I never actually met Will and Claire until their wedding at Bay 7 in Durham on October 5th.  I had a quick call with him in January and felt we were a perfect match, which we were!

Their ceremony was held that morning at Duke Forest.  The 125 guests had several hour break to unwind and check out Durham before coming over to Bay 7 for the reception.  As the wedding guests arrived I had a mix of rock, lots classic soul for Will and a few standards playing.  They enjoyed refreshments and passed hors d’oeuvres on the second floor.  Will and Claire joined them shortly.

After the cocktail hour, I invited the guests downstairs where I was with Erica and our “sleek” Bunn Photo Booth.  I left music playing and went to line the wedding party up with Angel from Bay 7 while guests already started enjoying the photo booth. I introduced them to “Uptown Funk” and each couple had their own dance down the stairs.  Claire and Will came down to loud applause and had their first dance to “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges (my favorite album from 2015). Her Parents welcomed everyone and the salads came out before the food stations opened. During dinner was same mix as cocktails.

After dinner we had the toasts and cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is”.  She joined her Father on the floor for their dance to Dean Martin’s cover of ”When Your Smiling”. It was so sweet!! He may have had a tear in his eyes…. Will and his Mother had their dance to “I Say A Little Prayer” by Aretha.  I opened the floor to everyone with “Build Me Up Buttercup” for me Mother, some Motown and Top 40 that filled the floor within the first song!  It stayed packed the whole time while I played lots of 70’s, 80’s, top 40 and a few Spanish songs.

We ended the night with a couple sing-a-longs to “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Sweet Caroline” before the last dance to “Dancing In The Moonlight” and a sparkler exit.  Thank you Claire, Will, Erica and Angel!!  That was a really fun wedding!!

Kirsten and Avery first heard me play in 2013 when their friends Casey and Jessica were married and I was their DJ.  I was thrilled and humbled to play for them all again on October 4th at The Cookery in Durham.

The ceremony was held in the back garden and I ran mics and music for them. As the 120 guests arrived, I had a mix of classical covers of pop songs playing.  The Grandparents and Parents entered to “A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys.  The Bridesmaids entered to the Dave Matthews song “You and Me” covered by Vitamin String Quartet. Kirsten entered to Haley Reinhart’s cover of “Can’t Help Falling In Love”.  After a short service by officiant Kevin Holland and a reading, they recessed to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”.  Kevin invited them into the front room for cocktails and I started a mix of soft rock, classic soul and standards.

After pics of the wedding party were done by Photographer Will Greene, I invited guests to the back banquet room for introductions and dinner with help from planner Emily with Events By Emily.  After everyone was seated, I introduced the wedding party to “North Cack” by G Yamazawa and they all came in to loud applause.  They took their seats and the Donovans Dish food stations opened after the plated salads.  During dinner was same music as cocktails.

After dinner we had the cake cutting to “Crash Into Me” followed by the toasts.  After guests finished their cupcake dessert, I invited them back to the front room for dancing.  Kirsten and Avery had their first dance to “Into The Mystic” by Van Morrison.  LOVE that song!! Avery escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “A Mother’s Prayer”.  Kirsten and her brother met on the floor for their dance that was a medley of songs I made her that ended with “Raise Up” by Peter Pablo.  The wedding party joined them as soon as that came on and opened the floor. For the next 2 hours the floor stayed packed to 80’s, lots of 2010’s Hip-Hop, current hits and some 70’s.

We paused for as bouquet toss to “Independent Women” by Destiny’s Child and garter toss to “Sexyback”. We ended the night with “Thunderstruck” and finally “Purple Haze” for all the ECU alumni.  Thank you Kirsten, Avery, Emily and Juli!  I was honored to DJ your wedding!!

Photos courtesy of Will Greene Photography

Two of the nicest people ever were married on Sunday, September 29that Bay 7 and I was luckily their DJ!

Caroline and Jeremy’s ceremony was held on the bottom floor of Bay7, right at the bottom of the stairs. The alter looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Watered Garden. I ran all the mics and Arioso Strings covered most of the music. Their officiant, Ethan, did a great job and they had a guitarist and singer do a duet during their communion. The ceremony was so sweet and special! They also wrote their vows to each other and read them.  After the ceremony, Ethan invited guests to the second floor for cocktails and I started a mix of country, rock, classic soul and standards.

After the room was “flipped” for dinner and dancing and pics were done by Tanika and her team with Rina Studios, I invited the 150 guests back downstairs for dinner. I left music playing and went to line the wedding party up with help from Bay 7’s Sarah.  I introduced them to “Walking In Sunshine” and Caroline and Jeremy had their first dance to “Unchained Melody”. Her Mother welcomed everyone and blessed the meal, and the salads and entrees came out.

After dinner we had the toasts and Ashley’s Cake cutting (all snickerdoodle cake!!!!) to “Sugar, Sugar” before the Parents dances. Caroline joined her Father on the floor for their dance to “I’ll Never Know” by Elvis and Jeremy and his Mother to “Humble and Kind”. We had an Anniversary dance to “Have I Told You Lately” by Rod Stewart with the winners at 45 years married.  I opened the floor to everyone with “Build Me Up Buttercup” for her Mother and the floor filled for the next 1.5 hours.  Caroline had the biggest smile on her face the whole time!!  I just LOVE to see that!!

We ended the night with the very appropriate “Sweet Caroline” and finally “The Best Is Yet To Come” by Us and our Sisters.  I invited everyone back upstairs for a sparkler exit.

Thank you Caroline, Jeremy, Martha and Sarah!  I hope I get to DJ for you again!!

I felt like I knew Britta’s whole family by the time her wedding at The Cotton Room came on September 27th. I had been in contact with her Mother and had Skype meetings with her Sister twice before the wedding.

Their ceremony was held in the middle of The Cotton Room and lined with floor to ceiling white linens. Her Sister, Signe, officiated the ceremony and did a great job. After the service the 100 guests made their way to the back of the room so the staff could flip the room for dinner.  During the cocktail hour I had a mix of beach music, soft rock and 80’s hair bands playing. Photographer Zoe Litaker took the wedding party and Britta and Onur outside for some shots.

After pics were taken the white linens opened again and guests were invited to their seats.  I introduced the parents, wedding party and Britta & Onur to RuPaul’s “Cover Girl”. They came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “Bring Me Sunshine” by Willie Nelson.  They had a dual parents dance next to “What A Wonderful World” followed by a welcome speech by her Mother Gretchen. During dinner I played the same mix as cocktails.

After dinner Britta’s Mother MC’d the toasts and we had a cake cutting to “How Sweet It is” by James Taylor.  I opened the floor with some Motown and Top 40 that filled it with you and old, and from all over the world!! There were guests from Costa Rica, America, Germany, Turkey and Ecuador among others.  We paused for the bouquet toss to “Single Ladies”, then back to dancing until the end of the night.  I had a great time playing Spanish Reggaeton & Cha Cha, American classics and a couple Turkish line dances.

We had a last dance to “Don’t Stop Believin’” before a sparkler exit. Thank you Britta, Onur, Signe, Lauren and Gretchen!  I was thrilled to be your DJ!

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!!