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

Man, even with the first heatwave of the summer, Jenny and Eric’s wedding at Duke Gardens was perfect from start to finish. The bride and bridesmaids looked beautiful thanks to Posh Salon, even with that heat! Bombadil was the ceremony band, they are truly amazing! I was blown away at the love in the air as Eric’s older brother served as Jenny and Eric’s officiant.

jenny and ericCocktail hour was held on the lawn, with delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks served for all. Dinner commenced under the tent, with Soigne Events catering. Man the food was so good! I introduced the beautiful couple as they started their first dance to “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds. The smiles amongst the family and friends were pretty great to witness. The bride and her father danced to “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstong while the mother and her son danced to “How Deep is the Ocean” by Barbra Streisand & Jason Gould.

Afterwards, the buffet opened up and I played light music while everyone ate and socialized. Toasts were done by parents and friends and then the cake cutting was done followed by a second ‘first dance’ to “Despacito” for the bride and groom. With Eric being a 4-time Grammy winning jazz producer, I made sure to make the wedding music award winning for them. The party went on until close to midnight with a range of music keeping everyone on the dance floor.

I had such a good time being a part of their wedding. Congrats Jenny & Eric!

Photography was done by Betty Clicker.

A great family dance off is something I will always remember from Kristina and Mark’s wedding at The Cotton Room in Durham on May 19th!

cotton room wedding dj bunn dj companyTheir ceremony was held at Duke Chapel and the pics from photographer Jason from Veritas Digital Photography are just perfect!!  After the service, the 130 guests made their way over to The Cotton Room for the reception.

When they arrived I was all set up in the ballroom that was closed off by white linens until after the cocktail hour.  I had a mix of indie and soft rock as well as some country playing up until introductions. When the cocktail hour was over the linens opened and I invited the guests to find their seats. The tables looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Petal & Oak! I left music playing and lined the wedding party up for introductions with help from planner Chris.  I introduced the Parents to ”Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and wedding party to “Scream & Shout” by Will.I.Am and Britney.  Kristina and Mark came in to a custom edit I made them of “The Other Side” by Jason Derulo and had their first dance to “Come Kiss” by Tryon.  I had never heard that song before, but LOVE it!!  Great choice!! The wedding party took their seats and the Parents dances followed.  Kristina danced with her Father to “My Little Girl” and Mark & his Mother to “There You’ll Be”. Her Father welcomed everyone and the food stations opened.

During dinner I had a mix of rock, standards, country and classic soul playing.  After dinner we had the toasts and an anniversary dance to “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis. I opened the floor to everyone with some beach music and top 40 that filled it for the next 2.5 hours.  I played a great mix of oldies, top 40, some hip-hop and line dances that kept everyone dancing.

We paused for the Cakes by Chloe cake cutting to “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, then more dancing until the end of the night.  They even had a dance off between the two families and a love train that had everyone in a long line going around the room.

We ended the night with “This Is It” by local celebrity Scotty McCreery and a sparkler exit.

Thank you Kristina, Mark and Chris!  I had a blast!!

Photos courtesy of Veritas Digital Photography

Natalie and Don are two of the nicest and most laid-back people I have played for and I was thrilled to be their wedding DJ on March 9that Washington Duke Inn in Durham, NC!

Washington Duke inn wedding dj Bunn dJ companyThe ceremony was held earlier in the day at the beautiful Duke Chapel.  After the service the 140 guests had a few hours break to relax before the wedding reception. Their cocktail hour was held in the hallway outside the ballroom where I was set up.  After pics and video were taken by James from Walters and Walters and Elijah from Morgan Scott Films, the doors to the ballroom opened and guests found their seats. The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Tre Bella. I left music playing and went back out to the hallway to line the wedding party up.

I introduced the parents to “Take On me” by A-Ha and wedding party to “Delirious” by Steve Aoki. Natalie and Don came to the floor and had their first dance to “All Of Me” for a couple minutes and then I invited the wedding party to join them on the floor.  After they were on the floor, I changed songs to “You and Me” by Lifehouse to surprise her Sister and husband with their first dance song.  So sweet!! The parents’ dances followed after the wedding party took their seats.  Natalie and her Father danced to “Can’t Smile Without You” By Barry Manilow.  They sang it to each other like they had the hundred times when she was a child.  Don and his Mother danced to “You Raise Me Up”.  Her parents welcomed everyone and Bob Vietor blessed the meal.  During dinner I played a mix of light classical music.

