Riverwalk + Lincoln Park Engagement // Raquel + Robert!

Chicago Engagement Photos // Riverwalk + Lincoln Park

Raquel + Robert had their engagement session photos taken at the Chicago Riverwalk and the South Pond in Lincoln Park! These two were a little worried/nervous about their engagement pictures (as most couples are!) but after just a few photos, they were able to see how natural and amazing they look! Getting comfortable with a photographer is a huge benefit of shooting engagement photos with your wedding photographer!

I’m a photographer that loves sun flare, so when I see it, I have to shoot it!

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A classic photo along the Riverwalk with the Wrigley Building in the background-

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Love the contrasting colors of the river and her dress!

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This was one of the first photos we took of their engagement session. As an engagement photographer…it’s always a great feeling when the couples loves the first few photos you take! =)

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We finished their session at Lincoln Park with a view of the Chicago skyline and some fall colors!

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Photographer’s tip: Find unique views of iconic structures! Here the John Hancock screams “Chicago” but this is not a common angle of it!

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Thank you for such a great session you two! I can’t wait till your wedding next year!

with love,

your Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Morgan Manufacturing Wedding Photos // Jason + Chase!

Luxury Chicago Gay Wedding Photos // Morgan Manufacturing

There were quite a few tears shed at Jason + Chase’s wedding at Morgan MFG! From the moment they saw each other for the first look at the Waldorf Astoria to their toasts at the reception…it was a special day for their close friends and family! Be sure to scroll down to see all their luxury wedding details! The best part of a gay wedding…everything amazing comes in pairs! As in a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes and a pair of custom ESQ Tuxedos!

This first photo was epic. A DOUBLE RAINBOW to celebrate their gay wedding! Yes this did happen! I am thankful to have clients who trust their wedding photographer when he suggests going up to the roof of Morgan MFG in the rain!

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Shout out to Ginny from Wrap It Up Parties for coordinating this all-star team of wedding professionals! Thank you to my former clients Will + Todd and Jae Heller for referring me to this amazing couple! I appreciate the support!!!

***If you haven’t already seen Jason + Chase’s Sunrise Chicago Engagement Photos OR their Riverwalk at Night Engagement Pictures, you NEED to check them out!***

Wedding Details:
Planner: Wrap It Up Parties
Getting Ready Venue: Waldorf Astoria Chicago Hotel
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Morgan Manufacturing
Catering: Food For Thought
Decor + Florals: Kehoe Designs
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Custom Tailored Tuxedos: ESQ Clothing
Custom Grooms Party Dresses: Borris Powell Luxury Fashion Designer
Cake: Mindy Segal from Hot Chocolate Chicago
DJ: Fig Media
Taco Truck: Big Star
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Love their custom tuxedos from ESQ Clothing-

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Phil and the team at Kehoe Designs did an amazing job with all the decor at Morgan Manufacturing!

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Getting Ready at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago 

Earlier I mentioned…”the best part of a gay wedding is that everything comes in pairs”? That goes for rings and cufflinks!

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Shoe envy. Talk about luxury wedding details!

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We stopped by the Chicago River for a few pictures!

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This next photo is all about the Chicago architecture. Or perhaps the red soles at the bottom of the photo. =)

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Straight out of a fashion magazine? Photographer’s Tip: Match luxury with luxury. The gold/brass finishing pairs perfectly with their custom fit tuxedos!

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Just look at this gorgeous bouquet by Kehoe Designs!

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Standing just 1 block from where they first met!

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Morgan Manufacturing is a wedding photographer’s dream. So many photogenic nooks and crannies!

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Photographer’s Tip: Look for symmetry everywhere. I also love the monochromatic feel with the exception of the staircase + their tuxedos!

Wedding party photo part 1 on the rooftop of Morgan MFG

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Wedding party photo pt 2 in a mirrored room with crystal chandeliers!

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Kehoe Designs with a wedding ceremony in the round

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Though they had already seen each other for photos throughout the day…That doesn’t keep the tears back when Chase sees Jason walking down the aisle! Great photo by my associate photographer!

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A kiss on the roof with their double rainbow!

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Escort card table photo!

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These two were so excited to get their party started!!!

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First dance photos!

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Tacos from the Big Star Food truck!

