70+ Classic Chicago Drake Wedding Photos

Classic Chicago Drake Wedding Photos

The Chicago Drake Hotel is amazing space for weddings. It has a beautiful classic Chicago vibe that was perfect for Ellie + Ryan’s wedding! We went up on the rooftop and had a stunning view down Lake Shore Drive with North Avenue Beach in the background! Be sure to scroll down to see all 70+ of their Chicago Drake wedding photos!

If you haven’t seen their engagement photos from last year, be sure to check out Ryan and Ellie’s Chicago Engagement Photo Blog Post!

Shout out to Antoinette from The Drake Hotel and Katie from Designer Event Chicago for the smooth day!

Wedding Details
Venue: Antoinette from The Drake Hotel
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Church: St James Cathedral
Planner: Katie from Designer Event Chicago
Florals: Anthony Gowder Designs
Video: HWU Studios
Band: Velocity Band Chicago
Dresser: Caroline from The Wedding Dresser

Since you may not scroll through this whole blog post, here are a few of my favorites from the day! Most of them are on the roof. =)

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Chicago Drake wedding photos on the roof at night. Takes your breath away-

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Love Ellie’s reflection in the mirror as the bridesmaids walk in!

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Drake wedding photos that look like they belong in an advertisement!

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We wanted to incorporate the interior architecture of St James Cathedral in their wedding photos.

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The Grand Ballroom at The Drake Hotel all ready for the reception!

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What a perfect way to end their Chicago Drake Wedding Photos…with a couple ambient light pictures on the rooftop! =)

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Congrats again Ellie + Ryan on an amazing wedding day! Hope you both were able to relive each moment through these pictures! Can’t wait to share the full set with you all!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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10+ Unreal Montrose Beach Engagement Photos

Chicago Montrose Beach Engagement Photos

Jami + Matt had some pretty unreal Chicago Montrose Beach engagement photos! The sun was just perfect to help create these beautiful moments! This first photo almost looks like an art piece!

If you were needing an engagement, proposal, wedding or family photographer…be sure to contact us!

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It doesn’t even look like we are in Chicago-

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Photographer’s Insight: Love the strong symmetry and lines in this photo – the setting sun created a beautiful palate of colors-

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Love how the trees frame them for this unique Chicago skyline engagement photo!

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We ended their session with all these photos at the beach!

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Thanks Jami + Matt for a wonderful time together for your Montrose Beach engagement photos! Can’t wait until your wedding!

with love,

your Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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20+ Romantic Engagement Photos in Chicago

Engagement Photos in Chicago at NIGHT!

Nicole + Andrew were totally willing to meander together for their engagement photos in Chicago! Their riverwalk photos at night were so romantic! Be sure to scroll through to see all of our favorites!

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

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They wanted to incorporate the Art at Mart display in the background! Love how they know how to make each other laugh!

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Looking like they belong in a fashion photoshoot-

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We had started their photos with their puppy!

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SOOOO ROMANTIC!

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You guys did a great job on your photoshoot and we were able to create some amazing images! Can’t wait until your wedding!

with love,

your Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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70+ Glorious The Edgewater Madison Wedding Photos

The Edgewater Madison Wedding Photos

We headed up to Wisconsin for our 2nd Madison wedding in less than a month! It was wonderful to see all of Ilana + Yonatan’s family come from out of town to celebrate their wedding! It may have seemed like a hot and humid day to us Midwesterners…all the Atlanta folks seemed to think the weather was perfect! =)

Shout out to Jan from PEM Parties, the staff at The Edgewater Hotel, and Cagen Music for rolling through the changing weather and still making Ilana + Yonatan’s wedding spectacular! Lemons to lemonade!

Wedding Details:
Venue: The Edgewater Hotel
Planner: Jan from Parties, Events, and More
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Band: Cagen Music
Decor: Daffodil Parker and Blooming City Flowers
Wedding Day Dresser/Styling: G ALXNDR

Up first are a few of our favorite pictures from the day! The Edgewater Madison wedding photos would not be complete without a night shot of the State Capital building!Madison the Edgewater wedding photos reception capital

Spiral staircases make for beautiful photos!

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Amazing lake views from the suites for their Edgewater wedding photos!

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Stationary, shoes, rings and a handprinted bottle of champagne!

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A cute bridesmaids photo!

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Mom helping her daughter with her dress

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A reveal to her bridesmaids!

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She looks stunning in front of the floor to ceiling windows!

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Gorgeous!

