Paige and Kristine’s reception and ceremony took place at one of Chapel Hill’s newer venues, The Barn of Chapel Hill. It’s gorgeous out there! The day started with an outdoor ceremony on a scorcher of a day, but at least it wasn’t raining! I provided the mics, while a couple of family members played the processional songs. One on guitar, one on keyboard. They were a great way to start the day! The ceremony went off without a hitch and then folks moved to the shade under the porch area for cocktail hour.

After cocktails, it was time to get guests inside for the introduction. I just introduced Paige and Kristine and then went right into their first dance “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne. This song is one of my favorites and never gets old to me. Next, Paige and her mother and Kristine and her dad danced to “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding (another amazing song). Dr. Falk, Kristines’ dad, gave a lovely welcome and then the food stations opened. As usual, my man Beau of Beau Catering crushed it. The food was amazing! As dinner wrapped up, the cake was cut as “Flowers in Your Hair” by The Lumineers played in the background. Next, a big group photo was taken which had everyone already on the dance floor, so of course, we went right into open dancing after that and from that point forward, the floor was packed and rocking!

The night closed out with a big sing-along of “Mr. Brightside” by The Killer and then a sparkler departure. It was an awesome wedding! Kast Events did an amazing job planning and Krystal Kast’sphotos are the best!

wedding dj mertimon wynne house raleigh nc bunn dj companyKaty and Erik’s wedding at the historic Merrimon-Wynne House was one for the books! Sometimes Sunday weddings are scary. You don’t know if guests are going to be into it or leave early due to work the next day. Let me say, this crowd came to party! The day began with the ceremony out on the lawn outside the house. It was a hot one, but a gorgeous ceremony complete with a harpist and even the sword ceremony afterwards (Erik is a Marine captain). If you have never seen this, I urge you to get an invite to a Marine’s wedding in the near future, ha!

After the ceremony, guests went inside the original house to enjoy AC and cocktails. I took down the ceremony system and made final preparations in the Carriage House for the dinner and dancing portion of the evening. The guests came back in and then I introduced just the couple to “Marry You” by Bruno Mars. They went right into their first dance “For The Rest of Our Life” by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. What a great wedding song! Katy’s father welcomed everyone then dinner from Rocky Top Catering was served.

As dinner wrapped up, Katy and Erik cut the beautiful cake by Ashley Cakes and then the maid of honor and best man gave their toasts. Next up Katy and her dad danced to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw and Erik and his mother danced to “My Wish” by Rascal Flats. The dance floor opened after that and both Erik and Katy rocked it hard! I love couples that dance. It makes the party that much better. You lead by example! The only break was for the bouquet and garter toss and then of course, being pilots, the gents serenaded Katy to “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” by The Righteous Brothers. Very “Top Gun”. Loved it! The night ended with some rousing sing-a-longs like “Shout”, “Sweet Caroline” and “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers. What a wedding! What a Sunday! Shout out to the all-star vendors: A Southern Soiree, English Garden, Ginny Corbett, and Thomas Blake Films.

Photos courtesy of Ginny Corbett 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.

Stephanie and Harris have got to be two of the nicest people I have met!  Her parents are just as nice!  I was so happy to be their DJ at The Umstead Hotel on June 3rd!

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Their ceremony was held on the back lawn with live music performed by jazz trio The Boulevard Ensemble.  After the ceremony and breaking of the glass, they made their way to the cocktail hour on the back patio and inside the pre-function area.  The trio provided music for this too.  After the cocktail hour, the doors to the ballroom opened and the guests found their seats with help from GINA!! from A Southern Soiree.  The room looked amazing with arrangements by Embellished Blooms! I introduced just Stephanie and Harris to “It Had To Be You” by Harry Connick Jr.  They came in and had their first dance to “When I Fall In Love” by Nat King Cole.  Her Father welcomed everyone and the salads and entrees came out.  During dinner I had a mix of standards, soft rock and classic soul playing.

After dinner we had the toasts and Ashley Cakes cutting to “Love And Happiness” by Al Green. Stephanie & her Father had their dance to “Unforgettable” by Nat and Natalie Cole before an anniversary dance.  I invited all the married couples to open the floor to dance to “These Arms Of Mine”. The winning couple was married 62 years! WOW!!  I opened the floor to everyone with some oldies and top 40 that filled it within the first song.  They danced hard for the next 2 hours even though the ZimZoom Photo Booth was just outside the door.  I’m sure photographer Hooman from Vesic Photography and videographers Twenty One Filmsgot some amazing dance shots!

