Monday, December 27, 2010

Matt & Bethany 10.30.10

Matt & Bethany chose to hold their wedding celebration at The Forest Country Club in South Fort Myers. It was a beautiful day outside. The ceremony site was just off to the side of the club itself, and was set under some huge oak trees. The wedding officiant, Rev. Christina Bowman , was flawless as everyone watched the ceremony commence. The ceremony was perfect. Afterwards guests enjoyed a cocktail hour in the lobby as the wedding party posed for photos.

The new couple were brought into the room to "I've Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas. They then shared their first dance to Uncle Cracker's "Smile." They followed with their parent dance, where Bethany danced with her dad and Matt with his mother to Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World."

Toasts and dinner followed. To honor some of their friends, they requested various wedding first dance songs that guests had danced to at their own weddings. That was truly a nice touch.

The only rules Bethany & Matt gave me were: 1. Not many slow songs and 2. They want their guests to have fun!

This crowd loved 80's and 90's music - and the floor was filled all night long. It definitely was a fun and memorable night!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Kyle & Michelle 10.23.2010

Michelle's brother Jeff had gotten married five years ago, and he and his wife had hired us to perform at their wedding. We were very honored when Michelle was looking for entertainment now for her wedding, that she chose us for her special day as well.

Kyle and Michelle live in Maryland, and decided to hold their wedding in Naples where Michelle's mother lives. Kyle & Michelle chose the country club at The Strand for their ceremony and reception site. Nearly all their guests were from out of town.

The weather was perfect that afternoon, as the ceremony started at 5:30 pm with wedding officiant Paul Mielke . Classical music was played as the guests were seated. The ceremony was beautiful! The guests were treated to a cocktail hour on the terrace following the ceremony as photographer Charlie McDonald worked with the wedding party for photos.

Kyle & Michelle were introduced to a round of applause, and then danced to their song "Fascination" by Al Martino. The had taken dance lessons together for their First Dance, and it showed - it was flawless!

They decided on a song for their wedding party - "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Jem (first sung by Paul McCartney's "Wings"). They invited all the guests to join them halfway thru, then followed that with a party song "Celebration" to get everyone dancing from the very beginning of the night.

Toasts followed, and while Michelle's mother toasted, she recognized all the people that had traveled to the wedding from all over the world - including England and South Africa. Wow!

It was an elegant yet fun celebration, just what Michelle and Kyle were planning for. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Wynne!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Kevin Hamilton & Nichole Wooldridge 10.09.2010

Kevin & Nichole had their destination wedding plans for Naples. Nichole's parents own a house in town, and hope to soon retire here. Kevin is in the Air Force, and has done tours in the Middle East. Needless to say, they were very excited to celebrate their marriage in Southwest Florida.

This Saturday was a beautiful day - one of the nicest days we've every been part of for a wedding. The weather was absolutely perfect, the humidity was low, and sunshine was abound. Their ceremony was held on the white, wide beach at Wiggins Pass State Park.

The theme for the wedding was a "beach theme", and Nichole had great ideas to make her day original. She actually walked down the aisle with her father to Jason Castro's version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow." The dark suits and heavy dresses were exchanged for a casual, yet elegant look for their wedding party.

The ceremony was performed by Brian, a close friend of the family. It was a perfect setting with the waves rolling in as they exchanged their vows. They used Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" for their recessional song.

After the ceremony, the guests headed to the Tiburon Country Club in Naples. Guests enjoyed cocktails outside on the terrace while listening to steel drum music. Again, it was perfect weather outside - about 78 degrees and low humidity. Beautiful!

Inside, the guests welcomed the entire wedding party in to the song "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas. Nichole and her mother are HUGE Keith Urban fans, and have seen him in concert a few times. So it was without hesitation that Nichole chose "Only You Can Love Me This Way" by Keith Urban for their first dance song.

That was followed by the father / daughter dance. Penny and Fred, Nichole's parents - only have one daughter, one child - Nichole. It was a strong emotional moment as Nichole danced with her father to "I Hope You Dance" by LeAnn Womack. Tears of happiness were shed thru the song. Afterwards, Kevin and his mom Lisa danced to Rascal Flatts' "I Wish."

Guests were treated to a large buffet dinner. Nichole & Kevin chose only to have a cake topper - they instead had dozens of cupcakes and white chocolate sea shells for dessert.

