Kailan and David’s Mozart Room Reception

David and Kailan (LaFrenz) Neff celebrated their wedding reception at the elegant Mozart Room in the Bavarian themed Lodge Hotel on May 19, 2012.  There were 245 guests present and they sure had a great time!

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The new Mr. and Mrs. Neff

We have to go back about five years in time to my original introduction to the Neff Family.  Back in June 0f 2007 I was honored to help Katherine Neff and Geoff Gibson celebrate their marriage at the historic Abbey Hotel ballroom in Bettendorf Iowa.  Sadly, the Abbey Hotel no longer exists as a venue for weddings, but it sure is nice to go back and remember all the good times that we had there over the years.  Kat and Geoff’s wedding reception at the Abbey was one of those really good times that I have never forgotten.  Here are a few choice photos from that event:

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Mr. and Mrs. Geoff Gibson’s first dance in June of 2007

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Katherine and Geoff’s wedding cake at the historic Abbey Hotel

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Fun on the Abbey Hotel’s legendary dance floor!

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One of the big hits at Katherine and Geoff’s 2007 wedding reception was this “Bee Suit”. At least a half dozen people took turns wearing the suit, including myself. This picture is a little misleading, but the sailor wearing the suit actually has a drink in his hand, so things are not as they appear at first glance!

Fast forward 5 years and I was thrilled to be asked to DJ for Katherine’s brother David Neff at his May 19 wedding to Kailan LaFrenz.  I knew we would be in for another fun night!

Here are some photo highlights from David and Kailan’s party:

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The Lodge Mozart Room is ready for Kailan and David’s guests.

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Delicious wedding cake from Hy-Vee.

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Kailan and David used our focal point uplighting feature, which is included in our wedding packages, to highlight their head table area in green.

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Floral design by Staack Florist.

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Beautiful head table setting in Green and Watermelon Pink

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There was a lot of fun on the dance floor all night!

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Kailan and David’s friends and family show their love and support

Wedding Professionals who played a part in David and Kailan’s wedding reception included:

The Lodge Hotel – Venue, Catering and Lodging

Mens Wearhouse – Formal wear

David’s Bridal – Bridal attire

Hy-Vee 53rd Street – Wedding Cake

Josh Woolheater – Photographer

Karen and Richard Mowers – Videographer

Staack Florist – Floral Design

Edwards UCC – Ceremony

Black Tie Entertainment – Emcee, Music and Uplighting

Congratulations to David and Kailan as you begin your new life together!

Thank you to the LaFrenz Family and to the Neff Family for having me back to help you celebrate another big milestone for your family!  It was nice to see you all again and I hope to see you all again sometime soon!

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Jamie and Andrew: A Country Club Wedding Reception

A beautiful day was in store on May 12, 2012 for the new Mr. and Mrs. Jamie and Andrew Porter and their Davenport Country Club Wedding Reception.  We were there to provide cocktail and dinner music, introduce the wedding party and provide music for the formal first dances.  The popular local band, Funktastic 5 took over at 9PM to heat up the dance floor.

Davenport Country Club, as always, was exceptionally elegant, and underwent some renovations over the winter to give the venue a new look.

Jamie and Andrew were an excellent couple to work with; very friendly and photogenic!

Here are some photo highlights of the evening:

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Wedding Cake from Olde Towne Bakery

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Jamie looks lovely after exiting from the luxury Quad City Trolley bus.

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Andrew looks excited to be able to drive his new bride out to the golf course for photos. And what a beautiful day!

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Family style head table looks great in front of the fireplace, with table coverings and chairs from Tita’s Linens in Davenport.

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Table settings in the couple’s colors of Navy, Gold and Hot Pink.

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A view into the Country Club’s renovated East Wing room. Added were a new floor and widescreen TV over the fireplace.

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Guests were able to enjoy the newly added wine cellar decor in the club’s elegant bar area.

Our equipment set up was directly in front of the band.  Jamie and Andrew had their first dance around 8:40PM and danced to “At Last” by Etta James.  When I finished my set at 9 PM we had our equipment and table removed within a few minutes so the transition from DJ to Band barely missed a beat!

