Chicago North Shore Wedding Photos

Chicago North Shore Wedding Photos

Erin + Keegan’s Chicago North Shore wedding photos! Though they had to wait a year to party with their friends and family they were so fortunate to have Illinois open up right before their wedding! It was a long 2 years of planning but everything was perfect for their special day! Be sure to scroll down to see 60+ photos on this blog post!

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chicago north shore wedding pictures bride groom backyard

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Wedding Details:
Planner/Coordinator: Misha from Nouvelle Events
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Decor: HMR Designs
Catering: Blue Plate Catering
Band: Greenlight
Tent: HDO
Videography: Mirar Weddings
Hair + Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry
Wedding Dress: VWidon

Erin got ready at her Aunt’s house – and this little nook was the perfect spot for her wedding dress picture!

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Popping open the champagne and let the festivities begin!

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Such a timeless photo of mom helping her daughter into her wedding gown-

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I’m pretty sure VWidon, her wedding gown designer…is going to love this picture!

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Something borrowed and something blue-

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Keegan looking sharp on his wedding day!

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Beautiful backyard design at her neighbor’s home for these Chicago North Shore wedding photos!

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Escort Card table photo-

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It’s almost like they designed their backayard to host a wedding! Just the perfect layout!

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One of the most important photos of the day…all the littles! Somehow this group got larger in one year! And to think it is only going to continue to grow!

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Gorgeous tented reception – Shout out to Blue Plate Catering and HMR Designs for doing a wonderful job!

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Loved capturing this quite moment between the two of them. I don’t even think they knew I was taking this photo! Look at the joy on their faces!

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There is quite a bit to be happy about! =)

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Greenlight Band brought the energy and fun!

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Congrats again Erin + Keegan! All the logistics worked out perfectly and we captured so many amazing moments in your Chicago North Shore wedding photos! So happy for you both and looking forward to seeing your family grow as you start this next chapter …or next two chapters…in your lives!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Best Chicago Proposal Locations // LondonHouse Cupola

One of the Best Chicago Proposal Locations // The LondonHouse Cupola

Every proposal is epic. They tug at your heart. They make you smile. Smile so much your cheeks hurt. Dexter + Courtney might have done that with their LondonHouse Cupola proposal photos! It also doesn’t hurt that the LondonHouse Cupola might be one of the best Chicago proposal locations with its epic views of our city!

If you are looking to hire a Chicago proposal photographer, be sure to reach out to us, we’d love to photograph your epic moment!

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The above photo was taken just a few minutes after this happened- Courtney walked into the LondonHouse and saw this….

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In shock she stepped back…and Dexter reached out his hand to walk with her to the middle-

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He shared some words with her…and her lips held tight to contain her emotions

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And while she new it was going to happen in that moment, she was still overcome by it all!

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That smile…I’m smiling as I type this…I’m sure you are smiling while reading this! =) =) =)

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Possibly one of my favorite from their proposal photos!

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That sparkle was not added in photoshop…talk about bling!

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Even as we took photos with the skyline in the background, Courtney was still taking it all in as the emotions kept overcoming her.

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One of the reasons the LondonHouse Cupola is one of the best Chicago proposal locations is the view! Look at the Chicago River down there!

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This seriously could be an advertisement for the LondonHouse. “Celebrate your moment at one of the best Chicago proposal locations!”

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Or maybe this should be the picture perfect moment for an ad.

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Love this view of the Chicago River and bridges in the background!

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Chicago Riverwalk Engagement Photos with their Dog!

After their rooftop photos, we headed down to the Riverwalk for a few more engagement photos with their dog! You have to love his bandana, “My Humans are Getting Married”

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This family photo of three is perfect!

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Thank you Dexter for having me there to document your Chicago proposal in the LondonHouse Cupola! It was everything you had planned and more! Courtney: Congratulations to you and I hope these photos bring you so much joy and smiles to come for generations!

with love,

your Chicago proposal photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Nobu Chicago Wedding // City Winery Chicago Wedding Photos

City Winery Wedding Photos // Nobu Chicago Wedding

It was supposed to rain all day on Hunter + Kristen’s wedding day. At least that’s what the forecast said. Yet the clouds held the rain back until after their outdoor ceremony wedding was finished! The City Winery Chicago has a beautiful outdoor space for weddings and events…an area that might have been crucial due to the pandemic. However, with COVID cases declining and vaccination rates increasing in Chicago, they were able to have the wedding they hoped for!

Here are a few of our favorites from the day, be sure to scroll down to see 60+ photos from their wedding day! Since Buckingham Fountain was just recently turned on, after being off during the pandemic, we made sure to take a few photos there!

