Joanna and Bill's First Dance
What an amazing couple! I am truly blessed to work with and for the best clients in the world. Joanna, Bill and I first met back in February of 2008 and they had the daunting task of planning their U.P. reception from afar as they live in Illinois now. We got along great from the first meeting and together created a beautiful reception. Joanna and Bill were married outside at the Terrace Bay Inn overlooking Lake Michigan and I also provided sound reinforcement for the ceremony. If you are having an outdoor ceremony I strongly recommend hiring a professional to provide sound for it as wind carries voices. Too many reception halls think it’s OK to rent you a microphone on a stand with an amp and a rock speaker from the garden and call it good. The last thing you want is to have an ugly mic, garbled sound distracting from your vows and a microphone stand in your wedding photos I’m sure
Beach themed head table
Sorry for the tangent there…back to two beautiful people…Bill and Joanna. They had a beach themed wedding that they beautifully decorated themselves. I have to give kudos to their friend Erin, who provided them with one of the most exquisite wedding cakes I have ever seen. The cake was simple, elegant and fit the theme perfectly.
Gorgeous Wedding Cake
After the ceremony everyone went inside for the cocktail hour and from there we had our bridal party introductions. Joanna is a huge fan of Disney and the Muppets as well, so her parents walked into “Mahna Mahna”, of Muppets fame with her and Bill being introduced to “The Muppet Show Theme” (why do we always come here? LOL!) To keep with the beach theme the bridal party entered to “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffet. After the buffet meal was enjoyed, we moved on to the next chapter of the night with Joanna and Bill’s Love Story. They have a beautiful story and it was fun to share with their guests.
Joanna and Bill
We followed with their first dance, father daughter and mother son dances. The night was beautiful outside so our dance floor didn’t really get kickin’ until later but we ended the night with a big circle on the floor with Joanna and Bill surrounded by their closest family and friends. Beautiful night for a beautiful couple!
Great ending to a great night!
Joanna, Bill and I
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Ashley and Mordi Reception Entrance
. I had the privilege of performing for Ashley and Mordi on their wedding day on June 13th at the Terrace Bay Inn. I used to work with Mordi a few years ago, and have actually used his charter fishing services as well, which I must say he is very talented at.
Elegant head table
The decorations were very elegant with a black and white theme. Being a fisherman, Mordi and Ashley were introduced to “Fishin’ In The Dark” by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and the full song played later to a dance floor filled with guests singin’ along!
Mordi and Ed cuttin' up during the Toast
Mordi and his Best Man Ed bear a striking resemblance and had a little fun with the audience during the toast. It was one of the most unique and fun toasts I have ever seen. Buffet dinner was provided by the outstanding staff at the Terrace, one of the best facilities and staff I have ever had the privilege to work with. Tables were dismissed via song titles, a fun way to liven up the party. Ashley’s friend Kristy provided a cool slideshow in tribute of Mordi and Ashley following cake being served.
Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You
Ashley and Mordi then shared their first dance with their guests to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You by Frankie Valli, then Ashley shared a dance with her father John.
Ashley and her Father John
Mordi then danced with his Mom Sandra to “It’s Your Song” by Garth Brooks. The dance floor was hopping almost from the word go, with Mordi and Ed doing chest bumps with each other to “Old Time Rock N Roll!” We ended the night with three different encores as Mordi and Ashley’s guests didn’t want the night to end!
Ashley, Mordi and I after a fun night!
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Jamison and Savannah
June 6th, 2009 was the wedding date for Savannah and Jamison, or should I say Sav and J-mo…as they are commonly referred to by their closest friends. Their reception took place at the Island Resort & Casino in Harris and Sherrie Skradski once again did an outstanding job ensuring everything was moving along smoothly with the venue including food and beverage. Sherrie and I both even assisted with putting up the final floral design above the doorway before guest arrival. I arrived quite early, programmed some new light scenes into my controller, did a walk through of the room and event, ensuring everything was in its proper place.
