Rich Ellis

Fun With Friend At Leftbank Annex Wedding

 
Erica and Sean’s Leftbank Annex Wedding took place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.
 
And it was good to be inside on this day as we received the first rain since early June. With the Rose Quarter in the background, everyone was comfortable as they witnessed the exchange of vows in an intimate setting.
 
Leftbank Annex Wedding (9-9-17)
 
Leftbank Annex Wedding Ceremony Highlights:

  • Groomsmen Entrance: Neil Young – Heart of Gold
  • Bridesmaids & Bride Entrance: Lady Gaga – The Cure
  • Bride/Groom Exit: Dire Straits – Money for Nothing

The entire room was arranged for dinner after all guests made their way to the back of the room for cocktails. For background music, I played a mix of classic hits, including artists Marvin Gaye, Beatles, Bob Marley and the groom’s requests for Neil Young and Built to Spill.
 
Leftbank Annex Wedding (9-9-17)
 
Leftbank Annex Reception Highlights:

  • Grand Entrance: Andrew Gold – Thank You For Being A Friend
  • Cake Cutting: Beatles – Twist & Shout
  • Bride and Father Dance: Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight

The dance floor covered a lot of ground, but guests weren’t shy about getting out there and having a good time gettin’ down to Prince, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake and more, including requests for 2Pac and Kendrick Lamar.
 
Leftbank Annex Wedding (9-9-17)
Leftbank Annex Wedding (9-9-17)
Leftbank Annex Wedding (9-9-17)
 
Congratulations Erica and Sean.
 

Gorge Fire Backdrops Troutdale House Wedding

 
Suzy and Zak’s Troutdale House wedding took place on Labor Day, September 4, 2017 in Troutdale, Oregon.
 
A wildfire that had started in the Columbia River Gorge over 50 miles away two days earlier had suddenly shifted west and was now only about 15 miles away when they exchanged vows outside in the garden area.
 
The air was smoky, like being inside a barbecue. However, there would be no denying the moments of this special day that included the bride surprising the groom with her father not just walking her down the aisle, but also serving as the wedding officiant.
 
Troutdale House Wedding (9-4-17)
 
Troutdale House Wedding Ceremony Highlights:

  • Bridal Party Entrance: Eric Satie – Gymnopedie #1
  • Bride Entrance: Fleetwood Mac – Songbird
  • Bride/Groom Exit: Stevie Wonder – Signed Sealed Delivered…

The reception followed inside The Troutdale House and with the air conditioning on high, felt like a different world from what was happening outside, but it set guests at ease and they enjoyed conversation and background music that featured a variety of 70’s classics as requested by the newlyweds.
 
Troutdale House Wedding (9-4-17)
 
Troutdale House Wedding Reception Highlights:

  • Grand Entrance: Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place
  • Cake Cutting: Sam Cooke – Nothing Can Change This Love
  • First Dance: Stevie Wonder – My Cherie Amour
  • Bride and Father Dance: Johnny Cash – You Are My Sunshine

The dance floor at this venue is a long, narrow aisleway in front of the bar. Guests filled this area from the opening slow dance to a number of fast songs that followed, including hits from Michael Jackson and The Beatles.
 
Troutdale House Wedding (9-4-17)
Troutdale House Wedding (9-4-17)
 
Suzy and Zak also requested songs from their favorite artists David Bowie and the Talking Heads, plus the bride’s favorites, ‘Time Warp’ from the Rocky Horror Picture Show and ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’ by The Darkness.
 
Troutdale House Wedding (9-4-17)
 
Congratulations Suzy and Zak! Thank you for choosing PRO DJs.
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:
 
“Just amazing! I’ve been recommending Rich since the event just a week ago! The most professional and helpful of all vendors I worked with – simply excellent and thought of many details that I hadn’t considered, even those not directly related to the music. I know the group didn’t dance much (it was the group, not the music), but we had an absolute blast! Thank you!”
-Suzy & Zak

  • Event Date: Monday, September 4, 2017
  • Event Type: Wedding & Reception
  • Event Location: Troutdale House
  • Event Staff: Rich Ellis
  • Quality of Customer Service via Telephone: Excellent
  • Quality of Customer Service via Internet: Excellent
  • Quality of Customer Service at Event: Excellent
  • Friendliness of your Entertainer: Excellent
  • Promptness of your Entertainer: Excellent
  • Professionalism of your Entertainer: Excellent
  • Entertainer’s Performance: Excellent
  • Entertainer’s Appearance: Excellent
  • System Appearance: Excellent
  • Sound Quality: Excellent
  • Overall Volume Levels: Excellent
  • Music Selection: Excellent
  • Incorporation of Your Requests: Excellent
  • Lighting Effects: N/A
  • Equipment Appearance: Excellent
  • Overall Customer Service: Excellent
  • Planning Assistance: Excellent
  • Entertainer’s Cooperation with Other Vendors: Excellent
  • Overall Performance Rating: Excellent
  • Would you recommend this service to others? Yes

