Weddings

Wedding Celebration At Stonehedge Gardens

 
Laura and Nick’s Wedding Celebration at Stonehedge Gardens Hood River, Oregon was held on Saturday, June 2, 2018. 
 
It was a gloriously sunny and warm day that made the beautiful tall trees, plants, waterfalls, and lights shining in the tree-canopy that evening a wonderful experience for the senses. I had performed here once before and this is becoming one of my favorite venues.
 
The ceremony was scheduled for 4pm and also took place outside in the alfresco site at Stonehedge Gardens that is framed with a heart-shaped shrubbery. I setup my sound system here first and provided all music and sound, including a lapel microphone for the officiant.
 
Wedding Celebration At Stonehedge Gardens Hood River Ceremony Highlights:

  • Wedding Party Entrance: Sufjan Stevens – The Greatest Gift
  • Bride Entrance: Novo Amor & Ed Tullett – Alps
  • Bride & Groom Exit: The Cure – Just Like Heaven

Wedding Celebration Stonehedge Gardens Hood River (6-2-18)
 
Following the ceremony, the 150+ guests took a short walk to the terraced patio dining and dancing area that was later accented with torches and twinkling lights. A live Mariachi band provided music during most of the cocktail and dinner hour. This allowed me to move my sound system and setup for the reception. When the band took a break, I filled that time with folk, indie and soul background music selections from artists such as Sufjan Stevens, as requested by the bride.
 
Wedding Celebration Stonehedge Gardens Hood River (6-2-18)
Wedding Celebration Stonehedge Gardens Hood River (6-2-18)
 
Wedding Celebration At Stonehedge Gardens Hood River Reception Highlights:

  • Grand Entrance: Performed Live by Mariachi Band
  • Cake Cutting: Jack Johnson – Better Together
  • First Dance: Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
  • Groom and Mother Dance: Performed Live by Mariachi Band
  • Bride and Father Dance: Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
  • Last Dance: Post Malone f/Quavo – Congratulations

About a week before the wedding, the bride’s father suffered an injury that required him to recover in a wheelchair. While Nick danced with his mom, Laura went into the house to prepare a surprise for her dad, returning as “What A Wonderful World” began playing in a wheelchair of her own. It was a moving scene and there weren’t too many dry eyes in the crowd.
 
Next I opened the dance floor to everyone and with plenty of daylight left they filled it quickly, and it stayed that way from the opening slow dance to all the fast hit songs that followed, including oldies “Twist & Shout” and “Billie Jean” and recent hits “Uptown Funk” and “Dynamite.”
 
Wedding Celebration Stonehedge Gardens Hood River (6-2-18)
Wedding Celebration Stonehedge Gardens Hood River (6-2-18)
Wedding Celebration Stonehedge Gardens Hood River (6-2-18)
Wedding Celebration Stonehedge Gardens Hood River (6-2-18)
Wedding Celebration Stonehedge Gardens Hood River (6-2-18)
Wedding Celebration Stonehedge Gardens Hood River (6-2-18)
Wedding Celebration Stonehedge Gardens Hood River (6-2-18)
 
The raging party continued as night fell and the warm summer night had everybody in a good mood.
 
Wedding Celebration Stonehedge Gardens Hood River (6-2-18)
Wedding Celebration Stonehedge Gardens Hood River (6-2-18)
 
Congratulations Laura and Nick and thank you for choosing PRO DJs.
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:
 
“Rich made everything so much easier!  Being new to this idea of putting on a BIG wedding, it was marvelous to have a professional DJ who knew just what to do and kept everything on track.  Thank you so much!  Our daughter and son-in-laws special day could not have gone more smoothly!” -Ronda Wallace (Laura Wallace & Nick Reyes Wedding) – Hood River, OR

  • Event Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Event Type: Wedding & Reception
  • Event Location: Stonehedge Gardens, Hood River, Oregon
  • 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

Three Bar Mitzvahs and a Wedding

 
This could be the title of a PRO DJs movie from our schedule of events on Saturday, May 5, 2018. It was also Cinco de Mayo, so maybe expected that many people would want to party on this particular day.
 