The dancing was soon underway. Everyone was primed to party! The dance floor was crowded, so guests danced next to the floor on all sides! It was great to see guests of all ages dancing to songs from all generations, including today's music. Nichole's family makes everyone else feel like "family" - in a warm and generous way. They had a wonderful time, and so did we. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Hamilton!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Adam Korenyi-Both & Kristie Hayes 10.02.2010

Kristie & Adam held both their wedding ceremony and reception at the beautiful Grandezza Country Club in Estero. That Saturday was a beautiful, sunny day - a perfect day for a wedding outdoors.

The ceremony was held in the lush green English garden at Grandezza. We supplied the wireless microphones for the officiant and for the readers, and the ceremony music was performed by the Seaside Strings Quartet. It was a perfect ceremony, with Adam's brother and Kristie's mother giving the readings before the vows were said. After Kristie and Adam were married, the quartet played Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" - it was great!

The guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the lobby of the club. Once the guests were in the reception room, we introduced the bridal party to "I've Gotta Feelin'" by the Black Eyed Peas. After Adam & Kristie's Grand Entrance, they went into their First Dance - which was "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra, for which they had taken lessons for - and it paid off! Perfect!

The Toasts were soon given, and there were several heartfelt moments as special words were said about the couple. The guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner, and then Kristie danced with her father to Van Morrison's "Days Like This." Guests were invited to join them halfway thru their song.

The Cake Cutting followed, and Kristie chose the Pixies catchy song "Here Comes Your Man."

THEN - the dance floor opened - and the guests had a blast! Guests of all ages crowded the floor having a great time. Both families were very nice, had a great sense of humor and got along easily - everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. Later the crowd was calling for some older hip-hop, like Montell Jordan, BBD, Naughty By Nature, B.I.G. and 69 Boyz. They had a great time with each other, dancing and singing along.

At the end of the night there were smiles abound. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Korenyi-Both!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Scott Neff & Erin Lambert 07.31.2010

Erin & Scott planned their destination wedding from the Ohio area. They had over 80 guests travel to Naplles to help celebrate their wedding.

Erin & Scott's choice for the location was the Naples Beach Hotel. They explained to me that once they had a frozen drink at the beach side bar - "they were sold!" The beach side bar is popular with hotel guests, and many locals come out and enjoy the reggae band that plays on Sunday evenings.

The wedding ceremony was held on the beautiful lawn overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Melissa Read was their event coordinator; she is very helpful bringing all a bride's ideas together. Erin chose pink and green as accent colors for the room. Getting there early, we were able to watch Melissa's creativity come out as she arranged the candy bar / dessert display - utilizing multiple sized vases and levels to highlight the delicious candy buffet.

Everyone enjoyed the cocktail hour held by the water. As the reception began - we kicked off the party by playing "I Gotta Feelin'" by the Black Eyed Peas. Erin and Scott chose to come into their party to Trey Songz' "Say Aah" as the guests loudly applauded. We then observed their first dance as husband and wife to Boys Like Girls' "Two Is Better Than One."

Erin told us they booked us as their entertainment for one reason - because they heard we "BRING IT!" - and at the end of the night - she let us know that we did! Congratulations to Erin and Scott - and the wonderful day as they start their life together!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

John & Jennifer 07.17.10

John & Jennifer celebrated their wedding reception at Legends Country Club. They chose us for the entertainment after seeing us at the Kuehl wedding last summer - and the Keuhls' chose us after seeing us at another friends wedding!

After the Introductions we went into the First Dance ("Only You Could Love Me This Way" Keith Urban). For their Bridal Party Dance they chose "With A Little Help From My Friends" by Joe Cocker - and then invited all their guests to join them on the floor. It was a nice way to get everyone involved from the start.

After the toasts, John & Jenn arranged for a wonderful buffet dinner for all to enjoy. They also were nice enough to invite us to eat as well - the food was outstanding! Jennifer's parents are members of Legends Club, and were proud to host the wedding with a staff that they both trust and enjoy.

John & Jenn took their time to stop by and visit all their guests; they explained to us that they've been to other weddings where the bride & groom were so rushed - they never got to speak with them - and they didn't want that to happen with their guests for their day.

