What a beautiful venue Lavender Oaks Farm is to have a wedding! It was the picture-perfect site for Shannon and Sean’s wedding on December 7th.

lavender oaks farm dj Bunn DJ companyTheir ceremony was held in front of a stone fireplace outside next to the lavender field.  It smells amazing!  As the 150 guests arrived I had a mix of classical covers of pop songs playing. When it was time for the ceremony to start, officiant Kevin Holland asked everyone to silence their phones and the Parents entered to “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Drew Jacobs.  The wedding party entered to a cover of “Marry Me” by J Benjamin. Shannon’s processional was to “A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys. After a short service that included a wonderful reading by her Grandfather, they recessed to “Marry You” by Bruno  Mars. Kevin invited them into the Barn for the cocktail hour while photographer Amber from Six Foot Photography got some shots.

During the cocktail hour I had a mix of standards, soft rock, classic soul and pop songs playing. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres by Beau Catering and Six Foot Photography’s photo booth. When it was time for introductions, I invited guests to their seats and left music playing while I lined the wedding party up with help from Karen from Lavender Oaks Farm. I introduced them to “Can’t Stop The Feeling” and Shannon and Sean to “Good As Hell” by Lizzo. They came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain.  LOVE that song!!  Their Father’s shared a welcome and the family style entrees came out shortly.

After dinner we had the cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is” by Marvin Gaye followed by the toasts. Shannon had a dance with her Father to “My Wish” and Sean and his Mother to “You’ll Be In My Heart”.  We had an anniversary dance to “100 Years” with Shannon’s Grandparents winning the longest married contest.  I opened the floor to everyone with some Top 40 and 80’s that filled it shortly.

We ended the night with a last dance/sing a long to “Closing Time” before a glow stick exit.

Thank you Shannon, Sean and Karen.  I loved every minute of this wedding!

Photos courtesy of Six Foot Photography

I always LOVE playing at The Carolina Country Club in downtown Raleigh! Whether it is a pool party, Father/Daughter dance, Gingerbread Party or Sara and Cole’s wedding on November 23rd, it is always a blast.

Sarah and Cole had their wedding ceremony at St Mary’s Chapel, then the 175 guests came over to The Carolina Country Club where I was set up for the reception. As the guests arrived I had a mix of rock, classic soul and standards playing.  The heavy hors d’oeuvres stations were already open when they arrived as was our Bunn DJ Company Salsa Photo Booth. The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Fresh Affairs!

After pics were done by photographer Ray Barbour Images, I introduced Sara and Cole to “I Gotta feelin’”. They came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “Stand By me”. They danced with their parents to “My Wish” and her Father welcomed everyone followed by a blessing by Cole’s Brother.  We had a couple toasts and the Edible Art cake cutting to “Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch”.

I opened the floor to everyone with some beach music and Motown, then Top 40 that kept them dancing for the next 2 ½ hours.  We paused for a bouquet toss to “Singles Ladies”, “garter removal to “Sexual Healing” and toss to “Pour Some Sugar On me”. For the rest of the night they danced to 80’s, 90’s and some great throw back hip-hop tracks.

We ended the night with a last dance to “Wagon Wheel”, but they kept chanting “One.More.Song” so I played a couple minutes of “Bye, Bye, Bye” before a rose petal exit.

Thank you so much Sara, Cole and Brenda. I had the best time and it was great to play for Lauren and Peter again who’s wedding I did back in 2015.

Photos courtesy of Ray Barbour Images

Melissa and Daniel chose the beautiful Bridge Club in downtown Raleigh for both their ceremony and reception on November 16th.  I was thrilled to be there for both!

The ceremony was held on the second floor, just about the amazing restaurant Death and Taxes.  As the 60 guests arrived I had a mix of classical covers of classic rock songs playing.  When it was time for the ceremony to start, the guests found their seats and I started the processional to the instrumental “Going To California” by Led Zeppelin for both Daniel and Melissa.  After a short service by officiant Kevin Holland, they recessed to “Daylight” by Matt & Kim. Kevin invited guests to the cocktail hour in the back of the room and I started a mix of indie rock for cocktails.