After dinner we had toasts and the Ashley Cakes cutting to “Happy Together”. I LOVE that song (and Ashley cakes!!)!! We paused for 15 minutes so guests could enjoy the 4 different flavors of cake, then we had the bouquet and garter toss.  I invited the single ladies to the floor for the toss to “Dear Future Husband” and garter toss to “Get Lucky”. Before opening the floor to everyone, we had an anniversary dance to “Love Me Do”.  It was so great and came down to 2 couples married a year apart. I opened the floor to everyone with “Build Me Up Buttercup” and “Twist and Shout” that shortly filled it with young and old.  Some top 40, 80’s and EDM kept them dancing for the next hour before the last dance.

We ended with “This Is How We Roll” by Florida Georgia Line and an exit to a convertible Mustang waiting for them just outside the doors. Guests took cupcakes from a cupcake bouquet as a favor on their way outside.

Thank you so much Natalie, Don and your parents.  I was thrilled and honored to play for you and your guests!

Header photo courtesy of Walters & Walters

I had never met Kristin and Brian until their wedding day at The Cotton Room on October 20th, but liked them as soon as I talked to them.  They are so nice!

the cotton room wedding dj Bunn doc companyTheir ceremony was held on one side of the room and partitioned by white linens.  It is just beautiful with floor to ceiling windows along one brick wall. They had reverend Barbara Lodge (one of my favs!) and I ran a mic for her, one for Brian and one for Kristin’s Aunts who were readers. As the 120 guests arrived I had a mix of contemporary love songs playing.  After everyone was seated I started the ceremony music.  The Parents entered to a classical cover of “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”.  The Bridesmaids to “All Of Me” and Kristin to “A River Flows In You” by Daniel Jang. Her hair and makeup was perfect and done by Makeup by Ashley Mooney. After a short service that also included a remembrance that I played “Thinking Out Loud” during, they recessed to “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor.

They were invited to the cocktail hour in the front of the room by Barbara and I started a mix of rock, classic soul and standards. The staff flipped the room for dinner with help from two of my fav planners, Betsy and Carrington (Yay!  Carrington!!) from McLean Events.  The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Blossoms By Design!  After pics were taken by Joanna Sue Photography, the white linens opened and I invited guests to their seats.  I left music playing and went to line the wedding party up with Betsy and Carrington.

I introduced the wedding party and Kristin and Brian to “Crazy In Love” by Beyonce.  They came in to loud applause and had their first dance to and edit I made of the Candlelight Mix of “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada.  We had the combined parents dances next to “You’ve Got A Friend” by James Taylor. About ½ way through Brian’s Brothers showed up in chicken suits and joined in for the dance with Brian.  It really caught everyone off guard and gave me another wedding moment I will never forget! LOL.  They all took their seats and the Fathers welcomed everyone and blessed the meal.  The food stations opened shortly and I went back to the same style music playlist as cocktails.

After dinner we had the Ashley’s Cakes cutting (so good! I had the almond cake), toasts and then a shoe game MC’d by Brian’s Brothers.  I invited all the married couples to the floor to join them for an anniversary dance that ended in a tie at 38 ½ years.  I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and Top 40 that filled it for the next 2.5 hours.  I played lots of 90’s, 80’s, current top 40 and some oldies.  I even played Paramore for Kristin and her Sister.

We ended the night with “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker and finally “Closing Time” by Semisonic that had everyone in a huge circle with their arms around each other singing it. I invited everyone down stairs for a sparkler exit.

What a fun night and amazing group to play for!  Thank you Kristin, Brian, Betsy and Carrington.

 

Randy Bennett works out of the Raleigh office, has 38 years of DJ experience, and wants to be YOUR Wedding DJ. Contact Randy here or call 919-785-9001.

Alice and Pat’s reception took place in Durham, NC at The American Tobacco Campus in the historic Bay 7 venue. We love this place! Not only is it a cool venue, the food is handled by none other than the masters, The Angus Barn!

The day started by running the audio for the ceremony. They chose one song, “Life is Better With You” by Michael Franti, for everyone to walk in to, even the bride. That was a new idea, but I liked it! The ceremony was short but sweet and they left down the aisle to “Say Hey” by Michael Franti. After the ceremony, guests went upstairs for cocktail hour as the family photos took place downstairs. I played a mix of Motown classics and some other stuff they chose during this time.

