Chicago Winter Wedding Pictures // Amie + Donny

Luxury Dreams: Chicago Christmas Winter Wedding Photos at The Drake Hotel

Just two weeks ago…Amie + Donny had a dream of snow falling INSIDE the Chicago Drake Hotel during their wedding ceremony! They had an amazing team making sure everything was perfect – Shout outs to: Ramsey from Kehoe Designs helped design their winter wonderland of a wedding day, Brianne + Michelle from Marquette Avenue Events helped plan and coordinate everything flawlessly, and Sara from The Drake Hotel for making sure service was on point!

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Sara from The Drake Hotel
Decor + Florals: Ramsey from Kehoe Designs
Gown: Sarah Nouri from Bella Bianca Bridal Couture
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Planner + Coordinator: Brianne + Michelle from Marquette Avenue Events
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Hair: Hair by Juan Jose
Band: Chicago Catz
Videography: Mirar Weddings

One of the favorite spots for wedding day photos is along the Chicago River! Such a grand photo, the Chicago Skyline and the train on Amie’s dress!

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So classic and timeless with their look in front of the iconic The Drake marquee!

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Here’s a photo of the snow falling inside the Gold Coast Ballroom at The Drake! Nothing says a winter wedding like snow! Pro Tip: Hire a experienced photographer to help capture your wedding dream! To help illuminate the snow during the ceremony when Amie walked down the aisle, our team at Nakai Photography used seven flashes to make this dreamy snow looks its best!

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Getting Ready Pictures at The Drake Hotel

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As wedding photographers, we find joys in the smallest of details. Here we captured her Jimmy Choo shoes, her rings AND her custom touch as you can see in the mirrored REFLECTION!

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That little extra touch – a monogrammed wax seal!

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A moment with her bridesmaids in their monogrammed robes!

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Mom helping with her wedding details-

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Amie looked stunning in the Princess Diana suite at The Drake Hotel! Her look matched the vibe of the Drake perfectly!

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Our associate photographer was capturing Donny getting ready – including adding a touch of luxury with these Ferragamo cufflinks!

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Photographer’s Insight: Something about that green light and the diagonal shadow leading right towards the bride and groom – along with the that same diagonal line mirrored in her dress

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Christmas Winter Wedding Photos Along Michigan Avenue!

An iconic shot of Chicago – walking across Michigan Avenue! Love that you an see the Christmas lights to give you a sense of time + place!

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A photo with the Christmas Tree in front of Water Tower Place!

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Love the lights at the Wrigley Building Christmas Tree!

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The perfect Christmas gift – each other! =)

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Winter Wonderland Ceremony + Reception Photos // Decor by Kehoe Designs

These photos do not do those white trees justice…they were huge!

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Epic entrance photo with the snow falling all around!

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With the grandeur of the Gold Coast Ballroom, these high pieces by Kehoe Designs were magnificent!

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Love the varying heights and textures!

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The Champagne Toast by The Drake Hotel staff!

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Nothing says “December Wedding” like Christmas socks!

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And nothing says Christmas like SANTA!!!

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Amie + Donny! What an iconic day! Sooo many wonderful moments and beautiful photos! Can’t wait to share the whole set…but enjoy these amazing photos for now!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Engagement Photos at Night // Lindsay + Jim

Chicago Engagement Photos at Night // Union Station + Riverwalk

It’s proposal season (that time of the year when a lot of people get engaged) and there are many people who get down on one knee along the Chicago Riverwalk! Lindsay + Jim are getting married next year and they decided to upgrade their engagement session to include photos at night along the river! So if you are proposing to your significant other this holiday season….reach out to us and see if we can capture your proposal!

Looking forward to working with the fabulous team of planners + coordinators at Great Events Chicago on this wedding in 2020!

This first photo is one of my favorites…so romantic, so Chicago and it just feels so real + natural!

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Captured this unique photo with the Chicago skyline – I love the hustle & bustle of the people walking by!

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We started their session at Chicago’s Union Station – they loved the timeless architecture and it’s significance to Chicago!

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Photographer Tip: Symmetry can be powerful visual tool – I used it a lot while at Union Station

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Since their engagement session was during the holidays, they wanted to incorporate some holiday decor into their pictures!

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Here <- Possibly one of Jim’s most photographed locations in his adult life. I think we can all agree…nobody is going to get a better photo of him in this location than this one!

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The Chicago Theatre sign looks amazing at night – That’s Lindsay + Jim in the middle of the street with a dip!

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A romantic moment below street level

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One nice thing about the riverwalk in the winter season…you don’t have large boats blocking your view of the city! For those that are thinking about using the riverwalk as a proposal location…take advantage of the season!

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Great job on your engagement session Lindsay + Jim! So many great photos, I can’t wait to shoot your wedding! Hope these photos help bring a smile to your faces as you continue wedding planning!

with l0ve,

you Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Radisson Blu Wedding Photos // Stefanie + Casey

Chicago Radisson Blu Wedding Photography Slideshow

Happy 1 month Anniversary Stefanie + Casey! To celebrate, here is your wedding slideshow! Though you have seen your photos in a blog post…there something special about seeing the stories shown through a slideshow! Make sure you have a good internet connection to watch in HD!

In case you missed it, be sure to check out Stefanie + Casey’s Radisson Blu Wedding Pictures Blog Post wedding photography blog and their 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

 

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Chicago Winter Wedding Teaser Photos // Amie + Donny

Chicago Winter Wedding Photos // The Drake Hotel

It was a gorgeous winter wedding in Chicago for Amie + Donny! The reception has just finished and the after party has just started as I post these teaser photos! With over 12 years of experience as a wedding photographer, I know how much my clients + their families appreciate seeing their photos so quickly!

Shout out to Sara from The Drake Hotel, Michelle from Marquette Avenue Events and Kehoe Designs for an amazing day!

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Drake Hotel
Decor + Florals: Kehoe Designs
Planner + Coordinator: Brianne + Michelle from Marquette Avenue Events
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Hair: Hair by Juan Jose
Band: Chicago Catz
Videography: Mirar Weddings

Love this first photo by the Wrigley Building – with the Christmas tree and winter shawl that give a sense of time and place for the bride and groom!

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Nothing says Chicago like our bridges and our riverwalk! Such a romantic winter wedding picture!

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One of the highlights from the day was watching Amie walk down the aisle with SNOW drifting down upon her! It was a winter wonderland! As a wedding photographer, this was definitely a first for me!

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With the high ceilings of the Grand Ballroom at The Drake Hotel, Kehoe created the most perfect tall centerpieces to complete this winter wonderland reception!

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Congrats again Amie + Donny! You guys were so great to work with and we captured so many amazing photos! It was hard to choose which ones to include in your teaser blog post! Can’t wait to share more- Enjoy these for now!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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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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