Jennifer and Mike – June 30 2012

Jennifer Blaser and Mike Svendsen, along with 230 of their family and friends had an awesome party to celebrate their wedding day! The Radisson Quad City Plaza Ballroom was the perfect setting for an event that combined elegance and good times that lasted well into the evening.

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Jennifer and Mike are an amazing couple, very fun loving and they have a great family and group of friends!

Jennifer and Mike had their wedding ceremony at St. John Vianney Church at 2PM.  Guests were able to then enjoy a cocktail hour at 4PM in the Radisson’s tropical-like atrium.  After Melanie from Best Days Photography photographed the wedding party, Jennifer and Mike descended the grand staircase to join the party that was going on in the atrium.

The Radisson Ballroom’s elegance was revealed to the guests when the doors opened promptly at 5PM.  Guests’ eyes were treated to the beauty of floral arrangements by Clazzy Designs.   Below are some of the photos I took during the night:

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Beautiful head table setting with Radisson’s elegant lighting and light peach uplighting from Black Tie

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Another view of the head table.

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Beautiful floral decor from Clazzy Designs!

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Olde Towne Bakery wedding cake. It’s always good!

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Centerpieces from Clazzy Designs were a big hit!

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Guests enjoy cocktails in the atrium prior to the arrival of Jennifer and Mike.

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Beautiful decor just outside the ballroom.

The wedding party’s grand entrance music was “At The Beginning” by Richard Marx.  Jennifer and Mike’s wedding party consisted of:

Parents of the Bride – Mark and Nancy Blaser

Parents of the Groom – Craig and Cathy Svendsen

Bridesmaids – Stephanie Blaser, Laura Blaser, Jamie Blaser, Kristin Stopulos, Liz Martin

Groomsmen – Robert Hatheway, Matt Svendsen

Maid of Honor – Michaela Byrne

Best Man – Doug Svendsen

Jennifer and Mike had a large contingent of guests from the State of Minnesota and another group of guests from Dubuque Iowa.  Most of the guests stayed for the duration of the evening and they had a super good time on the dance floor!

For more photos please make sure to visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BlackTieEntertainment

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This group is just getting started!

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More fun on the dance floor.

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This group probably had very tired feet the next day!

Jennifer and Mike were assisted by these quality wedding vendors:

Venue, Lodging and Catering – Radisson Quad City Plaza

Photography – Best Days Photography

Floral Design – Clazzy Designs

Wedding Cake – Olde Towne Bakery

Attire – Celebration Bridal, Men’s Wearhouse

Uplighting, DJ and Emcee – Black Tie Entertainment

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Mike and Jennifer had such a large group left at the end of the night that there was barely enough space to fit them around the edge of the Radisson’s large dance floor!

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A night to remember!

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Svendsen for allowing me to help you celebrate, and for furnishing such an awesome roomful of guests!  I wish you the very best in your new life together!

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!

Joan and James Kranovich June 2 2012

When it came time to decide where to have her wedding reception, the choice was easy for Joan Frank.  After all, The Abbey Station in Rock Island is simply one of the most elegant facilities of its kind anywhere in the Midwest.  The former train station for the once mighty Rock Island Lines Railroad was painstakingly restored several years ago.   Trains still rumble past the station’s platform during events held there, stirring ones imagination back to the glory days of rail travel.

And if that wasn’t reason enough, Joan used to work special events there!  So it was obvious that Joan and James Kranovich would be celebrating their big day at The Abbey Station on June 2, 2012!

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The Abbey Station – an incredibly beautiful and historic site.

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Trains rumble past the station just a few feet from the old station platform. This makes events there much more interesting!

Joan and James’ guests began arriving at the reception shortly after their 2PM ceremony ended at St. Mary’s Church in Davenport.  The wedding party arrived around 5 PM and had their grand entrance to “Me and My Gang” by Rascal Flatts.

