Bolingbrook Golf Club Wedding: Eman + Vincent

What a fun celebration Eman & Vincent’s wedding day was. Not only did I get to work with one of my favorite creative teams Pamela Hewlett Events, Danielle Rochon Makeup and Penthouse Sweets for this Bolingbrook Golf Club wedding, but I got to work with this very fun, cool, and affectionate couple. Eman & Vincent are every wedding photographers dream! They have crazy chemistry with each other, they trust their wedding vendors and give them creative freedom to do what they do best, and they are just all around fun loving people!! They literally flowed through their wedding day so naturally and carefree— just living in the moment! Which made things super easy for me, because I never had to force anything. I just came along for the ride and captured all the genuine emotions that unfolded throughout the day. The laughter, the awe, the dancing, the excitement. Nothing contrived or forced here. All genuine. All natural. All love. 

Many thanks to the amazing team who brought this celebration to life...

Venue: Bolingbrook Golf Club

Event Coordinator: Pamela Hewlett Events

Florist: Floral Events

Cake Designer: Penthouse Sweets

Luxury Invitations: IJORERE, Inc.

Makeup Artist: Danielle Rochon Makeup

Wedding Gown Designer: Pantora Bridal

Groom’s Attire: The Dapper Club, Inc

Music: DJ Commando 

Officiant: Pastor Frederick Wilson

Secondary Photographer: Michelle Vergara

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Chez Event Space: Derrick "PJ" Rose Birthday

This past Sunday afternoon family and friends gathered to celebrate the 5th birthday of Derrick "PJ" Rose. The birthday celebration took place at Chez Event Space in Chicago, IL. The birthday boy, PJ Rose, made his grand entrance on the back of a dinosaur! The Jurassic Park themed birthday party was designed and coordinated by Nicole Marie Events. Special thanks to parents Derrick Rose & Meika Reese for the opportunity to document this milestone. Happy 5th Birthday PJ!! 

Many thanks to the amazing team who brought this celebration to life...

Venue: Chez Event Space

Event Styling & Planning: Nicole Marie Events

Photography: Miss Motley Photography

Furniture & Decor: AFR Furniture // BBJ Linen // Northern Decor // Lunchboxes & Bottega // Tablescapes

Lighting: IMG Music 

Graphic Designers: Letra Design Studio // Avi Luxe Designs

Cake & Cupcake Designers: Cake Life Chicago // Rowie's Bakery

Specialty Cookies: Tale Cookies

Catering: Food For Thought

Life-size Dinosaur: Dinosaur Events

Step & Repeat: Paulina Fadrowska // Ellis Illusions

Music: DJ Will the Thrill

Click Here to view the entire gallery of images from Derrick "PJ" Rose's 5th Birthday Party at Chez Event Space by Chicago Wedding Photographer Miss Motley Photography.


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Renaissance Schaumburg Wedding: Delisha + Robert

Delisha & Robert's summer wedding was held at Renaissance Schaumburg in Schaumburg, IL. The two were surrounded by family and friends from near and far to celebrate their union. There were many special moments throughout out the day, one of which being the special fraternity & sorority songs and strolls for the bride and groom to commemorate their special day. It was a beautiful day indeed. 

Many thanks to the amazing team who brought this celebration to life...

Venue: Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center

Event Coordinator: Stylishly Alluring Events

Florist: Olivia Grace Events

Event Designer: Event Solutions By Blue Sky Entertainment

Invitations: Vividesigns by Alero

Makeup: Danielle Rochon Makeup

Hair Stylist: Hair by Lani

Wedding Gown Designer: Enzoani Bridal

Music: DJ Los

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Fishermen's Inn, Elburn Wedding: Emily + Mike

Ok, now these two literally make me swoon. Seriously. Not only do they absolutely adore me, their favorite photographer, but they are both head-over-heels for each other and have been that way since Day 1. There’s so much to love about this couple. Here are a few things that I adore about them:

First of all, they’re gorgeous. I mean just look through the photos for yourself! Emily is so petite and cute, you literally just want to put her in your pocket :) There’s something about her face that is so innocent and angelic. She is a beautiful woman indeed. No wonder Mike fell head-over-heels for her :)

