Our History

It is a great honor to be present at so many happy occasions – your weddings, bar mitzvahs, and parties truly make the world a better place. Thank you very much for allowing Elegant Event the honor of facilitating some serious happiness. Here’s a timeline to help you see how Elegant Event Entertainment has evolved.

  • 1987- Chris Mortillaro gets his first set of turntables and begins spinning music at parties for family and friends.
  • 1991- Jason Jones begins performing and studying music, acting, and singing.
  • 1995- Chris Mortillaro works professionally in music production with artists such as Neil Young, Sting, and LL Cool J.
  • 1996 - Jason Jones begins his voice-over acting career & attends Shenandoah Conservatory of Music.
  • 1996- Chris Mortillaro starts his DJ company “Let’s Jam Productions,” based in and around Los Angeles, CA.
  • 2000 - Jason Jones begins DJing professionally in and around Asheville, North Carolina.
  • 2000- Chris Mortillaro works in Video and Music Production at ABC Family/Disney and DJs about 25 events per year.
  • 2006 - Jason Jones sells everything he owns and moves to L.A. hoping to further his voiceover career and start a DJ company on the west coast.
  • 2006 - Chris Mortillaro, after DJing with his own company for 10 years, meets Jason at a party. It’s a good match of businesses. They decide to team up.
  • 2007 - Branded as “Elegant Event DJs,” Jason and Chris spend the summer drumming up business and a few early contacts pay off.
  • 2007 – Florist and designer Kim Mendoza refer them to many of their first Wedding Clients. Soon after, several key catering managers with Command Performance Catering begin referring business to Jason and Chris. Elegant Event gets added to the preferred vendor list.
  • 2008 - “Elegant Event DJs” changes its name to Elegant Event Entertainment and adopts better business practices, like a real corporate structure.
  • 2008 - By the end of the year, Elegant Event has completed 70 events.
  • 2009 - The economy tanks, but wedding receptions soldier on. With little debt, Elegant Event invests more in their web site, social media, and marketing.
  • 2009 - Web site gets hacked twice in 6 months. Search Engine Traffic and business make a full recovery each time.
  • 2010- Business continues to grow and Elegant Event is now DJing over 120 events per year.
  • 2010- Chris Mortillaro and his wife welcome their 4th child! He’s a father of 3 girls and a boy!
  • 2010- Jason Jones celebrates his 400th wedding and his voice has now been heard in over 4000 recordings and commercials worldwide, while DJ Chris celebrates over 20 years as a professional DJ.
  • 2011- By the end of the year, Elegant Event DJs have a combined 70 years of experience as professional DJs and Emcees. They have performed at over 700 events (500 weddings) in less than 5 years. Elegant Event has been added to over 2 dozen preferred vendor lists for venues and vendors in the event industry.
  • 2012 - The Elegant Event web site gets a refresher.

Thank you! Your parties are the stuff of legend and we still enjoy every minute of it.

 

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  • 2 great reviews for our DJs this week :

    Daryl was truly great to work with! He followed our song suggestions as well as added a few of his own that fit the dynamic of the group and got people to dance (a sure sign of a great wedding, right?) We had a mixed crowd of young people who loved dancing and older guests less inclined to dance, and Daryl was able find the happy medium to ensure all guests were having an enjoyable time. He also worked with our schedule and made sure the photographers were present at all important events (from the bouquet toss to the cake cutting) so all of our special moments were captured as he announced them. Picking a DJ is so much more than just music; you have to also find one who is organized, on top of scheduling, has the ability to MC the event as well, since the smoothness of the event from start to finish really depends on the DJ. My husband and I were very happy Daryl was able to DJ our wedding :)

    DJ O'Ryan of Elegant Event Entertainment played at our wedding just this past Friday at Eden Gardens. He was so great and played everything we requested! We had a special set list of songs that were important to my husband and he took the time to research them all. He mixed both of our cultures and everyone had a blast. He was upbeat and got the crown into it..Very prompt and professional-i would highly recommend him to do any event! (and not that it totally matters but..lady guests made sure to tell me he was easy on the eyes too..haha.) Thank you DJ O'Ryan!!!

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