Melissa and Jonathan wanted a lo-key romantic wedding at The Pavilion at Carriage Farm in Raleigh and I was thrilled to help make it happen on February 2nd.

pavilion at carriage farm wedding dj Bunn DJ companyMelissa had her heart set on an outdoor ceremony and Mother Nature helped her out perfectly!!  The first 70 degree February day came just in time, 2 days after it was freezing.  As the 80 guests arrived I had some light classical music playing. The site looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Daniel’s Florist.  The Grandparents and Parents entered to “Ode To Joy”, Wedding party to a classical cover of “Perfect” and Melissa & her Father to “Canon In D”. After a short service by Pastor Eddie that included a unity candle prayer, they recessed to a classical cover of “All Of Me” followed by “Waterfall”.  Pastor Eddie invited everyone to the outdoor patio for a social hour.  I had a mix of rock, classic soul and country playing.

When it was time for introductions, planner Stephanie Shaul nvited everyone inside for the reception.  I introduced the wedding party to “Footloose” and Melissa and Jonathan to “Best Day Of My Life”.  They had their first dance to “Die A Happy Man”   followed by the parents dances.  Melissa and her Father danced to “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart and Jonathan and his Mother to “Simple Man” by Shinedown.  Her Father welcomed everyone and Pastor Eddie blessed the meal.

After dinner we had an anniversary dance to “Still The One” by Orleans (LOVE that song!!). The s’mores station opened outside at the bonfire and I opened the floor to everyone with some beach music, top 40 and 80’s.  I even played a good early 2000’s set for the wedding party to dance and sing a long to. I’m sure photographer Megan Kerns and videographers Muddy Trails got some great shots of them!! We paused for the Simply Cakescutting to “You’re My Best friend” then back to dancing until the end of the night.

We ended the night with a last dance to ”Perfect” by Ed Sheeran and a sparkler exit.  Thank you Melissa, Jonathan and Stephanie!  That was a beautiful wedding!!

Photos courtesy of Megan Kerns Photography

Cameron and David chose Merrimon Wynne’s Carriage House for their ceremony and for their reception. We did the music and mics for the ceremony, which went great, and when the guests went inside the older house for cocktails, we flipped the room for the reception.

Merrimon Wynne wedding dj Bunn DJ companyWhen the guests came back out, it was a totally different look! We started the evening with bridal party introductions to Natalie Cole’s “This Will Be An Everlasting Love”, an oldie but goodie. Next, they went right into their first dance, another one of my all time faves, “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green. Cameron’s dad welcomed everyone next and then her uncle gave a great blessing.

The food stations opened next and everything was delicious! Rocky Top always delivers! After dinner, Cameron and her dad danced to “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder and in the middle, David cut in with his mom. Right after that, boom, dance floor opened and was packed out all night! The only stops were for the bouquet toss (“Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel) and garter toss (“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke). We rocked out for a couple more hours until the end of the party when I closed out with Stevie’s “For Once in My Life” and sent everyone outside for the big bubble departure! Amanda and Grady took some killer photos that night, and Casey with La Fete
did an amazing job keeping everything running on time!

One of the coolest venues in downtown Raleigh is Vidrio, where Christy and Stephen chose to have their wedding reception on January 26th.

vidrio wedding dj Bunn DJ companyThe reception was held on the whole 2ndfloor of the restaurant.  As the 75 guests arrived I had a mix of 80’s, rock and classic soul playing in the bar area where I was set up.  Guests enjoyed cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and the music.  After visiting with everyone for a while, Christy and Stephen had their first dance to “Mario Kart Love Song” by Sam Hart.  After that Stephen danced with his Mother to “Days Like This” by Van Morrison.  LOVE that song!!!  I invited everyone to the banquet room at the end of the floor for dinner and desserts. During the buffet dinner I had the same mix of music as cocktails.

After dinner I invited everyone back out to the bar area for some dancing.  Before opening the floor to everyone Christy dances with her Brother to “Stand By Me”.  I opened the floor to everyone with ”Build Me Up Buttercup” that filled it pretty well with people dancing and singing it.  Some 90’s and early 2000’s mixed with some 80’s kept them dancing for the rest of the night.  I even played “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” for Christy and her Sister to dance to that was one of the biggest songs of the night.