And then there’s Mike, he’s not bad looking either. He’s tall, handsome and has a small scar on his left cheek which makes him a little rough around the edges, a quality that I like in a guy :) And he’s a man’s man. He’s a hard worker and a great provider and he simply adores his girls, Emily and Ava, above all else. You can see it simply in the way he looks at them. It will literally make your heart melt. Not only did Mike commit himself to Emily, his beautiful bride, on their wedding day, but he embraced his new role as a stepfather with open arms and made vows to Emily’s daughter Ava as well. She even got her own mini-commitment band and a special first dance with her new dad during the reception. It was truly heart-warming. 

Lastly, their love for each other. We all know that being a single mom is not easy, but I could only image how much more difficult it would be to be a single teenage mom, as Emily was. One of the things that I absolutely admire about Emily is how she has overcome every.single.obstacle with such grace and class; and that despite all odds, she has raised a beautiful & vibrant little girl who is a joy to all she encounters. Throughout their wedding day, I could not help but feel immensely humbled to be able to witness Emily marry her Prince Charming, Mike—the missing puzzle piece who fit so perfectly into their family. A man who came into Emily & Ava’s lives with hands and arms wide open with a willingness to love them and give them all of himself wanting nothing in return. What a blessing it is to have overcome so many obstacles throughout life’s journey and to have found a love that is so pure, so strong and so unconditional. Every girl deserves that fairytale happy ending and I am so honored to have documented hers <3

And yet the journey has just begun! I wish nothing but many many many years of happiness and love for this amazing couple. Throughout this process they have become dear friends and an inspiration to me. They will always have a special place in my heart. Without further ado, here's a sneak peek into Emily & Mike's Fishermen's Inn, Elburn wedding.  

Many thanks to the amazing team who brought this celebration to life...

Venue & Event Coordination: Fishermen's Inn

Makeup: One Bridal Company

Hair Stylist: Kelly Johnson

Cake: Vanilla Sugar Bakery

Music: Toast & Jam

Click Here to view the entire gallery of images from this Fishermen's Inn, Elburn wedding by Chicago Wedding Photographer Miss Motley Photography.


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Destination Wedding in Punta Cana: Sandra + Aaron

Sandra & Aaron's destination wedding weekend began with a welcome dinner for their close friends and family upon their arrival to The Level at Melia Caribe Tropical Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. They spent the evening reminiscing, laughing and toasting over tropical drinks and cuisine. Family members shared fun memories and well wishes with the couple before their big day.

Their wedding was an intimate occasion with 25 guest. The couple started the day sipping bubbly as they dressed and prepared to walk down the aisle. After a joy-filled ceremony, they headed into their reception where they partied the night away!

Many thanks to the amazing team at The Level at Melia Caribe Tropical Resort who brought this celebration to life, and to my dear friend Genevieve Burruss who perfectly documented Sandra & Aaron's special day.

Click Here to view the entire gallery of images from this Punta Cana Destination Wedding by Chicago Wedding Photographer Miss Motley Photography.


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Noah's of Naperville Wedding: Courtney + John

Courtney & John's love story dates all the way back to their teenage years and their wedding was a testament to their history and unyielding love for one another. Their wedding celebration was a merger of two families which have already been so closely connected over the past decade. Everyone was so thrilled to finally see these two tie the knot, even the brides parents presented them with "True Love 2017" jerseys to commemorate the occasion. It was a joyous celebration indeed!

Many thanks to the amazing team who brought this celebration to life...

Venue: Noah's Event Venue

Event Coordinator & Florals: Olivia Grace Events

Caterer: Chef by Request

Makeup: Danielle Rochon Makeup

Hair Stylist: SP Hair Studio & Extensions

Cake: Alliance Bakery

Music: DJ Kid Clay

Click Here to view the entire gallery of images from this Noah's Event Venue wedding by Chicago Wedding Photographer Miss Motley Photography.


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Lincoln Memorial UCC Chicago Wedding: Briana + Chris

There's so much to love about this couple. They are both accomplished & hardworking professionals, they're very genuine down to earth individuals, and they have a love that will withstand the test of time. This is something that all of their family and friends can attest too.

