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Waldorf Astoria Chicago Wedding Photographer New Photos

It was an amazing New Years Eve wedding at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago Hotel for Theresa + Anthony’s wedding! The Waldorf Chicago is one of the best luxury hotels in Chicago with top of the line service and gorgeous interior decor! In case you missed it, be sure to check out Theresa + Anthony’s Chicago Engagement Photos as well!

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The Waldorf Astoria ballroom looked stunning with florals + decor by Vale of Enna

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Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Waldorf Astoria Chicago Hotel
Planner + Coordinator: Alicia from Clementine Custom Events
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Florals + Decor: Vale of Enna
Gown: Inbal Dror from Dimitra’s Bridal Couture
Music: Okyne Media Lab
Cake: Bittersweet Pastry

Theresa has a discerning eye for details – her Christian Louboutin shoes and Chanel purse are no exception! Photographer’s Tip: Take the time to properly photograph the wedding details – pays off in the end!

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A photo of her die-cut letterpress invitation suite

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One last sip of mimosas before she puts on her wedding gown!

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Getting ready pictures!

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chicago waldorf wedding pictures getting ready bride

An unreal bouquet by Vale of Enna

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My associate photographer, Tom, was elsewhere in the Waldorf with Anthony + his groomsmen

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chicago waldorf wedding photos getting ready groom

A few photos of the groom before heading down for their first look!

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This portrait is spot on-

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chicago waldorf wedding photos getting ready groom

Wedding Photos at the Waldorf Chicago

The Waldorf Astoria Chicago lobby makes for the perfect backdrop for their wedding pictures! I also love how the Christmas tree gives this lobby a sense of time and place. After all, it’s a New Years Eve wedding!

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chicago waldorf wedding photos bride groom lobby

chicago waldorf wedding photographer bride groom lobby

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chicago waldorf wedding photographer bride groom lobby

This was one of my favorites from the day. Photographer’s Tip: step back and ‘see your surroundings’

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chicago waldorf wedding photos bride groom lobby

chicago waldorf wedding photographer bride groom

chicago waldorf wedding photos bride groom lobby

We stepped outside to brave the cold for a few photos in the Waldorf driveway!

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Soooo romantic!

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Waldorf Chicago Wedding Ceremony Pictures

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chicago waldorf wedding photo details

Simply gorgeous ceremony setup at the Waldorf! Great job Vale of Enna!

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Tears were shed in the background! Theresa had no idea how her bridesmaids were reacting to their wedding ceremony. As a wedding photographer, I love capturing these moments that the bride and groom never ‘saw’ on their wedding day!

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chicago waldorf wedding ceremony photographer

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New Years Eve Wedding Reception Pictures

This sugar flower by Bittersweet pastry was unreal!

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chicago waldorf wedding photo details

chicago waldorf wedding picture details

Signature cocktails for New Years Eve!

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First dance photos! Photographer’s Tip: Stepping off the dance floor is a bold move, but you are sometimes rewarded with an amazing picture!

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chicago waldorf wedding reception picture

chicago waldorf wedding reception picture

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Everything is ready for the countdown to a New Year!

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5…4…3…2…1!!!

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Happy New Year!

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What a way to ring in the New Year! With all your friends and family! This is my fourth New Year’s Eve wedding in a row – and they are the best!

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The after party is all set up at the Waldorf

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Get the fog machine going!

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One last photo to end the night – That’s the bride and groom on the balcony above Waldorf Astoria sign!

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Congrats again to Theresa + Anthony! You guys threw one phenomenal New Years Eve wedding party! Can’t wait to share the rest of the photos with you all!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny

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Waldorf Astoria Chicago Wedding Photographer Teaser NYE Photos

Happy New Year everyone! We rang in the New Year with Theresa + Anthony at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago! This is my fourth consecutive NYE wedding shooting at a 5-Star luxury hotel and the Waldorf Astoria was second to none! As a wedding photographer, I love the energy and the countdown to midnight on NYE!

Shout out to Alicia from Clementine Custom Events for pulling together a great team of wedding vendors! Vale of Enna provided the florals + decor, Okyne Media Labs keeping the dance floor full and we captured it all!

This wedding blog post is just a teaser – only three photos! More to come, be sure to check back here in the coming weeks! First up, a picture incorporating the luxurious Waldorf Chicago interior design! I’m a wedding photographer that has a thing for staircases! So romantic! Theresa looked amazing in her Inbal Dror wedding gown!

