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A Cotton Room Wedding for Kim and Will

I was back at the Cotton Room to DJ another wedding for the second day in a row, this time for Kim and Will on July 28th.  I LOVE The Cotton Room and was thrilled to be back.

cotton room wedding dj Bunn dj companyKim and Will’s ceremony was held along the far wall with floor to ceiling windows.  They had Reverend Ed Sansbury to officiate.  He always does such a wonderful job!  The Parents through their children walked down the aisle to “Arioso” by Bach.  Kim and her Father entered to “Canon In D”.  After a short service that included readings by all 4 of the children, they recessed to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”. Ed invited the 50 guests to the social hour in the back of the room and I started a mix of rock, county, standards and classic soul.

After pics were done by Photographer Megan Kime, the white linens opened to reveal the ballroom and I invited guests to their seats for dinner.  I introduced just Will and Kim to “On Top Of The World” by Imagine Dragons and they came in for their first dance to “Thinking Out Loud”. Her Father joined her on the floor for their dance to “What A Wonderful World”. Will escorted his Mother to the floor after that for their dance to “Like Jesus Does” by Eric Church.  His Uncle Mike blessed the meal and the family style southern dinner came out.  During dinner I played more soft rock, country, soul and standards.

After dinner we had a toast by Will’s childhood friend Trey and an anniversary dance to “Unchained Melody”. I opened the floor for a while with some Motown and top 40 before pausing for the Ambrosia Cakes cutting to “How Sweet it is” by James Taylor. While the staff served the cake, I opened the floor again with some top 40 and hip-hop (and The Git Up” twice for Kalee, the cutest little flower girl!!).

We ended the night with a last dance to a minute of “Wonderful Tonight” then a surprise mix into ”Shut Up and Dance” to end the night.

Thank you Kim, Will and Chris!!  I was honored to DJ for you!

Photos courtesy of Megan Kime Photography

2019-08-02T12:25:29-04:00By |Durham|

A Cotton Room Wedding for Hailee and Anthony

I never met Hailee and Anthony until their wedding day, but I was thrilled to be their DJ at The Cotton Room in Durham, NC on July 27thjust from our initial phone call.

cotton room wedding dj bunn dj companyTheir ceremony was held in the middle of the room with the back and sides draped from ceiling to floor with white linens.  I provided a lapel mic for their officiant, Cam, as well as a wireless hand held mic for their singer Natalie. She sang 3 songs accompanied by her Mother Jennifer on piano, who also played the pre-ceremony music and recessional beautifully.  It was such a wonderful touch to have musicians from their church provide music!!

After a short service the 130 guests made their way to the back of the rom for a social hour while the staff flipped the room for dinner. During the social hour I had a mix of soft rock, country, classic soul and standards playing.  After pics were taken by photographer Danielle from Blissmore photography and video by Stuck In Love Films, the white linens opened again and guests found their seats.  The tables looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Tre Bella.

I left music playing and lined the wedding party up for intros with help from planner Katharine with Katharine Mann Events. I introduced the Parents to “Celebration” and wedding party to “Bring Em Out”.  They lined up in front of me and Hailee and Anthony came in to “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”.  They had their first dance to “Eyes On You” by Chase Rice, Hailee’s Father welcomed everyone and Cam blessed the meal.  The buffet opened and I continued the same music mix.

After dinner we had the toasts and Cinda’s Cake cutting to “How Sweet It is” (I had the chocolate!! So good!!!). The Parents dances followed while the staff cut the cake and served it.  Hailee and her Father’s dance was to “I Loved Her First” and Anthony and his Mother’s to a Dean Martin cover of “Always”.  I LOVE that song, but had never heard it by Dean until they asked.

I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and 70’s that filled it for the next 2 hours!  We paused for the bouquet toss to “Man, I Feel Like A Woman” and a risqué garter toss to ”Bump & Grind”.  After the garter toss I played “Thunderstruck” for the wedding party’s drinking game, then back to dancing to top 40, a couple line dances, some hip-hop and sing a long songs.

We ended the night with “Shout” and “Bye, Bye, Bye”.  I invited everyone outside for a sparkler exit. After everyone was gone Hailee and Anthony had one last private dance to the piano version of “Then” by Brad Paisley. I LOVE when. Couples do this last “private dance”!

Thank you Hailee, Anthony and Katharine!!  This was an epic wedding reception!!

