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!

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More Elegance, More Value, More Fun in 2012

Our 2012 brides are awesome, and we at Black Tie think they are worthy of “Rock Star” treatment.  Every year we explore new ways to make our brides’ events more elegant, exciting and memorable, and this year is no exception.

So we are happy to announce that we have added a complimentary Focal Point Up-Lighting feature to our Signature Wedding Packages for 2012.  This feature is now offered (free of charge) to all Signature wedding events this year, even if we weren’t offering the option when you booked your event!

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The Focal Point Feature means that we will up-light any particular area of your event you wish to highlight, in the color of your choosing.  Many will choose the head table area, but other options include the wedding cake area, dance floor, buffet, you name it!

With this starter package it now becomes even more economical to light your entire venue if you so choose.  We make it easy for you!

One thing that sets our Focal Point Feature apart is the enhancement of our newer up-lighting fixtures.  Most fixtures create a particular color by mixing the primary colors of red, green and blue.  Almost all popular wedding colors can be simulated with a mixture of these three.

However, some colors, such as orange, pink, and white are difficult to reproduce with just these three colors as a base.  White can be accomplished, however the result is a very cold, bluish shade of white.

Our new fixtures simulate colors with the standard Red, Green and Blue L.E.D.’s and add a fourth color, Amber, to the mix.  With the addition of this color we can now create a warmer shade of White in addition to the popular wedding colors like Honeysuckle Pink and Tangerine Tango.  These are all much more realistic when mixing 4 colors instead of 3.

We have also added some battery powered light fixtures to our inventory to assist in lighting areas that may not have convenient access to an electrical outlet.

At Black Tie we believe that investment in innovation is an important part of providing Black Tie Service.

“Let The Fun Begin!”

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!

Breanne and Blake October 1 2011

Breanne Buckrop and Blake Boster celebrated their marriage with an energized and memorable reception at the always elegant Radisson Quad City Plaza in downtown Davenport Iowa.

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This likable and photogenic couple had a 2PM ceremony at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Moline on 10/1/11.  Guests began arriving at the tropical atrium inside the hotel shortly thereafter and cocktails were served starting at 5PM.  One hour later the banquet room doors were opened and guests’ jaws dropped as they viewed the floral arrangements designed by Mimi Gabrilson and Ann McCarthy Weber of BASH, and pink up-lighting by Black Tie.

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The wedding party was an energetic group and they were anxiously looking forward to their grand entrance!

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The Father of the Bride, Dr. Brian Buckrop gave a warm welcome speech and the party was underway!

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Members of Breanne and Blake’s wedding party included:

Parents – Brian and Susan Buckrop, Mary and Drew Boster

Ushers – Wesley McCorkel, Joe Fredrickson, Jordan Foy

Bridesmaids – Hanna Koenig, Jamie Carroll, Erin Smith, Erin Koenig, Adrienne Hoffman

Groomsmen – Chris Drish, Ben Hagener

Man of Honor- Kullan Buckrop

Maid of Honor – Amanda Emrick

Best Men – Eric Boster, Andrew Boster

Blake and Breanne made sure that every guest had something to satisfy their sweet tooth after a great sit down dinner served up by The Radisson.  First of all, there was a great candy buffet featuring candies in the couple’s colors of Black, Pink, Gold and Ivory.

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And then, to really set this event apart, guests received their own bowl of Whitey’s Ice Cream instead of the usual wedding cake.  What a treat!

Blake and Breanne also had a unique formal dance set to open the dance floor.  Their original selection of songs for the first dance, father daughter and mother son dances set the tone for the fun to follow!

Blake and Breanne used “I Want You To Be My Love” from Over The Rhine as their first dance song.  Breanne and her Father danced to “What a Wonderful World” recorded by Katie Melua and Eva Cassidy.  And the hauntingly beautiful “Blessed” by Elton John rounded out the traditional dances for Blake and his Mother.

Blake and Breanne’s guests put a lot of mileage on the Radisson’s dance floor as the night wore on!

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Be sure to visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/blacktieentertainment for more photos of all the fun!

