Artifact Events Chicago Wedding Photos // Joyce + George

Artifact Events Chicago Loft Wedding Photos

Joyce + George were married at one of the most unique wedding venues in Chicago – Artifact Events! This brick and timber loft is located in the Ravenswood neighborhood and has so much character with its unique furnishings from Architectural Artifacts!

Joyce has a discerning eye for detail and I was honored to their wedding photographer! It was a Chicago wedding…one where the dance floor opened with a traditional Okinawan wedding dance and then went into a traditional Greek wedding dance! It was so great to see these cultures come together at Artifact Events!

Wedding Details
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Artifact Events Chicago
Florals + Decor: Kelsey from HMR Designs 
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Coordinator: Alicia from Clementine Custom Events
Music: Roberto from Monastero Entertainment
Catering: Limelight Catering
Hair: George the Salon
Gown: Pronovias
Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry
Ice Sculptor: Yasuo Mizuuchi

As you can see from this first photo, Artifact Events has a beautiful open atrium!

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This next photo was used by Artifact Event’s social media team and featured on their Instagram feed! I love the string lights, the circular pendant light and the symmetry! Photographer’s tip: Step back and see the bigger picture!

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As a wedding photographer, I enjoy finding unique angles and reflections!

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Loved this piece to frame her wedding dress!

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Love the clean and modern look of her invitations! Those cranes were part of their 1000 cranes presented at the reception!

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The moment right after their first look =)

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I love the linear patterns of the timber loft and brick to frame his kiss on her hand

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Each wedding story is different, these two have known each other for a long time and I loved the emotions showing through on their special day!

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This photo took a little bit of coordination, but it was a fun capture!

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I enjoyed seeing George make Joyce laugh and smile throughout the day!

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Artifact Events Wedding Ceremony Photos

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The amazing ice sculpture-

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As a wedding photographer, I love capturing these moments at the altar, so family and friends can see all the emotions that took place during the ceremony!

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Artifact Events Wedding Reception Pictures

These hand crafted bamboo vases were made in Japan, in an area where Joyce’s family is from!

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Congrats Joyce + George! It was a beautiful ceremony and you have some amazing photos throughout Artifact Events + Architectural Artifacts! Can’t wait to show you more!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

 

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Loews O’hare Wedding Photos // Francesca + Derek!

Loews O’hare Chicago Wedding Photography Slideshow

I’ve never photographed a couple who has experience in competitive ballroom dancing – until Francesca + Derek! It’s amazing how many photos you can create when your clients just move, turn, and sway so effortlessly! It also helps to have a photogenic space like the Loews Chicago O’Hare! Make sure you have a good internet connection to watch their photography slideshow in 4k HD!

Wedding Details:
Ceremony Venue: St Mary of Vernon
Reception Venue: Loews Chicago Ohare Hotel
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Dress: Pronovias from Bella Bianca Couture
Florals: Northern Greenhouses
Shoes: Jimmy Choo

If you wanted to read about their wedding details, be sure to check out their Loews O’hare Wedding Blog Post!

 

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Hotel at Midtown Chicago Wedding Photos // Lauren + Jeff

Rooftop Wedding Photos at The Hotel at Midtown Chicago

Lauren + Jeff are members at Midtown Athletic Club. For those that don’t know, Midtown has been a Chicago tennis club for decades. They recently expanded their facility to include state of the art fitness and athletic training facilities! They also built an amazing modern boutique hotel with a rooftop deck! Lauren + Jeff had the vision and foresight to ask about having their wedding at this new facility! The result: THEY WERE THE FIRST WEDDING AT THE HOTEL AT MIDTOWN CHICAGO!

As a wedding photographer, I love shooting in new venues, and The Hotel at Midtown Chicago is no exception! The view of the Chicago skyline from their rooftop is unreal!

In case you missed it, be sure to check out their Chicago Engagement Photos too!

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Rooftop Venue: The Hotel at Midtown Chicago
Dress: Rebecca Schoneveld
Shoes: Custom Jimmy Choo Shoes
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Florals: Lauren Andree Designs
Band: Stitely Entertainment

The lobby at Midtown Chicago has the most amazing decor, including this staircase!

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A kiss on the rooftop of The Hotel at Midtown Chicago – with our iconic skyline in the background!