Members of the wedding party included:

Parents of the Bride – John and Mary Frank

Parents of the Groom – Richard and Floriana Kranovich

Ushers – Joseph Frank, Christopher Frank

Flower Girl and Ring Bearer – Maddisyn Mojica, Jackson Connors

Bridesmaids – Melissa Kranovich, Ashley Mojica, Elizabeth Berner, Joanna Connors, Kelsie McLain

Groomsmen – Joe Siegert, Angel Mojica, Matt Lellig, Brian Friederich, Joel Donnelly

Maid of Honor – Molly Watkins

Best Man – Garrett Connors

Below are some of the highlights of James and Joan’s delightful wedding reception:

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White and Cornflower Blue table settings from Clazzy Designs, accented by blue uplighting from Black Tie.

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Scrumptious cake from Al Nitz.

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It is important to not visually detract from such a beautiful setting. Notice how our DJ sound and lighting equipment blends into the decor inconspicuously.

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The Limo Arrives!

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During her days of working wedding receptions at the Abbey Station, Joan had seen many DJ’s work in the venue.  Long ago, she had decided that Black Tie Entertainment was the best match for her event, and so we were honored to help Joan and James celebrate, along with their 150 guests!

Additional wedding professionals who participated in the day included:

Abbey Station – Venue

Bridges Catering – Food and Beverage

Clazzy Designs – Floral and Chair Covers

Al Nitz – Wedding Cake

Limo Experience and Davenport Trolley – Transportation

QC Photo Booth – Photo Booth

Duckys – Formal Wear

Davids Bridal – Bridal Attire

Kelsey Zwicker – Photography

Rock Island Holiday Inn – Lodging

Black Tie Entertainment – Uplighting, DJ, Emcee

Thank you so much to James and Joan for allowing me to help you have a great time on your wedding day!  Best wishes as you begin your exciting new life together!

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.

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.

Chelsea and Rob September 24 2011

Wedding receptions planned for late September to early October in the Quad Cities always have the potential to be singularly beautiful, in terms of perfect weather and lovely Fall foliage.  Chelsea Hinderks and Rob Hanna pinned their hopes on such conditions for their once-in-a-lifetime event and they were not disappointed in how things turned out.

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Sunny skies (OK, there were a few clouds) and perfect temperatures served as the backdrop for Chelsea and Rob’s event, the first weekend of the ever popular Autumn season for weddings.  After a 6:00 PM ceremony in the Auditorium of the contemporary setting of the Figge Art Museum the couple’s guests came down to the first floor banquet room to celebrate the occasion.

While the newly married couple posed for some after ceremony photos with photographer Melanie from Best Days Photography, the guests spent some time enjoying their visually appealing surroundings.

There was a sweets table to admire:

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The “Red Room” bar in the Figge is always fun!

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Great centerpieces:

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The patio offers some great views:

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And of course, there’s the art:

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Rob and Chelsea made their grand entrance to the song “Hey, Ya!”.  In a break from tradition the bride and groom came in first and then twirled some “virtual” jump ropes in a Double Dutch fashion for the rest of their wedding party to show off their jump rope skills.  It was very creative!

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Members of their wedding party included:

Personal Attendant – Julie Harre

Ushers – Derek Meier, Tim VanDee

Bridesmaids – Nikki Garrett, Carrie Fish, Sarah Hartung

Groomsmen – Mike Kilburg, Jason Tomash, Brandon Yansky

Maid of Honor – Liz Bergman

Best Man – Greg Hanna

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Rob was a high school and college basketball star, and it appeared that the requirement to be a groomsman included height over six feet five inches, as I discovered while staging the garter toss.  At six feet one inch I felt rather vertically challenged.

After a great sit down meal Rob and Chelsea danced their first dance to “Right Down the Line” by Gerry Rafferty.  This was another unique and creative touch, as they are the first couple that I can recall using that song for their first dance.  Things like this always help to set an occasion apart from all the others!

The couple’s 115 guests made full use of the dance floor as the night went on.

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

Wedding professionals who helped Rob and Chelsea create the perfect party included:

The Figge Museum

Duckys Formal Wear

Davids Bridal

Von Maur

The Green Thumber

Sarah Lyns Cakes

The Radisson QC Plaza

Best Days Photography

Black Tie Entertainment

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After the banquet room closed the remaining guests went down the street to The Phoenix to conclude the day.

Thank you to Rob and Chelsea for inviting Black Tie to help you celebrate!