Langham Wedding Slideshow // Kara + Kevin

Best Langham Chicago Luxury Wedding Photography Slideshow // Kara + Kevin

Be sure to have a good internet connection to watch Kara + Kevin’s best photos in their wedding slideshow! I loved the moment when Kara gave her father a gift just before departing for her ceremony and the moments when Kevin would kiss her on her forehead throughout the day. =) We captured so many beautiful photos at the Langham Chicago, along the Riverwalk and by the Wrigley Building! Be sure to watch the slideshow all the way through to see the photos we took at night!

If you haven’t already seen their wedding day + engagement pictures, be sure to check them out here: Kara + Kevin’s Langham Chicago Wedding Photos and Kara + Kevin’s Chicago Engagement Photos! 

 

Wedding Details
Getting Ready and Reception Venue: The Langham Hotel // 330 N Wabash Ave, Chicago
Ceremony: St James Lutheran Church // 2101 N Fremont St, Chicago
Planner: Julissa + Alicia from Clementine Custom Events
Gown: Enzoani from Dimitras Bridal Couture
Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Music: Okyne Media Lab
Florals: Farmers Market Garden Center
Photographer: NAKAI Photography
Cake: Sugar Fixe

 

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Lifestyle Photos in Chicago

Lifestyle Photos w/Nevena from Custom Hair Lounge

I met Nevsy while working a wedding together awhile back. She is the co-founder of Custom Hair Lounge – one of Chicago’s premier hair + color salons! She asked me to shoot a few lifestyle photos this past weekend and I was happy to oblige! We started with a few lifestyle headshots –

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Chicago Lifestyle Photo in the Rain!

Her friend Chris had been visiting Chicago and he was leaving the following day, so Nevena wanted to commemorate his trip with a photo session in Lincoln Park! Even though it started to rain, we were able capture these moments under the Lincoln Park ‘honeycomb’!

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These two share a positive energy that continually brings out laughter and smiles!

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Just a quick photo with the Chicago skyline from Lincoln Park!

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They didn’t let a little rain dampen their spirits during the photo shoot! =)

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Nevsy and Chris: Hope you enjoy these wonderful photos from this past weekend! What a way to help commemorate your time shared in Chicago…and may these photos keep you company until you reunite!

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PreWedding Photos at North Ave + Riverwalk

Chicago Prewedding Photos at North Avenue Beach + The Riverwalk

These two decided to have some of their wedding photos around Chicago before their actual wedding day…it helped make the schedule on their actual wedding day a little easier!

We headed out to North Avenue Beach for a few photos with the Chicago skyline! In this first photo, I love how the wind just blew her hair and dress in the most perfect way!

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She’s a tango dancer – so we made sure to incorporate one her poses with the most perfect Chicago skyline view!

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Riverwalk Chicago Wedding Pictures

We finished up their prewedding session downtown along the riverwalk! The Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower are classic examples of Chicago architecture, and we wanted to incorporate them into their photos!

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As a wedding photographer, I have to work with the lighting conditions on the day of the shoot…here I found the most amazing drop off of light- the shadow on the left hand side and the sun on the right!

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Thanks you two for a wonderful prewedding session! Can’t wait until your wedding next month!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

 

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Engagement Photos | Rooftop | North Ave | Riverwalk

Chicago River North Rooftop Engagement Photos

As a Chicago engagement photographer, I love unique locations for photos! Extra points when said location is a rooftop and BRAND NEW! This complex is located in the River North neighborhood with views of the Merchandise Mart and the Willis Tower! Lexie + Jon were spot on with recommending their rooftop as one of the locations for their engagement photoshoot!

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When there are hammocks, you have to include them in a photo!

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The view out west from their rooftop

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A picture that screams Chicago without being cliche. In fact, I wonder if this is the first engagement photo taken at this spot!

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North Avenue Beach for Engagement Pictures

We started their session at North Avenue Beach for a few photos with the Chicago skyline in the background

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They wanted to have their doggie included in a few pictures!

