Fairmont Chicago Wedding Pictures // Dani + Dan!

Chicago Fairmont Millennium Park Wedding Photos

Pro photographer’s tip when having a Chicago wedding in January…choose a beautiful & spacious hotel! Dani + Dan’s wedding at the Fairmont Chicago was perfect venue to host their winter celebration! It wasn’t just the marriage of two wonderful people, but two amazing families as well! I also enjoyed connecting with previous clients and their families on the dance floor. Be sure to scroll down to see the confetti toss photos! It’s always a favorite of mine!

Shout out to Marcy Glink from Great Events, Inc for pulling together an amazing team of wedding professionals! I always enjoy working at the Fairmont and with Kehoe Designs!

Wedding Details:
Engagement Session: Dan + Dani’s Lincoln Park Engagement Photos
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park
Planner + Coordinator: Marcy Glink from Great Events, Inc
Decor + Flowers: Kehoe Designs
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Music: Rendezvous Music

This photo on the Fairmont Chicago staircase looks like something out of a magazine advertisement!

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Love the decor by Kehoe Designs…the green and white pieces and the white Chuppah. If you can’t tell by these first two photos…I’m a wedding photographer that loves to incorporate interior design and environment into a couple’s wedding photos!

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They braved the cold weather to take a couple photos outside!

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Fun monogramed flannel pajamas for the bridesmaids!

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Love the detail on the back of her dress!

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Love this photo of Dani-

A special moment with her dad-

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A reveal to her bridesmaids!

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The Fairmont Chicago has a great view of Millennium Park!

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These two were so great to photograph throughout the day…for the little moments like this =)

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A cute moment during their Jewish wedding ceremony: The Ketubah Signing

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Love this photo taken by my associate photographer…

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During a Jewish wedding ceremony, the bride and groom walk around each other before joining each other under the Chuppah

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The Fairmont International Ballroom flipped from the ceremony to the reception!

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Hilarious story of their first ‘handshake’ =)

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My favorite Jewish wedding moment- The Hora!

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Hilarious moments- if she wasn’t holding onto this tablecloth, she might have hit the ceiling!

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The Kernzel Dance: When the parents marry off the last of their children, they get a special dance during the reception!

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One of the best things as a photographer to capture at a wedding reception – a confetti toss!

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Kind of turned into a snowball fight!

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The perfect way to end the night – with a gelato cart!

fairmont Chicago wedding photos reception dancingThank you Dani + Dan for being the most amazing couple to photograph! There are so many fun and funny expressions throughout the night! Can’t wait to show you the full set of photos, but enjoy these for now!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Jahna + Jordy’s Intercontinental Wedding Photos!

Chicago Jewish Winter Wedding Pictures at the Intercontinental Magnificent Mile!

It has only been two weeks since these two were married at the Intercontinental Magnificent Mile! I am also really jealous that they escaped the cold winter Chicago weather for the warm shores of Vietnam for their honeymoon! I’m sure they have been reliving their wedding day over and over as they decompress from all the excitement leading up to their special day!

I met Jahna and Jordy when I was the photographer for Jordy’s brother’s wedding (Matthew + Mari’s wedding photos at the Hyatt Regency) and I was honored when asked to be their wedding photographer as well!

Shout out to Jan Ehrenberg from Parties, Events and More and Chris Schmidt from the Intercontinental Chicago for planning and executing this beautiful winter wedding! Everything was flawless!

Wedding Details:

Jahna + Jordy’s Lincoln Park Chicago Engagement Photos
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Chicago Intercontinental Magnificent Mile
Planner + Coordinator: Parties, Events & More!
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Florals: Swansons Blossom Shop
Band: Greenlight from Rendezvous Music
Dresser: Crystal from The Wedding Dresser

Here’s a few photographer’s favs up first! I love the stair case in the Presidential Suite at the Intercontinental Hotel.

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Love finding these reflections! So romantic!

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I’m a photographer who loves reflections and staircases! It’s no mistake that this next picture was also one of the best from the day!

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Getting Ready at the Intercontinental Magnificent Mile

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Jahna looked amazing in her dress!

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Shout out to No Cold Feet for these groom + groomsmen socks!

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Winter Wedding Pictures Along Michigan Avenue

We took braved the cold winter weather to take a couple photos along Michigan Avenue!

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A fun reveal to their bridal party!

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A fun shot of the groomsmen showing off their No Cold Feet socks!

