Armour House Wedding Photographer Teasers! Sylvia + Billy!

Armour House Wedding Photographer Teaser Pictures

Sylvia + Billy are probably just wrapping up their wedding reception at the amazing Armour House at Lake Forest Academy! These teaser pictures from today are just a preview of what is to come! Their big Greek wedding was so much fun! Shout out to Victoria from Kensington Florals + Events who planned, coordinated and created the florals + decor!

Wedding Details:

Ceremony: Holy Taxiarhai and Saint Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church
Reception Venue: Armour House at Lake Forest Academy
Planning, Florals + Decor: Kensington Florals + Events
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Shoes: Jimmy Choo + Christian Louboutin

As a wedding photographer, I love incorporating architecture and design into my photos! The Armour House offers a spectacular place to have your wedding photos taken! Easily one of my most favorite wedding venues in the suburbs of Chicago! Fashionistas will notice the groom sporting his Christian Louboutin shoes!

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A photo that looks straight out of a wedding fashion magazine!

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The Armour House reception hall with gorgeous decor by Kensington Florals! armour house photographer wedding reception hall

Congrats again Sylvia + Billy! You guys have the most amazing photos from the Armour House! I can’t wait to share more!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Artifact Events Wedding Photographer Teasers // Joyce + George

Artifact Events Chicago Wedding Photographer Teaser Photos

Joyce + George were married today! The reception just ended and I’m throwing up their wedding teaser photos from Artifact Events Chicago (formerly Architectural Artifacts)! Artifact Events is a truly one of a kind wedding venue in Chicago. The timber loft, outdoor courtyard, exposed brick and a three level open atrium! Be sure to check back in a couple weeks to see more photos from this beautiful wedding!

Wedding Details
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Artifact Events Chicago
Florals + Decor: Kelsey from HMR Designs 
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Coordinator: Alicia from Clementine Custom Events
Music: Roberto from Monastero Entertainment
Catering: Limelight Catering
Hair: George the Salon
Gown: Pronovias
Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry
Ice Sculptor: Yasuo Mizuuchi

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Artifact Events shares the space with Architectural Artifacts, so couples are able to take photos surrounded by curated, one of a kind pieces from all over the world! Everything from Parisan cabinets to Italian table tops and industrial earthquake proof lights! Yet with all these amazing architectural finds, as a wedding photographer, I am still drawn to beautiful light!

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Love this bridge in the Artifact Events atrium!

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Congrats Joyce + George for a wonderful celebration today! Great choice on Artifact Events as your wedding venue – everything was perfect! Though there are so many more amazing photos to share, enjoy these teaser pictures on your wedding night!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

 

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Fashion Portraits + Headshots w/Custom Hair Lounge!

Branding Headshot Photos w/Custom Hair Lounge

Every small business needs headshots for their website and social media purposes. This is the third set of headshots I have done for this talented group of hairstylists. They have a modern + fashion forward approach with their haircuts and styling. The owners are educators for American Crew and travel the world teaching the latest trends!

For this third round of headshots, we also incorporated a full body portrait as well! We wanted their headshots to feel like they belong in a fashion magazine.

If you or your company were looking for headshots, be sure to reach out for consultation!

Fashion Portraits by Nakai Photography

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Hotel at Midtown Chicago Wedding Teaser Photos!

Rooftop Wedding Teaser Pictures at The Hotel at Midtown Chicago

Today was the most amazing weather for a rooftop wedding at the NEW Hotel at Midtown Chicago! Although it’s 12:30am…I wanted to upload a few teaser pictures from today! It’s possible that Lauren + Jeff will view these photos while hosting their penthouse suite afterparty!

As a wedding photographer in Chicago for the past 10 years, I am always excited to shoot in a new wedding venue. But it is even more exciting to be shooting THE FIRST EVER WEDDING AT THE HOTEL AT MIDTOWN CHICAGO! Lauren + Jeff had the vision to see and ask about having a wedding there before the rooftop was even complete!

In case you missed it, be sure to check out their Chicago Engagement Photos too!

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Rooftop Venue: The Hotel at Midtown Chicago
Dress: Rebecca Schoneveld
Shoes: Custom Jimmy Choo Shoes
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Florals: Lauren Andree Designs

The Hotel at Midtown Chicago boasts a rooftop deck with an unobstructed view of the Chicago skyline! Wedding guests were able to watch the sun set over Chicago throughout the reception!

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When you walk through Midtown Chicago, you can’t help but notice the impeccable modern luxury interior design throughout! Love this reflection shot on top of the Midtown Chicago lobby staircase! Photographer’s Tip: Don’t be afraid to break the rules: I hardly ever angle wedding photos…but this felt so much more dynamic with a slight angle!

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The Hotel at Midtown Chicago’s rooftop all set up for the reception!

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Thank you Lauren + Jeff for having me as your wedding photographer! It was an amazing time under the stars tonight! I can’t wait to share more!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Loews O’hare Wedding Photos // Francesca + Derek!

Loews O’hare Chicago Wedding Photos

There are so many amazing photos from Francesca + Derek’s wedding! First off…they looked amazing…second…they are ballroom dancers! Be sure to scroll down to see all the fun poses they had for their pictures! Couple great poses with one of most photogenic hotels in the Chicagoland area: The Loews Chicago O’hare and you can see why I had so much fun as their wedding photographer!

Francesca and her family remembered my work from when I photographed Tina + David’s wedding SIX years ago! Tina is her cousin, but she is like an older sister. As a wedding photographer, it is so meaningful to photograph ‘siblings!’

Wedding Details:
Ceremony Venue: St Mary of Vernon
Reception Venue: Loews Chicago Ohare Hotel
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Dress: Pronovias from Bella Bianca Couture
Florals: Northern Greenhouses
Shoes: Jimmy Choo

There are over 60 pictures in this blog post, so be sure to scroll all the way down. Up first are a few of the best photos from the day!

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Photographer’s Tip: Juxtapose strong graphical elements with a fluid pose! If you capture a reflection, you get bonus points!

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As a wedding photographer, I’m always looking for unique places to take photos on a wedding day! Can you guess where this might be?

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Northern Greenhouses did a wonderful job on the floral + decor! The Loews O’hare looks amazing! Is there a finer hotel in the Chicagoland suburbs?

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We started their wedding day in the northern suburbs of Chicago. This sunroom caught my eye and we had to hang the dress in this room for a photo!

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Can’t go wrong with Jimmy Choo shoes on your wedding day!

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She looks. stunning in her Pronovias gown!

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The groom almost didn’t make it to the ceremony-

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We took a short drive to St Mary of Vernon for the ceremony-

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The Chicago suburbs have some amazing churches, this is one of them!

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Wedding Pictures in the Suburbs at the Chicago Loews O’hare

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What a good looking bridal party…almost like a spread from Vanity Fair!

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Though the Loews O’hare is in the suburbs, you can still get a great photo of Chicago skyline!

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Photographer’s Tip: Mix it up! These next two photos are so much fun…this first one looks like a fashion magazine advertisement-

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This second one showcases their fun personalities!

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The champagne toast!

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I couldn’t wait to photograph their first dance, and it didn’t disappoint!

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with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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