Stunning Engagement Photos in Pilsen + Millennium Park at Night

They wanted urban art. They wanted unique. I suggested Pilsen! I love the urban art in Pilsen and its unique view of the city! For their photos at night, we headed to Millennium Park! The water fountains + The Bean (aka Cloudgate) look completely different at night!

First up…one of my favorites from their engagement session!

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Found this urban art in Pilsen!

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We started their session with their cute doggie!

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Pilsen has some great views of the Chicago skyline-

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A little bit of Willis Tower and a little urban art in this picture!

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Another cool mural!

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I’ve been wanting to shoot in this location for awhile…a little hidden gem in Chicago!

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Millennium Park at Night / Engagement Photos

I love how Chicago looks at night!

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They wanted to take a photo with The Bean – and I think this looks amazing in black and white!

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Photographer’s Tip: Silhouettes are great. Reflections are great. So combine them!

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Millennium Park at night can be so tranquil!

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Thank you Amir + Jenna for being willing to try something different for your engagement session! I think the photos turned out great! Can’t wait until your wedding next year!

with love,

your Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Indian Wedding Photos at Morgan Manufacturing + Loews Chicago

It’s 1:30 am…and I’m posting wedding teaser photos from today’s wedding at the Loews Chicago + Morgan MFG! It has been quite the wedding weekend for Smita + Tushar! In fact, they are probably still out with their friends at the after party!

Shout out to Sabrina + Sonam from Sabrina Hans Events for planning + coordinating this epic Indian wedding! Please note, this is just a wedding teaser blog post…come back to see more photos in a couple weeks!

***Be sure to check out their Amazing Chicago Engagement Session***

Wedding Details:
Getting Ready: Loews Chicago Downtown Hotel
Ceremony Venue: Loews Chicago Downtown Hotel
Reception Venue: Morgan Manufacturing
Planner: Sabrina Hans Events
Florals + Decor: Kehoe Designs
Photos: Nakai Photography
Brides Hair + MUA: The Face Pro

A photo of the bride and groom wearing their traditional Indian wedding dress on the rooftop terrace of the Loews Chicago Downtown! Photographer’s Tip: Look for contrasting colors to make a bold statement!

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This photo is crazy – It looks like something out of a fashion magazine! I LOVE graphics elements in the background!

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After arriving at Morgan Manufacturing for their reception, we couldn’t help but take a few photos on the rooftop with an awesome view of the Chicago skyline!

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The room decor by Kehoe Designs was the perfect complement to the industrial chic vibe of Morgan MFG!

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Thanks Smita + Tushar for having me this weekend! You guys picked two amazing wedding venues to host your ceremony + reception! I can’t wait to share more!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny

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Wedding Teaser Photos from Kohler, WI // The American Club

It’s 1am…I have to wake up bright and early tomorrow, but I wanted to put up these three teaser photos for H + C! We a beautiful day at The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin! There is so much more to share, but I am just going to leave you with these three teaser photos! Be sure to check back in the next couple weeks to see more photos from this wedding!

***Be sure to check out their amazing Chicago Engagement Photos as well!***

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The American Club // Kohler, Wisconsin
Dress: Vera Wang
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Band: The Larry King Orchestra
Videographer: Mirar Productions

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After their ceremony, the sun was setting…and we caught this photo with The American Club in the background!

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One last photo to share from their amazing day in Kohler, Wisconsin…on one of the staircases inside The American Club!

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Can’t wait to share more photos with you all! Get some rest and enjoy the rest of the weekend with your friends and family!

with love,

Kenny Nakai

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Photos at one of the Best Chicago Luxury Wedding Venue Hotels: The Langham Chicago!

Samantha + Pete were married at one of Chicago’s best luxury wedding venues – The Langham Chicago! I love everything about this hotel…the location, the natural light and the luxurious modern interior design! It totally matched their look for their wedding!

