Making Memories..

Midlands Wedding DJ

MIDLANDS WEDDING DJ

KZN Wedding DJ is a Durban based Husband & Wife Wedding DJ & Photobooth team specializing in Durban & Midlands Wedding DJs.  KZN Wedding DJ was founded by Jarryd Sunkel after many years of Wedding DJ & Dancefloor experience.  All of our Wedding DJs have been in the Wedding industry for over 17 years covering many of KZN’s favourite Midlands Wedding Venues and are well-known for providing brilliant music, service & reliability to Brides & Grooms around Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Our Premium Wedding KZN Midlands DJs offer you all the services you require which include music for your Wedding Ceremony, Pre-Drinks and Wedding Reception. Read more

Where I begun – DJ Jarryd Sunkel

The Wedding industry is an industry like no other. Having been in the industry for many years and celebrated with some of the world’s most beautiful Bridal couples – I would like to share a few memories and stories with you.

IT ALL BEGAN AT 10!

I started my career in 2002 playing at Birthday Parties of friends (who funny enough, I am still friends with today), family etc. At age 10, I like to say that I DJ’d – No man – it wasn’t anything like that.. well kind of. It was my Mom’s 40th Birthday that she was sharing with a long time, family friend and they celebrated at a School Hall. There were bagpipers, Balloons,  a “DJ” with his Dad’s Hi-Fi System (that’s me right over there).. the works.. the only thing I didn’t have was lights – actually wait, I think I might have had some robot flashy flashes, anyway..

My System consisted of a Hi-Fi-Amplifier, a double Tape Deck and a small ghetto blaster with one of SA’s first CD Players built-in – Now this was cool!
My First Song I ever played was Mariah Carey – Hero – Oh yes and it sounded sweet on those Technics Speakers. I was only 10 and couldn’t see over the table – my line of sight as the Tape decks. I also had a little ice-cream tub with me with all sorts of gadgets – A small bottle of Alcohol, just in case those tape deck heads got dirty. A pencil ( I will let you guess why I brought that with – Age give-away) and a variety of other helpful little items.
That was one hell of a party and still gets discussed at gatherings to this day.

THE UPGRADE

A few years later, 8 years to be exact, I found myself behind a set of Stanton S550 CD Players 2x 15″ Box Speakers from the local Sound shop who all the Dj’s went to buy their gear. Funny story is – upon walking in the shop, I was greeted by the best of smiles – her name was Anisha – Guess what?? To this day, I still buy my sound gear from her – ok credit due – she’s moved shops since then 🙂

I think I forgot to mention something – I was 18 with no drivers license due to being Grand Mal Epileptic. My Dad drove me everywhere – We had a small Mazda Hatchback – Anybody remembers the Mazda 323?? yes – that!!!

Off we went – This time it was to a local Yacht Club – Every Wednesday for their Yacht Race after party!!!
The Parties continued and so we made our way around KZN.

SO THE WEDDINGS BEGAN

2 years later, I attended my Cousins Wedding at a venue in Botha’s Hill. I was blown away – This DJ had lights, Pioneer CDJ’s and the works!
Oh yes,.. I had to – I went up to him and said “Hi, I’m Jarryd – I’m also a DJ – seriously? but THAT my friends was the true beginning and to date – we are still mates!!
I decided it was time to advertise my business, and slowly start accepting Wedding bookings. That was it!

It wasn’t long before I got strongly attached to the love of Weddings. I only did 1 wedding every 2 months or so but it really gave me a kick and I left feeling inspired, on top of the world and blessed to have played a part in 2 humans getting married. After being Fit-Free for 2 years – I decided to attempt getting my drivers license – I nailed it – the first time!! I got myself a car with a HUGE boot – The VW Jetta 2 CLX.

KZN WEDDING DJ WAS BORN

Who would have thought from playing at a yacht club that I would have a Wedding DJ brand that spiralled to the top of Google? Really?
Truth is, I Love Weddings!!  I’m not sure if I can really explain the kick I get when I have a FULL dancefloor in front of me throwing their hands in the air to the favourite songs. Each Wedding I do is absolutely unique in that the venue is different, the people are different, the experience and setup and acoustics are way different and of course – everybody’s music tastes differ.

It hasn’t been an easy road getting thus far – There are many challenges that I have faced. Weddings are 99% Weekend based. Weeks fly, Weekends pass and another beautiful Wedding under my belt. Coming home from a bridal fair, I was hi-jacked and held at Gun-point in broad daylight.

In 2020, we have faced the biggest Challenge in the lifetime of Every single Wedding Service Providers in the world. COVID19 has hit!
None of us truly understood how much we love our jobs until this day.
Every day, I walk into my office & face the “screen of death” – my email inbox with subjects like “Wedding Cancellation” and “Wedding Postponed” -It’s such a sad phenomenon.
Its become a nightmare overnight. You know that feeling when something you are so passionate about starts falling through your fingertips?  This is the feeling that runs through our blood during the most difficult time.

The sad part is that our president is allowing thousands of prisoners out of jail but he won’t allow gatherings – Good choice sir!

THE POSITIVE

The good news is – We have all learnt a lot from our current situation and I WILL NOT let this pandemic get the better of me. Explore your talents, take time out with the family, explore your cooking and baking skills that you never knew were possible.
We have been exposed to a “New Normal” which I am embracing full-on. This life we have is precious – it cannot be replaced and therefore we need to venture off to find hidden talents.

