Wedding Teaser Photos at The Gwen + Union Station!

Wedding Photos at The Gwen Chicago + Union Station

Bessie + Tom were married just seven hours ago at The Gwen Chicago! The Gwen is hidden gem of a luxury hotel as it is newly remodeled and is an outstanding location for wedding pictures! For those who travel with points/miles, The Gwen is part of the Marriott family. These three photos are just the teaser photos, be sure to check back in a couple weeks to see 60+ photos from their wedding here on this blog!

Shout out to Vasso from The Gwen who helped make sure everything went smoothly! The staff was 100% on point and blew me away with their attentiveness!

If you haven’t already seen them, be sure to check out Bessie + Tom’s Chicago Engagement Photography Blog Post. We took photos at Swift & Sons…where they had their first date!

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Gwen Chicago
Dress: Enzoani from Dimitras Bridal Couture
Photographer: Nakai Photography

We took this photo at Union Station…classic Chicago architecture- it looks so timeless in black and white!

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Towards the end of the night, we had to take a photo on The Gwen staircase! Such a romantic moment!

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As a wedding photographer, I love shooting on rooftops, so we had to take this photo on the 16th floor rooftop balcony attached to the Gwen Lux Suite they were staying in! This one of the last photos of the night!

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Congrats again Bessie + Tom! We captured so many amazing photos from your day – including these last two taken at The Gwen in the last couple hours of the night! You two are a dynamic duo – a real life Batman & Robin! =) Can’t wait to share more!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Saddle & Cycle Wedding Photography Slideshow // Caroline + Spencer

Saddle and Cycle + Ambassador Hotel Chicago Wedding Photography Slideshow

In just a few days Caroline + Spencer will celebrate their 1 month anniversary! There are so many great moments from their day, like when Caroline’s dad saw her for the first time, the way her veil blew on the rooftop of the Ambassador Hotel and the hilarious stories shared during the maid of honor + best man toasts!

If you wanted to read and see more, be sure to check out Caroline + Spencer’s Saddle and Cycle Club Wedding Blog Post!

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

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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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