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Wedding Details:
Getting Ready: Langham Chicago Hotel
Ceremony: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Chicago
Reception: Langham Chicago Hotel
Hair: Juan Jose Herrera
MUA: Jessica Camacho
Coordinator: Kristina Taheri Special Events
Photography: Nakai Photography
Dress: Pronovias Barcelona from Mira Couture
Groom’s Tuxedo: Hugo Boss
Invitations: Ashley’s Custom Stationary
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
Guest Favors: Sugarfina Bling Ring

Another one of my favorites from the day was taken on LaSalle Street. As a photographer, I love all the layers to this photo…the kiss under the veil, in front of the Langham Pink Taxi, and on LaSalle Street with the bridges in the background! BTW: I’m not the only one that loves this photo – The Langham Chicago put this on their Instagram account as well!

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Nothing is more romantic than a photo at night under the Langham Marquee- Her Pronovias gown is perfection!

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Getting Ready at the Langham Chicago

One of the prettiest places to hang a dress in all of Chicago. With the Chicago river in the background!

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Her Badgley Mischka shoes!

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Decided to combine her earrings with her clutch!

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Love how their initials made it into their branding for their invitations, stamps, and Sugarfina guest favors! And wouldn’t you know, the chocolate was made in Greece – perfect for their Greek wedding!

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Not a staged photo- this WAS the moment after the bottle was uncorked!

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Custom fashion illustrated makeup bags for the bridesmaids!

The hair and dress were a stunning combination!

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One of my favorite moments from their day! Priceless reaction with the flower girl!

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The guys were elsewhere in the Langham having a good time-

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Pete looking sharp in his tuxedo

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As a photographer, one of the reasons I enjoy working at the Langham is due to the variety of photos that you can take in and around the venue! It is located in one of the best locations and the interior is so photogenic!

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Photographer’s Tip: Step back and include a sense of place in the photo!

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We stepped outside for a brief photo on the River with the Wrigley Building in the background!

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We love the Langham Pink Taxi! If you are ever a guest at the Langham, you can take a ride in it!

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Bridal party group photo!

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A bridal party picture with a fashion magazine feel!

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Wedding Ceremony at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Chicago

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One of my favorite parts of a Greek Orthodox wedding, when the mothers throw petals at the bride and groom!

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One the way back to the Langham, we stopped on LaSalle St to take a few photos!

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Photo of the escort card table

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Samantha found these vintage wedding magazines featuring famous Greek and American weddings: Jackie Kennedy Onassis + Caroline Kennedy!

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The bride brought in these pillows to accent the lounge chairs-

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LOVE this custom acrylic hashtag above the bar! #PSILOVEUXOXO

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The Devonshire Ballroom looking fabulous for the reception!

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One of the best parts of a Greek wedding: the dancing!

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Confetti toss on the dance floor!

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One more photo under the Langham marquee!

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Congrats again Samantha + Pete! It was an amazing day and I hope you were able to enjoy it all over again through these photos! Can’t wait to share more!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Wedding Teaser Photos From Michigan Avenue + Chicago Drake Hotel

Just got home from Kim + Samer’s Drake Chicago Hotel wedding! Before I head to bed, I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from their special day! Shout out to Kristina from Kristina Taheri Events and Shaun from the Drake Hotel for executing a flawless day!

***In case you missed them: Kim + Samer’s Chicago Engagement Photos***

Up first…a photo on the Drake staircase! The stairs help showcase Kim’s gorgeous Vera Wang dress and veil!

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Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Chicago Drake Hotel
Planner: Kristina Taheri Events
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Florals: Juliet Tan Floral
Dress: Vera Wang
MUA: Makeup by Aga
Hair: THREE ONE TWO Bridal
Lighting: Frost Lighting

We found a small ray of sunlight walking to Michigan Avenue!

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Crossing Michigan Avenue!

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I had to share one photo of the Gold Coast Ballroom all set up for their ceremony! It is a ballroom like no other in Chicago!

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Congratulations again Kim + Samer! So many wonderful moments captured…I can’t wait to share more! Thanks for having us!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny

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