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A wedding picture on a Chicago bridge!

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A photo of their picture perfect dip after their choreographed dance at the City Winery Chicago!

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In case you missed their proposal photos along the Chicago Riverwalk last year! I just love looking at her expression!

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Nobu Chicago Wedding Photos // West Loop, Chicago

The bride and groom started their day getting ready at one Chicago’s newest hotels, The Nobu Chicago Hotel!

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These Nobu Chicago wedding photos showcase the gorgeous natural light that comes through their large windows!

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Always a special moment to have Mom help with Kristen’s dress-

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Beautiful wedding portrait of Kristen! I love how you can see the details on the back of her gown and matching details in her hairpiece!

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The groom was having his portraits taken as his father helped him with his tuxedo-

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First look for these two! The Nobu Chicago has large suites that allowed us the space to have a first look!

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They are both so expressive and it really makes for amazing pictures- I just love looking at these!

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Hunter was excited to say the least!

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Not sure what was happening, but Kristen didn’t waste the opportunity to kiss her soon to be husband!

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We had Buckingham Fountain to ourselves! Such a romantic photo showcasing Chicago’s famous architecture in the background!

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Kristen was the real champ during this photoshoot as it was a little cold and a ‘little’ breezy! She looks so relaxed and happy!

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Chicago Riverwalk Wedding Photos

We make a stop at the Chicago Riverwalk to capture a few pictures! Nothing says Chicago like our bridges, river and the Marina Towers (in the background)!

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Such a romantic ‘secret garden’ feel in the middle of Chicago!

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The bride got a few extra kisses before the ceremony started!

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No words are necessary…their City Winery Chicago wedding photos tell the story =)

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Two perspectives on the same moment…camera angle #1

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Camera angle #2!

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The most photogenic first kiss! Can’t go wrong with a perfectly executed dip and kiss!

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Stealing a moment during cocktail hour…

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These City Winery Chicago wedding photos showcasing their indoor reception space!

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Sweetheart table setup on stage

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Custom wine bottles for the guests to take home with laser cut wood name cards!

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Cake cutting photo!

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They came prepared for their group photo!

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Chicago city winery reception wedding photos bride groomChicago city winery reception wedding photos bride groomChicago city winery reception wedding photos bride groomCongrats again Kristen + Hunter! So glad things opened up in Chicago and the weather held off just in time for you guys to have the perfect wedding! Thank you for trusting me with capturing all your special moments…from your proposal to your ‘I Dos!’ Your love is beautiful and we are thankful to have witnessed it!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographers,

Kenny + Tom

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Chicago Greek Orthodox Baptism Photos

Chicago Greek Orthodox Baptism Photos

It was such a wonderful time for Baby Z’s Chicago Greek Orthodox Baptism photos! Family came in from out of town to witness and commemorate the moment! It is so special to see the extended family and friends come together for baby Zoe and committing to help raise her and supporting their family! Her baby baptism was held at St. George Greek Orthodox in Lincoln Park.

If you were in need of a Chicago baby baptism photographer, feel free to contact us!

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Mom and Godmother stealing a kiss with Baby Z!

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Grandma’s together at the beginning of the service.

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So much is happening at the baptism, love this moment Mom had…soaking it all in…

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Love all these Chicago Greek Orthodox Baptism photos with Z! It’s hard to pick a favorite…but this next one might be it!

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Love this photo of Mom, Godmother and Grandmas!

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The cutest photo from her day – we all love you Baby Z! =) She’s telling everyone…’Thank you for coming!”

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Congrats Baby Z, you are LOVED! =)

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Chicago NorthShore Backyard Wedding Photos

Chicago NorthShore Backyard Wedding Photos

It was a glorious day to capture Erin + Keegan’s Chicago northshore backyard wedding photos! As Erin’s father shared, it was like having all their friends and family over for dinner…except that they had a live band and everyone got dressed up! There are so many amazing photos to share from today, but we just wanted to share these three teaser wedding photos taken just 8hrs ago!

Wedding Details:
Planner/Coordinator: Misha from Nouvelle Events
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Decor: HMR Designs
Catering: Blue Plate Catering
Band: Greenlight
Tent: HDO
Videography: Mirar Weddings
Hair + Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry
Wedding Dress: VWidon

Found this patch of beautiful flowers in their neighbor’s backyard for this picture-

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Oh how much their lives have changed so much in just one short year- so happy for these two!

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And a fun photo from their COVID microwedding wedding post!

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Congrats again Erin + Keegan! It felt so good to get back to ‘normal’ with a live band and dancing! What a perfect way to celebrate your wedding with your friends and family!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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