Chicago

Paris312 Birthday Party: Siena Rose Turns ONE!

Sweet Siena Rose turned 1 this month and I couldn’t be feel more honored to have photographed her 1st birthday celebration which was held at Paris312 in Chicago. I am always in awe at just how special this little munchkin is to her sweet family. As the first grandchild on both sides of her family, she is showered with love and affection from all—even family-friends can’t help but dote on little miss Siena, she is a precious girl indeed. I am so honored to have had the opportunity to photograph these major milestones in her first year and I am looking forward to all the wonderful memories and milestones ahead <3

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

Venue & Balloon Art: Paris312


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Loft Lucia Chicago Wedding: Coniah + Gboyega

Fearless, brave and determined are the words that I would use to describe Coniah & Gboyega. Though you won’t be able to tell it through the warm images below, it was about 30 degrees in Chicago on Coniah & Gboyega’s November wedding day. To call it a “cool & brisk fall day” is an understatement—we were freezing! But everyone was determined to smile, pose coat-less and make the most of the day. Somehow, the high energy and comradery amongst the bridal party brought warmth to the day and helped us all survive the blistering cold! And boy am I glad it did, because we were able to capture some gorgeous shots with the iconic Chicago skyline despite the weather.

Coniah & Gboyega are truly a delight to know! Not only are they so very compatible with one another, but they are a true power couple. They both are driven, hardworking and dedicated, and all of their family and friends regard them in such high esteem & respect. It was beautiful to witness their closest friends and family gathered together to celebrate their union—many of which traveled far distances to do so.

Congratulations Coniah & Gboyega!! I wish you all a lifetime of happiness and love ❤️

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

Venue: Loft Lucia

Event Coordinator: Vintage Ivy Events

Cake Designer: Altissima

Makeup & Hair: Key2Glam

Music: DJ Protege

Caterer: Maison Cuisine

Officiant: Marlon Reid


Click Here to view the entire gallery of images from this Loft Lucia Chicago Wedding by Chicago Wedding Photographer, Nicee Martin.

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Glen Ellyn Private Wedding Ceremony: Aisha + Kendall

If the love is so good, why wait?! Aisha & Kendall are planning their wedding day for the springtime. But while planning, they asked themselves one day, “why wait?” So they decided to wed this Fall in an intimate ceremony surrounded by their immediate family. Everything about this ceremony was special, from the location—Aisha’s family church, to the attendees—loving Grandparents all the way down to the sweetest nieces and nephews ever. I am so incredibly honored to have shared in this special moment with these two. Can’t wait for the big celebration on April 27, 2019!


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

Makeup Artist: Danielle Rochon Makeup

Venue: Peoples Community Church

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Chicago Loop Engagement Session: Coniah + Gboyega

Coniah and Gboyega met in 2012 at a mutual friend’s housewarming party in Washington D.C. At the time Kobe Bryant was going though a divorce and upon meeting each other, Coniah and Gboyega got into a debate about prenuptial agreements. Let them tell it, they haven’t ceased to debate with each other about any and everything til this very day. Lol. They both love to debate, but when it came to falling in love with one another, there was no debating there. Coniah recalls, “I remember thinking that he was so stubborn, just like me, but if I could get him to bend for me, then we would probably have a good time”. These two lovebirds have been inseparable ever since. Coniah & Gboyega are set to wed this November 11th! I cannot wait to celebrate with them both!


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Chicago Theatre Engagement Session: Patrice + Qiante

Patrice and Qiante are simply adorable together and their affection for one another is so warm and heartfelt. Their love has carried them for nearly 10 years, many miles away and back home again. Through thick and thin, they have withstood the test of time and have built a foundation to get through the years ahead. I cannot wait to document their winter wedding this December at Stan Mansion here in Chicago! Cheers!


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Chicago Botanic Garden Sip & See: Siena Rose

This elegant Sip & See was a joyous celebration for the newest member of the Segretto and Nisson family, Siena Rose. Not only is she the first child of newly weds, Michael & Nicole Segretto, but she is the first grandchild on both sides of her family, which makes this an extra special occasion indeed. All of her family members and family friends where thrilled to meet Siena and showered both, her and her parents, with love.

The delightful Sunday brunch, hosted at the Chicago Botanic Garden, was styled and planned by Akeshi Akinseye of Kesh Events. The decor included floral arrangements by Kesh Designs, balloon arches by Paris 312, a custom mimosa cart by Northern Decor and delicious sweet treats by Vanille Chicago

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

Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden

Event Designer & Planner: Kesh Events

Florals: Kesh Designs

Cake Artist & Sweet Treats: Vanille Chicago

Balloon Art: Paris 312

Mimosa Cart: Northern Decor

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Pazzo's 311 Chicago Wedding: Sheena + Nick

Smooth, suave, elegant, classy, poised these are all the words that describe Sheena & Nick. From the moment I entered the bridal suite at the JW Marriott Chicago the morning of their wedding and saw Sheena’s glamours details, I knew I was in for a photographers dream. I loved everything about their special day, from Sheena’s beautiful mermaid gown to the ceremony decor to the song the couple chose for their first dance. It was a day full of laughter and love and I truly did enjoy documenting this couple's wedding celebration at Pazzo’s 311

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

Venue: Pazzo's 311 Chicago

Event Coordinator: Weddings and Events By Karolina 

Cake Designer: Lezza's Bakery

Makeup Artist: Make Up Is Paint

Music: DJ Grilla

Secondary Photographer: Michelle Vergara

Click Here to view the entire gallery of images from this Pazzo's Chicago Winter Wedding by Chicago Wedding Photographer Miss Motley Photography.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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