When a small town Iowa girl heads off to the big city to pursue her dreams, anything can happen.
Such is the story of Trena Schmidt. Trena met a handsome young man from The Big Apple who was climbing the corporate ladder of success. In no time at all this hard charging young man named Michael Coffey fell in love with Trena. A Midwestern Wedding was planned; and that wedding took place right here in the Quad Cities on April 18, 2009.
Black Tie was honored to entertain the energetic group of wedding reception guests. From the moment the cocktail hour began at 5:00 PM in the elegant atrium area of the Radisson Quad City Plaza you could sense the growing anticipation. At 6:00 PM the dinner chimes were sounded. Guests entered the superbly decorated banquet room ready to eat and celebrate!
The wedding party consisted of 36 persons to be included in the grand entrance. This was quite a large and happy wedding party indeed! They made their banquet room entrance with the techno version of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” as an exciting backdrop.
The new couple, Trena and Michael Coffey, made a spectacular splash as they entered to a cheering crowd and immediately took to the dance floor with their formal bride and groom dance – “Crazy Love” by Aaron Neville. The guests were now primed to enjoy a plated dinner carefully prepared and served by the chefs and wait staff of the Radisson.
Eloquent speeches and toasts were given by Tammy Schmidt (Sister of the Bride) and Tim Coffey (Brother of the Groom). During the break between the salad and the main course Michael enjoyed a special formal dance with his Aunt Eileen Hughes. After dinner Trena participated in two formal dances, one with her Father Jim Schmidt, and one with her Step-Father Randy Stender.
The dance floor was opened at exactly 8:00 PM beginning with a snowball dance by the entire bridal party as they followed my lead in doing some comical dance moves. The electricity in the air was scintillating and one could sense that this group of 200 guests, and a very large contingent from New York City visiting Iowa for the first time, was truly ready to party into the night!
We had scheduled a three hour open dance for the Coffey’s, but it became clear that this fun-loving, electric group of wedding guests would be able to party well past the 11PM scheduled ending time. It was decided to extend their dance by an extra hour. Out of the entire 240 minutes of open dance time there were less than 20 minutes of slow, romantic type dance music. This group had a high energy four-hour workout!
We closed out the evening with the traditional circle of love and a family tradition of “Last Dance” by Donna Summer.
Here is the vendor team that worked hard to make the Coffey’s day extra special:
Wedding Ceremony Location-Holy Family
Reception Venue and Catering-The Radisson Quad City Plaza
Photography-Marks Place of Photography
Bridal Wear-Vera Wang,Charsa
Mens Formal Wear-Mens Wearhouse
Wedding Cake-Olde Towne Bakery
Entertainment-Black Tie Entertainment
Below is the chronological music set list from the dance portion of the evening. A few of the songs were repeated because they had extra special meaning to the family and wished to be enjoyed a second time later in the event. The music set list was a combination of Bride and Groom’s selections, guest’s requests, and DJ’s choice.
|KC & the Sunshine Band||Get Down Tonight (Snowball Dance)|
|Sister Sledge||We Are Family|
|Earth Wind & Fire||September|
|Marcia Griffiths||Electric Boogie|
|Frank Sinatra||Theme From New York, New York|
|The Beatles||Twist And Shout|
|Etta James||At Last|
|Frank Sinatra||The Way You Look Tonight|
|Michael Jackson||The Way You Make Me Feel|
|The Jackson 5||ABC|
|The Dubliners||The Cook In The Kitchen(for Irish Dancers)|
|Dean Martin||That’s Amore|
|Justin Timberlake||Rock Your Body|
|Lady GaGa||Just Dance|
|Usher Feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris||Yeah|
|The Righteous Brothers||Unchained Melody|
|Van Morrison||Brown Eyed Girl|
|Selena||Baila Esta Cumbia|
|Dexy’s Midnight Runners||Come On Eileen|
|Rihanna||Dont Stop The Music|
|Michael Jackson||Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough|
|Ritchie Valens||La Bamba|
|The Diamonds||The Stroll|
|Madonna||Like A Prayer|
|Journey||Don’t Stop Believin’|
|Bon Jovi||Livin’ On A Prayer|
|Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx||Gold Digger|
|Estelle||American Boy (feat. Kanye West)|
|Marvin Gaye||Let’s Get It On|
|Louis Armstrong||What A Wonderful World|
|AC||You Shook Me All Night Long|
|Joan Jett & The Blackhearts||I Love Rock N’ Roll|
|Billy Joel||Big Shot|
|Iowa Band||Iowa Fight Song|
|Neil Diamond||Sweet Caroline|
|Bruce Springsteen||Glory Days|
|Michael Jackson||Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’|
|Bob Sinclair||Love Generation|
|Jason Mraz||I’m Yours|
|Etta James||At Last|
|Steve Miller Band||The Joker|
|Wyclef Jean||Perfect Gentleman|
|Earth Wind & Fire||Let’s Groove|
|The Ting Tings||Shut Up And Let Me Go|
|Chubby Checker||Limbo Rock|
|Montell Jordan||This Is How We Do It|
|Bee Gees||You Should Be Dancing|
|Jennifer Lopez||Let’s Get Loud|
|Sister Sledge||We Are Family|
|Billy Joel||Piano Man|
|Bee Gees||How Deep Is Your Love|
|Donna Summer||Last Dance|
My thanks go to Trena and Michael for allowing me to help them celebrate their wedding day! It is my hope that April 18, 2009 will always stand out as a singularly exceptional day in their memories, and those of their friends and families who attended.