Drake Chicago Hotel Winter Wedding Photos 

Scroll down to watch Susan + Joe’s winter wedding photography slideshow!

Winter Wedding Details:
Ceremony Venue: St Michaels in Old Town
Reception Venue: The Drake Hotel Chicago
Photographer: Nakai Photography

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Drake Chicago Hotel – St Michaels in Old Town – Marquee on State St – Winter Wedding Photos 

Happy Monday everyone! It’s been just over two weeks since Susan + Joey’s winter wedding at St Michaels in Old Town and the iconic Drake Chicago Hotel! They just returned from their honeymoon, and soooo…it’s time for the wedding photography blog post! I also just wanted to share this snippet from an email they sent me! It made my day!

Joey and I wanted to thank you for EVERYTHING you did for us on our wedding day. Words cannot describe how thankful we are for you. Our bridal party loved you, our parents, everyone commented on how amazing of a job you did on our big day. Made it so stress free!  So thank you again. We will recommend you to everyone!

First up, a few of their best photos from their wedding day!

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As a wedding photographer, I love the classic Chicago feel of the Drake Hotel! I also love incorporating all the various interior design elements into their wedding photos! Here’s a picture in the historic Gold Coast Ballroom!

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The same Gold Coast Ballroom all set up for their wedding reception! This is simply one of the best wedding venues in Chicago for this type of classic interior design!

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Though it was a cold winter day, they braved the elements for this photo on State Street in front of the Chicago Theater Marquee!

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Winter Wedding Details:
Ceremony Venue: St Michaels in Old Town
Reception Venue: The Drake Hotel Chicago
Photographer: Nakai Photography

The Drake Hotel Chicago Getting Ready Wedding Pictures

Starting the day with a few wedding detail photos

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What a fun photo! All credit goes to Susan for thinking of this great wedding day idea!

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Putting the finishing touches on her wedding dress- Stunning!

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Photographer’s Tip: There are reflections all around – I love hunting for them!

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Elsewhere in the Drake Hotel…Joey was getting ready-

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The Gold Coast Ballroom makes for the best indoor winter wedding day location!

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A photo in the historic Palm Court

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A full bridal party photo on the staircase in the Drake Hotel!

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The shawls give this wedding photo the perfect ‘winter’ touch!

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Timeless bridal party photo in Black and White!

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Of course we have to take a photo of the Drake Hotel sign and the John Hancock in the background!

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St Michael’s in Old Town Wedding Ceremony Photos

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You can’t see it that clearly, but her eyes welled up with tears- great capture by my associate photographer!

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This next photo was one of my personal favorites from the day. Just something different than your typical wedding day picture! Photographer’s Tip: Trust your instinct – mine said to place the bride and groom under the lamp…knowing that the church would then turn a blue shade!

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State Street Chicago Theater Marquee Wedding Photos

Nothing says Chicago like the Chicago Theater on State Street! The Marquee makes for the perfect winter wedding backdrop!

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Shout out to this fabulous group for bringing the energy to State Street!

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Sparklers to start their wedding reception! This photo is for Joey. Yes Joey…I believe you. That is a glowing ember on your head. =)

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Drake Hotel Chicago Wedding Reception Photos

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The Gold Coast Ballroom, simply stunning!

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Photographer’s Tip: I could have settled for a normal cake photo, but I kept shooting until I found the best shot! I wanted to incorporate the Drake Hotel Chandeliers in the background!

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Love their epressions!

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First dance picture-

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Congrats again Susan + Joey! It was such an amazing winter wedding! So happy for you both as you are now officially husband and wife!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny

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Best 3 Chicago Engagement Photography Locations

They traveled to Chicago to have their photos taken and selected me to be their engagement photographer! Himmat + Sukhi also picked some of the best locations for their pictures! First up, three of the best photos from their session! One thing I love about being an engagement photographer in Chicago….shooting at night!

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The Chicago marquee is one of the best when it comes to photo locations!

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And everyone loves the Chicago skyline! The best view is from the Adler Planetarium!

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Location, location, location! So simple, but yet so stunning! Can you believe this gorgeous photo was taken in January? They lucked out with the best weather! It was inspiring + life giving to me as a photographer to shoot with the sun shining in 60 degrees!

