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I always love DJing weddings at downtown Raleigh’s Merrimon-Wynne and Lindsay and Jimmy’s wedding was no exception!  They were so excited every time I talked to them!!

merrimon wynne wedding dj bunn dj companyThe ceremony was held on the side lawn and I provided a mic for their officiant Brian Crisp and music.  As the guests arrived I had a mix of classical music playing.  Jimmy and the wedding party entered to an instrumental of “Home” by Cinematic Orchestra.  Lindsay and 4 adorable children walked down the aisle, then joined by her Sister and Mother to enter to “In Reverence” by David Tolk. She looked beautiful with makeup and hair by Ashley Mooney! After a wonderful service by Brian, they recessed to Eddie Vedder’s “Hard Sun” and he invited guests inside the house for the cocktail hour. 

During the cocktail hour I had a mix of classic and current standards playing.  The guests enjoyed lawn games outside, passed hors d’oeuvres by caterers from Rocky Top and cocktails.  After pics were taken by Cara and Dax from F8 Photo Studios, planner Sally from Sally Oakley Weddings invited the 130 guests to the carriage house where I was for dinner and dancing.  I left music playing and went inside the house to help Sally line the wedding party up for introductions. The carriage house looked gorgeous with floral arrangements by Watered Garden.

I introduced them to “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen.  They came in to loud applause and had their first dance to a shortened edit I made for them of “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele.  They took their seats after that and the salads and entrees came out.  During dinner I played more standards.

After dinner we had the toasts followed by one of the best parts of the night!  Lindsay and her guest Ryan had a Father/Daughter tribute dance to “My Destiny” by Lionel Richie.  It was just the best and really set the tone for the rest of the night!  Jimmy and his Mother danced to “My Wish” after that.  I opened the floor to everyone with “The Cupid Shuffle” that filled it and some Motown and 80’s kept them dancing.  They had a cigar station with a live hand roller outside as well as am amazing dessert station that opened.

We were supposed to end the night with “Don’t Stop Believing”, which we did. BUT, Cara asked me to play one more slow song for a private dance for Lindsay & Jimmy, so I played “Sun Comes Up” by John Legend as a surprise.  Lindsay’s mouth dropped when I started t, then she started singing it to Jimmy. I had made a note during our original meeting and I’m so glad I did!  It was just perfect and one of the best moment of the night (other than Ryan and Lindsay’s dance). 

Congratulations Lindsay and Jimmy and thank you Abby, Sally and Victoria!

Photos courtesy of F8 Photo Studios

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.

Cate and Matt’s ceremony and reception both took place at the gorgeous historic Merrimon-Wynne House in downtown Raleigh, NC. I will have to give Cate credit. She must have seen the future on Sunday morning before the wedding because she pulled the plug on doing an outdoor ceremony and opted to have it in The Carriage House. She was so right in doing so! Right around the ceremony start time, the bottom fell out and the storm that followed was end of days type stuff! Good call on indoors!

After the ceremony, the guests scurried into the original house for cocktails. We had tunes playing in there of course as we handled the room flip. We got the DJ booth, uplighting and dance floor lighting set up just before guests were allowed back in. Intros were next. The bridal party came in to “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Timberlake and Cate and Matt entered to “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities.

As soon as they hit the dance floor, they went into their first dance, “You Make It Easy” by Jason Aldean. Cate and her dad danced to “My Wish” next and then Matt and his mom danced to “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion. I was so excited that I accidentally opened the dance floor, but had to reel it in for a few minutes due to them having their cake cutting inside! Once guests got back outside, the party really started to bounce. I ripped through all types of requests from the bride and groom with no other stops. Around 11:00, we closed out the night with a huge singalong to “Sweet Caroline” and then I sent them off for a sparkler departure along with horse and carriage! What a night! Shout out to the vendor team: La Fete (planning), HL Catering (food), Riley McLean (photos). Great wedding!

 

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.