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DJ and Band setup area near the dance floor.

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The head table enjoys dinner!

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Jamie and Andrew enjoy a moment during their wedding reception. They are a truly photogenic couple!

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Dancing Begins!

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For those who partied too hard – water and Motrin!

Professional wedding vendors who assisted Jamie and Andrew with their big day included:

Venue and Catering – Davenport Country Club

Linens – Tita’s Linens

Formal Wear – Milroys Dubuque Iowa

Bridal Attire – Nordstroms, Heart to Heart, North Liberty Iowa

Cake – Olde Towne Bakery

Transportation – QC Trolley

Photos and Video – Creative Wedding Package

Floral – Milan Flower Shop

Guest Lodging – Radisson Quad City Plaza

Ceremony Site – Our Lady of River LeClaire Iowa

Entertainment – Black Tie Entertainment, Funktastic 5

Thank you and congratulations to Jamie and Andrew!  We wish you the very best as you begin your new adventure together.

Audra and Brad – April 21 2012

There is one concept that every wedding D.J. must embrace enthusiastically:

Wedding receptions are all about FAMILY milestones and memories.  

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Audra and Brad Daufeldt

On November 19, 2005 I was first introduced to the Daufeldt Family at the wedding reception of Kelly Hauser, who married Brent Daufeldt.  Their reception was in the Radisson Quad City Plaza ballroom.  I have a very distinct set of memories from that reception.  The setting was beautiful, one of the most beautiful that I recall from that year.  But more importantly, Brent and Kelly were an amazing couple, and the guests had an absolutely incredible time that night.

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Brent and Kelly Daufeldt – First Dance in November 2005 at the Radisson Quad City Plaza

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Brent and Kelly cut their wedding cake – 2005

One of Kelly’s bridesmaids was Brenda Daufeldt, Brent’s sister.  Brenda got engaged to a man named Michael Bany, and on August 26, 2006 their wedding reception was held at the industrially chic Hotel Vitro in downtown Iowa City.  I was again honored to be the D.J. at my second Daufeldt wedding reception.  And just like Brent and Kelly’s reception, this was a truly great party!

Brenda and Michael’s wedding cake was stunning, the venue was incredible, but again, the families and the guests in attendance were simply the best.  I have a very vivid set of memories from that amazing night also!

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Brenda and Michael Bany – August Wedding Reception at the Hotel Vitro, Iowa City, August 2006

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Brenda and Michael’s stunning wedding cake (2006)

The Daufeldt family loves music, country music in particular, and every song selected for their events were what I would call timeless classics.  There were songs from Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Johnny Cash, The Eagles, Neil Diamond and more.  That makes for a really fun time on the dance floor!

One of the men in Brenda and Michael’s and Kelly and Brent’s wedding party was Brad Daufeldt, the youngest brother in the family.  We were thrilled when he contacted us to announce his upcoming wedding!  The date was to be April 21, 2012 at the Clarion in Iowa City.

There is nothing more heart warming to see the same fun-loving family, after almost six years, getting together to celebrate another family milestone!  There have also been a lot of little additions to the family!

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Flower Girl and Ring Bearer’s had been practicing their photo posing, and were really good at it by the time they got to the reception!

Audra and Brad had around 350 guests looking forward to welcoming them when they arrived at the Clarion for their grand entrance around 5:45 PM.

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Audra arrives in style in her private tour bus!

The wedding party made their grand entrance to “Thunderstruck” by AC-DC.  Members of the wedding party included:

Parents – Tim and Deb Grieves, Don and Pat Daufeldt

Ushers – Clint Huntrods, Charlie Uthe

Bridesmaids – Callie Pederson, Kelly Littleton, Tracee Wellik, Amy Ducharme, Kay Galvin

Groomsmen – Jeff Wiele, Travis Maurer, Jeff Vedepo, Nolan Grieves, Bryan Daufeldt

Maid of Honor – Emily Grieves

Best Man – Brent Daufeldt

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Below are some of the beautiful details of the banquet room:

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Pink and Purple floral arrangements, pink sashes, white chair covers and table settings

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White and Pink chair covers and pink uplighting. (Uplighting by Black Tie)

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Tempting sweets table!

