wedding dj umstead hotel cary nc bunn dj companySara and Wes had us dodging raindrops at The Umstead on Saturday! The ceremony was scheduled to be outside and Mother Nature simply could not make up her mind. Around 30 minutes prior to “go time”, we decided to go for it outside and the guests were all handed umbrellas. Just as they were about to start, the rain began, not too heavy though. It was so cool to be in the background running the music and see all of the umbrellas open at once. It only rained for a few minutes and they were able to have their dream of getting married outside! Good start to the day!

After the ceremony, guests made their way inside to the pre-function area for cocktails and Hotel Costes-type music vibe provided by Joe (with Randy’s help of course). After about an hour, the bridal party was lined up for the big introduction to Bruno Mars’ song “Finesse”. It was a big bridal party, but the biggest cheers obviously came for the couple as they entered. Instead of going into their first dance, the food stations open instead to give everyone a chance to eat dinner first. After dinner, it was time for toasts and cake cutting (“How Sweet It Is”-Marvin Gaye) and then finally their first dance as husband and wife. They danced to “Making Me Look Good” by Drake White. I had never heard it, but loved it! Sara and her father shared a danced next to “My Girl” by The Temptations (always a solid choice), and then Wes and his mom danced to “Boys of Fall” by Kenny Chesney (appropriate because he used to play football for ECU).

After the formal dances, it was time to PAR-Tay! It was a great dance crowd and the couple only chose a few songs that they really wanted to hear, so I worked through all types of genres including some Latin stuff. What a great wedding! Looking forward to seeing the images from Bowtie Collaborative. Once again, A Southern Soiree pulled off another perfectly planned event!

Photo Courtesy of Bow Tie Collaborative


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.