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I think I’m still in shock over Scottie’s Maid Of Honor’s toast.  Scottie and Brian came to me with the task of creating an event never before seen in the U.P., and definitely didn’t want a presentation similar to a traditional Yooper wedding.  They invited 600 of their  family and friends to join them on this day and it was a beautiful day weather wise for them.  From the first moment of meeting Scottie I knew that she was Daddy’s Little Girl, and her and her father have quite a unique relationship that was definitely reflected in their Father Daughter dance.  More on that in a minute.

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Well…it’s been a while since my last post. Sorry about that. I know at least a few people are reading this blog, and it’s pretty cool to hear that upcoming brides are seeing what I have done for recent couples and becoming even more excited for their wedding day. The last few weeks have been quite hectic, yet extremely fun.

First, my brother in law and I shipped up to Boston (Cue Dropkick Murphys) for Labor Day weekend. We had so much fun. Our trip actually started on Thursday night as we travelled to Milwaukee for Harley Fest and saw Kid Rock, Sugarland and Lewis Black perform. Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland is one of my favorite singers….she is SO passionate and emotional, especially when she sings her song “Stay”. It’s beautiful to watch. Friday morning we drove back down to Milwaukee from Tim’s apartment in Manitowoc and flew to Boston. We got our convertible Mustang rental car, checked into our hotel and proceeded to one of baseball’s last great parks….Fenway. We ate at a couple of the local pubs just outside of Fenway before both games that we saw…one Friday night and one Sunday afternoon, both versus the Chicago White Sox. Just before the Sunday game we got to take a tour of Fenway Park, which was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. Can’t you tell I’m a big Boston Red Sox fan?! LOL.

Saturday Tim and I drove up the coast of Maine to meet up with a good friend of mine who does morning drive on the #1 country station in Portland, ME. Dave is a truly genuine person, very cool and actually lives on a farm! From there, we met up with a buddy of mine from high school who I hadn’t seen since his wedding and then we were traveling south to meet my parents in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire…some of my dad’s old stomping grounds where he grew up. We drove along the strip in Hampton Beach and took in the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean and afterwards went for a lobster dinner at a coastal restaurant.

The following weekend my parents flew out from Maine to visit our family here in the U.P. My kids love having their Nana and Bumpa from Maine come to visit. My dad, my son and I got to take a fishing charter on Saturday thanks to Morti Young from Big Bay De Noc Charters. I’ve known Morti for a few years now and he’s one of the best guys you will ever meet. I am privileged to be performing for his wedding upcoming in June of next year.

Friday September 12th it was back to work for two weddings over the weekend. First, I performed for Staci and James in Manistique followed by Dana and Jacob on Saturday at the Terrace in Escanaba. Staci and James had a few fun things planned for their guests such as putt putt for kissing and they even did an evolution of dance performance for their first dance. The following night, Dana and Jacob Maki had a beautiful wedding day, complete with gorgeous decoration courtesy of Amanda from Ever After Decorating and Rhonda from Flinn’s Flowers. Dana and Jake’s Love Story was beautiful and everyone had a good time.

Last night I had the pleasure of performing at the Wawonowin Country Club in Ishpeming, MI. I don’t get to Ishpeming often, but I have to say that Kevin and his staff do a phenomenal job. The Wawonowin was the perfect size for Rachel and Dave Riley’s wedding with 170 guests. We had just the right special touches added for their wedding day; they had a very touching Mother/Son dance (thanks Marianne!) and even a fun surprise for Dave’s brother who is “In The Navy”! The night concluded with a drunken group sing-a-long to “Friends In Low Places” followed by dancing and singing along to “Don’t Stop Believin’” and ended with Dave and Rachel’s first song they ever danced to together “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis. Everyone had a great time and they had a wonderful wedding day.

This weekend I am performing for Megan and Adam with what is sure to be a great time. I previously performed for Megan’s sister a few years ago and it’s a pleasure to be able to perform for her family again. We’ll have a surprise guest at the reception (approved my Megan of course) so stay tuned!

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Wow! July just seemed to fly right by didn’t it? As I write this it is the evening of July 28th, 2008 and I am already meeting with September brides to plan their wedding receptions. Where did the summer go? We had a great 4th of July party with roughly 50 people in attendance. The following weekend was the Maki Michaud wedding in Marquette at the Holiday Inn and a great time was had by all. Lee Haynes of Legend Entertainment performed a wedding in Escanaba the same night and then he stayed over at my house as we were leaving at 6am the next morning to go to Chicago for the Mobile Beat Summer Convention. We had decided a few months earlier to catch a ballgame at Wrigley Field since I had never been before while we were down there. We got there just in time to catch the “L” train to go to Wrigley and met up with George and Ben from Elite Entertainment in Detroit at the hotel before we went to Wrigley. Afterwards, we came back, ate at Outback Steakhouse and had a great time. I decided to truly make this a business trip and met with three current clients that live in the Chicagoland area while I was there and basically kill two birds with one stone.

The next day Rod, Joe, Aaron and Fletcher from Music Box Productions showed up and we, along with Lee, George and Ben proceeded to have a great time at the convention learning, hanging out and catching up on old times.

My clients the following weekend were Kara Leonard and Andie Bartoszek. What a great couple! We had so much fun at their wedding and as always it was great to be back at the Terrace Bay Inn again. July 25th I performed for Stephanie Ross and Chad Miron at their reception at the Little Bear West Ice Arena in Manistique. Chad and Stephanie had a very intimate reception and a lot of love was shared. We even surprised Chad with a birthday cake just before the cake cutting ceremony as he had chosen to get married on his birthday as well.

I just recently joined Facebook and it’s amazing the friends you connect with after so many years of not keeping in touch. Please visit the link above and become a fan if you wish!  This weekend I am off to Marquette to entertain for the Heitmeier and Krah families. Vallery and Brian have an amazing reception planned and it looks to be a lot of fun! Stay tuned!

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