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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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trump hotel chicago wedding ceremony photo

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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adler planetarium wedding photo

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

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adler planetarium wedding picture

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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chicago bridge wedding photo

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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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trump hotel chicago wedding reception photo

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!

Photographed their wedding 5 yrs ago…now they have a 1yr old!

Chicago Family Photographer in Lincoln Park

I photographed Sharon + Lawrence’s wedding 5 years ago at the Armour House in Lake Forest! One image from their wedding won an award at international competition! Last week we reconnected for a session with their 1 year old son! It’s always great to catch up with past clients…especially when they have added on to their family! To see more of their wedding photos…check out their Armour House Wedding Blog Post!

There are so many great photos from their family session…it was hard to pick which ones to post! Here’s one of my favorites with the Chicago skyline!

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Yup…he IS that cute in real life! =)

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I love this field of grass and the yellow flowers in the background – makes for a lovely family portrait!

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Can you see him holding a flower in his hand? Look how happy he is! =)

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Had to shoot at the honeycomb structure in Lincoln Park – I like the patterns and the lines…and Sharon got quite a workout tossing him up and down…b/c we definitely didn’t get this expression on the first photo!

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Too cute!

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I love his lip curl in this picture…and his mommy is imitating it! =)

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Stopped by a tunnel for family photo with a strong graphical/architectural element-

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One day…those cheeks will be gone- but until then…mommy is gonna squeeze them!

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Though we took a lot of fun and creative family pictures, here’s a nice one with the Chicago skyline in the background-

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Thanks Sharon + Lawrence for stopping by for a family photo session! It was great seeing you both again…and little T is so adorbs! Let’s do it again sometime!

with love,

your Chicago family portrait photographer,

Kenny

Floating World Gallery – Wedding Photography Slideshow – Lisa + Ken!

Wedding Photography Slideshow from Lincoln Park, Chicago!

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Scroll down to see Lisa + Ken’s wedding photography slideshow! But if you wanted to read more about their wedding – check out their Lincoln Park Wedding Photograph Blog Post!
To see their engagement photos – check out their Michigan Vineyard Engagement Session Blog Post!

Caterer: Truffleberry Market
Wedding Ceremony + Reception Venue: Floating World Gallery
Photo Locations: the Lily Pond + Villa D’Citta


with love,

Photos by Chicago Wedding Photographer – Nakai Photography