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!!!

A week after DJing lunch with the Easter Bunny at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill NC, I was back to be the wedding DJ for Lauren and Warren.

Their ceremony was held at Duke Chapel in Durham NC before guests came over to The Inn for the reception.  The Chapel is just breathtaking, as you can tell by the pic from Thirteenth Moon Photography.  As the 150 guests arrived for the cocktail hour in the hall I had a mix of standards, soft rock and classic soul playing.  When pics were done and some video by Justin from One Love Productions, the doors to the ballroom opened. The guests found their seats with help from Becca and the girls from C and D Events.  I introduced the wedding party to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and Lauren and Warren came in for their first dance to “Thinking Out Loud”.  Lauren’s Father welcomed everyone and Reverend Dolinger blessed the meal.

The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Bloom Works! The salads came out and the food stations opened shortly. During dinner I had the same mix playing.  After dinner we had the toasts and Catering Works cake cutting to “How Sweet It is”.  After that I opened the floor with some beach music and top 40 that filled it for the next 2.5 hours!  It was so great seeing young and old dancing together to everything from 70’s disco to current hip-hop.

We ended the night with a huge sing a long to “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Livin’ On A Prayer” before a sparkler exit from the horseshoe driveway.  Thank you so much for everything Lauren, Warren, Chaim and Becca! This wedding was off the hook!!

 

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The Fearrington Village in Pittsboro is an awesome wedding venue. (Check it out by clicking here) I have been DJing there for years and it never gets old. It’s just plain beatiful! The grounds, the garden, the barn, all of it. To start this day, Caitlin and Danny got married outside on a picture perfect weather day (that started out rainy). I handled the microphones and music that they picked, and it went perfectly! The guests made their way from the ceremony site to outside the barn on the patio for cocktails where I also had music playing. After about an hour, it was time for introductions. They had a huge wedding party, but we just introduced the bride and groom to “Will You Go With Me” by Josh Turner. As soon as they hit the dance floor, I faded into their first dance “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur. I love this song! Still do! As the first dance ended, I asked Caitlin’s father to give a welcome. He was great! Dinner stations opened as he concluded.

As dinner closed, the maid of honor and best man gave their toasts. Both of them did a superb job. Caitlin and her father danced next to one of my all time favorites “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King. Danny and his mom then danced to “Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” by Brother Iz. Next was open dancing! They gave me a few songs to toss in like “Shipping Up To Boston” by Dropkick Murphys (it was St. Patrick’s Day after all), and a few others, but I really just did my thing and that dance floor stayed full for a solid 2.5 hours. The only break was for the cake cutting to “Home” by Edward Sharpe, then it was back to more raging. We wrapped the night with the Boss’ “Born to Run” and then “Danny Boy” (perfect for St. Pat’s and for the groom). What a party! I’m so excited to see the media from the Blueberry Creative team! Awesome wedding!

 

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.

I will always remember the wedding that I did a few weeks ago at The Barn of Chapel Hill event venue.  (You can check out the venue by clicking here) If you are a Tar Heel, then you would certainly know the groom. He played football a couple of years ago, Ryan Switzer. He was, and still is awesome, and his wife is equally as amazing.

The day started with guests arriving for a beautiful outdoor ceremony complete with a live acoustic guitarist. After the ceremony, guests made their way to the back of the property on the porch for cocktail hour where I had music playing. After the guests made their way indoors, I got everyone lined up upstairs for the grand entrance. The bridal party came in to “Bring ’em Out” by TI and when Ryan and Gabie came in to “Commas” by Future the place went nuts! They went right into their first dance to the ever popular song “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran. Gabie’s father welcomed everyone and then dinner was served by Culinary Visions.

As dinner wrapped up, the toasts were giving. Chicago Bears QB Mitch Trubisky was the best man and gave a great one, as did maid of honor Meredith Shaw. The parent dances were up next. Ryan and his mom went first and then Gabie and her father second to a song I had never played before. Michael Reid’s “As You Dance” is a great one! Check that out.

Finally the dance floor opened and it was slammed from song one. We played just about every genre that night. Ryan was calling out requests looking at his phone! He and Gabie were on the dance floor all night. That’s my kind of couple! Loved it! We closed out the night with “Jump Around” by House of Pain, “God’s Plan” by Drake and then “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett. Epic night! I can’t wait to see the photos from Kaitlyn Blake and video from Humming Meadow. Shout out to Sarah and her crew from Verge Events for great planning on this one!

