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About Brandon Alley

Brandon Alley is the owner of Bunn DJ Company Charlotte.

Snowy Reception in Mount Airy, NC

Kyndal and Isaac’s reception took place at Cross Creek Country Club in Mount Airy, NC on a Saturday that ended up coinciding with a blizzard that buried much of the East Coast in snow and ice.  Anyone from North Carolina knows that the threat of snow alone makes traveling difficult.  When there is actually significant precipitation, the roadways grind to a halt.  Luckily, the ladies at Rebbeca Rose Events, being the amazing planners that they are, proactively scouted out a nice hotel near the venue that they recommended for any vendors that wanted to head into town ahead of the storm.  I did just that and made the trek from Charlotte to Mount Airy on Thursday night.

It wasn’t too bad being snowed-in in Mayberry.  I took the downtime to check the 2015 year-end music charts, update playlists, and sustained myself on mixed nuts, complimentary breakfast waffles, and a few too many Otis Spunkmeyer cookies (shout out to the Hampton Inn).  I emerged from the hotel midday Saturday to make my way to the venue in at least 6’’ of snow.  The NC DOT had done a great job scraping the main road that got me almost there.  The side road was a little trickier, but had gorgeous views of rolling, snow covered hills.  I slid my way to the country club with plenty of time to watch some kids sledding on an awesome hill by the golf course before getting all of my gear set-up.

Now to the event: Even with the snowy conditions, 100+ guests made it out to celebrate with the newlyweds.  I played standards and classic R&B as guests arrived for passed hors d’oeuvres and drinks.  Shortly after all of the guests had arrived, I had them join me in welcoming “Mr and Mrs. Isaac Draughn,” who entered to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” by the great Stevie Wonder.  The two immediately made their way to the dance floor for their first dance which began as a slow dance to “Come Live With Me” by Ray Charles and transitioned into the uptempo “With This Ring” by The Platters.  After the applause died down, Kyndal danced with her brothers, Ty and Trey, to Van Morrison’s version of “Have I Told You Lately.”  Isaac danced with his mother to a mix of Carole King’s “Child of Mine” and “Loves Me Like A Rock” by Paul Simon.  Isaac then welcomed everyone and thanked them for braving the conditions.  After a blessing by a friend of the family, dinner was served and I got back into the standards and classic R&B.

As dinner was winding down, we opened the dance floor with “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison and continued with beach music as guests made their way to the dance floor to shag.  Kyndal had stressed her love for oldies and beach music, which was confirmed throughout the night by Isaac and other guests.  The couple had requested some great songs and I was able to play a mix of Motown, disco, funk, 80’s pop, classic rock, country, as well as some current hits.  The crowd was into everything and kept the dance floor packed all night!  They were a lot of fun and I’m sure would have kept dancing well into the night if we could have.  Because of the slick conditions outside, we called an audible and had the grand exit inside on the dance floor.  I played “Family Traditon” by Hank Williams Jr. as everyone gathered around Kyndal and Isaac.  They all threw rose petals into the air around the couple, then finished out the song hugging, singing, and swaying.  It turned out really nice.  I’m sure Marcie Meredith Photography got some great shots.  Thanks so much for having me Kyndal and Isaac!

2017-11-28T10:11:29-05:00By |Charlotte|

Walnut Hill Farm Wedding

On Saturday, March 19th I traveled from Charlotte to the beautiful Walnut Hill Farm in Dalton, GA to DJ the ceremony and reception for my pals Courtney and Niles.  Being out of state, not only did I get to check out a new venue, but I also got to meet all new vendors.  Everyone was great to work with!  Friends of the couple came through in a couple of roles.  The Ashah Photography team was all over the place catching beautiful moments throughout the day. 

