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Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel Luxury Wedding Photography Slideshow

Just in time for the holidays…Heidi + Jonathan’s Wedding Photography slideshow! You can read more about their wedding and view their photos at their Fairmont Chicago Wedding Blog Post, but I enjoy watching a slideshow to help me ‘feel’ like I was there! Jonathan + Heidi found each other…and they couldn’t be more happy together!  It was a relationship forged on a long hike through the Grand Canyon. Congrats again you two!

Wedding Details
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Fairmont Millennium Park Hotel Chicago
Planner: Hope Weis Consulting
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Florals + Decor: Flower Firm

Lighting: Frost Lighting Chicago
Band: Don Cagen Orchestra
Associate Photographer: Tom
Dress: Inbal Dror from Dimitras Bridal
Hair: Renee Feldman Salon
Makeup: Stella Mikail
Dresser: The Wedding Dresser

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Chicago Engagement Photos – Riverwalk – Adler Planetarium – Northerly Island

Pooja + Buddy had their engagement photos taken on one of the last warm days of the year! It was perfect even as we took photos at night! I love taking photos at night along the Chicago riverwalk! It’s so romantic and says ‘Chicago’ without being cliche!

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Photographer’s Tip: Find new locations to get new viewpoints of the Chicago skyline! Love this picture taken at Northerly Island!
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We started their engagement pictures with the skyline at one of Chicago’s top engagement photo locations: The Adler Planetarium!

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This location near the Adler Planetarium is always busy with boats, tourists and Pokemon Go players during the summer – It was great to have this location all to ourselves! I didn’t have to photoshop anyone out! Photographer’s Tip: Use negative space for balance and to give your pictures room to breathe!

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The Adler Planetarium is one of the best views of the skyline. The setting sun was just perfect!

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Right next to the Adler Planetarium is Northerly Island – such a peaceful place – away from all the hustle and bustle of our city-

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A view of the South Loop + Soldier Field from Northerly Island on this gorgeous fall day-

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Chicago Riverwalk Engagement Photos taken at Night

The Chicago riverwalk is still relatively new to our city, and I love taking photos here day or night!

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The City of Chicago comes alive at night! The Wrigely Building + Michigan Avenue make for the perfect backdrop!

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Photographer’s Tip: Use leading lines in your engagement pictures to guide your eyes to the couple!

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I had a great time exploring Chicago with you both! We were able to get some great Skyline photos from the Adler Planetarium + Northerly Island! The riverwalk at night was the perfect location to finish the night! Congrats again on your engagement and best wishes to you both on your wedding day!

with love,

Kenny

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Chicago Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Wedding Pictures

The Chicago Aqua Skyscraper garnered a myriad of awards when it opened in 2009. Another architectural wonder in our great city! Located in the Aqua Skyscraper is the Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago Hotel. The interior design of the Radisson Blu compliments the exterior as you will see in the wedding photos in this blog post! As a Chicago wedding photographer, I love incorporating award-winning architecture and modern interior design into my wedding pictures!

Ellen and Barry were such a joy to photograph…their love shown throughout the day through their tears, smiles, and laughs! If you missed their engagement photos, be sure to check them out at Ellen + Barry’s Lincoln Park Engagement Blog Post! A quick shout out to Marcy + her team from Great Events, Inc for planning and coordinating another amazing wedding!

Wedding Details
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago Hotel
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Planner: Great Events Inc
Florals: Stemline Creative
Associate Photographer: Mike
Band: Rendezvous Music
MUA: Cynde Cosmetics
Hair: Lisa Lally

Before starting their wedding day coverage, I have three of my photographer’s favorites first! In this first photo, I wanted to showcase the award-winning architecture with Ellen + Barry!

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During their reception, they were willing to go outside for a few photos!

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Of course, they had a phenomenal confetti toss! This photo makes me smile every time I look at it! Photographer’s Tip: Get right in the action so you can ‘feel’ the energy! Lens choice is also key!

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A few wedding detail photos to get started

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Photographer’s Tip: It’s the little things like the glitter reflections illuminating the Kate Spade logo that make all the difference!

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Had to include the professional instagrammer in a picture! =)

 

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My associate photographer was with Barry getting ready in another room at the Radisson Blu

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Wedding Day Photos Around The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

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Photographer’s Tip: Sometimes a wedding photo takes a little bit of time to set up – the key is to know whether or not the time is worthwhile. In this case…I think it was time well spent!

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This photo looks like it belongs in a fashion magazine!

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Stemline Creative’s pieces accent the room perfectly!

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One of many smiles throughout the day! She can’t contain her joy!

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As a wedding photographer…I get the best seat in the house. Only the bridal party and parents could see Barry’s big smile as Ellen walked around him at the beginning of their Jewish ceremony

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Wedding Reception Photos at the Radisson Blue Aqua

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Pro-tip: keep your mouth wide open during the confetti toss to end up like this guy!