The introduction was just Alice and Pat and then they welcomed everyone, which was actually super entertaining. Both of them! Dinner was served, and as usual, it was killer. At the end of dinner, several folks including Alice’s dad and sisters gave toasts, complete with musical interludes. Great stuff!

Finally, it was time for the first dance to “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison. But instead of it just being Alice and Pat, they invited the entire bridal party in with their significant others. Another great idea to change things up from the traditional. There were no other “stops” like cake, bouquet, parent dances, etc. It was just party time from then on! The party closed out with a rousing rendition of “American Pie” and everyone heading to the bar next door for the after party. Looking forward to seeing the images from Riley MacLean. What a night!

 

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.

Karina and Jim had lemons everywhere for their wedding at Bay 7 in Durham NC on July 7th.  I don’t believe I have seen the room ever look that beautiful!

The ceremony was held on the first floor at the bottom of the stairs.  I ran a mic for their officiant and 3 readers. Arioso Strings was there to provide music.  After the service the 120 guests were invited to the second floor for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres provided by The Angus Barn.  During the cocktail hour I had a mix of standards, Latin samba jazz and classic soul playing. After the cocktail hour, the guests made their way back downstairs to their tables. The room looked just beautiful with floral arrangements by Blossom Bay and designed by newly dubbed “Queen Planner” Carrington from Mclean Events.

I introduced just Karina and Jim to the intro of the Core Zee remix of “Doses and Mimosas” by Cherub and they had their first dance to the acoustic mix of “Fire And The Flood” by Vance Joy.  It’s such a great version of the song!  Their Fathers welcomed everyone and blessed the meal. The plated salads came out and the food stations opened shortly.  During dinner was the same mix as cocktails.

After dinner we had the toasts and a thank you from Jim.  The Sugar Euphoria cake cutting followed to “Wildest Dreams” by Taylor Swift.  It was lemon, of course..LOL.  Karina joined her Father on the floor for their dance to “In My Life” by The Beatles.  It was so sweet!  They sang it to each other like I’m sure they did when she was a little girl.  I opened the floor to The Hora and a Polka that got everyone up and to the floor within seconds!  Some Motown and top 40 followed and kept everyone dancing for the next 2 hours. I played lots of top 40, Latin, 80’s, EDM and some hip-hop at the end.

They had their last dance to the regular version of “Fire And The Flood” before everyone left on a bus to the after party.  What a fun night and great group to play for! Thank you Karina, Jim, Sarah & Carrington. I had the best time!!!

 

Randy Bennett works out of the Raleigh office, has 38 years of DJ experience, and wants to be YOUR Wedding DJ. Contact Randy here or call 919-785-9001.

I was so excited to play for Juli, Alex and their guests at The Cookery in Durham on June 10th!  They both work there, so when I was asked to DJ their wedding I was so honored!  They have heard every DJ in the area.

The ceremony was held in the back garden and I provided mics for their officiant, Elvis Woody and well as one on Alex.  I also handled the music.  The wedding party walked down the aisle to The Beatles song “In My Life” performed by Jake Shimabukuro.  Juli & her Father walked down to “Here Comes The Sun” by The United Guitar Players. After a short ceremony with hand written vows, they recessed to “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen.  I invited the 120 guests inside for the cocktail hour. The guests were more than happy to go in and get out of the heat.

The cocktail hour was in the front room of The Cookery and I had a mix of classic standards and big band playing. Juli & Alex are really good swing dancers, so this was perfect (as were my black & white wingtips I wore for them).  After pics & video were done by Liz from Heirloom Collective & Bradley Reynolds, I invited the guest to the new ballroom for dinner and dancing with help from planners A Swanky Affair.

I introduced the wedding party to “Best Of My Love” and Juli & Alex to “Bring Em Out”. Yes!!!  They welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming followed by a blessing by Alex’s cousin Jay.  The salads were already out and I went into a dinner playlist similar to cocktails. The Durham Catering buffet soon opened in the middle of the room.  After dinner we had the toasts, a fun shoe game and the Two Roosters Ice Cream truck opened outside.