Wedding professionals who assisted Blake and Breanne included:

The Radisson Quad City Plaza

Duckys Formal Wear

House of Brides

Whitey’s Ice Cream

QC Trolley

Rick Jennisch Photography

Jenny Tunberg (video)

BASH (Mimi Gabrilson and Ann McCarthy Weber – Designers)

Trinity Lutheran Church Moline

Black Tie Entertainment (DJ, Emcee, Uplighting, Dance Floor Monogram)

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Thank you to Breanne and Blake and their families for having Robin and I help you to create a memorable day!  We wish you all the very best in your new life together.

Mallory and Ben September 3 2011

Mallory Jackson and Ben Cherrington are two of the nicest young people I have ever met.  They joined forces as the new Mr. and Mrs. Mallory and Ben Cherrington on Saturday September 3, 2011.  Together, they will become an example of all that is right and good in America and they will bring happiness and joy into the lives of all they come in contact with.   That is my prediction and I’m sticking to it!

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Let’s talk about all the things that made their wedding reception memorable and unique.  First of all, there was the rainstorm.  Although it made our equipment load-in a challenge, it also made the streets and sidewalks look shiny for their outdoor photos!  If you’ve ever noticed that some car makers actually go to the expense and effort of hosing down the streets prior to parading their latest and greatest machine in front of the camera, then you can appreciate the fact that Mallory and Ben got this effect for free!

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The shiny, new and chic first floor of the most unique banquet facility in the Quad Cities was the setting for Mallory and Ben’s party.   The University Club in Moline is the perfect answer for those looking for the exact opposite of your generic banquet room.   Brick walls, shiny new hardwood floors and an elegant library invite guests to feel at home and have a good time without any effort.  Again, unique!

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Even the guest seating arrangements were unique and creative.  Guests entered to find their table assignments cleverly displayed on this multi-panel door:

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Each table had it’s own creative name:

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Guests enjoyed a variety of great appetizers prior to the arrival of the wedding party.  There even was Asparagus!

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Mallory and Ben’s wedding cake was beautifully displayed with a photo of the couple as the topper:

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Mallory and Ben like fun props.  The Grand Entrance was very entertaining with every member of the bridal party sporting some type of flair!  There also was a photo booth for guests to ham it up.

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The Wedding Party included:

Parents – Terry and Pam Jackson, Randy and Chris Cherrington

Ushers – Paul Nicholas Stewart, Aaron Lemon, Mike Gonzales

Bridesmaids – Jenny Cherrington, Meggie Bostrom, Cara Church, Marisa Rizzo, Hannah Hagener.

Groomsmen – Andy DeWulf, Ryan Jackson, Mike Ross, Greg Bunch, Andrew Bloom.

Maid of Honor – Lindsay Jackson

Best Man – Jake Leech

The Cherrington’s cut their wedding cake immediately after their splashy entrance, and the party was on!

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Mallory’s Grandpa, Paul Stewart, gave an entertaining welcome and prayer before the buffet dinner:

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After dinner there were toasts by Best Man Jake Leech, Maid of Honor Lindsay Jackson and the Father of the Bride, Terry Jackson.  Ben and Mallory thanked their guests for coming and then invited guests to enjoy the dance floor after they danced their first dance to “Weightless” by Lee DeWyze.

The guests really used the big University Club dance floor from start to finish!

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Make sure to visit our Facebook wall at www.facebook.com/BlackTieEntertainment

for more photos of the fun on the dance floor!

Wedding professionals who assisted Mallory and Ben included:

The University Club

Rick Jennisch Photography

I Do Events (linens)

Duckys Formal Wear

Celebration Bridal

Heller Cakes

Quad City Trolley

Riefe’s Catering

Clazzy Designs

First Christian Church Moline

Stoney Creek Inn

Black Tie Entertainment (Music, Emcee, Up-Lighting)

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Thank you Mallory and Ben for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day!  It is clear to see that you are loved by family and friends and I wish you all the best as you begin your adventure together!

Carol and C.H. Givens Celebrate 50 Years

I had the privilege to help a delightful young couple celebrate 50 years of marriage on Saturday night, August 13, 2011 .  Carol and C.H. Givens of Round Rock, Texas made the trip up to the Quad Cities to join up with their family at the Isle of Capri.  There they enjoyed delicious appetizers prior to a short vow renewal ceremony in the Monte Carlo and Revere rooms just off the atrium at the Isle Banquet Center. 