The late night snacks of Umstead made pizza came out (so good!!!) and guests continued to dance right up until the last song!  I ended the night with “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips, but they weren’t ready to leave yet and started chanting “one more song”.  I kinda knew that was coming and had “Sweet Caroline” ready.  I invited everyone outside for a confetti cannon exit after.

Thank you Stephanie, Harris, Betsy, Gina, and Amanda!  I had such an amazing time playing for you!

Photo courtesy of Vesic Photography

wedding dj umstead hotel cary nc bunn dj companySara and Wes had us dodging rain drops at The Umstead on Saturday! The ceremony was schedule to be outside and Mother Nature simply could not make up her mind. Around 30 minutes prior to “go time”, we decided to go for it outside and the guests were all handed umbrellas. Just as they were about to start, the rain began, not too heavy though. It was so cool to be in the background running the music and see all of the umbrellas open at once. It only rained for a few minutes and they were able to have their dream of getting married outside! Good start to the day!

After the ceremony, guests made their way inside to the pre-function area for cocktails and Hotel Costes type music vibe provided by Joe (with Randy’s help of course). After about an hour, the bridal party was lined up for the big introduction to Bruno Mars’ song “Finesse”. It was a big bridal party, but the biggest cheers obviously came for the couple as they entered. Instead of going into their first dance, the food stations open instead to give everyone a chance to eat dinner first. After dinner, it was time for toasts and cake cutting (“How Sweet It Is”-Marvin Gaye) and then finally their first dance as husband and wife. They danced to “Making Me Look Good” by Drake White. I had never heard it, but loved it! Sara and her father shared a danced next to “My Girl” by The Temptations (always a solid choice), and then Wes and his mom danced to “Boys of Fall” by Kenny Chesney (appropriate because he used to play football for ECU).

After the formal dances, it was time to PAR-Tay! It was a great dance crowd and the couple only chose a few songs that they really wanted to hear, so I worked through all types of genres including some Latin stuff. What a great wedding! Looking forward to seeing the images from Bowtie Collaborative. Once again, A Southern Soiree pulled off another perfectly planned event!

Photo Courtesy of Bow Tie Collaborative

 

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 was so excite to play for Alexia and Corey on June 2ndat Merrimon Wynne House!  Especially when I found out he is from Buffalo!  I spent every holiday an hour away from there growing up.

The ceremony was held inside the carriage house (thank god! It started raining out of nowhere).  I ran the mics for the readers and their officiant Justin from Randy Taylor Weddings. They had a duo from Arioso Strings perform the music for the ceremony and cocktail hour. After the service Justin invited the 130 guests into the house for cocktails and planner Stephanie Shaul and staff flipped the carriage house for dinner.  The room looked and smelled beautiful with arrangements by Wylde Flowers. I’m sure Photographers Ally and Bobby got some great shots!

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After the cocktail hour the guests were invited back into the carriage house for dinner and dancing. I left some music playing and went to line them up.  They entered to “First Day Of My Life” and came in to loud applause for their first dance to “Your Song” by Elton John.  He was my favorite when I was a kid.  Her Father welcomed everyone and the Beau Catering caprese salads and entrees came out.  During dinner I had a mix of indie rock, classic rock and beach music playing.

After dinner we had the toasts and parents dances.  Corey and his Mother danced first to “Forever Young” and Alexia and her Father followed to “I’ll Be Your Man” by Zac Brown. I invited everyone to join them for a dance with her and her Father to one of their favorite song, “Friends In Low Places” that filled it!  Some beach and top 40 kept lots of guests dancing and others went to play lawn games outside.  I announced that the Two Roosters Ice Creamtruck was here and lots checked that out.  I really don’t blame them!!

I had such a blast playing for them!  There was lots of 80’s and top 40 and I even played the Bills version of “Shout” for Corey! I could tell he was shocked with that! We ended the night with a packed floor to “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life” before their exit on a rickshaw.

Thank you Alexia, Corey and Stephanie!  I wish we could do it again this weekend.

