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.

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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!

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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.

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!

Nicole and Adam August 6 2011

Whistling Straits Golf Course located on the shores of Lake Michigan near Kohler, Wisconsin is an absolutely stunning and unforgettable location for a summer wedding and reception.  The breezeway between the luxurious clubhouse and the rustic Irish Barn is covered with a pergola and looks out over the golf course and Lake Michigan.  And this is the exact spot where Nicole Strittmater and Adam Wise were joined in marriage on a picture perfect day in August.

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Nicole is my Niece’s daughter.  I’ve always referred to her as my “grand niece”, and I’m not sure if that is the correct relational term but I think it works well.  When I found out that the wedding would be on August 6 (also my birthday) I immediately reserved the date on my calendar.  This, of course, would mean that on one of my few Saturdays of not having to emcee a wedding reception I would be attending one instead.  And I really savor those opportunities!

Nicole and Adam’s wedding and reception were awesome, memorable and enjoyable in so many ways.     I have been a part of over a thousand wedding receptions during my career as a DJ and I always remember the good ones.  And this was a really good one.

For the trip I cleaned up the “Black Tie Van”, which usually serves as our DJ equipment truck, and made it suitable for people hauling.  Then Robin and I left the Quad Cities and headed up the river to Fulton Illinois, where we joined up with my sister Kathy and her husband Denny (from Fulton) and my brother Irvin and his wife Donna who had flown in from Texas.  Irv and Donna were very happy to get a break from the Texas heat for a few days!  And then we were off to the land of cheese and bratwurst!

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Here I am at the driver’s seat, and that’s my brother Irv riding shotgun and navigating.   No, I’m not about to crash into the white van.

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We had great family fun on the road, shared some trail mix, and arrived in Sheboygan around 1pm, just in time to check in to the hotel and have lunch.  The Holiday Inn Express on I-43 in Sheboygan is very nice incidentally!

After lunch we joined up at the hotel with my other brother Allen and his wife Becky, proud Grandparents of the Bride!   There were many other wedding guests at the hotel, and we formed a caravan of sorts as we winded our way to the beautiful Whistling Straits.  There were plenty of scenic places there to take some family snapshots .  Here’s one of the happy Grandparents!

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Barb and Dave, Aunt and Uncle of the Bride.

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At 4:00 it was time to begin the ceremony.

Here’s Groomsman Ryan, Brother of the Bride:

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And Bridesmaid Jessica, Sister of the Bride:

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And of course, the beautiful Bride Nicole escorted by her Father Terry:

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Adam and Nicole enjoyed a moment during Ryan’s reading of I Corinthians 13 during the ceremony:

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My brother Allen did a reading entitled “The Promise”:

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Adam and Nicole Wise are introduced for the first time!

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Here’s the Maid of Honor, Angela, (my wife really liked Angela’s shoes) and one of the Best Men, Matt.

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While we enjoy cocktail hour in the rustic Irish Barn –

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The tables were each named after one of the couple’s favorite movies.  Our family was seated at “Christmas Vacation”.

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The Bridal Party was seated at “Beauty and the Beast”.

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The Irish Barn is very rustic and strictly a seasonal building.  With no air conditioning or heat, weddings can only be scheduled during the Summer and early Fall seasons.  Fortunately there was a very cool breeze coming directly off Lake Michigan.  The East wall is entirely open, providing great views.  What a lovely setting!

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The flowers were all beautiful, consisting of Grapevines and Hydrangeas.

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These two were looking especially cute for Nicole’s wedding!

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My sister Kathy and brother Allen (Grandfather of the Bride).

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Formal photos complete, the wedding party is ready to enjoy the cocktail hour!

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Soon it was time for dinner.  The menu was absolutely 5 Star!  We all enjoyed Corn and Sausage Chowder (a local favorite), a Gazpacho Salad,  a Japanese Summer Salad, Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Baby Green Beans and Cognac Sauce, Herb Crusted Chicken with Cheesy Potatoes Gratin, Baby Carrots and Tomato Cream Sauce, and Pecan Encrusted Tilapia with Wild Rice.

Afterwards we enjoyed some of the best wedding cake ever, consisting of layers of Almond Raspberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Sponge, Strawberry Mousseline, Natural Buttercream and Fondant Icing.  Wow!  The wedding cake was accented in fresh fruit rolled in sugar.  Note the groom on the recliner with the remote.

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You can understand why we all look so very happy!

