Studio This Is
Fine art, editorial, and documentary style wedding photography in the Chicago area

Drake Chicago Wedding

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the drake hotel chicago


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Nandhini and Vamshi’s multi-day Indian wedding extravaganza in Chicago was such a fun weekend to photograph. We kicked off the weekend with a colorful Sangeet at River Roast which is such a great rehearsal dinner location or Sangeet location in Chicago. Guests get to take in what may be the best view of the iconic Chicago River while enjoying the acclaimed cuisine offered at River Roast. The rest of the weekend was spent at the Drake, which is a historic Chicago landmark known for hosting Princess Diana, Cary Grant, and others. Nisar Naimi, of Events by Nisar, planned and executed each event and in between perfectly - the weekends we get to work with him each year are highlights of our season. Teamed up with Yanni Design Studio, Nisar and his team dreamed up and built a scene that this couple’s guests are not likely to forget. The extravagant decor filled the legendary Gold Coast Ballroom in the Drake - quite literally! The installation over the dance floor was absolutely breathtaking - we haven’t seen anything like it before!
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We planned the first look to happen right on the shores of Lake Michigan. A short walk from the Drake, Nandhini tapped Vamshi on the shoulder as they saw each other in their wedding day ensembles for the first time.
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We used photo locations adjacent to the Drake so as to make the most of the time allotted for photos. This park is a great spot for wedding photos near the Magnificent Mile.
Yanni Design Studios did such a magnificent job with this ceremony in the Gold Coast Ballroom at the Drake.
This Indian wedding ceremony at the drake was so joyous and exciting!
The couple dressed to the nines for the dinner reception. We had a chance to do some Vanity Fair style portraits with the two of them before dinner inside the Drake, making use of the ornate details of the hotel’s design like the staircases and chandeliers.
A quick trip outside provided for some portraits in front of the skyline of the city.
So many thanks to the team that created such a memorable weekend!  Planner: Events by Nisar:  eventsbynisar.com  Venue The Drake Hotel: Shaun Rajah Caterer India House: Kim Krishna  indiahousechicago.com  Decorator: Yanni Design Studio Shari Khakham  yannids.com  Bride & Bridal Party Hair & Make-up: The Face Pro Laura Franco  thefacepro.com  Deejay Shaadi Entertainment : Kaushal Choksi  shaadientertainment.com  Photographer: Studio This Is Jeremy Bustos  Videographer: Aria Films, Ali Matin  evpvideos.com  Wedding Cake: Cake Chicago, Joanna  cake-chicago.com  Linen Rental: Covered Affairs,Magda  Linen Rental: BBJ Linen, Brenda Miklasz  bbjlinen.com  Sangeet Venue: River Roast Jordan Kusiak  Indian Caterer: Tandoor Char House Faraz Sadharia