This lovely painting of the couple was on display for guests to enjoy!

During the vow renewal ceremony C.H. (Charles) remarked that he knew Carol was the girl for him during their first date at the driving range.  Not wanting to let a good thing get away, he waited only a week to ask Carol to marry him.  And the rest, as they say, is history.

Guests enjoy appetizers and some great photos from the past.

The guests enjoyed viewing some old slides taken back in the 60’s and digitally converted for modern viewing on the screen.  I heard lots of good laughs as people tried to figure out when and where the photos were taken. 

C.H. told me that he loves music and he enjoys listening to his music library at home, including some old 78 rpm records.  It was great watching the couple and their 50 or so guests dance to some of their favorite music after dinner.  Charles and Carol especially enjoy George Jones. 

After dinner the Carol and C.H. danced a traditional first dance to “Could I Have This Dance” by Anne Murray.  Their guests weren’t shy about joining in on the dance floor and the group even enjoyed some newer music. 

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Guests of all ages put the dance floor to good use!

It was a pleasure to entertain this couple and their guests in a smaller, more intimate atmosphere.  C.H. and his sons even dressed in tuxedos for the event! 

Thanks and best wishes to Carol and Charles from Black Tie Entertainment as you begin your next 50 years together!

Keri and Kenny July 23 2011

Wow, what a party!  Keri Cannon and Kenny Swanberg celebrated their marriage, along with their families and close to 400 guests, in the beautiful Jumers Casino Grand Ballroom on July 23.

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It was easy to see that Keri and Kenny are truly loved by their family and friends, and this energetic group of people created a lifetime of memories in one evening.

We arrived mid afternoon to find an amazing variety of floral arrangements being set up by Cathy from Hy-Vee in Silvis.  My wife Robin began setting up the accent lighting in Blue and Teal while I set up our digital BOSE sound system near the dance floor.

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It is always our goal to have our sound and lighting equipment set up in such a way to blend into the room and not be visually obtrusive or overpowering.  The photo below is an example of that concept.  The paper lanterns are from Exceptional Events.

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Wedding cake was illuminated by lighting from Exceptional Events:

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Members of Keri and Kenny’s fun loving wedding party included:

Parents – Kelli and Mark Hoague, Mike Cannon, Debbie and Erik Swanberg

Flower Girl – Taryn Nees

Ring Bearer – Harry Alfonz Van Vooren

Bridesmaids – Katie Douglas, Laina Lagomarcino, Natalie Cartwright, Michelle Imig, Emily Hoague, Rachel Hoague, Nicole Hoague

Groomsmen – Paul Friedrich, Andy Witte, Alvin Carbajal, Jeremy Lundgren, Steve Owen, Kaj Holgersson, Drew England

Maid of Honor – Breanne Forgie

Best Man – Derek Swanberg

Here are some of the stunning floral arrangements:

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Floral arrangements were in the colors of Blue and Teal and featured Peacock feathers.

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Feathers on the head table:

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After a cocktail hour and a plated dinner the guests viewed the video Love Story of the couple, produced by Ruby Media.

Then Kenny and Keri opened the dance floor with their first dance to “”Me and You” by Kenny Chesney.  That dance floor was packed for the duration of the night, right up until the last song of the evening.

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A great team of wedding professionals was on hand to help Keri and Kenny, including:

Exceptional Events, Peg and Jim  – event planning and coordination

Jumers Casino – Venue and Catering

I Do Events – Linens

Ducky’s Formal Wear

Celebration Bridal

Vanessa Biasi and Jerousch Bakery Chicago – Wedding Cakes

The Boom Boom Bus

Hy-Vee, Silvis, Cathy- Floral

Ruby Media

Ericandi Photography

Broadway Presbyterian Church

Black Tie Entertainment – Emcee, DJ, Up-lighting

Thank you to the Hoague, Cannon and Swanberg Families for an absolutely wonderful evening!  It was a pleasure being with all of you and we will remember the night for a very long time!