Cyber Monday Quad City Wedding Offers!

by Jenny Bryde 1. December 2013 01:13

Alert, alert, alert!!  Cyber Monday deals are coming your way from local Quad Cities businesses.  From the Get It Today Half-Priced Deals page, here are just a few of the dozens and dozens of deals that might come in useful as you plan your wedding.  Remember that these are limited time deals, available in a limited quantity, so make sure you get to the Half Priced Deals page asap tomorrow and snag these offers!


5ive Star Salon - Ultimate Spa Package - $265 value for $132.50

Neckers Jewelers - $500 gift card for $250

AAAmazing Bodywork - Basic Facial $50 value for $25

Advanced Soft Tissue Health Solutions - 90 Minute Massage $90 Value for $45

AfterImage The Look, Inc - Vitamineral & Depuffing Mask Facial $70 Value for $35

Bennion Chiropractic - Two - 60 Minute Massage Gift Cards $94 Value for $45

Big Bear Therapeutics - One Hour Massage $50 Value for $25

AfterImage The Look, Inc - Spray Tan $20 Value for $10

Johannes Bus Service Inc. - WEDDING SHUTTLE $675 Value for $337

Kevin Walker Weddings - Wedding Photography Gift Certificate $1,000 Value for $500

Necker's Jewelers - $1,000 Towards an Engagement Ring for $500

Reflexology Center - 30 min. Ionic Energy and Foot Detox Foot Spa ($40 Value for $20)

Kevin Walker Entertainment - Wedding DJ Gift Certificate $600 Value for $300

Salon Integrity - $30 Gift Card for $15



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Bix Fest Inspired Wedding

by Jenny Bryde 28. July 2012 05:36

Okay, so I'm not a runner, but that doesn't mean that I can't enjoy our yearly festivities brightly and boldly displayed throughout the Bix Fest! 

Such an exciting time of year celebrating a great man's legacy and such a great event through which to wander and let your mind turn.  Doing what I do, I can't help but try to tie in what I observe going on through all my senses and try to make it fit into a wedding inspiration board!  If you are a jazz lover, or really any kind of lover, might you consider a Bix Beiderbecke jazz inspired wedding?  This is what I imagine it would look like...


Anyone feel like marching through town miming a trumpet?  Gotta admit, I'm tempted.  Here's to love, laughter, and all that jazz!

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Ways to Add Local QCA Spice to Your Wedding's Personality

by Jenny Bryde 30. October 2010 12:45

Every wedding is carefully laid out (or half-hazardly laid out) to reflect the personality and style of the couple.  Favorite things, hobbies, inside jokes, and special places are often incorporated somewhere into the wedding ceremony, reception decor, or menu.  This makes sense because, after all, the day should be about the bride and groom, so why not let your guests indulge in a few of your favorites? 

While we were planning our wedding, I had countless ideas of things that I thought were lovely, clever, or charming, but I had a hard time at first finding something that we could incorporate that would say US.  Don't get me wrong.  I don't think my husband or myself are boring's just that we're so different.  I'm a non-stop talker who likes to shop for antiques and dabble in graphic design while my husband is a much more quiet handyman and sci-fi fanatic. what did we have in common that could be used at our wedding?  Well, we both like good food and drink, so we decided to draw our guests into our world by offering them a favorite local beer alongside of our delicious food.  A small gesture that we thought would not make that much difference but made us happy turned out to make EVERYONE happy.  We added a keg of Bent River Brewery's Mississippi Blonde pilsner to our bar menu.  Guests who were from around here recognized a local favorite, and our out of town guests were totally thrilled with the delicious beer option that sat along side other favorites like Bud Light. 

It got me thinking about what other locally made items could our Quad City brides and grooms add to their long lists of wedding details.  Here are a few that I came up with:

Local Drinks: Bent River Beers, Lavendar Crest Wines, Blue Cat Brew Pub Beers,

Local Candy/Food:  Lagomarcinos, Produce from the farmers' markets, Whitey's ice cream

Local Music:  Your favorite local band or musician!  (We have a really great band that we used that I'll be posting about soon!)


So this is a small sad list to start out with, but let's add to it!  What local items do you love and could see being incorporated into someone's wedding (maybe your own)?  I'll add items as they are suggested! 


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Holly and Aaron: Moments Captured In Time

by Tony 14. July 2009 11:17

On Friday morning the rain fell, leaving Holly with concern for her wedding day. As rehearsal time arrived the sky began to clear and the wedding party gathered at Trinity Episcopal Church to prepare for their special day.

After rehearsal the family went to the Rock Island Arsenal Club House. The lush setting of greenery provided a quaint setting for dinner and a time for family and friends to get to know each other better. The Poyneer family had been a familiar sight at the Golf Course, playing golf and sitting at the pool side over the years.

