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Lauren + Kevin Wedding Photography Slideshow!

Chicago Luxury Wedding Photography Slideshow – The Peninsula Hotel Chicago

Lauren + Kevin’s luxury wedding at the Peninsula Chicago Hotel! To read more about their wedding, check out Lauren + Kevin’s Peninsula Wedding Photography Blog Post! Another beautiful wedding planned and coordinated by Beth from SQN Events!

Be sure to scroll down to see their wedding photos in full HD glory! It’s cute to see Kevin getting ‘kissed’ by his dog, Lauren’s dad face when he sees her for the first time + their amazing photos on Lake Michigan!

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Getting Ready + Wedding Reception Venue – Peninsula Hotel Chicago
Wedding Ceremony – Assumption Church
Wedding Planner + Coordinator – SQN Events
Floral Design – Kehoe Designs
Stationary – Magnificent Milestones
Wedding Gown – Vera Wang Katherine
Wedding Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Band – Great Life Music
Dresser – The Wedding Dresser
Napkins + Straws – Smitten Boutique

Be sure to have a good internet connection when you watch their wedding video! Enjoy!

A Wedding on Michigan Avenue – Pearl + Charlie!

Chicago Venue Six10 Wedding Photos

Pearl + Charlie had such a wonderful day for their wedding! You couldn’t ask for better weather as we took so many creative photos incorporating the Chicago Skyline, a South Loop park and their wedding ceremony and reception venue: Venue Six10! It was a wedding photographer’s dream! I love all the clean lines and modern architecture throughout Venue Six10! Here’s one of my favorite wedding pictures from the day…on the Venue Six10 terrace!

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And a quick shout out to all the friends I was able to see at this wedding! Great reconnecting!

Wedding Ceremony + Reception: Venue Six10
Getting Ready: Chicago Essex Inn

They started their day at the Chicago Essex Inn – where you can see the Field Museum from your room!

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Wedding shoe photo-
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Incorporating her dad’s watch with her wedding bouquet!
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Found cool reflection in the hand mirror for this creative photo!
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Her bridesmaids helping to put the final touches on her wedding dress!
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A funny moment captured when the flowergirl asked…”what’s a wenis?”
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Making sure the veil is centered =)

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Love the Essex Hotel window light for this portrait of the bride!
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A stunning photo!
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Upstairs my second photographer, Tom, was photographing Charlie getting ready-
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Wedding Pictures in a South Loop Park

We headed across Michigan Avenue for some wedding photos in the park! I love this iconic fountain in the South Loop!
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Bridal party picture!
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I love this clean + timeless portrait of Pearl + Charlie!
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He makes her smile =)
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A walk through the park on their wedding day =)
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Found this pocket of light for this creative wedding picture! It’s my job as a wedding photographer to ‘see the light!’

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The Iconic Chicago Skyline

I love our Chicago Skyline! I’m always on the lookout for a fresh perspective on our city! Here’s one of my current favorite spots to incorporating the Chicago Skyline!

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Found these pretty colors in the park and we had to take a couple wedding photos with them!
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Loving this bridal party photo showcasing a more ‘urban look’ for a wedding picture! As their wedding photographer, it takes a lot of attention to detail to make this photo!
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Had to take separate bridesmaids and groomsmen portraits at this urban location!
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chicago creative wedding photo

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A New Chicago Wedding Venue: Venue Six10!

I love this newer wedding venue in Chicago! We had to take a photo in front of this beautiful architecture!
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Venue Six10 has a terrace overlooking the city…so we HAD to take a few creative wedding pictures up there!
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Loving this picture in black and white!
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Cute chevron ring bearer pillow!

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Room at Venue Six10 all set up for the wedding ceremony
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Charlie at the front awaiting his bride-
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There’s just something about the hugs given to the parents at Asian weddings…so touching-
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Best man helping a groom out-
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Bride’s turn to wipe away a tear =)
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Chinese Tea ceremony after the wedding ceremony!
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Pearl’s mom putting on a gold bracelet -
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Venue Six10 Wedding Reception Photos

A picture of the card table
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A room photo of the modern ballroom at Venue Six10

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I love the table numbers and how they incorporate Pearl’s career -
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Lounge space at Venue Six10 – love the large windows!
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One of the big surprises of the night: When Charlie and his boys busted out a dance routine for Pearl!
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First dance at Venue Six10!
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Congrats again Pearl + Charlie! Thank you for having me as your wedding photographer! I love all the little ways you made this wedding your own! The color table numbers, Charlie’s dance + the watch on the bouquet! =) May the Lord continue to guide the both of you as you begin this new journey together! Thanks again for all the great recommendations on where to go in Big Sur…it was beautiful!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny

Anna + Phil’s Westin Chicago North Shore Wedding Slideshow!

Chicago Westin North Shore Wedding Photos!