The Wedding Ceremony

Although forecasts showed morning clouds in Dalton, by the time guests started arriving at Walnut Hill Farm, everything had cleared up and it was a beautiful Spring day.  I had Classical music playing as guest took their seats in the field facing the altar, with a magnificent backdrop of foliage and mountains.  The wedding party entered to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” complete with a very special ring bearer (the couple’s awesome dog, Maddie).  The Bride and her parents entered to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”  After a wonderful ceremony, provided by Pastor Jim Suddath, the wedding party exited to “Spring” by Vivaldi.

Cocktail Hour & Dinner

Following the ceremony, guests moved to the pavilion beside of the Hill Top Barn for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and yard games.  I played a mix of low-key country, rock and r&b as guests mingled, took pictures at the photo-booth, and played ladder golf, corn hole, and croquette.  Towards the end of the cocktail hour, the huge doors to the barn were opened and everyone made their way inside to find their tables.

The bridal party entered to “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake with a huge ovation as I announced, “Mr. and Mrs. Niles Fleet.”  As the applause dissipated I started, “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett while Courtney and Niles made their way to the center of the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife.  Following a blessing by Pastor Jim, tables were released for the buffet.  Throughout dinner I played a mix of Country and Folk music, highlighting bands that the couple had seen live, like Delta Rae and Brad Paisley.  After dinner, the cake was cut and toasts were given by the Matron of Honor and Best Man.

The Dancing

Following the toasts, Courtney danced with her father to “Wildfowers” by Tom Petty.  Then Niles’ mother joined him for a dance to Van Morrison’s “Days Like This.”  Immediately following the parents’ dances, I opened the dance floor for everyone with “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder.  The dance floor filled quickly as I continued with Motown favorites.  There was a wide range of requests, including “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins, “Salt Shaker” by the Ying Yang Twinz, “We Found Love” by Rihanna, and some line dances.  I was able to work the request in and keep the dance floor full with 80’s Pop, 90’s Hip-Hop, some Country, and current hits.  We ended the night with “Mean to Me” by Brett Eldredge.  Then everyone headed outside and lined the exit, holding sparklers, to see the new Mr. and Mrs. Fleet on their way.  Congratulations Courtney and Niles!

2017-11-28T10:03:53-05:00By |Charlotte|

Katelyn and Kevin’s Wedding at the Crest Pavilion Asheville

I had the pleasure of being the wedding DJ for Katelyn and Kevin Giltner’s wedding ceremony and reception at The Crest Center and Pavilion in Asheville on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

The Wedding Ceremony

I drove through several patches of rain on my way from Charlotte to Asheville.  I was a little worried, knowing the ceremony was supposed to be outside.  As guests started arriving, the bottom fell out and we had a significant amount of rain.  Fortunately, the Crest Pavilion is completely enclosed by glass and can be opened up to the outside.  So, I was able to set-up safely inside with a speaker facing out to the ceremony site.  It would have been an easy transition if the ceremony would have needed to happen inside.  Luckily, we saw a break in the rain and started making moves in order to begin the ceremony early.  The Crest crew went to work drying seats and I announced that guests could make their way outside.  Once everyone was seated, the wedding party entered, followed by the bride who was escorted by her father to an instrumental version of “All Creatures of Our God and King.”  Pastor Matt Steelman did a great job officiating the ceremony.  I played “The One I Love” by Tyrone Wells for the recessional as the newlyweds and wedding party exited.

Cocktails and Dinner

Katelyn supplied a carefully curated playlist for the cocktail hour.  It was a great mix of country, classic rock, and singer-songwriter jams.  Guests moved between the main hall and outdoor stone terrace, enjoying beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and the beautiful view as the wedding party and family took photos.  Not only did Mozingo Photography shoot the entire day, but they also had an awesome “photo booth” area set up for the duration of the event.

I introduced the wedding party into the main hall to “Good Life” by Kanye West.  The couple had their first dance to “All On Me” by Devin Dawson.  Both Katelyn and Kevin drew an “awww” from the crowd with their song choices for the parent dances.  Katelyn danced with her dad to “You’ve Got A Friend” by James Taylor.  Kevin and his mom danced to “Have I Told You Lately” by Rod Stewart.  Following an awesome dinner by M7 Event Solutions, there were a couple of toasts, then we got straight into dancing.