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Something about piggy back rides brings out a natural smile =)

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I think I am their first family photographer =)

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Chicago Riverwalk Engagement Session

Just a few blocks from their River North building, we walked over to the Riverwalk for a few pictures with the iconic Chicago bridges!

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As a photographer, I love how this one photo includes so many layers of Chicago. Not only of the building architecture, but the bridges and concrete lamp stands.

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Thanks Lexie + Jon for a wonderful engagement session! What a bunch of epic photos to have for the rest of your lives! =) Can’t wait until your wedding!

with love,

your Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Gorgeous Langham Chicago Wedding Photos // Kara + Kevin

Best Langham Chicago Luxury Wedding Photos // Kara + Kevin

After a 2nd and 3rd Chicago winter these past few months, the skies opened up and the sun came out for Kara + Kevin’s Langham wedding! Kara loves everything about the Langham Hotel (one of the best in the country!!!), so we made sure to get a bunch of photos all around their venue! Be sure to scroll down to see photos in front of the Langham marquee at night!

If you haven’t already seen their engagement pictures, be sure to check them out here: Kara + Kevin’s Chicago Engagement Photos!

Everything went smoothly the whole day. Shout out to Alicia and Julissa from Clementine Events and to Davina from The Langham for planning and coordinating a flawless day!

Love the symmetry and embrace in this first photo with the Langham marquee! The pink taxi and sign are iconic to this Chicago luxury wedding venue!

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Wedding Details
Getting Ready and Reception Venue: The Langham Hotel // 330 N Wabash Ave, Chicago
Ceremony: St James Lutheran Church // 2101 N Fremont St, Chicago
Planner: Julissa + Alicia from Clementine Custom Events
Gown: Enzoani from Dimitras Bridal Couture
Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Music: Okyne Media Lab
Florals: Farmers Market Garden Center
Photographer: NAKAI Photography
Cake: Sugar Fixe

When you pair a beautiful couple and beautiful Langham lobby together, you get an amazing photo!

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I love incorporating Chicago architecture into wedding day photos. Here the Wrigley Building is in the background! It helps remind the newlyweds where they were married!

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Getting Ready Pictures at the Langham Chicago

The Langham is located right along the Chicago River, all their bridal getting ready suites boast a view of the River!

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Check out the luxury details on these shoes!

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Customized bridesmaids gifts

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Loved Mom’s reaction to seeing Kara…

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Helping the bride with her finishing touches-

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Had to take a portrait of the bride in the Langham Lobby! Photographer’s Tip: Framing and symmetry: Here Kara is in the middle with wonderful symmetry and her body is framed by the doorway in the background as well as the floor tiles on the ground!

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Grabbed a few portraits of the groom before departing for the church

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Christian Wedding Ceremony at St James Lutheran Church

Before the ceremony started, I saw this ray of light where the guys were waiting, so we took a quick picture with all the groomsmen!

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The moment when Kara + Kevin saw each other for the first time on their wedding day!

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Wedding Day Photos in Front of the Wrigley Building

After the ceremony we stopped by one of the best locations for wedding photos, The Wrigley Building!

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This photo just makes me smile! =)

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We headed to the Riverwalk for some more pictures!

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Photographer’s Tip: Take a moment and look from a different vantage point! This photo below and the one above are taken in the exact same spot, except for my position! Two uniquely different pictures in the same spot!

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Langham Chicago Reception Pictures

We returned to the Langham for their reception and captured a few more photos of the bridal party! Love this ‘Vanity Fair’ style group photo! It’s all about the posing and groupings to make make it look amazing!

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Love the way the long tables looked in this room shot!

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The sweetheart table overlooking State Street and the Chicago River-

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First dance pictures-

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Before I departed for the night, we headed down to take a few photos at night!

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A little dance together –

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And one last kiss!

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Thank you Kara + Kevin for having me as your wedding photographer! The day was amazing and we captured so many special moments throughout! Can’t wait to share more in the coming weeks!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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