We had the first dance and parents dances before opening the dance floor to everyone. Juli & Alex had their dance to the 2016 acoustic version of “Baby I Love Your Way” by Peter Frampton.  I loved the original version of this, but may even love this more!  Juli’s Father joined her for their dance to a mix I did of “The Way You Look Tonight” by Sinatra and then “Givin It Up” by Delbert McClinton.  They had a blast dancing to them.  Alex & his Mother danced to “I Hope You Dance” after that. I invited the married couples to the floor for a shared dance with Juli & Alex to “Say You Won’t Let Go” with the longest married couple at 46 years!  Some Motown and top 40 kept everyone on the floor.  The floor was packed all night to oldies, top 40, 2000’s pop sings and even some hip-hop at the end of the night.

We ended the night with “New York, New York” and a ribbon wand exit right before the rain came. Thank you Juli, Alex and Amanda!! I had a blast!!

 

Randy Bennett works out of the Raleigh office, has 38 years of DJ experience, and wants to be YOUR Wedding DJ. Contact Randy here or call 919-785-9001.

wedding dj bay 7 durham ncI was so thrilled to be Emily and Patrick’s wedding DJ on May 26th at Bay 7 in Durham NC!  They are such a nice couple!!

Their ceremony was held on the main floor at the bottom of the stairs.  Their officiant, Tom, had also married Emily’s other two sisters. That is so special! Arioso Strings was there to provide music and I ran Tom’s mic.  After the ceremony the guests were invited to the cocktail hour on the 2nd floor. During the cocktail hour I had a mix of rock, country, classic soul and standards playing.  The staff flipped the downstairs for dinner while photographers Robin Lin and Stacy got shots of the wedding party inside and outside.

After the cocktail hour, the 160 guests made their way back downstairs to their tables with help from planner Sally Oakley. I introduced Emily and Patrick and they came down the stairs to loud applause.  They had their first dance to “Then” by Brad Paisley followed by a welcome by her Father.  The food stations and ZimZoom photo booth opened and I went back to music.

After dinner we had the toasts and cake cutting to “Shotgun Rider” by Tim McGraw.  Emily and her Father had their dance to “I Hope You Dance” by Ronan Keating.  Such a great version of this song!  Patrick escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “My Wish”.  I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and Top 40 that soon filled it. For the next 2 hours they danced hard to 80’s, 90’s 2000’s, top 40 and some oldies.

We ended the night with a last dance to “Sweet Caroline” but I knew they weren’t ready to leave yet. Sure enough, a loud “One More Song” chant started and I dropped “Tearin’ Up My Heart” by N’Sync.  I invited the guests back upstairs for the sparkler exit. Thank you so much Emily, Patrick and Sally!  I had an absolute blast!!

 

Randy Bennett works out of the Raleigh office, has 38 years of DJ experience, and wants to be YOUR Wedding DJ. Contact Randy here or call 919-785-9001.

Brandon and Karl had me as their wedding DJ for both ceremony and reception on April 6that Durham’s Cotton Room.

The ceremony was held on one side of the room with floor to ceiling windows lining the wall.  The other side was floor to ceiling white linens.  It is just beautiful there,  especially with floral arrangements by Petal & Oak! They had music performed by harpist Amy Cortis and I ran mics for their minister and readers.  After the ceremony the guests were invited to the bar for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. During the cocktail hour I had a mix of 80’s & 90’s rock playing mixed with some oldies.

After pics were done by photographer Peter Somers and the room was ready, the white linens opened and I invited the 120 guests to their tables.  I introduced the wedding party to “Celebration”. They took their seats and Karl welcomed everyone.  Brandon’s Father toasted the couple and the food stations opened.  During dinner I played a mix of 70’s through current top 40 and rock.

After dinner they had their first dance to “Thinking Out Loud” followed by the parents dances.  Brandon and her Father danced to “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” and Karl & his Mother joined them after a minute. Before opening the dance floor we had the Simply Cakes cutting to “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies.

I opened the floor with some Motown, 70’s and top 40 that people danced to all night.  We ended with a college fav for Brandon and her friends, “Rebecca” by Pat McGee Band.  I LOVE that song and haven’t played in in years!!  Their last dance followed to “A Thousand Years” and a sparkler exit from the front of the building.

Thank you so much Brandon and Karl and congratulations!

Photo courtesy of Mikkel Paige Photography.

 

Randy Bennett works out of the Raleigh office, has 38 years of DJ experience, and wants to be YOUR Wedding DJ. Contact Randy here or call 919-785-9001.