I was so looking forward to playing for Christi & Brian, their kids and their 90 guests at The Angus Barn Pavilion on October 6th!!

Their ceremony was held by the pond and officiated over by a past Bunn DJ Company Bride, Natalie, that did an awesome job!!  While the guests were finding their seats I had a mix of bluegrass playing.  The wedding party came down to “This Is It” by Scotty McCreery and Christi escorted by her two sons to “Our Love” by Judah & The Lion.  She timed it perfectly!  After a short service they recessed to “I’m Yours”.   Natalie invited the guests to the Pavilion’s Patio and I started a mix of country, bluegrass, rock and classic soul.

After pics were done by Brian Mullins Photography, I invited guests inside the Pavilion and to their seats for dinner.  I left music playing and lined the wedding party up with lots of help from Sarah from The Angus Barn.  I introduced them to “Let’s Get It Started” and Christi and Brian came in for their first dance to the Piano mix of “Then” by Brad Paisley.  That is my ”go to” for first dance suggestions.  So great!!  Half way thru the song I invited the wedding party to join them for the rest of the song. Natalie blessed the meal and the food stations opened. During dinner was a mix of reggae, rock, R&B and country.

After dinner we had a shoe game that I MC’d followed by the toasts from the head table.  The cake cutting was next to “My Best Friend” before an anniversary dance to “Remember When” with the winners at 54 years married!!!

I opened the floor to everyone with “We Are Family” for Christi’s Mom and some disco that filled it with young and old.  Some Top 40, country, line dances and 80’s kept people dancing until we paused for the bouquet and garter tosses.  After that I played an awesome hip-hop and top 40 set for the rest of the evening. We had a last dance to “Today” by Brad Paisley before a sparkler exit.

Thank you so much Christi, Brian & Sarah!!  I had the best time!!

I was so excited to DJ Alli and Flynn’s wedding at The Angus Barn Pavilion on September 28th!  They are so nice and were thrilled that I was their DJ!!

The ceremony was held by the pond and the Angus Barn house AV guy, JP, handled the sound along with Arioso Strings.  I was set up way before in the pavilion just waiting to play.  After the ceremony, the 200 guests walked back to the pavilion for a cocktail hour on the back patio and inside.  I had a mix of soft rock, classic soul and standards playing.  Guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and “that cheese” (so good!!) while Amber from Six Foot Photography and A. Rivera Films got shots of the wedding party by the pond.

After pics were done, I invited guests into the pavilion for dinner with help from Angel from the Angus Barn.  The room looked amazing with floral arrangements by Meristem Floral. I introduced just Alli and Flynn to “Jump Around” and they had a short dance with each other before there now “second dance” as husband and wife to “Swept Away (Sentimental Version)” by The Avett Brothers.  Her three Brothers welcomed everyone and the salads and entrées came out.  During dinner was same mix as cocktails.

After dinner we had the toasts and a Simply Cakes cutting to “Cake’ by Flo Rida.  The Parents dances followed with Alli and her Father first.  Their song was “My Old Man by Zac Brown.  I LOVE That song for a Father/Daughter dance!! Flynn escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “Take Me Home, Country Roads” that everyone sang and clapped along to.  We had an anniversary dance to “The Way You Look Tonight” with the winners at 41 years married.  I opened the floor to everyone with “Build Me Up Buttercup” that filled it with 150 or so guests within the first minute!!  It was so great!  They went hard for the next 2 hours to Top 40, 80’s, some sing-a-longs and Hip-Hop before ending the night with “Closing Time” and a sparklers exit.

Thank you Alli, Flynn, Kurt and Angel!!  I will never forget this wedding!!

Photo courtesy of Six Foot Photography

I was so glad to be back at Market Hall on September 21st, this time for Ann and Adam’s wedding.

market hall wedding dj Bunn DJ companyThe ceremony was held blocks away at All Saints Chapel. After the service, the 120 guests made their way to Market Hall where I was set up and ready.  The dining area where I was set up was blocked off with floor to ceiling white linens, but I was still able to play my mix of Motown and Stax hits with some classic rock for the cocktail hour.  Guests enjoyed refreshments and our Bunn DJ Company Sleek Photo booth.

