When I met Katie and Brian over a year ago I was already excited for their wedding at Bay 7 on August 10th!

Their ceremony was held on the first floor and officiated by fav Reverend Barbara Lodge.  She always does such a wonderful job!!  The alter looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Embellished Blooms. I ran Barbara’s mic and they had a classical guitarist, Chris from Arioso Strings, handle the music.  He also was just fantastic.

After a short service, Barbara invited the 100 guests to the 2ndfloor for refreshments and passed hors d’oeuvres. During the cocktail hour they had a live pianist, Scott, provide music.  He, also, was wonderful! After pics were done by photographer Joe Payne (LOVE him!!) and the room was flipped for dinner, I invited guests downstairs to their seats.  I started some music and went back upstairs to line up the Parents and Katie & Brian for introductions with help from planner Nicole from Premier Party Planners.

I introduced them to ‘Forever” by Chris Brown and Katie and Brian to the remix of “Let’s Get Married” by Jagged Edge.  LOVE that song!!  They had their first dance to “She’s Got A Way” by Billy Joel and Katie’s Father welcomed everyone. The salads were already preset and the entrees came out soon.  During dinner I had a mix of rock, standards and classic soul playing.

After dinner we had the toasts and Edible Art Cake cutting to “Sugar” by Maroon 5.  The parents dances shortly followed with Katie & her father dancing to “You Are So Beautiful”. Brian escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to a couple minutes of “American Pie”.   We had an anniversary dance to “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and then opened the floor to everyone with some disco and top 40 that filled it for the next two hours.  I played lots of top 40, rock sing a longs and 80’s for this crowd from New Jersey.

I ended the night with “Don’t Stop me Now” and finally “Paradise By Dashboard Lights” (a staple for an NJ wedding!). I invited everyone upstairs and they had a sparkler exit.

Thank you Katie, Brian, Sarah and Nicole!  I LOVE playing this wedding!!

Bay 7 at The American Tobacco Historic District is always such a fun place for a wedding! Diana and Daniel’s Wedding Reception on August 3rd was no exception.

Their ceremony was held earlier at Duke Chapel.  I can’t wait to see photographer Cassie with FireRose Photography’s pics!! After the ceremony, the 160 guests made their way over to Bay 7 where I was.  As the 160 guests arrived the had a live pianist playing upstairs for the cocktail hour.  Toward the end of the cocktail hour I invited everyone to their seats downstairs and left some music playing while I lined the wedding party up for introductions. The tables looked beautiful with floral arrangements by The English Garden.

I introduced them to “Party Rock Anthem” and each couple had their own dance at the bottom of the stairs. Diana and Daniel were introduced to “Can’t Stop The Feeling” and had their first dance to “Extraordinary Magic” by Ben Rector. They took their seats and her Father welcomed everyone followed by a blessing.  The salads and entrees came out and I played a mix of classical music during dinner. I also got to say hi to a past Bride (Ashley) who was a guest and I played for back in 2015.

Towards the end of dinner Diana’s Mother Nancy surprised them with a video montage she narrated with pics of Diana and Daniel growing up and their life together. She did a great job and everyone loved it!  After the presentation we had the toasts and Parents dances.  Daniel and his Mother started to “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw.  Diana joined her Father on the floor for their dance that started with “What A Wonderful World” for a minute, then into “What is Love” for a short time and finally “Let’s Get It Started” that all the wedding party joined for.  After a minute of that song I mixed into “24K Magic” and opened the floor.  It packed instantly and stayed that way all night! I even played “Blue” by Eiffel 65 and “Everytime We Touch” for all the Duke Alumni!  It was mayhem!!

We paused for the Capital Cakes cutting to “This Will be (An Everlasting Love)” and then back to dancing until the end of the night.  We had a bouquet toss at the end of the night to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” before a last dance to “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker and a sparkler exit.

Thank you Diana, Daniel, Angel, Jack and Nancy!  I had an amazing time!!

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

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!!

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!!

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!!

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

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