Marissa and Ryan June 16 2012

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Marissa and Ryan

Marissa Romero and Ryan McKee were married on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at St. Paul Apostle Catholic Church.  Marissa and Ryan are one of the nicest and most photogenic couples you will ever meet and it was a pleasure to help them celebrate their wedding day!

After the ceremony, guests arrived at Quarters One on Arsenal Island for cocktails.  Quarters One is the second largest official federal residence in the United States, behind the White House, and it is located on the Rock Island Arsenal Army Base in the Quad Cities Area.  During the cocktail hour the Quad Cities received a rare Summer thunderstorm (rare because the Midwest is enduring an extreme drought during the Summer of 2012).  The rain really poured down but stopped just long enough for guests to make the walk from Quarters One to the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club for the wedding reception.


Rock Island Arsenal Quarters One

Guests arrived at Marissa and Ryan’s wedding reception to find the grand banquet room decorated in purple up-lighting from Black Tie Entertainment, spring green chair sashes from All Pro Custom Productions and floral arrangements from Milan Flower Shop.  The room looked outstanding!

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Room decorated in purple uplighting and spring green chair sashes with white chair covers

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Purple, green and white floral arrangements from Milan Flower Shop

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Arsenal Golf Club dance floor

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This was one amazing wedding cake!

Members of Marissa and Ryan’s wedding party included:

Parents of the Bride – Maria and John Romero

Mother of the Groom – Mary and Ron Ashley

Usher – John Romero Jr.

Flower Girl and Ring Bearer – Noah McKee and JZ Martinez

Junior Bridesmaid – Hanna McKee

Maid of Honor – Samantha Ferreyra

Best Man – Nathan McKee

Ryan and Marissa danced their first dance to “Quiero Decirte Que Te Amo” by DLG and danced quite well!

After speeches from the Bride and Groom, Marissa’s parents and the Best Man and Maid of Honor guests enjoyed a great buffet meal served by the chefs and staff of the Arsenal Golf Club.

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Marissa and Ryan entertained their guests with an amazing first dance!

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Salsa Dancing – many of the guests were great dancers!

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Singer Juan Carlos performed live for the wedding party dance

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Beautiful floral arrangements on the head table

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Time to dance!

Marissa and Ryan’s guests had a great time on the dance floor right up until the end of the evening.  The night was spiced up quite a bit with a variety of great Salsa dances as well!

Wedding professionals who assisted Marissa and Ryan on their wedding day included:

Venue and Catering – Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club and Quarters One

Photography – Rick Jennisch

Chair covers and sashes – All Pro Custom Productions

Floral – Milan Flower Shop, Damien

Guest Lodging – Ramada Inn Bettendorf

Wedding Cake – Cakes by Kaye

Entertainment and Accent Lighting – Black Tie Entertainment

Thank you to Marissa and Ryan and your families for allowing me to help you celebrate your big day! It was a day that you and your guests will remember for a very long time.  Best wishes!

Army Birthday Ball June 17, 2011

The 2011 Quad Cities / Rock Island Arsenal edition of the United States Army Birthday Ball took place at the fabulous Waterfront Convention Center on June 17, 2011 at 17:30 hours.  For the 5th consecutive year Black Tie Entertainment was honored to be selected to provide music for dancing during the later portions of the event.

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The Army Birthday Ball is a wonderful event and features many interesting ceremonies at different portions of the evening, such as a Color Guard, Streamer Ceremony, Toasts, A Cake Cutting Ceremony and a guest speaker.  It has always been one of my favorite events of the year and this year was no exception.  Men attend with full dress uniform and ladies can be seen in fabulous evening gowns.

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Army Birthday Ball-June 19, 2009

This year Black Tie was honored to again serve as the music provider for dancing at the annual Army Birthday Ball.  The 2009 version of the annual event was held on Friday June 19 at the sparkling new Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf Iowa.

This event is open to the public and features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a receiving line, a streamer ceremony, dinner, a cake cutting ceremony, guest speaker and, of course,  a dance.

The Army Birthday Ball Event has grown to become one of my favorites over the years, and with the move to the new convention center the Birthday Ball is now bigger and better than ever.

Doing the Cha Cha Slide in full dress uniforms, elegant gowns and formal wear!

Doing the Cha Cha Slide in full dress uniforms, elegant gowns and formal wear!

Here is a chronological play list of the music the guests enjoyed dancing to during the course of the evening:

Michael Bublé The Way You Look Tonight
Glenn Miller In The Mood
Earth Wind & Fire Let’s Groove
Marcia Griffiths Electric Boogie
Mr C Cha Cha Slide
The Beatles I Saw Her Standing There
Alan Jackson Good Time
Cupid Cupid Shuffle
Anne Murray Tennessee Waltz
Lonestar Amazed
Wilson Pickett Mustang Sally
Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive
Peaches & Herb Shake Your Groove Thing
Vanilla Ice Ice Ice Baby
Michael Jackson Billie Jean
The Romantics What I Like About You
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble The House Is Rockin’
Usher Feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris Yeah
Flo Rida Low
Nelly Furtado Promiscuous (Ralphi Rosario Radio Mix)
Billy Joel Just The Way You Are
Solomon Burke Cry to Me
The Commodores Brick House
Wild Cherry Play That Funky Music
Jennifer Lopez Let’s Get Loud
Chubby Checker The Twist
Etta James At Last
Kenny Chesney Me And You
Van Halen Jump
Van Halen (Oh) Pretty Woman
Michael Bublé Save The Last Dance For Me
Michael Bublé Sway
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life [Remastered 2003]
Donna Summer Last Dance
A great time in the beautiful new Waterfront Convention Center Ballroom.

A great time in the beautiful new Waterfront Convention Center Ballroom.

I offer my sincere thanks to the fine individuals who organize this event for allowing me to be of service again this year.