Jill and Dave September 4 2011

Jill Bouland and Dave Naab were married at Redeemer Lutheran Church at 4:30 PM on the Sunday before Labor Day, 2011.  You couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.  Skies were blue, the air was clear and temperatures were pleasant.

After the ceremony everyone headed downtown to the newest and brightest icon in downtown Davenport, the Hotel Blackhawk.  A multi-million dollar renovation recently transformed the old landmark to a sparkling jewel.

Guests enjoyed cocktails in the mezzanine level at 6PM.  The historic Gold Room was then opened at 6:30 and the 260 guests found the room beautifully decorated with flowers from Coleman Florist.

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The wedding party had their grand entrance shortly before 7PM.  Jill and Dave, a very photogenic couple, were then introduced for the first time and entered with the song “Johnny and June” by Heidi Newfield as the backdrop.

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The father of the bride, Tom Bouland, gave a warm welcome speech and toast and then guests were treated to Pasta Stations to enjoy freshly made pasta dishes by the Blackhawk Hotel chefs.


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Wedding cake from Cunningham Confections:

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Dinner Hour:

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After dinner toasts were given by Best Man Mitch VanFossen and Maid of Honor Lisa Salemink.

Other members of the wedding party included:

Flower Girls – Nessa Gorham, Ava Morrison and Reese Osborn

Junior Bridesmaid – Isabel Morrison

Bridesmaids – Kelli Salemink, Jamey Skarlis and Jenny Dykes

Groomsmen – Zac Bouland, Chris Naab and Rob Boruff

The parents of the bride and groom are Tom and Janet Bouland and Julie and Dan Naab.

Jill and Dave opened the dance floor after dinner by dancing to “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King.

The guests had an awesome time on the dance floor until the party’s conclusion at midnight.

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For more photos of the dance floor fun visit our face book wall at



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Wedding professionals who helped to make the couple’s day special included:

The Hotel Blackhawk

Amy Richmond Photography

Men’s Wearhouse

A Storybook Ending

Cunningham Confections

Coleman Florist

Black Tie Entertainment

Thanks to Jill and Dave for allowing me to play a role in your big day!  It was a great time and I wish you all the best!

Miss Iowa Bridal Show On A Perfect Spring Day

Hundreds of brides, some accompanied by large entourages, took advantage of a very warm and sunny Spring day to view the newly restored Gold Room at the Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport.  Those who came took the opportunity to speak face to face with 20 of the top wedding specialists in the Quad City area.

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The Hotel Blackhawk

Miss Iowa, Pauli Mayfield, was present to meet and greet attendees and share information about the Miss Iowa programs.  The event was a fundraiser for the Miss Iowa Scholarship Program.

All of the wedding specialists welcomed the opportunity to discuss how they could help the brides create a wedding day that would become the bride’s own uniquely special day.

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My Wife Robin At Our Booth

Our booth featured some Teal Up-Lighting and one of our compact BOSE sound systems.  Black Tie Entertainment only participates in one or two Bridal Events each year and we were pleased to have selected this event in which to participate.  We met many new faces and enjoyed spending some time with familiar faces also!

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Clazzy Designs

Table Display from Clazzy Designs

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Studio D Photography

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Our Neighbor Booth-Exceptional Events

I was really impressed with the new look of the old hotel.  It’s a grand old building that has been transformed into one of the finest hotels and wedding venues in the area!

Labor Day Weekend Wedding at the Gold Room

Black Tie Entertainment is pleased to welcome Jill Boulund to our growing family of clients.  Jill and her fiance Dave Naab will be welcoming their friends and family to help them celebrate their wedding on the Sunday before Labor Day in the Gold Room of the historic Hotel Blackhawk, downtown Davenport Iowa. 


We’re excited to welcome Jill and Dave and look forward to their fabulous event at an exceptionally beautiful facility!  It will be a wonderful evening.

We have only one Saturday left available during prime wedding season in 2011 and we hope to announce a new bride for that date very soon!

More Sugar! The Unique Ones.

Ready for more sugar?!  A few weeks ago we took a nostalgic trip back in time to pay tribute to some of the structurally complex wedding cakes of the early 2000’s.  Today we’ll look at a unique cake from several years back and some “themed” wedding cakes.

 This first one was designed for a bride who was a big Mickey Mouse fan.  Their reception was at the old Hotel Blackhawk Gold Room in 2005 before it closed down.  The facility has since been majestically restored and is now hosting weddings again.  Here is Mickey (and Minnie):


In the summer of 2007 one of my clients staged a Hawaiian Luau theme reception in Galesburg Illinois.  The food was fabulous and the cake was perfectly designed to go with the tropical theme. 

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Here’s a golf themed cake featured at a wedding reception held on Labor Day of 2005 at the TPC Deere Run clubhouse.  Fore!


Love the Iowa Hawkeyes?  Here’s the wedding cake for you:


Maybe you can’t get enough chocolate.  You would have enjoyed being at this wedding:


A bride who thought her new husband’s tractor was sexy had a special groom’s cake designed for him at their wedding in Goose Lake, Iowa.  This is one green John Deere tractor:


And finally the last cake makes my list because it was extremely unique at the time.  I recall thinking that the cake below was the most beautiful cake I had ever seen.  It was created by Robin at LeCake (LeCake can be found on Facebook) for a wedding reception held at the Davenport Country Club in 2003. Fondant frosting seemed to be fairly new back then and the simplicity combined with elegance was a fresh idea.  That was the first time I had met Robin or viewed one of her fabulous wedding cakes.  I’ve seen a lot more since then, each one breathtaking in new and different ways!

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This might be a good time to see if we’ve got anything sweet in the kitchen.  Suddenly I’m feeling rather hungry!