Danielle and Derek had their wedding reception in Youngsville NC at the very cool Cross + Main on June 1st, 2018.  I was thrilled to play for them and their guests, lots from NJ and NY (I’m originally from western NY)!

The ceremony was held earlier in the afternoon at Church Of The Good Shepherd in Raleigh. After the ceremony, the 120 guests loaded into buses and made their way to the reception. When they arrived for the cocktail hour in the front room, I had a mix of rock, classic soul and standards playing. Danielle and Derek stayed at the church to get pics taken by Tracy from Timmester Photo.  They arrived shortly after everyone and got to check the room out first.  It looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Brandi’s Botanicals.

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After the cocktail hour the doors to the main room opened and everyone found their seats with help from planner Erin from Chestnut And Vine Weddings.  I introduced the wedding party to the dance track “Sweet Lovin”” by Sigala.  Danielle and Derek came in to “Come Get My Love” by Redbone (LOVE that song!)  They had their first dance to “Nothing Can Change This Love” by Sam Cooke (love that one too!). They took their seats and his Grandmother blessed the meal.  During dinner was the same music as cocktails.

After dinner we had the Simply Cakes 
cutting to “How Sweet It Is” and then the parents dances. Danielle and her Father danced to “Daddy’s Angel” by T. Carter Music and Derek and his Mother to “Simple Man” by Skynyrd (another one I love!).  We had the toasts and then opened the floor to everyone. Soon the floor was packed and I played a pretty awesome 90’s dance set including Real McCoy, Haddaway and Reel to Real.  They didn’t want me to play the whole song of anything, so I was flipping through songs pretty quick.  That’s a blast for a DJ!

We didn’t stop until the end and the last dance to “The Time” by Black Eyed Peas and a sparkler exit. Thank you so much for having me as your DJ Danielle and Derek!  I LOVED your playlist and playing for you and your guests.

Sharon and Tim had their ceremony reception in a gorgeous location…their own backyard in Wilmington, NC right on the water! As soon as I pulled into town, I could smell the salt air and was so excited that summer was back!

The day began with the ceremony right along the break wall, you could literally hear the waves from the sound breaking the entire ceremony. They had great musicians for this portion of the day, and I ran the mic for the officiant. After the ceremony, the guests made their way up towards the pool and house for dinner and cocktails. The food stations looked incredible! After a few pictures, Sharon and Tim danced their first dance as husband and wife to “At Last” by Etta James. I played a little more background music, and they took a few more sunset pictures. Tim’s son Nick gave a great toast right around sundown and then Sharon and Tim cut the beautiful cake. After that, it was

 

time to dance. The age of the crowd was all over the map, so I played a little bit of everything. It was a great dance floor! The only time I paused was for the bouquet toss (“Single Ladies”) and Garter Toss (“Hot In Herre”).

The night concluded with the guests lining the path to the driveway and waving glow sticks as Sharon and Tim walked by. What a night! It was so great seeing a lot of the people I knew from My Carolina and Wilmington days.  I can’t wait to see the pics from KMI 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.

wedding dj highgrive estate fuquay varina nc bunn dj companyI had the best time playing for Elizabeth and Michael on May 27that Highgrove in Fuquay-Varina NC!  Their Italian New York families were so much fun to play for!!!  I truly wished it didn’t have to end.

The ceremony was held in the back overlooking a wooded hill.  It is one of the most picturesque ceremony views in the area!  They had a harpist/guitarist/singer provide music for the ceremony and she was awesome!  After the ceremony, the 140 guests made their way to the back patio for cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and the taco bar.  During the cocktail hour I had a mix of rock, classic soul, standards and country playing.  Photographer Kelsey Nelson and videographers Dogwood Media got some shots of the wedding party around the property.

After the cocktail hour, the doors to the ballroom opened and I invited guests to their tables.  I introduced the wedding party to “Like A G6” and Liz and Michael to “Space Jam”. LOL. They had their first dance to “Mean To Me” by Brett Eldredge.  It was the perfect surprise for Michael!  I invited to the wedding party and guests to join for the next dance to “Ho Hey” that filled the floor.  Since they were from NY, we had a traditional short 30 minute dance set before the salads came out.  The floor was packed the whole time to Motown and top 40.

