Lily + Han’s LondonHouse Chicago Wedding Teaser Pictures!

LondonHouse Wedding Teaser Pictures

Lily + Hans are probably just getting back to their Presidential Suite after dancing the night away at their LondonHouse Chicago Hotel wedding reception! I wanted to make sure they had a few wedding teaser photos to share at their brunch tomorrow morning!

There is so much more to say about their wedding, so be sure come back in a couple weeks to see more photos from their special day! Shout out to the bridal party for enduring the photo session on this warm and humid Chicago spring day!

Breanna from Shannon Gail Wedding & Events did a great job coordinating and planning, Steve from the LondonHouse made sure everything went along smoothly, and Vale of Enna did a wonderful job with the florals and decor!

We ended their wedding day with a photo along the Chicago Riverwalk…just across the street from the LondonHouse! Photographer’s Tip: Include iconic architecture without being cliche! Those who live in Chicago know that the clock tower in the background is the Wrigley Building!
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The LondonHouse has a rooftop area for brides and grooms to take photos with the Chicago skyline in the background!

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One of my favorite aspects of the LondonHouse is their interior decor. They marry vintage and modern luxury in the most perfect way! Look at the detail in the ceiling and that chandelier! I also love the palm leaves peeking in on the sides!

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One last photo of the LondonHouse ballroom. It has a view of the Chicago River as you can see the Marina Towers through the windows!

Chicago LondonHouse wedding reception picture Congrats again Lily + Hans! It’s been 8 years in the making…but it was worth it! Thanks for wanting to take photos as much as I enjoy taking them! Can’t wait to share more!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Lorena + John’s Langham + Holy Name Cathedral Wedding Photos!

Langham Chicago + Holy Name Cathedral Wedding Pictures

John + Lorena met while serving alongside one another at Chicago Catholic Charities on a Friday night.  Their common interest in serving and giving would be the foundation of their relationship! They were married at the one of the most beautiful churches in Chicago…Holy Name Cathedral! Afterwards, they celebrated at The Langham Chicago Hotel!

Shout out to Allison from The Langham Chicago and Akeshi from Kesh Events for pulling together a great team of wedding vendors! Vale of Enna created these beautiful centerpieces and the Larry King Orchestra kept the dance floor full!

Here’s one of my favorites photos of the bride and groom in front of the Wrigley Building!

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The Devonshire Ballroom at The Langham Chicago decorated by Vale of Enna

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The lobby in the Langham has the most beautiful ‘pebbles’ hanging from their ceiling!

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Wedding Details
Getting Ready + Reception Venue: The Langham Chicago Hotel
Ceremony Venue: Holy Name Cathedral
Planner/Coordinator: Akeshi from Kesh Events
Florals + Decor: Vale of Enna
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Band: Larry King Orchestra
Gown: Galia Lahav from Bella Bianca Bridal Couture
Tuxedo: Zegna
Shoes: Prada
Calligraphy: Calligraphy by CT
Stationary: Parchement by Dami
Hair: Jazzed Up Hair Stylez

Getting Ready Photos at The Langham Chicago

The getting ready suite at The Langham overlooks the Chicago River.

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Her blue Prada shoes!

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Simply stunning in her wedding gown!

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We had to take a few photos of her in the Langham lobby!

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Love these fine art portraits of her! Almost out of a wedding fashion magazine!

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John wore these cufflinks in memory of his younger brother – the elephants made an appearance as a wedding favor as well!

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Holy Name Cathedral Wedding Photos

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One of the most magnificent churches in Chicago!

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Wrigley Building Wedding Photos

After the wedding ceremony, we headed to the Wrigley Building on Michigan Avenue to take these photos! Photographer’s Tip: Including a sense of place! The river and bridges in the background help place this wedding photo in Chicago!

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Showing off her Prada shoes! =)

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The Langham Chicago Wedding Reception Pictures

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Their gold logo on the white dance floor looked amazing!
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We had to finish the night with a couple more photos!