When I saw Lowell and Carolyn walk up to me at the Merrimon Wynne wedding showcase last year I was praying they would have me as their wedding DJ!  I have known Lowell for years from when I was a swing dance DJ and he was a dancer.  I knew this would be an awesome party with lots of friends I don’t see very much.

merrimon wynne wedding dj bunn dj companyTheir ceremony was on the side lawn and I provided mics and music.  The Parents entered to “I’ve Got A Crush On You” by Ella Fitzgerald and Lowell through Bridesmaids to “At Last”.  The perfect song since they have been together for years.  Carolyn entered to a shortened edit I made her of “My One And Only Love” by John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.  I LOVE that song (whole album!!). After a short ceremony with a couple readings, they recessed to the gospel song “Up Above My Head” by Rhiannon Giddens.

The guests made their way inside the house to escape the heat and get refreshments.  During the cocktail hour I had a mix of classic soul, big band, soft rock, ska, and a couple swing tracks playing.  It was an awesome playlist!!  After pics were taken by amazing photographer Autumn Harrison, planner Amanda from Amanda Blair By Design invited guests to the carriage house for dinner and dancing.  The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Bowerbird Flowers.

I introduced just Carolyn and Lowell to “Superbad” by James Brown (hahaha) and they danced into the room for their now second dance, this time swing, to “My Baby Just Cares For Me” by Nina Simone. Their fathers welcomed everyone and RJ blessed the meal.  During the Snap Pea served dinner I had a mix of standards, big band, 80’s, rock and classic soul playing.

After dinner we had the toasts and parents dances to “My Girl”. I opened the floor to everyone with some classic Motown, “The Electric Slide” and ever  “Before I Let Go” by Maze (another of my fav songs ever!). For the next 2 hours guests danced to oldies, some swing (of course), rockabilly, lots of 80’s and a few ballads.

We ended the night with “Still The One” by Shania Twain before the rickshaws arrived to take people to an after party.  Thank you so much Carolyn, Lowell, Amy and Amanda!!  It was an absolute honor and I had the best time!

Top picture courtesy of Autumn Harrison 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 was back to The Merrimon Wynne House again for another wedding this weekend, this time for Molly & Chip on August 4th.  They are so nice and both Dentists.

The ceremony was held inside the carriage house and I was there to provide mics and music.  The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Brides & Bouquets! The Grandparents and Parents entered to “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us”.  The Bridesmaids entered to “Canon In D” and Molly to a cover of “A Thousand Years” by violinist Jun Sung Ahn.  After a short service that included a reading they recessed to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and the 175 guests were invited into the house for cocktails.

After pics were done by Melissa Delorme and video by Thomas Blake Films, planner Jessica from Happily Ever After invited guests back to the carriage house for the reception.  I introduced the wedding party to “Levels” by Avicii and Molly & Chip to “Space Jam”. LOL!!  They came in for their first dance to “Forever Like That” by Ben Rector. After the wedding party took their seats Molly had her dance with her Father to “Never Alone”.  Chip and his Mother’s dance followed to “Like Jesus Does”.  Molly’s Father welcomed everyone and blessed the meal.  The plated salads came out and the Rocky Top buffet opened shortly. During dinner I played a mix of rock, country and classic soul.

After dinner we had the toasts and cake cutting to “How Sweet It is”. I opened the floor with some beach, Motown and Top 40 that filled it for the next hour and a half.  We paused for Chip’s past baseball team to “retire” his jersey and then dance to “Danza Kuduro”. So great!!  I even got to play a short 2010’s hip hop mix that kept the energy way high!!  They danced hard until the last dance to “Carolina” by Eric Church. They all made a big circle and sang it to Molly & Chip who were in the middle. Everyone went to the front of the house for a sparkler exit.

Thank you so much for everything Molly, Chip. Jessica and Kaila

Photo courtesy of Melissa Delorme

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.

 

 

I was back at The Merrimon Wynne House again, this time to celebrate with Rachel & Jon at their wedding.  I was so honored to be chosen to DJ their reception!

The ceremony was held in the Carriage House for 100 guests.  They had a wonderful violinist provide music and floral arrangements by Fallons Flowers.  After a short ceremony the guests were invited into the house for the cocktail hour by Kaila from Merrimon-Wynne.  While the guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the staff from Donovan’s Dish flipped the carriage house for dinner.

