Magical Bat Mitzvah Party On Sauvie Island

DJ Rich Ellis had the opportunity to perform at Ava’s Bat Mitzvah Party on Sauvie Island on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Kruger’s Farm. He was also the DJ at sister Ella’s bat mitzvah party in 2015 and Steve Marker was the DJ for older brother Benny’s bar mitzvah in 2013. There will be one more for this family coming up in five years 🙂
Taking place outdoors under the giant oak tree behind Kruger’s Market, this open air celebration under string vintage lights, was described by one guest upon arrival as magical.
Bat Mitzvah Party on Sauvie Island (7-20-19)
Bat Mitzvah Party on Sauvie Island (7-20-19)
At most bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah parties, I normally lead the kids in some games before or after dinner. However, for this event, there was so much to do, including games like Cornhole, Croquet and a giant Jenga, plus hay rides.
Bat Mitzvah Party on Sauvie Island (7-20-19)
Bat Mitzvah Party on Sauvie Island (7-20-19)
Near the end of dinner, quite a few guests were dancing to the background music (always a good sign) and not long after ‘The Hora’ got everyone else out of their chairs immediately to begin a great night of dancing on the farm.
Bat Mitzvah Party on Sauvie Island (7-20-19)
Bat Mitzvah Party on Sauvie Island (7-20-19)
Bat Mitzvah Party on Sauvie Island (7-20-19)
Bat Mitzvah Party on Sauvie Island (7-20-19)
The floor was packed for every song from start to finish and the 160 guests in attendance brought the energy for big hit songs, “Stayin’ Alive” “Happy,” “Uptown Funk,” “Cant’ Stop the Feeling” and more.
Bat Mitzvah Party on Sauvie Island (7-20-19)
Most guests were dancing on the main floor, but some were dancing where they were, like around the camp fire for s’mores
Bat Mitzvah Party on Sauvie Island (7-20-19)
As twilight set in, the energy ramped up even more.
Bat Mitzvah Party on Sauvie Island (7-20-19)
Bat Mitzvah Party on Sauvie Island (7-20-19)
Bat Mitzvah Party on Sauvie Island (7-20-19)
Mazel Tov Ava and thank you mom Anne for again choosing PRO DJs.

Wonser Woods Estate Estacada Wedding

Our moderate Northwest summer continues and provided a very comfortable setting for Rachel and Chris’ outdoor Wonser Woods Estate Estacada wedding on Thursday, July 18, 2019.
Wonser Woods Estate Estacada Wedding (7-18-19)
Wonser Woods Estate Estacada Wedding Ceremony Highlights:

  • Wedding Party Entrance: Clint Black and Lisa Hartman – When I Said I Do
  • Bride Entrance: Jason Aldean – You Make It Easy
  • Bride/Groom Exit: Chris Stapleton – Millionaire

There is a lot of room to move around at this venue and the 150+ guests took advantage of nearly all of it. Dinner and dancing were held under a large tent. Background music was a variety of favorites, including some Country selections as requested by the bride.
Wonser Woods Estate Estacada Wedding (7-18-19)
Wonser Woods Estate Estacada Wedding (7-18-19)
Wonser Woods Estate Estacada Wedding Reception Highlights:

  • First Dance: Brett Young – In Case You Didn’t Know
  • Bouquet Toss: Shania Twain – Man! I Feel Like A Woman

When the dance floor opened, we had only a few couples and their kids interested in cutting a rug, but eventually everyone else got going and we had a good hour plus long run of dancing fun to hit songs such as “Happy” and “Uptown Funk.” The couple’s 7-year-old daughter also requested the currently red hot “Old Town Road” twice 🙂
Wonser Woods Estate Estacada Wedding (7-18-19)
Wonser Woods Estate Estacada Wedding (7-18-19)
Congratulations Rachel and Chris and thank you for choosing PRO DJs.
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:
“Great service, great music and very professional!”  -Rachel Thomas

  • Event Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019
  • Event Type: Wedding & Reception
  • Event Location: Wonser woods 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: 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 2018 Events Review