Thank you Christy and Stephen!  I had a blast playing for you and I loved your Gryffindor tie Stephen (I wore Hogwarts cufflinks that night)!!

Alex and Randall had their wedding at the historic Merrimon-Wynne House near downtown Raleigh in late January on a Sunday.

The day started around 5:30pm with bridal party introductions to Timberlake’s classic “Suit and Tie”. When Alex and Randall entered, they went right into their first dance “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne. Next, Alex and her dad danced to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts and Randall and his mom danced to “Days Like This” by Van Morrison. The blessing was said and the buffet opened for the guests.

After dinner, the cake was cut to James Taylor’s “How Sweet It Is” and then it was just open dance party time. There were no toasts, bouquet or garter, just a solid party! Their playlist had a little bit of everything and I was ripping through them all over 2.5 hours before the end and the big sparkler departure. What a wedding!

Katie and Tim had their ceremony at the Garden Terrace portion of Fearrington Village this past Saturday. I controlled mics for both officiants, the readers and four musicians. It was a lot of work, but I pulled it off! It was a great way to start a very cold and sleet-filled day!

After the ceremony, the guests made their way to The Barn for the reception and cocktails (which were originally scheduled for outdoors). I had music playing as I did a quick strike on the ceremony gear and hustled back for introductions. The bridal party made their way in to “Wonderland” by Caravan Palace. Katie and Tim entered to “Booty Swing” by Parov. I had never heard either of these, but they were great for intros! As soon as Katie and Tim hit the dance floor, they went into their first dance by Josh Garrels. It was called “Heaven’s Knife”. I loved it. Katie’s father welcomed everyone, the blessing was said, and the food stations opened!

After dinner, we had amazing toasts from the matron of honor and best man before Katie and her dad hit the dance floor to dance to “Daughter” by Sleeping at Last. Another great choice! Finally, it was time to dance. The floor opened with a song of their choosing (scary for me, but it worked). It was called “Lone Digger” by Caravan. Kinda funky, go check it out! We took a quick break in all of the dance for a cake cutting to “Attaboy” by Goat Rodeo Sessions and then a bouquet toss later in the night to “Dear Future Husband” by Meghan Trainor. At the very end of the night, the guests circled the couple with lit candles. Katie and Tim went around and blew out every single one. It’s a Hungarian tradition apparently (Tim’s family is from there). It was a perfect ending. After that, sparklers outside and they were off! I can’t wait to see the images from Krystal Kast.

Morgan and Mike had both ceremony and reception at Melrose Knitting Mill in downtown Raleigh on January 5th and Wow!! What a great start to 2019!!!

melrose knitting mill wedding dj Bunn DJ companyTheir ceremony was held on one side of the room and closed off with white linens.  It looks beautiful with floral arrangements by Shelley from Expressions Of Love!  I ran a mic for officiant Ben Poston and all the music. The wedding party and Morgan walked down the aisle to The Piano Guys cover of “A Thousand Years”.  After a short service they recessed to “Brand New” by Ben Rector and the 150 guests were invited downstairs for the cocktail hour. Photographer A.J. Dunlap and videographers Reel Weddings stayed to get some pics of the wedding party while the staff flipped the room for dinner and dancing.

After the room was ready, planner Steph invited guests back upstairs.  I left some music playing and went to line the wedding party up with Steph. I introduced them to “Levels” by Avicii and Morgan and Mike to “Love On Top” by Beyonce. They came in to loud applause and had their first dance to Haley Reinhart’s cover of “Can’t Help Falling In Love”.  So great!!! The parents dances were next with Morgan and her Father dancing to “My Little Girl”.  Mike escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “My Wish”.  Morgan’s Father welcomed everyone and the salads and entrees came out shortly. During dinner I had a mix of rock, country, standards and classic soul playing.

