Lorena + John’s Langham Chicago Wedding Preview Photos!

Langham Chicago Wedding Preview Pictures

The day had finally arrived! John and Lorena had the most amazing wedding at one of Chicago’s finest 5 Star luxury hotel: The Langham Hotel! Their ballroom overlooks the Chicago River and State Street! There are so many stories to share, but since it’s 1am…I just wanted to share a few preview photos!

Shout out to Allison from The Langham Chicago and Akeshi from Kesh Events for pulling together a great team of wedding vendors! Vale of Enna created these beautiful centerpieces and the Larry King Orchestra kept the dance floor full!

Here is the Devonshire Ballroom decorated by Vale of Enna!

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One of the most popular places for wedding photographers is right in front of the Wrigley Building. It overlooks the Chicago River! I love how John smiles when he looks at his bride-

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These two met while serving alongside one another at Chicago’s Catholic Charities –

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One last photo from the evening. We had to take a picture with the Langham ‘pebbles’ hanging from their lobby ceiling!

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Thank you John + Lorena for having me as your wedding photographer! You guys were so great to work with and I can’t wait to show you more photos in the coming weeks!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Samantha + Jason’s LondonHouse Wedding Photos!

LondonHouse Chicago Hotel Wedding Pictures 

Samantha + Jason chose one of Chicago’s finest luxury hotels for their wedding venue. The LondonHouse Chicago boasts one of the best rooftops in the city! As a wedding photographer, I am always looking at the unique architectural elements of a venue, and the LondonHouse has plenty! Not only do they have a bar and lounge area, they have a ‘cupola‘ that they reserve for their brides and grooms! In this rooftop cupola, you have the perfect view of the Wrigley Building and Michigan Ave!

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If you aren’t sure what the ‘cupola’ looks like…here it is…on the LondonHouse rooftop…21 floors above Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive.

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This next picture is one of my favorite pictures of the two of them…right down Michigan Ave!

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LondonHouse Rooftop Cupola Wedding Day Pictures

We started their day taking photos of them on the LondonHouse rooftop!

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Samantha and her bridesmaids in the cupola! Some people asked if they were models – almost looks like an advertisement!

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One request from the bride and groom: lots of photos of their nieces and nephews!

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Love this staircase near the lobby of the LondonHouse

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Photographer’s Tip: Step back and see the larger picture. While the staircase is beautiful, the chandelier is the perfect graphical/luxury element to balance out the photo!

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We had to make sure Jason got a few photos in the cupola before we left

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Photographer’s Tip: Know how to shoot in all types of lighting conditions and use the sun to your advantage!

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I love the symmetry in this picture-

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Chicago Catholic Wedding Ceremony // Assumption Church

We headed over to Assumption Catholic Church for their wedding ceremony! These kids are ready to party!

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LaSalle Street Bridge Wedding Pictures 

We made a stop at the LaSalle St bridge for a few photos – This iconic street has been used in many movies.

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LaSalle St is where you can find these iconic Chicago bridges-

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A photo with the Chicago river in the background.

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Michigan Avenue Wedding Images

Before heading up to the rooftop, we took a few photos along Michigan Avenue, right in front of the LondonHouse!

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From this spot on Michigan Ave, you can see the Wrigley Building and the John Hancock in the background!

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Back up to the LondonHouse rooftop for a few more photos of the bride and groom together in the cupola!

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One of the best rooftop views in Chicago.

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Chicago LondonHouse Wedding Reception Pictures

Escort card table photo –

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The most touching toasts ever. One of the few times in 10 years where I’ve had to wipe away tears when taking photos at a reception.

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One last picture of the bride and groom with the evening colors of Chicago behind them!

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Thank you Samantha + Jason for having me as your wedding photographer! It was such a special day and you could just feel how happy everyone throughout the day! Hope you are enjoying your honeymoon!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Wedding Photos at Chicago Cultural Center!

Wedding Photos at Chicago Cultural Center and on a Rooftop

These two will be celebrating their wedding in Greece at a later time this year…but they wanted to have wedding pictures in they city where they fell in love!

You have to love the view on the rooftop of their condo! Almost feels like a fashion magazine advertisement with award winning architecture in the skyline behind them!

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We took photos at the Chicago Cultural Center…one of Chicago’s ‘hidden gems’! If you have never been inside, be sure to check out their staircases! As a Chicago wedding photographer, I’ve taken plenty of photos at the Cultural Center, but we got lucky with this pocket of sunlight shining down!

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I’m a photographer that loves symmetry!

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A romantic photo and a reflection!

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The Tiffany Dome is the largest attraction inside the Cultural Center-

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Had to share another photo on the rooftop-

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Facing east over Lake Michigan and Navy Pier. I can only imagine the sunrises you can see here-

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The lobby of their condo had this modern luxury vibe and we had to take a few photos!

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One last photo…overlooking the Chicago skyline from Olive Park!

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Samantha + Jason’s Wedding Previews!

LondonHouse Chicago Wedding Photos in the Rooftop Cupola

Samantha + Jason have probably just said their final good byes at their wedding reception! After snowing in Chicago just two weeks ago…the weather was perfect for their wedding day! There’s so much to say about their wedding…so I will just say this…I don’t remember the last time I teared up at a reception like I did when Samantha’s bridesmaids gave their toasts. I couldn’t be happier for this amazing couple!

They booked the LondonHouse Chicago to host their wedding reception. We made sure to take advantage of their rooftop cupola for their wedding photos! You can’t tell from these photos…but this cupola is on top of the 21st floor of the LondonHouse. The view is spectacular – you’ll have to check back in a couple weeks to see more photos from this wedding! But for now…enjoy these wedding previews!

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As a wedding photographer, I am always looking for graphical elements that help to create an image with visual impact. The columns of the cupola have this perfect symmetry!

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One photo taken on LaSalle Street, just a few blocks from The LondonHouse Chicago. The Chicago Board of Trade is in the background and the bride and groom are framed by Chicago’s iconic bridges!

LondonHouse Chicago Wedding Photo LaSalle StreetThank you Samantha + Jason for having me as your wedding photographer! We were able to create so many amazing wedding photos today! I can’t wait to share! For now…enjoy the three previews!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny

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On Top of Chicago at the Willis Tower!

Chicago Skydeck at Willis Tower Engagement Photos

I have to share the best picture from Val + Kenny’s engagement session first. Taken on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower overlooking Chicago!

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For those that don’t know, the Skydeck at the Willis Tower offers you the opportunity to stand or sit on a glass deck over the city! It’s really surreal! Be sure to scroll down to see more engagement images taken at the Willis Tower Skydeck!

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Chicago Skyline at the Adler Planetarium Engagement Photos

We started their engagement session at the Adler Planetarium. This location boasts one of the best views of the Chicago skyline!

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Whenever I take photos of the Chicago skyline, I always try to include the Willis Tower in the background. It is iconic and easily recognizable as one of Chicago’s best landmarks!

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Willis Tower and the Skydeck Chicago Images

Even though these pictures pretty amazing, the skydeck is much more magnificent in person –

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with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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