There is nothing better than a beautiful barn wedding, and Melissa and Brad’s wedding at The Historic Wakefield Barn in Wake Forest, NC on December 2nd was no exception.

The ceremony was held on the top floor of the barn and I provided mics and music.  As the 160 guests arrived I had a mix of classical covers of contemporary songs playing.  The Grandparents through the Groomsmen entered to the Christian rock song “Come Away” and The Bridesmaids and Melissa to “Our Song Will Be”.  After a short service that included two bridesmaids leading a sing-a-long while playing guitar to two Christian rock songs, the wedding party recessed to “No Matter Where You Are” by Us The Duo.  Their officiant, Jessie, invited guests downstairs for a social hour where I had a playlist of indie rock and Christian rock playing.

While photographer Lindsey Cash and videographers Twenty-One Films got some shots of the wedding party and the staff flipped the room for dinner, I set up my lights. The room was ready and looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Expressions Of Love.  I left music playing and went to line the wedding party up for intros with lots of help from the Barn’s Blake.  I introduced them all to “Born To Be Yours” by Kygo and Melissa and Brad had their first dance to “Heaven’s Knife” by Josh Garrels. The wedding party took their seats and Melissa and her Father had their dance to “Daughters”.  After that Brad and his Mother had their dance to “I Wish” by Heather Headley.  Melissa’s Father welcomed everyone and her Godfather blessed the meal which included a poem he read at her parents wedding.  So sweet and special!!  The salads came out and shortly the buffet opened. During dinner I played more soft rock and Christian rock.

After dinner we had the toasts and opened the floor to everyone with “Boogie Shoes”.  It filled the floor in minutes and kept them dancing until the Simply Cakes cutting to “How Sweet It Is”.  Right back to dancing and a packed floor until the last dance to “That’s Amore” by Dean.  They made a huge circle around Melissa and Brad during this song and everyone sang it at the top of their lungs.  It was one of my favorite moments of the night (there were many!!).  After the last dance I invited everyone outside for a sparkler exit.

Thank you Melissa, Brad and Blake.  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.

This was my first time going to the Historic Wakefield Barn and even though the load in is tough, it’s worth it when you walk into that room up top. Just wow! When you go, you’ll see what I mean. Brooke and Andrew had both their ceremony and reception at this lovely new venue. The reception was upstairs and I provided the music and mics for this portion. As soon as that ended, guests made their way to the “stables” where the horses once lived for the cocktail hour. Meanwhile, upstairs was a mad dash to “flip the room” for dinner and dancing. I got set up and changed in just the nick of time!

Wakefield barn wedding dj bunn dj companyAs guests found their seats, we did the intros from the far end of the room to Pink’s song “Raise Your Glass”. The place went crazy when Brooke and Andrew finally hit the center of the room on the dance floor. They then went into their first dance “Speechless” by Dan & Shay. Brooke stayed out on the floor and her father joined her for their dance to “I Loved Her First” by Heartland. Next up, Andrew and his mother danced to “A Mother’s Song” by T. Carter Music. Brooke’s parents then welcomed everyone, the officiant from earlier blessed the food, salads were served and the food buffet opened up.

At the end of dinner, several people gave toasts including Brooke’s sisters who were hilarious. The cake was cut, we did an Anniversary Dance (the winning couple was married 61 years!), and then the dance floor opened! The floor was rocking all night long. No dead spots or bad songs or lack of energy. Just killer! We took a break only to do the bouquet toss (“Man I Feel Like a Woman” by Shania Twain) and garter toss (“Danger Zone” and “Eye of the Tiger”). The night closed out around 10:30 to Eddie Money’s “Take Me Home Tonight”. What a party! I can’t wait to check out Heba Salama‘s photos. They are always awesome!

Photos courtesy of Heba Salama Photography

 

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.

Even thought it was a little rainy for Carrie and Dathan’s wedding at The Sutherland in Wake Forest, NC on December 1st, I was thrilled and honored to be there!

The ceremony was held in the side walled garden that was covered with a beautiful clear top tent.  I was there to play music and run a mic for their friend, Matt who was their officiant.  As the 100 guests arrived I had a mix of contemporary love songs playing.  The wedding party entered to “Where Are You Christmas” by The Piano Guys and Carrie and her Father to their cover of “A Thousand Years”.  After a short service that included a unity candle, they recessed to “In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young.  This is one of my favorite country songs!  The guests were invited to the reception hall for cocktails while pictures and video were taken by photographer Joe Payne and Twenty-One Films.

