20 Stunning Chicago Riverwalk Proposal Photos

Chicago Riverwalk Proposal Photos

I still remember where I was standing when Michael called and we first started talking about his upcoming proposal. He shared ideas…I shared ideas…we landed on this location for their Chicago Riverwalk proposal photos! Though I helped plan it all…it was up to Michael to execute said plan.

He was smooth, a little nervous…and when it was all said and done…she was shocked! Be sure to scroll through this blog post to see all 20 of our favorites from their Chicago Riverwalk proposal photos!

***IF you are planning a Chicago proposal…contact us to help capture your special moment in a beautiful, creative, and timeless manner!***

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Love her smile as she soaks in the moment-

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The shock when she sees the gorgeous ring

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The elation and emotional release!

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And one of my favorite moments…the emotions and reality come together…and the tears start flowing-

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First kiss with a new rock on her hand-

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Love that they took a moment to sit down and soak it all in. I took advantage and ran up some steps to get a different vantage point.

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Cheering along with the folks watching from the bridge above-

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Loved this moment…how she put her finger on his chin-

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There was one more surprise up his sleeve- dinner with the family!

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One more photo for good measure-

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Congrats again you two! Thank you for having me there to capture this special day!

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80+ Stunning Chicago Venue West Wedding Photos // Venue West

Stunning Chicago Venue West Wedding Photos

Terri + Jacob care so much about their family and friends…it’s no surprise that they put a lot of effort and thought into the relational aspects of their wedding! (and no surprise they had a large wedding party!) Their multicultural wedding featured a Chinese Tea Ceremony + a Jewish ceremony. Terri was hoisted up on a chair during their Hora wearing a red Chinese wedding gown!

Be sure to scroll through this whole blog post to see all 80+ of our favorite photos from their day. If you haven’t seen their fall engagement photos check out Terri + Jacob’s Fall Chicago Engagement Blog Post!

Wedding Details:
Getting Ready: Chicago Renaissance Downtown Hotel
Reception + Ceremony: Venue West
Photographers: NAKAI Photography
Planner/Coordinator: Pauline from The Simply Elegant Group
Florals/Decor: Flowers for Dreams
Hair: Gilded Lily
MUA: Windy City Glam
Catering: J&L Catering
DJ: Style Matters

They wanted to have the Chicago skyline in their pictures, so stopped by Ping Tom Park in Chinatown for a unique view of our city. Love the moment and love their expression!

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Nothing says Chicago like our Riverwalk and bridges

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Since their wedding was in the West Loop, we made sure to take photos underneath the train tracks.

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Chicago Renaissance Wedding Photos // Getting Ready

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All the love for the bride on her wedding day!

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A special moment with her sister and mom-

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These doors made for the perfect reveal photo!

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A striking portrait of Terri – could be a magazine advertisement for the gown!

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The groom’s intricate cufflinks-

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A fun moment with his brothers-

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Shout out to TJ + Ben who somehow managed to be in BOTH sets of getting ready photos – how’d they do that?

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Chicago Riverwalk Wedding Photos

We were able to walk across the street from the Renaissance to have their first look in a quiet spot along the Riverwalk.

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This could be the cover to their book-

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There was a moment that made Jacob laugh so hard…while Terri was trying to explain the situation to me. I love the moment =)

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Chinatown Chicago Ping Tom Park Wedding Photos

One of Chicago’s hidden gems: Ping Tom Park

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Chicago Lake St Wedding Photos

These train tracks were featured throughout the Christopher Nolan Batman movies

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Chicago Venue West Wedding Photos

Then it was time to start their Chicago Venue West wedding photos! Their multicultural celebration started with the Ketubah signing.

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A tea ceremony to honor their parents

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The night could not be complete without the Hora!

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Congrats again Terri + Jacob! Thank you for having me capture all your Chicago Venue West wedding photos! Everything was amazing and we can’t wait to share all the photos!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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80+ Captivating Chicago LondonHouse Wedding Photos

Chicago LondonHouse Wedding Photos

Angela + John both love photos. I love taking photos. We had the most perfect weather taking photos on the rooftop of the LondonHouse, in front of the Wrigley Building, and along the riverwalk! Be sure to scroll down to see all 80+ photos in their blog post!

Shout out to Steve from the LondonHouse – it’s always wonderful to work together! Also to Nicole + Niela from Urban Allure Events for the attention to detail!

In case you missed their UNREAL Buckingham Fountain Chicago Engagement Photos…be sure to check them out!

Wedding Details:
Venue: Chicago LondonHouse Hotel
Planner/Coordinator: Urban Allure Events
Photographers: NAKAI Photography
Florals/Decor: Anthony Gowder Designs
Hair/MUA: Windy City Glam
Cake: Bittersweet Pastry Shop
DJ: Okyne Media Lab

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Their Chicago LondonHouse wedding photos would not be complete without this shot of the two of them in the cupola!

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Getting Ready at the LondonHouse Chicago

An amazing view of Chicago awaits you at the LondonHouse-

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The squad was ready to go!

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They were so excited for this moment!

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Elsewhere the groom and groomsmen were getting ready – loved the custom shirt to honor The Fab 5

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Custom gift boxes for the guys

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First Look in the LondonHouse Rooftop Cupola

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The LondonHouse Cupola boasts one of the best spots to take photos in the whole city!

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It wouldn’t be Chicago LondonHouse wedding photos without a photo with the Chicago River in the background!

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Took a walk down Michigan Avenue to take photos in front of the Wrigley Building

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Love the juxtaposition of the buildings vs the bridesmaids

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Headed to LaSalle St to take a few Gotham style photos!

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Finished their portrait session along the Chicago Riverwalk!

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Chicago LondonHouse Wedding Photos // Ceremony in the Ballroom

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Their kiss in front of the beautiful Anthony Gowder Designs florals!

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A flawless first dance!

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It was an epic day Angela + John! We got it all – so happy for you both and thankful to have been your wedding photographer! Can’t wait to share the full set with you both!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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12+ Stunning Chicago Honeycomb Engagement Photos + North Ave Pier

Chicago Honeycomb Engagement Photos + Skyline Pics at North Ave Pier

Brooke + Theo ended their engagement session in the most iconic way (HINT: they got in the water)…be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to check it out! Up first is one their best shots with the Chicago skyline in the background!

If you were looking for an engagement, proposal, wedding, or family photographer, be sure to send us a message!

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We started their session in Lincoln Park – where you can see the skyline in the background!

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Took advantage of the beautiful afternoon for a few Chicago honeycomb engagement photos

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Got a little creative with their Chicago honeycomb engagement photos

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Took a little walk for their North Ave pier engagement photos-

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The view from North Ave beach is stunning! They had the most perfect dip to compliment the skyline!

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Now at this point, Brooke and Theo mention that they wanted to get into the water…and I THOUGHT that meant, walking along the beach! But…..it turns out…these two TRIATHLETES wanted to JUMP into the water!!!

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Proud to say we got this shot on the first try…they posed just perfectly while jumping off the North Ave Pier! Look at those perfectly pointed toes!

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And while I was super worried for them (I mean, look at those waves!)…but everything was perfect!

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Congrats Brooke + Theo for one of the most unforgettable engagement shoots ever! =)

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Can’t wait until your wedding next year! You both are an inspiration for me to keep running, biking, and maybe learn how to swim for distance!

with love,

your Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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