Loews Ohare Wedding Teaser Photos // Francesca + Derek!

Loews Ohare Chicago Wedding Teaser Photos

Francesca + Derek are probably just finishing up their last song at their wedding reception! Before heading to bed, I wanted to share these four teaser pictures from their wedding today! They held their reception at the Loews Chicago Ohare Hotel…one of the most photogenic venues in Chicago! Shout out to Vasso from the Loews Ohare for executing everything flawlessly!

Francesca first came across my work when I photographed her cousin’s wedding SIX years ago! Tina is like an older sister to her and it means so much to me as a photographer to photograph ‘siblings!’ It was great to see Tina + David and the rest of their family again today!

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

Derek and Francesca are competitive ballroom dancers – and I LOVE the combination of dance and wedding attire! Photographer’s Tip: Choose an iconic and memorable location! Not only do they have an amazing pose, but it is in front of the ‘Shakespeare’ painting at the Loews Ohare!

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We were able to see the Chicago skyline from the Ohare area!

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This next photo looks like a wedding fashion magazine advertisement – Simply stunning!

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A photo of the reception ballroom at the Loews Chicago Ohare!

loews Chicago ohare wedding photos hotel photographerFrancesca + Derek – it was an amazing day and I can’t wait to share more pictures with you! But for now, enjoy these teaser pictures as you decompress from wedding planning! All your hard work paid off and that first dance was EPIC!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Jenna + Amir’s Cultural Center Wedding Photos!

Luxury Wedding Photos at The Chicago Cultural Center + Langham Hotel

Amir + Jenna planned the most amazing wedding! It started at Chicago’s finest luxury hotel, The Langham Chicago and ended a few blocks away at the Chicago Cultural Center! The Langham Hotel is housed in a classic Mies van der Rohe building and the Cultural Center was designed in a neoclassical style over 100yrs ago!

One of my favorite photos from their day was during their ‘first look’ – Jenna’s face holds so much emotion and Amir was moved to tears when he saw her. These are the moments that make my job as a wedding photographer so special!

Be sure to scroll through all 60+ images on this wedding blog post! Amir has been following my wedding photography business for a long time. He has seen me first hand at a couple weddings and was in the bridal party for his sister’s wedding!

Shout out to Chrissy from Big City Bride for helping plan and coordinate everything!

Wedding Details:
Getting Ready Venue: Langham Chicago Hotel
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Chicago Cultural Center
Planner + Coordinator: Big City Bride
Florals + Decor: Yanni Design Studio
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Dress: Watters
Band: Green Light
Catering: Limelight Catering

Love this first photo of the two of them. The soft moment of a kiss juxtaposed by the strong lines of the Langham Chicago!

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A photo of them on the Chicago Cultural Center staircase! Photographer’s Tip: When the architecture is so unique – be sure to showcase it!

The Chicago Cultural Center is a beautiful venue for a wedding ceremony! The Tiffany Dome has no equal in Chicago! Their luxury details pair perfectly with the space!

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Yanni Design Studio did a fantastic job transforming the room for their wedding reception!Chicago cultural wedding photographer reception first dance

If you haven’t already seen them, check out Amir + Jenna’s Chicago engagement photos!

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Getting Ready Pictures at The Langham Hotel

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The Langham Chicago is located right along the Chicago River, as showcased in this picture!

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Love the details in her dress and veil!

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One of the most special moments on her wedding day!

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My associate photographer, Tom as with Amir as he got ready-

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That special moment when you see each other for the first time on your wedding day!

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We had to include Bailey into their wedding photos!

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Amir asked me to re-create a photo I had taken at a previous wedding he attended – 8yrs ago!

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As a photographer, I’m trying to keep focused on the bride and groom while also keeping an eye out for family reactions-

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Chicago Cultural Center Wedding Reception Pictures

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Thank you Amir + Jenna for having me as your wedding photographer! We captured so many epic photos on your day! I can’t wait to share the full set with you!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Val + Kenny’s Langham Chicago Wedding Photography Slideshow!

Langham Chicago Wedding Photography Slideshow

Val + Kenny’s Langham Chicago Hotel wedding photography slideshow! They stole the show at their reception when they each had a choreographed dance performance! To read more about their wedding, be sure to check out their Val + Kenny’s Langham Chicago Wedding Photo Blog Post! They also had an Epic Engagement session at the Willis Tower!

willis tower skydeck engagement photos chicagoBe sure you have a good internet connection to watch their wedding slideshow in 4k HD!

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Langham Chicago Luxury Hotel
Decor + Florals: Revel Decor
Planner/Coordinator: Lauren from LOLA Event Productions
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Dress: Mira Couture
Shoes: Jimmy Choo + Guiseppe Zanotti Designs
Evening Gown + Shoes: BHLDN + Alexander White
Dance Choreography: Windy City Dance

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Emma + Selwyn’s Loews Downtown Chicago Wedding Slideshow

Emma + Selwyn’s Loews Downtown Chicago Wedding Photography Slideshow

It has been a whirlwind of summer weddings! I saved some fun photos of Emma + Selwyn for their wedding photography slideshow! My favorites are when the two of them look at each other with all kinds of facial expressions – their nonverbal communication is at another level!

Shout out to the team at The Loews Downtown Chicago Hotel for a great job!  Marcy Glink and Great Events, Inc coordinated everything flawlessly and Kehoe Designs created the most perfect ambiance!

If you missed Emma + Selwyn’s Chicago Skyline Engagement Photos – be sure to check those out as well!

Wedding Details:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Loews Downtown Chicago Hotel
Planner + Coordinators: Great Events Inc
Florals + Decor: Kehoe Designs
Photographers: Nakai Photography
Dress: Pronovias
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Band: Arlen Music Productions
Hair: Tina Tobar

Be sure to scroll down and have a good internet connection to watch this in 4k Video!

 

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She Said Yes! Katie + Dylan Get Engaged!

Chicago Proposal Photos on North Avenue Beach

Dylan contacted me about a month ago to talk about being his proposal photographer at North Avenue Beach! He enlisted the help from family and friends to help make Katie feel special all day! It culminated with the most perfect moment in front of the Chicago skyline!

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When she arrived, Katie was greeted by the cutest hand painted signs…”Just Say YES!”Chicago proposal photos engagement photographer north ave beach

Even though she knew it was coming…it was still the moment that took her breath away-

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As a proposal photographer – it’s all about capturing the raw emotions as they happen! These little girls will never forget this day!

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After their proposal, we took a few photos before leaving North Ave!

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Chicago Riverwalk Engagement Pictures

I love that the flag is hanging in the background…they will always remember their proposal date happening just before the 4th of July!

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One of my favorite photos from the day!

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Engagement Pictures with The Chicago Theatre Sign on State Street

We finished their engagement photos on State Street with the Chicago Theatre sign!

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Congrats again Dylan + Katie! It was an honor to be your proposal and engagement photographer! After all that worry, the weather was perfect and everything went according to plan! So happy for you both!

with love,

Kenny Nakai

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