Their wedding day began at the Hyatt Regency McCormick, where Briana and her best friends got ready for the special day. We then headed to Lincoln Memorial Congregational UCC on Chicago's Southside for the ceremony. Briana grew up in this church surrounded by all of it's rich history and African American heritage. It is also the same church where her mother, aunts and uncles were married, so it was only fitting that she and Chris marry there too. After the ceremony we all headed to Nikos Banquets for a fun evening of dancing and celebration.

Congratulations to the newlyweds! I wish you many years of love & joy!

Many thanks to the amazing team who brought this celebration to life...

Venue: Lincoln Memorial UCC Chicago + Nikos Banquets

Paper Goods: Elegant Wedding Invitations

Florals: Petrona Designs

Makeup: Danielle Rochon Makeup

Hair Stylist: Shaleah Walton

Cake: Olympia Bakery

Music: DJ. Reggie

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Gallery Guichaed Chicago Baby Shower: Kimberly + Ogbonna

This gender reveal baby shower took place at Gallery Guichaed on Chicago’s Southside. This modern co-ed shower, began with mingling and drinks, followed by a delicious meal and fun games. During the balloon pop gender reveal, Mom & Dad, Kimberly & Ogbonna, were thrilled to discover that they’ll be welcoming a precious baby boy into their family very soon. Congratulations on the new addition!

Special thanks to the talented team who brought this event to life:

Venue // Gallery Guichaed
Design & Planning // Nicole Marie Events Chicago
Catering // Fuze Catering & Events
Desserts // Cake Life Chicago

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Maggiano's Chicago Wedding: RaSheila + Ryan

RaSheila & Ryan's wedding day began at Hyatt Place River North in a room filled with laughter & love. As the bride prepped for her big day, we all laughed as RaSheila cheesed for the camera every time I asked her to think about how gorgeous she looked! Lol. The couple married at RaSheila's home church Greater Salem Church on Chicago's Southside and from there we headed to the Civic Opera House for bridal portraits. The adventurous bridal party was up for the task of standing in the middle of the Washington Street bridge for bridal party photos in-between the changing traffic lights. What can I say?! I love a good city bridge shot.

After portraits we headed on over to the wedding reception at Maggiano's on Grand & Clark. The ballroom was decked out with library books, soft pink floral arrangements and R's & M's- the couples favorite letters! RaSheila & Ryan danced the night away surrounded by their closest family and fiends. What a wonderful celebration it was!

Many thanks to the amazing team who brought this celebration to life...

Event Coordinator: Sarah Kathleen Events

Venue: Maggiano's Little Italy - Chicago

Paper Goods: Salt and Paper Design

Florals: Karen Daudelin Custom Floral Design

Makeup: Sheena Marie Glam Squad

Hair Stylist: Extensions by Asia

Cake: Bittersweet Bakery

Music: Forever Young

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Lincoln Park Engagement Session: Sandra + Aaron

Sandra and Aaron are a showstopping couple. Not only was their chemistry undeniable since their first date at Three Dots and a Dash, a tiki bar here in Chicago, but their proposal story is one for the books. Aaron proposed in Puerto Vallarta on Sandra's 27th birthday. He orchestrated an entire plan to surprise her in front of an entire audience. During on of the resort's night shows, Sandra was blindfolded and lured on stage thinking that she was about to participate in a dance competition among a group of contestants. To her surprise, when the blindfold was removed, Aaron was down on one knee with a beautiful diamond ring in hand.  

Aaron recalls how beautiful Sandra looked in that moment and how proud he felt to finally "put a ring on it".  The entire crowd of attendees cheered them on and thanked the newly engaged couple for sharing that special moment with them. They were treated like superstars for the remainder of their stay at the resort. How awesome is that!

Now Sandra & Aaron are off to the caribbeans at the end of the month for their destination wedding at The Level at Meliá Caribe Tropical Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

 


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River North Engagment Session: Eman + Vincent

Eman & Vincent met through mutual friends while on their way to Statesville Haunted House several years ago. While hanging out together, Vincent thought she was already taken, while Eman was secretly plotting on how she could see him again. Luckily, as fate would have it, Eman was "single & ready to mingle" ;-) They have been laughing, loving and growing together ever since.

