Jessica and Connor McGee June 9 2012

It was way back in October of 2010 when Jessica Pryor and her Mom walked into our office to talk about Jessica and Connor’s June 2012 wedding reception.  Jessica was a very busy medical student and wanted to get an early start on her wedding plans so she could focus on her future medical career.  Jessica struck me as someone who was focused, organized and had a bright future ahead.  I was delighted when she selected Black Tie as her entertainment provider and knew ahead of time that it would be a great party!

Flash forward, almost two years later, and Jessica and Connor McGee arrived at their wedding reception to find a fantasy land awaiting them, alive with colors of pink, purple and orange.  All of this was arranged by Peg and Jim from Exceptional Events in Moline, creators extraordinaire of perfect wedding receptions.

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Jessica and Connor are ready to celebrate!

Jessica and Connor’s family and their 225 guests at the iwireless center in Moline were a DJ’s dream, packing the dance floor from the very first dance.  This was a great group!

Jessica and Connor’s wedding party included:

Parents of the Bride – Ron and Joanne Pryor

Parents of the Groom – Mike and Taylor McGee

Ushers – Mike Renfro, Chris VanTiem

Bridesmaids – Kate Wojcicki, Sunita Saigal

Groomsmen – Ryan Stack, Liam McGee

Maid of Honor – Caitlin Pryor

Best Man – Sean McGee

Jessica and Connor danced their first dance to “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz.  We created a custom mix of Phil Vassar’s “She’s On Her Way” for the Father Daughter dance, featuring the voice of Jessica singing at the age of 2.  It was a special moment!

Here are some photo highlights of Jessica and Connor’s unforgettable wedding reception.  Please visit our Facebook page for more photos of the party.

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Pink uplighting highlights the columns and pink color wash accents the area behind the head table.

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Wedding cake from Heller Cakes. Yummy!

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Photo of the parents of the bride at the place card table.

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A view from the DJ area.

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Custom made guest register.

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This is the kind of moment I love to see, when the bride and groom get lifted up on the dance floor by their friends. Totally spontaneous!

Wedding professionals who helped Jessica and Connor celebrate their marriage included:

iwireless center – Venue

Levy Entertainment – Catering

Rick Jennisch – Photography

Exceptional Events – Overall Event Design

MI Studios – Videography

Lori Heller – Wedding Cake

Staack Florist – Floral design

Ducky’s Formal Wear – Formal Wear

A Storybook Ending – Bridal Attire

Radisson on John Deere Commons – Lodging

Black Tie Entertainment – DJ/Emcee/Accent Lighting

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Thank you and congratulations to Jessica and Connor as you begin your new life together!  It was an unforgettable evening filled with memories that will last for a lifetime!

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!

Jamie and TJ Loger May 27 2012

Jamie Dunn and T.J. Loger were married on the Sunday before Memorial Day at Christ’s Family Church in Davenport Iowa.   A big reception at the elegant Davenport Country Club took place immediately afterwards.

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Jamie and TJ looking forward to dinner!

Members of Jamie and T.J.’s wedding party included:

Parents of the Bride – Tom and Deborah Dunn

Parents of the Groom – Tom and Charlotte Loger

Ushers – Kit Roed, Chad Huffman, Aaron Jalas, Derek Stammer

Bridesmaids – Michelle Rasmussen, Katie Huffman, Megan Wolcott, Kate Sandy

Groomsmen – Justin Jenness, Nate Roos, Josh Guffey, Devan Moylan

Maid of Honor – Shannon Schraegle

Best Man – Josh Rasmussen

The wedding party entered the room to “Get On The Floor” by Jennifer Lopez.  Jamie and TJ entered the room to applause and the song “Chelsea Dagger” (one of my favorites).  The couple had their first dance to Miranda Lambert’s “Making Plans” immediately after their entrance.

The Father of the Bride, Tom Dunn, offered a warm welcome speech and dinner was served after a prayer by Pastor Tim Truesdell of Christ’s Family Church.

Later, toasts were offered by Shannon and Josh, Maid of Honor and Best Man.

Jamie was a member of the University of Iowa Dance Team, and at 10:00 she, along with her friends from the team, did a special performance of the Iowa Fight Song!

Below are some photos highlighting the elegant and fun event:

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Jamie and TJ’s first dance as husband and wife!

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Delicious wedding cake from Cakes by Kay

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Magenta uplighting and color wash in the newly renovated West Wing of the Davenport Country Club

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We used battery powered uplighting to create an uncluttered look which was important since the lighting was on the window sills.

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Jamie and TJ’s guests had an exciting night on the dance floor.

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Spontaneous kick line.

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A typically beautiful Davenport Country Club sunset.

Wedding professionals who helped Jamie and TJ celebrate their big day included:

Davenport Country Club – Venue and Catering

Mens Wearhouse – Formal Attire

Macys – Bridal Attire

Cakes by Kay – Wedding Cake

Luxury Limo – Transportation

VIP Trolley – Transportation

Leigh Loftus – Photography

Bloomers – Floral

Christ’s Family Church – Ceremony Location

Isle of Capri – Lodging

Black Tie Entertainment – DJ/Emcee, Uplighting

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Circle of love!