The day began with Zac’s Bar Mitzvah celebration at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in NE Portland, Oregon from 1:30-4:30pm with DJ Rich Ellis. Guests arrived to a set of background music that featured neo-soul artists, such as Lauryn Hill and John Legend as requested by the family, along with many Motown favorites. Shortly before lunch, Zac invited family and friends up for his candle lighting.
 
Zac’s Bar Mitzvah Candle Lighting Ceremony Music:

  • The Anniversary Song – Al Jolson
  • Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin) – Sly and the Family Stone
  • Esketit – Lil Pump
  • Stand By Me – Ben E. King
  • Happy – Pharrell Williams
  • Cats in the Cradle – Harry Chapin
  • Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing – Stevie Wonder

After lunch, Rich led the kids through many games, including Coke & Pepsi and a two-team competition between Soccer and Lacrosse… Zac’s two favorite sports.
 
Portland Bar Mitzvah (5-5-18)
 
The chair raising and dancing filled most of the final hour, with the last 15 minutes featuring Zac and his friends holding hands in a giant circle and aggressively moving to the music. It was there chance for a little unstructured time and they appeared to enjoy every minute of it 🙂
 
I appreciated receiving feedback from Zac’s grandparents who had traveled from Hawaii and as part of a Jewish wedding band had planned to perform at this event, but decided right before to just enjoy the festivies. They said they appreciated watching a professional at work and loved the flow of the event… keeping it organized, but not barking orders.
 
Mazel Tov Zac and thank you mom Katie for choosing PRO DJs.
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:

  • Event Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Event Type: Bar Mitzvah
  • Event Location: Columbia Edgewater Country Club
  • 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

 
Two more bar mitzvahs were planned for that evening, but first was a wedding DJ’d by PRO DJs Tom Farley for Karin and Chris at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Oregon, beginning at 4:30pm. The groom is a firefighter and after setting up, Tom snapped this photo of an old-fashioned fire truck parked out front for the newlyweds getaway at the end of the night.
 
Langdon Farms Golf Club Wedding (5-5-18)
 
Tom noted afterwards, “Well the wedding and reception are over and they were just thrilled. It was a great event! Everybody had a wonderful time and the bride and groom are extremely grateful to PRO DJs.” That was followed up by a message from the groom, “Tom did a great job. It was an awesome day.”
 
Congratulations Chris and Karin!
 
 
DJ Steve Marker traveled to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood for Max’s Bar Mitzvah and Rich Ellis performed double duty on this day at Jordan’s Bar Mitzvah held at Mittleman Jewish Community Center in SW Portland.
 
Jordan’s party began with 30 minutes of basketball and then another hour in the swimming pool. Most parents dropped their kids off and returned later, but some stayed and Rich played a variety of background music for them.
 
This event picked up around 8pm with the ballroom filling up quickly before Jordan’s arrival. As Rich announced him, the star of the night entered the room on his older brother’s shoulders before being transferred to a chair for “The Hora” and chair raising.
 
Portland Bar Mitzvah (5-5-18)
 
A few more Jewish/Israeli selections followed (C’est La Vie, MahapechaShet–Simcha, TudoBom) before the burrito bar dinner at 8:30pm. A short time later, the dance floor was reopened to all and everyone had a great time getting their groove on to hit songs such as “Happy” and “September,” plus requests from Jordan and his friends for Drake and Kendrick Lamar.
 
Mazel Tov Jordan and thank you mom Kristen for again choosing PRO DJs. Rich was the DJ at brother Sam’s Bar Mitzvah in 2013.
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:
 
“Steve was awesome. Really great. We were very happy with his professionalism and charm.” -Julia Pickar (Max’s Bar Mitzvah) – Portland, OR

  • Event Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Event Type: Bar Mitzvah
  • Event Location: Columbia Edgewater Country Club
  • Event Staff: Steve Marker
  • 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: Good
  • Overall Volume Levels: Good
  • 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

PRO DJs Portland 2017 Events Review

 
Reflecting on 2017, PRO DJs has put together video slideshows of the many weddings and events we have performed over the past year.
 