After the room was set and pics were taken by Zach & Kate from Garter & Whiskey Photography, the guests were invited back to the carriage house for dinner and dancing.  I introduced the wedding party to “The Olympics Theme” and Rachel & Jon to “Star Wars”.  They came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “Mean To me” by Brett Eldridge.  The Parents dances followed.  Rachel and her Father’s dance was to “Here Comes The Sun”.  It was so sweet! They were singing it to each other like they used to when she was a little girl.  Jon escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.  Jon welcomed everyone and the family style dinner came out.  During dinner I had a mix of standards playing.

After dinner we had the toasts and cake cutting to “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)”.  While the staff cut the rest of the cake and passed it out I opened the floor with some beach music and top 40.  People danced and enjoyed the outdoor lawn games, basketball throw and air hockey they brought in for this wedding.  The ZimZoom photo booth was also there to get some great pics of the guests.

After dancing for an hour and a half it was time to call it a night.  The last dance was to “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show and they had a sparkler exit from the front of the house.  Thanks you so much for everything Rachel & Jon and congratulations!

 

I always LOVE playing for guests from other countries!  I have played for so many including Africa, Scotland, Ireland, and yes, even France before. I was so thrilled to play for Michael, Lauren and her friends and family from France!

The ceremony was held earlier in the day at the new Holy Name Of Jesus Cathedral. It is just gorgeous there!!  After the ceremony guests had a little break to rest before coming over to The Merrimon Wynne House for the reception. The cocktail hour was held inside the house and guests enjoyed drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres.

After the cocktail hour the 100 guests were invited into the carriage house where I was by planner Casey from Events By La Fete.  After everyone had found their seats I introduced Lauren and Michael to “Can’t Stop The Feeling”. As soon as I said their names one table in the corner started chanting in French, then the opposite one joined in.  Pretty soon the whole room was chanting in French and banging the table.  It was like being at the world cup!! Not kidding!!  So awesome!!  They finally quieted down and Lauren and Michael could have their first dance to “Die A Happy Man”.   Her Parents welcomed everyone in English and French, his Father blessed the meal in English and her Grandfather said the blessing in French.  So wonderful and truly special. During dinner I had a mix of rock, French pop songs, classic soul and country playing.

After dinner we had toasts both in English and French and the Parents dances.  Lauren and her Father danced to “Do You Remember” by Phil Collins.  Michael and his Mother’s dance was to “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion.  I opened the floor to everyone with “Uptown Funk” that filled it with both sides of the families!  For the next 2 hours I mixed from English to French in short sets that kept everyone dancing no matter what language it was in.  I even played a French line dance called “Last Night” that is similar to “The Electric Slide”.

We paused for the cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is” and a French sing a long to “P’tit Fluer Fanee” that Casey handed out lyric sheets for.  After that we went back to dancing until the end of the night.  We closed down the floor with “Sweet Caroline” before a sparkler exit from the front of the house.  I can’t wait to see the pics by Krista from Six Foot Photography!

Thank you so much Lauren, Michael, Casey and Abby!  I had an amazing 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.

I was back to Merrimon Wynne for another amazing wedding, this time for Lisa and Andrew on June 30th.  I was so thrilled to play for them!

The ceremony was held on the side lawn and faced the carriage house where the reception was later in the evening.  I ran the mics for the officiant, Andrew, a reader and the 2 musicians.  The musicians, Topu and Randy, from New York Ceremony Music were awesome and provided music for the cocktail hour as well.  After the service, the guests made their way into the house for cocktail and to get out of the heat.

After pics were done by photographers Ally and Bobby, the 150 guests were invited into the carriage house by planner extraordinaire Carrington from McLean Events.  I had music playing and went inside the house to line the wedding party up with Carrington. I introduced everyone to “You Make My Dreams Come True” and Lisa and Andrew had their first dance to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli.  Love that song!!!  Her Father welcomed everyone and the plated salads and buffet by Donovan’s Dish opened.  It was all so delicious!!!  During dinner I had a mix of soft rock playing with lots of 90’s music including 10,000 Maniacs and Natalie Merchant.