Many heartfelt thanks to Jamie and TJ for allowing me to help them celebrate the beginning of their new life together!

Kailan and David’s Mozart Room Reception

David and Kailan (LaFrenz) Neff celebrated their wedding reception at the elegant Mozart Room in the Bavarian themed Lodge Hotel on May 19, 2012.  There were 245 guests present and they sure had a great time!

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The new Mr. and Mrs. Neff

We have to go back about five years in time to my original introduction to the Neff Family.  Back in June 0f 2007 I was honored to help Katherine Neff and Geoff Gibson celebrate their marriage at the historic Abbey Hotel ballroom in Bettendorf Iowa.  Sadly, the Abbey Hotel no longer exists as a venue for weddings, but it sure is nice to go back and remember all the good times that we had there over the years.  Kat and Geoff’s wedding reception at the Abbey was one of those really good times that I have never forgotten.  Here are a few choice photos from that event:

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Mr. and Mrs. Geoff Gibson’s first dance in June of 2007

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Katherine and Geoff’s wedding cake at the historic Abbey Hotel

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Fun on the Abbey Hotel’s legendary dance floor!

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One of the big hits at Katherine and Geoff’s 2007 wedding reception was this “Bee Suit”. At least a half dozen people took turns wearing the suit, including myself. This picture is a little misleading, but the sailor wearing the suit actually has a drink in his hand, so things are not as they appear at first glance!

Fast forward 5 years and I was thrilled to be asked to DJ for Katherine’s brother David Neff at his May 19 wedding to Kailan LaFrenz.  I knew we would be in for another fun night!

Here are some photo highlights from David and Kailan’s party:

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The Lodge Mozart Room is ready for Kailan and David’s guests.

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Delicious wedding cake from Hy-Vee.

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Kailan and David used our focal point uplighting feature, which is included in our wedding packages, to highlight their head table area in green.

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Floral design by Staack Florist.

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Beautiful head table setting in Green and Watermelon Pink

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There was a lot of fun on the dance floor all night!

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Kailan and David’s friends and family show their love and support

Wedding Professionals who played a part in David and Kailan’s wedding reception included:

The Lodge Hotel – Venue, Catering and Lodging

Mens Wearhouse – Formal wear

David’s Bridal – Bridal attire

Hy-Vee 53rd Street – Wedding Cake

Josh Woolheater – Photographer

Karen and Richard Mowers – Videographer

Staack Florist – Floral Design

Edwards UCC – Ceremony

Black Tie Entertainment – Emcee, Music and Uplighting

Congratulations to David and Kailan as you begin your new life together!

Thank you to the LaFrenz Family and to the Neff Family for having me back to help you celebrate another big milestone for your family!  It was nice to see you all again and I hope to see you all again sometime soon!

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.

Ryan and Kelly 03/24/2012

We first met Ryan Wood and Kelly Youngren at the wedding of Abby and Jeff Fobert that we worked back in June of 2011 at the Radisson Hotel.   Soon we were making plans to entertain at Ryan and Kelly’s wedding reception at the beautiful Mozart room at the Lodge Hotel in Bettendorf.

Ryan and Kelly had a great day for their wedding ceremony in Woodhull Illinois.  Their guests began arriving at the Lodge around 5:45 PM and the wedding party arrived shortly thereafter.

The Mozart Room was decorated in the colors of Lime Green and White.  Flowers were furnished by Beyond the Garden Gate in New Windsor.  Our Focal Point Uplighting package was used behind the head table to match the Groomsmen’s vests and ties, which were Lime Green.

Below are some of Ryan and Kelly’s wedding reception highlights that we captured during the course of the night:

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Unique cake topper!

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Excellent Sugar Cookies! My Favorite Thing!

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Beautiful head table awaits the wedding party!

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Ryan and Kelly's place at the head table.

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This very creative place for a photo op was placed in the atriume near the entrance to the banquet room.

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Ryan gives a great welcome speech!

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Bouquet Toss!

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Evan Wood auctions off the garter.

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Kelly dances with her Father, Larry.

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Donavan and Diana Wood, parents of the groom.

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Mr. and Mrs. Bill Burton, Ryan's Grandparents and winners of the anniversary dance share a moment with Ryan and Kelly.

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Party Time!

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Wedding professionals who played a role in Ryan and Kelly’s wedding included:

Venue – The Lodge Hotel

Formal Wear – Ducky’s

Bridal Attire – David’s Bridal

Wedding Cake – Friend of Bride’s Mom

Photography – Austin Oaks Portrait

Flowers – Beyond the Garden Gate, New Windsor

Entertainment and Uplighting – Black Tie Entertainment

Thanks Kelly and Ryan for letting us share in your special day!  We wish you the very best in your new life together!

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!”