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Brad’s wedding cake with the familiar IH logo.

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Brad and Audra’s beautiful wedding cake.

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Bridal table with pink uplighting

As we expected, Audra and Brad’s guests danced the night away, and we stayed longer than we had planned so that even more fun could be had!  For more photos of the dance floor memories please visit our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/blacktieentertainment

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Wedding professionals that played a role in Audra and Brad’s special day included:

Venue – The Clarion (Highlander) Hotel and Conference Center Iowa City

Photography – Gwen’s Photos North Liberty Iowa

Table Linens and Chair Covers – Best Dressed Bridal and Linens, Cedar Rapids Iowa

Floral – HyVee Waterfront, Iowa City

Ceremony – St. Josephs, West Liberty Iowa

Entertainment and Uplighting – Black Tie Entertainment, Quad Cities

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Don and Pat Daufeldt

When the music was over and the dust was settling, it was a privilege for us to again say farewell to Don and Pat Daufeldt, Brad’s parents.  I mentioned to Don that all the children were now married and this would be the last party we would get to do for them.

Don replied, “We still have the grandchildren’s weddings to look forward to!”

Spoken like a true family man.

Congratulations to Audra and Brad, the Grieves and Daufeldt families, as you all begin a new chapter in your lives.

And again, thanks to the Daufeldt family for sharing your children’s milestones with us.   I am sure you will cherish the memories, as will we.

Ryan and Kelly 03/24/2012

We first met Ryan Wood and Kelly Youngren at the wedding of Abby and Jeff Fobert that we worked back in June of 2011 at the Radisson Hotel.   Soon we were making plans to entertain at Ryan and Kelly’s wedding reception at the beautiful Mozart room at the Lodge Hotel in Bettendorf.

Ryan and Kelly had a great day for their wedding ceremony in Woodhull Illinois.  Their guests began arriving at the Lodge around 5:45 PM and the wedding party arrived shortly thereafter.

The Mozart Room was decorated in the colors of Lime Green and White.  Flowers were furnished by Beyond the Garden Gate in New Windsor.  Our Focal Point Uplighting package was used behind the head table to match the Groomsmen’s vests and ties, which were Lime Green.

Below are some of Ryan and Kelly’s wedding reception highlights that we captured during the course of the night:

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Unique cake topper!

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Excellent Sugar Cookies! My Favorite Thing!

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Beautiful head table awaits the wedding party!

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Ryan and Kelly's place at the head table.

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This very creative place for a photo op was placed in the atriume near the entrance to the banquet room.

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Ryan gives a great welcome speech!

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Bouquet Toss!

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Evan Wood auctions off the garter.

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Kelly dances with her Father, Larry.

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Donavan and Diana Wood, parents of the groom.

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Mr. and Mrs. Bill Burton, Ryan's Grandparents and winners of the anniversary dance share a moment with Ryan and Kelly.

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Party Time!

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Wedding professionals who played a role in Ryan and Kelly’s wedding included:

Venue – The Lodge Hotel

Formal Wear – Ducky’s

Bridal Attire – David’s Bridal

Wedding Cake – Friend of Bride’s Mom

Photography – Austin Oaks Portrait

Flowers – Beyond the Garden Gate, New Windsor

Entertainment and Uplighting – Black Tie Entertainment

Thanks Kelly and Ryan for letting us share in your special day!  We wish you the very best in your new life together!

Katie and Adam 03/10/12

Peacock feathers abounded at Katie and Adam Powers’ Spring wedding and reception held at the shiny and elegant Waterfront Convention Center on March 10, 2012.  “Ever since I heard that Katie’s wedding would be on March 10 I have been praying for beautiful weather!” mentioned one of couple’s relatives as we waited for the ceremony to begin.  And what perfect weather it was!  Sunny skies and temperatures in the 60’s are not the norm for the second weekend in March, but then again, this was not a normal day for Katie and Adam!

