80+ Gorgeous Wedding Photos at The Drake Chicago

The Drake Chicago Wedding Photos

It was such a beautiful day for Mary + Andrew’s wedding! We were able to have their first look overlooking Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive on the rooftop of The Drake Chicago! Minnie, their furry four legged family member made an appearance in the park across the street. We finished the night off with pictures in front of The Drake sign!

Shout out to Sonam from The Drake and Kate from JDetailed Events for helping make the day flow seamlessly!

Be sure to scroll through this whole post to see all 80+ photos and if you haven’t already…check out Mary + Andrew’s Fall Chicago engagement photos!

Wedding Details:
Reception Venue: The Drake Chicago
Photographers: NAKAI Photography
Ceremony: St Michael Church
Florals: Juliet Tan Floral Design
Coordinator: JDetailedEvents
Dresser: The Wedding Dresser
Gown: Dimitra’s Bridal Couture
Hair/MUA: The Bridal Beauty Team

We just can’t get over this view from the rooftop of The Drake and the shape of the train on Mary’s gown!

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Minnie stopped by for a few portraits!

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Definitely wanted to take a few photos with The Drake sign!

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The Drake Chicago Wedding Photos // Getting Ready

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A timeless photo of Mom helping her daughter-

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Andrew was getting ready with his groomsmen-

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Love this detail photo!

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Perhaps one of the best “First Look” spots in all of Chicago?

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St Michael Church Wedding Ceremony Photos

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Needless to say…Andrew was ready for his bride!

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We took photos on Michigan Avenue next to the Wrigley Building-

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Nothing says Chicago like our bridges and river!

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The Drake Chicago Wedding Photos // Reception

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Found a creative reflection for their parent toasts-

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Congratulations again Mary + Andrew! We loved witnessing and capturing your special day! Can’t wait to share the full set with you!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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15 Classic Chicago Engagement Photos

Classic Chicago Engagement Photos

I had the privilege of photographing Stuart + Jessica’s Chicago riverwalk proposal last year and enjoyed every minute of it! For their Save The Date card…they wanted to incorporate some architecture into their classic Chicago engagement photos! Be sure to scroll down to see all 15 photos!

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Nothing says classic Chicago like a skyline view!

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We started their session along the river by the Wrigley Building-

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Popped a little champagne to celebrate the moment-

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Her smile just radiates off the screen!

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We were watching the weather all day hoping it wouldn’t rain…and we were treated to the most amazing sunset! The skyline looks like a painting-

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A close up of the ring-

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Finishing the session off with a romantic sunset photo-

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It was so great to see you both again and capture your special connection! Can’t wait until your wedding next year!

with love,

your Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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80+ Phenomenal Loews Chicago Wedding Photos

Loews Chicago Wedding Photos

What a gathering for Alex + Andrew’s wedding at the Loews Chicago! They took advantage of the rooftop terrace for their photos and cocktail hour. They had dessert and late night snacks from some of our favorite places in Chicago. Au Cheval burgers?!!?

Shout out to Michelle + her team from Nora Events Chicago, Austin from Kehoe Designs, and the staff at Loews Chicago for helping make all of their dreams come true!

Wedding Details:
Venue: Loew Chicago
Decor/Florals: Austin from Kehoe Designs
Photographers: NAKAI Photography
Planner/Coordinator: Michelle from Nora Events Chicago
Band: Lakeshore Encore
Hair: Tamara Holden
MUA: Joanna B Artistry
Gown: Ultimate Bride Chicago
Cake: Bittersweet Pastry Shop
Desserts/Snacks/Treats: Beacon Doughnuts, Summer House, Good Ambler, Au Cheval, Dispy Dessert, Piece Chicago

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I rarely shoot angled photos, but this one felt just perfect!

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The ballroom was transformed by Kehoe Designs

Loews Chicago Wedding Photos // Getting Ready

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Decided to be a little playful with an old friend-

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Stunning portraits of the bride-

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Andrew looking sharp in his tuxedo

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Loved their first look on the rooftop terrace!

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Loews Chicago Wedding Photos // Ceremony

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These little men did a great job when the moment arrived!

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Andrew was just a little excited!

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Loews Chicago Wedding Photos // Reception

Amazing room decor-

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Andrew took to the stage and played with the band!

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Oh and the desserts and late night snacks:

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Congrats again Alex and Andrew on your amazing day! It was epic and I hope these photos helped to capture it all! Enjoy Greece!!!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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25+ Wonderful Lincoln Park Chicago Proposal Photos

Lincoln Park Chicago Proposal Photos

Yesterday it was raining all day in Chicago. We had to go with plan b for Jimmel’s proposal. And while it may not have been what we had discussed for a month…it was perfect. We had the whole Lincoln Park Pavilion (Honeycomb) to ourselves. The rain provided an additional visual element…a reflection!

Be sure to scroll through this whole blog post to see all 25+ of Jimmel + Angel’s Lincoln Park Chicago Proposal Photos! (if you were needing a proposal photographer…be sure to contact us!)

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There are so many things that could be said, but I think these photos speak for themselves-

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Leave you with one last photo of the two of them laughing together – on a day that they will remember forever!

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Congrats again Jimmel + Angel! It was epic and so special – thank you for having me!

with love,

your Chicago proposal photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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