 

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.

What a fun a time I had a Melissa and Hartley’s wedding at The Fearrington Barn on December 9th! Melissa’s family is from Nicaragua, so I was able to play lots of Latin music as well American.

The Cocktail Hour

Their wedding ceremony was held earlier in the day at Sacred Heart Cathedral. After the ceremony the 125 guests rested for a little before heading over to The Fearrington for the reception. As the guests arrived for the indoor cocktail hour I had a mix of Top 40, Salsa, classic soul and rock playing. Melissa and Hartley joined them shortly.

The First Dance

As the cocktail hour ended the guests found their seats and I introduced Melissa and Navy Lieutenant Hartley to “Brown Eyed Girl”. They came in for their first dance to “The Love That We’ve Made” by Humming House. Melissa’s Father welcomed everyone and Hartley’s Father blessed the meal. The barbeque buffet opened and I continued the music mix.

The Dancing

After dinner we had the toasts followed by the parents dances. Melissa danced with her Father to an edit that started with “I Loved Her First” then went into “Can’t Stop The Feeling”. It caught everyone off guard and was a great way to start the dancing portion of the night. Hartley then danced with his Mother to “Forever Young” by Joan Baez. I opened the floor with the salsa song “Vivir Mi Vida” that filled it. I played some Motown, Top 40 and Latin music kept them dancing until we paused for the cake cutting.

After the cake cutting we had the bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” then back to dancing until the end of the night and a sparkler exit. What a fun night mixing the two cultures music to keep everyone dancing for 3 hours! It was so great to work with Gilda, Kaitlin & Chris from The Fearrington as well as photographer Kenzie Victory. Congratulations Melissa and Hartley and thank you for your service to our country Hartley!

Miranda and David chose The Fearrington for their ceremony and reception on a beautiful November day. They are music lovers and I was thrilled and honored to be their DJ!

The Cocktail Hour

After the afternoon wedding at The Fearrington, guests got to rest for a bit, enjoy the grounds and cows or get coffee at The Goat before heading over for the reception. The cocktail hour and reception were both held at The Fearrington Barn. The patio had market lights strung over it and looked beautiful! They had John Brown’s Little Big Band provide music for the cocktail hour and dinner. During the cocktail hour the 160 guests visited inside the barn and outside on the patio where they could hear the wonderful jazz coming from inside.

The First Dance

When pics were done by photographer Krystal Kast, the guests started making their way inside for dinner with help from The Fearrington’s Gilda. The hall to the barn had thousands of lights covering the walls and ceiling. It looked so amazing!! John Brown introduced Miranda & David and they came in for their first dance to “Can’t Help Falling In Love” performed by the band. David’s daughter did an awesome job welcoming everyone on my mic and their minister blessed the meal. I released guests to the food stations and John and his band started the dinner music. They even had an impromptu cover of “At Last” by one of their guests during dinner. She did a great job and it was very touching!

The Dancing

After dinner they had the cake cutting to “Mack The Knife” by John Brown’s band and then I took over for David and his daughter’s dance to “What A Wonderful World”. I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and top 40 that filled it for the next couple hours. I played a lot of 70’s and 80’s mixed with some current top 40. I ended the night with David’s daughter’s sing a long (and acting out) Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” before their last dance to “In My Eyes” by Peter Gabriel and a sparkler exit.

Thank you so very much Miranda, David and Olivia and congratulations to you all!

Photo courtesy of Krystal Kast Photography

Heba and Greg’s ceremony and reception took place at Rock Quarry Farm in Chapel Hill, NC. This was my first time at the property, but hopefully not the last! It was amazing there. The ceremony was outdoors and we provided the music and mics. It was a little chilly, but an awesome start to the day. As guests left the ceremony area, they were treated to amazing apps from Beau Catering and live bluegrass music during cocktail hour.