After dinner we had the toasts from the sweetheart table and opened the floor with the “Hora Medley” that had everyone running to the floor to dance!  It was amazing!! Some oldies mixed with some current top 40 kept them dancing before the cake cutting to “Honey Bee”. I even played a Polka for Mikes Grandmother that wasn’t kept off the floor just because of her wheelchair. Back to dancing to Disco, 80’s, more current top 40 and finally “Closing Time” to end the night.

I invited the guests back downstairs for the sparkler exit and to grab M&M’s on their way out. Thank you Morgan and Army Lieutenant Mike and thank you for your service to our country!  I was honored to be your DJ!

Photo courtesy of A.J. Dunlap Photography

After 74 other weddings, 2018 came to a close with Elizabeth and Winston’s epic wedding at Forest Hall in Pittsboro NC on New Years Eve.

When I arrived to set up, the wedding party was outside taking pictures and I could tell that this was going to be an absolute blast!  The ceremony was held on one side of the venue and I was there for mics and music.  They had the cocktail hour before the ceremony.  As the 100 guests arrived I had a mix of standards and indie rock playing.  They enjoyed drinks from both the bar and coffee bar along with some light munchies.  The ceremony was about to get under way and they found their seats.  The Grandparents thru the Bridesmaids entered to “Wouldn’t It Make A Lovely Photograph” by Ray Lamontagne.  Elizabeth entered to “I Get To Love You” by Ruelle.  I LOVE that song!!  After a short service officiated by their friend Thomas that included communion, they recessed to “Weathered” by Jack Garratt. The wedding party went out to the hall to line up for introductions and the guests made their way to the adjoining room for dinner.

After lining the wedding party up with lots of help from planner Chelsy from The Gathering Company, I introduced them to “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)”.  Mr &. Mrs Bob Vance from Vance refrigeration (inside joke), I mean, Elizabeth and Winston came in to loud applause and found their seats at the head table.  They welcomed everyone and her Father blessed the meal.  The City Barbeque buffet opened and I continued a standards and indie rock playlist.

After dinner we had the toasts and I invited everyone back to the main room for the first dances.  They had their first dance to the acoustic version of “Depth Over Distance” by Ben Howard followed by a dual Parents dance. Their Parents dance was to “What A Wonderful World” then came an anniversary dance with the winners at 38 years married.  I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and top 40 that filled it for the next 2.5 hours.  I played lots of 70’s, 80’s, top 40 and some Latin & 2000’s hip-hop.  The Duck Donuts station opened for the last hour as did the mac and cheese station.  YUM!!

We did the New Years countdown and sang Auld Lang Syne before ending the night with “Candy Shop” by 50 Cent and a glowstick exit.  I can’t wait to see the pics of that by Kathleen from Amelya Jayne Photoghraphy!

Thank you so much Elizabeth, Winston and Chelsy!!  I couldn’t have had a better time celebrating New Years Eve!!

Alix and Evan’s ceremony took place at the amazing Historic Wakefield Barn. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to play. Every time I post photos from there during a wedding, people go crazy.

The ceremony was held in the upstairs part of the barn. We handled the mics while an acoustic guitarist did the music. Alix is Episcopalian and Evan is Jewish so they had both a rabbi and a priest. It was a beautiful ceremony!

At the conclusion, the guests went downstairs to where the horses used to live for cocktail hour. During that time, my right hand man Randy and I flipped the room, meaning we took down the ceremony rig and put up my DJ booth, uplights and dance floor lights. The rest of the staff there did the same but with the dinner tables and place settings. The guests were blown away when they came back in.

I got the bridal party lined up for introductions and they entered to “Shut Up and Dance”. When Alix and Evan hit the dance floor everyone was up and cheering. They went right into their really well choreographed first dance to Ed Sheeran’s song “Tenerife Sea”. It was killer…and I worship that song. Alix’s father welcomed everyone and then dinner was served.

After dinner, there were a few toasts and then Alix and Evan got to thank everyone for coming. Soon after, Alix and her dad danced to “Daddy’s Little Girl” by The Shires. Evan and his mom then danced to “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.

As I usually do at any type of Jewish event, I opened with the Horah and it was madness on the dance floor for the rest of the night. I mean these people came to party! I played a little bit of everything including a special private dance for the newlyweds as everyone made their way outside to get ready for the departure. Oh, and during the couple’s exit, they had a company come in and make it snow! It was awesome! What a night.