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Kinzie Bridge Engagement Photo Location

Chicago has many steel bridges, but one of the best is on Kinzie Street!

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Night Time Chicago Engagement Pictures

We started their night time session at the Chicago Marquee!

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Loved Sukhi’s evening gown!

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One of the best photos of the night! The Chicago marquee is the perfect location for this picture! As a photographer, it’s such a thrilling experience capturing a photo like this!

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We finished the night at the Chicago riverwalk!

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This photo at night is sooooo romantic!

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Thanks Himmat + Sukhi for trusting me as your Chicago engagement photographer! We captured so many great pictures throughout the night- at some of the best locations in the city! Wishing you all the best on your wedding day!

with love,

Kenny

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Photographer’s Best Photos From Yesterday’s Drake Chicago Wedding

They went to prom together! They were together through college, and less than 24hrs ago, they were married! The Drake Hotel was the perfect place to get ready and for their wedding reception! I can’t wait to show more pictures from their wedding day, so for now, I just picked three of the best to share today! ***If you missed them, be sure to check out Susan + Joe’s Chicago Engagement Photos!***

State Street and the Chicago marquee sign are iconic and make for one of the best wedding backgrounds! Kudos to the bride and groom for braving the cold weather for this photo! Photographer’s feed of the energy of their subjects, and Susan + Joe (and their bridal party) were totally willing to do whatever for a photo!

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This was one of those unplanned wedding moments! As a wedding photographer, I’m always looking for those little details that makes all the difference – and in this case, I loved the church lamp casting the perfect amount of light on the bride and groom! The wind blowing her veil helps make this photo one of the day’s best!

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I would be remiss if I didn’t include a photo from the Drake Hotel! Here’s a cute picture taken in their historic Palm Court!

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That’s it for now! Check back soon to see more from their Chicago wedding!

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Cancun Destination Wedding Photographer at the Royalton Riviera Maya

I love Chicago, but I’m sorry, I will trade the cold winter days of January for the warm beaches of Cancun any day! So I was beyond excited to travel down to Cancun to be Nancy + Matt’s destination wedding photographer! The morning I left Chicago, there was icy rain hitting the roads…and when I landed, I was ready to put on my shorts and sunglasses! If you haven’t already seen them, be sure to check out Nancy + Matt’s Chicago Riverwalk Engagement Photos!

Be sure to scroll down to read more and see more photos from their epic Cancun destination wedding! As their destination wedding photographer, I wanted to give you a sense of place with this first wedding picture! You can see the palm trees and the beautiful Royalton Riviera Cancun beach!

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The Royalton Riviera Cancun has a cute little structure for wedding ceremonies – and it makes for a great spot for wedding photos! Photographer’s Tip: Be sure to notice leading lines and geometric shapes!

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It’s only fitting that I choose a photo from their first dance as one of my “Photographer’s Favs” – their first date was salsa dancing! And yes, they are having their reception on the beach!

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Destination Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Hotel: Royalton Riviera Cancun All Inclusive Luxury Resort
Destination Photographer: Nakai Photography
Hair: Ricardo Santiago Salon
Dress: BHLDN

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Love the robes and the cute glasses – go Team Bride!

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A stunning portrait of the bride!

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A picture of the custom cufflinks for the groom-

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A photo taken on the roof at the Royalton Riviera Cancun

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One thing I love about these two: They know how to laugh and have a good time! Those that know them know what I am talking about! And the perfectly blue-green ocean behind them is pretty amazing too!

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Royalton Riviera Cancun Wedding Ceremony Photos on the Sky Terrace

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This might be one of the best moments photographed all day! Great job officiating Kav!

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Ricardo changed up Nancy’s hair for the reception! Also made for a different look in her wedding photos!

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Wedding Reception Pictures on the Beach at the Royalton Riviera Cancun

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These two have some crazy dancing skills!

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Have to include a couple photos of my friends in attendance – We spent more time together at the buffet than at the beach! Sorry Kav, you were in a whole bunch of photos during the ceremony! =)

Nancy’s Concert Crew!


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Nancy + Matt: Thank you for having me as your photographer for your destination wedding! It was such a great time and we captured some amazing photos! If only we could just live there for a couple months each year!

with love,

Kenny

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