Weddings

Making Memories At Majestic Mt. Hood Wedding

 
After a scorcher just 24 hours earlier, a nice steady breeze made for a perfect day at Deborah and Zak’s Mt. Hood wedding and reception on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at Mt. Hood B & B in Parkdale, Oregon.
 
Mt. Hood Wedding 7-23-17
 
It was still warm though after sitting in the sun for about an hour to witness the ceremony, so it was no surprise that all guests gathered under the nearby tent for refreshments while family members met up for photos in front of the house.
 
Mt. Hood Wedding 7-23-17
 
Mt. Hood Wedding Ceremony Highlights:

  • Wedding Party Entrance: Steve Petrunak – Forrest Gump (Instrumental Version)
  • Bride Entrance: Nick Worraf – It’s Your Love (In the style of Tim McGraw)
  • Bride/Groom Exit: The Head and the Heart – Rhythm & Blues

For the reception, my main sound system was set-up earlier in the dining area located behind the house. After everyone found their seats, I introduced the entire wedding party (14 members) and then Deborah and Zak. Background music during dinner was a soft variety of favorites that included Jason Mraz, Tim McGraw and Ingrid Michaelson.
 
Mt. Hood Wedding 7-23-17
Mt. Hood Wedding 7-23-17
Mt. Hood Wedding Reception Highlights:

  • Grand Entrance: Brett Young – In Case You Didn’t Know
  • First Dance: Needtobreathe – A Place Only You Can Go
  • Bride and Father Dance: Tim McGraw – My Little Girl
  • Groom and Mother Dance: Frankie Valli – My Mother’s Eyes
  • Bouquet Toss: Meghan Trainor – Dear Future Husband
  • Garter Toss: U2’s Clayton & Mullen – Mission: Impossible
  • Last Dance: Diego Luna & Gustavo Santaolalla – Te Amo y Mas

After the opening slow dance and a few classics, guests enjoyed dancing to recent hits from some of the newlyweds favorite artists, including Enrique Iglesias and Shakira, as well as the song of the summer for 2017 ‘Despacito’ from Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee.
 
Mt. Hood Wedding 7-23-17
Mt. Hood Wedding 7-23-17
Mt. Hood Wedding 7-23-17
 
Best wishes Deborah and Zak!
 
Mt. Hood Wedding 7-23-17
 

Big Fun At Remote Grand Ronde Wedding

 
Alexandria and Matthew’s Grand Ronde wedding and reception took place on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the groom’s family home in Grand Ronde, Oregon.
 
It was beautiful, warm sunny summer day, but this remote location off Highway 22 was surrounded by trees that offered lots of shade to make everyone feel comfortable.
 
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Grand Ronde Wedding 7-22-17
 
Grand Ronde Wedding Ceremony Highlights:

  • Wedding Party Entrance: Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World
  • Bride Entrance: Live Guitarist – Can’t Help Falling In Love
  • Bride/Groom Exit: Rusted Root – Send Me On My Way

With a travel theme in mind, the newlyweds requested background music for the reception that had a Parisian feel, such as Pink Martini, as well as Spanish, plus the classic crooners, like Frank Sinatra. I played a mix of vocal and instrumental music from artists such as Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and more.
 
Grand Ronde Wedding 7-22-17
 
Grand Ronde Wedding Reception Highlights:

  • Grand Entrance: Bob Marley – Is This Love
  • First Dance: Griffin House – Better Than Love
  • Bride/Father Dance: Heartland – I Loved Her First
  • Groom and Mother Dance: Tom Petty – Wildflowers
  • Bouquet Toss: Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
  • Last Dance: Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer

It was clear that many guests were ready to expend some energy and took off dancing right away when the dance floor opened to everyone following the mother/son dance. 
 
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Grand Ronde Wedding 7-22-17
Grand Ronde Wedding 7-22-17
 
And this was with most of the family gathered on the opposite side of the yard for photos. No matter, a second dance floor opened in the grass while they waited their turn to be photographed ­čÖé
 
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As the sun began to set, all guests (both young and older) had a wild time movin’ and shakin’ to a setlist that featured 80’s classics ‘Footloose’ and ‘Thriller’, along with recent hits, ‘Uptown Funk,’ ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’, ‘Shut Up and Dance’ and more.
 
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Grand Ronde Wedding 7-22-17
Grand Ronde Wedding 7-22-17
 
As I was getting ready to leave at the end of the night, I appreciated the immediate feedback from the bride and groom and members of their wedding party, who told me they had the best time.
 
Congratulations Alexandria and Matthew and thank you for choosing PRO DJs.
 

Gearhart Wedding At McMenamins Sand Trap

 
Megan and Patrick’s mid summer Gearhart wedding was held Saturday, July 15, 2017 at McMenamins Sand Trap Bar & Grill in Gearhart on the Oregon Coast. 
 
I arrived just as the ceremony was beginning on the beach nearby for setup in the downstairs private room located just off the golf course. When guests arrived for the reception, they could find a table inside or visit outside while playing lawn games. I had a speaker inside and out so background music was heard everywhere.
 
Gearhart Wedding 7-15-17
Gearhart Wedding 7-15-17
 
Gearhart Wedding Reception Highlights:

  • Grand Entrance: Earth Wind & Fire – September
  • Cake Cutting: James Taylor – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
  • First Dance: Kip Moore – Hey Pretty Girl
  • Bride and Father Dance: Lee Ann Womack – I Hope You Dance
  • Groom and Mother Dance: Elvis Presley – The Wonder of You
  • Last Dance: Eric Church – Wrecking Ball

The dance floor opened to everyone around 8:20pm, but there was still a lot of daylight and other activities to distract the 100+ guests, but still we had several couples dance a few numbers in the early going.
 
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Over the final 30 minutes, darkness set in and the dance floor filled up for a set of 80’s classics, as requested by the newlyweds, including ‘Your Love’ by the Outfield, ‘Come On Eileen’ from Dexy’s Midnight Runners and ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey. Foreigner’s ‘Juke Box Hero’ also got this group going as many shared fond memories of that one while growing up in Madras, Oregon.
 
Gearhart Wedding 7-15-17
 
Congratulations Megan and Patrick and thank you for choosing PRO DJs.
 

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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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“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.” ┬á-Sonna Winkel & Ryan Scott Weddle

  • Event Date: Friday, June 30, 2017
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  • Event Location: Parkdale, OR
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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.
 
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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.
 

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