Bridal Veil Lakes Wedding In The Clear

 
Despite wildfires raging nearby in the Columbia River Gorge, it was a non-smoky celebration at Katie and Devin’s Bridal Veil Lakes Wedding on Sunday, September 3, 2017.
 
The night before, a fire started in the Gorge at the Eagle Creek Trail about 23 miles to the east. This was in addition to the Indian Creek fire that had started previously near the same area. The air was filled with smoke as I left the Portland area and I was concerned there would be a heavy haze at Bridal Veil Lakes, but somehow, the air was clear and it was a fabulous day to celebrate.
 
Bridal Veil Lakes Wedding (9-3-17)
 
Bridal Veil Lakes Wedding Ceremony Highlights:

  • Wedding Party Entrance: Ryan Darling – I Choose You
  • Bride Entrance: Ellie Goulding – How Long Will I Love You
  • Bride/Groom Exit: Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo?ole – Somewhere Over the Rainbow

I setup two sound systems for this event with my main system in the reception area and a second for the wedding on the other side of the lake. Following the ceremony, guests walked the nature trail to the main reception area. I played a mix of background music that featured favorites of the bride and groom. Artists included: Ed Sheeran, Sara Bareilles, Louis Armstrong, Zac Brown Band and others.
 
Included with this package was a video projector and screen as requested by Devin’s family to play a video of the best man’s toast. In addition, the groom’s father also performed a surprise lip sync for his son to settle a bet. This required a lot of planning and a song edit in my sound studio, but it went off perfectly and was well-received by everyone in attendance.
 
Bridal Veil Lakes Wedding (9-3-17)
 
Bridal Veil Lakes Wedding Reception Highlights:

  • Grand Entrance: Stevie Wonder – Signed Sealed Delivered…
  • Cake Cutting: Archies – Sugar Sugar
  • First Dance: JJ Heller – When I’m With You (The Boat Song)
  • Groom and Mother Dance: Tim McGraw – Humble and Kind
  • Bride and Mother Dance: Jackson 5 – Ill Be There/Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
  • Bouquet Toss: Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
  • Garter Toss: Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone

After the first dance and the groom’s dance with his mom, Katie also danced with her mom. This began with about a one minute of ‘I’ll Be There’ by The Jackson 5, before skipping to ‘Justin Timberlake’s recent hit ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ that included a flash dance from members of the wedding party.
 
Bridal Veil Lakes Wedding (9-3-17)
 
The flash dance created a burst of energy and the dance floor was on. The rest of the night everyone enjoyed getting down to ‘Uptown Funk,’ ‘Hey Ya,’ and newlywed requests for the ‘Cupid Shuffle’, ‘Footloose’ and ‘Cotton-Eye Joe’.
 
Bridal Veil Lakes Wedding (9-3-17)
Bridal Veil Lakes Wedding (9-3-17)
Bridal Veil Lakes Wedding (9-3-17)
 
Best wishes Katie and Devin!
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:
 
“Mr. Ellis was simply amazing. He worked well with the other members of the organizational team (Caterer, Coordinator, Photographer). He worked well when we had to change things up at the last second and he was always very professional.” -Katie Marie Ralston & Devin Bowyer

  • Event Date: Sunday, September 3, 2017
  • Event Type: Wedding & Reception
  • Event Location: Bridal Veil Lakes
  • Event Staff: Rich Ellis
  • Quality of Customer Service via Telephone: Excellent
  • Quality of Customer Service via Internet: Excellent
  • Quality of Customer Service at Event: Excellent
  • Friendliness of your Entertainer: Excellent
  • Promptness of your Entertainer: Excellent
  • Professionalism of your Entertainer: Excellent
  • Entertainer’s Performance: Excellent
  • Entertainer’s Appearance: Excellent
  • System Appearance: Excellent
  • Sound Quality: Excellent
  • Overall Volume Levels: Excellent
  • Music Selection: Excellent
  • Incorporation of Your Requests: Excellent
  • Lighting Effects: N/A
  • Equipment Appearance: Excellent
  • Overall Customer Service: Excellent
  • Planning Assistance: Excellent
  • Entertainer’s Cooperation with Other Vendors: Excellent
  • Overall Performance Rating: Excellent
  • Would you recommend this service to others? Yes

Milwaukie OR Wedding DJ At Gray Gables Estate

 
Milwaukie OR Wedding DJ Rich Ellis performed at Gabrielle (Gabe) and Kevin’s wedding and reception on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Gray Gables Estate in Milwaukie, Oregon.
 
