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)
BAR MITZVAHS & BAT MITZVAHS:
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)
CORPORATE & KARAOKE:
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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Reflecting on 2017, PRO DJs has put together video slideshows of the many weddings and events we have performed over the past year.
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).
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Milwaukie OR Wedding DJ Rich Ellis performed at Gabrielle (Gabe) and Kevin’s wedding and reception on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Gray Gables Estate in Milwaukie, Oregon.
The warmest and possibly driest summer on record in the Pacific Northwest heated up a little more on the first day of Labor Day weekend as the high temperature hit 97. However, nearly the entire venue was shaded by many trees surrounding the property to provide comfort for the 100 or so guests.
Milwaukie OR Wedding DJ Ceremony Highlights:
- Weding Processional Entrance: John Legend & Lindsey Stirling – All of Me
- Bride Entrance: The Piano Guys – A Thousand Years
- Bride/Groom Exit: The Lumineers – Ho Hey
As The Garden area was turned for dinner and dancing, guests visited near the bar, the covered deck outside The Ballroom or inside the ballroom or Manor House Lawn. For cocktails and dinner, the newlyweds requested a variety of alternative songs that included The Lumineers, Ingrid Michaelson, The Head and the Heart and more.
Milwaukie OR Wedding DJ Reception Highlights:
- Grand Entrance: Beyonce – Crazy In Love
- Cake Cutting: Cake – Love You Madly
- First Dance: Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love
- Bouquet Toss: David Guetta f/Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj – Where Them Girls At
- Garter Toss: Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone
- Last Dance: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home
Gabe and Kevin requested that all guests join them for their first dance about halfway through their song selection. It was a good turnout that lasted a few songs, but it was not only a hot day, but uncharacteristically humid for the Portland area. As a result, what seemed like most everyone headed inside The Ballroom to take advantage of the air conditioning.
Eventually most cooled down enough to return for the party and as the sun set, the mostly younger crowd packed the floor and danced to more recent hits, including ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’, ‘Uptown Funk’, ‘Despacito’ and more.
The groom requested that Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” be played for him and his fraternity brothers and then everyone gathered around the newlyweds for the final song before heading off to the Red Star Tavern at the Hotel Monaco in Downtown Portland for the afterparty.
Congratulations Gabe and Kevin and thank you for choosing PRO DJs.
Post Event Satisfaction Survey:
“Everything was great! Exactly what we needed, and perfect music selection.”
-Gabe Sasse & Kevin Stokes
- Event Date: Saturday, September 2, 2017
- Event Type: Wedding & Reception
- Event Location: Gray Gables 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: N/A
- Equipment Appearance: Excellent
- Overall Customer Service: Excellent
- Planning Assistance: Excellent
- Entertainer’s Cooperation with Other Vendors: Good
- Overall Performance Rating: Excellent
- Would you recommend this service to others? Yes
Oregon Wedding DJ Rich Ellis had the opportunity to perform at Krystin and Joel’s wedding and reception on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Gray Gables Estate in Milwaukie, Oregon.
Rain fell most of the day, but cleared up in time for the 6pm ceremony held outside near the Koi Pond where I setup a second sound system.
Oregon Wedding DJ Ceremony Highlights:
- Wedding Party Entrance: Beatles – Here Comes the Sun
- Bride Entrance: Ben E. King – Stand By Me
- Bride/Groom Exit: Ray LaMontagne – You Are the Best Thing
The original plan was to also hold the reception outside in the Large Garden, but with the threat of an occasional shower, the newlyweds decided to move the celebration inside. Krystin and Joel were very involved in the music selection. In fact, they chose all songs played during cocktails and dinner… an eclectic mix that included music from Van Morrison, Lincoln Durham, Ella Fitzgerald, Alabama Shakes and more.
Oregon Wedding DJ Reception Highlights:
- Grand Entrance: Mumford and Sons – I Will Wait
- Cake Cutting: Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Our Love Is Here To Stay
- First Dance: White Buffalo – Love Song #1
- Bride and Father Dance: Fleetwood Mac – Landslide (Live, “This is for you, daddy” said at start)
- Groom and Mother Dance: Tom Petty – Wildflowers
- Last Dance: Billy Idol – White Wedding
Following the formal dances, I opened the dance floor to all guests with ‘At Last’ from Etta James. It was a great turnout.
Everyone appeared to have a lot of fun dancing to the classic hits and current favorites, including ‘December 1963 (Oh, What A Night) from the Four Seasons, Walk the Moon’s ‘Shut Up and Dance’, and the newlywed’s requests for AC/DC and Queen.
After all these years as a DJ, it’s still nice to hear “you’re doing a great job,” and Krystin and Joel said they had a great time. Best wishes to you both as you travel the world together. Thank you for choosing PRO DJs.
Portland Wedding DJ Rich Ellis had the opportunity to perform at Karri and Kevin’s wedding and reception held at Castaway in Portland, Oregon on Sunday, October 11, 2015.
Following a blustery day on Saturday, it turned out to be a beautiful day for their wedding and the ceremony began at 4:15pm sharp.
Portland Wedding DJ Ceremony Highlights:
- Wedding Party Entrance: Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie Intro
- Bride Entrance: “Love Theme” from The Saint Soundtrack
- Bride/Groom Exit: Mother Mother – Bright Idea
The reception began immediately following the wedding. Guests enjoyed cocktails and conversation as I played a background set featuring big band and crooners of the 40’s of the 50’s, such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole. The dinner music that followed was a little softer and included classic jazz favorites from Stan Getz, Joe Pass, Miles Davis and others.
Portland Wedding DJ Reception Highlights:
- Grand Entrance: James Bond Theme
- First Dance: Milo Greene – Silent Way
- Bride and Father Dance: Glenn Miller – Moonlight Serenade
- Groom and Mother Dance: Eva Cassidy – Time After Time
- Anniversary Dance: John Legend f/Ludacris – Tonight
- Cake Cutting: Bobby Valentino – Angel
- Bride/Son and Groom/Mother Dance: Pharrell Williams – Happy
- Anniversary Dance: Beatles – Here, There & Everywhere/Al Green – I’m Still in Love With You
- Bouquet Toss: Madonna – Lucky Star
- Garter Toss: Huey Lewis & The News – Power of Love
There were a lot of married couples in attendance and the anniversary dance had a great turnout with friends of the family, Jim & Arlene being acknowledge as married the longest at 61 years.
The newlyweds rehearsed a routine to Walk the Moon’s ‘Shut Up and Dance’ to kick off the dancing for all guests and motioned for everyone to join in… it was a great start to a fun Sunday night.
The dance floor was rockin’ to all the big hits, including ‘Shout,’ ‘Footloose,’ ‘December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night) and bride favorite, ‘Walking On Sunshine.’
Best wishes Karri and Kevin and thank you for choosing PRO DJs.
“Rich – Thank you so much for doing your part to make our wedding day a success! We have enjoyed working with you!” -Karri Pasteris & Kevin Garaventa