Elegant tables named with favors
The colors Savannah and Jamison chose were white and black, simply elegant for their reception with bottle of water favors and tables dismissed via song for the buffet. Dinner went off very smoothly, regulating the buffet line via song and it was time for our specialty dances.
Savannah and Jamison's First Dance
I gathered our bridal party and parents around and helped the guests live in the moment that Savannah and Jamison was about to share with them with a new idea I came up with not long ago. It worked very well as guests were fixated on these moments shared between Savannah, Jamison and their parents.
Savannah and her Father
Jamison and his mother share a moment
The dance floor started hopping almost from the moment we opened it up and Savannah and Jamison also included a Garter Bouquet Ceremony, Honeymoon Dance and Anniversary Dance as well.
Dance Floor hoppin'
We ended the night with a sing a long favorite with everyone on the floor singing along to Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond. What a great night for a wonderful couple!
Mitch, Savannah and Jamison
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Terrace Bay sign for Kristy and Don
Kristy and Don’s wedding was as unique as they are. For those that may not know, Kristy is my sister in law and my son and daughter were even the flowergirl and ringbearer for the ceremony, with Don’s niece Maggie being the other flowergirl. Upon entry into the room, Kristy and Don had a table with their guest book surrounded by photos from their parents and grandparents wedding photos, showing a long history of successful marriages in their family. The tables were beautifully decorated and one of the unique ideas I gave Kristy and Don was to have a cake be the centerpiece of each table. The tables looked beautiful and guests started to arrive. Introductions were done and my wife served as the maid of honor an
d made her toast along with the best man Jamie. Dinner started and tables were released via song titles, a fun way to do this at the Terrace. After dinner, we
had a wonderful cake cutting ceremony that involved one special couple per table that simultaneously performed their own cake cutting ceremo
ny with Don and Kristy. Later on, Don a
nd Kristy shared their first dance with their guests to the song Forever by Ben Harper, followed by the Father of the Bride Mike dancing
with Kristy for the Father/Daughter dance and Don dancing with his mom Theresa for the Mother/Son dance. From there the party was on and everyone had a great time. The last song of the night was “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi, with Don doing signature air guitar as well. Thanks Don and Kristy for a great wedding!
Father of the Bride Mike with daughter Kristy
Mother of the Groom Theresa with her son Don
Livin' On A Prayer ending
- Kristy and Don’s place setting
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WOW! That, in one word, sums up my feelings of Meredith and Matt’s reception. Their families are awesome, and were referred to me by an equally amazing family, who you may recall from Kristina’s wedding back in January.
Tents outside at Chippewa Club
Meredith and Matt’s reception took place at the beautiful Chippewa Club in Iron Mountain. The Chippewa Club is a beautiful refurbished home built in 1898 sitting on top of a hill. Lyn and her staff were excellent to work with. Meredith and Matt’s guest count reached 240 people so due to the limited space in the main rooms of the Chippewa Club, we had guests dining upstairs and outside in the big tent as well. This made coordinating the event a little tricky, but with the help of wonderful professionals such as Lyn, Keith Freeman of Freeman’s Photography and Bill Thum of Superior Productions for videography, everything went off without a hitch.
Why a child's tuxedo costs $100!
Outside, kids were playing and I guess this is the reason why you have to pay $100 for a children’s tuxedo! Meredith and Matt’s first dance was beautiful and Superior Productions showed a beautiful video encompassing their life stories just before.
Meredith and Matt's First Dance
Gary and Meredith shared their Father Daughter dance next, along with Matt and Kathy with the Mother Son dance.
Father Gary with Daughter Meredith
Once the dancing started, the crowd was rocking…so much so that the chandeliers in the room for dancing were SWINGING from the ceiling due to all of the movement from the guests on the old wooden dance floor.
Via and Jane, mothers of Kristina and Meredith having fun
It was a great reception…everyone had a blast and I’m thankful that clients such as Meredith and Matt allowed me to be a part of their day.
Family after a fun night!
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