The warmest and possibly driest summer on record in the Pacific Northwest heated up a little more on the first day of Labor Day weekend as the high temperature hit 97. However, nearly the entire venue was shaded by many trees surrounding the property to provide comfort for the 100 or so guests.
 
Milwaukie OR Wedding DJ Ceremony Highlights:

  • Weding Processional Entrance: John Legend & Lindsey Stirling – All of Me
  • Bride Entrance: The Piano Guys – A Thousand Years
  • Bride/Groom Exit: The Lumineers – Ho Hey

Milwaukie OR Wedding DJ Gray Gables Estate 9-2-17
 
As The Garden area was turned for dinner and dancing, guests visited near the bar, the covered deck outside The Ballroom or inside the ballroom or Manor House Lawn. For cocktails and dinner, the newlyweds requested a variety of alternative songs that included The Lumineers, Ingrid Michaelson, The Head and the Heart and more.
 
Milwaukie OR Wedding DJ Gray Gables Estate 9-2-17
 
Milwaukie OR Wedding DJ Reception Highlights:

  • Grand Entrance: Beyonce – Crazy In Love
  • Cake Cutting: Cake – Love You Madly
  • First Dance: Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love
  • Bouquet Toss: David Guetta f/Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj – Where Them Girls At
  • Garter Toss: Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone
  • Last Dance: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home

Gabe and Kevin requested that all guests join them for their first dance about halfway through their song selection. It was a good turnout that lasted a few songs, but it was not only a hot day, but uncharacteristically humid for the Portland area. As a result, what seemed like most everyone headed inside The Ballroom to take advantage of the air conditioning.
 
Milwaukie OR Wedding DJ Gray Gables Estate 9-2-17
 
Eventually most cooled down enough to return for the party and as the sun set, the mostly younger crowd packed the floor and danced to more recent hits, including ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’, ‘Uptown Funk’, ‘Despacito’ and more.
 
Milwaukie OR Wedding DJ Gray Gables Estate 9-2-17
 
The groom requested that Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” be played for him and his fraternity brothers and then everyone gathered around the newlyweds for the final song before heading off to the Red Star Tavern at the Hotel Monaco in Downtown Portland for the afterparty.
 
Milwaukie OR Wedding DJ Gray Gables Estate 9-2-17
 
Congratulations Gabe and Kevin and thank you for choosing PRO DJs.
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:
 
“Everything was great! Exactly what we needed, and perfect music selection.”
-Gabe Sasse & Kevin Stokes

  • Event Date: Saturday, September 2, 2017
  • Event Type: Wedding & Reception
  • Event Location: Gray Gables Estate
  • Event Staff: Rich Ellis
  • Quality of Customer Service via Telephone: Excellent
  • Quality of Customer Service via Internet: Excellent
  • Quality of Customer Service at Event: Excellent
  • Friendliness of your Entertainer: Excellent
  • Promptness of your Entertainer: Excellent
  • Professionalism of your Entertainer: Excellent
  • Entertainer’s Performance: Excellent
  • Entertainer’s Appearance: Excellent
  • System Appearance: Excellent
  • Sound Quality: Excellent
  • Overall Volume Levels: Excellent
  • Music Selection: Excellent
  • Incorporation of Your Requests: Excellent
  • Lighting Effects: N/A
  • Equipment Appearance: Excellent
  • Overall Customer Service: Excellent
  • Planning Assistance: Excellent
  • Entertainer’s Cooperation with Other Vendors: Good
  • Overall Performance Rating: Excellent
  • Would you recommend this service to others? Yes

Callie’s Bat Mitzvah At The MAC Club Portland

 
Steve Marker had the honor of being the DJ at Callie’s Bat Mitzvah At The MAC Club Portland on Saturday, September 2, 2017. Steve also DJ’d sister Hannah’s Bat Mitzvah in 2014 also held at the MAC Club. Mazel Tov Callie and thank you Steven and Lainie for choosing PRO DJs.
 
Bat Mitzvah At The MAC Club Portland (9-2-17)
 

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