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Alice and Pat’s reception took place in Durham, NC at The American Tobacco Campus in the historic Bay 7 venue. We love this place! Not only is it a cool venue, the food is handled by none other than the masters, The Angus Barn!

The day started by running the audio for the ceremony. They chose one song, “Life is Better With You” by Michael Franti, for everyone to walk in to, even the bride. That was a new idea, but I liked it! The ceremony was short but sweet and they left down the aisle to “Say Hey” by Michael Franti. After the ceremony, guests went upstairs for cocktail hour as the family photos took place downstairs. I played a mix of Motown classics and some other stuff they chose during this time.

The introduction was just Alice and Pat and then they welcomed everyone, which was actually super entertaining. Both of them! Dinner was served, and as usual, it was killer. At the end of dinner, several folks including Alice’s dad and sisters gave toasts, complete with musical interludes. Great stuff!

Finally, it was time for the first dance to “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison. But instead of it just being Alice and Pat, they invited the entire bridal party in with their significant others. Another great idea to change things up from the traditional. There were no other “stops” like cake, bouquet, parent dances, etc. It was just party time from then on! The party closed out with a rousing rendition of “American Pie” and everyone heading to the bar next door for the after party. Looking forward to seeing the images from Riley MacLean. What a night!

 

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.

Karina and Jim had lemons everywhere for their wedding at Bay 7 in Durham NC on July 7th.  I don’t believe I have seen the room ever look that beautiful!

The ceremony was held on the first floor at the bottom of the stairs.  I ran a mic for their officiant and 3 readers.  Arioso Strings was there to provide music.  After the service the 120 guests were invited to the second floor for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres provided by The Angus Barn.  During the cocktail hour I had a mix of standards, Latin samba jazz and classic soul playing. After the cocktail hour, the guests made their way back downstairs to their tables. The room looked just beautiful with floral arrangements by Blossom Bay and designed by newly dubbed “Queen Planner” Carrington from Mclean Events.

I introduced just Karina and Jim to the intro of the Core Zee remix of “Doses and Mimosas” by Cherub and they had their first dance to the acoustic mix of “Fire And The Flood” by Vance Joy.  It’s such a great version of the song!  Their Fathers welcomed everyone and blessed the meal. The plated salads came out and the food stations opened shortly.  During dinner was the same mix as cocktails.

After dinner we had the toasts and a thank you from Jim.  The Sugar Euphoria cake cutting followed to “Wildest Dreams” by Taylor Swift.  It was lemon, of course..LOL.  Karina joined her Father on the floor for their dance to “In My Life” by The Beatles.  It was so sweet!  They sang it to each other like I’m sure they did when she was a little girl.  I opened the floor to The Hora and a Polka that got everyone up and to the floor within seconds!  Some Motown and top 40 followed and kept everyone dancing for the next 2 hours. I played lots of top 40, Latin, 80’s, EDM and some hip-hop at the end.

They had their last dance to the regular version of “Fire And The Flood” before everyone left on a bus to the after party.  What a fun night and great group to play for! Thank you Karina, Jim, Sarah & Carrington. 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.