I was back to The Merrimon Wynne House again for another wedding this weekend, this time for Molly & Chip on August 4th.  They are so nice and both Dentists.

The ceremony was held inside the carriage house and I was there to provide mics and music.  The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Brides & Bouquets! The Grandparents and Parents entered to “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us”.  The Bridesmaids entered to “Canon In D” and Molly to a cover of “A Thousand Years” by violinist Jun Sung Ahn.  After a short service that included a reading they recessed to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and the 175 guests were invited into the house for cocktails.

After pics were done by Melissa Delorme and video by Thomas Blake Films, planner Jessica from Happily Ever After invited guests back to the carriage house for the reception.  I introduced the wedding party to “Levels” by Avicii and Molly & Chip to “Space Jam”. LOL!!  They came in for their first dance to “Forever Like That” by Ben Rector. After the wedding party took their seats Molly had her dance with her Father to “Never Alone”.  Chip and his Mother’s dance followed to “Like Jesus Does”.  Molly’s Father welcomed everyone and blessed the meal.  The plated salads came out and the Rocky Top buffet opened shortly. During dinner I played a mix of rock, country and classic soul.

After dinner we had the toasts and cake cutting to “How Sweet It is”. I opened the floor with some beach, Motown and Top 40 that filled it for the next hour and a half.  We paused for Chip’s past baseball team to “retire” his jersey and then dance to “Danza Kuduro”. So great!!  I even got to play a short 2010’s hip hop mix that kept the energy way high!!  They danced hard until the last dance to “Carolina” by Eric Church. They all made a big circle and sang it to Molly & Chip who were in the middle. Everyone went to the front of the house for a sparkler exit.

Thank you so much for everything Molly, Chip. Jessica and Kaila

Photo courtesy of Melissa Delorme

 

 

I was back at The Merrimon Wynne House again, this time to celebrate with Rachel & Jon at their wedding.  I was so honored to be chosen to DJ their reception!

The ceremony was held in the Carriage House for 100 guests.  They had a wonderful violinist provide music and floral arrangements by Fallons Flowers.  After a short ceremony the guests were invited into the house for the cocktail hour by Kaila from Merrimon-Wynne.  While the guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the staff from Donovan’s Dish flipped the carriage house for dinner.

After the room was set and pics were taken by Zach & Kate from Garter & Whiskey Photography, the guests were invited back to the carriage house for dinner and dancing.  I introduced the wedding party to “The Olympics Theme” and Rachel & Jon to “Star Wars”.  They came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “Mean To me” by Brett Eldridge.  The Parents dances followed.  Rachel and her Father’s dance was to “Here Comes The Sun”.  It was so sweet! They were singing it to each other like they used to when she was a little girl.  Jon escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.  Jon welcomed everyone and the family style dinner came out.  During dinner I had a mix of standards playing.

After dinner we had the toasts and cake cutting to “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)”.  While the staff cut the rest of the cake and passed it out I opened the floor with some beach music and top 40.  People danced and enjoyed the outdoor lawn games, basketball throw and air hockey they brought in for this wedding.  The ZimZoom photo booth was also there to get some great pics of the guests.

After dancing for an hour and a half it was time to call it a night.  The last dance was to “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show and they had a sparkler exit from the front of the house.  Thanks you so much for everything Rachel & Jon and congratulations!

I always LOVE playing for guests from other countries!  I have played for so many including Africa, Scotland, Ireland, and yes, even France before. I was so thrilled to play for Michael, Lauren and her friends and family from France!

The ceremony was held earlier in the day at the new Holy Name Of Jesus Cathedral. It is just gorgeous there!!  After the ceremony guests had a little break to rest before coming over to The Merrimon Wynne House for the reception. The cocktail hour was held inside the house and guests enjoyed drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres.

After the cocktail hour the 100 guests were invited into the carriage house where I was by planner Casey from Events By La Fete.  After everyone had found their seats I introduced Lauren and Michael to “Can’t Stop The Feeling”. As soon as I said their names one table in the corner started chanting in French, then the opposite one joined in.  Pretty soon the whole room was chanting in French and banging the table.  It was like being at the world cup!! Not kidding!!  So awesome!!  They finally quieted down and Lauren and Michael could have their first dance to “Die A Happy Man”.   Her Parents welcomed everyone in English and French, his Father blessed the meal in English and her Grandfather said the blessing in French.  So wonderful and truly special. During dinner I had a mix of rock, French pop songs, classic soul and country playing.

