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Chicago Indian Orthodox Wedding Photography
I’ve had a great time getting to know Anita + Deepak during their two part engagement session…where we took photos with the Chicago skyline and the Seattle Space Needle. If you haven’t already, check out their Chicago Engagement Photos Blog Post!
I had a great time seeing so many old friends & their families at this wedding – one of the perks of being a wedding photographer, I get to connect with people that I haven’t seen in awhile!
Here’s one of my favorites from their creative wedding photos! We headed down to Chicago’s Millennium Park to take some night photos in front of the water fountain! I love this silhouette photo of the newlyweds! And make sure you scroll down to see the photos we took in front of the Adler Planetarium – the best view of the Chicago Skyline! And it looks even better at night!
We started the day at Anita’s house for getting ready photos and a traditional Indian Orthodox prayer ceremony
I love this moment between the bride and her mom- photographed in a mirror -
Anita’s fall wedding bouquet-
I loved Anita’s veil – so pretty!
A lovely portrait of the bride-
Anita looks amazing! I’m glad we had a few minutes to take these photos before all the events of the day started!
Indian Orthodox pre-ceremony prayer ceremony-
Anita’s emotions as she hugs and kisses her mom – what a special moment + photo!
Deepak and the guys were getting ready at a hotel-
Anita’s gift to him rang true to his heart – a Seahawks jersey =)
The groom looking good for his bride!
Prayer ceremony picture with Deepak’s parents-
Dad was getting a little emotional too-
Indian Wedding Ceremony Pictures
A photo of the gold chain that is used for the crowning ceremony and the minnu that Anita will wear- On top of the sari that will be worn by bride at the reception!
The cute flowergirls!
A photo of the bride walking down the aisle and the large cross above her-
I turned around and saw the groom getting a little emotional-
The beautiful Oakbrook church-
A picture of the crowning ceremony in an Indian Orthodox wedding ceremony
The important tying of the minnu by the groom –
And the last important Indian Orthodox wedding ceremony tradition – the Manthrakodi, where the groom places the sari on his brides head-
Chicago Skyline at Night! The Adler Planetarium View
We drove in from Oakbrook to downtown Chicago to grab these epic photos of the Chicago skyline at night! We were right in front of the Adler Planetarium which has the best views of the Chicago skyline!
The Chicago skyline is glowing at night!
One my other favorites from the night – what an epic Chicago skyline wedding photo!
Millennium Park at Night!
Ever since I took at walk in Millennium park at night this past fall, I’ve been wanting to photograph a bride and groom in front of this water fountain! We started with a groomsmen silhouette photo-
Bride and groom!
And we turned around and grabbed a quick photo of the Chicago skyline from inside Millennium Park!
Back at the reception – a picture of their wedding cake!
One last Indian wedding tradition – the milk ceremony!
They played a fun game incorporating Deepak’s love for the Seattle Seahawks-
Deepak’s sister and future brother-in-law sang a song for the newlyweds!
Deepak’s sister gave a touching toast –
One of their flowergirls performed this dance!
And then a group of their friends danced!
Mad props to them for performing this move where the girls are swung behind their backs!
One last photo of the bride and groom – with her new wedding sari!
Congrats Anita + Deepak! Thanks for being willing to stand outside for those Chicago skyline + Millennium Park photos! I think they were pretty epic and worth the shivering! May you both continue to grow in your faith as you begin this new chapter in your lives!
your Chicago wedding photographer,
Chicago Trump Wedding Photography Slideshow!
Happy Belated Thanksgiving from Nakai Photography! And as much as I love my job as a Chicago wedding photographer, I did my best to unplug for a few days to spend with loved ones! It has been a flurry of activity here in the office as I catch up on finalizing albums for the holidays, shooting and editing holiday cards, and working on wedding photos! Not to mention that I need to blog!
I’m excited to share Monica + Jack’s wedding photos from their Trump Hotel extravaganza! Beth from SQN Events coordinated and put together a wonderful team – you can read more about the details of their wedding at: Monica + Jack’s Trump Wedding Photography Blog Post!
We took so many wonderful photos around the Trump Hotel and Chicago! And I love the photos at night on the terrace! Be sure to see those at the end of their slideshow!