After the cocktail hour I invited guest to the 3rdfloor for dinner.  During dinner I played a mix of rock, yacht rock and classic soul. After dinner I invited everyone back downstairs for dancing and our Bunn Photo Booth.  As soon as everyone was in the room, Melissa and Daniel had their first dance to Kacey Musgraves “Golden Hour”.  Half way thru I invited everyone to join, which they did. For the next 1.5 hours I played a great mix of top 40, 2000’s hip-hop and a few oldies and ballads.  I’m sure photographer Aurelia Baca got some great shots of dancing!

We ended the night with “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox” by Joe Diffie and Melissa and Daniel personally thanked everyone on their way out.

Thank you Melissa and Daniel!!  I had the best time playing for you and your guests.

I LOVE playing weddings at Chef Ashley Christensen’s wedding venue, The Bridge Club in downtown Raleigh!  This time I was there for Chris & Christina’s wedding on Sunday, November 10th.

Their ceremony was held on the 2ndfloor right above Death & Taxes. I ran music for them as well as a mics for their officiant and Friend Taygen and a few readers. As the 60 guests arrived, I had a mix of soft indie rock and classic rock playing. When it was time for the ceremony, the guests found their seats.  Taygen and Chris entered to “Here, There and Everywhere” by The Beatles. Christina entered to an edit I made her of “Book Of Love” by Magnetic Fields.  It was timed perfectly.  After a short service they recessed to “You Make My Dreams Come True” and were invited to the bar in the back of the room for cocktails. Photographer Chelsea Morgan took Chris and Christina outside to get shots of downtown.

After pics were taken they joined the remaining cocktail hour.  I had a mix of indie & classic rock, classic soul and standards playing. At the end of the cocktail hour they welcomed everyone and invited guests to the 3rdfloor for dinner.  During dinner I had the same music mix playing.  After dinner we had the cake cutting to “Our House” and a few toasts before inviting everyone back downstairs for dancing.

After everyone was on the 2ndfloor, Chris and Christina had their first dance to “You and Me” by Penny and the Quarters. Chris and his Mother had their dance next to “You Are My Sunshine” by Elizabeth Mitchell.  After a minute, I invited everyone to join them, which they did. I opened the floor after that with some 70’s funk, 80’s and 2000’s Hip-Hop that filled it for the next couple hours.  I also played a few Latin songs that were fun!

We ended the night with a last dance to “Sweet Caroline”.  Thank you Chris & Christina!!  I loved playing for you and your guests.

If you dream of a storybook wedding in a castle like Reynolds and Matthew did, The Barclay Villa in Angier NC is the closest you can get locally!

The ceremony was held in the back in front of a stone gazebo and officiated over by their friend Guy. They had a live pianist and 2 singers provide the music. I ran mics for Guy and Matthew.  After the ceremony that included a hand binding portion, they recessed and the 130 guests made their way to the other side of Barclay Villa to the pool area for cocktails. I had a mix of classic instrumental jazz playing.

After the cocktail hour, guests were invited to the ballroom for dinner and dancing by planner Chelsy Ferguson from The Gathering Co.  The two story room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Jeffrey’s Florist.  After guests were seated, I introduced the Parents from the hall to “A Sky Full Of Stars”. The wedding party was next from the top of the stairs. Reynolds and Matthew were introduced to “Levels” by Avicii and came to the bottom of the stairs for their first dance to “Perfect Duet” by Ed Sheeran and Beyonce.  It was so sweet that they were singing it to each other.  Her Parents welcomed everyone and the dinner buffet opened. During dinner I had instrumental and vocal standards playing.

After dinner we had a few toasts and the cake cutting to “Lover Of The Light” by Mumford and Sons. While the staff served the cake and coffee we had the Parents dances.  Matthew and his Mother were first to “Carolina Moon” by Jim Reeves.  It was so touching and a song the Grandparents danced to 75 years ago! Reynolds and her Father’s dance was next that started with “Cinderella”, then after a few minutes I played “The Wobble” that they did alone for a minute, then opened the floor to everyone that filled it for the next 2 hours.

During the dancing I played some beach music, oldies, 80’s a few line dances and Top 40.  We paused for the bouquet toss to “Run The World” by Beyonce and garter toss to “Pour Some Sugar On me”.  We ended with “Friends In Low Places” and finally “Sweet Caroline” before a sparkler exit.

Thank you for everything Reynolds, Matthew, Kathy and Chelsy!  I had the best time DJing this wedding.  The pics and video by Warren McCormack Photography and Memories Of A Lifetime look amazing!!