The Dancing

Katelyn and Kevin left the music for the dance portion of the night up to me.  I knew from our conversations that they wanted the reception to turn into a dance party, quickly.  Their only song request was “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran.  However, they added that it should be the only slow song of the night and to play it early.  From then on I was reading the crowd and using live requests to shape the night.  Requests ranged from older hip-hop like “The Humpty Dance” and “anything by Nelly” to newer chart toppers like Calvin Harris’ “Slide” and “Rolex” by  Ayo and Teo.  The dance floor stayed packed all night as I weaved guest’s requests in with other Hip-Hop and Top 40 hits from the 90’s and 2000’s, as well as some danceable favorites from the 70’s and 80’s.  We ended the night with “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge.  Then everyone headed out front with sparklers to see Kevin and Katelyn off in a trolley.

2017-09-05T11:25:15-04:00By |Asheville|

The Big Fake Wedding Charlotte

Bunn DJ Company was honored to be selected as the exclusive DJ for this year’s Big Fake Wedding in Charlotte, NC.

About the Event

For those that don’t know, The Big Fake Wedding is a bridal show alternative that allows engaged couples to meet local wedding vendors and actually see them in action.  The only thing fake about the wedding is that no one gets married.  While we admit that marriage is a pretty significant part of a wedding, everything else is exactly the same as a real wedding.  A real couple renews their wedding vows in a beautiful ceremony.  Designers provide flowers, intricate place settings, and decorations throughout the venue.  Photographers and videographers document everything.  There is food, drinks, a photo booth, lawn games, and of course, our favorite part of any event: dancing.

The Ceremony

Everything went down at the recently opened Noah’s Event Venue in Charlotte.  I was able to work with the super talented Dean’s Duets during the ceremony.  We provided a sound system to amplify their beautiful violin and harp renditions of contemporary hits.  They slipped in “Beauty and the Beast,” which I thought was a nice touch since the live-action film had recently been released.  We also provided microphones for the officiant and couple during the vow renewal.

1st Dance

Once the ceremony concluded, everyone moved to the reception area.  That space contained the “tunnel of love” where vendors were set-up, showcasing their products and talents.  I introduced our couple, Lindsey and Sean, into the reception area and they had their 1st Dance to Steve Moakler’s “Thing About Us.”  The ladies from Dean’s Duets then performed a few live songs, this time with guitar, keyboard, and vocals, while guests got a chance to snap some photos at the Shutter Hutch photo booth, speak to Classic Bride and Formals about the stunning wedding dress they provided, and explore all of the other great vendors.  We had our DJ, Evan Gordon, in attendance to provide more information about Bunn DJ Company, while I was DJing.

The Dancing

This event was also different from a typical wedding because most of the people in attendance did not actually know the bride and groom…or each other.  In situations like that, sometimes people can be hesitant to dance.  That was NOT the case with this crowd.  I decided to play a range of dance hits throughout the night.  I mixed older songs like “It’s Your Thing” by the Jackson 5, “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul, and “No Diggity” by Blackstreet with songs that are currently topping the charts like “Stay” by Zedd and Alessia Cara, and “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars.  The dance floor filled quickly with the wedding party, event attendees, and even a few vendors.  The make-up of the dance floor changed throughout the night as people left to check out the various vendors in attendance.  It seemed that everyone always grooved their way back when a specific song hit them the right way.  The dance floor hit peak occupancy at the end of the night.  We  then headed outside to see Sean and Lindsey off through a colorful array of smoke bombs.

You can check out all of the fun with this video recap by BNR Bridal.

Photo courtesy of Maggie Mills Photography

-Blog by DJ Brandon Alley

2020-01-07T12:07:42-05:00By |Charlotte|