2019-07-31T13:33:34-04:00By |Durham|

A Cookery Wedding For Sarah and Joey

When Sarah and Joey told me they envisioned a ‘Swing and oldies” themed wedding reception at The Cookery in Durham, NC on July 26th, I was THRILLED that they wanted me as their DJ!!

cookery wedding dj Bunn Dj companyTheir ceremony was held at The Divinity School’s Goodson Chapel on Duke Campus.  After the ceremony the 150 guests made their way over to The Cookery where I was for the reception.  As the guests arrived for the social hour I had a mix of swing and Jazz as well as 50’s and 60’s hits playing.  I LOVED the playlist!  Guests enjoyed refreshments and passed hors d’oeuvres by caterers Donovan’s Dish while photographer Brian and Rebecca from Brian Mullins Photography got some shots at the Chapel.

When Sarah and Joey arrives I introduced them with help from planner Cody from Cherished Occasions Production and they had their first dance to an edit I made them of “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole.  The Parents dance followed that started with Sarah and her Father to “Beautiful In my Eyes” by Joshua Kadison.  This was the song that came on the radio as soon as her Father saw her after she was born and he got in the car.  So perfect!!  After a minute Joey and his Mother joined and then towards the end the parents joined with their spouses and Joe and Sarah danced together.  Loved that so much!!  Her Father welcomed everyone and blessed the meal.  He invited the guests next door to the banquet hall for dinner where I had a speaker and another playlist of oldies and swing playing.

After dinner we had the Arielle Tessinari cake cutting to “How Sweet it Is” and I invited guests to enjoy Two Roosters Ice Cream and join us back in the front room for dancing, coffee and cake.

After the front room was full and guests had had their ice cream, we had an anniversary dance to “You Make Me Feel So Young” by Frank Sinatra with the winners married 57 years. I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown, oldies and swing that kept you and old dancing for the next hour. The adorable little flower girl danced hard the whole time!! We ended the night with a last dance to “Save The Last Dance For Me” by Michael Buble.

Thank you Sarah, Joey and Cody!  I had the best time!!

2019-07-31T11:29:57-04:00By |Durham|

A Highgrove Wedding in Fuquay-Varina For Annie and Grant

I was so honored to be asked to DJ another Mitchell daughter’s wedding!  This time was for Annie and Grant at Highgrove Estate in Fuquay-Varina NC.  I had done Annie’s sister Emily’s wedding in October and LOVE the family!!

Their ceremony was held in the back of the property overlooking a beautiful pond & wooded hill. I provided a mic for Reverent Jeff and also all the music.  As guests arrived I had a mix of acoustic rock and country playing.  The Grandparents, Parents, Reverend and Grant entered to “Better Together”.  The wedding party through Annie entered to an edit I made her of “Yours (Alternate Version)” by Robert Shirey Kelly.  It is such a beautiful song!!  After a short service, they recessed to Rascal Flatts cover of “You Make My Dreams Come True”.   Reverend Jeff invited guests to the back patio for a social hour and I started a mix of soft rock & country music.

After pics and video were done by photographer Annie Brown and videographer James Martin, the doors to the ballroom and it didn’t take much to get guests out of the heat and into the air conditioning.  The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Flowers In Broad Street. I left music playing and went inside the house to line the wedding party up for introductions.  I introduced them to “Duo” by Ben Rector. Each couple had their own fun dance and lined up in front of the fireplace. Annie and Grant came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “Still Falling” by Hunter Hayes.  Her Father welcomed everyone and Reverend Jeff blessed the meal.  The family style dinner came out and I played more rock and country.

After dinner we had the toasts and cake cutting to “How Sweet It is”.  The Parents dances followed while the staff cut and served the cake.  Annie and her Father had their dance to “My Girl” and Grant & his Mother to “My Wish”.  I opened the floor to the very appropriate “Good Day For Marrying You” by Dave Barnes. Some beach music and top 40 shortly filled the floor for the next 1.5 hours.  We paused for the bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” and garter toss to “Your Man” by Josh Turner. The outdoor milkshake station opened and I went back to dance music for the rest of the night.

We ended with a last dance to “Dancing In The Moonlight” by Toplaoder and a sparkler exit. Thank you Annie, Grant, Jane, Robbie and Angela!  I was honored to play for y’all again!!