Photos courtesy of Warren McCormack Photography

I love playing a small, intimate lunch wedding, especially at The Fearrington Village Garden Terrace! Samantha and Richard’s wedding was just that on Sunday afternoon November 3rd.

Their ceremony was held in the Fearrington’s Jenny Garden and the 45 guests wrapped around a beautiful fountain in the middle. Arioso Strings covered the music.  After a short service, they made their way over to the Garden Terrace where I was set up for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. I had a mix of Indie Rock, country and oldies playing. The wedding party stayed at Jenny’s Garden for pics by Heba Salama Photography.

After Pics were done, I introduced Samantha and Richard to “Home” by Edward Sharpe and they had their first dance in front of the fireplace and sweetheart table to “In My Life” by The Beatles. Her Father welcomed everyone and invited guests to the food stations.  During dinner was same music mix as cocktails.

After dinner we had a couple toasts followed by the Parents dances.  Samantha and her Father had their dance to “Here Comes The Sun” and Richard and his Mother to “God Only Knows”.  I opened the floor to everyone with “Uptown Funk” that got them up and dancing for the next 1.5 hours.

We paused for a cake cutting to “We Belong” by Pat Benatar, then back to dancing until the last dance to “Beautiful Day” by U2.  They had a rose petal exit from the patio.

Thank you Samantha, Richard, Kevin and Gilda.  Such a nice wedding!!!

Photos courtesy of Heba Salama Photography

I knew this was going to be a great wedding at The Umstead Hotel and Spa from my initial meeting, and it was!

Their ceremony was held out back overlooking the pond and The Umstead took care of the sound with Save The Date Music providing music.  After the service, the 120 guests made their way around the back of the hotel and to the patio and pre-function area for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. We also had our Sleek Salsa photo booth there for pics!

After pics were done by photographer Cara from F8 Photo Studios (with help from 2ndshooter Martha!!) and videographer Thomas Blake Films, the doors to the ballroom opened and guests found their seats. The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Embellished Blooms! I left music playing and went to line the wedding party up with planner Elizabeth from A Southern Soiree.  I introduced them to “A Sky Full Of Stars” and Jennifer and Dan to “Without You” by Usher. They had their first dance to a shortened edit I made them of “I Get To Love You” by Ruelle.  Jenn’s Father joined her on the floor for their dance to “I Loved Her First” and Dan & his Mother to “It Happens In A Heartbeat”.  We had a couple toasts, then the first course of risotto came out and I played a mix of rock, soul, standards and a couple Irish folk songs for her Father.

After the first course I opened the floor for a quick dance set with some Motown and Top 40 that filled it while the staff cleared the plates and brought out the salad course. During the second course I played more dinner music until opening the floor again. The 2nddance set started with some beach, 70’s and 80’s while the main course was served.  During the 3rdcourse dinner set I played “The Wild Rover” just for her Father and people sang along.

After the 3rdcourse we had the Cinda’s Cake cutting to “Sweetheart” by Thomas Rhett, then opened the floor again with some oldies, Top 40 and 90’s Hip-Hop that kept them dancing until the last song. Two Roosters Ice Cream was there also to provide sundays and floats. I played “New York State Of Mind” for the last dance, but they weren’t having it and started chanting “One.. More.. Song”.  I had “New York, New York” already cued up, so ended with that.

Thank you so much Jennifer, Daniel, Kayla and Elizabeth!!  I had so much fun!!

If you’ve never been to the Meadows at Firefly, do yourself a favor- go by ASAP. The Meadows has a 115-acre nature preserve, private use of the Heron Hall, Aerie House, The Roost, and the Preserve. Besides the beautiful surroundings, you get amazing service from start to finish! Pair that with amazing flowers from Petal and Oak Official florals and you’re good to go! Kelsey and Kramer had an awesome wedding and reception that had so many cool aspects.

Once the wedding ceremony was finished guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the patio while the newlyweds had a private cake cutting a moment to themselves. I played a mix of light classics so that guests could chat before introductions. Bridal party introductions were so fun! Instead of having their party dance in to introductions, I gave a brief overview of each couple & invited them to hit chips into a net. If you’re a fan of golfing- you know how hilarious this can be under pressure! A first for me, and it was pretty cool to do.

We invited guests to the main hall for dinner with food stations set up by Funky Fresh. Talk about mouthwatering. When it was time for speeches we got to hear from the father of the bride, maid & matron of honor, and the best man. Kramer got up to say a special ‘thank you’ to everyone that made it out. You could feel the love in the room!

