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Picturesque Summer Mt. Hood Oregon Wedding

 
Sonna and Ryan’s Mt. Hood Oregon wedding took place at the residence of the bride’s aunt on Friday, June 30, 2017. The bride also grew up in the Parkdale area and returned home from the muggy heat of Oklahoma to celebrate her big day in the comfort of a perfect Northwest summer day.
 
Mt. Hood Oregon Wedding 6-30-17
 
Mt. Hood Oregon Wedding Ceremony Highlights:

  • Wedding Party Entrance: Piano Guys – A Thousand Years
  • Bride Entrance: Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
  • Bride/Groom Exit: Heavy D & The Boyz – Now That We Found Love

Since the tables and chairs were already setup for the reception, guests spent the next couple hours relaxing and enjoying conversation with family and friends. The newlyweds took most of their photos before their wedding, but there were plenty more to take with extended family.
 
Mt. Hood Oregon Wedding 6-30-17
 
Mt. Hood Oregon Wedding Reception Highlights:

  • Grand Entrance: Stevie Wonder – Signed Sealed Delivered…
  • Cake Cutting: Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself
  • First Dance: George Strait – I Cross My Heart
  • Bride and Father Dance: Trace Adkins – Just Fishin’
  • Bride and Stepfather Dance: Rascal Flatts – My Wish
  • Groom and Mother Dance: Trace Adkins – Then They Do
  • Bouquet Toss: Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
  • Garter Toss: Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
  • Last Dance: Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline

It was perfect timing as the dance floor opened to everyone at twilight. With around 80 guests in attendance, most passed on a slow dance to warmup, but were not shy about hitting the dance floor for the first fast dance song. The Beatles ‘Twist & Shout’ brought many out to the tiny dance floor, that quickly overflowed onto the grass for the tracks that followed, including: ‘Happy’, ‘Cupid Shuffle’, ‘Brown Eyed Girl’, ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ and more.
 
Mt. Hood Oregon Wedding 6-30-17
Mt. Hood Oregon Wedding 6-30-17
 
Congratulations Sonna and Ryan and thank you Maid of Honor, Mille for recommending me. I had the opportunity to perform at her wedding two years ago.
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:
 
“Rich did a fantastic job! He was prompt and helped walk us through each step of planning in regards to processional music to first dances. He brought all of his own equipment and set up/broke it down himself. We really appreciated all of his hard work and for guiding us on our special day! Highly recommend.”  -Sonna Winkel & Ryan Scott Weddle

  • Event Date: Friday, June 30, 2017
  • Event Type: Wedding & Reception
  • Event Location: Parkdale, OR
  • 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: Excellent
  • 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

Hot Late June Camp Angelos Wedding Corbett

 
The temperature was pushing 100 degrees on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Gina and Blake’s Camp Angelos Wedding in Corbett, Oregon.
 
The ceremony began a little after 3:30pm and a nice breeze made the heat a little more tolerable for the 150+ guests.
 
Camp Angelos Wedding 6-24-17
 
Camp Angelos Wedding Ceremony Highlights:

  • Wedding Party Entrance: Piano Guys – A Thousand Years
  • Bride Entrance: Brian Cain – Canon in D
  • Bride/Groom Exit: Etta James – At Last

The reception followed inside the air conditioned lodge, but some chose to hangout outside. I brought a second sound system for the ceremony and continued playing music outside for a little while. The hot weather eventually drove everyone inside.
 
Background music for the cocktail hour was a mix of summer party and family reunion music as requested by the newlyweds. During dinner, they wanted Rat Pack hits from Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin and others.
 
Camp Angelos Wedding 6-24-17
 
Camp Angelos Wedding Reception Highlights:

  • Grand Entrance: Ray LaMontagne – You Are The Best Thing
  • Cake Cutting: Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself
  • First Dance: James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
  • Bride/Father Dance: Joe Cocker – You Are So Beautiful
  • Groom and Mother Dance: Ben E. King – Stand By Me
  • Bride/Grandfather Dance: Nat King Cole – Unforgettable
  • Bouquet Toss: Meghan Trainor – Dear Future Husband
  • Garter Toss: Ginuwine – Pony
  • Last Dance: Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This

As the reception moved into the evening, many guests began to move outside to the inviting shady front deck and impromtu photo booth setup on the back deck. This provided some competition for the dance floor, but the many who wanted to dance couldn’t stay away for long and the dance floor was mostly packed for long stretches.
 