2020-01-07T12:08:17-05:00By |Raleigh|

A Rickhouse Wedding for Alexis and Stephen

I was so glad that Alexis and Stephen had me for their wedding DJ on July 13that The Rickhouse in Durham, NC!  When I first met them in February I knew this was going to be a fun time!!

Rickhouse wedding dj Bunn Dj companyThe ceremony was held at Immaculate Conception Church earlier in the day.  The 80 guests had a little bit of a break before heading over to the Rickhouse for the reception.  When they started arriving I had a mix of rock, country, standards and classic soul playing.  I even had music playing on the back patio that overlooks the old Durham Bulls Stadium. The room looked beautiful with candles everywhere and floral arrangements by Tre Bella.

When Alexis and Stephen were ready for intros, I invited the guests to their seats and lined the wedding party up with help from planner Amanda with A Swanky Affair. They came in to “Can’t Stop The Feeling” and Alexis and Stephen to “Shut Up and Dance”. They took their seats and Stephen welcomed everyone.  Her Father blessed the meal and the salads came out before the Rocky Top buffet opened. During dinner was same music mix as cocktails.

After dinner we had the toasts and Nothing Bundt Cakes cutting to “Sugar” by Maroon 5. The formal dances followed.  For their first dance they chose the brand newacoustic version of ”Speechless” by Dan + Shay.  It was so sweet!!  Alexis and her Father had their dance to “My Little Girl” and Stephen and his Mother to “Humble & Kind”.  The mini bundt cake display opened as did the dance floor to some oldies and Top 40 that filled it.  I even played a special edit I made of the Bills version of “Shout” for all the guests from Buffalo!!  I know photographers Shaun and Danielle from Visual Rituals got some great shots of that.

For the next 2 hours guests danced, enjoyed the s’mores station outside and taco station inside.  We ended the night with some sing a longs before the last dances to “Sweet Caroline” and finally “Bye, Bye, Bye” by N’Sync.

Thank you so much for everything Alexis, Stephen and Amanda!!

2019-07-16T22:00:18-04:00By |Durham|

A Merrimon Wynne Wedding for Kasey and Grover

I was back at downtown Raleigh’s beautiful Merrimon Wynne House again, this time for Kasey and Grover’s wedding on June 29th.

Merrimon Wynne wedding dj bunn dj companyBecause of the heat, they had the ceremony inside the Carriage House and I ran a mic for their officiant Dr. Kenneth Clapp.  They had a live pianist provide music and he was just amazing!! Kasey looked amazing with hair and makeup by the ladies at Makeup By Ashley Mooney. What a beautiful ceremony with floral arrangements by Meristem Floral. After the ceremony, the 200 guests were invited into the house for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres.

After pics were finished by Ally and Bobby Photography and the room was flipped by Rocky Top Catering, the guests were invited into a huge air conditioned tent on the lawn for dinner.  I had a wireless speaker in the tent for dinner music and announcements. After everyone had taken their seats and the wedding party was ready, I introduced them to “Clique” by Kanye West. Kasey and Grover entered to “End Game” and took their seats at the sweetheart table. Her brother welcomed everyone and her Uncle James blessed the meal.  The buffet opened and I had a mix of rock, classic soul, beach and standards playing.

After dinner we had the toasts and Kasey, Grover and their parents snuck away for a private Ashley’s Cake cutting in the house. After they were done I invited everyone back to the Carriage House where I was for the formal dances. Greenhouse Picker Sisters had set up a couple lounge areas that were awesome! They had their first dance to Clay Walker’s “She Likes It In The Morning”. Kasey’s Father joined her after that for their dance to “Barbie Bandaids” by The Isaacs.  Grover escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “A Mother’s Song”.

I opened the floor with some Beach Music and Top 40 that soon filled it for the next 2 ½ hours straight!  They had picked a great mix of current Top 40, 2000’s throwbacks, some Beach music and sing a longs that kept everyone dancing all night.

We ended the night with “Wagon Wheel” before a sparkler exit from the front of the House.  Thank you so much Kasey, Grover and Kaila!!  I had the best time!!

2019-07-05T22:38:11-04:00By |Raleigh|

A Cookery Wedding for Christina and Thomas in Durham

I was honored to be NY Jets long snapper Thomas and Christina’s wedding DJ on June 22nd at The Cookery in Durham, NC!

Their ceremony was held at Duke Chapel and the 150 guests made their way over to The Cookery for the reception after.  As they arrived for the cocktail hour I had a mix of rock, top 40, light EDM and classic soul playing.  Guests enjoyed passed hours d’oeuvres, signature cocktails and the Zim Zoom photo booth.

