Best Lincoln Park Engagement Photos // North Avenue Beach // Riverwalk at Night

The Best Chicago Engagement Photos for Christine + Matt!

We had the most wonderful time with Christine + Matt exploring Chicago together at some of the best engagement locations throughout Chicago! Be sure to scroll down to see all 30 of their Chicago engagement photos!

One of our favorites was one of the last ones…we love Chicago riverwalk engagement photos at night! There is such a romantic vibe once the sun goes down and the lights come on!

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Chicago North Avenue Beach engagement photos never disappoint with a beautiful landscape picture with our skyline!

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We started their session at the iconic ‘honeycomb’ structure in Lincoln Park! We love the pattern and organic feel of the structure and the way it perfectly frames the skyline!

If you like these pictures and are looking for a Chicago engagement photographer, feel free to reach out to us at our Contact Page!

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Lincoln Park Engagement Photos

The Lincoln Park South Pond is one of the most popular locations in Chicago for engagement photos. We started on a bridge with an unobstructed view of the skyline!

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Lincoln Park can be crowded at times, but there is plenty of space on the bridge for everyone to get a photo!

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Love the patterns, textures and expression in their Lincoln Park engagement photos! Expressions can really make a photo – Christine and Matt were full of laughs and smiles! =)

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They pulled off a picture perfect dip!

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A slightly different angle on the for this fun picture!

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There are so many angles and spots for a variety of Lincoln Park engagement photos! Loved the way the sunlight rim light their hair and how you can see the honeycomb in the background!

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North Avenue Beach Engagement Photos

We took a short walk for some epic North Avenue Beach engagement photos with our Chicago skyline! Even though there were thousands of people at the beach, we found private spot for this picture!

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Just a casual stroll along the pier for their North Avenue Beach engagement photos! We love photos that feel so natural!

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Riverwalk Engagement Photos at Night

Once the sunset we headed downtown for their Chicago Riverwalk engagement photos at night! Photographer’s Tip: Use leading lines to point right to the couple! This is one of our favorite locations with the symmetry and Wrigley building in the background!

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We love the blue sky in the first few pictures! The city comes alive for their riverwalk engagement photos at night!chicago riverwalk engagement pictures at night

The Marine Towers just scream “CHICAGO” without being cliche!

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They were not used to having their photos taken, but they did a great job with their genuine smiles throughout the the whole session! It’s my job as and engagement photographer to help clients look themselves during a photoshoot!

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If you have never walked along the Riverwalk at night, I hope these pictures encourage to spend a little time downtown after sunset! You can have dinner nearby and go for a stroll – a romantic dinner date!

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This riverwalk engagement picture at night reminds me of walking through Paris at night along the Seine River!

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We finished up their session on the LaSalle Street Bridge! We got lucky with a red taillight hitting the bridge beams giving it a red glow! It’s the little nuances in color that make the photo ‘pop’ just a little bit more!

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Loved converting this last photo into black and white! So timeless!

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Thank you Christine + Matt for a wonderful session! Love all these pictures from your session – it was just too hard to narrow it down any further! =) Can’t wait until your wedding!

with love,

your Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Best Chicago Proposal Locations // LondonHouse Cupola

One of the Best Chicago Proposal Locations // The LondonHouse Cupola

Every proposal is epic. They tug at your heart. They make you smile. Smile so much your cheeks hurt. Dexter + Courtney might have done that with their LondonHouse Cupola proposal photos! It also doesn’t hurt that the LondonHouse Cupola might be one of the best Chicago proposal locations with its epic views of our city!

If you are looking to hire a Chicago proposal photographer, be sure to reach out to us, we’d love to photograph your epic moment!

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The above photo was taken just a few minutes after this happened- Courtney walked into the LondonHouse and saw this….

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In shock she stepped back…and Dexter reached out his hand to walk with her to the middle-

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He shared some words with her…and her lips held tight to contain her emotions

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And while she new it was going to happen in that moment, she was still overcome by it all!

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That smile…I’m smiling as I type this…I’m sure you are smiling while reading this! =) =) =)

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Possibly one of my favorite from their proposal photos!

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That sparkle was not added in photoshop…talk about bling!

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Even as we took photos with the skyline in the background, Courtney was still taking it all in as the emotions kept overcoming her.

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One of the reasons the LondonHouse Cupola is one of the best Chicago proposal locations is the view! Look at the Chicago River down there!

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This seriously could be an advertisement for the LondonHouse. “Celebrate your moment at one of the best Chicago proposal locations!”

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Or maybe this should be the picture perfect moment for an ad.

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Love this view of the Chicago River and bridges in the background!

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Chicago Riverwalk Engagement Photos with their Dog!

After their rooftop photos, we headed down to the Riverwalk for a few more engagement photos with their dog! You have to love his bandana, “My Humans are Getting Married”

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This family photo of three is perfect!

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Thank you Dexter for having me there to document your Chicago proposal in the LondonHouse Cupola! It was everything you had planned and more! Courtney: Congratulations to you and I hope these photos bring you so much joy and smiles to come for generations!

with love,

your Chicago proposal photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Gorgeous Chicago LondonHouse Cupola Proposal Photos!