I would like to thank every single human who has supported both myself & my wife, Emma during this difficult time – When I say support, I mean – You have LIKED our Facebook and social media handles, you have popped us a message of encouragement – the small things.
Saturday Nights for the past 8 weeks have been a blast – Virtual Live Parties are a blast!!  Please LIKE & FOLLOW us on Social media

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kznweddingdj
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kznweddingdj

If you have enjoyed the Virtual Saturday night Parties and would like to donate a Fee to assist us during this difficult time with no Weddings, Please touch base with me directly.

Thank you to all the special humans!
Much Love

Jarryd

Tyla & Wayne’s Wedding

Congratulations to Tyla & Wayne on tying the knot at Maroupi on the 14th December 2019.  What an epic day with so much love and great spirit from their friends and family.
Thank you for having us – What a great party with you guys!!!

DJ: Jarryd Sunkel – KZN Wedding DJ
Photographer: African Bear Photography
Venue: Maroupi Weddings & Functions

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Sherry & Bryce’s Wedding

Congratulations to Sherry & Bryce on their beautiful Wedding celebration at Haycroft Farm on the 7th December 2019. We were eagerly awaiting this big day for months and these humans didn’t disappoint – What a phenomenal party!!! Sherry & Bryce, we wish you all the very best on your new journey through life together. Thank you for choosing us to be a part of such a special day.

Feedback from Sherry & Bryce

I’m not even sure where to start when it comes to Jarryd and Emma. We were blown away by them from the start!

They are not only the most incredible human beings but gave us the most helpful advice when we needed it and went above and beyond with every single element of the wedding and build up. Coming from a family who loves a party, our music at the wedding was the most important decision. From the moment we booked Jarryd, we knew we were in the best hands possible, he is the most passionate, dedicated and hands on DJ I’ve ever met. When it came to the actual day of the wedding, I didn’t have a single concern in the world, everything ran smoothly and every single guest couldn’t stop telling us how incredible the music, DJ and party was! Jarryd remembered every detail we had spoken about over the last year and a half and made our day that much more memorable. He even coordinated a Greek dance with our guests for us, it was probably one of the biggest highlights of our day. Not to mention the fact that the photobooth was such a hit and we have the most amazing photos to treasure forever. As the bride and groom, it’s not often that you get to see your loved ones having a party, but we have visual evidence of this and it meant the world to us, one of the best decisions we made for sure.

Jarryd and Emma, we are so grateful for you and your friendship, for every single thing you did for us, words cannot describe how happy we are that we chose you. We’re left with sore feet, sweaty shirts and the happiest, most full hearts. Thank you for the greatest celebration of our lives!

DJ: Jarryd Sunkel – KZN Wedding DJ
Photobooth: Photobooth LAB
Venue: Haycroft Farm
Catering: Hamblins Catering
Decor: The Wedding Company SA
Photographer: Michigan & Paige Behn
Videographer: James Peters

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Karl & Cheri’s Wedding

These two beautiful humans celebrated their Big day at SweetHome Wedding Venue on the 31st August 2019! Ceremony, Pre-drinks and reception as well as the infamous photobooth all set up on a beautiful day with blue skies!!!

Feedback from Karl & Cheri

An absolute professional in his field. Friendly, accommodating and even gave me a few encouraging words before marrying my wife Cherilyn. He knew what the crowd wanted and kept us on the dance floor the whole night. There can be no other dj option other than Jarryd. He is the best. End of story. The epitome of what a wedding dj should be. A real gentleman and someone who I call a friend now.
Keep up the great work. Thank you Jarryd for making our wedding day so memorable.

Venue: Sweet Home Weddings
DJ: Jarryd Sunkel – KZN Wedding DJ
Photobooth: Photobooth LAB – Emma Sunkel
Official Photographer: Roxanne Davison
Marriage Officer: Dream Ceremonies – Beulah
Catering: Eat with Love
Decor & Flowers: PLanned to Perfect

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Gregg & Sam’s Wedding

Well.. Where do I start. but CONGRATULATIONS to these two beautiful humans!!! What an epic Party & celebration with you guys and of course friends & family. Gregg & Sam celebrated their Wedding at Crystal Barn Country Estate on the 17th August 2019. Gregg & Sam are two of the most down to earth, loving and kind people i have ever met but these guys (and their mates) know how to party…  THANK YOU for making my passion come alive.

Feedback from Sam & Gregg

“Before we even start, we just want to share a secret: we moved our wedding date to ensure we had Jarryd as our wedding DJ! And he did not disappoint! Professional service, friendly and approachable, Jarryd is exceptional at what he does. He absolutely made our wedding rock! Every single guest at our wedding had a blast on the dance floor. We have had so many compliments and comments and people are still talking about our wedding. The photo booth was an absolute hit and we love our own box of photos we were given the next day- beautiful touch! Thank you to Jarryd and Emma for giving us memories we could never put a price on! We would recommend you one hundred times over and can’t wait to use your services again”

DJ: KZN Wedding DJ – Jarryd Sunkel
Photobooth: KZN Photobooths – Emma Sunkel
Official Photographer: African Bear Photography
Official Videographer: Dane Forman
Venue: Crystal Barn
Coordination – Gabby – Crystal Barn
Decor – The Wedding Company South Africa Read more

Daniel & Candice’s Wedding

Congratulations to Daniel & Candice on their beautiful Wedding. Unfortunately, I (Jarryd) was booked for another wedding when they touched based and wanted to book. Well Done to Kevin Cotton – You a legend!!
Here are a few photos which were captured by the Instabooth Staff.
DJ – KZN Wedding DJ – Kevin Cotton
Photobooth: KZN Wedding DJ – The Instabooth
Venue: Rain Farm Read more

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