After dinner was finished and the visits completed, Jenn shared an emotional dance with her dad to Heartland's "I Loved Her First." John and his mother were all smiles as they shared a special song mom had found on the internet - "On This Day" by Christian Barnes. It was a great choice!

Everyone enjoyed an evening of dancing and celebrating. Jenn dedicated a special song for her parents who just a few days before celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary! It was a special night and a great way for them to begin their life together!

Monday, June 7, 2010

BCHS Chorus Awards Banquet

This is the eighth year that Scott has been invited back as the entertainment for the Barron Collier High School awards banquet. Todd Peterson does an amazing job with his students throughout the year. It culminates at this ceremony, where they reflect upon everything they experienced throughout the school year.

This year they had an incredible video montage encapsulating all the hard work and good times they experienced. The party kicked off right after, and they rocked on the dance floor until the party ended at 10:30 pm. Scott's already been reserved for their night next year - can't wait!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Bryan Spaulding and Caitlin Sullivan 05.01.2010

Caitlin and Bryan are living on the other coast of Florida. They are a very relaxed couple and very much enjoy the beach, surfing, and their two dogs. Instead of table numbers at the reception, they chose names of beaches that Bryan has enjoyed surfing. The guests favors were chocolate shells and the cake had palm trees.

The ceremony took place at 2:00pm at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Naples. Cocktail hour was held at Naples Beach Club at 4:30pm on the beach lawn at the Hotel. The guest then moved into the Everglades room for dinner and the reception. The parents and bridal attendants were introduced to "Wonderful Day" by OAR. Bryan and Caitlin chose "My First, My Last, My Everything" by Barry White for their entrance. It was a beautiful afternoon, and after dinner Caitlin and Bryan went on to the beach for sunset photos to be take by their photographer Louis Venne. Caitlin asked us to invite her guests to join them on the beach to admire the sunset with them.

The parent dances were done slightly out of the usual order due to Caitlin's fathers' favorite dance song is the YMCA. So, she wanted that played right after her dance with her dad. Wow! Their guests loved it! The rest of the evening was dancing the night away!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Lewis Farwell & Kelly Coar 04.17.2010

Lew & Kelly met each other six years ago while attending St. Leo's College. Even though Lew is a Red Sox fan and Kelly likes the Yankees, they've been inseparable ever since. Now residing in Cape Cod, they chose to have their wedding in Naples as Kelly's family lives here.

The Hilton Naples was their choice for the reception, and they told us just how easy it was working with Paige Simpson as she makes herself available and has years of experience in event planning. Kelly's uncle is well-established Naples Photographer Louis Venne, and he captured the action throughout the night behind the lens. Naples Original Videography recorded their evening.

Kelly told us how much help her mother has been in planning the reception. The room was set-up beautifully creating the ambiance for an incredible evening.

Playing off a rose theme, the tables were draped with off-red table cloths, and decorated extensively with beautiful flowers in raised vases filled with water. Uplighting was used washing the walls red. The cake was on a riser, perfectly lit from above.

As elegant as the room looked, they assured us they wanted a FUN reception. Mission accomplished! It started at the very beginning, while introducing the wedding party into the room while playing "I Gotta Feeling" by the BEP's, the Best Man and Maid of Honor did acrobatics when they entered - Crazy! The crowd was pumped up when Lew & Kelly entered to "Let's Get It Started" by the BEP's.

While meeting with the Kelly & Lew before the wedding, we helped them listen to songs to consider for their first dance. "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys turned out to be their perfect choice.

Their parents surprised Kelly & Lew them with a video montage. Playing off the fact that both Kelly & Lew have red hair, they began some younger photos of the couple while playing a funny sound clip of South Park's Eric Cartman talking about being a "Ginger Kid". After making everyone laugh, the guests were glued to watching as everyone enjoyed the photos. We used our elevated screen with rear projection for a crisp, clean look.

Kelly asked Paige for an extra large dance floor, which was great thinking as the floor was packed all night, while music flowed from the 60's, 70's, 80's, thru today's latest hits.

Arrangements were made for an After Party to be held at Shula's Steakhouse Restaurant inside the Hilton Naples, where guests continued to celebrate and visit while enjoying an open bar and a sandwich buffet for a late night snack. What a great idea, as most of the guests were staying at the hotel.

Lew & Kelly make a wonderful, relaxed supportive couple - we wish them a happy life together!