I am so honored to have been asked to document their journey to the altar and I cannot wait for their fall wedding at the Bolingbrook Golf Club in Bolingbrook, IL.


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Farmhouse Chicago Bridal Shower: Future Mrs. Paeth

Last weekend, Christine's family and friends traveled from near and far to shower the bride before her big day. The celebration was held in the private room at Farmhouse Chicago. As always, it was a heartwarming event filled with love, laughter and good memories.

Congratulations again Christine & Travis!! I can't wait for you guys to say "I Do" on September 30th! Cheers! #PartyWithThePaeths

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Museum of Science and Industry Engagement Session: Domonique + Antoine

I really enjoyed this morning engagement session at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Domonique was the winner of the Dec 2016 Black Bachelorette Giveaway on Instagram. She and Antoine are set to marry in June 2017 in Chicago. 


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Navy Pier Engagement Session: Courtney + John

Courtney & John met on MySpace in the Spring of 2006. They hit if off from the very beginning. John knew Courtney was the one very early on, in fact, John actually proposed to her back when they were 18 years old! But of course they had to wait to graduate, get jobs and become stable adults before they could marry.

Over the past ten years, they’ve grown from being teenagers traveling by bus between Oak Lawn & Wicker Park just to be together, to now being two established successful adults building a future together. I am so honored to have been asked to document their journey to the altar and I cannot wait for their summer wedding at Noah’s in Naperville, IL.


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Chicago Engagement Session: RaSheila + Ryan

RaSheila & Ryan met back in 2010 through mutual friends while in school at the University of Missouri. As RaSheila tells it, Ryan stalked her for a few weeks, before they were finally able to connect for a blind date. Through school, relocating for jobs and even being long-distance for a few years, they’ve been inseparable for the past 7 years. RaSheila & Ryan have finally settled down in one place—together. They are finally home. So as it came time to capture their engagement photos, I thought to myself: what better way to commemorate this exciting time in their lives then by photographing them together in their new home?! Luckily, they were up for the adventure!

I wanted to photograph them in their natural environment so that I could create images that depicted their true authentic personalities. This journey took us all around their house, from a relaxing conversation in the living room, to a nerf war in the family room, to a pillow fight in the bedroom… if you know either of these two, then you’d know that their true personalities were captured indeed. And what a time we had!!! This is their story….


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Naperville Engagement Session: Sheena + Nicholas

"Southside girl meets Suburban boy". It’s the story of my life. For those who don’t know my personal story, I was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago and my husband, Lance, was born and raised in Wheaton, IL. We met in college and the rest was history. Sheena & Nicholas share a very similar story to mine. Turns out, Sheena even went to the same exact high school as me AND Nicholas grew up in the same suburban area as Lance!

The similarities that Sheena & Nicholas share with Lance and I are striking, and those similarities only make me love them more! Most notable is their great sense of humor and the solid friendship that they have. After being together for over 10 year, their chemistry & connection is strong. They enjoy each others company and they have SO many inside jokes that only the two of them understand. It was such a delight to spend the day with these two laughing and photographing! I can’t wait for their BIG DAY this November at the gorgeous Pazzo’s 311 here in Chicago.


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LondonHouse, Chicago: Chuck + Kevin's Retirement Party

One of the most rewarding aspects of my job as a photographer is being there to document some of the most memorable moments in my clients lives'. After over the 30 years of service at ComEd (Exelon), Mr. Charles "Chuck" Walls, VP Customer Financial Operations and Mr. Kevin Brookins, SVP Strategy & Administration have retired. They closed this chapter with a festive retirement party surrounded by family, friends, and co-workers who showered them with love and appreciation. I was honored to be there to capture the memories. Congratulations on a job well done! May the next chapter of your lives be full of many great adventures and fond memories!

Many thanks to the fabulous team who brought this event to life...

