Anna and Lester had their ceremony and reception at the historic Melrose Knitting Mill near downtown Raleigh, NC. The ceremony went great. I did the mics and Arioso Strings provided the music. As soon as the ceremony ended, the guests went downstairs to the courtyard area by Mulino for cocktail hour. We had a lot of work today upstairs with a full room flip!

melrose knitting mill wedding dj Bunn DJ companyOnce the room was ready, everyone came back upstairs for the introductions. The bridal party entered the wedding classic “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang, and Lester and Anna entered to “Wedding Day” by Brenda Fassie. Lester’s parents are from Zimbabwe, so I rocked several African artists at this Sunday wedding! After Lester and Anna’s friends and family welcomed them into the room, they did their first dance to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Lauryn Hill. Next up, Anna and her father danced to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story, but this version was by Autopilot. It’s very cool, you should check it out! Finally, Lester and his mother danced to Boyz II Men’s classic “Song for Mama”. Anna’s parents welcomed everyone, and then Lester’s folks gave a touching welcome and toast. Finally, the blessing was said and the salads were served, followed by an amazing buffet meal.

As dinner started to wind down, we had a few really special toasts and then Anna and Lester cut their cake. Finally, it was time for open dancing! I opened with “Vulindlela” by Brenda Fassie (another African song) and it got folks pumped for the night to come. I was all over the place playing songs from multiple genres (and countries) and the guests ate it up! What a party! It was great working with Southern Oak Events and Joe Payne 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.