!

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A bridal party photo – the purple bridesmaid dresses and bouquets fit so perfectly against the white Langham furniture!

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Shooting through the gate for a more artistic bridal party picture

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The Chicago Langham uses pink and gold as their colors…so I thought to incorporate some of those colors into the wedding photos! I love the lines and textures in this picture

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More texture and gold colors in this photo…and the iconic Chicago Marina City architecture in the background!

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Another photo using the Chicago Langham architecture!

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chicago langham wedding picture creative artistic

Looking out over the Chicago river from the Langham

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One more ‘wow’ picture! =)

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The Chicago Langham Wedding Ceremony

Vale of Enna did a wonderful job with the wedding ceremony decor! The Langham Chicago ballroom was the perfect size for their wedding ceremony!

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The bride + groom’s dog helped escort the ring bearers!

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Stunning photography of the bride walking down the aisle in the Chicago Langham ballroom

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So much emotion in her eyes =)

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chicago langham wedding ceremony photo

chicago langham wedding ceremony picture

chicago langham wedding ceremony picture

A picture of the wedding ceremony from the back of the room to incorporate the Langham chandeliers

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Winter Wedding Photos in the Chicago Snow!

We stepped outside in the cold Chicago winter weather for a few photos! I wanted to showcase the lights under the Langham awning!

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I love these snow filled winter wedding photos! The holiday lights in the background are so romantic!

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winter snow chicago wedding picture

Though they look so happy and peaceful on their wedding…rest assured…we couldn’t wait to get out of the cold winter Chicago weather! =)

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The Langham Chicago Wedding Reception Photos

The escort card table-

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A beautiful wedding cake by Elysia Root Cakes

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Camille and her team did a great job flipping the Langham ballroom for the wedding reception! They opened up the curtains for a great view of the Chicago river!

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First dance picture!

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New Years Eve Wedding Celebration!

As midnight drew near…they brought the New Years Eve decor to ring in the New Year!

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Happy New Year!!!

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new years eve wedding photo

I wanted to include the bride’s friend who flew in from Paris for the wedding!

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A great wedding party favor- Garrett’s popcorn!

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One last photo of the bride and groom in the winter snow!

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Thanks to the Bride and Groom for having me as your wedding photographer! AND for being willing to go outside in the snow and cold winter weather for those photos! I am thankful to have wonderful clients who value their wedding photography! Thanks for such a memorable day together!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny

Corlis GrayJanuary 24, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Gorgeous as usual Kenny! I want to be just like you when I grow up! ;)

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Charlene @ SweetchicJanuary 28, 2014 - 2:35 pm

What an absolutely stunning wedding! And the Langham has so many fabulous photo-spots!

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