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Winter Wedding at Cafe Brauer – Lindsey + Mark!

Winter Wedding at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Cafe Brauer

I met Lindsey a few years ago when she was a bridesmaid and I was the photographer for Maria + Serafin’s wedding! We had a great time taking photos throughout Chicago and I was thrilled when Lindsey remembered my work when she got engaged to Mark!

Before we get into the details of Lindsey + Mark’s wedding…here are two of the best from the day! This first photo is taken at the Chicago Four Seasons Hotel
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This second photo is taken at the Lincoln Park Zoo with the Zoolights in the background…just steps away from Cafe Brauer!
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Getting Ready at the Chicago Four Seasons Hotel

The bride and groom got ready at the Four Seasons – let’s start with some detail pictures. Her Badgley Miscka shoes

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Her Monique Lhuillier wedding dress
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Their wedding rings with her grandmother’s ring in the background-

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A photo of mom helping with the dress-
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chicago four seasons wedding photos

Stunning! Looks like an advertisement in a magazine!

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A beautiful photo of the bride!

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chicago four seasons wedding photos

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Love this photo of the John Hancock and Lindsey’s reflection-
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Bridesmaid group photo!
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chicago four seasons wedding photography

Meanwhile the guys were having a good time-
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Eventually Mark realized he should probably get ready for the wedding!
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These guys have perfected their ‘blue steel’ look for years-
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The groom and his attendants-

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First Look at The Four Seasons

I don’t normally post ‘first look’ photos on the blog…but when they are emotion filled…I can’t resist! Love the marble floor and chandelier of the Four Seasons-
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Love this photo- moments like these make my job as a wedding photographer so rewarding!
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Beautiful smiles!

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The Four Seasons has a grand staircase that we had to take a few photos on!

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chicago four seasons wedding photography

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chicago four seasons wedding photography

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Cafe Brauer at the Chicago Lincoln Park Zoo

They held their wedding ceremony and reception at Cafe Brauer- a beautiful building near the South Pond of the Lincoln Park Zoo. I love the Art Deco details throughout! Here are a few photos on the Cafe Brauer balcony

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cafe brauer chicago wedding photos

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We took advantage of the Zoolights that are only up during the winter months!

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We walked toward the Zoo to take photos underneath this tunnel of Zoolights!

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lincoln park zoo chicago wedding photos

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Room shot of Cafe Brauer wedding ceremony setup-

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Cafe Brauer flipped the room from ceremony to reception!

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First dance photos! I love how grand Cafe Brauer feels!
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I ran up to the balcony for these epic first dance photos!
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cafe brauer chicago wedding photos

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Had to include a photo of my past clients Maria + Serafin! So great to see you guys!
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Lindsey was soooo scared! =)
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cafe brauer chicago wedding photography

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Thanks again Lindsey + Mark for having me as your wedding photographer! We captured some great moments together and I hope you are able to enjoy your wedding day all over again while looking at these photos!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny

An Enchanted Wedding Slideshow – Dayna + Todd!

Luxury Wedding Photography Slideshow at the Chicago Four Seasons

It was an enchanted evening at the Chicago Four Seasons for Dayna + Todd’s wedding ceremony + reception! Coorinated by Jan from Parties, Events & More with amazing decor by HMR Designs!

To read more about their wedding day and to get all the details…head to Dayna + Todd’s Four Season’s Wedding Blog Post!

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Destination Engagement Session in San Francisco – Eling + Nathan!

This Photographer Escaped Chicago’s Sub Zero Temps for San Francisco!

A couple weeks ago I was able to escape the brutal Chicago winter for the warmer temperatures of California! Eling + Nathan flew me out to SF for their engagement photos! It definitely beats January engagement photos in Chicago!

First up on the blog: My two favorites and they both include bridges! I love how the Golden Gate Bridge looks like a painting behind them in this first photo-

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Rincon Park has a great view of the Oakland Bay Bridge- and right now the Bay Bridge has these really cool LED lights on them! And I love taking photos at night- such a romantic feel!