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The perfect way to end a confetti toss!

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As with all Great Events wedding receptions…there was an AMAZING sweets table spread!

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Barry + Ellen: Thank you for having me as your wedding photographer! It was a joy to be around you and your family + friends! Thanks for being willing to take all these pictures on your wedding day!

with love,

Kenny

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Best Engagement Photo Locations in Chicago – Riverwalk – North Avenue Beach

They chose some of the best locations for their engagement session photos! Here’s one at an epic spot in the with the Chicago skyline! As a photographer, I love taking pictures at night – they are so dramatic and romantic!

Photographer’s Tip: The strong metal frames literally ‘frame’ the couple. The metal is juxtaposed with the trees  and balanced with the Willis Tower. The couple is perfectly centered as all the drama revolves around them!

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I think most photographers would agree…one of the best views of our Chicago skyline is at North Avenue Beach! Be sure to scroll down to see more at North Ave!

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We started their session down at the Chicago Riverwalk! There are gorgeous views of the river, Wrigley building, and bridges!

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The Riverwalk is relatively new to Chicago…it has only been open for the last two summer! I still can’t get over this location – I love the Wrigley building in the background!

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North Avenue Beach Engagement Pictures with the Skyline

This view of our Chicago skyline never gets old!

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As the sun was setting in the west, sky was a perfect blend of pastel colors!

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Night time engagement sessions are so romantic! It’s an add-on to my normal engagement sessions, but they are so much fun! This is classic Chicago without being cliche! The river, bridges + the Wrigley Building! Easily one of the best engagement photo locations in our city!

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Photographer’s Tip: The leaves frame the photo on top and the Chicago architecture in the background help make this work! The Black and White treatment also lends to a timeless feel to this photo –

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Soooo romantic-

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Photographer’s Tip: Leading lines and the railings provide the perfect amount of symmetry!

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with love,

Kenny

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Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel Luxury Wedding Photos

Heidi + Jonathan’s luxury wedding photos at the Fairmont Chicago! Their day was all about family and honoring their Jewish wedding traditions! There was an epic Hora dance during the reception – complete with a jump rope and grass skirts!

Shout out to Hope for planning and coordinating this amazing team of wedding professionals! Everything went so smoothly! Another shout out to Michael + Felice who referred me to this wonderful couple! Thank you to all my friends and past clients for referring me- as boutique wedding photographer…it’s how I get most of my business!

Wedding Details
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Fairmont Millennium Park Hotel Chicago
Planner: Hope Weis Consulting
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Florals + Decor: Flower Firm

Lighting: Frost Lighting Chicago
Band: Don Cagen Orchestra
Associate Photographer: Tom
Dress: Inbal Dror from Dimitras Bridal
Hair: Renee Feldman Salon
Makeup: Stella Mikail
Dresser: The Wedding Dresser

The supermoon was in full effect on their wedding weekend – it makes for one the best and most unique backgrounds ever!
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The Fairmont Chicago ready for the ceremony! Photographer’s Tip – Perfect symmetry makes for a pleasing image!
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Decor by Flower Firm – simply stunning!

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Getting Ready Wedding Images at the Fairmont Chicago

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For those that don’t know…in a Jewish wedding ceremony, the bride has to wear a simple gold ring. No stones or other diamonds.

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Priceless expressions…look at the flower girl in the back, she has the best expression!

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All the bridesmaids wearing their matching floral robes!

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Heidi in her Inbal Dror wedding gown from Dimitras Bridal Couture – simply stunning! As a photographer, I always want a few minutes to photograph the bride by herself!

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This could be an advertisement for Inbal Dror, Dimitras Bridal or the Fairmont- Ah-Maz-Ing!

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The groom all ready to go in his tuxedo!

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Photographer’s Tip: The Chicago Fairmont has plenty of window light that helps create beautiful photos!

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Photographer’s Tip: Sometimes it’s about the symmetry…sometimes it’s about a repeating pattern…but sometimes it’s about a little wink or smirk that makes the best photo!

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The staircase at the Fairmont – enough said!

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Millennium Park Wedding Day Photos

Though their wedding was in November, we were able to catch the last of the Fall colors!

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Millennium Park has such a variety of vegetation, that something is bound to be yellow or red during the fall season!

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Photographer’s Tip: Sometimes the best backgrounds are found in the least expectant places. The Chicago lights match the energy in Heidi + Jonathan’s expression!

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The beginning of the most epic Hora dance I’ve ever photographed!

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Congrats again Heidi + Jonathan! You walked me through all the Jewish wedding traditions beforehand, and it was a pleasure to photograph and experience it in real life! Hope you were able to relive it all through your pictures!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny

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