After dinner we had toasts both in English and French and the Parents dances.  Lauren and her Father danced to “Do You Remember” by Phil Collins.  Michael and his Mother’s dance was to “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion.  I opened the floor to everyone with “Uptown Funk” that filled it with both sides of the families!  For the next 2 hours I mixed from English to French in short sets that kept everyone dancing no matter what language it was in.  I even played a French line dance called “Last Night” that is similar to “The Electric Slide”.

We paused for the cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is” and a French sing a long to “P’tit Fluer Fanee” that Casey handed out lyric sheets for.  After that we went back to dancing until the end of the night.  We closed down the floor with “Sweet Caroline” before a sparkler exit from the front of the house.  I can’t wait to see the pics by Krista from Six Foot Photography!

Thank you so much Lauren, Michael, Casey and Abby!  I had an amazing time!!

What a sweet couple!!!! I was so thankful to be Ashley and Rocky’s wedding DJ on July 27that The Sutherland in Wake Forest NC.

The ceremony was held in the side lawn and I provided mics for the minister, 2 hand held mics for a duet and music for the ceremony.  The Grandparents, Parents and Groomsmen entered to “Marry Me” by The O’Neill Brothers. Everyone was looking for where Rocky was.  I played the “Rocky Theme” and he came running up to the front from inside the house. It was so great and really made everyone laugh!  The Bridesmaids walked down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” and Ashley & her Father to an instrumental of “Say You Won’t Let Go”.  During the ceremony Ashley and Rocky took their first communion as husband and wife while her Mother (who also did a great job as her Matron Of Honor) joined in on a duet of “Communion Song”.  It was so special!  After the ceremony they recessed to an instrumental of “Something Just Like This”.  The guests were invited to the grooms terrace on the other side of the house for the social hour.

It was getting hot so the staff opened the pavilion early so the 200 guests could escape the heat. After pics were done by photographer Eric Jones, it was time for the introductions.  I lined the wedding party up with help from planner Christie from The Sutherland.  I introduced everyone to “24K Magic” and Ashley & Rocky to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”.  They came to the dance floor and had their first dance to “Honeymoon” by Johnny Stimson.  Such a beautiful song!  The wedding party took their seats and the Parents dances followed.  Ashley and Father danced to “Daddy Dance With Me” by Krystal Keith.  Krystal is Toby Keith’s daughter and wrote it just for her own dance with her dad. Rocky and his Mother danced to “My Wish”.  Ashley’s Father welcomed everyone and blessed the meal.  The food stations opened and I played a mix of rock, country, classic soul and standards during dinner.

After dinner we had the cake cutting to “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” and then the sparkling cider toasts.  Before opening the floor to everyone, we had a very special Mother/Daughter dance to “Mama’s Song” for Ashley and her Mother/Matron Of Honor.  It was so sweet! After a minute I invited all the other Mothers/Daughters to join them for the rest of the song.  I opened the floor to everyone with some beach music, Top 40 and line dances that kept them dancing for the next 2 hours.  I got to play lots of 70’s also for Melissa (Ashley’s Mom) and her friends.

We paused for the bouquet toss to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, garter removal to “Let’s Get It On” and toss to “Pirates Of The Caribbean” theme.  We ended the night with a really long human train to “Love Train” and last dance to “Don’t Stop Believin’” before a sparkler exit.  Thank you so much for everything Ashley, Rocky, Melissa and Christie!  I was honored to be your DJ.

Bays and Jackson have got to be two of the genuinely sweetest people I have been a wedding DJ for! I was so thrilled to be their DJ at The Sutherland for both ceremony and reception on July 21st.

sutherland wake forest wedding dj bunn dj companyThe ceremony was held in the brick courtyard on what turned out to be a picture perfect day.  The service was officiated by Matt Dinkins. As the 140 guests arrived I had some light classical music playing.  The Grandparents & Parents entered to “A Thousand Years” by Jun Sung Ahn and Bridesmaids to “Canon In D”.  Bays and her Father entered to a bluegrass version of “Here Comes The Bride”.  So sweet!!  During the signing of their marriage vows I played “A River Flows In You” by Yiruma.  After the service they recessed to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder.

The guests made their way to the other side of the house and the Grooms Terrace for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres by Rocky Top.  During the cocktail hour I had a mix of rock, country, beach and classic soul playing. After pics were taken by Six Foot Photography and video by Oak Hill Media, the guests were invited into the pavilion for the reception.

I introduced the wedding party to “Happy” and Bays & Jackson to “Loving You Easy” by Zac Brown. They had their first dance to the music video version of “First try” by Johnnyswim.  It was just beautiful!  Bays had the Father/Daughter dance next to “Golden Heart” by Mark Knopfler.  They went to Indian Princesses together and her name was Golden Heart, so it was the perfect song for them!  Jackson and his Mother’s dance to “I’ll Be There” b y The Jackson 5 followed.  Bays Father welcomed everyone and wrote such an emotional speech that I had to step in to finish it (which I could barely get through myself!!).  Their officiant blessed the meal and the food stations opened. During dinner I had the same music mix playing as cocktails.

