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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Indoor Lobby Radisson Blu Wedding Party Photos

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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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Wedding Photos at The Gwen + Union Station!

The Gwen Hotel Chicago, Union Station + Wrigley Building Wedding Photos

In a few days it will be Bessie + Tom’s one month anniversary! What better way to celebrate than to view their wedding photography slideshow! Gorgeous photos taken at The Gwen Hotel, Chicago Union Station and the Wrigley Building! So many beautiful moments throughout the day, including their traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony! Make sure you have a good internet connection to watch in 4k HD video!

If you haven’t already seen them, be sure to check out Bessie + Tom’s Chicago Engagement Photography Blog Post + Gwen Hotel Wedding Photography Blog Post.

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Gwen Chicago
Dress: Enzoani from Dimitras Bridal Couture
Bride’s Shoes: Gucci, Christian Louboutin
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Band: Chicago Groove Time
Flowers: A Pretty Flower by A & A Floral Arts

 

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Studio + Lifestyle Engagement Photos // Amber + Emanuel

Chicago Studio Engagement Photography

Amber is a dear friend of our family…our children affectionately call her “Auntie Amber” as she has loved on them like no other!  Needless to say, it was such a joy when Emanuel proposed this past summer! After following Nakai Photography Instagram for years, Amber had a vision for her engagement photos – and it involved shooting in the Nakai Photograph studio space! We loved creating these Vanity Fair-esque pictures for them!

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Loved how this photo looks in black and white!

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They changed outfits and we took this last studio photo before heading outside – Magazine cover worthy! As an engagement photographer, I love shooting in new spaces…and this was the first studio engagement session at my current studio space!

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Chicago Lifestyle Engagement Photos

We took to the streets for a few lifestyle pictures in the neighborhood!

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Love love love!

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Thanks Amber + Emanuel for a wonderful shoot together! Not only did we capture some amazing photos, I’m glad we were able to spend some time together this busy engagement season!

with love,

you Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Radisson Blu Wedding Teaser Photos // Stefanie + Casey

Chicago Radisson Blu Wedding Teaser Photos

It’s 2am and Casey + Stefanie just finished up their wedding reception at the Chicago Radisson Blu! It was such a special day between two wonderful families! There are so many amazing photos, but here are just three teaser photos from the day! Stefanie works as a makeup artist for Cynde Cosmetics…and it’s always special to work on a wedding of a fellow wedding professional. She helped countless brides and bridesmaids prepare for their special day…and today was finally hers!

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!

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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