After the cocktail hour in my room, I invited guest to the banquet room next door for dinner with help from planner Jayme from Hazel Weddings And Events. The tables looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Tre Bella! After everyone was seated I introduced the Parents to ”Celebration”, wedding party to “This Girl” by Kungs Vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners and Christina and Thomas to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”. She looked amazing with hair and makeup by WINK and dress by Alexias Bridal! They came in to loud applause and took their seats at the sweetheart table.  Christina’s Father welcomed everyone and the Durham Catering buffet opened shortly.  During dinner I had a mix of classic soul, standards and soft rock & pop playing.

After dinner we had the toasts in the banquet hall and cake cutting to “I Can’t Help Myself” by The Four Tops.  The donut station opened and I invited guests to the Two Roosters ice cream truck for dessert. After everyone had their fill of donuts and ice cream, I invited the guests back to the main room for dancing.

We started with Thomas and Christina’s first dance to “You’re My Best Friend” covered by The Once. It is such a beautiful version of the song and extra sweet when they were singing it to each other! Christina danced with her Father next to “My Little Girl” and Thomas and his Mother to “I Hope You Dance”. I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and Top 40 that filled it instantly. For the next hour and a half I played lots of top 40, EDM and Hip-hop before the last dance to “Home” by Phillip Phillips and a glow stick exit. I can’t wait to see the pics and video from Sara Ozim Photography and Toast Wedding Films!

Thank you Christina, Thomas and Jayme!  I will never forget this wedding.

Header photo courtesy of Sara Ozim Photography

2019-06-29T08:26:31-04:00By |Durham|

A Merrimon Wynne Wedding For Lauren and Michael

The Merrimon Wynne in downtown Raleigh is one of my most favorite venues to DJ and I was thrilled to be back there for Lauren and Michael’s wedding on Friday, June 21st.

Their ceremony was held on the lawn under a large tree.  Their officiant was their friend Laura.  I ran a mic for her, Michael and a reader while the music was covered by violinist extraordinaire Udeshi Hargett.  I always LOVE working with her!  Lauren and her Bridesmaids looked beautiful with hair and makeup by WINK. After a short service the 140 guests were invited to the house for the cocktail hour while photographer Krista from Six Foot Photography got some shots of the wedding party.

After pics were taken and the cocktail hour was over, planner Lynn from Happily Ever After invited everyone to the carriage house where I was for dinner and dancing. The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Brides and Bouquets! I left music playing and went to line the wedding party up for introductions with Lynn.  I introduced them to “Can’t Stop The Feeling” and Lauren and Michael to “Marry You”. They came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “Speechless” by Dan & Shay.  That’s going to be a HUGE first dance at weddings this year!!

The Parents dances followed with Lauren and her Dad first to a medley I made them of “My Little Girl” then “Celebration” that caught everyone off guard!  So great. Michael and his Mother’s dance was to “Everything I Do” by Bryan Adams. Her Uncle blessed the meal and the salads came out before the Donovan’s Dish food stations opened in the lawn. During dinner I had a mix of soft rock, classic soul, standards and country music playing.

After dinner we had the toasts and cake cutting to “Sugar” by Maroon 5. Before opening the dance floor to everyone we had an anniversary dance to “Still The One” by Shania Twain.  The Mama Birds Ice Cream station opened and I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and Top 40 that filled it for the next 3 hours. They danced to lots of Top 40, oldies, 80’s and 2000’s hits.  We paused for a bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” then back to dancing until the end of the night.

We ended with a last dance for everyone to ”Closing Time” and private last dance for Lauren and Michael to “Perfect Duet” by Ed Sheeran and Beyonce before a sparkler exit.

Thank you Lauren, Michael, Abby and Lynn!  I had the best time!!

Photo courtesy of Six Foot Photography

2019-07-01T20:58:02-04:00By |Raleigh|

A Rose Hill Plantation Wedding For Claire and Linwood

I always have the best time DJing at Rose Hill Plantation in Nashville, NC and Claire and Linwood’s wedding on June 15th was no exception!

rose hill plantation wedding dj Bunn DJ companyTheir ceremony was held on front porch of the huge plantation house.  I ran a mic for officiant Heidi Gessner and also one for Linwood to pick up their vows. Harpist Laura Byrne handled the music on the porch and did an amazing job!  Claire and her Bridesmaids looked beautiful with hair and makeup by the ladies at Makeup By Ashley Mooney. After a short service ,Heidi invited guests into the house for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres while Amber from Six Foot Photography got some shots of the wedding party around the grounds. Laura provided live harp music during the cocktail hour also.

