Engagement Photos at Chicago Millennium Park + Riverwalk at Night

After capturing some epic sunrise photos at the Adler Planetarium (if you haven’t seen them, you HAVE to check out their Chicago Sunrise Engagement Photos) we continued Jason + Chase’s engagement session at Millennium Park!

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We closed out the day with more photos night along the Riverwalk! While I have photographed three same sex marriages, this is my first same sex engagement session!

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Though I’ve been a Chicago engagement photographer for 10 years, this was the earliest I had ever taken photos in Millennium Park! The huge benefit: there were only a few people around!

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Though not as iconic as The Bean, this engagement picture definitely says ‘Millennium Park’ for the locals!

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Night Time Engagement Photos in Chicago

We started their night time session with this picture down LaSalle Street. We waited for the CTA train to cross! Another ‘Chicago’ photo without being cliche!

Love the look and vibe of this picture in black and white!

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Photographer’s tip: Look for symmetry when you can find it! It makes for a powerful image!

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Love our bridges here in Chicago…such a romantic photo!

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An engagement session at night brings out a totally different vibe than a day session!

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The riverwalk is the perfect spot for engagement photos at night!

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Thanks Chase + Jason for taking the time for an epic engagement session around Chicago! You guys were so great, I can’t wait till your wedding!

with love,

your Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Chicago Langham Hotel Wedding Teaser Pictures

Sharon + Brian had their wedding reception at the gorgeous Langham Hotel Chicago today! There are so many wonderful moments to share from the day, but I wanted to quickly post these teaser photos to enjoy the morning after their wedding! In case you missed it, be sure to check out their Chicago Engagement Photos, with pictures along the Riverwalk, Millennium Park, and Buckingham Fountain! Shout out to Carrie and her team from Birch Design Studio who were there at 6am to make sure the day went along flawlessly!

One of my favorite pictures was taken at the Adler Planetarium to capture the Chicago skyline in the background!

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Wedding Details
Getting Ready: The Langham Hotel Chicago
Ceremony Venue: Holy Family Catholic Church
Reception Venue: The Langham Hotel Chicago
Planner: Birch Design Studio
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
Dress: Dimitras Bridal Couture
Music: Okyne Media Lab

We had to take a photo in front of the Langham marquee with their iconic pink taxi!
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Love the strong lines of the architecture and interior design juxtaposed with their soft embrace-

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Last teaser pictures…a room shot of the spacious Langham ballroom!

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Thank you Sharon + Brian for having me as your wedding photographer! There are so many more amazing photos to share, but I hope these teaser photos will bring a smile to your face the morning after your wedding!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Chicago Loft Wedding Photos at Savage Smyth

Savage Smyth is one of Chicago’s newest rooftop venues and it boasts a gorgeous view of the Chicago skyline! They can host all kinds of events, including weddings. In fact, this was only the third wedding at Savage Smyth! So as a wedding photographer, I feel it is my contribution to the Chicago wedding industry to put these wedding photos out there for future brides and grooms! Shout out to Alicia from Clementine Custom Events for pulling together all these moving parts! Loft weddings are great, but they take a ton of coordination. Be sure to hire a professional wedding planner!

Chicago Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Savage Smyth
Planner + Coordinator: Alicia from Clementine Custom Weddings + Events
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Associate Photographer: Tom
Florals + Decor: Flower Firm
Catering: Food For Thought
Lighting: Elegant Event Lighting
Band: Matt Stedman Band
Bride’s Dress: Dimitras Bridal Couture
Furniture Rental: Chicago Vintage Weddings

A photo of the bride and groom with the perfect decor accents inside Savage Smyth
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Definitely had to take a photo on the rooftop with the skyline in the background! As a wedding photographer, I have photographed the Chicago skyline from so many different perspectives…and I will say, this view is unique to Savage Smyth!

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A photo of their loft space set up for the reception.
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Some of the best photos from their day came at the end of the night…on the rooftop! Sparklers with the Chicago skyline in the background! Be sure to scroll down to then end of the blog post to see more sparkler photos!

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Savage Smyth Getting Ready Pictures

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LOVE these next couple portraits of the bride! Every little detail looks amazing!

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A fantastic grooms portrait by my associate photographer, Tom

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Chicago Rooftop Wedding Photos

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The sun came out just before the bride walked down the aisle!

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What a epic place to get married! There are so few rooftop spaces in Chicago that could host a wedding…Savage Smyth is one of them!

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As guests entered Savage Smyth from below…they were greeted by a red carpet and decor by Flower Firm!

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Chicago Loft Wedding Reception Photos at Savage Smyth

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I love the skylights that add just the perfect amount of light into the loft space!

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L & K put so much thought into each space…it was a wedding photographer’s dream!

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It’s always great when clients order professional prints from their engagement session to display at the wedding!

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What an amazing first dance picture! The hanging lights, the skylight, the pillars of the loft and the perfect couple framed by the floral pieces surrounding their sweetheart table!

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She surprised him with a groom’s cake!

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Freshly made donuts…mmmmmmm

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Rooftop Wedding Sparkler Exit

We ended the night on the rooftop with sparklers! One benefit of having two photographers at your wedding, two vantage points of the same moment! We tried to coordinate everyone in the shape of a heart!

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Thanks L & K for having me as your wedding photographer! It turned out to be the perfect day for you guys! Great find in Savage Smyth…I had never even heard of it until you contacted me! Congrats again!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny

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Chicago Lincoln Park Engagement Photos 

Dani + Dan had their engagement photos taken in Lincoln Park with gorgeous views of the Chicago skyline! As a photographer, I never tire of Lincoln Park and the variety of photos that can be taken there! We started their session at the iconic ‘honeycomb’!

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Photographer’s Tip: Using repeating patterns in your pictures! Love the strong lines juxtaposed with their warm smiles and soft embrace!

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Lincoln Park offers such wonderful green space in Chicago!

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Love Dan’s heel click and I made sure to include the Chicago skyline in the background!

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One of the best photos from the day! Love their embrace in front of the Chicago skyline. Taken on the Lincoln Park bridge!

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Thanks Dani + Dan for a wonderful engagement session in Lincoln Park! I can wait until your wedding next January! Hope you enjoy looking through all the photos!

with love,

your Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny

 

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Sunrise Engagement Photos at the Adler Planetarium

It’s hard to believe that after ten years as a Chicago engagement photographer, these were my first sunrise engagement photos! Is there a better place to catch a Chicago sunrise than at the Adler Planetarium? It is a truly magical experience to watch the sunrise over the horizon!  Chase + Jason were so great to work with in capturing these epic Chicago sunrise pictures! Be sure to check back soon to see more photos from their session at Millennium Park and the Chicago Riverwalk!

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As a photographer, I have a thing for sunrises and sunsets. Whenever I travel I make it a point to enjoy them whenever I can! The window for the perfect moment is so small when taking photos of sunrises and these two were down for anything and everything to maximize their sunrise!

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This was one of the first photos we took together, a pre-sunrise moment with the Chicago skyline in the background!

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Each sunrise photo has a different feel…a different vibe! As a photographer, it’s hard to pick the best ones!

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This next picture looks like something out of a fashion magazine-

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We ended their Chicago sunrise session with a couple more photos with the skyline!

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Thanks Chase + Jason for being so energetic for your engagement pictures! It really shows in these photos! Can’t wait till your wedding this fall!

with love,

your Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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