Jaynie and A.J. September 17 2011

Wow, what a party that Jaynie Covemaker and A.J. Orendorff threw for 330 of their closest friends and family!  Jaynie and A.J. tied the knot at 4:00 PM at St. Johns United Methodist church on 9/17/11 and celebrated in a big, big way immediately after the ceremony.

The new bride and groom arrived at spacious, yet elegant Mississippi Hall at the Davenport River Center and found a highly energized crowd awaiting their arrival.  Jaynie and AJ’s wedding party entered the room to a Black Tie custom edited version of “Party Rock Anthem”.  The crowd roared their approval when the newly-wed couple entered to “My First, My Last, My Everything” by Barry White.

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The wedding party included:

Ushers – Vinny Polito, Nick Passini

Bridesmaids – Ashley Hennel, Kirby Vyncke, Liz Nino, Amy Orendorff, Mary-Kate Polito, Shayla Leibovitz and Ryanne Covemaker.

Groomsmen – Mike Nance, Kevin Kluck, Shane Ross, DJ Covemaker, Peter Polito, Kyle Covemaker and Eric McLaughlin.

Maid of Honor – Shelley McLaughlin

Best Man – Sean Shannon

Flower Girl – Adysen McLaughlin

Ring Bearer – Nolan McLaughlin

This was one of the more fun-loving groups of the year!

 

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The couple performed their first dance together immediately upon entering the room to “Like Red On A Rose” by Alan Jackson, and then made the ceremonial first cut on their beautiful wedding cake.

 

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There were lots of kids present, and they had a great play area to enjoy!

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Elegant canopy and lighting furnished by River Center:

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Note how our sound and light system blends in unobtrusively on either side of the head table.

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Flowers and arrangements by Clazzy Designs made the room look strikingly beautiful:

 

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The dinner buffet featured Boneless Pork Loin, Roast Sirloin of Beef, Garden Rice Blend, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Corn and Fresh Asparagus.  The cake flavors were White, Chocolate, Raspberry Swirl, Strawberry and Carrot.  The guests raved about the food!

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Speeches and toasts were given by Sean Shannon, Shelley McLaughlin and the Bride and Groom:

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Bouquet toss:

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Garter toss:

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Be sure to visit our Facebook wall for more pictures of the dance floor which was packed for the duration of the evening:

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Wedding professionals who played a role in Jaynie and AJ’s big day included:

Radisson QC Plaza

The River Center

Ducky’s

David’s Bridal

Celebration Bridal

Karen Tate (wedding cake)

Johannes Bus

Creative Wedding Package

Clazzy Designs

St. Johns United Methodist Church

Black Tie Entertainment

 

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Thank you Jaynie and A.J. for inviting us to help you celebrate your super special occasion.  We wish you all the best in your new life together!

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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!

Katie and Brad July 9 2011

The wedding ceremony and reception of Katie Harris and Brad Burt took place at the elegant and classy Davenport Country Club on a bright, sunny Saturday in July.

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Dr. and Mrs. Brad Burt are a very photogenic and fun couple and it was great to play a part in creating memories for them.

The ceremony took place on the Country Club’s driving range, just a few steps away from the Club House Banquet Facility. It’s a beautiful setting for a ceremony, especially if you are a golfer!

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We provided sound support for the ceremony so all in attendance could hear everything that took place, including Brad and Katie’s wedding vows.

Here I am looking for a shady place to set up the sound equipment for the ceremony.  I didn’t find one, but there was a nice breeze so it was OK.

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The wedding party waits in a shady spot for the ceremony to begin:

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Katie looked stunning as she walked down the cart path at the beginning of the ceremony.

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The new Dr. and Mrs. Brad and Katie Burt:

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Members of the wedding party included:

Ushers- Rob Harris, Mike Welbes

Bridesmaids – Kari Burt, Kris Burt, Ashley Danner

Groomsmen – Dean Haldeman, Rob Ricketts

Matron of Honor – Amy Thacker

Best Men – Austin Burt, Chad Burt

Milan Flower Shop provide stunning floral arrangements as they always do:

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Brad and Katie’s wedding cake from Olde Towne Bakery looked awesome displayed in Davenport Country Club’s lobby:

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Katie and Brad’s Candy Bar featured sweet treats.  Everything in the display was either pink or brown, the couple’s wedding colors.  This is the kind of attention to detail that I really admire!