Camp Angelos Wedding 6-24-17
Camp Angelos Wedding 6-24-17
Camp Angelos Wedding 6-24-17
 
‘Twist and Shout’, ‘Uptown Funk’ and ‘Cupid Shuffle’ were crowd favorites, along with the 2017 song of the summer, ‘Despacito’.
 
Camp Angelos Wedding 6-24-17
Camp Angelos Wedding 6-24-17
 
Congratulations Gina and Blake and thank you to Blake’s brother Josh and his wife Destiny for recommending me for this event. I performed at their wedding in August 2014.
 

McMenamins Edgefield Manor Wedding

 
Barb and John were married on Saturday, May 20, 2017 inside Blackberry Hall at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon.
 
This classic venue remains ever popular with couples planning their weddings. Many choose to have their ceremony in the meadow behind Blackberry hall, then the reception inside. But on this warm and sunny day, Barb and John chose to hold both inside since our waterlogged winter and early spring made the grass extra soft.
 
McMenamins Edgefield Manor Wedding
 
For the bride’s entrance music, Barb asked me if I could edit the song ‘Marry Me’ by Train to remove the lyrics that reference ‘getting the nerve to say hello in this cafe.’ She loves the song and all of the lyrics applied to her experience, except that line. I was happy to oblige and the final edit sounded like it was supposed to be that way, so success 🙂
 
McMenamins Edgefield Manor Wedding Ceremony Highlights:

  • Weding Processional Entrance: Roy Todd – Radiant As A Bride
  • Bride Entrance: Train – Marry Me (Edit No Cafe)
  • Bride/Groom Exit: James Taylor – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

McMenamins Edgefield Manor Wedding
 
Following the ceremony, it was a perfect evening for a stroll on the Edgefield grounds as the hall was reset for the reception. When guests returned, I played a variety of background music selections that included artists Colbie Callait, Jason Mraz, OneRepublic and more.
 
McMenamins Edgefield Manor Wedding
 
McMenamins Edgefield Manor Wedding Reception Highlights:

  • Grand Entrance: AC/DC – Thunderstruck
  • Cake Cutting: Maroon 5 – Sugar
  • First Dance: Trisha Yearwood – How Do I Live
  • Groom and Mother, Bride and Father-In-Law Dance: Rascal Flatts – My Wish
  • Bride and Mother Dance: Van Morrison – Brown-Eyed Girl (Call all brown eye girls to floor after about 30 seconds)
  • Money Dance: Barenaked Ladies – If I Had A Million Dollars
  • Anniversary Dance: Anne Murray – Can I Have This Dance
  • Last Dance: Brad Paisley – She’s Everything

After the formal dances that concluded with the anniversary dance that revealed the bride’s aunt and uncle were married the longest at 50 years, the dance floor opened to everyone around 9pm. The lights remained on for the first 20 minutes or so, but that didn’t stop many in this group from movin’ to the classics and recent hit songs, such as ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Hey Ya’ and ‘Twist & Shout’.
 
McMenamins Edgefield Manor Wedding
McMenamins Edgefield Manor Wedding
 
I played everything from ‘Stayin’ Alive’ to ‘Uptown Funk, ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’, ‘Celebration’ and more. Blackberry Hall was rockin’ the final 90 minutes of the reception… even some passersby took a look inside to witness the action when the doors to the dance floor area opened later.
 
