Lake Forest Wedding Teaser Photos // Anna + Alex

Lake Forest, IL Wedding Photos! Market Square Downtown + Knollwood Club

Anna + Alex have probably just finished their afterparty from their wedding earlier today! I’m excited to share these three teaser photos from their wedding day! So thankful the rain stayed away for our photo session in downtown Lake Forest, IL! There is so much to share and say about this wonderful couple, but after a 12 hr wedding day, I need to get some rest!

Shout out to Juliana and Randy from Knollwood Club for making the day and evening flow so smoothly! Your staff is so friendly and welcoming too!

Wedding Details
Getting Ready: Knollwood Club
Ceremony: Church of St Mary Lake Forest
Reception: Knollwood Club
Photographers: Nakai Photography

Here’s one of the last photos we took near the Market Square

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Anna looked stunning in her wedding dress! When she walked, it looked like she was floating on air!

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And one last photo taken on the golf course at the Knollwood Club. Love how peaceful and serene this photo feels! Photographer’s Tip: Symmetry is a strong compositional tool. Even the white chairs add just the perfect detail!

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Thank you Anna + Alex for having us as your wedding photographers! We had such a wonderful time with you both today, congrats again!

with love,

Kenny Nakai

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Chicago Ritz Carlton Slideshow // Lauren + Blake

Chicago Ritz Carlton Wedding Photos

Lauren + Blake are celebrating their 1 month anniversary today! Relive their Chicago Ritz Carlton wedding through their slideshow! Make sure you have a good internet connection to watch in HD!

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Ritz Carlton Chicago
Planner: Brianne from Marquette Avenue Events
Decor: Flowers for Dreams
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Videographers: Mirar Weddings
Dress: Romona Keveza from Dimitras Bridal Couture
Shoes: Angela Nuran

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Loews Chicago Wedding Teasers

Luxury Wedding Teaser Photos at Loews Chicago Hotel 

It’s 2am and the after party has just finished for this wedding! Before heading to bed, I wanted to share these teaser pictures from their wedding day! Chicago had the most beautiful weather to take advantage of the Loews Chicago Hotel rooftop! Located in the heart of downtown, you are surrounded the Chicago skyline!

There is so much to share, but for now, a quick shout out to Marcy + Erika from Great Events Inc for planning and coordinating, to Vince from Kehoe Designs for executing her vision to perfection and to Leah from the Loews Chicago for making it all happen at their gorgeous wedding venue!

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Loews Chicago Hotel
Planner: Great Events, Inc
Decor + Florals: Kehoe Designs
Gown: Pronovias from Mira Couture
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Band: The Lakeshore Encores

It was hard to pick just three photos to share, but I decided to post three pictures taken on the Loews Chicago rooftop! This first photo almost looks like an advertisement for the wedding dress!

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Photographer’s insight: I love strong lines of the windows juxtaposed with the movement in her veil and the soft kiss on her hand!

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As a wedding photographer, I love taking a moment to get one last photo at night! What a perfect way to end their wedding day!

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Love the everything about their decor by Kehoe Designs

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Congrats again! Enjoy the post wedding bliss of not having to plan or think about anything wedding related! Enjoy these next few days with family and friends! I hope these photos help keep the love and energy going!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Chicago Ritz Carlton Wedding Photos // Lauren + Blake

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Lauren + Blake are back from their honeymoon and it is time to post the best wedding photos from their special day! We captured so many amazing photos…a first look on the rooftop of the Ritz Carlton, in front of the Wrigley Building and in the renovated Ritz Carlton lobby!

First up – a photo with the Wrigley Building! Located on Michigan Avenue, the Wrigley Building is an icon in Chicago architecture! There was just a slight breeze to blow her veil off the ground!

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A Vanity Fair styled bridal party photo taken at the Ritz Carlton in their renovated lobby! Photographer’s Tip – Create multiple layers and find a perfectly symmetrical location!

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It was a dream come true for Lauren + Blake – perfectly coordinated by Heather from the Ritz Carlton and Brianne from Marquette Avenue Events!

 

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Ritz Carlton Chicago
Planner: Brianne from Marquette Avenue Events
Decor: Flowers for Dreams
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Videographers: Mirar Weddings
Dress: Romona Keveza from Dimitras Bridal Couture
Shoes: Angela Nuran

 

Getting Ready Photos at the Ritz Carlton

Love how her wedding gown hung perfectly with the Navy Pier Ferris wheel in the background!

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A special moment with her mom- cue the perfect tear! There’s a wedding photographer’s quote that says…there’s no such thing as a perfect photo, just a perfect moment!

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Lauren shared that she had only previously opened one bottle of champagne. I was legitimately scared! =)

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An emotional moment with her father-

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This suite at the Ritz Carlton is really amazing! The spiral staircase made for a great photo op!

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Blake “The Mayor” was getting ready with his groomsmen and family

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Rooftop First Look at the Ritz Carlton

The Ritz Carlton has a rooftop patio which sits right next to the John Hancock! While they were having their first look, I saw this great shot using a reflection!

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So simple, yet so beautiful!

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Yup…this is one of those photos you can only have when you are getting married at the Ritz! Chicago looks a little different from a rooftop!

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Wrigley Building and Michigan Avenue Wedding Day Photo Locations 

This photo in black and white is timeless! So elegant and it looks like it belongs in a fashion magazine!

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You can’t go wrong taking photos down the Chicago River –

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Just a few steps away, we took a few photos on Michigan Avenue!

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The Renovated Lobby at the Ritz Carlton

The renovated lobby of the Ritz Carlton is stunning for photos- As a photographer, I love all the different textures, materials and lines in these photos! Not to mention a beautiful wedding party to complete the look!

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This photo was featured on the Ritz Carlton Instagram page! Can you blame them?!

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Wedding Ceremony at the Ritz

Gorgeous ceremony decor by Flowers for Dreams –

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Wedding Reception Photos at the Ritz

Escort card table photo-

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Photographer’s Tip: Use the features of the ballroom to enhance your room shot! There are tens of thousands of crystals hanging from the ceiling that we made sure to include!

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Lauren + Blake! Thank you for having me as your wedding photographer! It was such a pleasure to work with you both and your wonderful families! It was truly a night to remember!

with love,

Kenny Nakai

 

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Cafe Brauer + Ambassador Wedding Slideshow // Emily + Evan

Evan + Emily’s Chicago Wedding Photography Slideshow 

A truly special set of wedding photos…it started with a first look on the rooftop of the Ambassador Chicago with the skyline in the background. Then we stopped of at the LaSalle Street Bridge. We finished their photos at the Art Institute South Garden and on State Street with the Chicago Theatre sign! Cafe Brauer was the perfect venue on a perfect day for their ceremony and reception! Make sure you have a good internet connection to watch Emily + Evan’s wedding slideshow in HD!

Wedding Details:
Getting Ready Venue: Ambassador Chicago Hotel
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Lincoln Park’s Cafe Brauer
Planners + Coordinators: Misha Newgren + Team from Nouvelle Events
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Dress: Pronovias
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Seamstress: Davis Imperial
Hair: Hair by Juan Jose
Makeup: Makeup by Aga

 

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