The wedding day came and everything was in place. The weather was beautiful as was the bride. Holly was eager to check out the floral arrangement for the altar and the beautiful arrangement made for the doors, along with her bouquets. Holly enjoyed the moment, along with the fragrance given off by all the flowers and the excitement of the day.

As the time drew closer, the preparations made great opportunities to capture the moments through the watchful eye of Brandenburg Photography, allowing Holly and Aaron to look back and enjoy a lifetime of memories.

After a beautiful ceremony in the sanctuary and beauty of the cathedral, Holly and Aaron, joined by their wedding party, were taken by limo to Vanderveer Park, adding to the memories with the great outdoor settings that the park offers.

The wedding ceremony continued in full swing with the reception at the Figge, where music was provided by Black Tie Entertainment and Tim with an elegant dinner setting. Holly examined the wedding cake, and prior to dinner the cake was cut.

After enjoying dinner, the couple met with friends and family to talk about their new home in Brazil, where the couple will reside for a couple years as Aaron will be working with John Deere. The night continued with first dances and fun amongst the wedding party, family and friends.


Trinity Episcopal Church


Figge Art Museum


The Faithful Pilot

Floral Design


Wedding Cake

Olde Towne Bakery


Brandenburg Photography


Black Tie Entertainment


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Jen and Joe: Japanese style and Italian flair

by Tony 28. April 2009 10:20

Joe and Jen were married April 25, 2009 and are away enjoying their honeymoon in Costa Rica. Jen's college soccer coach and his wife arranged for them to stay in their private residence while there as a wedding gift. While they are away basking in warm tropical weather we would like to share their great Quad Cities Wedding with you.

Jen shared with us, “Joe had moved to the Quad Cities from Michigan to attend grad school and I had just moved back to the area from Texas when we met online. After e-mailing back and forth and speaking on the phone for over a month we met for our first date. We talked for hours that first night and way into the morning. We have been virtually inseparable ever since.”

Joe and Jen come from two different ethnic backgrounds, and they incorporated details from each of their backgrounds into their wedding day. Joe's Italian background led them to choose the cannoli-flavored cake, an Italian phrase on the invitations, and a coffee-table book featuring Italian festivals and recipes as their guest book. Jen's family's Japanese crest was a focal point for the invitations. Consistent with Japanese tradition, they had 1000 origami cranes at the reception as a wish for a long and prosperous marriage.

When asked about future plans Jen told us, “We are planning on moving this summer. While the exact destination is still up in the air, we are looking forward to exploring a new location and creating a home together.”

Joe and Jen’s wedding vendors are listed below, and we have included Jen’s descriptions. Each vendor and each location was carefully interviewed and contracted to play a part in creating the couple’s vision for their wedding day.


Luxury Limousine


Designed by the bride with paper purchased online at; shimmering pale green with black script on a shimmering black pocket fold, adorned with the bride's family crest. Place cards, wedding programs, table names, and menus were also created from their selection of papers.


St. Paul the Apostle Church
Officiant - Father Michael Spiekermeier.


Figge Art Museum
The museum was chosen for its unique and modern setting.


Bloomin' Crazy, Davenport
Bridal bouquet: white calla lilies.
Bridesmaids bouquets: lime green Fuji mums and while calla lilies.
Groomsmen boutonnieres: miniature while calla lily with a green button pom.


Heller Cakes
three-tiered square ivory cake trimmed with black ribbon. Half filled with fresh strawberries and half cannoli flavored.


The Figge exclusive caterer Shine Management Group. Sit-down dinner.
Guests chose from breast of chicken with creamy roasted onion and Riesling sauce or papperdelle pasta with spinach, arugula, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, tomato, Parmesan and Gorgonzola cheeses.


Ceremony: vocalist - Janine McClimon and organist - Madonna Hughes.
Reception: SAS Entertainment - DJ Ben


Celebration Bridal
Celebration Bridal A lace ivory, slim, strapless a-line with pewter and gold accents, a corset closure and flared tulle past the knees. Designer: Sottero and Midgley.


Celebration Bridal
Floor length, black, spaghetti-strap, tissue taffeta a-lines. Designer: Bill Levkoff.


J.H. Revell - Wedding bands.


Hairazors Salon in Bettendorf


Skeffington's Formal Wear in Bettendorf.
Black tuxes with pale lime striped vests and paisley ties for the groomsmen. Groom in ivory striped tie and vest.


Rick Jennisch Photography


MI Studios


Radisson Quad City Plaza
Clarion Hotel would like to extend a special thank you to:

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Hi!  Welcome to the blog!  My name is Jenny, and I am a Quad Cities bride to be.  Our goal for this blog is to share information on all things wedding including local vendors, new trends, and amazing inspiration.  Let us know if there is something you'd like to see on here!  

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