Chicago LondonHouse Cupola Proposal Photos

The weather is finally warmer here in Chicago, more people are vaccinated and it is engagement and proposal season! I am also vaccinated, and as a Chicago proposal photographer, it’s such a freeing experience knowing I won’t pass anything along to my clients! What a great time to get out and about!

Roberto had found my LondonHouse cupola proposal photos on Instagram and reached about being his Chicago proposal photographer! He only wanted the best for his fiancé, and he reserved this exclusive engagement location for his LondonHouse Cupola proposal photos!

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For those that are unaware, the LondonHouse rooftop has the most amazing views.  Just look how close you feel to all the iconic Chicago buildings!!! It’s epic, breathtaking and beautiful…all in one location!

There are proposal photos…and then THERE ARE PROPOSAL PHOTOS! Talk about the most amazing location! I love how you can see the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower and the John Hancock in the background!

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On the LondonHouse rooftop, you truly feel alone and you are able to enjoy your special moment to yourselves! They were all laughs and smiles once it was all done and official!

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The “Real” Chicago LondonHouse Proposal Photos

When you reserve the Cupola at the LondonHouse, you get this exclusive space all to yourselves. As soon as Mariana entered the cupola, she knew what was happening…and as a Chicago proposal photographer, it’s the best feeling to witness these special moments!

I’m sure there were all kinds of emotions running through her mind!

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The moment they had both been waiting for their whole lives…and it could not have been done in a more beautiful way!

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Aaaaannnnddd the ring fits!

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As a Chicago proposal photographer, I love capturing these raw and real emotions after a proposal! It’s a flood of emotions and it is different for each person-

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Had to take a photo of the ring and champagne!

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I think it takes a little while to get used to this new accessory to your ring finger!

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Roberto told me Mariana loves good photography and I am so honored to be their Chicago proposal photographer – knowing that Mariana loves and appreciates all of these pictures!

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I have captured numerous LondonHouse Cupola proposal photos and I love all the angles and perspectives you can have in one location- like this photo of the Chicago River!

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Pulling back so you can see where these Chicago LondonHouse cupola proposal photos were taken!

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Love all the architectural details in one picture-

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One of my favorite proposal photos from the day – something a little bit more fashion forward!

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After their LondonHouse Cupola proposal photos were over, we headed down to the street to capture a few more Chicago engagement photos!

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As a Chicago proposal photographer, I know it’s always great to have more fun with the newly engaged as they are on cloud 9!

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Classic Chicago architecture with the Marina Towers and the Mies van der Rohe buildings in the background.

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Love this photo of Mariana + Roberto along the riverwalk! The Chicago River, Wrigley Building and you can even see the LondonHouse cupola in the background on the rooftop of the middle building!

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Congrats again Roberto + Mariana! It was the most amazing proposal on the rooftop of the LondnoHouse and I am honored to have been your Chicago proposal photographer! Best wishes to you both as you start wedding planning and this new chapter in your lives!!!

with love,

your Chicago proposal photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Chicago Proposal Photographers w/Andrea + Kate!

Chicago Proposal Photographers Capture THE MOMENT!

Poor Andrea was a little nervous preparing to ask Kate for her hand in marriage. There were so many details to consider! Talk with her father, custom design the ring with RL Jewelers and plan out the details of their morning!

Andrea had search for Chicago proposal photographers and found Nakai Photography…he wanted his Chicago proposal photos to be everything for Kate! Also…with COVID travel restrictions in place, he knew these photos would help tell the story of their special morning!

And so we planned it all out. The Wrigley Building in the background, the perfectly lit Christmas Tree, and a surprised fiancé! This was the photo that Andrea wanted! (scroll down to read more about their Chicago proposal photos!)

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One their best pictures from their Chicago proposal photos – a picture with the Chicago River in the background and a ring on her finger! =)

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A picture of some important hardware. Their ring, their champagne saber (Kate’s first gift to Andrea!), and their bottle of champagne! As Chicago proposal photographers, we are here to tell YOUR story and I think this picture helps tell a little of theirs!

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Chicago Proposal Photos // The Real Story

Now…the first proposal picture at the beginning of this blog post was the one Andrea had envisioned for his special moment…but I was waiting on the other side of the tree! There was some confusion on west facing east and the Tribune Tower…but regardless…Andrea saw where I was hiding out and moved in for his moment!

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She said YES! 13+ years as Chicago proposal photographers, and we never tire of the pure joy and emotions that come out after a proposal!

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Kate was completely surprised and was all smiles for their special moment!

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We can’t predict how we will feel when moments in our life happen. After Kate said YES to his proposal, Andrea was suddenly overwhelmed with emotion. It was so special to witness and I love this tender moment between the two of them.

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To all of Kate + Andrea’s family all over the country and globe, here they are – the newly engaged – on Michigan Avenue with our iconic Chicago architecture in the background!

 

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Chicago proposal photos with the Wrigley Building in the background and the tree where he proposed!

