Chicago Wedding Inspiration from Nakai Photography
May 25, 2011

This is the reason why we capital L O V E photo shoots. This Chicago wedding inspiration shoot. A Secret Loft Garden theme mixed with so many details our hearts just might be pitter pattering louder than the snare drum in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Rustic wood beams and floors juxtaposed with billowy, soft linens. A sweet springtime color palette and bubbles. And all captured by Nakai Photography. I think this might be what Heaven looks like. Swoon, swoon, swoon and then swoon some more in the gallery!

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Event Design and Styling by Sweetchic Events, Inc. Floral by Vale of Enna. SWOON.

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From Sweetchic Events ... A few months ago, Kenny Nakai and Grace Ha-Kim of Vale of Enna Floral Design moved into their brand new shared studio in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. During a visit, it dawned on me that their loft-style studio – which features amazing hardwood floors, brick walls, exposed ducts, and wooden beams – was the perfect location for a photo shoot! Between the three of us, we had a venue, a photographer, a floral designer and an event planner. Voila! A photo shoot was born.

Luckily, already in the studio were Grace’s amazing wooden work table and Kenny’s vintage factory cart, both of which played a key role in the shoot. The concept for the shoot was to bring a bright, lush, springtime garden into an urban loft. The three hanging globe lights and the rounded curves of the glass candle holders Grace suggested, served as inspiration for the use of glass globes on the table, the escort card holders, draped on chairs, under the table, and especially the bubbles!

The color scheme grew from a wish to see spring colors – corals, pinks, peaches, and yellows – to briefly escape the seemingly endless months of Chicago’s gray winter. Grace’s lush designs truly brought a springtime garden indoors. The fabric draping by Art of Imagination brought a sense of intimacy, softness and romance to the spacious loft.  Mirror and chrome accents were used throughout the tablescape and on the escort card arrangement as a key element.  Accents included a mirrored table runner, chrome cube risers, and one of our favorite details, the mirrored table number which we hung from the beams. I envisioned reflective menus and escort cards and discovered mirror surface paper, on which I asked calligrapher, Mike of Write by Mike to lend his skillful handwriting.

Event Design and Styling: Sweetchic Events, Inc. / Photographer: Nakai Photography / Floral Design: Vale of Enna / Draping: Art of Imagination / Food: Pure Kitchen Catering / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Calligraphy: Write by Mike