After pics and video of the wedding party was done by Kate Pope  & Jon Warlick Media, the white linens opened and I invited guests to their seats with help from planner Kathy with Sally Oakley Events.  The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Mews Floral Designs. After everyone was seated, I introduced Ann and Adam to “Can’t Stop The Feelin’” and they came to the floor for their first dance to an edit of Paul McCartney’s cover of “Always” that Ann’s Brother did a great job with!  They welcomed everyone and her brother blessed the meal. During dinner I had a mix of standards and classic rock playing.

After dinner we had the toasts and Edible Art Cake cutting to “When I’m 64”.  While the staff cut the cake and served it, Ann danced with her Brothers to “Look At Little Sister” by Stevie Ray Vaughan (it was a great surprise to her).  Adam and his Mother had their dance to “What A Wonderful World”.  He then had his adorable daughter join him for a dance that started with the Rolling Stones version of “My Girl” for a minute, then into “24K Magic” that had everyone join them on the floor.

For the next 1.5 hours guests danced to Top 40 and 80’s.  And since it was “the 21stnight of September”, I HAD to play September by Earth, Wind and Fire (get it???)!!  We ended the night with “Real Love” by Ryan Shaw and a bubbles exit onto the cobblestone road.

Thank you Ann, Adam, Kandy and Kathy!!  I loved everything about this wedding!!

Photos courtesy of Kate Pope

I had a lot of fun providing the music for Casey & Brent’s ceremony and reception. They picked the Historic Wakefield Barn as their venue, which was the perfect background for an amazing wedding.

The venue looked gorgeous with the floral arrangements by Susan Hill with Specialties Florals & Events, she did a phenomenal job. The ceremony started in the early evening with the seating of the Mothers to ‘1000 Years’. The Wedding Party walked out to ‘The Well’. When it was time for the bride to walk down the aisle, I was blown away by how beautiful she looked! Jessica Kendall did an absolutely amazing job on her hair and makeup. I’m sure the photos from Lauren Scotti are going to come out perfect!

Once the ceremony was done it was time for cocktail hour before announcing the Bride & Groom to ‘Bring Em Out’ by T.I. They picked the perfect song for their first dance,‘Forever Like That’ by Ben Rector. It never ceases to amaze me to see the amount of love you can see from guests and friends during that first dance.

Once dinner began I played a light list of songs until the open dancing was ready to happen. I got to play so many different genres of music from ‘The Git Up’ to ‘Tootsee Roll’. This crowd was definitely moving! They had a beautiful sparkler exit that I can’t wait to see from the videographer Ryan Johnson with Ral Good Films. Once the venue was cleared out the Bride & Groom had one last dance to ‘I Like You’ by Ben Rector. Such a sweet moment for them to soak up all of their special day!

Congratulations Casey & Brent!

Photos courtesy of Lauren Scotti Photography

What a sweet couple! I was so thankful to DJ Kyla and Adam’s wedding reception at The Cloth Mill at Eno River in Hillsborough NC on September 14th.

Their ceremony was held earlier in the day at Duke Chapel.  After a couple hour break the 110 guests made their way over to The Cloth Mill where I was for the reception.  As they arrived for the cocktail hour out on the back lawn, I had a wireless speaker playing a wonderful mix of indie rock and oldies that Kyla and Adam mostly picked. After pics were done by Christina from Christina Marie Stock, I invited guests inside for dinner and dancing. The room looked beautiful with arrangements by Meristem Floral! I left music playing and went to line the wedding party up with help from planner Jocelyn from A Paradigm Shift Event.

I Introduced the wedding party and Kyla and Adam to “Marry You” by Bruno Mars.  They came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “The Vow” by RuthAnne. I had never heard it before, but it was perfect! An anniversary dance followed to “Remember When” with the winners at 43 years married. Her Parents and Adams Mother welcomed everyone and the salads and entrees by Beau Catering came out.  It was all soo good!!!  During dinner I played more indie rock along some classic soul and soft rock.

After dinner we had the toasts from Shaina and Jared, Kyla and Adam and then a surprise song by her Mother accompanied by sax player Derek.  She did a wonderful job singing this song that she would sing to Kyla when she was a child.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the room!!  After eyes were dried, we had the Wicked Sweet Cakes cutting to “Champagne Life’ by Ne-Yo. While the staff cut the cake we had a dual parents dance to “You Are My Sunshine” by Jasmine Thompson.  I LOVE her cover of it!  Before opening the floor to everyone we had a money dance with both Kyla and Adam to “Bright Star Polka” and then opened the floor to everyone with “Build Me Up Buttercup” and some Motown and Top 40 that filled it for the next 3 hours.

We paused for the bouquet toss to “Girls” by The Beastie Boys, garter removal to “American Woman” and toss to “Another One Bites The Dust”. Back to dancing until the end of the night to hip-hop and top 40 before the last dance to “At Last” by Etta James and a bubble exit.

Thank you Kyla, Adam, Nicole and Jocelyn!  I loved every minute of this reception!!

I didn’t realize until closer to the wedding (and neither did they) that both Ryan and his Mother had separately hired me from venue referrals for both the rehearsal dinner and wedding on September 6thand 7th.  I knew I didn’t want to duplicate anything from night to night for this wonderful couple & their guests. Challenge accepted!

Wakefield barn wedding dj Bunn DJ companyBrooke and Ryan’s rehearsal dinner was held on Friday at The Angus Barn Pavilion for 100 people.  As the guests arrived I had a mix of soft rock, classic soul, standards and a few country songs playing. They enjoyed visiting, cornhole on the back patio, passed hors d’oeuvres and the veggie and cheese display.  What do they do to that cheese to make it so good???

After the cocktail hour I invited them to take their seats for dinner.  His Father, Dave welcomed everyone and Pastor Nathan blessed the meal. The salads and entrees came out and I continued the same music mix as cocktails.  After dinner we had a shoe game and 6 toasts while guests enjoyed champagne and dessert.  Instead of opening the dance floor (that was holding over until Saturday) I played a mix of sing a long “Beachy/Yacht Rock” songs like “Build me Up Buttercup”, “Dancing In The Moonlight” and “Still The One” for guests to visit more before heading out.

Saturday- Wedding Day!!!!

I arrived at The Historic Wakefield Barn super early to set up for the ceremony and hang out with my fellow vendor friends. Shelley from Expressions Of Love Florist was getting the ceremony site on the 2ndfloor ready. Photographer Nancy Ray was taking pics of Brooke, Ryan and wedding party separately around the property with videographers Chris & Toni from Heart Stone Films and Steph from Southern Oak Events was making sure everything was perfect.

As the 200 guests arrived for the ceremony they were treated to live music by a quartet from Arioso Strings. I ran a mic for Pastor Nathan as well as a hand held mic for a reader.  After the ceremony they were invited to the 1st floor barn stables for cocktails and more music by Arioso Strings while the staff flipped the 2nd floor for dinner and dancing.

When the room was ready guests came back upstairs and I lined the wedding party up for introductions. They were introduced to “(This Will Be) An Everlasting Love” and lined up in front of the head table.  Brooke and Ryan came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “Forever Like That” by Ben Rector.  They sang it to each other like they were the only ones in the room. It was so sweet!!  Brooke’s Father welcomed everyone and Brooke and Ryan blessed the meal.  During dinner I played a similar playlist to the night before, but different songs (of course).

After dinner we had a couple toasts and opened the floor with some Motown and top 40 that FILLED it by the end of the first song!  The floor was packed for the entire 2 hours!  We paused for the cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is” and a bouquet toss from the top of the mezzanine to “Single Ladies”, then back to dancing until the end of the night.

We ended with a last dance to “Wagon Wheel” before sending everyone downstairs again for a sparkler exit.

Thank you for everything Brooke, Ryan, Amy, Dave, Greg and Steph!! I was honored to play for you all weekend!

I always LOVE playing at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC!  This time, it was for Morgan and Mark’s wedding on September 1st (the day before my Birthday).

Umstead hotel wedding dj Bunn dj companyTheir ceremony was held earlier in the afternoon on the back lawn of The Umstead with Minister Ed Sansbury and music by Save The Date Music.  Morgan and Mark had lots of things for the 80 guests to do on their few hours break before the wedding reception later in the evening.

When I arrived I was greeted with a “Happy Birthday” from several staff members of The Umstead. Then, I saw a box left for me on my DJ table by baker Ashley Cakes!  Not going to lie, I kinda teared up a little.  My favorite cake that she makes (snickerdoodle) with my logo on top waiting for me!!  OMG!  So, I delicately moved it under my table and set up for the reception (and dreaming of eating that cake later!!).

The cocktail hour was held in the prefunction area outside of the ballroom I was in and The Umstead handled the music.  When the cocktail hour was over, the guests were invited inside the ballroom by planner extraordinaire GINA from A Southern Soiree.  The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Tre Bella, as did Morgan with makeup by Ashley Mooney. I can’t wait to see more pics from photographer Danielle from Blissmore Photography! I left music playing and went to line the wedding party up with Gina.  I introduced them to “I Gotta Feeling” and Morgan and Mark to the chorus of “Something Just Like This” by Coldplay.  They came in to loud applause and Morgan’s Father welcomed everyone.

The soup, salads and entrees came out and I played a mix of jazz standards during dinner.  After dinner we had the toasts and Ashley’s Cake cutting to “Sugar” by Maroon 5 that turned into a food fight..LOL!!  After they were cleaned up, they had their first dance to “25 Years” by Dan Rodriguez.  Morgan danced with her Father to “Butterfly Kisses” and Mark and his Mother to “My Wish”.  We had an anniversary dance to “L.O.V.E.” with the winners at 45 years married.  I opened the floor to everyone with “Brick House” and some 70’s then Top 40 that instantly filled it for the next 2 hours.

After dancing hard all night, it was time for the last dance to “Time Of My Life” from Dirty Dancing before a confetti cannon exit from the back patio. Thank you for everything Morgan, Mark, Danielle, Gina, Ashley Cakes and Kayla!

Photos courtesy of Blissmore Photography

When I met Gabe in October last year I just knew there was going to be an epic dance party for his wedding at Merrimon Wynne on August 31st!!

Their ceremony was held on the side lawn and officiated over by Gabe’s Brother Ben.  He did an amazing job, especially since this was his first wedding.  As the 150 guests arrived I had some light classical music playing.  The Grandparents thru the wedding party entered to an instrumental of “A Thousand Years”.  Kayla and her Father entered to Wagner’s “Here Comes The Bride”.  After a short service they recessed to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and Ben invited everyone into the house for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres by Donovan’s Dish.  During the cocktail hour they had a playlist Gabe had made playing.

After pics were taken by Photographer Jordan Maunder, planner Amanda from Amanda Blair By Design invited everyone into the carriage house for dinner. The carriage house looked beautiful with a hanging floral arrangement by Wylde Flowers! After everyone was seated, I introduced the wedding party to “I Gotta Feeling”. They came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “Beyond” by Leon Bridges.  LOVE him!!! The Parents dances followed with Kayla and her Father’s dance to “How Sweet It Is”.  Gabe escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “My Wish”.  Her Father welcomed everyone and the food stations opened on the lawn.  During dinner I had a mix of classic soul, standards and soft rock playing.

After dinner we had a couple toasts then went right into an epic 3 hour dance party!  I started with a few Motown songs then into some Top 40. For the next 3 hours I played lots of 70’s, Top 40 and a great EDM set at the end of the night with fists pumping!! We ended the night with a last dance to Donna Summer’s “Last Dance”.

Thank you so much Gabe, Kayla, Haleigh and Amanda!!

Cecile and Eddie chose Cary’s Umstead Hotel to welcome their 50 guests from all over the world on August 25th.

Umstead hotel wedding dj Bunn dj companyThe ceremony was held on the back lawn overlooking the pond and officiated by their friend from South Africa, Pastor William.  After the ceremony, the guests made their way to the back patio for mocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres.  The Umstead covered the music.

After pics were taken by Rob and Amy Allen Photography, the doors to the small ballroom opened and guests found their seats with help from planner Elizabeth from A Southern Soiree.  The room looked beautiful with my uplights and floral arrangements by Preston Flowers Cary. I left music playing and went to line the wedding party up for introductions.  I introduce the Groomsmen to “Ice Ice Baby” and Bridesmaids to “Man, I Feel Like A Woman”. The Ladies were having a blast dancing to it, so I let it roll for a minute or so.  They took their seats and I introduced Cecile and Eddie to “Marry You” by Bruno Mars. They welcomed everyone and Pastor William blessed the 3-course meal.  The soup, salads and entrees came out and I played a mix of country & 80’s soft rock during dinner.

After dinner they had their first dance to “Have I Told You Lately” by Rod Stewart followed by a dance with their parents to “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” by Elton John. We had a Party Delights Cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor next.  While the staff cut and served the cake we had a few toasts and opened the floor with a salsa, “Vivir Mi Vida” for their Spanish speaking guests. The floor packed and I went back and forth with Spanish and American music for the next hour.

We ended the night with a last dance to “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran and a confetti cannon exit from the back patio.

Thank you Cecile, Eddie, Kayla and Elizabeth!!  I was honored to DJ your wedding reception!!

Photos courtesy of Amy Allen Photography

They say that rain on your wedding day is good luck. Laurena and Spencer will have good luck for the rest of their lives together!!

The ceremony was held at Neills Creek Baptist Church on August 24th.  After the ceremony, the 200 guests made their way over to the Broadslab Distillery Barn in Benson NC where I was for the reception.  It’s a beautiful Barn with a huge covered front porch with rocking chairs, patio on the side, stage inside and a small balcony looking down onto the room.

As the guests arrived I had a mix of rock and country with a couple bluegrass songs for Spencer playing outside on the porch.  Guests enjoyed visiting with each other, listening to music and having refreshments before planner Shanna and her helpers opened the doors for the reception.  The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Dragonfly Florist.  The guests took their seats and it was time for the introductions.  I introduced the wedding party to “Can’t Stop The Feeling” and Lauren and Spencer from the balcony to “How Sweet It Is”. They came down stairs and had their first dance to “My Heaven” by Trace Adkins. The Parent s dances followed and Lauren and her Father danced to “My Little Girl”.  Spencer escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney.  Her Father, Randall, welcomed everyone and Reverend Chris blessed the Ron’s Barn catered barbecue meal. It was sooo good!!!!!! During dinner I had more rock and country playing.

After dinner we had the toasts and a brownie cutting to “I Can’t Help Myself”.  The brownies were delicious too!!  I opened the floor to everyone with “The Electric Slide” and some top 40 that filled it with young and old.  For the next hour and a half I played lots of 80’s, line dances, some current top 40 and a few slow songs including “Just Like You” by their family member Paige King Johnson that is just beautiful!! Thanks for sharing with me Paige!

We paused for the bouquet toss to “Juice” by Lizzo, garter removal to “Brick House” and toss to “Wild Thing”, then back to dancing.  We ended with “Dancing In The Moonlight”.  I can’t wait to see the pics from Brittany Cruse Photography! Thank you so much Lauren, Spencer, Joyce, Randall, Ashley and Shanna!  I truly feel like I am party of the family!!