WEDDINGS:
This video features photos taken by PRO DJs and some local area photographers at the following weddings: Devon & Brandon (5/6/17 at Inn at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Oregon), Barb & John (5/20/17 at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon), Gina & Blake (6/24/17 at Camp Angelos in Corbett, Oregon), Megan & Patrick (7/15/17 at McMenamins Sand Trap Bar & Grill in Gearhart, Oregon), Alexandria & Matt (7/22/17 at a private residence in Grand Rhonde, Oregon), Deborah & Zak (7/23/17 at Mt. Hood Bed & Breakfast in Parkdale, Oregon), Lanie & Tyler (8/5/17 at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, Oregon), Leslie & Rick (8/19/17 at Mt. Hood Bed & Breakfast in Parkdale, Oregon), Gabrielle & Kevin (9/2/17 at Gray Gables Estate in Milwaukie, Oregon), Katie & Devin (9/3/17 at Bridal Veil Lakes in Corbett , Oregon), Suzanne & Zak (9/4/17 at The Troutdale House in Troutdale, Oregon), Erica & Sean (9/9/17 at Leftbank Annex in Portland, Oregon), Kelly & Keith (9/16/17 at Fort Vancouver Artillery Barracks in Vancouver, Washington), Leah & Eric (10/1/17 at Mt. Hood Organic Farms in Hood River, Oregon), and Ashlei & David (11/11/17 at Abernethy Center in Oregon City, Oregon).
 

 
BAR MITZVAHS & BAT MITZVAHS:
This video features photos taken by PRO DJs and some local area photographers at the following events: Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah (1/14/17 at Mittleman Jewish Community Center in Portland, Oregon), David’s Bar Mitzvah (2/11/17 at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon), Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah (6/10/17 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel in Portland, Oregon), Anita’s Bat Mitzvah (7/1/17 at Congregation Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon), Nathan’s Bar Mitzvah (7/8/17 at the Salem Convention Center in Salem, Oregon), Mazzi’s Bat Mitzvah (8/12/17 at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Oregon), Callie’s Bat Mitzvah (9/2/17 at Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, Oregon), Heshy’s Bar Mitzvah (10/21/17 at Mittleman Jewish Community Center in Portland, Oregon), Estelle’s Bat Mitzvah (11/4/17 at Coopers Hall in Portland, Oregon), and Jack’s Bar Mitzvah (12/16/17 at Urban Studio in Portland, Oregon).
 

 
Click Here for more photos and event recaps.
 

Abernethy Center Oregon City Wedding

 
Ashlei and David were married at their Abernethy Center Oregon City Wedding on Saturday, November 11, 2017. It was a wet mid November day for their ceremony held inside the Abernethy Chapel across the street from the main ballroom. I setup two sound systems for this event to be able to provide music for the ceremony.
 
Abernethy Center Oregon City Wedding Ceremony Highlights:

  • Bridal Party Entrance: The Piano Guys – A Thousand Years
  • Bride Entrance: Canon In D (new romantic classical piano and violin duets)
  • Bride/Groom Exit: Colbie Cailatt – I Do

Abernethy Center Oregon City Wedding (11-11-17)
 
Following the wedding, the rain held off for a bit to allow all guests to make their way across the street to the main ballroom for the reception, while the wedding party stayed behind for additional photos.
 
For background music during cocktails and dinner, I played a mix of familiar hit songs that featured artists such as Michael Buble, Queen, Al Green, Tim McGraw and more.
 
