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Chicago Waldorf Astoria Wedding Photos! Caroline + Jiwoo!

Chicago Waldorf Astoria Wedding!

Caroline and Jiwoo have been together for a number of years and they decided to be married at the gorgeous Waldorf Astoria in Chicago! The opted to have their wedding ceremony and reception in their grand ballroom!

When I first met w/Caroline and Jiwoo about their upcoming wedding, I was amazed at how many of my past clients had referred me to her! She personally knew so many of them from difference social circles! I was honored to be selected as their wedding photographer and I couldn’t wait for their wedding day!

And as all her friends know…Caroline does not like the camera. Often times I felt like she didn’t like me…but it turns out…she doesn’t like what’s in my hand! =) She was so nervous about taking pictures on her wedding day and she trusted me to capture her day in a beautiful manner.

I hope you enjoy their wedding photos! She gathered some great wedding professionals to help make her day amazing! Vale of Enna for wedding bouquet and floral arrangements. Livia Caporale for her hair. Andie Cumber for makeup. Chris and Oliver Cinema for videography.

Here’s my favorite wedding photo of them in the Waldorf Astoria courtyard-

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The Waldorf Astoria in Chicago – wedding venue for ceremony and reception

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Her pink wedding dress from Ultimate Bride – A Monique Lhuillier wedding gown!

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Her Jimmy Choo shoes!

A photograph of her wedding jewelry

The guys getting ready after a work out – Jiwoo is getting help w/his hair – Thanks to my assistant Tom helping out! This was a great capture of his!

Portrait of the groom-

Upstairs in the ladies room the bride’s sister was making sure all the bridesmaid’s dresses were looking good!

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Livia was working on Caroline’s hair

Getting ready photo-love the modern and elegant decor of the Waldorf Astoria…fits the mood perfectly!

The beautiful bride!!!

Vale of Enna just knocked it out of the park with her floral designs for this wedding- just scroll down and see what she did for the ceremony and reception!

Found this room to take photos in the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. Love the chandelier and reflection!

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chicago waldorf wedding picture

They are so happy in this photo!

A fun bridesmaid photo –

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Another great photo in the Waldorf Astoria courtyard

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We walked down the street to a little park in the downtown area of Chicago for some wedding pictures.

A little creative with the angle on this picture-

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Love the nature vibe in the city!

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Love the way the sun cuts through the city for strong lines and composition-

Groomsmen picture

A creative photo with the whole bridal party! Look in the mirror!

And we wrapped things up at the Waldorf Astoria!

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chicago waldorf wedding photo

Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria- great job of decor by Vale of Enna!

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chicago waldorf wedding ceremony photo

Love smiles of the sisters!

Mother of the bride-

Traditional Korean ceremony before the reception.

Wedding cake picture!


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Waldorf Astoria Chicago Reception room – so elegant! The vases match the chandeliers perfectly! Vale of Enna does it again!

chicago waldorf wedding reception photo

chicago waldorf wedding reception picture

chicago waldorf wedding reception photo

Thank you to all my past clients and supporters for recommending me to this awesome couple! I appreciate your support!!!! And thanks to Caroline & Jiwoo for having me as your wedding photographer! It was a pleasure to capture all the beauty and emotions throughout your day! And now that I don’t have a camera in my hand…we can be friends! =)

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny Nakai

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