After dinner we had the toasts and Cupcake Shoppe cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is”.  The parents dances followed before an anniversary dance. Lisa and her Father danced to “Kind & Generous” by Natalie Merchant and Andrew and his Mother to “Perfect Fan” by Backstreet Boys.  For the anniversary dance I used my fav, “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra. The winning couple was married 41 years! I opened the floor to everyone with some beach music and top 40 that shortly filled it for the rest of the night. We paused for the bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” then back to dancing until the end of the night.

We ended with a huge sing a long circle around them to “Circle” by Harry Chapin.  It was the perfect song to end the perfect wedding. They had a sparkler exit after that from the front of the house.

Thank you for everything Lisa, Amy and Carrington and Andrew, thank you for your service to our country!

 

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.

I was so excite to play for Alexia and Corey on June 2nd at 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 Cream truck 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.

 

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.

I knew I would click instantly with Chad and Morgaine!  They have great taste in music and even chose songs from the Kingdom Hearts (I was addicted to that game for months!) for their ceremony at Merrimon Wynne in Raleigh NC!

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As the 100 guests arrived to the ceremony on the side lawn I had a mix of soft rock ballads playing. Chad and his groomsmen entered to “Pictures At An Exhibition” by Piano Guys.  The Bridesmaids and Morgaine entered to “Passion/My Sanctuary”. After a short service that included very touching vows (especially by Chad), they recessed to “Passion (After The Battle)”.   The guests made their way into the house for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres by Rocky Top Catering.  During the cocktail hour I had a mix of classic soul, soft rock and indie rock playing.

After pics & video were taken by Hooman from Vesic Photography and Marty from Blu Couture Wedding Films the guests were invited into the carriage house for the reception by planner Sally Oakley.  The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Daniels.  I introduced the wedding party to an instrumental of “Viva La Vida”.  Chad and Morgaine came in to loud applause and had their first dance to Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” performed by Boyce Avenue.  They took their seats after and Morgaine’s Father welcomed everyone. During dinner I had the same music mix playing as cocktails.

After dinner we had the toasts and Cinda’s Cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is”.  Morgaine joined her Father on the floor for their dance to “For My Wedding” by Don Henley.  It was so sweet to see her Father singing it to her!!  Chad escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “You’re The Inspiration” by Chicago.  Before opening the floor to everyone we had an anniversary dance with the winners married 38 years. I opened the floor to everyone with “Build Me Up Buttercup” that instantly filled it!  Wow.. I saw some people running to the floor (not kidding!).  We paused for the bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” and garter toss to “Sexyback”.

I ended the night with “All Of Me” by John Legend before their exit.  What a fun night of dancing!  Thank you Morgaine, Chad and Sally!!

Photos courtesy of Vesic Photography

 

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.

Meri Scott and David’s ceremony and reception took place last weekend at Raleigh’s historic Merrimon Wynne House. The day began with the ceremony inside The Carriage House. They had amazing musicians playing strings for the music as I ran the microphones. As the ceremony ended, guests made their way inside and we had some work to do! The ceremony room now got “flipped” to become the dancing area for later. Dinner was, you guessed it, under the stars! Even though it was a crazy hot day for mid May, it was still incredible. Market lights and insane florals from Meristem, made it even greater!

After cocktail hour, guests made their way to the lawn for dinner. Introductions were to U2’s “Beautiful Day” and then a brief welcome and blessing were given before the dinner was served. As dinner wrapped up, several folks gave toasts and then I invited everyone back into The Carriage House for dances!

Meri Scott and David’s first dance was to “How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding. This was an amazing choice and my first time playing it. Next, Meri Scott and her father danced to “Always, In All Ways” by Kenny Loggins, a classic for sure. Finally, David and his mother danced to “Over the Rainbow” by Brother Iz, always a solid choice. I accidentally opened the dance floor next because I got so excited, but only played a couple of songs because we had to do the cake cutting! Oops! Finally it was time to party! We did a brief slow song for a bridesmaid there that was celebrating her 7th anniversary, but really it was just a good dance party that rocked until 11pm when we sent them off under sparklers. Great wedding!

 

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.