The happy couple had their first dance to ‘Latch’ by Natalie Taylor, which ended to a cute little dip by the groom. The couple invited both sets of parents up to dance with them before opening up the dance floor. The Groom is a fan of ‘90s rap and they are both EDM fans- so my set was super fun to make! I played everything from ‘Humble’ to ‘Alive (Original Mix)’. With crowds and songs like this, none of us wanted the night to end.

Congratulations Kelsey & Kramer!

Photography was done by L’amour Foto.

I was so excited to be back at Merrimon Wynne in downtown Raleigh again! This time for Brianne and Casey’s wedding on Friday, November 1st.

Their ceremony was held on the lawn and I provided mics and music.  Their officiant was Brianne’s Brother, Beau, who did an amazing job! As the 100 guests arrived I had a mix of light classical music playing.  The Parents and Groomsmen entered to the “Masters Theme”.  The Bridesmaids entered to “Minuet in G’ and Brianne and her Father to “Canon In D”.  After a short service with a couple readings, they recessed to “Triumphal March”.  Beau invited guests into the house for the cocktail hour where The Merrimon Wynne handled the music.

After pics were done by The Picture Guy, planner Kristin with Viva L’Event invited everyone into the Carriage house where I was ready. The room looked beautiful with arrangements by Plume Events.  I left music playing and went inside to line them up for intros.  I introduced the wedding party to “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air” theme and Brianne and Casey to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”.  They came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “Claire de Lune” from Oceans 11.  After a couple minutes, I invited the wedding party to join them until the end of the song.  Her Father welcomed everyone and gifted Casey a bag of candy to bribe Brianne with.  So funny!!  Chef Beau Bennett from Beau Cateringwelcomed everyone and described the food stations before they opened. During dinner I had a mix of rock, classic soul and standards playing.

After dinner we the toasts and Cupcake Shoppe cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is”. While the staff cut the cake and served it, we had the dual Parents dances to “What A Wonderful World”. An Anniversary dance followed to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Sinatra.  I opened the floor to everyone with “My Girl” that filled it with young and old.  For the next 2 hours guests enjoyed dancing, lawn games and visiting around the fire pit.

We had a last dance to “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne before a sparkler exit from the front of the House. Thank you Brianne, Casey, Kristin, Brittnee and Abby.  That was a fun wedding!!

What a nice family and couple!!  I never met Shelby and Jake until their wedding at Highgrove Estate in Fuquay Varina on October 27th, but had a nice chat with her Mother, Janni a year ago.

Their ceremony was held in the back overlooking a beautiful fall colored hill.  As the 150 guests arrived I had a mix of acoustic guitar covers playing.  The guests found their seats and the ceremony was under way.  The Grandparents, Parents and Groomsmen entered to a cover of “Fields Of Gold” by Harvey Reid.  The Bridesmaids and Jr. Bridesmaids entered to the first party of “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Kina Grannis.  Officiant Kevin asked everyone to stand, the doors to the house opened to reveal Shelby and Her Father, and I started the second half of the song.  It was timed perfectly!  After a short service they recessed to “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire.

After the ceremony, the guests were invited to the back patio for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. I had a mix of standards playing that was heavy on Sinatra and Buble.  After pics were done by Amber from Six Foot Photography, the doors to the ballroom opened and I invited guests inside for dinner with help from Britnie from Highgrove.  I introduced the wedding party to “This Will be (An Everlasting Love)”.  Shelby and Jake came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “Just The Way You Are” by Billy Joel.  Her Father welcomed everyone and blessed the meal. The salads and family style entrees came out and I had a mix of soft rock playing.

After dinner we had the toasts and cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is”.  Shelby joined her Father on the floor for their dance to “Walk With You” by Edwin McCain.  This is one of my favorite Father/Daughter songs!  Jake escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “My Wish”.  I opened the floor with “Brick House”, “Play That Funky Music” and some Top 40 that filled it.

The Krispy Kreme flambe station opened outside and guests enjoyed that as well as dancing.  We paused for a bouquet toss to “Man, I Feel Like A Woman” and garter toss to “American Woman”, then back to dancing.  We ended the night with a last dance to “At Last” before a sparkler exit.

Thank you so much Shelby, Jake, Janni and Britnie!  I had the best time!!