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After dinner, and before the dancing got started at dusk, we had some more time to enjoy the surroundings.  I feel bad for this guy trying to hit out of the sand on number 18:

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The wedding guests formed a sort of a mini “gallery” and clapped for the golfers as they completed their rounds.

Nicole and Adam had a friend of theirs D.J. for them, and the guests enjoyed dancing in the rustic Irish Barn until midnight.  It’s always great for us to enjoy the evening while another D.J. does all the work!

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The bride and groom are in here somewhere!

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Sue and Terry, the happy and proud parents of the bride!

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Nicole and Adam had a great time!

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Mom and Daughters!

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Members of Nicole and Adam’s wedding party included:

Parents – Terry and Susan Strittmater, Russ and Nancy Wise

Maid of Honor – Angela Dekanich

Best Men – Matt Inda and Severin Guzzonato

Bridesmaid – Jessica Strittmater, Kristin Zittlow, Amy Winter, Jennifer Olness, Carrie Beggan and Tracy Komasa

Groomsmen – Dan Zittlow, Ryan Strittmater, Josh Wood, Ryan Alexander and Mark Massoglia

Ushers – Daren Willems and Tom Moniz

Officiant – Elizabeth Jaeger, St. Luke Lutheran Church, Sheboygan Falls

Ceremony Music – Jubilate String Quartet

Harpist – Mary Molepske

Some things about Nicole and Adam’s wedding that make it stand out as truly memorable and unique:

Southern Pralines, made by Nicole’s sister Jessica-

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Of course, the setting was truly beautiful!  And the food was fantastic!

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The hosted beers: Guinness and New Glarus’ Spotted Cow.  My two favorites!  Thanks Terry!

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To adhere to the old adage “Something Borrowed, Something Blue” Nicole wore blue shoes that she trimmed and accented herself.  I thought this was really original and creative.

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And most importantly, being together with family on a very special occasion makes August 6, 2011 a day that will always stand out as one of the very best!

The next morning we enjoyed a great breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express, said our goodbyes to Wisconsin, piled into the van and hit the road!

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Thanks to Nicole and Adam and we wish you all the very best as you begin your lives together!

Andrea and Jesse 07/30/2011

July 30 was a busy day in the Quad Cities and a milestone day for Andrea Ream and Jesse Estell.  They were united in marriage at the Tanglewood Hills Chapel and then made their way to the Stoney Creek Inn in Moline afterwards.

Stoney Creek’s parking lot was dotted with numerous cars with bicycles attached, their owners having just completed RAGBRAI.  The annual bicycle pilgrimage across the state of Iowa finished in the Quad Cities on Saturday.  The annual BIX7 race was also held the same day bringing an estimated 100,000 tourists to town between the two events.

But another big event was being held in Stoney Creek’s rustic looking ballroom, where Andrea and Jesse were celebrating along with their friends and families.

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To add some pizzazz to their event we set up some classy purple uplighting.

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Andrea and Jesse had some nice looking centerpieces from Hy-Vee Floral in Rock Island.

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Andrea and Jesse’s cake was from Hy-Vee in Moline.

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Setting the stage for the fun to follow, the wedding party entered the room to “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus.

Members of the group included:

Parents – Patty Ream, Jim Schmidt, Dave and Debbie Estell

Ushers – Adam Meier,Corey Dalton,Chris Johnson,Dan Burrus

Bridesmaids – Alissa Verbeke, Jackie Burbridge, Sarah Estell, Jamie Meier, Lisa Wendt

Groomsmen – Jacob Estell, Jeff Darras, Joe McKinney, Rory Kepple

Best Men – Jared Linn, Matt Cordes

Matron of Honor – Melissa Grosbier

Patty Ream, Mother of the Bride, welcomed guests with a speech.  After a great buffet dinner catered by Bridges Catering guests viewed a slide show of Andrea and Jesse created by Dave Estell.

Then it was time for dancing, with the bride and groom opening the dance floor with “Not Fire, Not Ice” by Ben Harper.

Jesse was a big Talking Heads fan so we featured a few choice songs by the group!

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Wedding professionals who played a role in the event included:

Tanglewood Hills Chapel

Stoney Creek Inn

Hy-Vee Moline and Rock Island

Duckys

Davids Bridal

VIP Transportation

Bridges Catering

Krista Bonamour – Photography

Black Tie Entertainment (Emcee and Uplighting)

Guests came to the event from many areas of the including Colorado, Des Moines, Idaho and Canada.

Thanks Andrea and Jesse for allowing me to help you celebrate!

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!