During the cocktail hour I had a mix of soft rock and country playing.  The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Embellished Blooms. After pics were taken I went in the house to line the wedding party up with lots of help from Gina & Lindsay from A Southern Soiree.  I introduced the wedding party to “Bring ‘Em Out” by T.I. and Carrie & Dathan to an edit I made them of “All Of The Lights” by Kanye.  They came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “Yours” by Russell Dickerson. Carrie’s Father welcomed everyone and Matt blessed the meal.  The Rocky Top food stations opened and I played more rock and country during dinner.

After dinner we had toasts and cake cutting to “You Make It Easy” and sang “Happy Birthday” to Dathan’s Father who was celebrating his Bday that day.  The Parents dances followed while the staff served the cake.  Carrie & her Father danced to “My Little Girl” and Dathan and his Mother to “My Wish”.  I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and top 40 that soon filled it for the rest of the night.  I played lots of hip-hop, top 40 and a few 80’s songs while guests enjoyed cake and the Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream station.

We ended the night with a last dance to “You Make It easy” (yes, the cake cutting song) before sending everyone out with Lindsay and Gina for a sparkler exit.  Thank you Carrie, Dathan, Linday, Gina (and Andia for the ice cream!!!).  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.

Alison and Joe’s wedding ceremony and reception were both held in Fuquay Varina at Highgrove Estate and I was thrilled to play for them and their 180 guests!

Highgrove wedding dj Bunn dj companyTheir ceremony was held in the back overlooking a wooded hill that is just beautiful at this time of year.  The rain stopped right before the ceremony. I ran a mic for their officiant and they had a quartet from Arioso Strings provide music for the ceremony and cocktail hour.  They always do an amazing job!  After a short service the guests were invited into the house and the back patio for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres.

After pics were taken by Lauren and David from Red Cardinal Studio and video by Sugar Shack Films, the doors to the ballroom opened.  The room looked beautiful with our uplights and floral arrangements by Flowers On Broad Street!  I left music playing and went inside the house to line the wedding party up for introductions.  I introduced them to “Crazy In Love” and Alison and Joe to an edit I made her of “Diamonds” by Kanye West. They had their first dance to “This Magic Moment” by The Drifters followed by the Parents dances.  Alison and her Fathers dance was to “Have I Told You Lately” by Rod Stewart and Joe and his Mothers to “Simple Man”. Her Father welcomed everyone and their minister blesses the meal.  The salads came out and the entrees were served family style. During dinner I had a mix of standards, classic soul, soft rock and country music playing.

After dinner we had the toasts and Sweet Memories Cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is”.  I invited all the married couples to the floor for an anniversary dance to “The Way You Look Tonight” and then opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and Top 40 that filled it by the end of the first song.  For the next hour and a half the floor stayed filled to top 40, 80’s, oldies and a couple slow songs.

We paused for the bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” and garter toss to “Bad To The Bone” before the last dance to “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne.  I invited everyone to the front of the house for a sparkler exit and said goodbye to Alison and Joe.

Thank you so much for everything Alison, Joe and Lisa!  I had the best time and can’t wait to see you again at the Hurt wedding next September!

 

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.

Ginny and Ryan’s reception took place at the amazing Angus Barn at the end of November. Cocktails took place on the tented patio when guests first arrived. Next, they made their way into the pavilion for introductions. The bridal party entered to “Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons and the newlyweds came in to “You Make Me Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates. After they were introduced, they went right into their first dance “Like the Rain” by Clint Black. They had some moves! Ginny and her dad danced next to “I Love Her First” by Heartland and then Ryan and his mother danced to Jimmy Buffett’s song “Tin Cup Chalice”. Ginny’s dad welcomed everyone, toasts were given to the couple, the blessing was said, and dinner was served! As always, the food was amazing!

angus barn pavilion wedding dj bunn dj companyAfter dinner, we picked it back up with the cake cutting (“Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch” by Four Tops) and then the dance floor opened! The night was filled with requests provided by the couple on their online planner and some of my choices. There was never a dull moment out there! The only pause was for the bouquet toss (“Something Bad” by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood) and garter toss (“You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate). Then it was back to more dancing all the way up to the sparkler departure! What a night! Can’t wait to see the video footage from Twenty One Films!

 

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.

Rachel and Jeff are one of the most thankful couples I have ever worked with!  They thanked everyone working each many times that day for being there for them.  So sweet!!

