Radisson Blu Wedding Photos // Stefanie + Casey

Radisson Blu Chicago Wedding Photos

Two weeks ago, at the Chicago Radisson Blu Hotel, Stefanie married her best friend Casey! They danced the night away with one of Chicago’s best bands, The Gold Coast All-Stars! Among the many highlights…the way her father reacted when he saw her, five grandparents in attendance, and the gorgeous decor designed by Natalie from HMR Designs!

Shout out to Jan Ehrenberg from Parties, Events, and More for planning and coordinating their special day! She assembled some of the best wedding professionals in Chicago! In case you missed it, be sure to check out three additional photos (not featured here) at Stefanie + Casey’s Radisson Blu Wedding Teaser Photos Blog Post!

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Chicago Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Planner + Coordinators: Jan from Parties, Events, & More!
Florals + Decor: Natalie from HMR Designs

Makeup: Cynde Cosmetics
Dress: Casablanca Bridal

Dresser: Caroline Shaw from The Wedding Dresser
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Band: Gold Coast All-Stars

Be sure to scroll through all 60+ images in the blog post, but up first…three of my favorites! I love the Radisson Blu lobby – the exposed brick and lighting are the perfect location for photos!

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With wedding parties, I always like to create Vanity Fair Inspired pictures – like this one! The uplighting perfectly matched the bridesmaid dresses and flowers!

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Stunning ballroom of the Radisson Blu transformed by HMR Designs – and The Gold Coast All-Stars ready to welcome the guests!

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Getting Ready Photos at the Radisson Blu

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Custom reception shoes!

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Stefanie has glossed the lips of many bridesmaids and brides through the years…and her she was on her wedding day – getting her lips done!

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Monogrammed PJs and slippers!

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A photo with three important women of the day!

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As a photographer, I’m always looking for unique angles and perspectives…here the Father of the Bride was on my right…but you could see his expression in the mirror!

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Photographer’s Tip: Incorporating the details – here the back of the shirt helps give context to what is happening in this special moment-

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Looks like an advertisement from a magazine!

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Wedding Photos on the Radisson Blu Terrace

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Was able to incorporate the award winning architecture of the Aqua building into the photo! (where the Radisson Blu resides)

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These guys were up for anything for a photo!

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Wedding Ceremony Pictures 

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Perfect moment captured by my associate photographer, Tom!

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A special ordered photo!

Wedding Reception Pictures

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As a wedding photographer, I work really hard to capture the decor and ambience as best as possible. So much planning goes into this one night…you need to have amazing photos to remember it all!

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Congrats again Stefanie + Casey! It was an unforgettable night – It was hard to choose which photos to feature here! Can’t wait to share them all with you!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Wedding Photos at The Gwen + Union Station!

The Gwen Hotel Chicago, Union Station + Wrigley Building Wedding Photos

In a few days it will be Bessie + Tom’s one month anniversary! What better way to celebrate than to view their wedding photography slideshow! Gorgeous photos taken at The Gwen Hotel, Chicago Union Station and the Wrigley Building! So many beautiful moments throughout the day, including their traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony! Make sure you have a good internet connection to watch in 4k HD video!

If you haven’t already seen them, be sure to check out Bessie + Tom’s Chicago Engagement Photography Blog Post + Gwen Hotel Wedding Photography Blog Post.

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Gwen Chicago
Dress: Enzoani from Dimitras Bridal Couture
Bride’s Shoes: Gucci, Christian Louboutin
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Band: Chicago Groove Time
Flowers: A Pretty Flower by A & A Floral Arts

 

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Studio + Lifestyle Engagement Photos // Amber + Emanuel

Chicago Studio Engagement Photography

Amber is a dear friend of our family…our children affectionately call her “Auntie Amber” as she has loved on them like no other!  Needless to say, it was such a joy when Emanuel proposed this past summer! After following Nakai Photography Instagram for years, Amber had a vision for her engagement photos – and it involved shooting in the Nakai Photograph studio space! We loved creating these Vanity Fair-esque pictures for them!

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Loved how this photo looks in black and white!

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They changed outfits and we took this last studio photo before heading outside – Magazine cover worthy! As an engagement photographer, I love shooting in new spaces…and this was the first studio engagement session at my current studio space!

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Chicago Lifestyle Engagement Photos

We took to the streets for a few lifestyle pictures in the neighborhood!

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Love love love!

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Thanks Amber + Emanuel for a wonderful shoot together! Not only did we capture some amazing photos, I’m glad we were able to spend some time together this busy engagement season!

with love,

you Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Radisson Blu Wedding Teaser Photos // Stefanie + Casey

Chicago Radisson Blu Wedding Teaser Photos

It’s 2am and Casey + Stefanie just finished up their wedding reception at the Chicago Radisson Blu! It was such a special day between two wonderful families! There are so many amazing photos, but here are just three teaser photos from the day! Stefanie works as a makeup artist for Cynde Cosmetics…and it’s always special to work on a wedding of a fellow wedding professional. She helped countless brides and bridesmaids prepare for their special day…and today was finally hers!

Shout out to Jan Ehrenberg from Parties, Events, and More for planning and coordinating their special day! She assembled some of the best wedding professionals in Chicago!

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Chicago Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Planner + Coordinators: Jan from Parties, Events, & More!
Florals + Decor: Natalie from HMR Designs

Makeup: Cynde Cosmetics
Dress: Casablanca Bridal

Dresser: Caroline Shaw from The Wedding Dresser
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Band: Gold Coast All-Stars

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Wedding Photos at The Gwen Hotel + Union Station!

Best Wedding Photos at The Gwen Hotel + Chicago Union Station

When the groom is an architect and the bride loves fashion…you get some pretty amazing pictures! We made sure to include the best details into their wedding photos…from the luxury interior at The Gwen Hotel to the bride’s three pairs of heels!

Shout out to Vasso from The Gwen Chicago who is one of the best in our industry! The staff at the Gwen blew me away with their attentiveness!

If you haven’t already seen them, be sure to check out Bessie + Tom’s Chicago Engagement Photography Blog Post.

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Gwen Chicago
Dress: Enzoani from Dimitras Bridal Couture
Bride’s Shoes: Gucci, Christian Louboutin
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Band: Chicago Groove Time
Flowers: A Pretty Flower by A & A Floral Arts

One of the best photos from Union Station. Photographer Tip: Look up at the ceiling and be sure to include the whole interior into a photo! Love all the symmetry going on in this picture!

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Good light + minimized distractions = a clean, timeless + gorgeous photo of the bride + groom!

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The Gwen Hotel has a Grand Lux Suite with a private rooftop patio. What a shot down Michigan Ave!

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Getting Ready Wedding Photos at The Gwen Chicago

Starting off their wedding photos with a few of Bessie’s luxury details!

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There are wedding ring photos…and then there are wedding ring photos! Love how this picture is uniquely Bessie’s!

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Love these next few photos with Bessie’s parents-

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Tom was getting ready elsewhere in The Gwen

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A few photos on their private terrace at The Gwen – overlooking Michigan Ave!

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Love their smiles! =)

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Wrigley Building + Chicago Union Station Wedding Pictures

They didn’t let a little drizzle keep them from one of the best photo locations in the city!

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Wedding Ceremony Photos at The Gwen Chicago

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Before their wedding ceremony, they had a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony

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We had to take a few photos inside lobby area of the Gwen Hotel!

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They had a choreographed first dance for their guests!

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One last photo with Bessie in her party dress!

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Congrats again to Bessie + Tom! So glad you two found one another to create the latest ‘Dynamic Duo’ – ‘Batman + Robin!’ =) Can’t wait to share the full set with you all!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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