Chicago Engagement Photos at Night // Nicole + Drew

Nicole + Drew’s Best Chicago Engagement Photos 

We visited a few different locations in Chicago for Nicole + Drew’s engagement session! There are so many amazing photos, here are their best ones from their day and night time session!

Looking forward to shooting their wedding next year while working with their wonderful planner, Jan from Parties Events & More!

This one taken at Buckingham Fountain at night is one of our favorites!

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North Avenue Beach Engagement Photos with the Chicago Skyline!

Nothing is as romantic than a picture with the Chicago skyline in the background!

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We love the view from North Ave beach one of the best spots for a skyline photo-

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Lincoln Park South Pond Engagement Pictures

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One of the most photographed structures in Chicago is this ‘honeycomb’ in Lincoln Park!

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The honeycomb perfect centers the John Hancock in the background!

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Night Time Engagement Photography in Chicago

As day turned to night, we headed to the spot of their first date!

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They have fond memories of a bachelorette party handing out roses while at The Flamingo Club – so they made sure to include a few roses in their pictures!

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Photographer’s Tip: Look for symmetry and a way to frame the couple! Also love the straight lines contrasted with a kiss and embrace!

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Night Time Buckingham Fountain Engagement Photos

We ended the night at Buckingham Fountain…and while many people have visited this site during the day, it is especially romantic at night!

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Thanks Nicole + Drew for a wonderful engagement session! Can’t wait to shoot your wedding next year!

with love,

your Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Radisson Blu Wedding Photography Slideshow // Lexie + Jon

Radisson Blu Chicago Jewish Wedding Photography Slideshow

It’s almost their 1 month anniversary! What better way than to watch their wedding slideshow! Congrats Lexie + Jon! There are so many great moments from their wedding…from Lexie’s reveal to her bridesmaids to the confetti toss on the dance floor….be sure to have a good internet connection to watch in HD!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out their Radisson Blu Aqua Wedding Photography Blog Post and their  Chicago Engagement Photography Blog Post!

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Chicago Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Planner + Coordinators: Great Events Inc
Florals + Decor: Epic Events
Dress: Pronovias from Ultimate Bride
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Band: Gold Coast All-Stars

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Lincoln Park Engagement Photos // Hailey + Tom

Engagement Pictures at Lincoln Park South Pond Honeycomb

Hailey + Tom are getting married next year at the Chicago Cultural Center, and I can’t wait to photograph their special day! Though she won’t admit it, Hailey is a photographer and has ‘the eye’ to see beauty in our city! I was honored to be asked to be their wedding photographer!

We started their session at the South Pond of Lincoln Park. According to google maps, it’s called the Education Pavilion, but I call it the Lincoln Park honeycomb. It’s beautiful structure that boasts a wonderful view of the Chicago skyline! It makes the perfect backdrop for an engagement session!

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As an engagement photographer, I enjoy photographing our cityscape from a different perspective –

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Engagement Photos at North Ave Beach

We continued their photos at the nearby North Ave Beach

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I never tire of viewing our skyline from North Ave!

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One last photo with the setting sun over Chicago!

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Thanks for a wonderful session Hailey + Tom! It was the most perfect day and I can’t wait until June! Hope these photos keep you smiling as you count down the days!

with love,

your Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Saddle & Cycle Club Wedding Pictures // Caroline + Spencer

Saddle and Cycle Club + Ambassador Hotel Chicago Wedding Pictures

Just a couple weeks ago Caroline + Spencer were married at the Saddle & Cycle Club of Chicago! Most Chicagoians have never heard of this club located at Foster Ave and the lake front. It is an urban retreat for members and those having their wedding there! There is plenty of green space for an outdoor ceremony as well as a large patio and ballroom for the reception and cocktail hour!

Shout outs to Ashley from Saddle & Cycle and JD from A Perfect Pair Chicago for coordinating flawless day!

Be sure to scroll through all 60 images in this blog post to see photos from the rooftop of the Ambassador Hotel, North Pond of Lincoln Park and at Saddle and Cycle Club!

Wedding Details:
Getting Ready: Ambassador Chicago
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Saddle and Cycle
Florals + Decor: Exquisite Designs
Planner + Coordinator: JD from A Perfect Pair Chicago
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Gown: Reem Acra, New York

 

The view from the rooftop of the Ambassador Hotel is gorgeous – As a photographer, it’s all the little things that make this photo: the fog over the skyline, the perfect gust of wind and their authentic reactions to each other and the blowing veil!

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Love this photo at Saddle & Cycle!

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We took a few photos out on the lawn before heading into their wedding reception! Though the portrait session only lasted a few minutes, they were some of the best from the day!

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Getting Ready Photo at the Ambassador Chicago Hotel

Starting off with a few pictures of their wedding details!

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A fun moment with her bridesmaids!

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Love this timeless portrait of Mom and Caroline!

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A culmination of all things we love in a wedding portrait. A beautiful expression, gorgeous light, and an elegant pose!

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Timeless image in black and white

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Groom’s Wedding Day Prep in Lincoln Park

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One of the best portraits taken by my associate photographer Tom

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A cute moment behind the veil!

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Sometimes its about those in between ‘fun’ moments that make the best photos!

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As a wedding photographer, I’m always looking to incorporate a building’s architecture in a portrait – like the leading lines of the Ambassador Hotel – and a little gust of wind to blow Caroline’s veil!

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This photo is everything!

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Wedding Day Pictures in Lincoln Park

On the way to Saddle & Cycle Club we stopped by Lincoln Park to take photos near their home!

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Saddle & Cycle Club of Chicago Wedding Photos

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You know you found ‘the one’ when that person makes you smile in a way no one else does =)

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Gorgeous decor by Exquisite Designs

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There are plenty more photos to share, these are just a few of the best ones! Congrats again Caroline + Spencer! Hope these photos helped relive a few of your favorite moments from the day!

 

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Greek Wedding Photos at Annunciation + Blackstone // Catrina + Tom

Chicago Greek Wedding Photos at The Blackstone Hotel + Annunciation Cathedral 

Happy 1 month anniversary to Catrina + Tom!  It was beautiful ceremony at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral and a gorgeous reception Blackstone Hotel! We made sure to take photos at Buckingham Fountain and the Adler Planetarium, landmark locations in their relationship!

If you haven’t already seen them, be sure to check out Catrina + Tom’s Annunciation Cathedral + Blackstone Wedding Photography Blog Post!

Wedding Details:
Getting Ready + Reception Venue: Chicago Blackstone Hotel
Ceremony: Anunnciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Chicago
Planner + Designer: Manikas Designs
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Gown: Dimitras Bridal Couture

Be sure to have a good internet connection to watch in HD!

 

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