Merrimon Wynne wedding dj Bunn dj companyTheir ceremony was held on the side lawn of downtown Raleigh’s Merrimon-Wynne on a picture perfect November 17th.  I ran a mic for Reverend Kayelily Middleton and also one for Jeff, as well as all the music.  As guests arrived I had a mix of contemporary love songs playing.  The Parents and wedding party walked down the aisle to “Rise” by Jason Mraz and Rachel and Jeff to his “Love Somebody”.  After a short service that included a love letters ceremony, they recessed to “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMotange.  Kayelily invited the guests into the house for cocktails and I got ready for the reception.

After the cocktail hour the 90 guests made their way into the carriage house for dinner and dancing. The room looked beautiful with my uplighting along with floral arrangements by Wylde Flowers. I left music playing and went inside the house to line the wedding party up for intros with planner Jessica from Happily Ever After.  I introduced them to the intro of ”My Type” by Saint Motel and Rachel and Jeff entered to the chorus of the song.  Jeff welcomed everyone and the salads came out before the Donovan’s Dish buffet opened.  During dinner I had a mix of indie and soft rock, standards and classic soul playing.

After dinner they had a private Cupcake Shoppe cake cutting and the toasts before their first dance to “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges. LOVE that song!!  I invited all the married couples to the floor for an anniversary dance to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Sinatra with the winners married over 49 years!  I opened the floor to everyone with Motown and Top 40 that filled it for the next 2 hours.

I ended the night with a last dance to “Love Never Felt So Good” by Michael Jackson and Justin before sending everyone to the front of the house for a glowstick exit.  After everyone had left the room Rachel and Jeff had an intimate private last dance to “The One” by Kodaline before their exit. It is just the most precious moment! I can’t wait to see the pics by photographer Kristin Moore and video by Thomas Blake Films!

Thank you for everything Rachel, Jeff, Kaila and Jessica!  I was thrilled and honored to spend my day with you and your guests!

 

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.

Hannah and Chris had their ceremony and reception at one of my favorite venues this last Saturday, The Pavilions at the Angus Barn. After a week straight of horrible weather, the sun finally made it’s way out and the day couldn’t have been more perfect. The ceremony started just as the sun was beginning to set and it was perfect. I did the music and the officiant’s mic, and it went perfectly. Great start to the day. 

Angus barn pavilion wedding dj Bunn DJ companyAfter the ceremony, guests made their way to the tent adjacent to the pavilion for some apps and cocktails. I had an auxiliary speaker out there playing some of their favorite country songs mixed with some of my go-to cocktail tunes. 

Cocktails wrapped and we got the wedding party lined up for their intros. The flower girl and their dog Groucho entered first to the sounds of Petey Pablo’s anthem “Raise Up”. When it finally came to Chris and Hannah coming in, I hit the hot cue button to the part in the song where he goes, “Who am I?!!” and then dropped out his line and I said, “The newlyweds Chris and Hannah!!!”. The place went nuts. They then went into their first dance to “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw. Hannah and her dad danced next to “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. Her dad then gave a nice welcome and toast followed by her grandmother’s blessing. Finally it was time for dinner! This is the best food in the wedding game and I got to eat, yay! 

As dinner wrapped, they cut their cake to “Birthday Cake” by Rihanna, and then four people gave great toasts. Next up, time to dance. About halfway through my opening song, folks started dancing and didn’t stop for over two hours. The only quick break was for the bouquet toss (“Wannabe” by Spice Girls). 

The night closed out with “Shout”, “We Found Love” by Rihanna and “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus. We then set them outside to a shower of sparklers. What a night. Can’t wait to see the photos from Amanda and Grady ( filling in for Ginny Corbett who had beautiful twin girls just a couple of days before). I know Phil and Lucy from Twenty One Films are going to create magic too!

 

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.

Anna and Lester had their ceremony and reception at the historic Melrose Knitting Mill near downtown Raleigh, NC. The ceremony went great. I did the mics and Arioso Strings provided the music. As soon as the ceremony ended, the guests went downstairs to the courtyard area by Mulino for cocktail hour. We had a lot of work today upstairs with a full room flip!

melrose knitting mill wedding dj Bunn DJ companyOnce the room was ready, everyone came back upstairs for the introductions. The bridal party entered to the wedding classic “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang, and Lester and Anna entered to “Wedding Day” by Brenda Fassie. Lester’s parents are from Zimbabwe, so I rocked several African artists at this Sunday wedding! After Lester and Anna’s friends and family welcomed them into the room, they did their first dance to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Lauryn Hill. Next up, Anna and her father danced to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story, but this version was by Ortopilot. It’s very cool, you should check it out! Finally, Lester and his mother danced to Boyz II Men’s classic “Song for Mama”. Anna’s parents welcomed everyone, and then Lester’s folks gave a touching welcome and toast. Finally, the blessing was said and the salads were served, followed by an amazing buffet meal.