McMenamins Edgefield Manor Wedding
McMenamins Edgefield Manor Wedding
 
Congratulations Barb and John and thank you for choosing PRO DJs.
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:
 
“Rich was great! He spent an hour on the phone with us organizing our wedding details. He is very professional and kind. I am very satisfied with our experience with ProDJs and Rich.”  
-Barb & John Pemberton

  • Event Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
  • Event Type: Wedding & Reception
  • Event Location: Edgefield McMenamins
  • 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: Excellent
  • 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

Wedding Season Begins At Langdon Farms

 
Glorious sunshine greeted Devon and Brandon as they exchanged vows outside near the golf course at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Oregon on Saturday, May 6, 2017.
 
After the record rain we have had this year, it wasn’t really surprising that a stray shower fell as I was setting up. Fortunately, it was short-lived and you couldn’t ask for a better day for the unofficial start of the wedding season in the Pacific Northwest.
 
Langdon Farms Wedding May 6 2017
 
Langdon Farms Wedding Ceremony Highlights:

  • Parents Entrance: Josh Ward – Together
  • Wedding Party Entrance: George Strait – It Just Comes Natural
  • Bride Entrance: Tracy Chapman – Stand By Me (Live at the Late Show with David Letterman)
  • Bride/Groom Exit: Cody Johnson – Ride with Me

The reception followed inside the Red Barn. As guests engaged in conversation, I played a variety of songs for background music from artists such as Jack Johnson and OneRepublic, as well as Country favorites requested by the bride and groom, including artists George Strait and Jason Aldean.
 
Langdon Farms Wedding May 6 2017
 
Langdon Farms Wedding Reception Highlights:

  • Grand Entrance: Jason Aldean – Gonna Know We Were Here
  • Cake Cutting: Wade Bowen – Who I Am
  • First Dance: Cody Johnson – With You I Am
  • Bride and Father Dance/Groom and Mother Dance: The Highwaymen – Live Forever
  • Last Dance: Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’

The dance floor opened just before 9pm and was packed until the end at 11. From the classics, including ‘Twist & Shout’ and ‘Billie Jean’ to more recent releases ‘Happy’ and ‘Uptown Funk’, it was a great time, even with the lights still on the first five songs:
 
Langdon Farms Wedding May 6 2017
Langdon Farms Wedding May 6 2017
 
What a mix with classic Hip Hop and Country hits moving this group and an impromtu conga line breaking out several times.
 
Langdon Farms Wedding May 6 2017
 
Last song, last photo… every last soul on the dance floor.
 
Langdon Farms Wedding May 6 2017
 
Devon and Brandon let me know they really enjoyed the evening. I even got a hug from the groom 🙂 Congratulations you two and thank you for choosing PRO DJs.
 

Portland Bar Mitzvah DJ Energizes Benson Hotel

 
Portland Bar Mitzvah DJ Rich Ellis performed at David’ Bar Mitzvah held in the Mayfair Ballroom at the Benson Hotel in Downtown Portland, Oregon on Saturday, February 11, 2017.
 
There was a lot of energy in the room from the beginning and the kids had fun with the ice breaker gold coin table game I played with them during dinner. More games followed: including ‘Name That Tune’ and David’s request for ‘Coke & Pepsi.’ The photo booth adjacent to the dance floor was also a big hit.
 
After they had a chance to eat, the adults joined in for ‘The Hora’ and chair raising.
 
Portland Bar Mitzvah DJ Benson Hotel 2-11-17
 
Many guests stuck around for a solid two hours of dancing to everything from ‘I Gotta Feeling’ and ‘Uptown Funk’ to recent popular songs, ’24K Magic’ and ‘Side to Side’.
 
Portland Bar Mitzvah DJ Benson Hotel 2-11-17
Portland Bar Mitzvah DJ Benson Hotel 2-11-17
 
Mazel Tov David and thank you mom Lauren for choosing PRO DJs.
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:
 
“Rich was great!  Both the kids and adults had a lot of fun.”
-Lauren Stillman-Smith (David’s Bar Mitzvah)

  • Event Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017
  • Event Type: Bar Mitzvah
  • Event Location: Benson Hotel, Portland, OR
  • 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: Excellent
  • 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
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