Event Planner & Stylist: Nicole Marie Events Chicago
Cake Designer: Cake Life Chicago
Venue: LondonHouse Chicago
 


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2017 Chicago Styled Shoot

2017 Chicago Styled Shoot with Miss Motley Photography + Nicole Marie Events

March 31 | Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding & Rehearsal Dinner | 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Private Residence in Hyde Park - Chicago, IL

Nicee Martin of Miss Motley Photography + Nicole Pittmon of Nicole Marie Events are teaming up to create a phenomenal styled shoot here in Chicago for new and seasoned photographers alike. This styled shoot allows photographers, like you, to capture luxurious details & portraits without the stress of an actual wedding day. Here, you'll be able to practice finding your own creative photographic voice, or just capture some fresh images for your website or for marketing purposes. It also provides you with an opportunity to network with other fellow creatives here in the Chicagoland area.

The color palate that has been selected for this Great Gatsby inspired shoot is black and gold, with white accents. The styled shoot will take place in an elegant Victorian private residence on Chicago's Southside. With its 20-foot cathedral ceilings, Juliet balconies, chandeliers, polished Grand Piano, and open spiral staircase, this venue is sure to provide the perfect backdrop for our elegant styled shoot.

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Who's it for?

  • New or aspiring photographers looking to advance their skills
  • Intermediate photographers looking to build their portfolio
  • Professional photographers looking for new marketing images

Our Itinerary | Your day begins with a meet and greet at 1:00pm. We will begin shooting at 1:30pm with groups of two photographers each rotating through designated "stations" throughout the residence. Stations include, but are not limited to: "bride" getting ready with hair/makeup, bridal details, wedding cake/dessert table, invitation suite, full tablescape, specialty drinks & hors d'oeuvre, couples exit outdoors with a Rose-Royce Phantom, etc.

There will be 4 main models: a bride, a groom and a man and woman posing as an engaged couple. That way you'll have an opportunity to capture bridal images, as well as, party images for more versatility. There will also be several other models coming later in the day to give the space an actual party feel should you wish to capture interactive photos. A full list of contributing vendors will also be provided so that you can tag the appropriate vendors when sharing your images online after the shoot.

Attendees | This styled shoot will be limited to 12 photographers. You are encouraged to bring all the necessary gear that would be used to photograph an indoor event. Lunch will be provided.

Registration | $175 early bird rate EXTENDED through March 31..

CLICK HERE to reserve your spot today!!

Questions? Please email Nicee at nicee@missmotleyphotography.com.

 

We hope to see you soon!

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Talley's Kitchen + Bar: Sarah's 40th Birthday

I absolutely adore Jeff & Sarah Martinath and their family. Together they have welcomed me into their home and entrusted me with the opportunity of capturing some of their most precious memories over the last year. The genuine love, affection and camaraderie that Sarah & Jeff share is infectious-- it is a relationship that I emulate in my own marriage. So naturally, I was thrilled when Jeff reached out to invite me to Sarah's 40th birthday celebration! Jeff did an outstanding job pulling off this surprise for Sarah, she was blown away!!

It was such a fun gathering complete with endless libations and lite bites provided by, Sarah's favorite restaurant, Talley's Kitchen + Bar in Clarendon Hills.  I'd be remiss if I didn't send major kudos to Krista Talley and her team. They were on top of everything!! They kept the food & drinks coming and provided exceptional service to Sarah's guest. From the owner Krista, to the bar tender, to the servers, everyone of the staff members went out of their way to make sure that everyone was well taken care of, creating a fabulous event for a fabulous lady.

Happy Birthday Sarah!!! May the next 40 years be as fabulous as the first!! xoxo

Many thanks to the fabulous team who brought this celebration to life...

Venue & Catering: Talley's Kitchen + Bar

Photography: Miss Motley Photography


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Cracked at 695: The Northeasterners Inc, Chicago Chapter

The fabulous ladies of The Northeasterners Inc. - Chicago Chapter held their monthly gathering at Cracked at 695. They are a group of educated, talented, socially and politically conscious Black women rooted in a deep sense of sisterhood. The theme for the February meeting was obviously love and appreciation. It was a pleasure to be in attendance and to not only document their gathering, but to also capture headshots of each member to use on their website.

Many thanks to the fabulous team who brought this event to life...

Event Planner & Stylist: Nicole Marie Events Chicago
Cake Designer: Cake Life Chicago
Venue & Catering: Cracked at 695


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