Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Matt Donovan and Leigh Anne Novak 11.13.09

Matt & Leigh Anne both live in California now. As beautiful as California is - they chose to have their wedding back in Naples. The wedding & reception was held at the beautiful Windstar Country Club. Windstar's dining room looks out over the Naples Bay, and allows a stunning view of the sunset.

We provided the sound and microphones for their ceremony. It was a clear, beautiful day. A bagpiper was also incorporated into the processional and recessional.

As both Matt & Leigh Anne are both Florida Gator fans (both attended U of F) - they had an extended cocktail hour allowing their guests to catch up on the game, as they mingled throughout.

For their Grand Entrance they used "I Gotta Feeling" from the Black Eyed Peas for thier parents and wedding party. The chose to come in to The Who's "Baba O'Reily" - using the beginning only of the song (as heard on CSI Miami!).

They had taken lessons for their first dance song, which was "More" by Bobby Darin (a favorite!). Their dance went off perfectly, setting the tone for the evening.

The toasts followed... and broke tradition a bit. Both fathers were the ones that gave the toasts - and it really was an eloquent twist, as they were both able to add some great memories of Matt and Leigh Anne throughout their lives. They also talked about how much each family enjoys and respects the other. Leigh Anne is not only her father's only daughter - but his only child as well - and there were some touching moments leaving few dry eyes.

Matt & Leigh Anne then treated their guests to an incredible buffet dinner, followed by a great party! People from all ages celebrated on the dance floor the entire night!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Grant Stalions and Renee Strickler 11.07.2009

When we met with Grant and Renee to go over the details of their wedding, it was about 10 days before their special day - and about 94 degrees outside. Both were hoping to have some better / cooler weather... and their wish came true!

They held their wedding at the Grandezza Country Club in Estero. The ceremony was held outside in their two-level English garden. The weather turned out to be perfect -clear blue skies and about 79 degrees.

Grant and Renee like to laugh a lot... and neither showed any signs of stress on their wedding day.

All their plans came together... for the introductions they had the entire wedding party enter to the Black Eyed Peas' - "I Gotta Feeling". They went straight into their first dance - a song aptly called "Beautiful" by Jim Brickman and Wayne Brady. Renee & her Dad danced to "My Little Girl", while Grant and his Mom shared "What A Wonderful World."

Everyone had a great time - and here's an example of the night... Grant and Renee had a Grand Exit as they left for the night on the back of a fire truck. However, the family and friends wanted to keep going - they came back in and continued dancing for another hour!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Shawn Shearn and Lisa Piechoski 11-6-09

Shawn & Lisa decided they would get married in Naples instead of Pennsylvania. The LaPlaya Beach Resort was their choice destination - it is the only place in Naples that can give you both beach front views and bay front views - their main building is right on the beautiful white sandy beach, and just across the street they have their ballrooms right on the bay. Shawn & Lisa held their ceremony on the beach, and had their reception celebration overlooking the bay. A perfect evening for this perfect couple!

They had a good idea of songs they wanted for their reception - the parents walked in to Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me To The Moon." They had their bridal party enter with Fatboy Slim's "Right Here, Right Now" - and they chose to come in to U2's "Beautiful Day." The tone for the night was then established - it was going to be a fun night!

Their first dance was to David Gray's "Be Mine." For the cake cutting they used Queen's "You're My Best Friend." Van Morrison's "Have I Told You Lately" was their choice for the Anniversary Dance.

As always, it was a pleasure to work with Michelle Reed Photography. Shawn's cousin is a professional videographer, and she helped capture their special moments of the day.

Shawn, Lisa and their 75 guests had a night to remember forever!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Jeremy O'Guinn and Erin Scott 10-24-09

Jeremy and Erin had a very fun and unique wedding reception at the beautiful Naples Sailing & Yacht Club. What a gorgeous day too! We started with the Introductions with fun music like "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" for the parents, then "Now That We Found Love" for the bridal party. Each bridal couple had a special entrance dance planned which was very entertaining! We continued that song for Jeremy & Erin and she wore really fun yet elegant glasses into the room. They did a choreographed dance with a "Dancing With The Stars" kind of ending. As a surprise to them, all the guest were secretly prepared with handheld judges scores of "10". It was great and Erin & Jeremy were definitely surprised!

All the guest tables were named after different cities all over the world. In Lieu of favors a donation on behalf of their guests were made to the Alzheimer's Association. After toasts were made to the two of them, they wanted to say "Thank You" to all their guests which was very heartfelt and elegant. There was lots of dancing through the night!