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The couple’s ceremony took place in the glass encased atrium of the Waterfront Center, allowing for perfect views of the beautiful day outdoors.  Katie was a beautiful bride as she descended the grand staircase and made her entrance to Purcell’s “Trumpet Voluntary”.

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Elizabeth, the Flower Girl, makes her way down the long ceremony aisle.

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Katie descends the grand staircase, escorted by her Father.

After the ceremony the couple’s 350 guests enjoyed appetizers and cocktails in the West Atrium.  We furnished some upbeat cocktail music using one of our BOSE wireless systems to help make the hour more festive!

The facility’s grand banquet room was opened to the guests at 6:30.  Guests found the room to be beautifully decorated in the couple’s peacock theme, including turquoise and purple flowers, peacock feathers, black linens and chair covers with turquoise sashes provided by Clazzy Designs.

We enhanced the theme with up-lights in turquoise and purple throughout the room.  Katie furnished us with some color swatches so that we could custom match her color scheme and program our up-lights prior to the event.

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Black Tie provided turquoise and purple uplighting to accentuate and enhance the peacock theme. Floral and decor by Clazzy Designs.

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Peacock, purple and turquoise table settings and uplighting.

What a beautiful setting for a party!

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The newlyweds made their grand entrance, along with their large wedding party, to the song “Marry You” by Bruno Mars.  The couple cut their wedding cake which was centered on the dance floor, immediately to kick off the festivities.

Members of the wedding party included:

Parents – Mike and Julie Snyder, Lonnie and Jackie Powers

Ushers – Colin Donahue, Frank Coryn, Dustin Lenz and Travis Lenz

Flower girl and ring bearer – Elizabeth Kramper, Kellen Powers

Bridesmaids – Carolyn Wehr, Kaitlyn Wehr, Kristen Mandle, Mary Snyder

Groomsmen- Craig Rodgers, Alex Graber, Christian Grieser, Andy Snyder

Matrons of Honor – Karen Cervantes, Jessica Judkins

Best Men – Ryan Powers, Jason Powers

There was a welcome speech by the Father of the Bride, Mike Snyder, and a blessing by Pastor Lynn Thiede.  Guests enjoyed a video montage as the dinner buffet began.

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After dinner Katie and Adam kicked off the dance floor fun by dancing skillfully to “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley.

As you can see, the party was great and the guests really used the dance floor to it’s fullest!

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Katie gets ready to toss the bouquet. What a beautiful wedding dress!

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Adam goes for the garter!

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A perfect toss!

Please visit our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BlackTieEntertainment for more photos of the party!

Wedding professionals who assisted Katie and Adam Powers to have the most perfect wedding day imaginable included:

Venue – Waterfront Convention Center

Linens and Floral – Clazzy Designs

Men’s Formalwear – Men’s Wearhouse

Bridal Attire – Maurice’s

Wedding Cake and Cupcakes – Hy-Vee

Photographer – Brianna Cornell

Lodging – Isle of Capri

Ceremony Sound, Up-Lighting, DJ Services – Black Tie Entertainment (that’s us!)

(All photos in this article taken by Robin or Tim Schaver)

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Wedding cupcake tiers from Hy-Vee.

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Thanks to Katie and Adam for letting us share in your incredible day!  We wish you the very best!

Mary and Doug 11/12/11

Mary and Doug Knigge are a delightful couple and we were happy to entertain their gathering of 126 guests as our last Wedding Event of the year.  I admit that I am really late with getting this posted to our blog, with getting ready for our Florida vacation, spending a good part of December in Florida, Christmas, the bridal show and all that it entails.  It’s just been incredibly difficult in getting caught up.  However, we always make sure that our clients’ events get noticed, so I apologize for the tardiness and better late than never!

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Mary and Doug invited guests from all over the area, and although this was a relatively small group, they were by no means quiet or reserved!  This nice bunch of people were ready to celebrate Mary and Doug’s wedding, and celebrate they did!