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The groom getting styled by G ALXNDR

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The groom’s brothers were always having fun

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Love this portrait of Yonatan-

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Edgewater wedding photos have to include pictures on the rooftop!

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The Edgewater has their own dock…so we took a few photos over the water!

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One benefit to having a choreographed first dance: you look good dancing in your photos!

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Madison State Capital Building Wedding Photos

Though there was the large Madison Art Festival happening around the State Capital building, the bride and groom we were still able to get gorgeous photos with thee most iconic building in Madison!

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Love the timeless look of their Madison capital building wedding photos in black and white

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It’s easy to understand why couples want to have Madison State Capital wedding photos!

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A little lemonade to help cool down the bride and groom!

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The official Jewish wedding ceremony takes place as they sign their Ketubah

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The Edgewater Madison wedding photos wouldn’t be complete without their outdoor ceremony set up…unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans…but what a beautiful setup!

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An impromptu staircase entrance was still a grand moment for the bride and groom!

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The Edgewater Madison Wedding Photo // Ceremony

Quick thinking and action helped bring the ceremony indoors

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Love all of the groom’s expressions through out the day!

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Shout out to the groomsmen for their hard work!

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Of course the sun was shining during and after the ceremony…so we made sure to have LOTS of pictures outside with their beautiful chuppah!

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Just imagine them walking down the aisle after their outdoor wedding ceremony! =)

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Edgewater Wedding Photos // Reception

Love the use of lemons and mandarin oranges in the glass vessels on their escort card table

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Coffee meets bagel cake topper! =)

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Then there was this epic sunset over the lake. Madison wedding photos wouldn’t be complete without the most perfect sunset photos!

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With colors like this…we could have stayed outside all evening taking photos!

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We may have gotten carried away with the sunset photos…since we don’t have sunsets like this in Chicago! The Edgewater Madison wedding photos are now complete! Capital building + sunset over the lake = perfection!

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First dance photos-

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Followed by another epic dance routine by the groom and his parents!

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Always love a good Hora photo!

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Thank you Ilana + Yonatan for having me as your Madison wedding photographer capturing your Edgewater wedding photos! We got it all throughout your day! Shout out to you both for rolling through your day and turning lemons to lemonade! =)

with love,

Kenny Nakai

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70+ Classic Ovation Chicago Wedding Photos

Classic Ovation Chicago Wedding Photos

We took photos with classic Chicago architecture, a classic luxury Roll Royce automobile, and Eunice’s look was timeless! I was honored to be invited to photograph this wedding, as I have previously photographed both of his sister’s weddings! I have photographed many sibling weddings…but this is the first time I have photographed a third wedding from one family! It was truly special to see the whole family together again!

Wedding Details:
Check out: E+C’s Chicago Engagement Photos Blog Post
Getting Ready: LondonHouse Chicago Hotel
Ceremony + Reception: Ovation Chicago 
Photographer: Nakai Photography

Love this first photo of the two of them walking through the Wrigley Building. Love the framing…love the timeless look.

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One of the perks of having Ovation Chicago wedding photos…is access to their vintage Rolls Royce! Love framing and the leading lines underneath the train tracks-

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Looking like a boss in this photo walking down LaSalle Street in front of the Chicago Board of Trade! Almost looks like the cover of their K-Drama show that is going to drop this fall! =)

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Love this romantic moment taken just a few blocks from their venue as part of their Chicago Ovation wedding photos!

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LondonHouse Chicago Wedding Photos // Getting Ready

They got ready overlooking the Chicago River…at the iconic LondonHouse Chicago

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A mirror always adds a little layer or nuance…and helps make the space feel more spacious!

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Magazine worthy photo! Classic Chicago architecture in the background with the Marina City Towers and the Mies Van Der Rohe designed building in the background!

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A beautiful portrait of Eunice!

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Some Tiffany + Co cufflinks for Columbus

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A perfect portrait in front of the Chicago River!

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One of my favorite moments during our portrait session – love how these two laugh and smile together!

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It was time to head over for their Chicago Ovation wedding photos! Love the locally made custom neon signs!

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Everything just works in this picture- the colors, the balance, their pose, and their moment!

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Beautiful space and light in their Chicago Ovation wedding photos!

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Wish I could have hung out with these kids all day!

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One of our favorites from their Ovation Chicago wedding photos!

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Ovation Chicago Wedding Photos // Reception

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So tempted to eat them all. =)

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Congrats again Eunice + Columbus! It was so great to spend the day with you all and to capture all your special moments! Can’t wait to share the full set!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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