After dinner we had the cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is” and the toasts.  Before opening the floor to everyone we had an anniversary dance to “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney with the winners married 60 years!! WOW!! I opened the floor to everyone with some beach music that filled it quickly.  Some 70’s and 80’s kept them dancing until the bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” and garter toss to “Bust A Move”.  Back to dancing to some 2000’s and current top 40 till the end of the night and last dance to “Time Of My Life” from Dirty Dancing and a pom pom exit after.

Thank you so much Bays, Jackson, Mr & Mrs Coppedge and Christy!  I was honored and thrilled to be your DJ!!

After 10 years, it was finally time for Jennifer and Peter to walk down the aisle!  I was so thrilled to be their wedding DJ at Brier Creek Country Club on July 14th!

brier creek country club wedding dj bunn dj companyThe ceremony was held in the back garden and I was there to run mics and play music.  As the 150 guests arrived I had a mix of classical covers of pop songs playing.   The wedding party walked down the aisle to the John Legend song “All of Me” covered by violinist Daniel Jang.  Jennifer walked down to another Daniel Jang cover, “Perfect”.  After a short service by officiant & cousin Patrick Fuller, they recessed to “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” covered by Jade Gibson.

The guests made their way to the clubhouse and Palmer’s Cove for cocktails and appetizers. During the cocktail hour I had a mix of standards, classic soul and soft rock playing. After pics were taken by photographers from In His Image, the guests made their way to the other end of the clubhouse to the large ballroom for dinner and dancing.

I introduced the wedding party to “Levels” by the late Avicii and Jennifer & Pete to “One Foot” by Walk The Moon that he had timed perfectly!  They came in to loud applause and had their choreographed first dance to UB40’s cover of “Can’t Help Falling In Love”.  They did a great job with it!!  After that her Father joined her for their dance to a medley I made of “Have I Told You Lately” and “My Girl”.  It was so sweet.  Pete escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “I Hope You Dance”.  Her Father welcomed everyone and blessed the meal before the salads and entrees came out.  During dinner I had a mix of 90’s R&B, standards, classic rock and classic soul playing.

After dinner we had some toasts and opened the floor with some beach music, Motown and 80’s that filled it for the next 3 hours!!  We paused for the cake cutting to “You’re My Best friend” and a toast by “Uncle Steve”. LOVE that guy!!

We ended the night with “Time Of My Life” from Dirty Dancing and finally “Don’t Stop Believin’” before a sparkler exit from the front of the building.  Thank you so much for everything Jennifer, Pete, Doranda & Shannon! That was a blast!!!

I was back to Merrimon Wynne for another amazing wedding, this time for Lisa and Andrew on June 30th.  I was so thrilled to play for them!

The ceremony was held on the side lawn and faced the carriage house where the reception was later in the evening.  I ran the mics for the officiant, Andrew, a reader and the 2 musicians.  The musicians, Topu and Randy, from New York Ceremony Music were awesome and provided music for the cocktail hour as well.  After the service, the guests made their way into the house for cocktail and to get out of the heat.

After pics were done by photographers Ally and Bobby, the 150 guests were invited into the carriage house by planner extraordinaire Carrington from McLean Events.  I had music playing and went inside the house to line the wedding party up with Carrington. I introduced everyone to “You Make My Dreams Come True” and Lisa and Andrew had their first dance to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli.  Love that song!!!  Her Father welcomed everyone and the plated salads and buffet by Donovan’s Dish opened.  It was all so delicious!!!  During dinner I had a mix of soft rock playing with lots of 90’s music including 10,000 Maniacs and Natalie Merchant.

After dinner we had the toasts and Cupcake Shoppe cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is”.  The parents dances followed before an anniversary dance. Lisa and her Father danced to “Kind & Generous” by Natalie Merchant and Andrew and his Mother to “Perfect Fan” by Backstreet Boys.  For the anniversary dance I used my fav, “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra. The winning couple was married 41 years! I opened the floor to everyone with some beach music and top 40 that shortly filled it for the rest of the night. We paused for the bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” then back to dancing until the end of the night.

We ended with a huge sing a long circle around them to “Circle” by Harry Chapin.  It was the perfect song to end the perfect wedding. They had a sparkler exit after that from the front of the house.

Thank you for everything Lisa, Amy and Carrington and Andrew, thank you for your service to our country!