As dinner started to wind down, we had a few really special toasts and then Anna and Lester cut their cake. Finally it was time for open dancing! I opened with “Vulindlela” by Brenda Fassie (another African song) and it got folks pumped for the night to come. I was all over the place playing songs from multiple genres (and countries) and the guests ate it up! What a party! It was great working with Southern Oak Events and Joe Payne Photography!

 

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.

I loved Easton and Nick’s vision of music for their wedding at The Fearrington Village in Pittsboro NC on November 11th! She’s a little bit country, he’s a lot a bit Rock ‘N’ Roll.  Blendingtheir musical tastes together was challenging, and fantastic!

Fearrington wedding dj Bunn DJ companyThe ceremony was held in the Garden Terrace due to the cold weather and lots of freezing guests from California.  Nick’s sister did an amazing job as their officiant!  The Grandparents and Parents entered to “Canon In D” and Nick and the groomsmen to a cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” by Apocolyptica.  The Bridesmaids entered to “Prayed For You” by Matt Stell and Easton to “The Bridal March” by The O’Neill Brothers.  After a short, but very personal, ceremony they recessed to “Marry Me” by Train.  His sister invited guests to the Fearrington Barn for cocktails and dinner.

During the cocktail hour I had a mix of country for Easton and Rock for Nick with Nine Inch Nails, Tool (his favorite band) and Deftones in the mix. So great!!  After pics were taken by Krystal Kast (always LOVE working with her) it was time for the introductions.  I left music playing and went outside to line up the wedding party with help from The Fearrington’s Gilda.  They came into the room to “Welcome To The Jungle” LOL and Easton and Nick to “Party Rock Anthem”.  Energy was thru the roof and they had their first dance to “Grave” by Thomas Rhett.  Both Fathers welcomed everyone and the salads and entrees came out. During dinner was the same country/rock mix.

After dinner we had the toasts which included surprise recorded messages from Easton’s Grandparents. Easton danced with her Father to “Strawberry Wine” and he told a story of taking her to see Deana Carter for her first concert.  So sweet that she picked that song!  Nick took the mic to thank everyone for coming and how much his Mother would have loved this day. He told how much she loved Huey Lewis and I played Huey’s “Power Of Love” that brought everyone to the floor to dance in her memory.  Very touching moment with everyone singing it!! Some Motown, top 40, 80’s and rock sing a longs kept them dancing all night.  I even played the Pina Colada song for the adorable little flower girl Maddie to dance to with Easton.

We paused for the cake cutting to “Pour Some Sugar On me” then back to dancing until the end of the night. We were supposed to end with “We Are Family” but Nick wasn’t ready to stop dancing yet.  So, I played “Yeah” and “Jump Around” to finish the night out before a sparkler exit.

Thank you so very much Easton, Nick and Gilda!  I was honored to be your DJ!

 

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.

Taryn and MG chose the historic and amazing Merrimon-Wynne House to have their ceremony and reception this past Saturday. They actually got married outside and it couldn’t have been a prettier fall day. The ceremony took place at 4pm and with the sun setting so early, this was a perfect time, not yet even chilly! We provided the audio while Arioso Strings handled the music. They were great as always.

merrimon wynne wedding bunn dj companyAfter the ceremony, the guests went inside the original house, while the final touches were put on the Carriage House setup where dinner and dancing were to take place.  Around 5:40pm, the guests entered and then introductions were next. The bridal party and newlyweds entered to the Bruno Mars song “24K Magic”. The crowd went wild as Taryn and MG entered and went to the center of the dance floor for their first dance to “From This Moment” by Shania Twain. I’ve been playing this a lot more lately. It must be making a comeback! After the first dance, Taryn and her father danced to “I Loved Her First” by Heartland and then MG and his mom danced to “My Wish” by Rascal Flats. Next up was a welcome from Taryn’s mother and then a blessing from Pastor David (who was also the officiant). They also did the cake cutting before dinner, which I kind of liked! You should have seen the SIX cakes by Hayes Barton Dessertery! Dinner came out next prepared by Donovan’s Dish.

After dinner, it was basically all open dancing for about 2+ hours and this crowd didn’t let me down. They rocked hard! The end of the night was a sparkler departure. What a great wedding! As always, our friends at A Southern Soiree did a great job planning. Looking forward to some great photos from Caroline Lima.

 

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.