Ritz Carlton Chicago Lakeside Wedding Photos!

Ritz Carlton Intimate Chicago Wedding Photos

An intimate gathering at the Ritz Carlton for a beautiful day in the Lakeside Ballroom in Chicago!

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A photo of the bride’s squad wearing these monogrammed robes!

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Finishing touches on with her gown!

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The Ritz Carlton is next to one of Chicago’s iconic skyscrapers, the John Hancock as seen in the window!

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Stunning portrait of the bride!

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To say this bride had a killer look is an understatement!

 

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We had to capture a few photos with their ‘puppy’! The Ritz Carlton is a dog friendly hotel!

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The Ritz Carlton lobby has the most beautiful chandelier as a background!

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Vanity Fair inspired bridal party photo in the lobby

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A sweet moment with the Father of the Bride

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Ritz Carlton Lakeside Reception Pictures

The bride is an amazing Tango dancer…and I love how they incorporated it on to their wedding cake!

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A room photo of the Lakeside room at the Ritz Carlton – a fog periodically limited the view of Navy Pier and Lake Michigan

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A Tango First Dance

As a wedding photographer, it’s always fun to photograph a choreographed first dance…and when your clients really know how to Tango…it makes it all THAT much more fun!

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Engagement Photos: Riverwalk, Chicago Theatre + North Avenue!

The Best Chicago Riverwalk Engagement Photos for Lauren + Blake

Lauren + Blake are getting married at the Chicago Ritz Carlton a couple weeks! Looking forward to working with Brianne from Marquette Avenue Events! We decided to head down to take some photos along the Chicago Riverwalk!

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Photographer’s Tip: Sometimes you need to climb a bridge to get a different vantage point!

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Chicago Theatre Sign on State Street Engagement Pictures 

We took a brief detour off the Riverwalk to take a few photos with the Chicago Theatre Sign on State Street!

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Engagement Pictures with the Chicago Skyline at North Avenue Beach

Lauren and Blake definitely wanted to include the Chicago Skyline in their engagement session! We took advantage of the clear blue sky for these photos!

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They wanted to include their little puppy into their engagement session!

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Dogs and puppies add the perfect amount of fun!

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Thanks Lauren + Blake for a wonderful session! Can’t wait until your wedding day!

with love,

your Chicago Engagement Photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Wedding Teasers: Cafe Brauer, Ambassador Hotel, Art Institute!

Evan + Emily’s Chicago Wedding Teaser Photos

The bride and groom are probably not even done celebrating with all their friends and family as this teaser post goes live at 1am Sunday morning! Shout out to Chicago for the most amazing weather today! Also to Misha + her Nouvelle Events team along with folks over at Cafe Brauer for helping to execute a flawless day! Great to see and work with our friends Juan and Aga from Hair by Juan Jose + Makeup By Aga!

Rooftop at the Ambassador Chicago Hotel Picture

First up…an epic shot on the rooftop of the Ambassador Chicago Hotel! The Ambassador Hotel is located in the Gold Coast of Chicago with a fantastic view of the city skyline!

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Art Institute South Garden Photo

Love this picture of the bride and groom laughing together in the South Garden of the Chicago Art Institute. These two love to laugh together and I had to share one for their teaser blog post!

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Sparkler Send Off Photo at Cafe Brauer

Though it was one of the last photos of the night, it’s one of the most romantic! What a better way to end the day than with a kiss and sparklers in front of the neon Cafe Brauer sign!?!

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Congrats again you two! Hope you enjoy your time with friends and family! Can’t wait to share more!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Millennium Park + North Ave Engagement Photos // Amie + Donny

The Best Chicago Engagement Photos for Amie + Donny

We started Amie + Donny’s Chicago engagement photo session at North Ave Beach, drove over to their nearby Lincoln Park apt, and finished their session at night in Millennium Park! There are so many amazing pictures from their session…it was hard to narrow down which photos to post on the blog! Looking forward to their wedding at The Drake Hotel later this year with the fabulous Brianne from Marquette Avenue Events!

Here are a couple photos from the night time portion of our shoot in Millennium Park (scroll down to see them all)! I love how these photos at Millennium Park just scream ‘Chicago’ without being cliche!

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North Ave Beach Views for Engagement Pictures

One of the most popular spots for engagement photos is at North Ave Beach! You get an unobstructed view of the Chicago skyline!

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Love everything about this photo! Even the perfect ‘pop’ of color from Donny’s shirt!

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Lincoln Park Rooftop Engagement Pictures

Before going to the rooftop at their building we stopped by this spot under the “EL” tracks for a few pictures! Photographers Insight: I love the juxtaposition of steel beams and strong lines with the soft kiss + smiles! Not to mention…I love symmetry!

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We had a little special someone join us on the rooftop for some photos with the Chicago skyline!

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Millennium Park at Night – One of the Best Spots for Engagement Pics!

As the sun sets, Chicago comes alive with new life. I love these pictures at Millennium Park! We started with these flowers in the Lurie Garden.

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The Pritzker Pavilion has the best colors and lights at night!

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Thanks to Amie + Donny for trusting me with this photo (walking in water)! It turned out so amazing with the reflection!

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As a photographer, I’m always looking for something new…I loved the reflection and the repeating lines and patterns.

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Thanks Amie + Donny for an amazing engagement session! You guys killed it! Can’t wait until your wedding!

with love,

your Chicago engagement photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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Langham Wedding Slideshow // Kara + Kevin

Best Langham Chicago Luxury Wedding Photography Slideshow // Kara + Kevin

Be sure to have a good internet connection to watch Kara + Kevin’s best photos in their wedding slideshow! I loved the moment when Kara gave her father a gift just before departing for her ceremony and the moments when Kevin would kiss her on her forehead throughout the day. =) We captured so many beautiful photos at the Langham Chicago, along the Riverwalk and by the Wrigley Building! Be sure to watch the slideshow all the way through to see the photos we took at night!

If you haven’t already seen their wedding day + engagement pictures, be sure to check them out here: Kara + Kevin’s Langham Chicago Wedding Photos and Kara + Kevin’s Chicago Engagement Photos! 

 

Wedding Details
Getting Ready and Reception Venue: The Langham Hotel // 330 N Wabash Ave, Chicago
Ceremony: St James Lutheran Church // 2101 N Fremont St, Chicago
Planner: Julissa + Alicia from Clementine Custom Events
Gown: Enzoani from Dimitras Bridal Couture
Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Music: Okyne Media Lab
Florals: Farmers Market Garden Center
Photographer: NAKAI Photography
Cake: Sugar Fixe

 

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