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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

Baseball Theme Bar Mitzvah Party At MJCC

 
With all the snow shutting down the city much of the week, there was concern about travel leading up to Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah Party, but most everyone made it safely to the Mittleman Jewish Community Center on Saturday, January 14, 2016.
 
Bar Mitzvah Party MJCC 1-14-17
 
As guests arrived, I played a variety of background music hits from artists such as OneRepublic, Twenty One Pilots and Maccabeats. The buffet opened a short time later and it didn’t take long before the kids were ready to get active with the many games planned.
 
Daniel is a big baseball fan (he wore a white yamaka with the red baseball stitch lines), so this was a great opportunity to play ‘pass the ball’… in this case, it was baseball vs. Daniel’s second favorite sport, basketball. Several rounds of the scavenger hunt followed and then the adults joined in as we launched into ‘The Hora’ and chair raising.
 
Bar Mitzvah Party MJCC 1-14-17
 
The dance floor was busy for a solid hour before the adults began to tucker out a little. The kids then returned for the limbo and more games. Daniel wasn’t much into dancing and requested mostly classic rock artists such as AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses, so the final hour was dedicated to his favorites.
 
Bar Mitzvah Party MJCC 1-14-17
Bar Mitzvah Party MJCC 1-14-17
 
Mazel Tov Daniel and thank you Eric and Robin for choosing PRO DJs.
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:
 
“Hi Rich! I just wanted to thank you so, so much for driving through the snow to do our bar mitzvah. You were amazing. All the kids and adults told me how great you were and how much fun they had. My daughter’s bat mitzvah is in 3 years and I will definitely be contacting you again! Thank you again so much!” -Robin Kornblit (Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah)

  • Event Date: Saturday, January 14, 2017
  • Event Type: Bar Mitzvah
  • Event Location: Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 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

Ike’s New Year’s Eve Portland Bar Mitzvah Bash

 
Portland Bar Mitzvah DJ Rich Ellis performed at Ike’s Bar Mitzvah party on Saturday, December 31, 2016, at the Providence Park KeyBank Club in Portland, Oregon. If you ever wanted to see the stadium where the Portland Timbers plays their home games with the lights off… well, here you go 🙂
 
Ike's New Year's Eve Portland Bar Mitzvah Bash (12-31-16)
Ike's New Year's Eve Portland Bar Mitzvah Bash (12-31-16)
 
About 125 guests came together to celebrate Ike’s big night and the ushering in of a new year. As they arrived, I played a variety of upbeat background music before entertaining the kids with a variety of games, including ‘name that tune’, a scavenger hunt and Coke & Pepsi.
 
Since this event was being held at the Timbers stadium, I thought soccer may be Ike’s favorite sport. He told me it’s actually his second favorite… baseball is what he likes best, so with two teams competiting, we also played a great game of pass the ball… baseball vs. soccer. 
 
With many guests visiting from back East and quite a few little ones that probably wouldn’t make it to the Portland new year, Ike’s mom wanted an East Coast countdown at 9pm (Pacific Time). After an upbeat ‘Auld Lang Syne’, the energy level jumped dramatically with everyone coming out for ‘The Hora’ and chair raising of Ike and his family.
 
Ike's New Year's Eve Portland Bar Mitzvah Bash (12-31-16)
Ike's New Year's Eve Portland Bar Mitzvah Bash (12-31-16)
Ike's New Year's Eve Portland Bar Mitzvah Bash (12-31-16)
 
A variety of fun hit music followed, everything from ‘Happy’ and ‘Uptown Funk’ to ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Single Ladies’, it was a good time on the dance floor.
 
With the threat of snow that night and many 6am flights back to the east coast scheduled for the next day, the Portland new year turned out to be a little ambitious and Ike’s family decided to have that countdown take place at 11pm instead 🙂
 
Mazel Tov Ike and thank you parents Linda and Michael for choosing PRO DJs. Happy New Year!
 
Ike's New Year's Eve Portland Bar Mitzvah Bash (12-31-16)
 

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