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Wedding Ceremony + Reception Photos in the Renaissance Ballroom

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Custom Jewish Chuppah covering for their family-

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The Renaissance Ballroom was perfect for their wedding ceremony!

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One of my favorite Jewish wedding traditions: The Hora!

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Nothing is more amazing than a Donut Wall! Everybody went home with a treat from The Doughnut Vault!


Thank you Jahna + Jordy for having me as your wedding photographer! I was really rooting for you both to win big on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” but a las – you left with priceless memories as well! Enjoy Asia and the cold weather awaits your return!

with love,

Kenny Nakai

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Fairmont Chicago Wedding Teasers // Dani + Dan!

Fairmont Chicago Winter Wedding Photographer’s Teaser Photos

Dani + Dan are probably still mingling with family and friends and the Fairmont Chicago Hotel! It’s almost 2am…but I wanted to get these wedding teaser pictures up on the blog! There are so many amazing photos that I can’t wait to post…but for now, I’m just going to post these three teaser photos!

Shout out to Marcy Glink from Great Events, Inc for pulling together an amazing team of wedding professionals! Everything went so smoothly today!

Wedding Details:
Engagement Session: Dan + Dani’s Lincoln Park Engagement Photos
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park
Planner + Coordinator: Marcy Glink from Great Events, Inc
Decor + Flowers: Kehoe Designs
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Music: Rendezvous Music

Love this photo of the bride and groom sharing a kiss in the International Ballroom at the Fairmont!

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It was a cold winter day for a wedding, but we stepped outside to capture this photo with Millennium Park in the background!

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We had to share a picture of the newlyweds on the Fairmont Chicago staircase!

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One quick room shot of the International Ballroom flipped for their wedding reception!

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Thank you Dan + Dani for a wonderful day! Can’t wait to show you more! Enjoy these pictures for now!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Jahna + Jordy’s Winter Wedding Teaser Photos!

Winter Wedding Photos at the Chicago Intercontinental Michigan Avenue Hotel

So excited to share these three pictures from todays wedding at the iconic Chicago Intercontinental Magnificent Mile Hotel! Jahna + Jordy have so many amazing photos, but I wanted to share these three right away…so they can enjoy them at tomorrows breakfast!

I met the bride and groom when I was photographing Matthew + Mari’s wedding a couple years ago! Matthew + Jordy are brothers! It was great to see so many familiar faces at this wedding!

Shout out to Jan Ehrenberg from Parties, Events and More and Chris Schmidt from the Intercontinental Chicago for planning and executing this beautiful winter wedding! Every thing went flawlessly!

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Chicago Intercontinental Magnificent Mile
Planner + Coordinator: Parties, Events & More!
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Florals: Swansons Blossom Shop
Band: Greenlight from Rendezvous Music
Dresser: Crystal from The Wedding Dresser

The bride and groom braved the frigid cold weather to take a few photos outside on Michigan Avenue!  They wanted to incorporate a little Chicago architecture into their wedding pictures!

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One of my favorite places to take photos inside the Chicago Intercontinental is on the bridge in Michael Jordan’s restaurant! Found a couple cool reflections for this creative wedding picture! With this wedding being held in the wintertime, it’s great to have a venue that is so photogenic!

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Though I’ve photographed a good number of weddings at the Intercontinental Magnificent Mile…I had never seen this staircase before! I’m a wedding photographer that loves staircases…we just had to take a photo with it! I love how the spiral staircase just frames them perfectly!

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Congrats Jahna + Jordy on an amazing day today! Soak up the last day with friends and family before heading out for your honeymoon! Can’t wait to share more photos in the next few weeks!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Winter Wedding at The Double Tree Skokie

Skokie Double Tree Hotel Winter Wedding Photography Slideshow

Josie + David’s winter wedding photography slideshow is up! There were plenty of honest stories shared during their wedding ceremony and many tears were shed. It helped explain their really special ‘first look’ on the top floor of the Double Tree Hotel! If you wanted to read a little bit more about their wedding day, you can check out Josie + David’s Winter Wedding Blog Post!

Wedding Details:
Josie + David’s Chicago Engagement Photos
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Skokie Double Tree Hotel by Hilton
Photo Locations: Michigan Ave + Chicago Union Station
Photography: Nakai Photography
Florals + Decor: XO Design Co

Make sure you have a good internet connection to watch their slideshow in HD!

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