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Congratulations again Chase + Jason! Your wedding was simply unforgettable! Thank you for having me as your wedding photographer being willing to take photos in the rain for that rainbow! Can’t wait to share more photos with you all!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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The American Club Wedding Photography Slideshow

The American Club Wedding Photography Slideshow // Kohler, WI

I can’t believe it’s just been over a month since these two were married in Kohler, WI at The American Club, a five star resort hotel! It was the most perfect weather for an outdoor wedding and The American Club is the perfect backdrop for their wedding photos! Be sure to have a good internet connection to watch their video in HD!

***Check out their amazing Chicago Engagement Photos + American Club Wedding Photography Blog Post as well!***

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The American Club // Kohler, Wisconsin
Dress: Vera Wang
Shoes: Christian Dior
Clutch: Louis Vuitton
Photographer: Nakai Photography
Band: The Larry King Orchestra
Videographer: Mirar Productions

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Morgan Manufacturing Wedding Photos // Smita + Tushar!

Chicago Indian Wedding Reception Photos at Morgan Manufacturing

This is it…Smita + Tushar’s final blog post from their big Chicago Indian wedding extravaganza! When you walked into their wedding reception at Morgan Manufacturing…you had to pause and catch your breath! It was unreal! Shout out to Sabrina + Sonam from Sabrina Hans Events and Kehoe Designs for creating the most magical experience for their guests!

***Be sure to check out Smita + Tushar’s Chicago Engagement Photos, Sangeet and Mehndi Photos and Loews Chicago Hindu Wedding Ceremony Photos if you haven’t already seen them!***

Here’s a photo from Morgan MFG showing the lighting effects, custom hung chandeliers and their sweetheart table!

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Wedding Details:
Ceremony Venue: Chicago Loews Hotel
Reception Venue: Morgan Manufacturing
Catering: Blue Plate Catering
Photo Location: Olive Park
Planners: Sabrina Hans Events
Event Decor + Florals: Kehoe Designs
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Brides Hair + Makeup: The Face Pro

The bride and groom changed outfits for their reception!
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We stopped by Olive Park to grab this beautiful view of the Chicago Skyline!

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A photo with the bridal party! I love how the colors from the Indian Saris pops against the cool toned sky + water!

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One of my favorite parts of an Indian wedding…the different looks the bride has with her hair and makeup! (Hair and makeup by The Face Pro}

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Photographer’s Tip: Finding the light! I placed Smita in the direct sunlight to help her stand out from the background- What a stunning full length portrait!

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We had to take a few pictures in the lobby before heading out to Morgan MFG-

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Love their smiles. Love their twirl. Love this moment! Photographers Tip: Add motion to your wedding pictures!

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Looks like a photo out of a fashion magazine-

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Wedding photos at Olive Park!

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My favorite photo of the bridesmaids from Olive Park

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Wedding Reception Photos at Morgan Manufacturing

Morgan Manufacturing is a gorgeous wedding venue in the West Loop of Chicago. It has a rooftop with a gorgeous view of the Chicago Skyline!

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The setting sun is perfect on the rooftop of Morgan MFG! It almost feels like California!

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Escort Card table by Kehoe Designs

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Just look at these design pieces suspended from the ceiling! Photographer’s Tip: Include the architectural elements into your images! Here you can see the Morgan Manufacturing skylight above the table!

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Morgan MFG is a large venue to host a an Indian wedding reception!

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The lighting looked amazing once the bride and groom entered the room!

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First dance pictures

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Took a photo of their wedding rings on the mirrored surface of their sweetheart table!

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What a wedding weekend! Thank you Smita + Tushar for having me as your wedding photographer! There were just sooo many amazing photos!  You guys were so great to work with – I hope these photos helped you relive it all over again!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Drake Hotel Wedding Slideshow // Kim + Samer!

Chicago Drake Hotel + Michigan Ave Wedding Photography Slideshow

Kim + Samer’s Drake hotel wedding photography slideshow! There were so many emotions on their day. Like the way Kim’s father couldn’t even walk in the room when he saw her…and the tears streaming down Samer’s face throughout the ceremony. Just the perfect way to celebrate the happy couple! Be sure to have a good internet connection to watch the slideshow in HD!

***In case you missed them: Kim + Samer’s Chicago Engagement Photos + their Drake Chicago Wedding Blog Post***

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Chicago Drake Hotel
Planner: Kristina Taheri Events
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Florals: Juliet Tan Floral
Dress: Vera Wang
MUA: Makeup by Aga
Hair: THREE ONE TWO Bridal
Lighting: Frost Lighting

 

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