Quick shout outs to: Florals & Decor: Hello Darling, Blush – Pink Vera Wang Wedding Gown, Natalie + Cyndi from Chicago Trump International Hotel + Tower, Stationary: Sarah Drake Designs, Calligraphy: Stacey Shapiro, Hair: Livia Caporale; Makeup: Andie Cumber, Mirror Calligraphy: Baltic Studios
Congrats again to Monica + Jack!
Chicago Wedding Photography at the Ritz Carlton Chicago
Sloane + Aaron had their gorgeous Jewish wedding ceremony and reception at the luxurious Chicago Ritz Carlton! Jan Ehrenberg from Parties, Events & More did a phenomenal job coordinating everything! Sloane had the words, A Vintage Affair to help guide her thoughts throughout. Great job on the wedding florals, decor and Chuppah, Richard Remiard Designs! It was great to see Caroline Shaw, The Wedding Dresser helping Sloane throughout the day. And another great job by Cynde from Cynde Cosmetics.
We took most of their creative portraits at the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MCA) as their tress were just the perfect fall colors! Here’s one of my favorites with the fall foliage!
Sloane’s beautiful wedding dress from Israeli gown designer, Galia Lahav. I was able to use a reflection off of a table to create this wedding dress photo! You have got to see more of this wedding dress, the details from Galia Lahav are amazing! Be sure to scroll down for more photos!
Her wedding shoes with her Galia Lahav wedding gown in the reflection-
A photo of their wedding rings with some Ritz Carlton Bride and Groom stationary
Cynde applying Sloane’s makeup
Mom and Caroline, The Wedding Dresser, helping with the finishing touches!
We had some sun reflecting off of the John Hancock, so I wanted to incorporate some sun flare into her wedding portrait
Love this picture of Sloane with her birdcage veil. This photo has such an editorial feel- so timeless!
I wanted to reuse that reflection in her Ritz Carlton suite-
Another picture with the birdcage and those lashes!
Sloane opted to have a vintage brooch instead of a wedding bouquet-
Her bridesmaids had bouquets filled with roses and vintage brooches
Thanks to Tom for second shooting, he documented Aaron getting ready-
Richard Remiard Designs boutonniere
A relaxed groom- love this classic portrait of Aaron!
I don’t normally post ‘first look’ wedding photos on the blog, but I really wanted to share these two photos- We did their first look in the Ritz Carlton lobby
Aaron’s emotional response to seeing his beautiful bride- this moment lasted a fraction of a second…and they have this wedding photo to remember it forever!
And Sloane’s face…she is glowing! They can’t wait to get married!
One last photo in the Ritz Carlton lobby before we headed out for some creative portraits!
Chicago Museum of Contemporary Arts Fall Wedding Photos (MCA)
We headed across the street to the MCA for their wedding photos. I saw the reflecting sun on the walls of the MCA and thought it looked surreal…almost like reflections of water- I also love the juxtaposition of the cold, sterile concrete with their warm embrace. I also love the strong lines and geometric shapes…circles, triangles & rectangles
The Museum of Contemporary Arts has a courtyard that had the most PERFECT FALL COLORS! There was this large yellow Ginko tree that we had to take pictures with! I love all the leading lines of the tree branches that point to the bride and groom!
The large bridal party for a photo on the stairs of the MCA
Sloane & Aaron in front of another tree with gorgeous fall colors!
Love their smiles & laugh surrounded by the fall colors!
Since we are in the city of Chicago, I wanted to incorporate a little of our famous Chicago skyline by getting the John Hancock into this wedding picture!
One of my favorites from the day – They look stunning! I love their look and the fall reds and yellows behind them!
We took some bridal party photos inside of a Chicago fire station! They even turned on the siren lights! It’s my first time shooting inside of a fire station – Thanks to the Chicago Fire Dept!
Groomsmen photo with the fire truck-
One more huge bridal party with some Ritz Carlton signage! Freestyle!
Since the sun was beginning to set, I wanted to take a couple photos at night- I love the editorial feel of this photo-
This photo makes me smile just looking at it =)
Jewish Wedding Ceremony – Ketubah Signing
Back in side the Ritz, the family had gathered for the Ketubah signing, a prewedding Jewish tradition.
Their rabbi signing the Ketubah with the happy & excited mothers looking on! There were some fun moments with the breaking of the plate, but I’m saving those for their wedding slideshow that will be here on the blog in a few weeks!