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One thing about these two: they love to laugh…and this photo just about sums it up! =)

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They walk this pathway regularly from their home to Michgian Avenue….they love seeing the clock tower from the Wrigley Building!

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They wanted to take a few Chicago proposal photos from the their condo – so we made sure to capture a few with their Christmas tree + the John Hancock in the background!

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We proceeded to their rooftop where we were treated to this gorgeous view! You can actually see the tree and spot where Andrea proposed!

Love the symmetry, the Chicago architecture in the background and their silhouette!

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Andrea saber’d (is that the correct word?) their bottle of champagne!

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Chicago proposal photographers need to get a close up of that ring!!!

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Their moment above the city…fitting as they were still on cloud 9!

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Before ending their Chicago proposal photos, we took a stroll along the riverwalk for a few more pictures! Chicago proposal photographers love our city’s architecture, and the Marina Towers in the background looks great in black and white!

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We were on the rooftop of that green mirrored building in the background!

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If you were to go on an architecture tour here in Chicago you would learn about the Marina Towers on the left and the Mies van der Rohe building on the right! Also love how they were willing to hop on the bridge for this picture!

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It may not be as romantic as a stroll through stone streets of Florence, but our Chicago bridges our iconic to our city! =)

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Another tender moment as Andrea recounted the emotions he felt when he proposed…needless to say…their families and loved ones were on his heart throughout the morning.

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Our Chicago River in the background!

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One last epic photo to finish up their Chicago proposal photos!

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Congrats again Andrea + Kate! We had a wonderful time together capturing your love and your love story together! Thank you for having me!

with love,

your Chicago proposal photographers,

Kenny Nakai from Nakai Photography

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Chicago Proposal Photography on Riverwalk!

Chicago Proposal Photography on Riverwalk

Nathan found my work when viewing my previous Chicago proposal photography instagram and blog posts and he reached to talk about his upcoming trip to Chicago to surprise Ashley with a ring! Before getting into more details…here’s one of their best Chicago riverwalk proposal photos after she said YES!

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Since they had known each other for a long time, Nathan had an idea of what she would like and not like for a proposal. Some where scenic but somehow spontaneous. Nothing elaborate or decorated. She wanted it to feel like it was the spur of the moment surprise!

They don’t live in Chicago, so with 13+ years as a Chicago proposal photographer, I gave my input into a bunch of options! Though the lake front is popular, it can be quite cold this time of year and we wanted to stay near the LondonHouse Hotel, where they were staying.

We settled on this spot along Michigan Avenue for their Chicago riverwalk proposal photos! Here they are heading down the steps…she would have no idea that her life was about to change. =)

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They admired our beautiful city while taking photos and selfies. My heart started pounding as I knew their moment was near…Chicago proposal photography is so much fun….the anticipation and emotions are real!

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Chicago Riverwalk Proposal Photos

And then the moment started! All of a sudden he was on his knee with a box open!

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And right here…in the middle of our bustling city, Nathan and Ashley had a private moment all to themselves! There was no one around to disturb them or their Chicago Riverwalk proposal photos!

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The emotions that unfold are so great to photograph! As a Chicago proposal photographer, I never know how it’s going to go!

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It’s an emotional moment…not just for the one being asked, but for the one who planned it all out! Nathan was so nervous during lunch when he didn’t have much of an appetite because he knew the proposal was happening shortly afterwards!

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Their first hug as fiancé!

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All smiles and grins with new jewelry adorning her hand!

The spot for their Chicago Riverwalk proposal photos!

We wanted to make sure to highlight her engagement ring in a picture!

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Though we had never met….I love how much these two like to laugh together! As a Chicago proposal photographer, it’s my job to capture a couple’s relationship…in a way that is real and authentic…and their smiles and laughs make me feel like I accomplished that!

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We walked over to the Wrigley Building to take a few photos in front of their Christmas tree to remember the time of year for their Chicago proposal photos!

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For those who are viewing these photos from Houston or other parts of the country/world, this is what the Wrigley Building looks like- amazing architecture on our Magnificent Mile!

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Behind them, along the riverwalk, is the restaurant where they had lunch….

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Our riverwalk is a newer addition to our city and it is really popular for locals and tourists a like! Makes for the perfect backdrop for Chicago proposal photography!

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This is one of my favorite spots for Chicago riverwalk proposal photos, and during the summer, you can’t get this picture without boats and a ton of people in the picture!

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Our Chicago bridges are also iconic and really photogenic! I love that these Chicago proposal photos say “Chicago” without being cliche! You have the ‘corncob’ tower on the left, the ‘champagne tower’ on the right, award winning architecture (Aqua building) next to it, as well as Chicago’s newest skyscraper in the middle!

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We were able to capture a lot of amazing pictures in a short amount of time. 13+ years as Chicago proposal photographer helps me maximize our time together!

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Chicago proposal photographer insights: Love the symmetry, the straight lines, the curved lines leading to the smiling couple in the middle!

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Congrats again Nathan + Ashley! So happy for you both! Hope you are enjoying the warmer weather down in Texas and I hope your Chicago riverwalk proposal photos help you relive your moment over and over again!

with love,

your Chicago proposal photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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