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Thank you Lorena + John for having me as your wedding photographer! It was an amazing wedding surrounded by so many wonderful people!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Val + Kenny’s Langham Chicago Wedding Teasers!

Wedding Photography Teaser Photos at The Langham Chicago

It’s 1am on Monday morning – it’s the middle of the night, but I couldn’t wait to share a few teaser photos from today’s luxury wedding at the Langham Chicago Hotel! There is so much to share…but I will save the stories for their full wedding blog post…check back in a couple weeks to see more!

This might be the first wedding I’ve photographed where Portuguese and Mandarin were spoken for the guests to understand! Only in Chicago! A shout out to the Langham Chicago staff for another flawless wedding (Davina + Allison!), Brittany from Revel Decor for the gorgeous pieces and Lauren from LOLA Event Productions for coordinating!

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Langham Chicago Luxury Hotel
Decor + Florals: Revel Decor
Planner/Coordinator: Lauren from LOLA Event Productions
Photographer: Nakai Photography

Love this photo of the bride and groom leaving the Langham Pink Taxi!

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Jaw dropping details on the back of Val’s wedding dress! The Langham Chicago is centrally located along the Chicago River and boasts a phenomenal view!

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Photographer’s Tip: It’s all about the reflections. =)

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One last photo of the wedding ceremony room florals. Revel Decor did a phenomenal job with the pieces and the flower wall up on the stage!

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Val + Kenny: Thank you for having me as your wedding photographer! If only we could do it again tomorrow! =) Enjoy spending time with all your out of town family and friends! I can’t wait to share more pictures!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Samantha + Jason’s LondonHouse Wedding Photos!

LondonHouse Chicago Hotel Wedding Photography Slideshow 

It’s almost their 1 month anniversary! Congratulations again Samantha + Jason! Welcome home from your honeymoon and I hope you guys are enjoying life post-wedding!

I also appreciated Samantha’s unsolicited 5-Star review for us on Facebook! Thank you!

Nakai Photography did a fantastic job at our wedding. Kenny was so professional, kind and efficient. We are so thankful you were our photographer, Thank you Kenny!

There were so many epic wedding photos taken on the rooftop of the LondonHouse Chicago Hotel, LaSalle Street, Chicago bridges and the river! Be sure to have a good internet connection…this slideshow was made in 4k resolution! If you wanted to read more about their wedding, you can visit their LondonHouse Chicago Wedding Photography Blog Post!

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Emma + Selwyn’s Wedding Preview Pictures!

Emma + Selwyn’s Wedding Preview Pictures // Loews Chicago Hotel

It’s 1am on a Memorial Day and I wanted to share these four preview photos from Emma + Selwyn’s Loews Chicago Hotel wedding! Shout out to Marcy Glink and the Great Events, Inc team for coordinating all the logistics! Kehoe Designs created the beautiful decor for their ceremony + reception!

The bride and groom wanted to take photos at various locations throughout Chicago…so we made sure to stop on State Street to include the Chicago Theatre Sign! As a Chicago wedding photographer, I’ve taken a few photos at this location, but I have never seen the spots of reflected sunlight on the street and buildings! Those pockets of light help bring a little more drama to their wedding picture!

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If you were looking for the most popular photo location in Chicago, you would start with the Adler Planetarium because of the incredible view of the Chicago skyline!

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One of my favorite spots at the Loews Chicago is their 3rd floor rooftop patio! For those that don’t know, that is the Tribune Tower in the background.

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Love the decor by Kehoe Designs – and I also love the perfect symmetry coordinated between the floral pieces and the Loews Chicago chandeliers!

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Congrats again Emma + Selwyn! Thanks for picking some of Chicago’s best locations for your wedding photos and being willing to endure the hot weather for your pictures! Can’t wait to share more in a couple weeks! =)

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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