They chose one of our favorite venues, the Radisson Quad City Plaza, for their party and decorated nicely in season-appropriate fall colors.  The couple asked me to accentuate their sweetheart table area with a few up-lights to match their color scheme and flowers.

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Mary and Doug entered their party and immediately danced their first dance to “Lost in this Moment” by Big & Rich.  After cutting their wedding cake toasts were offered by Lee Erickson, Father of the Bride, and Angelique and Evan, Matron of Honor and Best Man.

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The guests enjoyed a formal plated dinner and then the dance party was on!

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This was a nice group of guests and they really enjoyed just about everything I played for them.  They were ready to have fun!

Wedding professionals who helped Mary and Doug celebrate included:

Venue – Radisson Quad City Plaza

Ceremony – St. Marks Lutheran

Flowers – Coleman’s

Formal Wear – Mens WearHouse

Bridal – David’s Bridal

Limo – VIP Transport

Photography – Giraffe Photography

Wedding Cake – Heller Cakes

Entertainment – Black Tie

Below- Atrium and glass elevators in the Radisson:

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After I loaded out for the evening I noticed that downtown Davenport was decorated for the upcoming Christmas Holidays, and so I snapped the picture below from my vehicle.  We hope that Mary and Doug’s out of town guests enjoyed their time in the amazing Quad Cities, celebrating the big day!

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Fabulous floral from Coleman’s:

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Thank you to the Erickson and Knigge families for letting us share in your celebration!

Julianne and James 10/8/2011

Julianne Franks and James Tongue, along with 215 of their friends and family, celebrated the occasion of their marriage at the elegant Radisson Quad City Plaza on October 8, 2011.  The Autumn weather was shining down brightly on the couple as they were wed at 2PM at the Augustana Ascension Chapel on Augustana’s Rock Island Campus.

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The Radisson’s tropical atrium opened to guests at 5pm for cocktails and one hour later the guests entered the hotel’s ballroom which was decorated in the couple’s colors of Deep Purple, Black, Ivory and Silver.  Centered on the dance floor was the couple’s wedding cake created by Doug at Moon River Supper Club in Aledo.

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Dining tables featured floral centerpieces designed by Louise at Stacks Florist.

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Julianne and James’ head table looked amazing:

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The wedding party made their entrance into the grand banquet room using the song “Angel” by Akon as their entrance music.  Members of the group included:

Parents – Larry and Jennifer Franks, James and Tina Tongue

Ushers – Jordan Franks, Brian Dausman

Bridesmaids – Amanda Rentfro, Angela Tongue, Jolee Franks

Groomsmen – Brett Unger, Jordan Franks (skillfully performing 2 roles), Joe Franks

Matron of Honor – Kelly Ertmoed

Best Man – Scott Ott (Yes, it rhymes)

After several toasts and a welcome from the Bride and Groom a blessing was offered by Tina Tongue, mother of the groom.

After a plated dinner James and Julianne danced their first dance as husband and wife to “You and Me” by Dave Matthews.

Julianne and her Father Larry shared the traditional Father Daughter dance to “Lullabye” by Billy Joel, and James danced with his Mother Tina to “The Prayer” by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli.

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James and Julianne’s wedding guests were not afraid of the dance floor as they used every square foot from start to finish.  One unique moment was towards the end of the evening.  One of the guests requested “Heat of the Moment” from the group Asia.  I’ve always liked this song but rarely get to play it at wedding receptions.  The guests had a great time with it and some truly memorable moments were created!

Make sure to visit our facebook wall at www.facebook.com/blacktieentertainment for more photos of the dance floor fun!

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Wedding professionals who played an important role in the day included:

Augustana College

The Radisson Quad City Plaza

Best Days Photography

Ducky’s Formal Wear

David’s Bridal

Moon River Supper Club

Luxury Limo

Tom Harlan Videography

Stacks Florist

Black Tie Entertainment

Thanks James and Julianne for allowing me to help you celebrate your once-in-a-lifetime day!  It was a truly wonderful party and it was fun to see some familiar faces in your group also! Best wishes to you as you begin your adventure together.