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Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach

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I’ve known Nathan + Eling from our time in college together (though they didn’t know each other back then) – and let me say…I’ve never seen Nathan smile so much as he did during their engagement session!

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Walking on the beach with the setting sun over the Pacific…sigh…things I miss out on living in Chicago!

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One of the best things about living in Cali…the beaches!

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Sutro Baths Engagement Pictures

We headed over to the famous Sutro Baths to catch the sunset-

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Sutro Baths has the best reflections!

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Like mentioned…sunsets over the Pacific – beautiful!

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SF Chinatown Engagement Photos

Right after I had landed…we headed to Chinatown for a few pictures! I love their smiles in this photo-

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The hanging lanterns make for the perfect background!

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A random bus stop in Chinatown- gotta love the inclined road! In Chicago…the only elevation changes are on bridges =P
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Photos in Golden Gate Park

Since we had a bunch of urban photos…we stopped by Golden Gate Park for some photos in nature!
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Had to incorporate these ginormous trees – and yes…that’s them in the bottom left hand corner!

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This bridge was huge! I felt like a hobbit- Golden Gate Park is so beautiful…has to be one of the best parks in SF!

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San Francisco golden gate park engagement photo

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Palace of Fine Arts at Night

We were hoping to get to the Palace of Fine Arts while the sun was still up…but I knew it would still look good at night!

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This place is so grand…and I wanted to incorporate as much of the architecture as possible!
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SF palace of fine arts engagement photo at night

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Such a romantic photo at night!

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San Francisco palace of fine arts engagement picture at night

San Francisco palace of fine arts engagement picture at night

Had to convert this one to B&W

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San Francisco Engagement Photos at Night!

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The last stop: Rincon Park

Photos of the Bay Bridge at night!

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Thanks Eling and Nathan for having me in San Francisco! We hit up so many awesome locations in such a short amount of time! Definitely beats January engagement photos in Chicago! Can’t wait til your wedding!

with love,

your destination engagement photographer,

Kenny

New Year’s Eve Wedding at the Trump – Lisa + Paul!

New Year’s Eve Wedding Photos at the Chicago Trump Tower!

The most amazing New Year’s Eve weddings at one of my favorite wedding venues in Chicago: Trump Tower! Beth from SQN Events made Lisa + Paul’s wedding dream come true! Kehoe Designs provided the amazing decor and ambiance! If you don’t have the time to scroll through their whole wedding blog post…at LEAST take a look at the best of the bunch…these first three!

This picture was taken right after they kissed at midnight! Happy 2015 Lisa + Paul!!! Thanks for having me as your wedding photographer!
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It was Lisa’s childhood dream to get married on New Year’s Eve – and so they incorporated an image of a clock throughout their wedding! Here it is projected onto a Trump Tower pillar! And yes…the room decor by Kehoe Desings was unbelievable! There are more photos of this ballroom below!

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And I have to share a photo on the Trump Tower terrace- One of the best views of Chicago! A shout out to Joy from the Trump for another wonderful job!
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Luxury Wedding Details

How does one have a wedding with so many luxury details? First you start with a great wedding planner and second…you have a great photographer! =P

Planner & Coordinator: Beth from SQN Events
Wedding Venue:
One of Chicago’s Best - Chicago Trump Tower
Decor & Florals: Kehoe Designs
Photographer: Nakai Photography
– 2nd Photographer: Tom Yan
Stationery: Courtney Callahan Paper
Dresser: The Wedding Dresser
Videographer: Orange Wedding Films
Hair: Robyn Tornabeni
Makeup by Rosie Scianna
DJ: Okyne Media Lab
Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Artistrings
Linens & Chargers: BBJ Linens
Rentals: Tablescapes
Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Getting Ready at the Chicago Trump Tower

Let’s start her wedding day coverage with a photo of her Monique Lhuillier wedding dress

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Love this gold foil letterpress invitation by Courtney Callahan Paper – The clock motif on the stamp and invitation wrap!