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Davenport Country Club as always served up a fabulous meal and then Katie and Brad opened the dance floor by dancing to “When You Say Nothing At All” by Alison Krauss.  The couple took dancing lessons prior to their reception so they looked great on the dance floor!

Everyone had a fun time on the dance floor as the party went on into the night!

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Here is a list of those wedding professionals who helped Katie and Brad celebrate their special day:

The Wedding Stringers – ceremony music

Davenport Country Club

Creative Wedding Package (video and photography)

Tita’s Linens

Skeffingtons

Schaffers Bridal Des Moines

Olde Towne Bakery

Milan Flower Shop

Kirk Whalen – Officiant

Black Tie Entertainment – DJ, Emcee, Ceremony Sound Support

Thanks Katie and Brad for allowing me to help you celebrate!

Allison and Colin July 3 2011

The Radisson Quad City Plaza in downtown Davenport Iowa was the setting for the wedding reception of Allison Sanyi and Colin Stringer on the Sunday night before the 4th of July.  Their reception was a fantastic event indeed, framed by a soccer-style introduction of the wedding party, fireworks outdoors at dusk and lots of action on the dance floor until 11:30 PM.  20110703 Sanyi Stringer 025

Black Tie provided the couple with purple and pink up-lighting to accent their décor, featuring the hotel’s premium lighting package for the head table and cake, black chair covers and flowers from Milan Flower Shop.  We also opened Allison and Colin’s Love Story for all to hear for the very first time.

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Guests enjoyed cocktails in the atrium until the banquet room opened at 6:00 PM.

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Guests enjoyed seeing an elaborate cake displayed on the dance floor along with lots of flower petals and cupcakes.  The cupcakes tasted fantastic!

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The flowers from Milan Flower Shop were, as usual, exquisite:

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The ballrooms at the Radisson are always a great place to have a wedding reception.  It’s a wonderful setting for a good party!

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Members of the wedding party included:

Parents- Ken and Sharon Sanyi, Dennis and Maribeth Stringer

Ushers- Anthony Bacino, Tim Lepore and Kevin Lepore

Bridesmaids – Laura Scherbring, Brittany Stringer, Katie Ryan, Laurie Fritz

Groomsmen – Brandon Violette, Tim Miller, Ryan Lancaster, Calvin Dane

Maid of Honor – Anne Sanyi

Best Man – Andrew Smith

Allison and Colin’s dance floor was packed right up until the last song of the night.

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Vendors involved in making their night special included:

The Radisson Quad City Plaza

Ducky’s

The Bridal Room

Olde Towne Bakery

Rick Jennisch Photography (Rick)

GCH Video (Tana)

Milan Flower Shop

St. Paul Lutheran Church

Black Tie Entertainment (Love Story, Emcee, Up-Lighting)

Thanks to Allison and Colin for allowing me to be a part of the big day!

 

Kim and Ryan June 25 2011

Kim Williams became the bride of Ryan Miller on a rainy Saturday in June at Rivermont Collegiate in Bettendorf Iowa.  The rain really didn’t matter, and of course, it’s generally considered good luck.  20110625 Williams Wedding 017

The happy wedding party arrived at the site of the reception, the storied old Viking Club in Moline Illinois around 5:45 PM where they found around 200 guests enjoying appetizers as they waited.

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Members of Kim and Ryan’s wedding party included:

Parents – Diane Williams, Scott and Rhonda Williams and Bill and Lynne Miller

Flower girls – Emma Miller and Kelsey Doonan

Ring Bearer – Kaedyn Nolen

Ushers – Brad Williams, Steve Miller and Eric Miller

Bridesmaids – Stormie Floyd, Laney Milleville, Katie Thompson

Groomsmen – Dan Madesian, Greg Brandom, Gabe Thompson

Maid of Honor – Kristen Doonan

Best Man- Bruce Bales

Bruce and Kristen proposed toasts and the dance was underway!

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The guests had a great time on the dance floor until the party ended.  We used our high energy light show to add even more excitement to the night along with a custom monogram projected onto the dance floor.

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Some of the vendors who helped Kim and Ryan on their special day included:

The Viking Club

Ducky’s Formal Wear

Celebration Bridal

Stacks Florists

Cunningham Confectionaries

Shauna Welch (photographer)

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Thanks Kim and Ryan for allowing me to help you celebrate your big day!