20+ Epic Chicago Riverwalk Proposal Photos!

Chicago Riverwalk Proposal Photos

It felt like Ian + Paula had the whole city to themselves. A few thunderstorms just before dinner kept a lot of folks from venturing out into the city. The rain changed their dinner plans and Paula was not expecting a proposal afterwards!

We worked with Ian on a few proposal ideas…and ultimately settled on this location along the Chicago Riverwalk!

Be sure to scroll down to see their proposal photos – this first picture is one of the last ones of their engagement session…it’s one of my favorites from the night!

If you were looking for a proposal, engagement, wedding or family photographer – be sure to contact us!

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When Ian walked her to the proposal spot…they talked a bit…and when she looked away for a brief moment…Ian was ready to get on one knee!

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At first she smiled =)

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And then the emotions and tears came out!

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One reason we picked this location is because of the color background for their Chicago Riverwalk proposal photos!

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After the proposal was done…we continued taking photos in the area- Chicago at night is pretty amazing!

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Had to include a couple bridge photos-

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We decided to take photos with the Chicago Theatre sign!

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Pretty epic photos!

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Congrats again you two! Your Chicago Riverwalk proposal photos were perfect! Thanks for having me there to capture it all!

with love,

your Chicago proposal photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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80+ Gorgeous Chicago Ritz Carlton Wedding Photos

Chicago Ritz Carlton Wedding Photos // Nicole + Andrew!

Nicole + Andrew could not wait to get on the dance floor with their friends and family! Be sure to scroll through all 80+ of their Chicago Ritz Carlton wedding photos to see their beautiful ceremony, photos on the rooftop, and epic dancing photos!

Shout out to Jan from Parties, Events, and More and the team at The Ritz Carlton for a flawless day!

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Ritz Carlton Chicago
Planner: Parties, Events, and More!
Florals + Decor: Life in Bloom
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Music: Time Chicago
Makeup: Cynde Cosmetics
Dresser: The Wedding Dresser

Up first are a few of our favorites from the day!

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Getting Ready at The Ritz Carlton

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Love these portraits-

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Everyone reacts a little different =)

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Chicago Ritz Carlton Wedding Photos in the Lobby

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The Ritz Carlton lobby is one of my favorites in the city!

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Before their ‘regular’ wedding ceremony, there were a few Jewish wedding traditions beforehand!

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Sometimes the light just hits just right…and as a photographer, you have to take a chance to get this beautiful photo!

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Beautiful decor by Life in Bloom

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Had to post a photo of these previous clients of ours!

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That would be Andrew on the ground! =)

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Not sure if we have ever posted three photos of a groom dancing at his wedding, but these there were just too good to pass up-

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Nicole changed into her evening party dress!

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One last photo to end their blog post – an epic moment on the rooftop!

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Congrats again you two! It was so wonderful to be with you all and to capture these moments for you! Thank you for having us!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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80+ Spectacular University Club of Chicago Wedding Photos

University Club of Chicago Wedding Photos

What a perfect day for Sara + Karson’s University Club of Chicago wedding! Be sure to scroll down to see all 80+ photos from their day! Beautiful pictures taken on the rooftop balcony, in the Art Institute South Garden, and with a few fireworks at night! Shout out to all my former Lincoln colleagues from back in the day who were in attendance as Sara is the daughter of one of my old team members! Congrats to you Carol! You were there when I started this business as a side hustle…and it was so wonderful to capture these for you all!

Wedding Details
Ceremony + Reception Venue: University Club of Chicago
Photographers: Nakai Photography

Up first: A few of our favorites!

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We started the day with some getting ready photos!

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Beautiful photos of Sara-

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The detail on the back of her dress!

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These photos on the rooftop balcony speak for themselves-

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Love how much these two smiled and laughed together…all day!

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University Club of Chicago wedding photos would not be complete with pictures on the staircase!

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Love how her grandmother is holding her arm as she walked by-

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We finished with a few photos on the rooftop – nothing beats the glow of our city at night!

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Timed the photos perfectly with the fireworks!

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Congrats again Sara + Karson! Hope these photos help you relive all the magic from your day!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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20+ Heartwarming Chicago Skyline Proposal Photos // North Avenue Beach

Chicago Skyline Proposal Photos

Krunal planned it out months in advance…he wanted an epic backdrop for his Chicago skyline proposal photos – with our help, he decided North Avenue Beach was the spot! We had the most amazing weather and everything was perfect!

If you were looking to propose and wanted help in planning and picking your location…be sure to contact us! We love working with our couples to help capture these special moments!

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After the proposal, we headed to the Riverwalk for a few photos at night! Be sure to scroll down to see more photos!

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Love this little impromptu celebratory dance!

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She was literally jumping up and down with joy!

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Chicago Riverwalk Proposal Photos at Night

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Congrats again you two! Thank you for having me as your Chicago proposal photographer!

with love,

Kenny Nakai

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100+ Fabulous Chicago Indian Wedding Photos at Marriott Mag Mile

Chicago Indian Wedding Photos // Renuka + Karthik

What an amazing wedding for Renuka + Karthik! So many special moments throughout their day – be sure to scroll through all 100+ photos to find them blowing beads at each other, Renuka’s singing and dancing, and her Bollywood dance crew from New York! In case you missed them, be sure to check out their Haldi + Chicago Sangeet Photos at Theater on the Lake!

Shout out to Elizabeth from the Marriott and Malvika from JD Eventz for helping coordinate all the moving parts and their multiple ceremonies…and to Paige + Devy from Yanni Design Studio for bringing all the beauty and gorgeousness to life!

Wedding Details
Venue: Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
Decor: Yanni Design Studio
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Planner: JD Eventz
Production: Dream House Productions
Hair + Makeup: Sonistyled

Up first are a few photographer’s favorites! Loved all of their rooftop Chicago Marriott Mag Mile wedding photos!

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They changed outfits for their evening reception and we took photos outside! The University of Chicago Gleacher center is where they spent a lot of time together as they met while attending Booth! This little spot next to the Gleacher Center had a great view of the John Hancock in the background!

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Simply stunning work by Mal from Kehoe Designs – the room decor made Renuka + Karthik’s Chicago Marriott Mag Mile wedding photos unforgettable!

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We started their Chicago Indian wedding photos with a few detail pictures!

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They started the morning with a little ceremony with the family-

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Her sisters were all smiles when they saw her!

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A portrait of Karthik on the Marriott Mag Mile rooftop

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Her Kalira ceremony –

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The room was all set for their ceremony!

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Let’s just say…there was A LOT of rice being thrown about!

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Notice how the beads collect in Karthik’s glasses! That’s gotta be worth something extra! =)

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This game was no joke- Somehow Karthik’s “blowing beads” game was at an all-pro level!

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Renuka’s competitive side coming out! =)

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She holds both rings in her hands!

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Renuka + Karthik started getting ready for their reception-

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They wanted to take photos where it all began!

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Love this photo – almost feels like they are walking between mountains!

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We walked over to the riverwalk for a few pictures!

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This room took everyone’s breath away- the photos almost don’t do it justice!

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The expected moments in their first dance-

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AND THEN THE UNEXPECTED MOMENTS in their first dance!

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