We were recommended by Chicago Magazine as one of four bands in Chicago that could handle a wedding with a budget of $800,000 - a great honor, to be sure, even though most of the weddings that we play are not in that price range. "While most of us can hardly fathom what a wedding of this magnitude would look like, let alone think about spending that kind of cash on a party, it's fun to imagine what all that money might buy. The vendors listed below often work at lower costs than the prices quoted here, but they all have proved they are equal to the task."
Brides Magazine asked me to write an article for one of their issues giving my thoughts on an ideal wedding reception timeline, including my comments about why everything worked well and contributed to the overall flow of the evening. You can read the published article here. An expanded version of the article can be found on our blog.
Kerry and Chris Bonneau's wedding was featured in the "Real Weddings" section of Brides Chicago magazine. Our string quartet played the ceremony, followed by our jazz trio for cocktails out on the terrace, and then our fourteen piece band including violin section for dinner and dancing in the ballroom at the Peninsula Hotel on Michigan Avenue. What a great time!
The wedding of Alexa and John Frangos at the University Club was also featured in the "Real Weddings" section of Brides Chicago. It was held in Cathedral Hall, a beautiful room modeled after - you guessed it - a medieval cathedral. Their bridal dance featured our vocalist Emanuel Barr doing a spot on Lyle Lovett impersonation!
We were featured in "The Keys to Bridal Bliss" article in Chicago Collection magazine. Here's what they had to say: "The musical resume of Peter Hennes, founder of Peter Hennes Productions, is long - he has backed major performers such as Frank Sinatra and Liza Minelli, played in pit orchestras for Broadway shows, and done studio work for commercials. "Playing for weddings has been gratifying in a way that my other jobs weren't," Hennes says. "When the band is cooking and the dance floor is moving, it doesn't matter that you're playing I Will Survive for the millionth time. It is still so much fun." The company's centerpiece is the Peter Hennes Orchestra, which performs an extensive repertoire of both classic and contemporary tunes. Clients can choose from nine, ten, or eleven piece ensembles and add on additional instrument sections. Duos, quartets and soloists are available for rehearsals, ceremonies, cocktail hours,and dinners."
We were interviewed by GateHouse News Service for an article to be published on several websites and in print. As usual, they left out some of what I thought was pretty good stuff, and made up some other things, like the bit about "YMCA", which we only play by request. I guess when you're doing an interview, you have to take really good notes! Check it out here.
Sarah and Sam Sorenson's wedding was featured in Wisconsin Bride magazine. Sarah is a news anchor in Madison and Sam's a cameraman. The wedding was held at the Heidel House Resort in Green Lake, Wisconsin - a gorgeous location! Sarah's dad is a big Elvis fan, so we came up with a special surprise for the father-daughter dance.
We were mentioned in Chicago Social Brides magazine for Lisa and Dennis Schwartz's wedding, which we did at the Wit Hotel in downtown Chicago with one of our favorite wedding consultants, Ali Phillips of Engaging Events by Ali. We played for cocktails and dinner, then had a great time rocking the night away with a very enthusiastically dancing crowd! "The Peter Hennes Orchestra brought the house down." Here's a link to the article.
A story about the 4,000 person party we played at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN on 12/31/07 was picked up by several websites including Forbes and Marketwatch. Check out the article here.
We played the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Dream for a Cure Gala in 2003 at the Hotel Intercontinental and in 2004 at the Four Seasons. Here's a press release from the 2003 event, which featured Olympic Gold Medal winning speed skater Dan Jansen.