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.
Their 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 of 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 of 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 ’80s, 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.
DJing is more than just showing up and pressing play. It’s also more than just knowing how to choose songs and mix them together. Begin a wedding DJ is about creating experiences and atmospheres. That’s what our DJing philosophy boils down to. We don’t want to just provide the perfect music. We want to create the perfect day. That’s why we excel in what we do. And this wedding was a perfect example of that. Working with this awesome couple to create the day they envisioned is something we’ll never forget. And it’s a service we provide all our Raleigh Weddings again and again.