Abernethy Center Oregon City Wedding (11-11-17)
 
Abernethy Center Oregon City Wedding Reception Highlights:

  • Grand Entrance: Colbie Cailatt – I Do
  • First Dance: Sung Live by Family Friend (Donna) – Thinking Out Loud
  • Cake Cutting: James Taylor – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
  • Father/Daughter Dance: Tim McGraw – My Little Girl
  • Mother/Son Toss: Boyz II Men – A Song For Mama

Once the dance floor opened to everyone, we only had a short time left, but many guests took advantage by packing the floor for the opening and closing slow dances and all the fast songs in between. ‘Twist & Shout’ and ‘Uptown Funk’ were particularly well-received, along with line dance favorites, ‘Cupid Shuffle’ and ‘Cha Cha Slide’.
 
Abernethy Center Oregon City Wedding (11-11-17)
Abernethy Center Oregon City Wedding (11-11-17)
Abernethy Center Oregon City Wedding (11-11-17)
 
Their first dance was sung live earlier in the evening, so it felt right to end the night with the original ‘Thinking Out Loud’ from Ed Sheeran, so guests could dance with the newlyweds to their special song.
 
Abernethy Center Oregon City Wedding (11-11-17)
 
Congratulations Ashlei and David and thank you for choosing PRO DJs.
 
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:
 
“Rich outperformed our expectations! He packed the dance floor, came through for our every specified request, and maintained continual communication. Anyone who uses his service will not be disappointed, and I would recommend him in the future to anyone looking for a quality DJ!”  
 
-Ashlei McGauvran & David Fylan

  • Event Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
  • Event Type: Wedding & Reception
  • Event Location: Abernethy Center, Oregon City
  • 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

Mt. Hood Organic Farms October Wedding

 
The summer wedding season for 2017 ended this weekend, but as the calendar flipped to the first of the month, the weather held on for a nice day at Leah and Eric’s October wedding at Mt. Hood Organic Farms in Parkdale, Oregon
 
The wedding ceremony took place on the lawn just outside the Cottage & Carriage House and guests were greeted by a Mariachi band who also played all the ceremony music. I setup a separate sound system to provide a lapel microphone for the officiant and vows.
 
Mt. Hood Organic Farms October Wedding (10-1-17)
Mt. Hood Organic Farms October Wedding (10-1-17)
 
Afterwards, everyone followed the Mariachi band down the gravel road to the Apple House for the reception, where the band continued playing music for the cocktail hour as guests engaged in conversation, danced, and played lawn games while the newlyweds took pictures with Mt. Hood in the background.
 
Mt. Hood Organic Farms October Wedding (10-1-17)
Mt. Hood Organic Farms October Wedding (10-1-17)
Mt. Hood Organic Farms October Wedding (10-1-17)
 
I was setup in the Green House, but also positioned a separate speaker inside the dining area to provide background music for dinner and for the toasts that followed.
 
Mt. Hood Organic Farms October Wedding Reception Highlights:

  • Cake Cutting: James Taylor – How Sweet It Is
  • First Dance: Frank Sinatra – Fly Me to the Moon
  • Bride and Father Dance: Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
  • Groom and Mother Dance: Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
  • Bouquet Toss: Spice Girls – Wannabe
  • Garter Toss: Inner Circle – Bad Boys (Theme from Cops)

Thanks to the Mariachi band, who also played a few selections during dinner, this group brought loads of energy to the dance floor from the first song as they got right to it and didn’t let up until the last song. From the classic hits, such as ‘Twist & Shout’ and ‘Billie Jean’ to recent favorites, ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ and ‘Despacito,’ the cool evening air was an afterthought.
 
Mt. Hood Organic Farms October Wedding (10-1-17)
Mt. Hood Organic Farms October Wedding (10-1-17)
Mt. Hood Organic Farms October Wedding (10-1-17)
Mt. Hood Organic Farms October Wedding (10-1-17)
 
It was good to see Kelly and Eric who referred me to Leah’s mom Laura for this event. I was the DJ at their wedding in July 2014 also held in Parkdale.
 
Congratulations Leah and Eric and thank you for choosing PRO DJs.
 

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