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Chicago Engagement Photography – St Ignatius – Riverwalk

Margaret + Tobi met at St Ignatius, a gorgeous school in Chicago! It was only fitting that they returned for a few engagement photos!

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If you are like me, you’ve never stepped foot on the St Ignatius campus and have no idea how beautiful it is! One of my favorite job perks as a Chicago engagement photographer: seeing different parts of the city!

chicago engagement photographer st ignatius

chicago engagement photography st ignatius

chicago engagement photo st ignatius

chicago engagement photography st ignatius

A gorgeous view of the Willis Tower from the St Ignatius field!

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I’m a photographer that loves sun flare- and we were able to incorporate it into this photo!

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We headed down to the Chicago Riverwalk for a few photos along the Chicago River!

chicago engagement photography riverwalk

The River walk is relatively new to Chicago – and I love how romantic it can be!

chicago engagement photos riverwalk

chicago engagement photos riverwalk

Nothing says Chicago like our steel bridges!

chicago engagement photos river walk

Congrats again Margaret + Tobi! I can’t wait til your wedding next summer!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer

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Chicago Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos

Lisa + Jon’s wedding ceremony + reception pictures taken at the iconic Adler Planetarium Museum! One of the best views of our Chicago skyline! To see their getting ready photos, be sure to check out:

Lisa + Jon Getting Ready Pictures at LondonHouse Chicago


Wedding Details:
Getting Ready Venue: London House Chicago
Wedding Ceremony + Reception Venue: Adler Planetarium
Planner: Liven It Up Events
Catering: Food For Thought Chicago
Decor: Revel Decor
Photographer: Nakai Photography
2nd Photographer: Tom Yan
Officiant: Anita Weds

Up First: Photographer’s Favs! The Adler has a great view of the fireworks at Navy Pier!

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Love this photo of the bridal party at the Adler Museum, showing the classic and modern architecture!

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Definitely had to share a photo with the Chicago skyline!

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Another bridal party on the Adler Planetarium steps

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chicago wedding adler planetarium photos

After the museum closed, we took a few quick photos inside the Adler!

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adler planetarium wedding photos
Wedding Ceremony Photos at the Adler

Photographer Tip: Framing your subjects helps create a sense of distance, intrigue and creativity!

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My 2nd Photographer Tom shot this fabulous photos of the Bride and groom walking down the aisle with the Chicago skyline in the background! THIS is why you get married at the Adler Planetarium!

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For those that don’t know, the ceremony takes place right in front of the Adler

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adler planetarium wedding ceremony photography

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Food For Thought created this specialty drink for their wedding!

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Escort Card table by Revel Decor – Photographer’s Tip: Including a sense of place when possible! Here I was able to incorporate the Willis Tower into the background!

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Love the centerpieces, the ghost acrylic chairs and the luxurious linens!

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adler planetarium wedding reception pictures revel decor

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Lisa changed into a traditional Chinese dress for the reception!

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adler planetarium wedding reception pictures

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Incorporating the ceiling decor into their first cake cutting!

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adler planetarium wedding reception photo revel decor

adler planetarium wedding reception pictures revel decor

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Lisa + Jon! Thank you for having me as your wedding photographer! I am so thankful to have amazing clients like yourselves! I love how you value your wedding photography and were willing to do whatever for epic photo after epic photo! #youcompleteyee #happilyeversmardzich

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Wedding Day Getting Ready Photos at Chicago LondonHouse

Just over a week ago Lisa + Jon were married! They booked me over a year ago to be their wedding photographer, and I was thrilled to hear they were getting ready at Chicago’s hottest new luxury hotel: LondonHouse! When they visited the Presidential Suite at the London House, they were wearing construction hardhats! I think you’ll quickly see why the bride and groom choose this gorgeous hotel for their wedding day preparations! Shout out to Liven It Up Events for planning and coordinating another great wedding – love working with you guys!