UPDATE: to see the full set of their wedding photos: Check out Theresa + Anthony’s Waldorf Astoria New Years Eve Wedding Photos!

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The Waldorf Astoria Chicago Ballroom decorated by Vale of Enna – So amazing! Love this photo by my associate photographer Tom!
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This wedding teaser blog post would not be complete without a NYE countdown photo!
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Congrats again Theresa + Anthony! It was the most perfect day for you both! Thank you for having us as your wedding photographers, we truly enjoyed spending NYE with you and your friends + family!

UPDATE: to see the full set of their wedding photos: Check out Theresa + Anthony’s Waldorf Astoria New Years Eve Wedding Photos!

with love,

Kenny

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Winter Chicago Engagement Photos – Riverwalk – Chicago Marquee

Though the snow hadn’t started falling, it was a cold Chicago winter day for Tejas + Trishna’s engagement session! Since neither of them live here in Chicago, I did my best to incorporate various ‘Chicago’ icons without being cliche!

First up – the Chicago Marquee! Though the sign does look more amazing at night if you are in the area!
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Another thing Chicago is known for: the ‘EL’ tracks! Chicago is one of the few cities with an elevated train track running through it’s city! Photographer’s Tip: Sometimes a photo that looks like ‘real life’ works best! I also love how the train tracks have leading lines right to Trishna!

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These large steel bridges and the Marina Towers in the background on the left side are also Chicago icons!

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As a Chicago engagement photographer, I also have command of the wind…so it blows Trishna’s hair just perfectly!

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Our beloved riverwalk with the Wrigley Building in the background! Can you believe there are still leaves on the trees during their winter session?

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Her red coat is the perfect pop of color during this winter session!

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winter chicago engagement session photo river walk

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Thanks for taking the time to walk through our cold winter Chicago weather for your engagement photos! Wish I could be there on your wedding day…I’m sure it will be amazing!

with love,

your Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny

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Chicago Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Wedding Photography Slideshow

When you watch Ellen + Barry’s slideshow I hope you feel a little bit of the emotions shared on their wedding day! From the tears under the Chuppah to the energy on the dance floor (hello confetti toss!?!?), Ellen + Barry had the most amazing day at the Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago Hotel!

Be sure to check out Ellen + Barry’s Lincoln Park Engagement Blog Post and their Radisson Blu Aqua Wedding Photos Blog Post!

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

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Chicago Engagement Photos – Michigan Avenue – Kinzie Street Bridge – North Avenue – Riverwalk

Though the weather turned a little chilly these past few weeks, that didn’t stop Kim + Samer from getting their epic Chicago engagement photos taken! To start…one of my favorites from the day: A picture on Michigan Avenue at night! The iconic Water Tower on the left and the John Hancock on the right!

michigan ave engagement photographer night timeWe started their session on the Chicago Riverwalk with their dog!
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Some classic Chicago architecture along the riverwalk. Photographer’s Tip: You can find sun flare off of reflections too!

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A cute moment during their session! A sense of time and season included in the photo with the leaves turning colors!

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Kinzie Street Bridge Engagement Photography Location

The Kinzie St Bridge is a favorite amongst Chicago wedding + engagement photographers. Clients love the view and all the steel beams! Not to mention that I’m a photographer who loves sun flare!

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Getting a little creative with this Kinzie Bridge engagement photo-

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Photographer’s Tip: Incorporate a personal touch to an engagement photo. This is where Kim + Samer have walked their dog in the past!

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One more picture with the view from the Kinzie Street Bridge!

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North Avenue Beach Engagement Photos

This is possibly one of my most popular spots…but as a photographer…I never tire of taking this picture! The view from North Avenue Beach is stunning!

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Engagement Photos on Michigan Avenue at Night!

Michigan Avenue is so festive this time of year with all the holiday lights! It makes for the most romantic Chicago engagement photos!

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Night Time Engagement Photos on the Riverwalk

We started and ended their engagement photos along the Riverwalk! The Riverwalk looks so different at night!

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Beautiful views of the Wrigley building and the River- classic Chicago without being cliche!

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Thanks Kim + Samer for braving the elements for your engagement photos! We hit up a bunch of locations and you came away with a ton of amazing photos! I can’t wait til your wedding next year!

with love,

Kenny

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