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

The Best Chicago Engagement Pictures 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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The Best Chicago Engagement Pictures in Lincoln Park South Pond

The Lincoln Park South Pond is one of the most popular locations for the best Chicago engagement pictures. 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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The Best Chicago Engagement Pictures at North Ave

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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Best Chicago Engagement Pictures on Riverwalk 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! They also make for the best Chicago engagement pictures! 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! You have the best Chicago engagement pictures – it was just too hard to narrow it down any further!

with love,

your Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Chicago North Shore Wedding Photos

Chicago North Shore Wedding Photos

Erin + Keegan’s Chicago North Shore wedding photos! Though they had to wait a year to party with their friends and family they were so fortunate to have Illinois open up right before their wedding! It was a long 2 years of planning but everything was perfect for their special day! Be sure to scroll down to see 60+ photos on this blog post!

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Wedding Details:
Planner/Coordinator: Misha from Nouvelle Events
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Decor: HMR Designs
Catering: Blue Plate Catering
Band: Greenlight
Tent: HDO
Videography: Mirar Weddings
Hair + Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry
Wedding Dress: VWidon

Erin got ready at her Aunt’s house – and this little nook was the perfect spot for her wedding dress picture!

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Popping open the champagne and let the festivities begin!

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Such a timeless photo of mom helping her daughter into her wedding gown-

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I’m pretty sure VWidon, her wedding gown designer…is going to love this picture!

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Something borrowed and something blue-

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Keegan looking sharp on his wedding day!

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Beautiful backyard design at her neighbor’s home for these Chicago North Shore wedding photos!

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Escort Card table photo-

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It’s almost like they designed their backayard to host a wedding! Just the perfect layout!

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One of the most important photos of the day…all the littles! Somehow this group got larger in one year! And to think it is only going to continue to grow!

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Gorgeous tented reception – Shout out to Blue Plate Catering and HMR Designs for doing a wonderful job!

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Loved capturing this quite moment between the two of them. I don’t even think they knew I was taking this photo! Look at the joy on their faces!

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There is quite a bit to be happy about! =)

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Greenlight Band brought the energy and fun!

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Congrats again Erin + Keegan! All the logistics worked out perfectly and we captured so many amazing moments in your Chicago North Shore wedding photos! So happy for you both and looking forward to seeing your family grow as you start this next chapter …or next two chapters…in your lives!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Chicago Proposal in The 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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