To end the evening we invited all the guests to join Erin & Jeremy outside by the pool as they departed on a boat from Naples Bay Resort. It was a beautiful way to start their honeymoon!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Robert Haines and Cori Steudel 10-23-09

Rob & Cori (and their families) traveled from New Jersey to Naples for the wedding. They brought with them 100 of their closest friends and family to LaPlaya Beach Resort for the celebration.

The wedding ceremony was held on the beach side of LaPlaya, and held their cocktail hour on the lawn. The reception party was held on the bayside - across the street.

Rob and Cori treated everyone to a fantastic meal, and then they were ready to enjoy the party! This was definitely a group that likes to have fun - and they like thier music - especially "The Boss" Springsteen and Bon Jovi!

Rob acknowledged to everyone that he owes the incredible evening to his wife - as Cori took on the planning - and it was definitely a special night. Cori incorporated some extra fun for the guests - such as an on-site Photobooth - and even a basket of great flip-flops for the guests to get comfortable.

Rob & Cori had a great night for their special day.

Ken Edney and Jenna Gustason 10-17-09

Ken & Jenna went with the Hilton of Naples for their wedding reception. With that, the Hilton arranged their wedding at the Verdado Beach in Naples. Their wedding day happened to be on the same day Naples was expecting its much needed first cold front of the season. Although a bit windy, the rain held back and the ceremony was able to go off - beautifully - without any problems.

Ken & Jenna had a slideshow during the dinner, which showed the two of them growing up and then together as a couple. The guests really enjoyed sharing that experience. They added our screen and projector option to display the show.

Jenna and Ken wanted a beach themed reception. With the theme, they chose starfish to hold the place cards - which turned out great.

Both Jenna and Ken are relaxed, friendly people. They wanted everyone to have a good time during the night - and that was accomplished!

Steve Treonis and Karen Sinclair 10-16-09

Steve and Karen's wedding reception was a destination wedding from Illinois. It was held at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort. Their guest were a small group of friends and family of about 40. Most of the bridal party grew up together.

The entire group had lots of fun celebrating the whole night together. They started off with the introduction songs "I Gotta Feeling" by BEP and "Thunderstruck" by ACDC. Throughout the rest of the night was a great mixture of Steve & Karen's favorite dance music. Our lighting added a great party atmosphere to the room.

Steve & Karen chose to end the night with their last celebration song of the night to be "Chicago" by The Blues Brothers. What a perfect ending to a beautiful day! It was our pleasure to be part of it!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Mark Williams & Christina Stoneburner 10.10.2009

Christina & Mark's wedding reception was held at the Royal Poinciana Golf Club, which is an elegant, private club in Naples. It was a pleasure working with Patrick and the staff on Saturday.

Christina and Mark had seen us at a few weddings before. We were glad to be a part of their plans. Christina had a clear vision of what she wanted her reception to be like - she wanted all 215 guests to remember her reception as being fun!

As guests entered the large beautiful room, they all took notice of the decorated five tiered wedding cake displayed in the middle of the dance floor.

After the guests were seated, the Black Eyed Peas' song "I Gotta Feeling" helped kick off the evening as each couple of the Bridal Party danced into the reception. Christina and Mark followed by showing their moves as they came in to Flo Rida's "Right Round." They went straight over to their wedding cake, cutting and sharing a piece of it together.

The cake was whisked away by the staff, and Mark and Christina took over the floor with their choreographed First Dance to Michael Buble's "Everything." If they were nervous about performing their dance, it didn't show... as they performed their dance flawlessly. Next Christina shared the floor with her dad to Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely." Mark followed by dancing with his mother to Rascal Flatt's "My Wish."

It was Christina's vision to have the formalities completed at the beginning, to leave more time for dancing later. Royal Poinciana has a large dance floor, and the crowd packed it from the opening song until the end of the night!

Michelle Reed Photography and AMC Video helped preserve the night's memories. At the end of the reception, both Mark & Christina thanked us for helping make a great night, as they said they had a blast - and so did we.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Gulf Coast HS Homecoming 09-29-09

After a week's worth of celebration including their football team's rally to victory over the Immokalee Indians, the students of Gulf Coast High School were ready to have some fun!

Their Homecoming Dance took place in their double gym on campus. The school had been transformed into a circus big top, as 1179 students dressed up for their special evening.

Having nearly 1200 kids meant being able to provide a lot of sound - and to have a flood of great sound, we had to bring in some extra speakers. There's a trick to spreading the sound out across a large area, and after some afternoon tweaking the gym was ready for the party.

It was a great night! There was a mix of music, including top forty, new hip-hop, and some old school - the crowd went wild and some students showed off their hot moves during Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean."

The dance floor area was packed all night! It's great when you can keep the students and the school staff happy - and we did. We've gotten several compliments on how much fun it was, and it was fun for us, too!