Brittney and her family used us back when her Sister Katie was married and I’m so glad we were asked to play for them again! This time around we were at WinMock at Kinderton near Winston-Salem on December 29th, 2018!!

The ceremony and reception were both held in the Winmock Barn and I was there to provide mics and music all night.  The ceremony was on the second floor.  As the 120 guests arrived I had a mix of classical pop playing.  The ceremony music was all from the Father Of The Bride Soundtrack (so appropriate!!!).  The Grandparents & Parents entered to “Snow Scene” and Bridesmaids to “Canon In D”.  Brittney and her Father entered to “End Credits” from the soundtrack.  During their service that was officiated over by Pastor Dave McIntosh, they had communion while her Mother sang to an instrumental of “The Prayer” by Celine Dion. She did an amazing job!!  After the ceremony they recessed to “End Credits” and the guests were invited downstairs for the cocktail hour by planner Melissa from Relish Design Company.

During the cocktail hour I had a mix of beach music, country and soft rock playing.  While the staff flipped the room for dinner, photographer Aura Marzouk and videographers Sugar Shack Films got some shots. After the room was ready the guests were invited back upstairs.  I introduced the wedding party to “Best Of My Love” by The Emotions and Brittney and Nick to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”.  They had their first dance to “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran.  Brittney’s Father joined her on the floor for their dance to “Isn’t She Lovely” and Nick and his Mother to “You’ll Be In My Heart”.  Her Father welcomed everyone and Pastor Dave blessed the meal.  The salads and entrees came out and I continued the same music mix as cocktails.

After dinner we had the Maxie B’s cake cutting to “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” followed by the toasts.  I opened the floor to everyone with some beach music and 70’s funk, then top 40 that brought young and old to the floor to dance.

 

We paused for the bouquet toss to “Ladies Night”, garter removal to “Kiss” by Prince and garter toss to “Sharp Dressed Man”, then back to dancing.  We ended with “Time Of My Life” from Dirty Dancing, but I wasn’t ready to end yet.  So, some sing a long rock songs from the 80’s kept them singing and dancing until the glow stock exit from the front of Winmock.

Thank you Brittney, Nick, Tammy and Melissa.  I was thrilled and honored to play for you!!

My first wedding of the last weekend of the year was for Meghan and Dustin at downtown Raleigh’s Melrose Knitting Mill on December 28th.  It was such a great way to start the end of the year!

The ceremony was held on one side of the room and I was there to run a mic for their officiant Kayelily and also all the music. Their Mothers entered to a classical version of ”Stand By Me”, The Groomsmen to “Perfect” by The Piano Guys and Bridesmaids to their cover of “Begin Again”. Meghan entered to The Piano Guys cover of “Rewrite The Stars” from The Greatest Showman movie. After the ceremony, they recessed to “Home” by Phillip Phillips and Kayelily invited the 85 guests downstairs for the cocktail hour.  The staff flipped the room for the reception and photographer Katherine from George Creatives got some shots.

After pics were done and the room was set, the guests came back upstairs for dinner and dancing.  I left music playing and lined the wedding party up for intros with lots of help from planner Blake from Melrose.  I introduced them to “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake.  Meghan and Dustin came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Kina Grannis.  Meghan danced with her Father to “I Loved Her First” and Dustin and his Mother then Stepmother danced to “Never Alone”.  Meghan’s Father welcomed everyone and blessed the meal. The salads came out and the buffet opened shortly.  During dinner I had a mix of rock, classic soul and standards playing.

After dinner we had the toasts and Simply Cakes cutting to “How Sweet It is”.  I opened the floor while the staff served the cake with some Motown and Top 40 that filled it for the next 2 ½ hours.  We paused to honor Dustin and all the other military past and present with “The Ballad of The Green Berets”, then back to dancing.  I even played “Rhinestone Cowboy” for their Grandmothers.  I still LOVE that song!!

We ended the night with “New York, New York” before sending everyone outside for a sparkler exit. Thank you so much Meghan, Dustin and Blake!  I had a blast!!