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A picture of her Jimmy Choo shoes!

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Wedding rings-

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Beautiful bouquet by Kehoe Designs-

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A photo of the ladies in their custom monogramed bathrobes!

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They couldn’t wait to see what Paul had gotten Lisa as her wedding day gift!

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Mom helping put the finishing touches on her wedding dress –
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I love these next two photos of Lisa. I’ve photographed at the Trump Tower numerous times…and I have never photographed a bride in her suite at night! I love the glowing street lights below! What a romantic photo of Lisa! It almost looks like the Trump’s advertisement in the wedding magazines!

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The glow of Halsted street lights behind her!

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Beautiful portrait of Lisa!

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Something blue: her grandmother’s ring tied on her bouquet

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Meanwhile…else where in the Trump…Tom, my 2nd photographer, was capturing the guys getting ready-
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Luxury Wedding Ceremony in the Trump Ballroom

Kehoe Designs did a great job with the ceremony decor for their wedding ceremony in the Trump Ballroom

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I think I will just stop typing now…I think the photos speak for themselves!

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One of the Best Terraces in Chicago

I love the view from the Trump terrace- I think it’s one of the best…if not thee best…views of downtown Chicago! We had to brave the cold weather to take photos on the terrace!

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Gorgeous photo in black and white!
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Wedding Pictures at the Trump

We walked around the Trump to take photos – it’s one of the reasons I love the Trump…the variety of places for pictures!

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Trump Tower Luxury Wedding Reception Photos

The view for cocktail hour –

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Stunning escort card table by Kehoe Designs – This floral arrangement and the centerpieces – mimic the look of fireworks! Another nod to their New Year’s Eve themed wedding!

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Do you see the detail on the gold linen?

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A stunning room photo of the Trump Ballroom transformed! All ready for a NYE wedding party! Bravo Kehoe Designs!

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The same clock motif that was on the invitations + projected on the wall..is also on the base of the wedding cake!!!

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Custom mirrored table numbers- Beth from SQN Events…thought of EVERYTHING!

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Yes…gold foil letterpress menus…continuing the clock motif

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A custom gold accented bar brought in by Kehoe Designs-

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Custom gold foil napkins-

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First dance photos!

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Greek Dancing! Please note…I have so many awesome dancing photos- but this blog post is already too long!

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Had to include a photo of this family!
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I think the mirrored globes are doing their thing! It’s time to ring in the New Year!
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10..9..8..7..6..
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Happy New Year!!!
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We stepped outside to take a couple photos with the fireworks happening down at Navy Pier! I love how the fireworks create a sparkling effect behind them!
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Traditional Greek wedding favors for the guests!
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Lisa + Paul…thank you for having me as your wedding photographer! It was an unbelievable night and I am thankful to have been apart of it! A shout out to Beth from SQN Events for pulling together this amazing event! What a way to ring in 2015!!!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny

Chicago Trump Hotel Wedding Slideshow – Rachel + Paul!

Wedding Photos at Chicago Trump Tower

It was such a memorable day at the Chicago Trump International Hotel + Tower! HMR Designs did a phenomenal job with the decor and there were even fireworks on Michigan Avenue! Scroll down to watch their wedding photography slideshow! If you want more information more about their wedding check out Rachel + Paul’s Trump Tower Luxury Wedding Blog Post!

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Wedding Ceremony + Reception Venue: Chicago Trump Tower
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Floral + Design: HMR Designs
Lighting: Frost Lighting
Band: Arlen Music Productions – Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra
Wedding Dress: Anne Barge
Shoes: Fransesco Sacco
Tuxedo: Armani

Make sure you have a good internet connection to watch their video in full HD! Enjoy!

Thanks again to the wonderful staff at the Chicago Trump Tower and HMR Designs for an amazing job! Congrats again Rachel + Paul!

with love,

you Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny