A rainy reception is an understatement for James and Blair’s wedding at The Chapel Hill Carriage House on June 8th, 2019. BUT, it turned out to be a blast!

Their Ceremony was held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  After the service, the guests started over to The Carriage House for the reception. As the 120 guests arrived I had a mix of soft rock musicians from NC (James Taylor, Old Crow, Avett Brothers..) along with classic standards by Sinatra and Dean Martin. Guests enjoyed cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres by Caterers The Mediterranean Deli.

After pics were finished by Ally & Bobby Photography, the guests escaped the sprinkles from the sky and found their seats under the pavilion.  I left music playing and lined the wedding party up with planner Cheryl Anne from Kast Events.  I introduced them to “Summertime Romance” by Johnnyswim and Blair and James to “Found A Heart” by Emily Hearn. They came to the floor and had their first dance to Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable”. They took their seats, her Father welcomed everyone and his Father blessed the meal.

The buffet opened shortly and during dinner I played more soft rock and standards.  After dinner we had the toasts and Simply Cakes cutting to “A Taste Of Honey” by The Beatles. The Parents dances followed with Blair and her Father dancing to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Sinatra. James and his Mother had their dance to “Kentucky Waltz” by Mark Howard. James did a great job!! I opened the floor to everyone with “Build Me Up Buttercup” at the exact same time that a torrential downpour started!! The pavilion kept everyone dry to dance the night away which they did.  We only paused from dancing once, for the bouquet toss to “Man, I Feel Like A Woman”.

We ended the night with “Perfect” by Durham natives Bombadil. The rain kept everyone from a sparkler exit, so the guests just made a couple rows for Blair and James to walk through.

Thank you for everything Blair, James and Cheryl Anne!!

Hillary and Anton had a beautiful wedding at Carolina Inn all set up by C & D Events (Caroline is awesome!). Fresh Affairs did a fantastic job with the floral arrangements throughout the venue, which was only made better by the classic feel of the Inn. The Mint Julep Jazz Band played throughout the ceremony and they were pretty phenomenal! The bride looked amazing with her hair and makeup done by Krystal Lehman from Wink Hair & Makeup.

Once the band was done, I had a great time providing the music for Hillary and Anton’s reception. I started the night with “So Close” by Georgia Ku and ended with “All I Do is Win” by T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, and Rick Ross.  The playlist that they selected was pretty killer! I might just keep it for future events!

Congrats, Hillary and Anton! Thanks for including me on your day!

Photography was done by Richard Barlow.

Mandy and Cole had the best dance party for their wedding reception at The Parlour at Manns Chapel in Pittsboro on May 23rd!

Parlour at Manns Chapel wedding dj Bunn DJ companyTheir ceremony was held inside the Chapel and officiated over by their friend Michael.  After the ceremony the 80 guests came outside for the cocktail hour and live music by an acoustic duo.  They were so good!!

After the cocktail hour I invited guests to the open air tent in the courtyard for dinner with help from planner Cheryl-Anne from Kast Events.  The tent was decorated with floral arrangements by BlueBird Meadows. The family style dinner catered by Snap Pea came out and it was delicious!! During dinner I had a mix of soft rock and classic soul playing.  After dinner we had the touching and heartfelt toasts by several guests and attendants, and then I invited everyone into the chapel for dancing.

Mandy and Cole had their first dance to “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole and I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and dance music that kept the dancing for the next 2.5 hours.  Cole and Mandy had picked lots of great 80’s and 90’s music for dancing!  I added a few of my favs to the playlist including “Dancing On My Own” by Robyn.  The crown LOVED that song!

We paused for the surprise visit by Two Roosters Ice Cream truck and buffet of home made pies.  I was in heaven!!  After everyone had dessert, we went back to dancing to some Top 40/dance music until the end of the night.

I ended with “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” by Natalie Cole.

Thank you so much Mandy, Cole and Cheryl-Anne!  Thank was so fun.  I can’t wait to see the pics from photographer Brian Livingston.

Megan and Dru had their beautiful wedding at the Barn of Chapel Hill. I certainly suggest checking it out if you’re looking for an upcoming wedding.

I provided the music for their reception which started with the bride and grooms introduction to “Rose of Sharon” by Mumford & Sons. Next was a warm welcome from the father of the bride, and then the blessing so that everyone could dig into the delicious food catered by Beau Catering. Following dinner, we listened to the thoughtful toasts from close friends and family and a sweet message from Megan and Dru themselves! After the toasts, the cake cutting commenced with “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles playing in the background. Simply Cakes did a great job making sure the cake was good for everyone!

The first dance for the bride and groom was done to “Sons and Daughters” by Allman Brown & Liz Lawrence. After that, the sweet father-daughter dance was done to “My Girl” – The Temptations while the mother-son dance was done to “Most People Are Good” by Luke Bryan. You could feel the love on the dance floor for sure! The rest of the night was open dancing for everyone with only a small interruption for the bouquet toss. We ended the night with “Came Here for Love” – Sigala and a wonderful wand exit. I can’t wait to see the photos from Krystal Kast and the video from Cinema Film. Another seamless event by Kast Events & Company with beautiful flowers throughout from The Barn of Chapel Hill. To sum it up, this is one I definitely won’t forget!

Fah and Michael had their wedding at the Fearrington Garden Terrace which is very close to Chapel Hill. The Garden Terrace is absolutely breathtaking.

The day started around 1:30 pm with the bride and groom introductions to Nat Cole’s classic “Everlasting Love“. When Fah and Michael entered, they went right into their first dance “Thinking out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. Next, the blessing was said and the buffet opened for the guests.

After dinner, the cake was cut to “Sugar” by Maroon 5 and then the Father-Daughter & Mother-Son dances commenced. Both dances were done at the same time to “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins. Not a dry eye in the place! Following the sweet dances, it was just open dance party time. We ended the night with a great bouquet toss and the sweet sound of “Your Song” by Elton John. The amazing night was captured by the wonderful Heba Salama, and I can’t wait to see the photos!

Jennifer and Shane had their ceremony and reception at the Barn of Chapel Hill. If you haven’t seen it, click the link and check it out. It’s gorgeous out there! I handled the ceremony portion of the day to start, then a bluegrass duo did the cocktail hour.

The guests moved inside the barn for introductions around 6:30pm. I just intro’d the couple to “This Must Be An Everlasting Love” by Natalie Cole. They didn’t go into their first dance, instead opting to welcome everyone, and then have a blessing before dinner. My dude Beau from Beau Catering told everyone about the menu and the awesome dinner was served!

After dinner, we picked it back up with toasts from the father of the bride and the maids of honor. Next, Jennifer and Shane went up to the loft area and cut their cake to Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is”.

Next up were the formal dances. I had never done this order before, but it worked! The mother/son dance was first to “Love’s Divine” by Seal. Then Jennifer and her dad danced to “Just Fishin” by Trace Adkins. Finally, the first dance…they used “Grow Old” by Florida Georgia Line, and then next up, open dancing. From song one, that dance floor was on fire! Great crowd!

The only time we paused was for the bouquet toss (“Single Ladies” by Beyonce) and then more partying until around 10:30 when we closed with “We Found Love” by Rihanna and sent everyone outside for the sparkler departure. Jennifer and Shane stayed inside for a while and did a private dance to “Millionaire” by Chris Stapleton…awesome song, awesome end to a great night. I can’t wait to see the photos from Krista with Six Foot Photography and the video from Shadowpoint Media. Also, shout out to Jessica with Happily Ever After for planning another perfect event.

Jocelyn and Daniel had their ceremony and reception at the historic Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC.

carolina inn wedding dj bunn dj companyThey were married in the Chancellor’s Ballroom and then guests made their way to the pre-function area outside the Old Well Room for cocktails. I had music playing as they arrived. Once the hour was over, it was time for introductions. I just announced Jo and Dan into the room to the song “The Infanta” by The Decemberists. They went right into their first dance “Here, There, Everywhere” by The Beatles. Next, Jo and her dad danced to “Cello Suite No. 1” by Yo Yo Ma. Then Dan and his mother danced to “Octopus’ Garden” by The Beatles. After the dances, Jo’s stepfather Bert welcomed all of the guests and the food stations opened.

The maid of honor and best man gave their toasts following dinner and then Jo and Dan cut their cake. After the cake cutting, Jo and Bert had their dance and eventually Bert’s wife cut in, as did Dan and then I invited all of the guests to join them at the end of the dance. That left the dance floor pretty full for the start of open dancing. Once that started, I could tell it was going to be a good night. This crowd loved to dance! We only broke dancing for a minute to do the bouquet toss and then more dancing. The night ended with a big sparkler departure from the porch of the inn. Great wedding, and it was great working planner Catherine from Events By La Fete and Danielle Flake, the photographer.

Photos courtesy of Danielle Flake Photography

Michelle and Eric chose Chapel Hill’s beautiful Carolina Inn for both wedding ceremony and reception on December 16th.  I was thrilled to be there for both!

Carolina Inn wedding dj Bunn DJ companyWhen they told me the wanted lots of swing music, I knew I was going to LOVE being their DJ!  The ceremony was held in the courtyard behind the main lobby.  They had a heated tent to keep everyone warm and I was set up in there.  I ran mics for their minister (Michelle’s Uncle), Eric and a reader as well as all the music.  As the 120 guests arrived I had a mix of classical pop songs playing.  Her Uncle entered and asked everyone to silence their phones and the ceremony was under way.  Their Mother’s entered to an instrumental of “Perfect” and the wedding party to an instrumental of Ingrid Michaelson’s cover of “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. Michelle and her Father entered to “Canon In D”.  After the service that included a reading and hand-written vows, they recessed to “Joy To The World”.  Planner Betsy from McLean Events ushered everyone to hallway outside the Old Well Room for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres.