Getting Ready Venue: London House Chicago
Photo Locations: Chicago River + Field Museum
Planner: Liven It Up Events
Decor: Revel Decor
Photographer: Nakai Photography
2nd Photographer: Tom Yan
Wedding Dress: Anne Barge
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo Collection
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

***See Lisa + Jon’s Wedding Ceremony + Reception Photos at the Adler HERE***

One of my favorite wedding day photos taken on the LondonHouse rooftop! As a Chicago wedding photographer, I’m always looking for the next best wedding day photo. I’ll have to say, these pictures on the rooftop (scroll down for more) simply take my breath away!

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The view from the rooftop of LondonHouse Chicago = Unreal. Love her Anne Barge wedding gown and the perfect bouquet by Revel Decor!

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They held their rehearsal dinner in one of London House’s private meeting rooms…equipped with a private balcony! Love this view of the Chicago River at sunset!

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For those that want to know what the view looks like from the Presidential Suite in London House Chicago- here it is! There aren’t many views better than this! Michigan Avenue, the Chicago River, the Wrigley Building, + Tribune Tower!

 

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Anne Barge wedding gown photo

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london house getting ready wedding picture

Maid of honor in her Jenny Yoo bridesmaid dress helping with the final touches.

 

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Mom gave a surprise gift that Lisa wore during the reception!

london house getting ready wedding photo

londonhouse getting ready wedding photo

Lisa looks stunning!

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londonhouse wedding photography chicago bride

London House has the most amazing interior decorations!

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Jon was elsewhere in London House getting ready. Photos by my 2nd photographer, Tom

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getting ready londonhouse wedding photo

getting ready london house wedding picture

I don’t always share first look photos…but when there are tears involved…I just can’t resist-

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My favorite photo on the London House rooftop-

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Chicago Riverwalk Wedding Pictures

We headed downstairs to take photos along the Chicago Riverwalk! I love how this photo incorporates the Chicago architecture!

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A fun groomsmen photo!

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Field Museum Wedding Photos

We made a quick stop at the Field Museum for some photos!

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As a wedding photographer, I love incorporating negative space in my imagery! So beautiful – almost out of a magazine!

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Love the shadow cutting across the image – the strong repeating patterns of the columns juxtaposed with the couple-

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#youcompleteyee #happilyeversmardzich

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Creative Chicago Headshot Photos

Though I may not showcase my headshot photography, I do take plenty of headshots for all types of professions and needs! I taken headshots for doctors, business executives, accountants, photographers, wedding industry personnel, and hair stylists!

Custom Hair Lounge is where I have been going to get my haircut for the past five years! They always send me on my way looking great! We first met while working a wedding together six years ago…right when I was looking for a new hair stylist!

I wanted something different for their headshots…not just your normal run of the mill photos. I knew that the folks at CHL would welcome a more creative approach to their photos! So I tried to give them each a different look for their individual headshot!

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If you were needing a headshot photographer for your company, team or organization, be sure to contact me! We can shoot traditional or be a little more creative! We can shoot here in studio or on-location!

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Chicago London House + Adler Planetarium Wedding Photos

Lisa + Jon’s wedding teaser’s hot off the press! There are sooo many amazing photos to share – it was hard to narrow it down to three!

Getting Ready Venue: London House Chicago
Wedding Ceremony + Reception Venue: Adler Planetarium
Planner: Liven It Up Events
Catering: Food For Thought Chicago
Decor: Revel Decor
Photographer: Nakai Photography

This was one of the best photos of the day! London House Chicago has the most amazing rooftop EVER! The view is unparalleled!

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I think Lisa + Jon have a thing for great views of our city. Their wedding ceremony was held at the Adler Planetarium – one of the best views of our Chicago Skyline! If you follow this wedding blog, you know that I am a photographer who loves great views of our city!
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A great team of wedding vendors made this Adler Planetarium reception unreal!

adler planetarium wedding photos photographer reception

That’s it for now! Be sure to check back soon for more photos! #youcompleteyee #happilyeversmardzich

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