After the cocktail hour the 150 guests were invited to the banquet hall for dinner and dancing by Kaisey and Chad from Chad Biggs Event Planning and Design.  I left music playing and went to line the wedding party up for introductions with them. The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Chad with Perfect Palette Floral!

I introduced the wedding party to “Eye Of The Tiger” and Claire and Linwood to “Dear Life” by High Valley. They came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “Heart Like A Wheel” by Eric Church. The wedding party took their seats and Claire and Linwood thanked everyone for coming.  Her Parents welcomed everyone and her Step-Father blessed the meal. The food stations opened around the room and I had a mix of country, rock, standards and classic soul playing. They also had a photo booth from ShanSound open all night that people had a blast with!

After dinner we had the Parents dances before opening the floor to everyone.  Claire started with her Step-Father’s dance to “Love Is Everything” by George Strait (one of their favorites). Her dance with her Father was to “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty. Linwood escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “Humble and Kind” and we had a Cupcake Shoppe cake cutting to “Make It Sweet” by Old Dominion.  The donut hole station opened and I opened the floor with some beach music, Motown and Top 40 that shortly filled it.  They had a great request list of hip-hop, 2000’s pop-punk and sings a longs that their friends ate up!  I even played “Mr Brightside” for her Bachelorette party and “Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf for his fraternity brothers from Lambda Chi Alpha which he was the chapter president.

We paused for the bouquet toss to “Girlfight” and then back to dancing until the end of the night. We ended the night with a last dance to “Closing Time” and a sparkler exit. Thank you so much for everything Claire, Linwood, Kaisey and Chad!!!

Photos courtesy of Six Foot Photography

2019-06-20T20:13:46-04:00By |Raleigh|

A Museum Of Life and Science Wedding for Rebecca and Avery

I have had fond memories of The Museum of Life & Science in Durham since the last wedding I did there back in 2012. Rebecca and Avery’s wedding on June 9thjust added more great memories!!

Their ceremony was held under a tent next to the Butterfly House where the cocktail hour would later be. I ran a mic for Avery’s Sister, Zoe who was also their officiant and she did a great job!!  As the 100 guests arrived I had a mix of acoustic guitar covers playing.  The Grandparents and Parents entered to an instrumental of “Carolina In my Mind” and Groomsmen to a guitar cover of “Here Comes The Sun”. The Bridesmaids entered to “You’ve Got A Friend” and Rebecca and her Father to “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by an acoustic guitar. After a short service with vows written by Rebecca and Avery, they recessed to “Rockelbel’s Canon In D” by The Piano Guys. Zoe invited guests inside the butterfly House for cocktails and I had a mix of classical music playing inside.

After the cocktail hour, the guests were invited to the Aerospace Room of the Museum by planners Something Perfect for the dinner and dancing.  I left music playing and went to line the wedding party up for introductions.  I introduced them to “Celebrate” by Ingrid Michaelson and Becky and Avery to “Crave” by Parachute.  They had their first dance to “Buy You A Rose” by AJR followed by the Parents dances. Rebecca and her Father dance to “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart and Avery & his Mother to “You Are My Sunshine” by Elizabeth Mitchell.  It’s such a great version of this classic song!!

The Rocky Top catered food station opened and passed hors d’oeuvres came out shortly.  During dinner I had a mix of indie rock and soft classic rock playing.  After dinner we had toasts and the cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is” by Michael Buble.  After Rebecca cleaned her face off (thanks Avery!!LOL), we had the bouquet toss to “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme” By Abba and an anniversary dance to “Still The One” by Orleans. I love that song!!!

I opened the floor to everyone with “Build Me Up Buttercup” and some Motown, top 40 and 80’s that instantly filled it for the next 1.5 hours.  We ended the night with a last dance to “What A Wonderful World” and a private last dance to “If I Tremble” by Front Porch Step before a paper airplane exit.  I can’t wait to see moire pics from J.P. Lord Photography!

Thank you Rebecca, Avery, Lauren and Ashley!  That was a great wedding!!

Photo courtesy of J. P. Lord Photography

2019-06-12T14:53:38-04:00By |Durham|
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