Anna + Phil’s wedding slideshow! Scroll down to watch their video in HD – make sure you have a good internet connection! So many great photos and moment! Some of my favorites: when Anna + Phil hugged their parents and when Anna’s father started to make it rain with cash on the dance floor!

If you wanted to read more about their wedding, you can check out their wedding blog post: Anna + Phil’s Westin Chicago North Shore Wedding!

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Beautiful Wedding Ceremony + Reception at the Trump for Anne + Andy!

Chicago Trump Wedding Ceremomy + Reception Photos

I’ve photographed numerous Chicago Trump Hotel weddings through the years, but this was the first time I had the opportunity to photograph a wedding ceremony on the 16th floor terrace! The weather was unbelievably perfect for Anne + Andy’s wedding! It was great to work with Hello Darling again, Natalie does amazing work on her bouquets and centerpieces!

Getting Ready: Talbott Hotel
Wedding Ceremony + Reception Venue: Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
Wedding Photo Locations: Adler Planetarium + Michigan Avenue Bridge
Bouquet & Centerpieces: Hello Darling

Here is my favorite photo from the 16th floor terrace of the Trump – I love the view over the Chicago river + the Wrigley building!

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If you scroll all the way down to the bottom of this wedding blog post, you can see some fireworks! I thought this picture was so romantic!

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We started the day at the Chicago Talbott Hotel…the same hotel and in the same room where her sister got ready for her wedding! Anne loves my creative wedding photos, so I found a creative vantage point for her wedding dress photo!

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Wedding ring photo

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Her mom helping with the finishing touches-

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Beautiful photo of Anne on her wedding day!

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Found this silhouette in the reflection of the painting- mommy’s little girl is all grown up =)

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Gorgeous flowers by Hello Darling

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The guys were getting ready at the Trump Hotel – Thanks to Tom for being the second photographer on this wedding!

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Chicago Trump Wedding Ceremony Photos

Chicago Trump Hotel all set up for the wedding ceremony! What a view!

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I wanted to incorporate the reflective windows of the Trump as the bride and groom walked toward the aisle!

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They way a groom looks at his bride after seeing her for the first time…one of my favorite moments to capture as a wedding photographer…because their backs are turned to the guests…only a few of us get to see his face!

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Before heading out to the Adler Planetarium for some creative photos, we took some pictures on the 16th floor terrace!

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Adler Planetarium Creative Wedding Photos

We headed down to the Adler Planetarium to incorporate the Chicago skyline into their wedding photos!

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Lake Michigan + the Chicago skyline make for a pretty amazing photo!

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I wanted to get a creative Adler Planetarium photo…I love the negative space and the strong lines in this photo!

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We headed downtown to take some photos with a couple Chicago bridges!

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We wanted to take a picture across the river with new Trump letters!

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Michigan Avenue Wedding Photos

For those that don’t know…you can actually walk below the street at the Michigan Avenue bridge!

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Andy picked her up like she was a feather!

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One last photo on Michigan Avenue before we headed back to the Trump!

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Ok…I lied…one more photo =)

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Trump Hotel Chicago Wedding Reception Photo

Gorgeous card table by Hello Darling at the entrance of the Trump Grand Ballroom!

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Beautiful calligraphy on their guest cards!

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Notice how Anne’s wedding cake has the same pattern as her wedding dress! I also made sure to incorporate the large Trump Hotel windows in the background!

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The Grand Ballroom at the Chicago Trump Hotel – simply stunning!

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Centerpieces by Hello Darling-

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Anne loves mercury glass…Natalie from Hello Darling made sure Anne had plenty of mercury glass for her centerpieces!

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One more Trump Hotel Grand Ballroom room photo with their Mr & Mrs signs!

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First dance photo in the Trump ballroom! I love how the windows are blue as the sun goes down!

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Wedding Photos with Fireworks!

The Navy Pier fireworks can be viewed from the 16th floor terrace- so we went out to grab a few photos!

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The fireworks are so bright and reflect off the Chicago river!

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One last photo of the newlyweds!
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Thanks Anne + Andy for having me as your wedding photographer! I’m so happy to have been apart of your wedding day! You picked the perfect wedding venue in the Trump Hotel and the iconic views of Chicago from the Adler Planetarium! You have such wonderful friends and family and we all had a wonderful time together! Enjoy the photos!

with love,

your Chicago Wedding Photographer,

Kenny

A Lake Forest Wedding – Larisa + Angelo!

Armour House at the Lake Forest Academy – Wedding Photography Slideshow

Larisa + Angelo’s Wedding Photography slideshow! There are so many wonderful pictures and moments captured throughout their day! To read more about their wedding at the Armour House at the Lake Forest Academy…check out Larisa + Angelo’s wedding blog post! You can also view Larisa + Angelo’s Lincoln Park engagement photos!

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Enjoy the wedding photos! Be sure to have a good internet connection!