The Dancing

After cocktail hour, guests made their way into the barn to begin the reception. I introduced just Heba and Greg to “Something Just Like This” by Coldplay and The Chainsmokers. Once they hit the dance floor, they went right into their first dance “A Sunday Kind of Love” by Etta James…a totally perfect choice for a Sunday evening wedding! Heba and her father then danced to Kenny Rogers’ “Through the Years” and then Greg and his mother danced to Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold”. I then turned the mic over to Heba’s mother who welcomed everyone to the event. Chef Beau did the “Beau Show” where he let everyone know about all of the great food we were having and then family style dinner was served. There were tons of amazing toasts all throughout dinner, and then it was time to party! From the first to last song, the dance floor was packed. I could feel that barn moving! What a great wedding! Shout out to the planners at C&D Events for doing such a great job with everything. I can’t wait to see the video from Heart Stone Films and the pictures from Krystal Kast!

Hollis and Rolondo chose Chapel Hill’s Historic Carolina Inn for their wedding ceremony and reception. Although it was a little hectic when I got there during a home UNC Football game and raining outside, the Kristen and the staff were working hard to make sure everything ran perfectly!

The Wedding Ceremony

Their ceremony was moved inside due to rain with music provided by Arioso Strings. As usual, they did an amazing job. After the ceremony that included the vows in English and Spanish, planner Kelley Ann from A Southern Soiree invited guests to the hallway for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. Photographer Caroline Lima took Hollis, Rolo and the wedding party away for some pics. During the cocktail hour I had a mix of classical and standards playing. After pics were taken, the doors to the ballroom opened and I invited the 80 guests to their seats.

The First Dance

I introduced the wedding party to “One More Time” by Daft Punk and Hollis and Rolo to “Boogie Wonderland”. They came to the dance floor and had their first dance to “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green. Hollis’ Father welcomed everyone and the appetizers and salads came out before the buffet opened. During dinner I played a mix of standards and 80’s love songs.

The Dancing

After dinner we had the Simply Cakes cutting to “Over The Rainbow” by IZ followed by the toasts. Hollis danced with her Father to “Have I Told You Lately” by Van Morrison and Rolo and his Mother to a Spanish cover of “Mama” originally by Il Divo. UNC’s mascot Ramesey arrived during the parent’s dances and even joined in!! So great!! I invited the married couples to join them for an anniversary dance with the winners married 49 years.

I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown, top 40 and Latin music that filled if for the next 3 hours. Guests danced to top 40, Latin, lots of 80’s, some disco and oldies as well as got some funny pics at the Raleigh Photobooth Fun. We ended the night with some sings a longs and finally Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” before a sparkler exit. What a fun night and amazing group to play for! Thank you Hollis, Rolo, Kelley Ann and Caroline!!

Photo Courtesy of Caroline Lima Photography

Jennifer and Chris chose the beautiful Fearrington Village for their ceremony and reception on a picture perfect October 1st day! Of course, after they had everyone run a 5K that morning with them..

The Wedding Ceremony

The ceremony was held on a side garden under a beautiful tree. They had a live violinist provide music and he was just amazing!! I provided a mic for readers and their officiant Adam. The ceremony was wonderful and included communion for the 70 guests. After the ceremony Adam invited guests to the patio next to the Garden Terrace for cocktails.

The First Dance

During the cocktail hour I had a mix of jazz, standards, bluegrass and classic soul playing. I loved the mix!! After pics were taken by Jack and Adrienne from Morton Photography the wedding party joined them for drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres. I introduced only Jennifer & Chris and they came to the patio for their first dance to Stevie Wonder’s “Knocks Me Off My Feet”. I LOVE that album so much!! We invited guests into the open-air garden terrace for a welcome, blessing and dinner. The food station opened and I played the same music mix.

The Dancing

After dinner we had toasts and the parents dances still inside the garden terrace. Jennifer and her Father danced to “Isn’t She Lovely” and Chris & his Mother to “My Wish”. Jennifer likes Stevie….ALOT!! LOL. I invited the married couples back out to the patio to have an anniversary dance before opening it to everyone. They danced to “The Way You Look Tonight’ with the longest married couple being 65 years married!! Beach, Motown and 70’s kept everyone out on the floor for the next hour until we paused for the cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is”. Back to dancing to some 80’s and current until the end of the night. It is so beautiful under the stars and trees with market lights overhead!

We ended the night with some sing a longs before “Still The One” by Orleans and finally “You Are The Best Thing”. They had a Rickshaw exit to finalize the night. Thank you Jennifer and Chris and Chris, thank you for your service to our country!