Claire Pitner and Justin Fernandez
Chris was an excellent wedding DJ. It was obvious from our first meeting that he had a lot of experience. He knew the right questions to ask to find out what we really wanted for both the ceremony and the reception. He patiently worked with us to make sure we had a playlist for the reception that fit us and the vibe we were looking for. He read the crowd at the reception perfectly and kept people dancing all night. I highly recommend Chris if you're looking for a wedding DJ in the Gorge!
Jake and Lindsay Benes
We wanted to thank you, again, for doing such a great job. We couldn't have been happier with the ceremony and the reception. We wanted to have a joyful evening and you provided a perfect soundtrack. We've received a number of compliments from our guests about the reception and I think a good time was had by all. We appreciated the "front-end" help too.
Stacy and Craig Daner
Chris was the DJ at our wedding in August of 2012. Working with him was a breeze, from start to finish. He put together a playlist of songs that our guests requested in their RSVPs, set up and broke down seamlessly without us having to do a thing, and even managed to play a last minute, somewhat obscure request through his audio system. The sound quality was excellent, and everyone at the wedding had a fabulous time dancing. We highly recommend Chris for any event that needs some music and dance!
Natsuki Kubotera and Tom Brumbelow
We booked Chris for our wedding in March 2016, and couldn’t have been any happier. Scheduling and logistics were east to work out, and he was punctual, courteous, professional, and a lot of fun.
Chris worked with us ahead of time to get a sense of our taste in music and gather our specific requests. He has an expansive vinyl collection and did a great job of matching the music to the mood through the various phases of the evening (cocktail hour, dinner, cake-cutting, dancing). When it came time to dance, he did a great job of reading the crown and playing songs to keep people of all ages on the dance floor. When our guests had requests, he obtained them digitally quickly to keep everyone happy. The music volume was always appropriate for the space and setting. When the evening was through, he packed up everything quickly, being respectful of the venue and their closing time.
We were worried about choosing a DJ, because that’s the only wedding vendor where you really don’t get an opportunity to sample their product / service before the big day. Chris put us at ease, and really helped make our wedding a fun and memorable time for us and our guests. Thanks Chris!
Jessica and Colin Lamb
We got in touch with Chris as two soon-to-be-weds pulling our hair out in the final throes of wedding planning. We were really apprehensive about DJ selection because we have seen how WRONG things can go with a bad DJ. Chris was introduced to us by our trusted wedding planner and we knew right off the bat we were going to be in good hands. He had a really thoughtful process for getting to know our personal tastes (and distastes!) and this made us feel very at ease. On the day of, Chris totally nailed it. His eclectic mix of pop, throwback, EDM and world music (all of our requests and all on vinyl, to boot!) had even the wallflowers dancing and really put the cherry on top of a great outdoor wedding in Hood River.
We almost didn’t hire a wedding DJ for our wedding, but we a few weeks prior we decided to and we are SO HAPPY we hired Chris! He is friendly, professional, and has a spectacular collection of records! He elevated our reception to a true dance party, and that was exactly what we dreamed of for our celebration! He took our list of songs we liked and sprinkled in the ideal mix of additional songs to keep the party going. We highly recommend his service. Thanks Chis!
Stacey and Dan Hamburg
Chris was a fantastic DJ. He was always professional while providing advice and support throughout the planning process. The ceremony was outside and the remainder inside and he had no problem with the major changes in party location. The music was central to the ceremony of course, as well as background dinner music, the Dad-daughter / Mother-son dance and the cutting of the cake. Chris was incredibly flexible, had plenty available in his song library for requests from all ages of guests, and provided a fabulous dance party for all!
Chanel and KJ DaQuila
My wife and I hired Chris 'DJ Grok' Donnermeyer for our January (2019) wedding in Hood River and he was absolutely amazing! We decided to hire a DJ a little later in the wedding planning process, and since we live in Seattle, we were worried we wouldn't find a DJ local to where our wedding was at the Columbia Gorge Hotel & Spa. Sure enough, we found Chris, set up a call and the rest is history. Being that we lived further away, our communication was strictly via email and some on the phone, but that didn't take away from how flexible and easy he was to work with. We had some trouble finding specific songs for dances and processional/recessional, but Chris swooped right in with some awesome suggestions. Leading up to the day-of, he was quick to make last minute changes, had everything set up in a timely fashion and created a smooth flow transitioning between ceremony and reception. Our guests loved him and so did we! Highly recommend hiring him as a DJ for any event you have planned as he is reasonably priced and HE SPINS VINYL! Thank you DJ Grok for making our special day so memorable!!!