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The rooftop all set up for the reception. Guests were treated to a gorgeous sunset while they ate dinner!

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Getting Ready Photos at Midtown Chicago

A picture of her wedding gown hanging in the penthouse suite! I love that you can see the Chicago skyline in the background!

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And then there were these custom Jimmy Choo shoes. Custom color with an engraved date on the bottom!

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The custom engraved bottom only available at official Jimmy Choo stores!

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Love this portrait of Lauren!

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Custom three piece suit of the groom-

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Walking down the stair case in their penthouse suite-

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I love the strong modern lines on the exterior of Midtown juxtaposed with their smiles and pose!

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Chicago Skyline Wedding Pictures 

Lauren + Jeff wanted to head downtown to get a few photos with the Chicago skyline!

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There’s always one in the group.

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Jeff loves the classic architecture of the Field Museum, so we made sure to stop by for a few quick pictures!

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Wedding Pictures with the Chicago Theatre Sign

The last stop was in front of the Chicago Theatre sign!

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Rooftop Wedding Ceremony Photos

The Hotel at Midtown Chicago all ready for the first wedding ceremony on their rooftop!

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Photographer’s Tip: Sense of place – when possible, include landmarks to help the viewer know where the photo was taken! Here you can see the Willis Tower in the background!

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One of those moments that happens in a blink of an eye!

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Midtown Chicago Wedding Reception Pictures

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I love how the Chicago skyline changes as the sunsets –

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First dance photos!

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One of the surprises of the night – when Jeff took out his guitar and led the band in a couple of songs!

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Thank you Lauren + Jeff for having me as your wedding photographer! It was an unforgettable night at Midtown Chicago – the most perfect evening for a rooftop wedding reception! Can’t wait to show you more!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Armour House Wedding Photographer Teasers! Sylvia + Billy!

Armour House Wedding Photographer Teaser Pictures

Sylvia + Billy are probably just wrapping up their wedding reception at the amazing Armour House at Lake Forest Academy! These teaser pictures from today are just a preview of what is to come! Their big Greek wedding was so much fun! Shout out to Victoria from Kensington Florals + Events who planned, coordinated and created the florals + decor!

Wedding Details:

Ceremony: Holy Taxiarhai and Saint Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church
Reception Venue: Armour House at Lake Forest Academy
Planning, Florals + Decor: Kensington Florals + Events
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Shoes: Jimmy Choo + Christian Louboutin

As a wedding photographer, I love incorporating architecture and design into my photos! The Armour House offers a spectacular place to have your wedding photos taken! Easily one of my most favorite wedding venues in the suburbs of Chicago! Fashionistas will notice the groom sporting his Christian Louboutin shoes!

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A photo that looks straight out of a wedding fashion magazine!

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Congrats again Sylvia + Billy! You guys have the most amazing photos from the Armour House! I can’t wait to share more!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Artifact Events Wedding Photographer Teasers // Joyce + George

Artifact Events Chicago Wedding Photographer Teaser Photos

Joyce + George were married today! The reception just ended and I’m throwing up their wedding teaser photos from Artifact Events Chicago (formerly Architectural Artifacts)! Artifact Events is a truly one of a kind wedding venue in Chicago. The timber loft, outdoor courtyard, exposed brick and a three level open atrium! Be sure to check back in a couple weeks to see more photos from this beautiful wedding!

Wedding Details
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Artifact Events Chicago
Florals + Decor: Kelsey from HMR Designs 
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Coordinator: Alicia from Clementine Custom Events
Music: Roberto from Monastero Entertainment
Catering: Limelight Catering
Hair: George the Salon
Gown: Pronovias
Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry
Ice Sculptor: Yasuo Mizuuchi

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Artifact Events shares the space with Architectural Artifacts, so couples are able to take photos surrounded by curated, one of a kind pieces from all over the world! Everything from Parisan cabinets to Italian table tops and industrial earthquake proof lights! Yet with all these amazing architectural finds, as a wedding photographer, I am still drawn to beautiful light!

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Love this bridge in the Artifact Events atrium!

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Congrats Joyce + George for a wonderful celebration today! Great choice on Artifact Events as your wedding venue – everything was perfect! Though there are so many more amazing photos to share, enjoy these teaser pictures on your wedding night!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

 

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