Love this photo of Sloane as she walks into the room- and I love the detail on the back of her wedding gown!
An emotional moment with her father-
Sharing a laugh during the exchange of rings!
I caught this reflection in a mirrored table for this picture
Aaron snuck this kiss in during their wedding ceremony.
A Jewish tradition is the “breaking of the glass” – Mazel Tov!
Ritz Carlton Wedding Reception Wedding Pictures
Jan from Parties, Events & More did a wonderful job with the ‘card table’ – a board with handwritten name tags, attached to a vintage skeleton key! And not to mention the large skeleton key on top of the vintage frame!
Wonderful centerpieces from Richard Remiard Designs
I love the details on the menu card-
A photo of the two large centerpieces for the wedding
Sweet heart table
First dance photo!
Having fun during their choreographed first dance!
A funny cake cutting photo – somehow there is cake on Sloanes fork AND in Aaron’s mouth – caught in the act!
It’s a Jewish tradition to honor the parents when the last of their children are married – congrats to Sloane’s parents!
Traditional Jewish dancing, the Horah, is so much fun to photograph!
Captured this photo the moment before Aaron went flying off! After this Aaron made sure to get a couple more guys to help balance out the chair!
Aaron and his brother-
A picture of the women in the bride’s family dancing on the stage!
Cupcakes to take home! There were so many different flavors to choose from!
The after party room in the Ritz Carlton! Jan and her team had set up these snacks!
Thanks again to Sloane + Aaron for having me as your wedding photographer! So many great moments and wonderful Jewish traditions! We couldn’t have asked for better fall colors or a better venue than the Ritz Carlton Chicago! Fantastic job to Jan & her team for making everything flow smoothly!
your Chicago wedding photographer,
Fall Colors in Lincoln Park! Chicago Engagement Photography!
It’s been a crazy busy time here at Nakai Photography! I’m excited to share this one last set of engagement photos with you all! Lincoln Park was transformed with all the fall colors! It just makes my job as an engagement photographer all the more fun!
This is a beautiful landscape photo of Chicago and Lincoln Park. But that’s Jacki + John on the bottom left corner! Not just a beautiful Chicago fall photograph, but an engagement photo!
Urban and Nature juxtaposed. Life and decay.
The engaged couple!
This photo makes me smiles – such a soft moment!
Love the colors of the grass with Jacki + John!
The Lincoln Park Honeycomb
Lincoln Park has a popular honeycomb structure – we made sure to incorporate it with this engagement photo – and we got the Chicago skyline in the background!
I’m really proud of this engagement photo…only because it doesn’t feel like we are in Chicago. I really strive to find a unique perspective as a Chicago engagement photographer. This photo almost feels like we are in Africa!
Fall Colors of Chicago!
These fall leaves made for a great background – and I love their expressions!
Another beautiful engagement photo-
Loving this little moment – makes me smile!
One last photo with some fall calors!
Thanks to Jacki + John for having me as your Chicago Engagement Photographer! Your engagement photos are amazing and we had the prefect day for the fall colors! Hope to see you guys again sometime in the future!
Your Chicago engagement photographer,
Foundation Gala at Grainger Ballroom in the Chicago Symphony Center
A few weeks ago I had the privilege to photograph the Michael Byun Foundation Gala at the Chicago Symphony Center! Michael Byun is a plastic surgeon who gives to those who require plastic surgery but are not covered by insurance. Though he can donate his skills and time, there are hospital costs associated with these surgeries. Those who give financially to the Michael Byun Foundation help cover those medical costs.
After hearing Dr. Byun talk about the work he has done for his patients, I was thankful to be the event photographer for the night. I hope they can use these photographs to help promote the gala next year!
Perhaps my favorite photo of the event. Dr. Byun embracing one of the recipients of the Foundation. He truly cares for his patients and builds a great rapport with them!
Classical Music Gala – Grainger Ballroom
The Grainger Ballroom at the Chicago Symphony Center served as the perfect venue for the foundation’s gala! The acoustics were phenomenal and everyone had an intimate view of the musicians.
Thank you to all who support the Michael Byun Foundation and all the wonderful work they do! It was a fantastic evening at the Chicago Symphony Center – and an intimate affair in the Grainger Ballroom!