 

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.

Jessica and Adam had an amazing reception at Market Hall in downtown Raleigh on the last Saturday in June. The evening started with cocktails. The decor looked incredible and we added to it with a custom monogram with their logo in the shape of the state of NC, and also amber uplighting. The room looked killer!

The introduction of the bridal party was to Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling”. When Mr. and Mrs. Smith hit the dance floor, it was super loud in the room with ovation. They went right into their first dance, “Better Together” by Jack Johnson. Dinner was served family style next by Rocky Top Catering…great food as always!

As dinner wrapped up, we did a couple of toasts and then the cake cutting to “My Best Friend” by Queen. The father/daughter dance was next to Bruce Springsteen’s “When You Need Me”. And then Adam and his mother danced to “Close to You” by The Carpenters. Next was open dancing and folks were ready from song one! Jessica and Adam picked a killer song list, and they rocked all the way until the end when we closed out with a sparkler exit. Great reception! Shout out to Sally Oakley Events for planning another fantastic one! I can’t wait to see the photos from F8 Photos!

 

What a wonderful time I had DJing Krystal & Paul’s wedding at MacGregor Downs with her 3 beautiful daughters!  They are all so nice and had the most touching wedding on June 28th.

The ceremony was held in the right side ballroom that houses a beautiful fireplace.  Rabbi Edery officiated the ceremony on the opposite wall from the fireplace.  I provided a mic for him, two readers and all the music.  The Bridesmaids entered to “Watermark” by Enya and Krystal to “A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys.  After the service they recessed to “No One” by Alicia Keys.  While the staff flipped the room for the cocktail hour, I invited guests outside to the lake for a group pic by photographer Kristen from Captivated Photography.

After pics were done, the 60 guests came back inside to get away from the heat and enjoy cocktails. I had a mix of standards, Disney songs (for Krystal’s daughters) and soft rock playing.  After the cocktail hour we invited guests to the dining room down the hall for dinner and dancing.

I introduced the parents and wedding party to “We Are Family” (get it??).  Krystal, Paul and 3 daughters were announced as “The Fab 5”! I Love it!!  They came in and had their first dance to “It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw.  They welcomed everyone and thanked everyone for coming.  A blessing of the wine and bread followed and the salads and entrees came out.  Dinner music was the same as cocktails.

After dinner I opened the floor with some oldies and top 40 that soon filled it for about 45 minutes.  We took a break for the toasts, cake cutting and then the parents dances.  Krystal and her Father danced to “Daddy, You’re My Hero” first.  Paul and his Mother’s dance was next to “First Lady In My Life”.  Both were so sweet!!  I had an anniversary dance to “The Way You Look Tonight” with Paul’s Parents winning at 56 years married.  Wow!! I opened the floor to everyone again and it stayed filled until the end of the night and the last dance to “Home Sweet Home” by Motley Crue.

Thank you so much Krystal, Paul, Ava, Ella & Olivia!  I am so happy for all of you!!

Photo courtesy of Captivated 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.

I had played for Mary English and Jeff a couple months earlier at their friend Melissa’s post-wedding party and they had a blast!  I was so excited to play for them again this time surrounded by their family along with friends at NC State’s Alumni Center on June 16th.

nc state alumni center dj wedding bunn dj companyThe ceremony was held at Christ Episcopal Church and guests made their way over to the Alumni Center right after.  The cocktail hour was held in the front lobby as well as the bar/dining area where I had music playing.  I had a mix of beach music, soft rock and standards playing.  After pics and video were taken by Photographer Megan Kerns and Erin from Three Thirty Six Films, the doors to the ballroom opened and I invited guests to their seats.  The oval ballroom looked beautiful with floral arrangements by wedding planner Caroline Ruth.

I introduced the wedding party to Signed, Sealed, Delivered and Mary English and Jeff came in for their first dance.  They danced to an edit I made of “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur. She danced with her Father after that to a couple minutes of “Butterfly Kisses’ and a minute of “Brown Eyed Girl”.  It was so sweet!!  Jeff escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “The Man You’ve Become”. Mary English’s Father welcomed everyone and blessed the meal.  During dinner I had the same music mix playing as cocktails.

After dinner we had the toasts and Cupcake Shoppe cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor.  I opened the floor to everyone with some beach music that filled it by the end if the first song!  For the next 2 hours guests danced to beach music, oldies, top 40, some 80’s & 90’s and even some 2000’s.  We ended the night with Wagon Wheel by Darius and a sparkler exit from the front of the building.

Thank you for everything Mary English, Jeff & Caroline!  I had the best time!!!

Photo courtesy of Megan Kerns 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.