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Gorgeous Fall Colors for Sri + Amit’s Wedding!

Gorgeous Fall Colors at Cantigny Park = Amazing Wedding Photos!

Sri + Amit’s wedding photos at Cantigny Park made for some pretty spectacular backdrops! There were plenty of yellows, oranges + reds around! Here are a couple of my favorites from Cantigny Park, be sure to scroll down to see more!

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Lovely Indian Wedding Details

Sri has been following Nakai Photography since the beginning…and I was honored that she would ask me to be her wedding photographer! I’m always excited to photograph clients who have been following my wedding photos for a few years! I think we got a few good ones for her wedding! =) Enjoy! Shout out Idyl – it was great seeing you again tearing up the dance floor! =)

Indian weddings are full of color & intricate details! A photo of her bangles (bracelets)

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Not only did the bride wear a formal Indian wedding dress, but all the bridesmaids got to pick out their colors for their dresses! You’ll have to scroll down to see the ladies in their Indian dress!

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One of Sri’s nieces looking on as her Auntie is getting her make up done!

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Putting on her necklace-

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There are specific ways to fold and pin an Indian wedding dress…so the ladies were making sure to do it right!

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Love the colors and details!

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Love this silhouette in black and white!

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Beautiful portrait of Sri!

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I headed down the hall to photograph the groom getting ready!

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Getting help from his groomsmen-

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Cantigny Park Wedding Photography

We headed to Cantigny Park for their wedding photos! I made sure we took advantage of the fall colors all around!

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I love the shape and colors of the yellow trees behind the bridal party!

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As I mentioned earlier, all the ladies got to pick their colors and dress! I love how they all look together with the fall colors behind them!

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A photo of the groomsmen-

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Cantigny Park has so many great locations for wedding photos- you can’t go wrong!

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The bridal party got tired of waiting around and decided they needed to be in another wedding photo with the bride and groom!

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Wedding Reception Photos

Wedding cake photo!

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Toasts from their friends-

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First dance pictures!

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Congrats again Sri + Amit! I’m so glad we headed out to Cantigny Park for your wedding day photos! They turned out so well- Thanks to the bridal party for going for a walk in the ‘cooler’ weather for their pictures!

with love,

Kenny

Chicago Trump Hotel Wedding Photography Slideshow! Kate + Jim

Chicago Trump Hotel Wedding Photography Slideshow

Kate + Jim’s gorgeous Trump Chicago Hotel wedding photography slideshow! To read more about their wedding day, be sure to check out Kate + Jim’s Trump Wedding Photos Blog Post!

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Wedding Coordinator: Rachel Bradley Events
Band: Great Life Music
Hair: Frankie Christina
Makeup: Makeup by Aga!

Be sure to have a good internet connection to watch their Trump Wedding Photos in HD!

with love,

your Chicago Wedding Photographer,

Kenny

Saying Their Vows Overlooking the Pacific Ocean – Tom + Mingyung!

Destination Wedding Photographer in Bel-Air, California!

Traveling is definitely one of the perks of being a wedding photographer! I’ve photographed destination weddings in Thailand, Mexico, the Bahamas, Aruba and all over the US and I was really excited to hear that Tom + Mingyung were planning their destination wedding in California! Here are two of my favorite pictures from their wedding day!

I saw the setting sun…and I couldn’t wait to get the bride and groom on the lawn for this photo! The Pacific Ocean in the background is definitely not Chicago!

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The setting sun + a silhouette = a magical wedding picture!
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Wedding Photos at the Bel-Air Bay Club

All of their wedding photos were taken on the Bel-Air Bay Club property. There are gorgeous views and wonderful architecture…no need to go anywhere else! For this first photo of her wedding shoes, I wanted to incorporate the palm trees in the background-
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Her wedding dress and her youngest flower girl!
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I love all the lace on her dress! Everything looks amazing and I love finding reflections to add that ‘creative’ touch into a wedding portrait!
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A little reflection and a little smile for this photo
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Gorgeous-

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Tom was elsewhere getting ready- For those that don’t know…Tom has been my second photographer for the past two years! He normally handles the groom coverage- so here he was on the ‘other side’ of the lens getting photographed on his wedding day! =)

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A few tears shed at their first look moment-
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Taking photos when a gust of wind blew up her veil! I love their expressions!
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Ah the ocean…I love destination weddings! =)
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Group selfie before the ceremony-
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The look in his eyes as his bride makes her entrance-
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As a destination wedding photographer…my work days look like this sometimes:
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A kiss in the sunset-
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Bel-Air Bay Club Wedding Reception

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Nothing says destination wedding like a good sunset photo!
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Congrats again to Tom + Mingyung! So happy for you both! After so many weddings as my second photographer…I hope you enjoyed your time as a client! =) The Bel-Air Bay Club was the perfect spot for a destination wedding!

with love,

your destination wedding photographer,

Kenny

Stephanie + De’s Wedding Slideshow!

Chicago Langham Wedding Photography

Stephanie + De’s Langham wedding photography slideshow! It was a gorgeous day in Chicago for their wedding! To read about the details of their wedding check out their Chicago Langham wedding blog post!

Wedding Venue: Langham Chicago Florals: Vale of Enna Day of Coordinator: Liven It Up Events Videography & DJ: Fig Media Second photographer: Tom

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Make sure you have a good internet connection to watch their wedding photography slideshow in HD!

Kristine + Jimmy’s Wedding Slideshow!

Chicago Sofitel Wedding Photography Slideshow

Congrats again to Kristine + Jimmy! Scroll down to view their wedding photography slideshow in HD! If you wish to read more about their wedding, check out their Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Wedding Blog Post!

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Wedding Ceremony + Reception Venue: Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
Florals: Vale of Enna
Day of Coordinator: Ryan Alexander Events
Second Photographer: Tom Yan