The salads came out followed by the toasts and family style entrees.  During dinner I had the same music mix as cocktails.  After dinner we had the parents dances.  Liz and her Father danced to “Little Wing” by Hendrix and Michael and his Mother to “Most People Are Good”. We had the cake cutting to “Whatever It Is” and I opened the floor again to everyone with some 80’s, 2000’s and top 40.  The floor soon filled again and they danced for the next 2 hours.  I even played “the Tarantella”!!

We ended the night with a short country sing a long set including “Friends In Low Places”, “Colder Weather” and Darius’ “Wagon Wheel” before a sparkler exit.  But, like the night before, they weren’t ready to leave yet so “New York, New York” was the perfect ending!  Thank you Elizabeth and Michael!  I will never forget how much fun I had with you and your NY guests!!

wedding dj carolina club chapel hill ncNisha and Tom had a marathon of a day on the Sunday before Memorial Day, but it was all totally awesome! The day began at 3:30pm with a traditional Christian ceremony officiated by one of Nisha’s former UNC professors. It was short and sweet. We provided the microphone and the pre-recorded music for that portion of the day. After that ceremony, guests were treated to coffee, tea and snacks outside. The next ceremony was a traditional Indian ceremony, a lot longer, but with so many interesting elements all which were listed in the program so guests that were not familiar could read along with what was going on. I had a microphone on the priest and also did the music for this ceremony as well. After this second ceremony, the bar opened and cocktail hour began outside on the porch.

After cocktail hour, the guests were seated in The Carolina Club’s ballroom, now with the air walls down and room flipped. It looked like a completely different place! I got everyone ready for introductions. Nisha and Tom entered to “Good To Be Alive” by Andy Grammar and then went into their first dance “Swept Away (Sentimental Version)” by Avett Brothers. Nisha’s dad welcomed the guests and then speeches began. Several speeches took place, but the cool part was that they were broken up by dance performances. So fun! As speeches came to a close, Nisha and Tom thanked everyone for coming and then the buffet opened. Tons of great Indian food!

As dinner wrapped up, they cut the cake and Nisha and her dad danced to “It’s For My Dad” by Nancy Sinatra. Finally it was time to really DJ! I had a huge list of songs to get through-from 90s hip hop and dance to present day hits to Bollywood and Indian party songs! It was quite the mix, but I made it work and the dance floor was jumping! The night wrapped around 11pm to the sounds of James Taylor’s classic “Carolina In My Mind”. Becca with C&D Events did an amazing job planning this one! Hats off to her and her team!  I can’t wait to see the pics from Michael Escobar 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.

 

wedding dj pavilion at carriage farmSaturday was my first event at The Pavilion at Carriage Farm. All I can say is WOW! What a great new venue in Raleigh. It has the barn type vibe, but so much nicer since it’s literally brand new! I loved playing there! So let’s talk about the wedding reception!

The guests arrived around 5pm for cocktail hour. The ceremony had taken place a little earlier in the day. As usual, Rocky Top was doing their thing with the delicious food and drinks. After about an hour, the guests made their way inside and I lined up the bridal party for intros. Each pairing had their own song, which is tough as an MC, but I made it work and everyone was fired up when Danielle and Aaron hit the dance floor for their first dance to “Diamonds or Twine” by Ryan Hurd. I had never played this song before, but it’s a great one! After their first dance, I did something I rarely do down here in the South, I got everyone up and dancing BEFORE dinner. I know my Northern DJ buddies do it all the time, but it’s uncommon here at NC weddings. But it worked! Great start to the party! I wrapped that dance set with the anniversary dance to “Unforgettable” by Nat and Natalie Cole.

After that brief dance set, the father of the bride welcomed everyone and then Grandma Priscilla gave the blessing and dinner was served. The food was amazing! Coming out of dinner, the best man and maid of honor gave toasts and the cake was cut (“Wrapped Up In You” by Garth Brooks). Danielle then made her way to the dance floor to dance with her dad to an amazing medley of songs we created including “The Twist” and “Apache” and “Shake It Off”. They had moves! It was so fun to watch from behind my DJ Booth. Aaron and his mother danced to “My Wish” by Rascal Flats, and then finally, everyone got up and partied again. A quick stop for the bouquet and garter, and then you guessed it, more dancing, until the sparkler exit finale around 10:30pm. Awesome party and awesome vendor team! Photo: Kate Pope, Video: Oak City Films, Planner: Alex with Shawn Schindler Events.

 

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.