Reflecting on 2018, PRO DJs has put together video slideshows of the many weddings and events we have performed over the past year.
Rich was amazing from start to finish. He helped plan, answered our questions whenever we had them and coordinated with other vendors the day of the wedding. The music was great and exactly what we asked for. I will be recommending Pro DJs to everyone I know who needs a great DJ. Very professional and organized. Made our wedding day that much better! -Michelle Love (Michelle & Heather’s Wedding) – Salem, OR (4-14-18)
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 (6-2-18)
Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did with the music. Everyone had a wonderful time and we will be happy to refer others to you. Rich Ellis provided a marvelous service. We had a slide show of our lives together and Rich coordinated song selections that were beautifully suited to the mood of the slides. I was so delighted! -Mary & Dave Krug (50th Wedding Anniversary) – Portland, OR (8-19-18)
Thank you (Rich) for helping to make our wedding the special day that it was. -Aimee Boyd & Zachary Zandt Wedding – Washougal, WA (9-2-18)

Thanks, Rich for making Yael’s Bat Mitzvah a real blast. -Daniel Raider (Yael’s Bat Mitzvah) – Portland, OR (3-3-18)
We would use Rich again! -Heidi Wolfson (Rebekah’s Bat Mitzvah) – Beaverton, OR (3-24-18)
Steve was awesome. Really great. We were very happy with his professionalism and charm. -Julia Pickar (Max’s Bar Mitzvah) – Portland, OR (5-5-18)
Steve made the party amazing! -Sharon Friedman (Mara’s Bat Mitzvah) – Portland, OR (6-9-18)
We had another wonderful event with Rich! The music was great. Kids and adults all had a great evening. -Jaime Kean (Lucy’s Bat Mitzvah) – Portland, OR (6-16-18)
Rich was a super resource and made our event! HUGE THANKS! -Leticia Kleinberg (Maia’s Bat Mitzvah) – Portland, OR (6-30-18)
We’ve been to many Pro DJ events and many with Rich. We couldn’t wait to have him at our event. He’s so easy to work with and such a gentle soul. He know kids, knows how to read a room and knows how to make a party rock!!! Thank you for a most fabulous evening!! -Jennifer and Ken Zeidman (Ruthie’s Bat Mitzvah) – Portland, OR (7-14-18)
Rich did a great job at my son’s Bar Mitzvah. He kept the energy at the right level throughout the evening. He kept the kids entertained during cocktail hour with games, which allowed the adults to mingle without a lot of distraction. Then, when it was time to focus on dancing, he played a great mix of music that had young and old alike dancing. We requested a couple slow dances and those were added in at just the right time. Great, memorable evening. -Anna Winthrop (Jordan’s Bar Mitzvah) – Portland, OR (8-25-18)
I just wish I had another kid so I could look forward to having Steve be our DJ again! Will have to work on that!!! -Debbie Plawner (Miriam’s Bat Mitzvah) – Portland, OR (10-13-18)
He (Steve) was and is always a spectacular partner in the event. There is a reason so many people choose you all. He is amazing. All the kids know him. He can read a room well and know just what to do! -Marisa Brown (Eleanor’s Bat Mitzvah) – Lake Oswego, OR (10-20-18)

Rich did great. We will definitely book him for future events. -Ashton, Graffeo Chiropractic Clinic – Portland, OR (1-6-18)
Rich was the Best! It was a pleasure working with you and thank you for making our company picnic a success! I know we will be working with you again in the future. -Kathy Korb, DSV Road Transport Company Picnic – Portland, OR (8-12-18)
Everything was wonderful, there is nothing I can think of that could have been done better. Rich was a great DJ/KJ, and I would highly recommend Pro DJs for any event. -Shelly Garteiz, BillerudKorsnäs Company Karaoke Party – Portland, OR (12-4-18)
We would like to go ahead and reserve for (December 2019) at Embassy Suites again. -Contract Furnishings Mart Company Holiday Party – Tigard, OR (12-8-18)
Rich did an Excellent job! Everyone had a great time! -Carly Gray, The Home Depot Holiday Party – Portland, OR (12-9-18)
Rocked the event!!!!! Dj was perfect!!!!! I’m going to hire again! -Tracy Burback–Munoz, Private Karaoke Christmas Party – Battle Ground, WA (12-15-18)

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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.
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.

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