During the cocktail hour I had a mix of standards and swing playing. After pics were taken by Michelle’s cousin/photographer Kenzie from Hart Films, the doors to the ballroom opened and I went to line the wedding party up with help from Betsy.  I introduced them to “Crazy In Love” and Michelle and Eric came in for their first dance to “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole.  One of my favorite songs ever! After that I opened the floor to everyone with “Runaround Sue”, “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” that filled it for 20 min or so before we broke for dinner. Her Father welcomed everyone, her Uncle blessed the meal and the salads and entrees came out. During dinner I played more standards and swing.

After dinner we had lots of toasts and the cake cutting to “Sugar” by Maroon 5.  She joined her Father on the floor for their dance to “Isn’t She Lovely”. Eric escorted his Mother to the floor next for their dance to “How Sweet It Is”.  I opened the floor to every again with some 70’s and 80’s that filled it.  We paused for the bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” and an anniversary dance to “Always and Forever” by Luther Vandross.  This was so special because it was her parents wedding song!  Back to dancing until the end of the night to more 80’s sing a longs and some 2000’s hits.

We ended the night with “Save The Last Dance” by The Drifters.  I invited everyone outside for a sparkler exit and when the room as empty, Michelle and Eric had one more intimate private dance to “Better Together”.  I love when couples do this so much!!

Thank you Michelle, Eric, Betsy and Kristen!!  I LOVED playing this wedding!!

Photos courtesy of Hart Films

The Barn Of Chapel Hill  was the setting for Emma and Zach’s wedding ceremony and reception on a warm June 23rd. I was lucky enough to be the DJ for their reception.

The ceremony was held on the side garden with music provided by a live pianist (who also played the cocktail hour).  After the ceremony, the guests made their way to the back patio for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and to play lawn games.  A few guests snuck inside where I was to beat the heat, so I left some music playing for them.

After pics & video were done by Danielle from Blissmore Photography and Ellizon from Epoch Visuals, the 150 guests were invited into the barn by planners Cheryl Anne & Justine from Kast Events.  I left music playing and went to line up the wedding party. I introduced everyone to “Shut Up & Dance” and Emma & Zach came in to loud applause.  They had their first dance to “Perfect Duet” by Ed Sheeran & Beyonce. Emma’s Father joined her for their dance to “Butterfly Kisses” and then a minute of the “Pennsylvania Polka”.  It was so great and caught everyone off guard.  Zach and his Mother had their dance after that to “I Hope You Dance”. Her parents welcomed everyone and blessed the meal.  The BBQ buffet opened outside and I had a mix of rock, country and classic soul playing.

After dinner we had the toasts and Cupcake Shoppe cake cutting to “How Sweet It is” by James Taylor.  The homemade cookie buffet table opened and I opened the dance floor with some beach music, Motown and top 40 that filled it for the next 2 hours.  Guests danced to line dances, oldies, Top 40, some 2000’s pop hits and 80’s sign a longs. We paused for the bouquet toss to “Singles Ladies” and garter toss to “Pony”, then back to dancing until the end of the night.

I ended the night with “Wagon Wheel” by Darius and finally “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain.  I just LOVE that song! It reminded me of Edwin performing it in my store back when it came out.  They had a sparkler exit from the front of the barn and guests made “to go” boxes of cookies on their way out.

Thank you so much Emma, Zach, Justine and Cheryl Anne!  I had a blast!!

 

Joe Bunn is the owner of Bunn DJ Company and leads the Eastern North Carolina team of 15 incredible DJs.  Joe is available for your wedding or party, coaches DJs throughout the country, hosts a weekly podcast, and is available for speaking engagements.

Wow! What a fun night DJing Patty and Alan’s wedding reception at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC on June 9th!

Their ceremony was held at the University Presbyterian Church and guests came over to The Carolina Inn after for the cocktail hour and reception. The cocktail hour was held in the front room and I had a mix of standards playing.  The wedding party stayed at the church for a short time getting pics taken by Brain  Mullins Photography.  After pics were done, they came over to the Inn for the reception. The doors to the ballroom opened and guests were invited to their seats by planners from Elle’s Dream Events.

I introduced the wedding party to “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” by Michael Buble and Patty & Alan to “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)”. They had their first dance to ”Your Song” followed by parent’s dances. Patty & her Father danced to “Carolina In My Mind” and Alan & his Mother to “Have I Told You Lately”. Her Father welcomed everyone and Reverend Kate blessed the meal.   The appetizers, Salads & entrees came out and I played a mix of standards & classic rock.  After dinner we had the toasts and Ashley’s Cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is”.

The Classic Carolina Photo Booth opened and I opened the floor with “Build Me Up Buttercup”.  People ran to the dance floor!  Not kidding!!  That is such a great feeling as a DJ.  For the next 1.5 hours the floor stayed packed to Top 40, Motown, 80’s 2000’s and even Hanson (Patty’s favorite group growing up).  There was even an appearance by Rameses Jr. that was a surprise to everyone.  He stayed around a while and danced with everyone and got lots of pics taken.  I ended the night with “Sweet Caroline” and finally “Twist & Shout” by The Beatles before a blue & white pom pom exit down the hallway.

What an absolute amazing wedding reception!  Thank you Patty (and her Mother!), Alan & LaShayla.  I had the best time!!!