Chris and Tana's Wedding

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Chris and I waited six years to get married, two of which were as an engaged couple.

Although our wedding was beautiful, it was truly about the union of him and I as man and wife. Having our reception in my hometown, Moline, IL, and the wedding ceremony at the university where we met, St. Ambrose, allowed for a proper fitting of the end of one chapter and beginning our life together.

We want to thank our families for making this wedding what it was - it's never about the reception hall, the food, the drinks, the lighting, the bells and whistles - it's about love, family, and friendship.

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Vendors & Venues Reviews

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A1 Rental
Moline, IL
Lighting

My mother was in contact wtih this vendor but the end result was fantastic. We did pink uplighting and it was gorgeous.


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QC Trolley
Bettendorf, IA
Limos/Shuttles

Great service for a great price.


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House of Brides
Davenport, IA
Wedding Fashion

My initial experience was ok - but that turned into an awful experience over the year that I did business with them.

I purchased my bridal gown, 7 bridesmaids dresses, and my alterations from House of Brides. I would never send anyone to this vendor. It was a horrible experience. I still swear that the dress they gave me was not the dress I ordered. Additionally, I was not allowed to try on my dress after alterations. My dress on my wedding day was not fitted correctly which I blame on them for not allowing me to try it on after my alterations. Horrible business, horrible service, horrible employees. I have never met employees that we so rude - especially to a bride.


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Sandals
Westbury, NY
Honeymoon

My husband and I went to Sandals Royal Caribbean for our honeymoon in Montego Bay, Jamaica. It was beautiful, the facilities were gorgeous, and the people were fabulous. We can't wait to go back!


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Jaime Sandoval Photography
Davenport, IA
Photographers

Jaime was recommended by one of my bridesmaids. She is a freelance photographer and has photographed many weddings and other events. I really like Jaime - she was easy to work with and she is talented. Looking back on my photos, however, I wish that we had captured more - more family, more of me and my husband. Although our photos are wonderful, I still wish that we had gotten more of my new husband and I as well as our families. Our timeframe for photos was very short, but I only have one photo of my mom and I, which makes me sad.


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Ducky's
Moline, IL
Tuxedos

Once again we worked with Raney Cox to chose the tuxes for our wedding. Because we had such a large bridal party, we ended up renting 14 tuxes, we recieved free invitations. It was a great deal. The tuxes were great. The only downfall was that one of my groomsmen's shoe fell apart during our reception.


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Bed Bath and Beyond
Charleston, OR
Registry

Bed Bath and Beyond is a great store to register. We had a great time with our registry because of the variety of items at the store. Additionally, the store is very easy in regards to returns. The only problem we had with Bed Bath and Beyond was that if you returned something you HAD to request to take the item off your list... we returned two items we received as bridal shower gifts and then received them again as wedding gifts. I did not realize that we had to request to take these off our registry.


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Ceremony
Davenport, IA
Ceremony Sites

My husband and I are both alumni of St. Ambrose University, so we were married at Christ the King Chapel on the campus. Although the chapel is newly renovated and beautiful, it is still quite small and is awkward due to the set up. Our guests liked the chapel, however, because it had an intimate feel.


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Reception
Moline, IL
Reception Sites

I loved the iWireless Center. The amenities there are wonderful. The price was also very reasonable.

The background of the Mississippi River is truly priceless - my bridal party was able to get some wonderful photos.


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Radisson
Moline, IL
Hotels/Accommodations

The Radisson is a beautiful hotel. It is newly renovated and very nice all around. The only negative aspects of the hotel were that the air conditioning went out in our honeymoon suite, so the female bridal party was moved to two small rooms to get ready. This created a problem with space and really didn't live up to my idea of having my bridal party altogether. Although the Radisson was accomodating to us, it still was an unfortunate problem.

I was also not happy that the hotel was sold out. Although my guests were able to book 30 rooms, some guests had to go to another hotel. I believe that if you book the iWireless you should have "first dibs" on the Radisson. I was upset that all of my out of town guests could not all be together.

Additionally, my guests complained that after the reception the hotel security was very rude to them. A few of my guests wrote letters to the hotel after to complain. I am sure that my guests were loud, and many of them drunk, but from what I was told, they were treated with a lot of disrespect. My wedding provided a large sum of revenue for the Radisson that weekend (since my husband and I, along with many in our bridal party are from Chicago) and I don't believe anyone should be treated like that.


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